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The Hair Care Bunch

Some goofy hairstyles from 1977’s Vogue Body and Beauty Book might serve as inspiration for halloween costumers or drag queens. I’ve always liked that “disco helmet hair” look in vogue briefly during the late ’70s. Dorothy Stratten in Galaxina, Frida of ABBA and (briefly) Elaine Joyce of Match Game had that ‘do. And it’s not in an ironic “ha ha” way, either; I really do like that hairstyle. It takes a certain kind of nervy woman to pull that look off, however.

Completely unrelated: Ken Jennings blogs on his experience guesting on NBC’s 1 vs. 100. Interesting reading with Jennings pointing out the obvious shortcomings of the show. I watched one and only one installment. Cool set, nice concept, non-engaging gameplay, unbelievably stupid questions. A Television Without Pity forum poster accurately desribed the show as “Jeopardy with a lobotomy”.

Dreams A Go Go

The Dreamgirls trailer popped up during last night’s South Park. Excellent. Can’t wait for December! Beyoncé sure looks eerily like a young Diana Ross in those previews.

Funny — the producers of the original Broadway Dreamgirls were famously cagey about comparing their story with the Supremes’ saga, but it appears that the filmmakers are being less covert. If you look closely in one brief flash of a scene, a blown-up album cover for the film’s fictional trio The Dreams can be seen in the background. The album derives its design from two vintage Supremes albums: More Hits By The Supremes (1965) for the layout and Supremes A Go Go (1966) for the photography. I wonder if the film will have more of these little in-jokes for Supremes fans?

Stop the Madness

The 7 Worst Fonts (via Kottke). It begs the question, once again: why is Comic Sans so popular? Here’s the font equivalent of a chubby middle-aged biddy in a hand-decorated sweatshirt. Simply put, it’s popular with people who don’t know any better. And it will depressingly remain on its reviled perch until Microsoft removes it from Windows. Like the common cockroach, it will never, ever, ever go away.

Old Drawing: The Price Is Right

As a kid, I would draw and draw on reams of old-style computer paper supplied by my dad’s office job. So long as I had a trusty ball-point pen handy, I didn’t mind that the paper had faint horizontal green stripes and sprocket holes on each side. Scads of drawings resulted with just those two items; mostly doodles, cartoons and tracings of my fave comic characters.

Although most of this stuff invariably ended up getting tossed, I did save a few — like the über geeky rendering of the Price Is Right set in red felt-tip pen seen below. This is probably from about 1981. The drawing actually tells a little story: a contestant is rushing onstage after having the winning bid on an aquarium. Host and contestant are about to play a game of Hi-Lo, with a jeep of some kind waiting to be revealed behind the curtain. Funny how the other prizes are just sitting backstage. Guess I didn’t have time to draw little stagehands moving everything about.

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Ready or Not

Looking forward to the December arrival of Saturday Night Live‘s Complete First Season, complete and unedited on 8 DVDs. This first season will be interesting to check out, since it was still a work in progress with a few elements (grungy Muppet creatures, short films) ironed out of the more polished later seasons.

Admittedly, “ABBA appeared on SNL?” was the first thing I thought upon reading that press release. It’s true: the Swedes performed “Waterloo” and “S.O.S.” in episode 5 from November 15, 1975. According to TV.com: “this was the first episode where a musical guest did not sing live, as ABBA lipsynched. Dick Ebersol insisted that they be a musical guest, and a result Lorne [Michaels] reduced Dick’s output in the show quite considerably.”

Man-Sized Love


Just completed a special mix disc of a musical style that I call Synthy Soul. All of these tunes appeared on the Billboard pop charts between June 1985 and August 1987, a period when Prince and Michael Jackson paved the way for scores of R&B artists to embrace a more strident, synthetic and danceable sound. The mix reminds me of the many afternoons spent watching music videos on BET, hosted by that super-smooth guy who looked like the lead singer of Kool & The Gang. Ah, good times.

I’m especially proud that this mix has tracks by the era’s four “star” groups — Starpoint, Atlantic Starr, Five Star, and Midnight Star. Follow the links for some primo ’80s video goodness.
Starpoint — “Object of My Desire”
Five Star — “Let Me Be The One”
Midnight Star — “Midas Touch”
Atlantic Starr — “One Lover At A Time”