Tag: 2000s

Logo Evolution: ABC TV

Logo Evolution: ABC TV

TV & Radio
Until the Fox television network went on the air in 1986, the American Broadcasting Company -- ABC -- was the young kid on the block. It began in 1943 as a direct descendant of RCA's NBC Blue radio network. Originally known as the Blue Network, the network was re-branded in 1944 as the American Broadcasting Company. On April 19, 1948 the ABC television network went on the air, and so it is in that year that I begin my look at the history of the ABC-TV network logos. Dates on some of the early logos are approximate. If any readers have more accurate information please let me know in the comments. To check out my history of the NBC logo, click here. Logo #1 (1948 - ?) Not surprisingly, ABC's first television logo was directly inspired by radio -- the same is true for NBC as well. Ba
Retrotisements – McDonald’s McRib

Retrotisements – McDonald’s McRib

Advertising, Retrotisements
If you aren't one of the many McRib believers out there, now is your chance to find enlightenment.  Now through November 14, McDonald's is unleashing one of their menu's white whales* on the American public.  So if you've been missing a certain something in your life -- that something being soft, molded pork-like product slathered in BBQ sauce, onions, and pickles and served on a soft roll -- you can now fill that void.  Just remember to stock up on antacid and toilet paper. But before you head out the door, join me for a quick look back at some McRib ads of yesterday.  First up are a fun pair of spots from 1989: Hey I don't know about you, but McRibs always taste best in an Oldsmobile Firenza. And did you check out that Coke? Does McDonald's even sell soda in cups that small
Listening Booth – Britney Spears, “Toxic”

Listening Booth – Britney Spears, “Toxic”

Listening Booth, Music
Yes that's right, that Britney Spears.  I scoff at just about every recorded utterance her name's ever been attached to, but damn if this isn't one of the most infectious pop songs of the decade.  Of course Britney's vocals are hardly what sells the song - that accolade goes to the crack production job by the Swedish duo of Bloodshy & Avant.  Whoever the hell they are. So yeah, here's the first and last really good song from Britney Spears, 2004's "Toxic".
Gray Flannel Mixtape – Desert Island #1s

Gray Flannel Mixtape – Desert Island #1s

Music
I'm not sure what the origin of the whole "desert island" thing is when referring to music, movies, and other stuff you really like. Why not a tropical island? That one Tom Hanks got stuck on in Cast Away seemed pretty nice, didn't it? Oh right, the point. So apropos of nothing, I recently participated in a fantasy draft on a favorite message board of mine. But instead of drafting a sports team, we picked from a list of every song that has ever reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, now in its 50th year. The only catch was that each team had to select at least two songs from each decade ('58 - '69 was lumped together). That made things interesting, because the pickings for truly good #1 songs started to get real slim starting in the 1990s. Overall I'm pleased with my team,...
Rush Album Countdown: #14 – #12

Rush Album Countdown: #14 – #12

Music
Now that you've had a week to digest the first installment of my countdown of the greatest-ever Rush albums, which shook the World Wide Interweb to its very core, it's time to continue! But first, a quick recap: Part 1 (#17 - #15) -- Rush, Hold Your Fire, Roll the Bones All caught up? Good. #14 - Test for Echo (1996) I guess when you get down to it, '90s Rush just doesn't do it for me (with one exception). Right around the time of Test for Echo's release, Neil Peart had implemented a change in drumming style that Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson claimed brought a freshness to their musical approach. I don't hear it. A lot of this record just sounds plodding to me, which is really hurts otherwise good songs like "Driven," "Limbo," and "Time and Motion." One exception to this is "T