We’re coming to the edge, Running on the water

Last week I watched Working Girl again, and was pleased to discover that it had an original theme song, created by Carly Simon. The track plays over the ending credits, but if you pay well attention, you can notice it as a motif throughout the movie.  I’m not a big Carly Simon fan by any means, but the song, and the fact that it is hers, fits so perfectly with the late 80s style of the entire work. It really is a masterful slice of life for career women of that time.

And the guitar player looks like Judge Harry Stone from Night Court!

Somehow this won the Oscar for Best Original Song in 1989. Even more incredible: “”Let the River Run” is the first of only two songs to have won all three major awards (Oscar, Golden Globe, Grammy) while being composed and written, as well as performed, entirely by a single artist – the other being “Streets of Philadelphia” by Bruce Springsteen from Philadelphia” (Wikipedia).

It is a perfectly corny song, that left me wishing that more films had such companion music. When did Hollywood stop taking soundtracks seriously?! Then it got me to thinking about other supporting character roles the Staten Island Ferry has played in music videos. What came to mind first? Madonna of course!

Madge dedicated this song to Pope John Paul II, who called for Italians to boycott her Who’s That Girl World Tour in 1987.

Classic. I remember watching this video as a kid and more than anything just fearing for Madonna on those stone steps that are missing a railing.

Surprisingly to me, the only other work I could find that was filmed on the Staten Island Ferry was this much newer work called “All Day” by Girl Talk.

It doesn’t do much for me, perhaps because I know they basically just morphed the song “Tenderness” by General Public. Also, if a girl like the one in the video was near me, dancing on a boat, she better be able to swim. To cleanse your palate:

Too bad there isn’t a companion music video for Trainwreck, set on the ferry.

They’re still there, he’s all gone

When these uber patriotic holidays roll around, I tend to think of this classic. Maybe it’s best I don’t go into my personal politics and stick to Bruce adoration.

The lyrics, for those who think it’s just a fun sing-a-long about pride:

Born down in a dead man’s town
The first kick I took was when I hit the ground
You end up like a dog that’s been beat too much
Till you spend half your life just covering up

Born in the U.S.A.
I was born in the U.S.A.
I was born in the U.S.A.
Born in the U.S.A.

Got in a little hometown jam
So they put a rifle in my hand
Sent me off to a foreign land
To go and kill the yellow man

Born in the U.S.A.
I was born in the U.S.A.
I was born in the U.S.A.
I was born in the U.S.A.
Born in the U.S.A.

Come back home to the refinery
Hiring man says “Son if it was up to me”
Went down to see my V.A. man
He said “Son, don’t you understand”

I had a brother at Khe Sahn fighting off the Viet Cong
They’re still there, he’s all gone

He had a woman he loved in Saigon
I got a picture of him in her arms now

Down in the shadow of the penitentiary
Out by the gas fires of the refinery
I’m ten years burning down the road
Nowhere to run ain’t got nowhere to go

Born in the U.S.A.
I was born in the U.S.A.
Born in the U.S.A.
I’m a long gone Daddy in the U.S.A.
Born in the U.S.A.
Born in the U.S.A.
Born in the U.S.A.
I’m a cool rocking Daddy in the U.S.A.

Clarence Clemons was so lucky

I just read that Bruce would often kiss Clarence on stage, “caught up in the frenzy” of performing.

Whatever it was about, I love it. Why weren’t there like animated cartoons, or comic books about these guys?

Bruce Springsteen, Clarence Clemons, 1978

If you think there is something wrong with this, there is something wrong with you.

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IN WHICH A PERSON CONTINUES TO LONG FOR ERAS SHE DID NOT LIVE THROUGH*, VINTAGE ROLLING STONE MAGAZINES PART 5

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Oh Todd, if only that were possible.

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April 27,1972 Prime Jagger.

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A granola ad. This is such a far cry from the modern days ads in Rolling Stone.

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Damn. It’s time I get into Randy Newman. At least his stuff before cartoon accompaniments.

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Now there’s a sock ad. Thanks 1972.

