Toys From My Childhood-Wonder Woman Doll from Mego

This is a toy from my childhood, although I didn’t actually own this.  Here is the Wonder Woman Doll from Mego.

I guess Nubia was a more pressing matter than the Major’s crushed spine.


Compilation Albums from the Back In The Day

Before Now That’s What I Call Music Volume 3.14159265358979323846264338327950288 existed, companies such as K-Tel and Sessions presented us with all the greatest hits of the moment we could ever dream of!  Why buy Frampton Comes Alive when you can wait for the K-Tel compilation album to hear Do You Feel Like I Do? Like the compilation CD’s of today, these gems were advertised on television.  Unlike the compilations of today, you had the option to buy it on LP, 8-track, and that new fangled thing called the cassette tape.

Here are a few of those commercials.  Some of these I actually remember.

Disco Fever!

Keep your Saturday Night Fever going all week long with Disco Fever…fever…fever…fever!  Or at least keep it going into Sunday…Sunday…SUNDAY!!!  I know that disco is a much maligned music genre, but the fact that this record album is capable of shooting lasers almost makes me want to buy it.

And for those of you who were not born yet or were too little to remember when Star Wars Episode IV:  A New Hope, or as we called it back in the day, Star Wars, came out, everybody and their Uncle Owen tried to tie it in with things that had absolutely nothing to do with Star Wars to make it look cool and get you to buy it.

K-Tel’s Music Machine

I have tried to stay away from compilation videos of commercials  in favor of the commercial on its own.  I made the exception for this K-Tel album titled “Music Machine”.   After you watch that part, you’ll see why:

Is it just me or does Peter McCann look like a Will Forte character on Saturday night live?

After the Korvette’s commercial, there is a commercial for Sessions Solid Gold, which I think dates from the 1980’s that feature oldies that the oldies station doesn’t play anymore.

Love Songs of the 70s

When picking the songs you wish to put on your compilation album, it’s a good idea to actually listen to the songs in question first to avoid any potentially embarrassing gaffes.

Case in point, The Morning After was the theme from the original 1973 movie The Poseiden Adventure, which was a disaster movie about a cruise ship where everyone died at the end.  Did the people responsible for compiling the songs for this album think this was a song about that morning after post-coital after glow?

Maybe it’s just me, but my idea of romance isn’t giving me the choice between making love or fooling around, either.  But even taking those lyrics in context, the song Do You Want To Make Love is actually a break up song.

And maybe this serves as a powerful aphrodisiac for some people, but songs about animals dying doesn’t trip my trigger at all.  Shannon is about a dead dog and Wildfire is about a horse made of tender vegetation that some unnamed person keeps running and calling to.

K-Tel’s Dumb Ditties

Before Kidz Bop, there was K-Tel’s Dumb Ditties, presented to you by Meatwad’s Dad.   This commercial is very ingrained into my consciousness.

It was so ingrained into my consciousness, I have had the chorus from My Mommy Said Not to Put Beans in My Ears looping in my head since 1977.  Not continuously, but at odd and random times, this ear worm would slither out from under the rock it lived under in the furthest reaches of my grey matter to taunt and torment me until it got bored and crawled back into it’s hiding place.  At times, I thought I may have imagined this commercial, because nobody else remembered it.  Thanks to You Tube, I can feel better knowing that yes, this source of my torment actually existed.

20 Top Hits

As with anything successful, there is always a designer knock-off.   Such is the case with this next compilation.

You’re getting the biggest hits of “today” or 1975 (or is it 1973?  Or perhaps 1974?), but these must have been the studio outtakes because the guy singing Band on the Run in the commercial sure doesn’t sound like Paul McCartney at all.  Greatest hits of today?  The Entertainer was from 1899, if I’m not mistaken.  And isn’t The Lord’s Prayer is an oldie from 30 AD?  And what’s with the disclaimer about “because of low royalties, we can’t name the artists”.  What does that mean?   And they said “original hits”, but are these from the original artists?  I’m starting to feel a little gypped now. Exclusive my aunt’s fanny!!  Caveat emptor, my friend. Caveat emptor.

Weird Commercials From Back In The Day-Episode 2

Today on Weird Commercials from Back in the Day, we travel back to the 1970s, the decade that good taste forgot and ten of the most impressionable years of my life.  Being exposed to some of this weirdness has molded me into the warped little monkey I am today.


Green screen technology was invented for the sole purpose of showing a grown man boating in my toilet tank.


Weird Ads from “Back In the Day” #1

Welcome to the first installment of “Weird Ads from Back in the Day”, where I give you some weird old ads I found on You Tube.  Today’s episode is all about some odd ads from the 1960s.  I was born in 1970, so kids, I am just as baffled as you are.

The first ad is on old ad for General Mills “Country Corn Flakes” which feature some very odd mutant farm animals, the couple from the American Gothic painting begging you to please buy their cornflakes, and arguably the hookiest jingle ever.

Our next ad for Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head isn’t weird.  But if your parents or grandparents ever told you that in their day, Mr. Potato Head was a real potato, they weren’t kidding.  In my day, Mr. Potato Head was the plastic toy we all know and love.

This next ad is for a contraption called the “Swing Wing”.   A more appropriate name for this would be the Whiplash Master 5000.   Years later, people would be doing this same motion at heavy metal concerts, only without the aid of a dorky looking beanie.

In spite of the Civil Rights Movement and the Civil Rights Act being passed in the 1960s, blatant racism was a-ok in TV commercials.    Watch this and cringe.

I’m not sure how a screeching howler monkey taunting this lion would get me to buy this cereal.   And are they on a fire base in ‘Nam?

It’s a Sloppy-a-Joe-Go!  Features a lame attempt at forcing a dance craze and some slang into the vernacular of the day.

And finally, if you’re a fan of Mystery Science Theater 3000, here is the origin of the “I thought you were Dale” riff.  Mrs. Burke is the original cougar.

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