Fads and Fashions Of The 70s and 80s

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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 Rolf Harris. On the introductory record that came with your... »

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... »

Curly Perms

Thursday, June 7, 2012
By The GlamGuru
Curly Perms

Oh dear. In 1978, just as hair was getting shorter, punk/new wave fashion had taken over from the baggy trousers with 8 inch waistbands and platform shoes were back on Do Not Bring Out Until The Mid 90s shelf, the Anonymous Saint Of Glam inflicted it’s last joke on the world – curly perms... »

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... »

Featured Fad – I-Spy Books

Thursday, December 30, 2010
By The GlamGuru
Featured Fad – I-Spy Books

They stirred the inquiring mind of the 70′s child, they were educational, they were very cheap…… I Spy books were the first examples of the self help & self education culture….probably. (Well it sounded good when I wrote it !). They didn’t really tell you much about the subject the book covered, but the... »

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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