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Tina and Bowie welcome us to June 1985.

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Aidan and Bono? If I ever were to see those to together, particularly in 1985, I would have evaporated. Spontaneous combustion.

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Lately I’ve been re-appreciating Bryan Adams. He’s vegan! Look at Tina being a boss.

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Look at those tresses on Tilbrook.

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Oh Lou.

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I know he’s had his questionable moments, but I still like him. I used to sneak down to the living room when I couldn’t sleep and find my dad watching his show. I probably didn’t keep my eyes open long after crawling up into his lap, but I absorbed an essence. Plus I always knew whatever my dad thought was cool, was legit.

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Stipe in coveralls. It’s crazy that Peter Buck is the most attractive in this photo. For a brief moment in time. Mike Mills makes everyone who ever had a bowl cut feel a little bit better.

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Sigh. Where can I find my Bruce? I’m listening to Born to Run (the album) as I type this.

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I didn’t know this was a book first! or that Alan Zweibel wrote it!!! I need to read it. The movie was fantastic, and Zweibel, I hold in high esteem for his time at SNL and moreover, his special kinship with Gilda Radner. Read Bunny Bunny.

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1985 wouldn’t be complete without a bit of Madge.

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Frank Sinatra and fans. Does this type of boundary-crossing still occur? I feel like if there were repercussions for this lady, they wouldn’t be anywhere near as harsh as they would be today. Though, well worth it nonetheless.

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Do I spy a young Jason Alexander? I would never have guessed that he modeled for Levi’s. Now that is some party trivia.

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He really doesn’t want your hot dog.

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Bowie serving face.

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Patrick Swayze and C. Thomas Howell. I’m not sure who the woman is. I’m also not sure what the point of this spread would have been…according to the wealth of the internet, these guys didn’t have a movie in 1985… they did Red Dawn in 1984, and of course The Outsiders in 1983. Let’s just enjoy it for what it is then.

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Another candy-colored absurd beer ad.

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No words.

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Nearly 30 years ago.

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HERo! i rode the 1 train next to her for a few stops once. Magical.

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Why couldn’t actual year book photos be as cool as these? (From the Rolling Stone Yearbook 1984.)

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i lurve me some Michael Keaton.

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Hold the phone kids. UHAUL used to rent out clunky portable vcrs? And called it Haullywood?! That just makes me think of Pauly Shore. I wonder how many of these things are in landfills.

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Time to swing back to high brow.

Prince is manicured royalty. The precision that must go into maintaining such a look!

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A guy I once dated (who was a teenager in the 80s) claimed that I reminded him of Belinda Carlisle. I don’t know how I feel about that. Like what era of Belinda Carlisle, ya know?

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Fairuza Balk!

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Young love. I can’t wait for Chrissie Hynde’s autobiography, due later this year.

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Look at those eyes. Are you mad about having to get your photo taken, Bob, or that you’re not wearing a shirt?

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Behold the engineering feat that was breakdancing sneakers.

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Only for the elite!

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May 1984. I went to grad school with a girl who didn’t know who Cyndi Lauper is. I was insulted by her ignorance. INSULTED.

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I mean, the kid was raised in a strict religious home in the some podunk Southern town, so I guess that’s how such ignorance exists. Sad.

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There’s a nice shirt Bob. And some overwhelming track pants on Dave. I wonder why he has his hands so timidly placed in front of his groin.

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So cool.

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HERo.

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The brilliance of this image is dumbfounding.

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This is such a lovely illustration for a film. I wish there were more ads like this.

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I have a Blaupunkt in my 2004 Ford! The Ultimate in Complete Car Sound Systems. Supposedly.

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What is he pointing at? Did he break his pinky? Is it crooked? He looks pretty out of it.

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More nerdy Letterman, this time with a helping of Franken!

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When the Camcorder was new. I think my aunt still has hers.

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Talk about a boom time for technology. Leather briefs!

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This cover is so beautiful. The composition, the color of the print. The fierce eyebrow game and cheekbones.

