Fads and Fashions Of The 70s and 80s

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8 Track Cartridge Players

Monday, October 29, 2012
By The GlamGuru
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 the 8 track cartridge at double speed if you had a really posh player,... »

Soda Syphons

Thursday, June 7, 2012
By The GlamGuru
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 release them under the hip term Loungecore. So what has this got to do... »

The Stylophone

Thursday, June 7, 2012
By The GlamGuru
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, despite celebrity endorsement from (the now disgraced celeb) Rolf Harris. On the introductory record... »

Coloured Vinyl

Thursday, June 7, 2012
By The GlamGuru
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 wasn’t on COLOURED VINYL ! The first specimen in my collection was a clear... »

Space Invaders

Thursday, June 7, 2012
By The GlamGuru
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 Space Invaders machine and I would invaribly head over to one after a few... »

Real Ale

Thursday, June 7, 2012
By The GlamGuru
Real Ale

OK, so it’s taken as read these days that all the good pubs have handpumps on the bar, but any member of the Campaign For Real Ale will tell you that you had a fight on your hands to find anything but the gassy carbon-dioxide enhanced stuff until the 80s. Northern Britain led the... »

Furry Dice

Thursday, June 7, 2012
By The GlamGuru
Furry Dice

Such is the popularity of this feature, I have started to receive requests…well, one so far, but it’s a start ! So, feel free to drop me a note with suggestions for future fads, but beware – you lay yourself open to Michael Extraction, even though I followed all the fads myself but am... »

The Trimphone

Sunday, January 2, 2011
By The GlamGuru
The Trimphone

Brrrrrpppp, Brrrrpppp…..Brrrppp,Brrrppp……. OK, so it loses a bit in translation, but that’s what the trimphone sounded like. Before the privatisation of the British telephone system, the GPO as it was then known would only allow subscribers to rent telephones from them. The standard bulky ringer phones were fine for Mr & Mrs Average, but... »

The 1980s: A Decade Still Among Us

Friday, February 6, 2009
By The GlamGuru
The 1980s: A Decade Still Among Us

Take a Chill Pill, the ’80s are here to stay Why does there continue to be a fascination with the 1980s? Just recently, Delta Airlines created an in-flight safety video based on the stubborn decade. Everywhere we turn, we see flashes of those colourful times and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Icons... »

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