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Kite Packaging Art

Beatuiful Kite Packaging Art

If you are ever in a beach town, one place you should always stop is the local pharmacy. Better yet, if they have one, a Five and Ten store. They are filled with wondrous beach related items, which are sometime available outside of that world, but usually not in such numbers. Recently I was lucky enough to visit a small town and spied a Five and Ten and was not disappointed with what I found. Innumerable cheap plastic toys and games, plus a kite section as dense as a breakfast cereal aisle. While looking a these kites, I started to fixate on the kite packaging art.

A lot of this work reminds me of the packaging on fireworks. Which is another type of packaging that I have always adored. Something I also tend to look for or associate with beach towns. Or as we say in New Jersey, Shore Towns.

It is colorful and creative, so I thought I would snap a few photos and share it here on the site. A lot of these are not technically retro, but I don’t think that kite packaging art changes all that often. If you bought kites as a kid, I think you might be have seen a few of these Gayla and Krazy Kite packages before.

Colorful Kite Packaging Art


Beautiful stuff right? Besides the apparent timelessness of the style, what really pleases me about this art, is that it is just being made at all. Somewhere a company exists that needs to sell colorful kites. They have artists, who they pay money to create delightfully colorful kites and then perhaps another person who is designing the label to help sell that kite. Each of these kites is nearly identical in style, so the only selling point is the design.

If I met one of these designers, I would have so many questions. How often do they release a new kite? What is the design process like? Do they try to fight the trends? If you work at Gayla, or Krazy, can you go in and pitch a new kite concept? What do those presentations look like?

Tune - X Files

Retroist Scoreboard: The Tune Is Out There

Tune

“The Tune is out there, Scully.”

As promised last week, this week is for the X-Files fans among you, as La-La Land rolls out a 2-disc compilation of highlights from Mark Snow’s scores for the most recent “event season” of The X-Files, and the track list is a pretty tempting one:

Disc One
MY STRUGGLE
1. Prologue (2:59)
2. THE X-FILES Main Title (Season 9) (0:36)
3. Ride to Roswell (2:09)
4. Call to Mulder (1:49)
5. Sveta (4:31)
6. Sveta Exam (1:47)
7. Alien Replica Vehicle/Element 115 (3:09)
8. Lab Labors (2:16)
9. Sveta’s Story (3:17)
10. Mulder’s Office (1:58)
11. Deep Throat (2:35)
12. Home Fire (1:55)
13. Conspiracy Montage (5:14)
14. Sveta Confesses (1:48)
15. Parking Garage (2:26)
16. Sveta Gets Zapped (1:18)
17. Smoking Man (0:44)

FOUNDER’S MUTATION
18. Insecure Insecurity (2:30)
19. Hand Message (3:33)
20. Pull the Thread/Semi-Alien Boy (10:04)
21. Capsules (5:01)
22. Aquaiescent (1:46)
23. A Mother Never Forgets (2:23)
24. The Farm House/Catching Kyle (3:32)
25. The Real Molly (2:46)
26. Mulder’s Memories (2:47)
Disc One Total Time: 75:55

Disc Two
HOME AGAIN
1. City Shower Services (1:15)
2. No Prints/The Call (2:17)
3. Extubation (0:37)
4. Remorse (1:41)
5. Sub-Urban (3:05)
6. Tulku (3:33)
7. More Remorse (2:20)

BABYLON
8. Prayer (1:13)
9. Einstein/Miller (2:01)
10. Mugwump (5:02)
11. Evacuation (3:25)
12. Ummu (2:48)
13. Motel (1:35)
14. Walk With Me (1:24)

MY STRUGGLE II
15. Recap (1:31)
16. Scully’s Story (2:27)
17. Fed Ford/Alien American DNA (4:35)
18. Vaccine Alienation/One-Class Infection (2:27)
19. Smokin’ God (6:58)
20. The Spartan Virus (7:48)
21. Crispr Cas9 (6:33)
22. William Is Out There (4:32)
23. THE X-FILES End Credits (New Orbit) (0:35)
24. I Made This/20th Century Fox Fanfare (0:08)


MULDER AND SCULLY MEET THE WERE-MONSTER
25. Bonus Track: Suite (4:32)

Disc Two Total Time: 79.14
Total Set Running Time: 154.69

If you haven’t picked up any of La-La Land’s X-Files box sets from the original series run, there are two things you should know: they’re fantastic, and they’re on sale! The four-disc Volume One, still in stock, has been marked down to $30, and the second and third volumes, also four discs each, have been reduced to $40 each through May 8th. If you want to believe, that’s fine – if you want to listen, even better!

