Author: The GlamGuru

Dial-a-Disc

Those of us that reside in the UK may remember the days before privatisation of the British telephone system, when it was attached to the mail system and known as the GPO, or Post Office Telephones. In the days before…

British Cars Of The 70s

OK, so you’re no doubt familiar with the old cliche about feeling older when policemen start to look younger. But what about the 90s selection of cars ? Can you tell a Ford Probe from a Mondeo ? Can you…

David Bowie – Music Icon

Sad to hear of the passing of David Bowie today, aged 69. The Naff Caff owes him a proper tribute which will come later. In the meantime, let’s remember one of his MANY great performances. David Bowie – Golden Years

Music Centres

In these days of small, slick hi-fi products in fashionable black, it’s hard to remember the days when teak was “in”. To those of us who survived the late 60s and early 70s with a mono Dansette record player or…

Space Hoppers

As a kid, I never owned a space hopper and I must admit I never harboured a desire for one. It’s only now that this huge rubber satsuma has started to intrigue me. For a start, how did they inflate…

8 Track Cartridge Players

These continuous loops of tape enclosed in plastic which were seen in any Ford Cortina that was a… er…Ford Cortina did not die when car cassette players became popular, ooo no ! Who cares that you could only fast forward…

Soda Syphons

The past few years have seen an increase of interest in 60s/70s instrumental music – I believe it’s called Elevator Music in the States. It has been another string to the record companies bow as they revive old tracks and…

The Stylophone

David Bowie may have used this instrument for one note on Space Oddity and Chicory Tip sounded like they had the mains powered deluxe model on some of their hits, but this forerunner to home keyboards didn’t last too long,…

Coloured Vinyl

1978 was a good or bad year for record collectors depending on how you viewed it ! No more boring black vinyl singles in plain white covers. Surely any single released this year wasn’t even worth listening to if it…

Space Invaders

Somethings never change. I’m hopeless at computer games now and I have always been. Tele-tennis or the latest PC game, it makes no difference. I avoid them all. Space Invaders was different. Back in 1981, all the pubs had a…