Tag Archives: 1960s

Holy 1960s Television Apocalypse, Batman!

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Is that your battarang or are you just happy to see me?

“We found that just by the way we stood, affected women dramatically, and if you look at our show, you’ll see that we always stood with our legs open our fists on hips and our bat bulges forward, which had a profound effect on women!” – Burt Ward

I found a few of my favorite clips from perhaps the most ridiculously awesome show ever to ever grace American television: Batman.

 

I watched the hell out of it when I was a kid (thank heavens for syndication) and for some odd reason I always wanted to be Robin. So much to the point that my mom made me a yellow cape with a large “R” sewn onto it.

Don’t ask me why I chose his lame ass as a role model. Maybe I just wanted to wear tiny green shorts and a black mask on my face.

“You shake a pretty mean cape, Batman!”

If he were my partner I’d have to kill him with my battarang.

What…there’s no such thing as shark repellent?

And le’ts not forget this little gem: http://holysmokesbatman.com/

Happy Music Friday: Vietnam Edition

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How many roads must a man walk down, before you can call him a man? - Bob Dylan, Blowing In The Wind

Although I wasn’t born until 1979, this is still the music that I grew up with thanks to my parents. There’s something about music of this era that just seems so right — as if this is the way music was meant to sound.

I saw Platoon last night for the first time in over 10 years (in college I decided to watch all of the war movies that I never got to watch as a kid) and I had forgotten about what an amazing sound that time period had. The music reflected perfectly the strains of society and the way America was changing as a nation — more grit, teeth and blood. The youth were expanding their horizons with drugs, sex and ignoring the norms of society in favor of finding their own way.

The times, they were a’changin’.

It also reminded me of the television series China Beach. I really liked that show, although I guess I was a little young for it.

Although not necessarily the most upbeat topics for Happy Music Friday, I still really like the music. It’s thought-provoking and a departure from a lot of the crap we get today. Nothing like a little social justice and self reflection to inspire a good song.

And now, on with the show.

Modern-Day Mad Men

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"You don't know how to drink. Your whole generation, you drink for the wrong reasons. My generation, we drink because it's good, because it feels better than unbuttoning your collar, because we deserve it. We drink, because it's what men do." - Roger Sterling

The flawed and philandering, chain-smoking, liquor-guzzling crew from Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce is back (almost). After waiting for what seems to have been an eternity, I only have one more week until I get to step back inside the fascinating world of 1960s advertising (for those who really want to step inside, here’s the SCDP floor plan).

Not only are the characters wonderfully written, but the visuals (production design, sets, hair, makeup and wardrobe) are stunning. Actually, that’s a lot of my reason for loving the show so much. I have kind of a fascination with certain time periods in history and the 50s/60s are a particular favorite (mostly for the emerging design aesthetics and changing music and social constructs).

I decided to put together my own little mood board inspired by Mad Men. These items all hint at mid-century design while being updated enough to still be useful in our post-iPod era. There’s even a convenient way to carry your happy pills.

I’m looking at you, Betty.

Modern-Day Mad Men

"You want to be taken seriously? Stop dressing like a little girl." - Joan Holloway