Anorak

Key Posts | Anorak - Part 30

Key Posts Category

10 Devastating Action Figure Disappointments

IMAGINE you’re a kid, it’s 1978 and you’re opening birthday presents.  Your heart is full of optimism and joy in anticipation of what lies underneath the festive wrapping.  As you tear away the paper, your smile fades to an expression …

Posted: 14th, February 2014 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts, The Consumer | Comments (4) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Read a Highly Distressing Coloring Book from 1953

lastscan01

 

THE point of this colouring book was to teach the youngsters of 1953 good safety lessons via the alphabet.  From a perspective of 60 years later, some of these lessons seem, well, I think “distressing” is the best word …

Posted: 13th, February 2014 | In: Books, Flashback, Key Posts | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


When You Wish Upon A Star: Exploring the Spirituality of Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

encounters1

THE second-highest grossing film of 1977 (right behind George Lucas’s Star Wars) was Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of The Third Kind, a science fiction film concerning mankind’s first official contact with alien life-forms.

Close Encounter’s narrative also involves the …

Posted: 12th, February 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


On This Day In Photos: John Lennon Sings Instant Karma! With A Sanitary Towel On Top Of The Pops

ON this day in history – 1970: John Lennon performed his solo single Instant Karma! on Top Of The Pops.

 

lennon

 …

Posted: 12th, February 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Music | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


How Mary Quant’s Mini-Skirt Made London ‘Atwinkle With Thighs’ And Swing

 

EVERYBODY knows that Mary Quant invented the mini-skirt. Except she didn’t. In reality nobody really knows for sure who produced the diminutive garment first. Some say it was John Bates, famous for dressing Diana Rigg so memorably in The

Posted: 11th, February 2014 | In: Celebrities, Fashion, Flashback, Key Posts | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Checking The Mail: Jan Moir’s Dating Advice

jan moir

 

Checking The Mail: Jan Moir’s dating advice

 

I’D take dating advice from the reanimated corpse of Lucretia Borgia before I turned to Jan Moir for lessons in love. Still, it doesn’t stop Dacre’s most delightful attack dog from …

Posted: 11th, February 2014 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


1980s Video Game Hell: 5 Cartridges of Shame

ONCE the Atari 2600 hit its stride in ’81, there was simply no stopping the tsunami of video game offerings. The transition from coin operated arcade games to systems you could play in your living room can’t be overstated – …

Posted: 11th, February 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Technology, The Consumer | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Stairway To Heaven? Six Genre Movies That Depict The After-Life

   brainstorm6

 

THE greatest unanswered question of human life is, paradoxically, about death.

What follows our duration on this mortal coil?…

Posted: 11th, February 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Never Meet Your Heroes: In 1984 A Teenaged Fan Met ‘Poofy’ Duran Duran And Came Away Unimpressed

ON January 19, 1984, 16-year-old Tracy Nolan met top pop act Duran Duran. Smash Hits magazine was there to record the “Special Night Out”.

 

Screen shot 2014-02-10 at 12.49.43

 

Things we learn:

Posted: 10th, February 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Music | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


70s Rock Bands: When It Was Cool To Look Homeless

 

FOR some reason, it became a thing of pride for 1970s rock musicians to look as homeless and ungroomed as humanely possible. We may have chided the ’90s grunge bands for wallowing in filth, but that was nothing compared …

Posted: 10th, February 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Music | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


You’ll Blow Your Mind Out In A Car: The Hellish Rolling Stone Mag Beatles Tribute Of 1977 (Video)

rolling stone mag beatles tribute

THIS might be the world’s worst Beatles tribute. In 1977, Rolling Stone Magazine booked Ted Neeley (Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar), Patti Labelle, Ritchie Havens, Yvonne Elliman (she was Christ’s Mary Magdalene) and more for A Day In The

Posted: 9th, February 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Music | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Ken Ham’s Creationists Get Their Questions Answered With Humour

 

ARE you a creationist?  Matt Stopera at Buzzfeed invited creationists at a debate between Bill Nye ‘The Science Guy‘ and Creation Museum founder Ken Ham to write questions for those who believe in evolution. They would then …

Posted: 7th, February 2014 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Weasels Ripped My Flesh! 10 Awesome Pulp Headlines

