Tag: disco

Battle of the CHiPs TV Theme Songs!

Battle of the CHiPs TV Theme Songs!

TV & Radio
Yesterday I posted an image on my Facebook page of an old CHiPs Emergency Medical Kit toy, and we all had fun with it. I'm not sure why a medical kit is a relevant toy for a show about motorcycle cops, but whatever. But it got me to thinking about an age-old question. Of the two main theme songs CHiPs used over the course of its six-season run, which is the better one? I know what my answer is, but I need to know what you think. For reference, here are the choices. Both were written by John Parker, by the way. Here's the intro used for season 1, which is fairly close to what was used for the pilot episode as well. It was also used on occasion in later seasons. CHiPs season-6 with 1977 theme by deadsnake As you can hear, we've got a bit of a laid back mariachi thing going
The Best Bizarre Christmas Album Covers Ever, Part 2

The Best Bizarre Christmas Album Covers Ever, Part 2

Album Cover of the Week, Music
I had to take a year off after the first gallery of odd Christmas album covers, but I'm back with a strange vengeance. Here's another set of Yuletide records sure to leave you saying, "Ho ho huh?" The Border Brass -- Tijuana Christmas (date unknown) So outrageous it can't possibly be offensive, right? From the back cover: Take the festive spirit of the Christmas season, spice well with the merry mariachi sounds & you have a wassail bowl full of the happiest holiday music ever! Nina and Frederik -- Christmas at Home with Nina and Frederik (1960) From the looks of Frederik, there's only one of four things he wants to do this Christmas. 1. Sex you up. 2. Chop you into little pieces. 3. Sex you up and then chop you into little pieces. 4. Chop you into little pieces an...
Sunday Jazz: Ron Carter’s “Empire Jazz”

Sunday Jazz: Ron Carter’s “Empire Jazz”

Music, Sunday Jazz
For most of my life I assumed that when it came to other musicians offering their take on John Williams' timeless scores for the Star Wars trilogy, the be all and end all was Meco's Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk. Who hasn't gotten down to the stone cold disco groove of "Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band" at least once in their life? But it turns out there is actually more sweet Star Wars tuneage from that era. Take, for example, this week's Sunday Jazz entry. It's five tracks of the swingin' space jazz courtesy of legendary bassist Ron Carter -- Empire Jazz. And dig that cover art! It was released in 1980 on the RSO Records label. RSO (home of the Bee Gees) also distributed the official soundtrack for The Empire Strikes Back, so this release seems like a natural progression. OK, maybe no...
GFS home movies: SoulBoy

GFS home movies: SoulBoy

Movies
I don't think it's possible for me to watch a coming-of-age dance movie like SoulBoy without tracing some threads back to the godfather of them all - Saturday Night Fever.  The key story elements are all there.  Working-class boy meets a girl seemingly beyond reach, and sets about to win her through the power of dance.  He is oblivious to the adoration of a more down-to-earth girl.  Along the way he grows up a little, comes to resent his clownish friends, and it all ends with a climactic dance-off for all the glory. The two leading men - Martin Compston's Joe McCain and John Travolta's Tony Manero - seem to be cut from the same cloth.  They're both working class stiffs (Joe is a delivery boy, Tony is a paint store lackey), they both find purpose in dancing, and they both eventually
Album covers of the week: Bizarre Christmas covers

Album covers of the week: Bizarre Christmas covers

Album Cover of the Week, Music
I could probably start an entirely new blog dedicated just to weird Christmas album covers (or at least a Tumblr feed), but instead I'll just present a few of my favorites here.  These aren't bad or ugly covers per se, but ones that don't quite capture the traditional holiday spirit.  Enjoy! Six Million Dollar Man 4 Exciting Christmas Adventures, 1978 I thought the Six Million Dollar Man was supposed to be a good guy?  Based on this cover, it seems as if he's killed Santa, put on his costume, and jettisoned St. Nick's corpse into space on board a rocket.  Man, that's effed up.  Jolly ol' Steve Austin looks like he's getting some kind of sick thrill from the whole thing - check out that demonic smirk. Later, Austin uses his bionic powers to crush the Elves' Revolt.  You haven't liv