Vintage Los Angeles
is Alison Martino's YouTube channel featuring a look back at Los Angeles during the 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s. There's an accompanying blog
and a facebook
: Aston Martin DB9
, Space Shuttle
: Art Plotter
, big! burny! mighty!
, DVD drive
, with lasers!
, old scanner
, Pedro & Sybil
, sand plotter
Best known for creating the nostalgic mash-up REMEMBER
), Youtube user Thepeterson teams up with Slackstory to create another video clip time machine: REMEMBER 1994
We visited Weirdo Video back in 07
for propaganda films, but the YouTube channel
has been steadily updating with yesterday's ephemera. Why not enjoy some vintage newsreels about STRIKES! SULTANS! SUEZ! SAN FRANSISCO!
or some FITNESS FADS!
Youtube user Thepeterson puts together collections of the major radio hits, movies, video games, and technology of a given year. So why not take a time machine trip to the media landscape of : 1997
, and 2002
Innovative and extraordinarily talented British animator Run Wrake
is perhaps best known for the short films Rabbit
) and The Control Master
). Run passed away suddenly just a few weeks ago, less than a year after having been diagnosed with cancer. He was 47. Here is an interview with Run
from APEngine. [more inside]
From 1990: A 12 year old, armed with an NES, video camera and VHS recorder, films a walk through on how to beat Mega Man. (SLYT)
What is Pink Lady
? In Japan they are remembered for a string of pop hits in the 70s, but Americans might remember them either from their disco single "Kiss In The Dark
" or from an attempt to sell them to the US market in 1980 via a short-lived NBC variety show Pink Lady & Jeff
) with comedian Jeff Altman.
). The show featured their Japanese hits, UFO
(a bit more rock and roll
), and SOS
along with US hits like Boogie Wonderland
, McArthur Park
and the occasional guest star.
) Also, Roy Orbison
Sadly, the show failed to break out and the two returned to Japan for a series of farewell concerts and retrospectives. Much, much more available at this charmingly retro, utterly exhaustive fan site devoted to them.
Or just read the recaps. [more inside]
The BBC broadcasted the science and technology showcase show Tomorrow's World
(titles on piano
) on 7 July 1965 on BBC1, it ran for 38 years until it was cancelled at the beginning of 2003. Unlike the boosterism of US science programs, Tomorrow's World was more famous for it's live stunts and wry outlook ( James Burke experiences the "convenient" office of the future
and the future of home gardening
and crushing ennui
). The BBC has an archive of episodes and clips for UK visitors
, everyone else will have to be content with clips concerning Home Computers
, New Banking
, Nellie The School Computer
, The Elliot Light Pen
, Mobile Phones
, and Moog Synthesizers.
is a WebGL emulation of the classic Rutt-Etra video synthesizer created by Felix Turner
. It requires a recent version of Chrome or Firefox. If you can't get the synthesizer to work, there is a video of the audioreactive version made with Processing in the author's announcement
. YMMV. Do not taunt Rutt-Etra-Izer.
A German tourist films a trip to New York City in 1983 and 86: Times Square, The Subway
is a video podcast in which a guy systematically described and discusses every
Famicom/NES game released. Currently up to 33 episodes and counting, and covering hundreds of games. [more inside]
The Creator's Project unleashes The Eclectic Method
) latest video, Super Mario Mashup
onto the world with a bonus genre-exploding montage and Q&A trying to put it all together.
Old School Color Cycling with HTML5 This was a technology often used in 8-bit video games of the era, to achieve interesting visual effects by cycling (shifting) the color palette. Back then video cards could only render 256 colors at a time, so a palette of selected colors was used. But the programmer could change this palette at will, and all the onscreen colors would instantly change to match. It was fast, and took virtually no memory. [more inside]
In the mid 80s Honda produced a series of commercials for its popular scooter series
by employing a motley collection of (mostly musical) celebrities. DEVO
- Grace Jones
(with Adam Ant
) - Miles Davis
- Loud Reed (or his music anyway)
- Jim McMahon
- Sandra Bernhardt
The Thriller Diaries
: Michael Jackson’s 1983 “Thriller” remains the most popular music video of all time: a 14-minute horror spoof that changed the business. Behind the scenes it gave its star a temporary home with director John Landis, sparked a near romance with actress Ola Ray, and revealed how damaged the young pop idol already was.
is perhaps the internet's most infamous hack
, digi/net artist
. His work
stands for a growing culture
of artists who run wildly
through animated GIF landscapes populated
with corrupted data-compressed
bunny rabbits and tinny, MIDI renditions
of Savage Garden ballads. As the Lisson Gallery
, London, opens its archives to Arcangel's curatorial eye, could digi/net art
be set to infect
the real, fleshy world
, like a rampant Conficker Worm
? Has YouTube become
the truest reflection of our anthropological
selves? Are we destined to roam the int3erw£bs like the mythic beasts of yore
, hoping, in time
, that digi art can free us
from the confines of this fleshy void?
Hey Paisanos! It's the Super Mario Brother's Super Show
! Hosted by Captain Lou Albano ( previously
) as Mario and Danny Wells as Lugi, the show boasted an unusual list of guest stars
, Magic Johnson
, Erine Hudson
, Moon Zappa
, Regina Williams
(with Capt. Lou in drag) , and in a meta-twist, Cyndi Lauper
trying to find Captain Lou himself. [more inside]
- Like totally bodacious collection of over 1000 music videos from like the raddest decade. Choice. [more inside]
Those of us who were born in the 1970's have a number of indelibly permanent shared experiences. Relive a few of them with
3 hours of MTV from 1983. [more inside]
Playboy. Cowboy. Mandom.
The late Charles Bronson and his perfect chest, in one of his finest early pre-Death-Wish roles. And look out for Percy Helton. Here's a shorter version with more horse.
. [more inside]
hawked Commodores. IBM tried the cast of M*A*S*H
, but without Alan Alda
, who played Atari. Bill Cosby
was a Texas Instruments man. Compaq gave us some funny ones with John Cleese
. Bill Bixby
pushed Tandy with a straight face. Buzz Aldrin, The Pointer Sisters, Tommy LaSorta, and Tip O'Neil
pitched the Amiga. I guess I should include George Plimpton's
Intellivision spots. Apple's covered by everyone else
. Who did I miss?
1970s toy commercials.
From an era when things were more fun
, and fresh
. Whether you were a hipster
or a genius
type, there was some creative
toy to be had. Many toys were educational
and prepared you for the vicissitudes of adulthood
. (YouTube alert!)
The Dot Eaters.
A dauntingly comprehensive history of video games, beginning with proto-PONG and Spacewar!
. If it's difficult to navigate through Captain O's prize matrix, use the handy timeline/scape
(the dates don't work, so don't try). It's an interesting site, for sure, but if it doesn't pique your interest maybe the links page
will, since it's the largest I've ever seen
. In just minutes I found the First Church of Pac-Man
, Super Mario Bros fanfiction
), and a great Robotron shrine
. Plus, this noise
Skeletor and Gang:
What is it about the combination of stop-motion animation, He-Man action figures, and sped-up heavy metal that makes me laugh until I hurt? "Skeletor, Mantenna and Grizzlor are having a party! Oh no! Moss-Man attacks! Defend us Squeeze!"
This is an amazing quicktime movie
about 80's games. Just watching it makes me want to go play some pong. I just love the matrix part.
(Warning: This is a 7mb quicktime movie)