Month: April 2012

Music from the Worst Album Covers — Millie Jackson, Back to the S__t!

Music from the Worst Album Covers — Millie Jackson, Back to the S__t!

Album Cover of the Week, Featured Posts, Music
My first exposure of any kind to the music of Millie Jackson was her song "All the Way Lover" from the compilation album Blaxploitation, Volume 3: The Big Payback. It's a surreal cut that's alternately soulful and hilarious. Jackson sings and speaks as she exhorts her man to, well, go all the way. Oh and then she admonishes other women to stop watching soap operas or gossiping, and get down to pleasing their men lest they stray. But hey, why not hear it for yourself? It's an experience you should enjoy at least once. So now that you've heard that, the following album cover should come as no surprise. Wait, does that say Back to the Seat!? Back to the Suit!? No, that doesn't make sense. Must be Back to the Shit! Released in 1989 on Jive Records, well after Jackson's peri
Get the London Look and Fit a Tuppence Between Your Teeth

Get the London Look and Fit a Tuppence Between Your Teeth

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Sure, Georgia May Jagger is the daughter of rock icon Mick Jagger and has a lucrative endorsement deal with Rimmel London. But on the other hand, if she forgets to close her mouth when she walks down the street everyone hears a weird whistling noise. Yeah I know, all of these models have to have some gimmick that makes them unique or interesting. But seriously, those teeth are frigging distracting. Say, you know who else has the London look?
Brick! — The 10 Longest Active Title Droughts in NBA History

Brick! — The 10 Longest Active Title Droughts in NBA History

Featured Posts, Sports
Winning an NBA title is hard. Really hard. But some franchises have taken futility to a whole new level. I speak, of course, about the longest streak of consecutive seasons without winning an NBA championship. Let's take a look at the ten longest active streaks as of the start of the 2012-13 regular season. #10 -- Portland Trail Blazers (35 seasons) The Blazers enjoyed their one and only NBA crown in the 1976-77 season, the year new head coach Jack Ramsay and Hall of Fame center Bill Walton led the team to its first winning campaign and first playoff appearance. The team followed that up by making it to the Western Conference semifinals, where they lost in six games to the Seattle SuperSonics. From that magical season all the way through 2002-03, Portland missed the playoffs...
Comic Caption Contest #1 — Diary Secrets

Comic Caption Contest #1 — Diary Secrets

Ephemera
To commemorate my Facebook page passing 200 Likes, I've unveiling a new contest series! It's pretty simple really -- I've blanked some dialogue from a comic book panel and it's up to one of you, my loyal fans, to write your own. I'd rather it be funny or clever in some way, so let's keep it light. Here's the first contest panel: The fine print: I'll judge the entries personally and announce a winner no later than 4pm Eastern on Friday, April 24. The winner receives a free .mp3! To enter your caption, just head over to the GFS Facebook Fan Page -- click Like if you haven't done so already -- and show me what you got. Only one entry per person will be accepted, and you must be a fan of the Facebook page.
Sears Catalog Highlights: Spring/Summer 1958

Sears Catalog Highlights: Spring/Summer 1958

Capsules, Ephemera, Featured Posts
I hope you enjoyed the gallery of Sears catalog covers I posted recently, because we're really going to get into it now. I've been combing through some classic catalogs of yesteryear to bring you the most interesting images of how people looked and lived back in the day. So here's some galleries from the Spring/Summer 1958 Sears catalog, arranged by area of interest. Images may take a few seconds to load. To see the full collection -- including full-size pictures -- from 1958 and other years, check out my Sears Catalog Museum. (Sorry fellas, no bras or panties in this gallery.) Women's Fashion Children's Fashion Men's Fashion Electronics & Appliances Sports & Games Home Decor Everything Else Random Neat Images
Car Capsule: Life Magazine 1949 Ford Photo Shoot

Car Capsule: Life Magazine 1949 Ford Photo Shoot

Capsules, History
The 1949 Ford is one of the landmark cars of the 20th century. It was one of the first great automotive designs of the Post World War II era, and is still one of my favorites. Life magazine ran a semi-promotional piece called "The New Ford" in their June 14, 1948 issue that showcased the new model. Here are some other images from what I believe to be the initial photo shoot for the piece. They were taken in March 1948 and credited to William J. Sumits. In addition to the obligatory models, there are some really cool shots juxtaposing the '49 Ford with some vintage Model Ts. Click on any thumbnail to see the larger picture.
Album Cover of the Week: The Rolling Stones — Sticky Fingers

Album Cover of the Week: The Rolling Stones — Sticky Fingers

Album Cover of the Week, Music
It was on this day 41 years ago that one of the great albums in rock 'n' roll history was released. I'm talking about Sticky Fingers, the 11th studio effort from the Rolling Stones. It's memorable today not just for great songs like "Brown Sugar," "Wild Horses," and "Bitch," but for the classic album cover. As you might be able to tell from the picture, that's a working zipper on those pants. Apparently the zipper caused some problems for record retailers, but not for the reason you might think. What they complained about was that the zippers were damaging the records due to the way they were stacked together. Subsequent shipments of Sticky Fingers had the zipper undone a bit to minimize vinyl damage. As for the seemingly, er, gifted model for the album, it was not Mick Jagger. I...
Sunday Jazz: Jazz at the Philharmonic, July 1944

Sunday Jazz: Jazz at the Philharmonic, July 1944

Music, Sunday Jazz
The historic Jazz at the Philharmonic (JATP) concert series started by Verve impresario Norman Granz debuted at the Philharmonic Auditorium in Los Angeles, California on July 2, 1944.  It was a star-studded affair, featuring legends such as Buddy Rich, Lester Young, Nat King Cole, Illinois Jacquet, Les Paul, J.J. Johnson, and others. The fascinating thing about the recordings from this show is they serve as an excellent document of the bridge period between the late Swing era and the dawn of Bebop. I've updated by Spotify Sunday Jazz playlist with some choice cuts from the excellent compilation album The Complete Jazz at the Philharmonic on Verve, 1944-1949. Additionally I'd like to share some photos of that first JATP show, taken by Life magazine photographer Gjon Mili.