The Blues Brothers

The Blues Brothers

America got their first glimpse of the Blues Brothers during a 1978 episode of Saturday Night Live. Jake and Elwood (played by John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd respectively) brought the house down with their energizing performance, leading to more appearances on the popular show and a well-received album. In 1980, they brought the pair to the big screen in The Blues Brothers, a beloved film filled with great music and plenty of car crashes. Continue reading...

Othello

Othello

When Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder were singing “Ebony and ivory, live together in perfect harmony…” they weren’t singing about Othello, but it might have seemed that way. When this board game’s black and white pieces were laid out, things appeared peaceful at first. But fortunes changed quickly, luck ran out, and come to think of it, there wasn’t any perfect harmony to be found at all. It was every man for himself. Continue reading...

Super Friends

Super Friends

Most kids have a superhero they identify with. Problem is, each used to have their own individual shows and there just wasn’t enough time on Saturday morning for every hero to get a time slot - meaning some young Aquaman fan was probably out of luck. The solution was to put them all together, and that’s precisely what Hanna-Barbera did in 1973, under the umbrella of Super Friends. All the favorites were there – Superman, Batman and Robin, Wonder Woman, even Aquaman, plus a few up-and-coming prospects from the minor leagues. Continue reading...

Hacky Sack

Hacky Sack

Over the years, kids have come up with many creative ways to alleviate boredom at school: some play paper football, some trade notes back and forth, and some just tune out the world with their iPods. One of the coolest ways to kill scholastic downtime is to play with a Hacky Sack footbag. This easily-learned activity became a hit with sports enthusiasts of all ages during the 70s and 80s by providing a fun activity that developed dexterity at the same time. As a result, it became a hit of international proportions. Continue reading...

Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd

Shut the door and turn on the black light lamp, it’s time to groove to Pink Floyd. A band that started out strange and esoteric and became even more strange and esoteric shouldn’t have known such success, but Pink Floyd were masters at bucking conventions. They had few hits, if the Billboard charts are anything to judge by, yet they still have an enormous following around the world. Continue reading...

Up in Smoke

Up in Smoke

For better or worse, the comedy team of Richard “Cheech” Marin and Tommy Chong enjoyed quite the successful career in the 70s, portraying two drug-addled hippies in their popular stand-up routines. This led to a string of well-received comedy albums, enormously popular with the counter-culture youth. In 1978, the pair finally took their act to the big screen, in the first of many feature-length films, Up in Smoke. Filled with drug references and some surprising cameo appearances, the movie was a major success for the duo and has since gone on to become a cult classic. Continue reading...

AC-DC

AC/DC

The 70s filled the radio airwaves with a tide of mellow rock and disco, but if you prefered your music with a harder edge, you couldn't go wrong with just about any album from AC/DC. Overflowing with grinding guitars, catchy riffs, blood-curdling vocals and plenty of attitude, AC/DC was rock and roll in its purest form and their songs catapulted this Aussie band to the top of the charts on numerous occasions. Continue reading...

Alice

Alice

Alice was one of the most successful sitcoms of the ‘70’s and ‘80’s, and it had a rather respectable pedigree. It was developed from the 1974 Martin Scorsese film Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, starring Ellen Burstyn, who won a Oscar for her performance. The TV show took the premise of the movie and introduced television audiences to Alice, a New Jersey single mother with dreams of being a singer, who moves to Phoenix and gets a job in a diner. Continue reading...