Category Archives: nostalgia

The Art of The Annual – 1973

As Christmas approaches, TWLB is casting its eye over that Christmas instituition – the Annual. From 1969 to 1984, we will be looking at some of the best examples of Annual cover design, and how tastes and fashions changed through the years. Some Annuals are evergreens (like the Dr Who series), while others are around for one year, never to return….

All Annual images are courtesy of the marvellous tonystrading site – go there for an exhaustive covers gallery;

http://www.tonystrading.co.uk/galleries/annuals/

Today, it’s 1973……………….

Rapping Lowdown (BBC, 1989)

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Meet Def G, Lady Rockski and MC Sonix (aka Chris to his mum), as they gave a British perspective on the state of Hip-Hop in 1989, plus Ice T in concert! Taken from BBC2 youth programme ‘Rapping Lowdown’. DJ Dave Pearce (then of GLC Radio) also gives his perspective.

A little time capsule of innocence and loveliness in it’s own way. Too-Hype Posse in effect! Featuring MC Kaos, described by one of his posse as ‘the cassette’!!!

Wonder what happened

Nostalgia and Comics, Birmingham. Or how 1 image of a plastic bag can send you back 25 years (1980s)

If you are from the Midlands (probably West Midlands), were into comics in the 80s, then that image above may resonate. It is a bag, yes. But it is a bag from the brilliant Birmingham comic shop ‘Nostalgia & Comics’. That thing used to hold my American reprints of Judge Dredd (from Eagle Comics). Those bags would hold my issues of Thor during Walt Simonsons run, Uncanny X-Men during Chris Claremonts tenure, and Fantastic Four when John Byrne was in charge.

I can take no credit for the picture. I would, however, like to point you towards the source of this nostalgia trip. The Forbidden Planet blog, which sits alongside the rather splendid online shop (they have stuff that Amazon don’t, and its prices are very reasonable), is a treasure trove, and a bloody good read. Have a look;


http://forbiddenplanet.co.uk/blog/2010/nostalgic-memories-of-nostalgia-comics/

and then, if you have fond memories of Nostalgia & Comics, please check this out;

http://rhbfictions.blogspot.com/search/label/Nostalgia%20And%20Comics%20And%20Me

VHS Video Posters from the 1980s (both pre & post certification era) and Video Rental Chart posters! (1980s)

I guess, in a way, I am doing some free advertising for this guy here;

http://myworld.ebay.co.uk/argento1972/

but he has so much excellent VHS Video / Video Rental shop nostalgia that he recently put up on ebay, it is only fair he gets the credit. Looks like the guy owned / worked at a video shop in the 1980s, because he has some cracking posters from that era, including some Video Rental charts from 1983. You cannot really see a lot of the listings for these charts, but you can make out a fair few of the entries (I spotted the likes of Kramer vs Kramer, The Cannonball Run, The Sword & The Sorceror, Candy Stripe Nurses, The Life of Brian & Q – The Winged Serpent). The posters for forthcoming Video releases are great to look at – pity the guy did not take better pictures of them, but still, it is good to reminisce about some of these old films and their great poster art. I had a couple of these hanging up in my room when I was a teenager (both The Alchemist and Metalstorm were huge posters). If you click on the title of each movie, you get linked to their IMDB entry. Enjoy.

Video Rental Chart for 4th – 10th August 1983

Video Rental Chart 1983 (not specifically dated)

Ator The Invincible (1982)


Barbarian Women (1975)


Invincible Barbarian (1982)
& 2020 Texas Gladiators (1982)

Timeslip (1979)

Thunder (1983)

The Alchemist (1984)


The Executioner (1978)

Parasite (1982)

Ninja Terminator (1985)

The Iron Master (1983), Speed Fever (1978) & The Dark Room (1982)


Metalstorm (1983)

Once again, this is the guys ebay profile;
http://myworld.ebay.co.uk/argento1972/

Neon Neon and the best mixtape ever (2007)

Only chanced across this the other night but it is a thing of beauty – a mix tape by Neon Neon, the collaboration between Super Furry Animal Gruff Rhys and DJ Boom Bip. The mix is fantastic and there is not one bad track on it. It puts the work of Debbie Gibson into a whole new perspective, it is really that good.

There are so many good tracks on here, not least the Neon Neon stuff, the incredible Goblin with the theme to the Dario Argento shocker Tenebrae and the bombastic brilliance of Tears for Fears with ‘Mothers Talk’, taken from the hugely successful (and very 80’s ‘Songs From The Big Chair‘)

Here is the tracklisting – marvel at it!!!

Neon Neon: “Theme Song”
Goblin: “Tenebre”
Neil Young: “Sample and Hold”
Paul McCartney: “Temporary Secretary”
Kraftwerk: “Numbers (Wicked Mix)”
Tears for Fears: “Mother’s Talk”
Neon Neon: “Raquel (Extended Mix)”
Debbie Gibson: “Only In My Dreams (Extended Club Mix)”
Janet Jackson: “Pleasure Pricipal (Eli Edit)”
Prince: “I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man”
Neon Neon: “Fuckin’ Off Cover (Outtake)”

and you can click to get the mix to download for free here from pitchfork

Neon Neon have a thing about the DeLorean DMC-12. It’s the car pictured at the top of the post with it’s ceator, John DeLorean. To find out more about the car that was featured in the Back To The Future films, see here