Why TV Variety Shows Died: Pink Lady, “Kiss In the Dark” (1979)

(Above: Mie and Kei with Jeff Altman in the hot tub.) A lot of the television that I remember from the 1970s included the variety show. The show format had a long, successful history.  Mentioning the names of some of the hosts bring back pleasant memories of the family gathered around the console on a … Continue reading Why TV Variety Shows Died: Pink Lady, “Kiss In the Dark” (1979)

Happy birthday, Pet Sounds: The Beach Boys, “I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times” (1966)

(Above: Brian Wilson and a goat, from the album cover.) One day last semester during a lecture on the Sixties, I made an offhanded comment that 1966 may have been the greatest year ever in popular music.  As I would hope that they would, students respectfully challenged me to defend my position. "Simple," I said.  … Continue reading Happy birthday, Pet Sounds: The Beach Boys, “I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times” (1966)

May the Quatro be with you: Suzi Quatro and Chris Norman, “Stumblin’ In” (1979)

(Above: Suzi Quatro's debut album, 1978.) Early this morning I saw a take on the Star Wars "May the Fourth be with you" trope invoking Suzi Quatro.  I shared the meme, got a laugh, and then hopped in the shower.  Damned if this song didn't get sung in the shower as a result, so here … Continue reading May the Quatro be with you: Suzi Quatro and Chris Norman, “Stumblin’ In” (1979)