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I couldn’t believe that multiple sclerosis made the pages of Rolling Stone. I’m sure my dad would’ve heard about this benefit for Ronnie Lane (Faces, The Small Faces), years before his own diagnosis. I wonder if he gave it a passing thought.

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Perhaps more unbelievably, they dedicated an entire cover to Ronnie Lane’s fight, and his mates’ efforts to raise awareness. The charity concerts supported Action into Research for Multiple Sclerosis (ARMS) in 1983, which is an organization I had never heard of. This gets me in the feels. 2015-03-07 16.19.01

Anyhoo. Here’s Steve Jobs with his baby.

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Joe Strummer. A member of the elite group of men who have roamed this earth and shown me what men are capable of being, therefore raising my standards to an unconscionably high level.

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Pacino.

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Swoon.

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They were such babies! Damn right the Stray Cats were great faces of 1983.

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Subtley risque.

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u2 by david montgomery

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I wonder how many people wasted money on this.

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Nylon billfolds is such a nicer way of saying velcro wallet.

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Merry Christmas indeed.

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Now those are power suits.

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I can’t get enough of young Jerry Harrison. Patrick Fugit needs to play him in a movie.

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Now that’s a centerfold.

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Gross.

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Catherine O’Hara being all experimental.

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It’s hard to believe he’s English.

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A seemingly out of place, yet very welcome fashion spread about sunglasses.

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Pee Wee!!!

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Classic.

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You didn’t think I’d go a post without Hall and Oates, didja?

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Bonus! G.E. Smith right under that 9!

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I love this pose so much. it’s such a small gesture but it speaks volumes.

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Gilda! Put down the soda!

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Prince again. He must’ve sold issues.

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And given the lace industry a boost.

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This gave me newfound interest in Joan Baez. Obviously I know that she and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were both alive and active in their respective careers at the same time, but seeing them together was like fitting a puzzle piece into a big puzzle. For some reason I don’t often think of folk music when I think of the civil rights movement, and vice versa, which is silly because they are so obviously relative.

Upon preliminary research, I learned that Baez is half Mexican and half Scottish. What a combination.

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I just like this.

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Dudley Moore! The Sex Thimble!

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The McGarrigles! Featuring elementary-age Rufus Wainwright on the far left! I’m not sure which one is Martha.

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I knew there was another picture of Brian Setzer in this grouping. So much look.

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I daresay he got better with age.

Until next time!

Adventures in Vintage Rolling Stone Magazines Part 4

It’s been a while since I’ve posted about my Rolling Stone escapades (that makes sitting in a library for hours sound just a touch more important, right?). I’ve covered a good span of time in issues.

Up first, September through December 1976.

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I have a staunch appreciation for any ads that actually incorporate illustration. Might have something to do with being the daughter of a man talented in illustration.

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September 9th, 1976. I have come across so many ads for Hall and Oates at this point that I can now believe their cultural impact. I once dated a Jewish guy in Manhattan that was very into his vinyl Hall and Oates collection. And De La Soul.

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The 70s delivered the best in bizarre ads and useless products. This one seems to make light of abusive uncles. (Sept., 9, ’76).

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October 21st, 1976. Ralph Nader. Yes please. I should read more of his books. I read The Good Fight a few years ago and remember it being really powerful. We have seat belts and OSHA and the EPA  thanks to this guy!

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November of 1976 brought us this jewel. The couple that gets mullets together, stays together. And visits Brian Wilson.

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It speaks for itself. heh.

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This is the kind of biographical byline I would concoct. Not that I would ever drink Coke.

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Here we have a perfect example of how Rolling Stone used to be cool – a Wild Things cover (no relation to a tacky 90s movie).

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Maurice Sendak owned this issue!

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The December 30th, 1976 issue also had this George Harrison feature, and a cool ad for 33 & 1/3.

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In the same sitting I tucked into early 1985. I needed to switch it up a bit. I was eager for the 80s rock stars that I was weened on. And glossy pages.

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Of course! Are they trying to tell us something with Hall’s hand in Oate’s pocket? Mischief.

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I wish so hard that people still dressed like this. Maybe they do, just not in the lame area where I live.