Varese Sarabande is taking pre-orders for the May 19th release of Angelo Badalamenti’s Blue Velvet soundtrack on vinyl, with side one consisting of selections from the score, and side two featuring songs from Roy Orbison, Julee Cruise, and others. This LP reprint is being offered exclusively through Amazon.

And just when you thought it was safe and there were only a couple of releases to talk about, a wild label appears! Notefornote Music is reprinting an early Hans Zimmer score, Thelma & Louise, previously issued as a limited editing by Kritzerland Records in 2011. If you missed that earlier release, this is your chance to fill that gap in your collection.

The hits, as a wise man once said, just keep on coming – watch this space next week for more of the latest soundtrack news.

[Via] JoBlo TV Show Trailer

Creature Feature

1980’s Topps Creature Feature Cards

#GhoulMourningManiacs!

Let’s look at some trading cards. 1980 brought us the wonderful trading card series known as Creature Feature or You’ll Die Laughing and there’s one card in particular that holds a special meaning and moment for me. This series was first produced in the early seventies and Topps decided to resurrect the series with some packaging, design and content changes.
Creature Feature

What was better than riding a bike to the corner store to get milk and cigarettes for your stepmother and maybe using some of the change on candy or comics? (Yes it’s true, she wrote me a note in case of any trouble. I’m certain I wasn’t the only kid to have that as a chore?) Anyway, while at the store, getting a pack of Creature Feature cards was worth the effort!

The cards had great still photography of movie monsters in black and white, from the thirties on up to the modern era. Giant radioactive creatures, human monsters, aliens, oh my! The photos (let’s pick the Mummy carrying a damsel) had goofy captions, like “Gee kid, you weigh a ton!” Each pack of cards came with a sticker. The backs of those stickers each had a section of a larger photo. Once you assembled them, they made a photo of a movie monster. On the back of the cards, were jokes and rhymes.
Creature Feature - The Mummy

Which card , even now, has a hold on me and is one of many influences on my writing as the Man of a Thousand Bad Monster Jokes? Any guesses? How about you, the freaky thing lurking in the corner? Ok, I’ll let the black cat out of the bag. It’s number 79. It Came From Outer Space.
Creature Feature - It Came From Outer Space

I’m not a huge fan of the alien on the front, but the rhyme on the back still has me! I can recite it without looking , even now.

“A thought inside my cranium.
This prophecy that I make-
If a monster eats uranium.
He’ll get atomic ache.”

It’s weirdly wonderful and I thought, if I were ever to write a poem, I’d try to write something like that. I understood the mix of monsters and humor from Mad Magazine and Famous Monsters and these cards, but I didn’t have the writing bug or the mechanics of it. Not a lot of eleven year old boys did. Little did I know that I’d have a writing assignment for school that year, that required poetry.
Creature Feature

I chose a limerick for my style and I had card number 79 as my guide or template. I tried to fuse the words with the imagery and I didn’t have it. I wrote the card’s rhyme on a sheet of paper and left it in my desk. I was out sick for a few days and when I got back, the paper was gone. I thought I had to makeup the work, as my limerick was nowhere near complete. But, nothing was said until a month or two later. I was told that my poem was selected for a school anthology of poetry. I was a little confused because I couldn’t recall what I submitted. When I saw what was in my copy of the anthology, I wanted to barf! It was the contents of my sheet of paper- the copied limerick from the card!

When I got home, I tried to explain what happened to my parents and maybe I was so intimidated by them that it didn’t come out right, maybe it would, but it didn’t. They thought I willfully turned in that paper. I got so verbally chastised that I felt like a monster, myself! Oh, I was told that as a plagiarizer,(yeah they jumped that far) I could go to juvenile hall or get fined by the government. Add to that, they let it be known that I couldn’t have possibly come up something so well done as that! My eleven year old brain, writing and vocabulary were simply that of a filthy chimpanzee. Well, that was a fun month. I knew that one day, I would write something of equal value. Ok, it took awhile, but I think I have. In fact, one of my books, “Ha-Ha! Horror,” won an award for humor. A gold medal.

My next book, “Bride of Ha-Ha! Horror,” was nominated for a Rondo Classic Horror award. I’m working on the upcoming book, “Son of Ha-Ha! Horror.” Each book has over 500 Bad Monster Jokes, rhymes, cartoons, song parody lyrics, etc.

