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The Exploding Plastic Inevitable

Today I thought I’d utilize the wonders of YouTube to share a couple of groovy old doll commercials from the early ’70s. First we have a 1971 spot for Rock Flowers, a multiracial trio which were supposed to be an outta-sight musical group like Josie & The Pussycats. As Casey Kasem points out in his voice-over, each doll came with its own record. The little girl with a weird flip hairdo looks like a budding Rock Flowers groupie. Rock on, little girl.

Next we have a commercial for everybody’s favorite, Blythe, from 1972. Dig the music, in which a gritty sounding Joe Cocker-alike sings “Open your eyes to the world of Blythe.” Not something I’d usually associate with dolls, but I like! Not surprisingly, Kenner chose to emphasize the doll’s huge, penetrating eyes. As a YouTube commenter accurately noted, “I always feel like they’re staring deep into my soul.” Too true.

9 Thoughts on “The Exploding Plastic Inevitable

  1. Matt-do you live in my head somewhere?? I COLLECT Rock Flowers! My sister got some when I was a kid and I’ve always thought that my obsession with glamour began there…. We are so sick at our house that we recorded the songs from the records and made ’em into mp3’s.

    Thanks for always surprising me-you’re the grooviest!

  2. I think the little flip-haired girl in the Rock Flowers commercial may be telling someone that she needs to go back on her seizure medication. “Somebody stop her before she breaks something!” Though B! may tell something different, I envision that the Rock Flowers thing just was headed for disaster with the posability factor and the record player. I can just imagine how many Rock Flower 45s got scratched to hell because some jealous person needed to grab Rosemary, Lilac or Heather from her posing stand and—OOPS! “Moooommmm! She broke my record thingy!”

    I am with you on totally digging the Joe Cocker-style voice for the Blythe spot. I must add that I’m so pathetic because I don’t think of a girl’s name (ala Blythe Danner) when hear “Blythe,” I think of the town (city?!) on the border between California and Arizona. Apparently, I’ve driven back and forth between LB and Phoenix one too many times?

    And I ask ya, Mattel is obviously still going strong with Barbie, et al, but…what the heck ever happened to competitor Kenner?

  3. My wife has a few Rock Flower dolls as well, so I’m looking forward to seeing the commercial. In addition to the singles that came with the dolls, the Flowers also released a couple albums(though you probably already knew that). Take that, Barbie and the Rockers!

  4. Nancy on May 15, 2006 at 5:59 am said:

    I TOTALLY had a Rock Flowers doll!!! She came with her own 45 but for the life of me I can’t recall the song. I remember her oversized sunglasses and bell-bottoms… the outfit was mostly yellow.

    I never had a Blythe though. She creeped me the hell out.

  5. hey! i did a radio show on the clinger sisters awhile ago, and played a bunch of rock flowers and other clinger related material – check it out!

  6. colleen on April 15, 2007 at 9:52 pm said:

    The two songs on the Rock Flowers 45 are
    Sing My Song and Sweet Times.

  7. Tony on May 18, 2007 at 11:22 pm said:

    Hi Guys,
    Sooooo funny, the memories of these dolls. I’m trying to get some other songs for my sister. Do you know where I can download any? I already have Sing my Song and Sweet Times. Any other links?
    Please let me know!

  8. Contact me at and I can set you up with something.

  9. Is there a way to download or get the Sing My Song record that is mentioned above?
    Also looking for it for someone else.


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