Cher is known for her incredible vocal power, soufulness, and showmanship. To demonstrate her versatility, she played all of the major roles in a mini production of the musical West Side Story for her 1978 show Cher… Special. The same show featured a heaven vs. hell musical battle between Dolly Parton and The Tubes.
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With locations in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia, the Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines is filled with vintage arcade machines that date back to the Soviet era. Incredibly, the machines have all been restored and are playable. Baklykov. Live takes us on a tour of the museum, its machines, and other artifacts.
The Cybertronic Spree is a cover band who performs as stylized versions of the Transformers. Beyond their impressive cosplay, they’re also talented musicians, as they demonstrate with this powerful cover version of Heart’s classic Barracuda. If you missed it before, check out their cover of Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song.
Techmoan looks back at a popular toy sold from the 1960s to the 1980s. Made by General Electric, and later by Gabriel Toys, the Show ‘N Tell combined a record player with a filmstrip projector. As kids played the “PictureSound” records, the film strip moved through the light path, casting images onto a rear-projection screen.
Replicating every detail of the 1979 classic, this 38mm wristwatch even has the period-accurate woven stainless steel band. Like the original, it features a rotating outer ring, luminescent hands, and dial markers, updated with a modern quartz movement. It’s available in eight colorways, but we love it in the classic blue and red.
Cloudnola’s modern take on mechanical flip clocks has large, easy-to-read digits, and can either be wall-mounted or placed on a tabletop. It has a sturdy metal frame, and its flip panels are made from PVC. It measures 14.96″ w x 5.51″ h and runs on a single D battery (not included).
In the 1970s, Liz Carmichael tried to go up against the big-three automakers with her own car company. The three-wheeled, two-seater Dale was marketed as something revolutionary, but as HBO’s documentary explores, Liz was a master of smoke and mirrors, and eventually went down in a blaze of controversy. Drops 1.31.21.
Watchmaker Armitron continues to build out its Retro Collection with a blue version of their Griffy LED watch, which was previously only available with a red display. Ther 1970s-inspired watch has stainless steel case and link band, and its screen remains black until you push a button on its side.
One of the more popular things to do with footage from the classic Peanuts cartoons is to edit them dancing and singing to make them look like they’re performing a different song. Garren Lazar’s latest edit has the gang tackling the 1971 Yes track Roundabout, and it’s quite perfectly synced up with the prog-rock masterpiece.
The personal computing revolution didn’t reach the masses until the 1980s, but back in the 1970s, a groundswell was forming among hardcore tech nerds. LGR takes a look back at a number of the unusual computer designs that emerged in the years leading up to the PC revolution.
When gearheads think of hot hatches, the Volkswagen Golf GTI often comes to mind as the genre’s first entry. Goodwood Road & Racing looks back at the early days’ hot hatches to show off some even earlier models, along with other small and agile cars which kicked off the trend in Europe.
The members of the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain bring their own unique spin to the 1977 Stiff Records track Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, originally performed by Ian Dury and the Blockheads. Being the afternoon tea-sipping sophisticates that they are, they tweaked the final chorus.
Editor Matthew Highton likes to recreate the openings of classic TV shows using only stock footage. He recently remade the title sequence from the 1970s hit Happy Days, and the result is pretty great. Matthew did a respectable job capturing the feel of the original and made some pretty amusing selections for the cast images.
MezcoToyz present a boxed set of action figures inspired by Walter Hill’s classic film The Warriors. The retro-style 5 Points set includes Swan, Ajax, Cleon, the Baseball Fury Leader, and Baseball Fury Lieutenant, along with tiny baseball bats, spray paint, a Molotov cocktail, a pipe, switchblade, chain, and spiked wooden plank.
The Martin Scorsese classic Taxi Driver and the TV series Taxi have at least a few things in common: a New York City setting, an ensemble of quirky characters, and… taxi cabs. So it made perfect sense to video editor kingkida to combine the two, giving Robert De Niro a starring role on a 1970s ABC sitcom.
Inspired by legendary daredevil Evel Knievel, comes a remake of one of the most iconic kids toys of the 1970s. The classic wind-up stunt bike set is back in production for a limited time. The new version has an improved gear mechanism so you can send your pint-sized stunt man flying even faster.
We love it when a musician manages to replicate the sound of a classic TV theme. One we haven’t heard in ages is the theme from CHiPs. KOSmusic knocked it out of the park with his cover of the season 2 version of the theme, which captures the disco spirit of the 1977 primetime cop drama. His Knight Rider is equally impressive.
“There are times when all the world’s asleep. The questions run too deep.” Supertramp’s 1979 track The Logical Song is loaded with thoughtful poetry and brilliant instrumentation. While we don’t know if anyone will ever top the original, Pomplamoose have definitely assembled an excellent cover of the track.
Once we rose above the noise and confusion, we came across this fun cover of the 1976 Kansas rock hit Carry on Wayward Son, played with way more squeezebox, mandolin, banjo, and upright bass than the original. Performed energetically by the Finnish bluegrass band Steve’n’Seagulls
After 8 long months, Chicago remix duo the The Hood Internet has completed their retrospective series, with each of their tracks representing a year from 1979 and 1989, and each brilliantly capturing the best and most memorable music of the era. Enjoy our playlist and let all 11 tracks fill your ears with joy.
Iggy Pop’s timeless tune “The Passenger” is a highlight from 1977’s Lust For Life – Pop’s most successful solo album. Finally, 43 years later, it has an official video. Directed by Simon Taylor, the cinematic black-and-white montage is inspired by the nocturnal rides Iggy took with David Bowie during their memorable collaborations.
Yusuf / Cat Stevens teamed up with director Chris Hopewell and Black Dog Films to create an animated music video for his classic Where do the Children Play?, an ecological anthem which is as relevant today as ever. The revamped track will be featured on Tea for the Tillerman², which celebrates his acclaimed 1970 album.
Musician Doctor Mix once again proves he’s a synthesizer god, with an awesome cover version of Earth, Wind & Fire’s 1979 classic ballad After the Love Has Gone, played entirely on electronic instruments. With a heaping helping of vocoder, it sounds like a bonus track off of Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories.
Back in the 1970s, Pong was all the rage. But for those who didn’t have a spare TV to play the game on, there were handheld knock-offs like Blip. YouTube channel Tech Tangents takes a look at this unusual piece of gaming history, and shows off its clever mechanical innards.