IS there anything better than a mid-century men’s action magazine?  They were chock full of lurid stories and provocative artwork depicting female biker gangs, nympho pirates, Gestapo dominatrices, etc.  If it fulfilled a macho fantasy, it was fair game, and …

Posted: 7th, February 2014 | In: Books, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


50 Years Ago, The Beatles Landed at JFK: 10 Great American Beatles Rip Offs

OF course, The Fab Four’s time in America is very well documented. No-one needs to know more about the whole Bigger Than Jesus thing and George Harrison’s ‘spotty youths’ comment when he visited the hippies on the West Coast.…

Posted: 6th, February 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Music | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Life Once Removed: One Woman’s Wonderful Life With Her Fake Family (Photos To Make You Hate Your Life And Envy Hers)

IN 2010, we shone a light on the Doll Forum – the online meeting place for adult doll owners. We showed you photos from Mechwizard’s holidays with Zara, a tall brunette with long hair and well-appointed orifices. We waited. …

Posted: 6th, February 2014 | In: Key Posts, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Childhood’s End: The Five Most Terrifying Movies Made From A Child’s Perspective

child5

 

ALFRED Hitchcock once remarked that every person understands fear, because everyone was once a child.  “After all,” he declared, “weren’t we all afraid as children?”.

According to the authors of Monsters under the Bed and

Posted: 6th, February 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (4) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Bullshit, Bastards & Bylines: What To Learn From Tumblr, Buzzfeed, HuffPo And Upworthy…Yes, Really

 

Buzz me, Huff me, make me up Worthy

What to learn from Tumblr, Buzzfeed, HuffPo and Upworthy…yes, really

Which media organisations have mastered making the web jump to their own sick tunes? Buzzfeed and The Daily Mail. The rest …

Posted: 6th, February 2014 | In: Key Posts, News, Technology | Comments (27) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Read The Document That Caused A British Magistrates’ Court To Demand Mormon Church Prove Adam And Eve Were Real

THIS is incredible. The Telegraph reports on a criminal case that is utterly nuts. The head of the Mormon Church movement is being summoned to prove the religion is based on facts that can be proven by science. If he …

Posted: 6th, February 2014 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Groovy Vintage T-Shirt Adverts

17_I

 

MY MOST BELOVED possessions in the 1970s were my T-shirts.  They were my identity.  My Kiss concert shirt was proof that I’d witnessed the greatest show on earth.  My Pete Rose shirt was proof of my allegiance to the …

Posted: 6th, February 2014 | In: Fashion, Flashback, Key Posts | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


12 Stupendous Movie Tagline Fails

THEY had one job. Just write a single sentence about a movie.  It’s not quantum physics. After millions of dollars spent and many months of filming and editing, it comes down to the humble tagline writer to simply scrawl a …

Posted: 5th, February 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Three Hats For Lisa: Swinging London And Sid James Gives The Greatest Musical Performance In Cinema History

three hats for lisa 1

 

IS this the greatest musical performance in cinema history?

Joe Brown, French-born Sophie Hardy (who played the eponymous Lisa Milan), Sid James, Una Stubbs and Dave Nelson hit the big screen – in colour – with the 1964 release …

Posted: 5th, February 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Inside Woody Allen: When The Comic Was A Syndicated Cartoon

 

BETWEEN 1976 and 1984, Woody Allen was the 2D star of Stuart Hample’s comic strip Inside Woody Allen. 

 

woody allen inside 6

 

 …

Posted: 4th, February 2014 | In: Celebrities, Flashback, Key Posts | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Sex Sells Tobacco: 10 “Smoking Hot” Vintage Adverts

THE STORY of tobacco in advertising is a long and winding tale.  At some points it has targeted children, at others it has tried to sound like a health food.  The specter of cancer has loomed over the product for …

Posted: 4th, February 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, The Consumer | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


“They’re Dead. They’re All Messed Up” – How George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead Recreates the Unrest of 1968

THE AMC original TV series Mad Men (2007 – ) set its latest season against a disquieting historical backdrop: the turbulent events of the year 1968.

Specifically, Matthew Weiner’s award-winning period drama book-ended the season with allusions to two classic …

Posted: 3rd, February 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0