Browsing archives for '70s'

This Is Why the Internet Was Created

70s,Music 23 July 2011 | Comments Off

A virtually bare-breasted Lynda Carter singing KISS’s disco hit “I Was Made For Loving You” backed by a flamboyant dance troop wearing the band’s signature make-up and outfits from the Dynasty era. Do not watch after ingesting any amount of hallucinogens.

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Retro Late Night: Steve Martin Hosts the Tonight Show

70s,TV 7 October 2010 | Comments Off

When I was a kid in the ’80s, the regular guest host for The Tonight Show was Joan Rivers.  After she and Johnny had their well-publicized falling out in 1986, Jay Leno got the gig and he is still clinging like grim death to the job.  But back in the ’70s, there was no regular [...]

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I’ve Got X-Ray Eyes

70s,80s,Ads,Comics 5 October 2010 | Comments Off

Today io9 ran a post about Nick Veasey’s x-ray photography.  I had seen his work highlighted on other sites in the past, and it is always amazing.  I had always assumed that he was using live people for his shots and just using special techniques to polish the images.  Not the case, as it turns [...]

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R.I.P. Stephen J. Cannell

70s,80s,90s,TV 1 October 2010 | Comments Off

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, [...]

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KISS Songs Explained: Rock and Roll Over (1976)

70s,KISS,Music 30 September 2010 | Comments Off

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 [...]

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Hilarious Reasons to Turn Into the Hulk

70s,TV 20 September 2010 | Comments Off

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 [...]

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KISS Songs Explained: Destroyer (1976)

70s,KISS,Music 16 September 2010 | Comments Off

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 [...]

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On the Fonz and the Nature of Shark-Jumping

70s,TV 7 September 2010 | Comments Off

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 [...]

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KISS Songs Explained: Dressed to Kill (1975)

70s,KISS,Music 2 September 2010 | Comments Off

On a class trip to New York City in 1991, a friend of mine gave me a cassette of Ace Frehley’s solo album to listen to, saying “I think you’ll like this.” A bit of an understatement, that was. The first song I listened to was ‘New York Groove’ and I was hooked before the [...]

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KISS Songs Explained: Hotter Than Hell (1974)

70s,KISS,Music 19 August 2010 | Comments Off

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 [...]

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