Tuesday, 3 January 2017

The Lawrence Welk Show - The Tap Dancing Astronaut (1975)

An interesting and convoluted path to this one that involved finding a year old message on Facebook from a fine fellow called Paul Carsola, who was alerting me to yet another appearance of the Men into Space helmet cropping up again on American TV.  Well I say again like it just happened, but although its all new to me, this was actually back in 1975 on something that I am informed by the internet, as the long running and much loved American variety TV show called: The Lawrence Welk Show
Being born and raised on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean means that I didn't ever get to share in this cultural touchstone, although we had our own version of this kind of thing, that I would imagine was on a par with things like Morecambe and Wise making breakfast.  This:-
My new years gift to you, my American chums.
Anyway, the pictures above are of Arthur Duncan from a show in 1975 however there are two different versions of the routine  on YouTube so its possible it was performed more than once, although the costume seems to remain the same.
This image is from the other one if anyone more in the know would like to date the episode.
Interestingly while reading a bit about The Lawrence Welk Show and looking at images, I discovered that I sort of have blogged about it back in 2012 but for a different reason, which were namely; Sandi and Sally, two members of the Welk's "Musical Family"
I'm heading over there now to tidy that post up a bit, so you can join me and read more by following the "The Lawrence Welk Show" label below.
Thanks again to Paul for the pointer on this one and sorry it took so long to find your message.

Monday, 2 January 2017

Infinity One - Cover art by Jim Steranko

Obviously Steranko is all kinds of genius but a Steranko spacesuit is a thing of beauty.  Click on this to see it in all its glory.  Then go search the internet for some of the finest comic covers you will ever see.

Happy New Year, people


Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Magic Fly by Space (1977)

The worldwide number 1 hit "Magic Fly" as released in 1977 by the band Space.   I used to nick off with my brother's copy of this and play it over and over again as a kid.  In fact I've listened to it a couple of dozen times while blogging tonight.  It never gets old but don't take my word for it, go off and have a listen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_ukfGAd8T4

Good isn't it.

Well she's all sorts of wiggly and nice, isn't she!
See what I did there?
It's a more melancholic but no less pleasant vibe.  Although with hindsight I now realise it sound more like the closing theme tune of a cop show than anything too sci-fi.  Imagine a French version of The Sweeny and this would be on the money.
Any way that's enough nonsense for one post, so in case I don't get to talk to you before hand, have a Happy Christmas and fingers crossed for a much better New Year.
Still not over Bowie

Monday, 28 November 2016

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

Coming next year; Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, Directed by Luc Besson.... so you know its going to be good.
You can watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxH45ivUomw

And I'll be back a little later on, as more images become available.


Audi R8 Big Game Commercial – Commander (2016)

Surrounded by memories of the Space Age’s golden years, a retired astronaut has lost his zeal for life. But when his son shows up and hands over the keys to the new 205-mph Audi R8 V10 plus, a rocket ride under the stars stirs new found life within the Commander

This is quite an emotional advert to watch and even more so because it uses Bowie's Star Man as the music and I'm still not over his transcendence yet.

You can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yB8tgVqmKzw



Friday, 25 November 2016

Mars (2016)

Nice suits.  I got 15 minutes in before I lost interest, which is not very tolerant of me I will admit but I was really irritated by the cheap look of the video filming.  Who is watching this and is it any good?  Should I get back in front of it?  Send us your comments and views.