Rhymes and jokes like…

Why was Wolfman mad at his health care provider?

They won’t pay for his FLEA DIPS!

What’s the Phantom of the Opera’s favorite coffee drink?

“La-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-LATTE!”

It’s raining, it’s pouring.

The old Vampire Bat is soaring,

Across the lake to flee the stakes,

That Van Helsing is carving and scoring.

After all of that, do I love or loathe the Creature Feature cards? LOVE! It’s the only answer. The cards are a form of monster fun and entertainment as well as a reminder of what it’s like to see a path and follow it, no matter how long it takes . To get there and take those steps. Knowing in your heart, that you have what it takes to do it.

If you’re interested in hunting down these cards, they are relatively easy to find, not too expensive. They are a blast! If you need a note from your stepmother for cigarettes, you’re on your own.

Brady Kids

The Lone Ranger Meets The Brady Kids


I have been a fan of the Lone Ranger for as long as I can remember. I used to watch re-runs of the TV show as a kid. I enjoyed watching Clayton Moore as the Lone Ranger and Jay Silverheels as Tonto. I’ve seen some of the Lone Ranger movies, and listened to many of the old radio shows.

Thrill to the audio adventures of The Lone Ranger in The Town With No Guns

One of the coolest things about the radio show is that occasionally the Lone Ranger and Tonto would team-up with famous figures from the days of the wild west. These team-ups featured everyone from Annie Oakley to Teddy Roosevelt.

Recently, I saw an ad on Twitter that had the Lone Ranger team-up with the characters from another TV show that I used to watch as a kid – The Brady Bunch.
Lone Ranger

This has to be one of the most unique Lone Ranger team-ups where the Lone Ranger and Tonto meet the Brady Bunch kids in this episode of The Brady Kids entitled Long Gone Silver.

[Via] Brady the Kids

Please take a look at Between the Pages to see amazing pop culture cakes and a neat Johnny Depp version of a Tonto Cake.

Home Alone…With Michael Jackson?!

What do you get when you cross the plot of a then-popular movie, Michael Jackson, and In Living Color? You get a movie parody, of course!

And not just a movie parody, but the sequel we all would have wanted!

A Little Backstory…

The thought of writing about this crossed my mind several weeks ago, when I was watching another In Living Color sketch featuring Jim Carrey as Don Rickles (which I wrote about for my blog), but I had another Great Idea to write about first.

Why Not a Movie Parody Special?

In Living Color did a great (but hard to find) episode of their music videos, they had a live Super Bowl show, and contributed many hilarious parodies, all on top of their regular lineup of characters. Why they didn’t include a movie parody compilation among their accomplishments is beyond me, but what they interspersed throughout the series is indeed worthy of notice.

I remember seeing this one parody of Home Alone involving Michael Jackson trying to “play” with Macaulay Culkin. The sketch came up at a time when allegations came to light that he was having “sleepovers” with young kids, including Macaulay Culkin. Now, we always knew MJ was a bit odd, but there was a time before his infamous trial that we were hearing about this. That time was 1991, and Home Alone Again was the sketch that made light of the allegations.

“Macaulay, Can I Come In and Play?”

Macaulay Culkin (as played by Jonathan Taylor Thomas) finds himself home alone, but he’s got someone who wants to change that…

Michael Jackson!

Oh noes! A Michael Jackson impersonator is trying to woo Randy from Home Improvement!

And he is persistent in his attempts – the parents aren’t home, he’s got naked pictures of his sister (I think this was a reference to Latoya Jackson), they can play with his monkey, and some rather risque as well as sly humor that In Living Color was famous for.

But Not Macaulay is also persistent in keeping MJ out – there’s a Webster reference, a hot door handle, and a blowtorch to the head.

As well as a reference to the Pepsi commercial. Because that happened a few years earlier, and In Living Color wasn’t around to make fun of it then.

Dated references, people. It’s funny!

“Come on, Macaulay!”

MJ finally succeeds in “coming in to play,” but decides that perhaps they can play at his house – there’s the Elephant Man, naps in the oxygen chamber…

“I wanna see you Moonwalk.”

Insert closeup of Not Macaulay doing the famous Kevin McCallister scream, and you’ve got yourself a movie parody!

And you can see for youself why topical newstories make great In Living Color parodies by clicking play!

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For some reason, Tommy Davidson declaring “I wanna see you Moonwalk!” is as funny now as it was in 1991.

WOOOOOOOO!