Browsing archives for '70s'
Legendary television writer/producer Stephen J. Cannell died Thursday of melanoma at his home in California. If you watched television in the ’80s, it’s likely that you saw at least one (or five) of the shows he created. Among his 40 (!) series are such familiar names as The Rockford Files, Baretta, The Greatest American Hero, [...]
When someone asks me, “What’s your favorite KISS album?” I don’t always give the same answer. Depending on my mood, it could be one of several. Dressed to Kill. KISS. Revenge. All good choices. But probably more than half the time, I’d respond with Rock and Roll Over, the latest entry in our regular feature [...]
As some of you know, every Monday night Ms. Retronaut and I watch an episode of the 70s TV show The Incredible Hulk. If you haven’t seen it, it’s very different from the comic book, with no super-villains or supernatural elements. It’s much closer in feel to The Fugitive, following that series’ model of a [...]
Destroyer is without doubt the most celebrated album in the KISS discography. In a sense it’s their Sgt. Pepper’s, to use a Beatles analogy. Hot off the success of Alive! and working with producer Bob Ezrin, the band made a concerted effort to do something bigger and more ambitious with this record. Departing from the [...]
Doesn’t everyone water ski in a leather jacket out here? A few days ago the LA Times published an article by Fred Fox Jr., the writer of the infamous Happy Days episode wherein the character Arthur H. Fonzarelli, aka “The Fonz” (Henry Winkler), literally jumped a shark¹ while water skiing as part of a pissing [...]
Welcome to the second edition of KSE, my bi-weekly feature devoted to explaining each song in the KISS discography in a single sentence (or less). For more on this project, click here. I’ve also set up a Tumblr blog especially for this project, where, in addition to the song explanations, you can also view rare [...]