The Best of Retrospace (Part 2)

Here's a selection of some of my favorite posts from the past at retrospace

 

NOTICE: I have stopped updating these "Best of" pages, so none contain posts beyond July 2009.  This is due primarily to the fact that it is time consuming, but also because Retrospace is fairly easily navigated without the need for a "Best of" page to assist readers.  I decided to leave these pages up because I figured they aren't hurting anything or costing me anything - so why not?

 

So, by all means, scan around the "Best of" pages, but please be sure to check in at retrospace. We're sure to have some new stuff you'd like! 

Best of Retrospace Part 1

 

Best of Retrospace Part 3

 

Retrospace Christmas Posts

 

About Retrospace

 

A Sci-Fi Timeline
We are now about eleven years past the time of "Lost in Space" (set in 1997). Where's all the spaceships and robots? It's interesting to look at various science fiction movies and television shows and take note of when they were supposed to take place. Often, like "Lost in Space" they are way off the mark, predicting amazing technologies that probably won't be invented for hundreds of years. However, sometimes they can be quite accurate. Let's look at a few.

 

Creepy Album Covers

Let me start by saying that I do not find the album covers by Iron Maiden or death rock artists like Cannibal Corpse the least bit scary. They seem like something a high school band might come up with, or even Spinal Tap. No, it takes that special something to chill my blood. Here's a few LP's that give me the creeps.

  

Those Meddling Kids

You know the formula - a bunch of kids solve the crime and get the big bad adult arrested. These cartoons all contained the same 4 principle characters: (1) a stud, generally of the beefy variety, who acts as the group's level headed leader, (2) a hot chick, (3) a doofus, usually a hipster of some sort, and (4) a gimmicky comical character like a wacky ghost or a talking shark. If there is an additional character it will be a female, but of an undesirable sort - we'll call this the optional undesirable (5).

 

When Jesus Was Cool

The hippie movement and early seventies idealism had a lot of common ground with Jesus: Jesus had long hair, was a revolutionary, was opposed to materialism and his biggest thing was LOVE.

 

 

 

Existentialism in the Sunday Funnies

Peanuts could be very poignant and philosophical. However, no one waxes existential like my main man, Calvin. Take a look at some Garfield, Marmaduke, Family Circus, and Ziggy for more existential comics.

 

 

 

 

When Musicians Got Hairy

I love to look at pictures of bands from the mid-sixties -they looked like such clean cut gentlemen. Then something happened around the end of the decade. By 1970, these bands became almost unrecognizable from their former fresh faces. These dapper young men all of a sudden became greasy hippies!

 

Should Robots Wear Pants?

This Star Wars trading card would seem to give us our answer. C-3PO should definitely think about slipping into a pair of slacks, or maybe some cargo pants ... something.

 

 

 

 

Worst Comic Book Costumes

After grazing around various sites, here's a few I found that that stand out as particularly bad.

 

 

 

 

The Comics Code Authority

It's a fact that comic books from the 1940's and 1950's were often shockingly brutal and degrading. The Comics Code Authority was created in 1954 to deal with the public outcry - here's a look at the history and ultimate failure of the code.

 

 

 

Robbie the Robot: Cameo King

Created for the science fiction film Forbidden Planet, Robbie the Robot went on to star in a ton of movies, TV shows, commercials and other media. I mean this robot is everywhere. I daresay you won't find a celebrity living or dead who's made more cameos than Robbie.

 

 

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Train Wreck

Everything the Bee Gees touched turned to gold -from Saturday Night Fever, Spirits Having Flown, Grease, a live album, songs for Andy Gibb - they had the Midas touch... that is, until Sgt. Pepper.

 

Witchita Lineman

"Wichita Lineman" ranks as possibly my favorite song ever recorded. Its unique tapestry of sounds, beautiful melody and lonesome melancholy combine to create what can only be called pure mellow gold. It's even been called the first existential country song (have there been others?). So, consider this post a tribute to this timeless Jimmy Webb masterpiece.

 

A Long Time Ago, Everyone Hated Women

I'm being facetious in the title of this post, of course. But it is interesting to reflect on how women were portrayed in days of yore; depending on your perspective, these images are either really funny or really sad.

 

  

Short Skirts in the Sci Fi Future

Throughout the ages, man has envisioned the future in variety of ways, but one thing remains constant.... all women will wear short skirts!

 

 

 

 

The Effects of Celery on Loose Elastic

If you've visited retrospace before, you probably know that I'm often intrigued by the odd and bizarre elements of pop culture history. The paintings of Art Frahm definitely fall into that category.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spreading the Love for Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

 

Not long ago, I proclaimed the glory of Land of the Lost by walking through an episode step by step. Thus, we were able to taste of its greatness and learn of its splendor. This time round, we'll look at one of my favorite shows of all time, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century 

Spreading the Love Buck Rogers Part 2

 

 20 Reasons Why Disco Died

 

A lot of speculation has been made about the reason for the sudden backlash against disco at the close of the 70s. Perhaps it was grounded more in elitism, homophobia and racism than simply a reaction against bad music. While that may be true for some, the fact is that disco had become omnipresent by 1979; commercialized beyond all reckoning. What began as an innovative and underground sound had become a clownish watered down behemoth. Disco had reached critical mass and imploded under its own weight by the close of 1980. I can't begin to list all of the insanely improbable and brazenly awful examples of late 70s disco projects, so let's take look at 20 reasons (in no particular order) why disco bit the dust.

 

The Retrospace Top 100 Songs of the 1970s


Here it is, the definitive list of the best songs from the 1970s - the era between the Beatles and Duran Duran. My only guideline is that an artist can only land on this list one time

 

 

 

 

The Retrospace Top 100 Psychedelic Songs of the 1960s

 

Yes, I'm at it again. This time round, I thought we'd look at those trippy, groovy, psychedelic songs that came out in the latter half of the 1960s. Some of these songs may not fit a strict classification as psychedelia, but classifying music is a risky business anyway.

 


Harper Valley Insanity

 

I saw Harper Valley P.T.A. in the theater as a kid and don't remember being particularly impressed. Re-watching it as an adult, I discovered this movie could be surprisingly disturbing. At certain points, I was reminded of far darker films like Deliverance and I Spit On Your Grave. Think I'm crazy? Read on.

 

Another Trucker Post

 

 It's time we paid another visit to the trucker craze of the 1970's. I still am not completely over my trucker infatuation from over thirty years ago, and feel the need to spread more trucker love.

 

 

 

 

Bold Pinky Move On Old Album Cover Exposed

 

Ever been so bored at work that you found a picture of an old record and started making up stories about all the individuals on the cover?... Yeah, I didn't think so.