Category:
1970s

Follies of the Madmen #379



From Playboy for April 1972.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Aug 13, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Business, Advertising, Sex Symbols, Shoes, 1970s

Prisencolinensinainciusol

From npr.org:

In November 1972, Italian pop star Adriano Celentano released a song that hit No. 1 in his home country, despite the fact it wasn't performed in Italian. It also wasn't performed in English. In fact, it wasn't performed in any language at all. The song, called "Prisencolinensinainciusol," was written to mimic the way English sounds to non-English speakers...
"Prisencolinensinainciusol" is so nonsensical that Celentano didn't even write down the lyrics, but instead improvised them over a looped beat.

Posted By: Alex - Sat Aug 11, 2018 - Comments (6)
Category: Languages, Music, 1970s

I’m a Thinner

This ad campaign came out in 1976, before Stephen King's 1984 novel Thinner. But even so, "I'm a Thinner" sounds creepy, like something from a horror novel.

It also sounds a bit like they're saying "I'm a sinner" with a lisp. Maybe intentional?





source: UCSF

Posted By: Alex - Wed Aug 08, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Advertising, Smoking and Tobacco, 1970s

Beat your wife tonight… at bowling

I think it was 1973 when a Detroit bowling alley first got the idea to use the tagline "Beat your wife tonight" in an ad. Protests quickly followed. Strangely, this didn't discourage other bowling alleys from then using the same tagline. The last use of it I can find was in 1980.



Lansing State Journal - July 5, 1973



Southern Illinoisan - May 16, 1980



Fort Lauderdale News - July 15, 1973

Posted By: Alex - Sat Aug 04, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Violence, Advertising, 1970s

The First Class, “Beach Baby”



Nice British lads, assembled arbitrarily in the studio, pretending to be Brian Wilson & crew. Happy August!

Their Wikipedia page.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Aug 01, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Music, Homages, Pastiches, Tributes and Borrowings, 1970s

Cheap Perfume and Candlelight



"It's so easy now to swing/When the swing set feels just right.."


So you think you're quite a man
You're taking care of all her needs
Sometimes it's even twice a weekend
At least it's every time you need

Yeah, it's so easy now to swing
When the swing set feels just right
Like a fifty dollar room
Cheap perfume and candlelight

'Cause once you thought the thrill as gone
Your passion seemed to fade and die
You left a woman back at home
Alone and so unsatisfied

You hit the street to feel the thrill
Of the hunter in the night
Your prey was out there dressed to kill
In cheap perfume and candlelight

Cheap perfume and candlelight
The situation makes the man
If you can't make it back at home
You make it any way you can

And you can, it's so nice
That now you can

Maybe you'll never stop to think
Just for the true test did it be
Love your ever loving manhood of your masculinity

If you could satisfy the woman
Right back at home there every night
Instead of now and then
The girl in cheap perfume and candlelight

Instead of now and then
The girl in cheap perfume and candlelight
Instead of now and then
The girl in cheap perfume and candlelight

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jul 27, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Ambiguity, Uncertainty and Deliberate Obscurity, Innuendo, Double Entendres, Symbolism, Nudge-Nudge-Wink-Wink and Subliminal Messages, Music, Sexuality, 1970s

Tea Whiz

Tea Whiz by Nestea appeared on supermarket shelves in 1973, and then was discontinued almost right away. Hard to imagine what thought process led Nestea to think Tea Whiz would be a good name.

Los Angeles Times - Apr 14, 1973

Posted By: Alex - Fri Jul 20, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: Coffee and other Legal Stimulants, 1970s

The Statue



The Wikipedia page for the film.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Jul 11, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Movies, Statues and Monuments, 1970s, Genitals

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