Month: March 2006

The Chordettes – Early feminist heroines?

The Chordettes – Early feminist heroines?

Music
The Chordettes released many great songs over the course of their career. But to me, none of them is as interesting as 1959's "A Girl's Work Is Never Done." Seemingly written as a response "Yakety Yak," which was a #1 hit for The Coasters in 1958, this song seems a lot more caustic in retrospect. "Yakety Yak" told the story of a precocious delinquent who just wanted to have fun and avoid his chores. "A Girl's Work Is Never Done," on the other hand, is clearly a tale of female domestic woe. No hanging out with friends (or anything social for that matter) for her; nope, she best get to cleanin'! A girl's work is never done You boys think we are havin' fun One minute sweeping up the floor Uh oh, the salesman's at the door Never done Never done A girl's work is never done Wa
Video Game Daze: Coleco Tabletop Pac-Man

Video Game Daze: Coleco Tabletop Pac-Man

Advertising, Games & Toys, Retrotisements
Growing up, I was never very much into arcades. When it came to whiling away the precious days and weeks of my youth, I preferred to play video games at home. And in the early '80s there were plenty of platforms to choose from. One of the most interesting was the series of tabletop arcade games produced by Coleco. Coleco's strategy for miniaturizing video games apparently involved three crucial elements - A satin jacket, oversized navigator-style sunglasses and some jiggly hands. Being only 7 years old in 1982, I lacked the jacket and sunglasses. Therefore I had to wait until my birthday to receive my own tabletop arcade game. I ended up with Pac-Man, the undisputed king of video games in the 1980s (until he was dethroned in a bloodless coup by a seemingly harmless Italian plumber)....