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1970s

The McRazor

Disposable razors were first introduced in 1974, by Bic. In 1976, Gillette came out with its own competing product, the Good News twin blade disposable. And in 1978 McDonald's decided to run a promotion in which they gave away free Gillette Good News razors with orders of breakfast meals.

They must have thought the promotion was fairly successful, because it seems that they repeated the offer a couple of times throughout the 1980s. I can't imagine them giving away free razors today.



Honolulu Star Bulletin - Apr 17, 1978

Posted By: Alex - Tue Feb 27, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Restaurants, 1970s

Magma’s Invented Language




Vander invented a constructed language, Kobaïan, in which most lyrics are sung. In a 1977 interview with Vander and long-time Magma vocalist Klaus Blasquiz, Blasquiz said that Kobaïan is a "phonetic language made by elements of the Slavonic and Germanic languages to be able to express some things musically. The language has of course a content, but not word by word."[1] Vander himself has said that, "When I wrote, the sounds [of Kobaïan] came naturally with it—I didn’t intellectualise the process by saying 'Ok, now I’m going to write some words in a particular language', it was really sounds that were coming at the same time as the music."[2] Later albums tell different stories set in more ancient times; however, the Kobaïan language remains an integral part of the music.


Their Wikipedia page.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Feb 27, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Languages, Music, 1970s, Europe, Cacophony, Dissonance, White Noise and Other Sonic Assaults

Bandido

Why does no one write folk-rock songs about bandidos these days? "I'll clean my wound with tequila..."



More on singer Karen Lawrence.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Feb 22, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: Ethnic Groupings, Music, Stereotypes and Cliches, 1970s

The Ritz



Department of HAS NOT AGED WELL.




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Posted By: Paul - Tue Feb 20, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Movies, Stereotypes and Cliches, 1970s, LGBT

Glove for Handshaking

Invented by Anthony Monde in 1975, a steel-ribbed glove “for the protection of politicians and others who do a lot of handshaking.”

York Daily Record - July 16, 1975



The Shreveport Times - Oct 12, 1975

Posted By: Alex - Mon Feb 19, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: Fashion, Inventions, 1970s

Cardinal Sin

In April 1976, Pope Paul VI named Monsignor Jaime L. Sin, Archbishop of Manila, as a new cardinal, thereby making him Cardinal Sin. From wikipedia:

His title and surname as Cardinal Sin (another term for a deadly sin) were a point of humour in the Philippines and for Filipino Catholics. Examples included "The greatest sin of all: Cardinal Sin," and even his own pun of "Welcome to the house of Sin" that he used to greet guests at Villa San Miguel, the Archbishop's palace in Mandaluyong.


Cardinal Sin



Clarion Ledger Sun - May 16, 1976

Posted By: Alex - Thu Feb 15, 2018 - Comments (7)
Category: Odd Names, 1970s

Disco Star Wars

After Meco Monardo created a hit disco version of the Star Wars soundtrack in 1977, the next album he planned was Meco's Time Machine. He explained, "We'll visit eight different time periods of Earth's history and observe events. Those events will be translated into music. We'll start before the dawn of man, in prehistoric times, and we'll end in New York in 1980."

But it doesn't seem like that album ever came out. Instead, Meco spent his entire career producing disco versions of movie soundtracks, including Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Star Trek, and An American Werewolf in London.

Plenty more of his stuff on YouTube, if you're interested.






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Posted By: Alex - Tue Feb 13, 2018 - Comments (7)
Category: Movies, Music, Space-age Bachelor Pad & Exotic, 1970s

Carlton, Your Doorman



A never-purchased pilot for an animated cartoon series starring the Doorman from the Rhoda show.

Read the fascinating background story here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Feb 11, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Cartoons, 1970s, 1980s

The Presidential Comedy Albums of Earle Doud

Everyone knows the famous JFK-Vaughn Meader album. But how many realize the producer Earle Doud went on with that theme, to much less acclaim?

I can't seem to find any clips on YouTube of the later ones.









Posted By: Paul - Thu Feb 08, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Government, Humor, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s

Hypnotizing the voters

Nick Belluso, while running for governor of Georgia in 1978, came up with the idea of hypnotizing the voters to vote for him. So he hired a hypnotist and created a TV ad which went as follows:

Candidate: This is Nick Belluso. In the next ten seconds you will be hit with a tremendously hypnotic force. You may wish to turn away. Without further ado let me introduce to you the hypnogenecist of mass hypnosis, the Reverend James G. Masters. Take us away, James.

Hypnotist: Do not be afraid. I am placing the name of Nick Belluso in your subconscious mind. You will remember this. You will vote on Election Day. You will vote Nick Belluso for governor. You will remember this. You will vote on Election Day. You will vote Nick Belluso for governor.

However, Belluso's scheme was foiled when every TV station but one refused to run the ad, fearing the hypnosis might actually work, which would open them up to potential legal liabilities.

So Belluso lost the election. Though he subsequently became a perennial candidate running for many offices, including President of the United States in 1980.

You can see most of the ad in the clip below.

Also worth noting: Belluso claimed he had been endorsed by "The Force."



The Nashville Tennessean - Aug 11, 1978



Posted By: Alex - Thu Jan 25, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Politics, Psychology, 1970s

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