Category:
1970s

The Chicken Chronicles



Proof that dumb adolescent humor films did not begin with American Pie.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Mar 16, 2012 - Comments (3)
Category: Humor, Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Movies, Teenagers, 1960s, 1970s

Trim-Jeans

This product was so bizarre that it inspired a Monty Python skit. See the video below. (I have a vague memory of something about trim-jeans appearing on WU before, but couldn't find anything, so I decided I was wrong.)



Posted By: Alex - Wed Mar 14, 2012 - Comments (10)
Category: Exercise and Fitness, Advertising, Products, 1970s

Call Any Vegetable



I just relistened to Frank Zappa's 1971 album, Live at the Fillmore East, or, Freaks & Motherfu*#@%! for the first time in about 40 years, and marveled again at the visionary talents of this supreme musical weirdo. Of course, Zappa died too young at age 52, and we were deprived of many potential years of his music.

I thought this vegetable song might somewhat counterbalance all the bacon and meat talk on WU.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Feb 17, 2012 - Comments (8)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Food, Vegetables, Humor, Surrealism, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, 1970s

Follies of the Mad Men #175



For one fraction of a second after he sniffs it, I was sure the human was going to chow down on this bowl of dog food. After all, if the dog can talk, why not?

Posted By: Paul - Wed Feb 15, 2012 - Comments (13)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Food, Dogs, 1970s

Disco Volare



As if "Volare" were not enough of an irritating chestnut, here's the disco version. Inexplicably, the video is set not in sunny Italy, birthplace of the song, but in the frigid north.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Feb 12, 2012 - Comments (8)
Category: Annoying Things, Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Music, 1970s

Get-rich-quick Scheme

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I'm thinking of resurrecting this product and offering it to evangelical cellphone users. Any venture capital folks out there who want a quick return on their investment?

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Feb 11, 2012 - Comments (4)
Category: Telephones, 1970s

Horrible Norman Lear Show



This little clip proves that even geniuses can fail. The show lasted two whole episodes.

Did anyone catch this when it first aired?

Info here.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Feb 03, 2012 - Comments (8)
Category: Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Television, 1970s

Beat Nixon Board Game

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Where is the 2012 version?

Original ad here.

Color scans here.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Feb 01, 2012 - Comments (6)
Category: Games, Politics, Strange Candidates, 1970s

WU-style Personality Test





When it comes to choosing African-American ventriloquists, are you the kind who likes the clean soul stylings of Willie Tyler and Lester?

Or the dirty funk of Richard and Willie?

The latter clip is verbally NSFW.




Posted By: Paul - Wed Jan 04, 2012 - Comments (8)
Category: Entertainment, Puppets and Automatons, Racism, Stereotypes and Cliches, Subcultures, 1970s

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