Wednesday, December 28, 2011


According to a website called Rock Edition, Sean Bonniwell, lead singer of the influential 60s garage band The Music Machine, has died at age 71. This is about the only article on Boniwell's death on the Internet. Apparently, the mainstream media is more interested in unimportant people like Tim Tebow and Sarah Palin.

The Music Machine had one major Top 40 hit in 1966 with "Talk Talk," followed by "People In Me," which made it to #66 in 1967. They also had two singles in 1967 that became cult favorites, "Double Yellow Line" and "The Eagle Never Hunts the Fly."  When they moved to Warner Brothers in late 1967, they became known as The Bonniwell Music Machine, which was more sunshine pop than early punk/metal.

With Sean Bonniwell and Michael Jackson both deceased (as well as Slappy White), we will probably be forced to listen to some doofus country singer who wears two gloves (probably those Wells Lamont gloves because Paul Harvey advertised them).

The video is of the Music Machine performing "Talk Talk" on Where The Action Is. Along with "Pushin Too Hard" by the The Seeds, "Talk Talk" could be the story of my life.

UPDATE (12/29/2011):  The Los Angeles Times has an article on the death of Sean Bonniwell. Kudos to them.

Sunday, December 25, 2011


That is me, Christmas 1978.

If you are looking for something to read until Santa arrives, here is a Slate article, by Steely Dan's Donald Fagen,  on writer and radio host Jean Shepherd. His book, In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash, was the basis for the movie, Christmas Story.  Also found a piece on Vince Guaraldi, who composed the music for A Charlie Brown Christmas and other the Peanuts cartoons of the 60s and 70s.

Saturday, December 24, 2011


I featured these in 2008 on the old blog. The two liquor ads come from a 1959 Lebanon Daily Record. The ads for Cranks Drug Store and Woolworths are from 1959 Springfield News Leader. As with anything I did at that time, it upset some people here in Springfield. Lebanon has always had a better sense of humor about this stuff.
Here are somethings I find funny about this:
  • Mr. Magoo pitching beer.
  • Woolworths is having a "gay Xmas."
  • Cranks is also celebrating "Xmas."
  • Cranks and other retail stores in the 50s seem to always have a sale on Milk of Magnesia and women's underpants (3-for-1) the same week. Is there a correlation? 
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I noticed on FeedJit this morning that someone had landed on this blog after Googling "santa claus retro coca cola."  I assume they were looking for one of the many Santa Claus ads for Coca Cola from the past. I found this one on a 1960 Life magazine. Unfortunately, my scanner is small, but I hope it gives you an idea of what great artwork was involved in this ad campaign.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Peace On Earth. Classic Christmas cartoon. MGM 1939.

The poignant Hugh Harman cartoon was nominated for both a Oscar and Nobel Peace Prize. I do believe there will come a day when squirrels take over the world.

Friday, December 16, 2011

The Snow Man 1940

Produced by Terrytoons, the company that gave us Mighty Mouse, Heckle & Jeckle and Deputy Dawg. This was supposed to be a parody of such popular films of the day as Frankenstein and King Kong.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Laugh-In star Alan Sues dies at 85

’Laugh-In’ player Alan Sues dies at 85

Forgive the strange link above, it is from MSNBC. It is an obit for comedy actor Alan Sues, from the 60s and 70s TV show Laugh-In. Here is Alan Sues as Peter Pan in a 1972 Peter Pan Peanut Butter commercial.

Friday, December 2, 2011


Actor Christian Bale has announced he will not play Batman again. I didn't like his Batman movies. I even said on my old blog that that The Dark Knight would suck before it even hit the theaters. Some little dork got upset about it and even had other comic book geeks posting nasty things about me on IMDB. I should note that if you Google "the dark knight sucks" you will find that many people agreed with me. There is even a Facebook sight for people who feel the same as me about the film.

I've decided to give you my idea of what the next Batman movie, after The Dark Knight Rising, should be like and who should be in it. First off, it needs to be a hip, satirical comedy version of the 60's TV series, much like the Brady Bunch movies of the 90s. As for stars, Batman should be played by Patrick Warburton, who played The Tick in the TV show (Top photo). Robin the Boy Wonder should be played by Justin Bieber (Bottom photo). Alfred should be played by John Cleese and Aunt Harriet by Jean Stapleton (Edith from All In the Family and the movie featured in my last post, Cold Turkey). Rounding out the cast would be Robbie Coltrane as Chief O'Hara and as Adam West as Commissioner Gordon.

Of course, an opinion, like this one, is why I'm considered the Super-Villain of the Ozarks!!! Mwu-HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
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