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Was Hall ahead of the game with the no-eyebrow look?

The same issue also delivered these gems:

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And that was just the January 17th issue! 1985 has such potential.

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Whoa. January 31st. Somebody fetch my smelling salts.

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Next are a few snippets from the February 14th issue.

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Anybody else remember Perfect Strangers?

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I’ve researched the sitcom “Sara” before and unfortunately there isn’t much film evidence online. I bet it was awesome. I mean Geena Davis is a boss! She has dedicated herself to creating a balance of gender in media! http://www.seejane.org/ And she dated Jeff Goldblum!

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For the SNL 40 anniversary season, this musical performance actually aired recently during their earlier 10 o’clock airings. It was glorious.

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This product is disgusting, but this ad (and there are more!) is fantastic. It reminds me of Monty Python and the Canadian kids tv show You Can’t Do That On Television! In trying to see if any dots connect, I see on the You Can’t Do That On Television wiki that opening animation to the show was created by a Rand MacIvor, overseen by art director Terry Gilliam, he of course, the only non-Brit member of the Monty Python tribe.

You Can’t Do That On Television:

That makes me think that Terry Gilliam’s work must’ve influenced whoever created the beer ads. The internet is failing to supply me with more information on who created these colorful urban ads. Onward!

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Behold. Now this is what I’m talking about. Cue the angelic chorus. The February 28th edition features Bruce, and the March 14th none other than U2.

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Sad, but a cool ad.

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The March 14th issue gave us a bit more Bruce, and Chrissy baby news:

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I mean.

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I always say that Bono ruined me for other mere mortal men (him and Joe Strummer).

Another Gilliam-esque beer ad.

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March 28th brought us these delights:

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Canadians for Africa!

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Darlene Love and Ellie Greenwich!

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A sweet Swatch ad!

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Goth Molly Ringwald!

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This is quickly devolving into a Hall and Oates fansite.

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And the March 28th issue rounds out with a bit of whimsy from Mary Lou Retton, America’s sweetheart for her success in the 1984 Summer Olympics.

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April 25th. It’s like they are gently letting us down from the Bruce and U2 covers.

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I guess Richard Hell couldn’t hold court with the cool Patti Smith.

May 9th brought us Madge…

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this horrendous yuppy ad…

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and Martin Short.

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In Which a Person Continues to Long for Eras She Did Not Live Through*, vintage Rolling Stone Magazines Part 2

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I mean..

Springsteen. Speechless. (1974)

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Well, well, well. Who knew Casio was so ahead of the game with sleek ‘credit card-sized’ portable music devices? What I want to know is if they came with a headband. And how much radiation they emitted. (1985)

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Feeeeeeeee-eeed the Wooooorrld!

I can’t even with this spread. A BEARDED Elvis Costello, top left, and George Michaels’ captured while dueting with Elton John? Stop it. (1985, duh.)

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1985 really had everything.

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A little John Cusack and Martin Short. (1985.)
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Lily F’in Tomlin (1974)
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Always the best graphic design. (1974)
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Lou Reed and Grace Jones shilled for Honda?! (1985)
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A fresh-faced Aimee Mann, long before The Both. (1985)
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Koala Costner (1985)
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Benetton. I had to. (1985)

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Classic. It’s too bad that Converse is such a vile enterprise now. (1985)

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What must it have been like to be aware of popular music when Prince hit the scene? *I was an embryo. (1985).

Yes, I bounced between 1974 and 1985.

Even if it’s just dancing in the dark

I think I could watch this over and over… look at him go! I like how it doesn’t seem like he really has any dance moves (who am I to judge?), but he just does his spastic thang. Kind of like Thom Yorke. Sigh. I would have loved to have seen Bruce in the 80s.

Message keeps getting clearer
radio’s on and I’m moving ’round the place
I check my look in the mirror
I wanna change my clothes, my hair, my face
Man I ain’t getting nowhere
I’m just living in a dump like this
There’s something happening somewhere
baby I just know that there is

You can’t start a fire
you can’t start a fire without a spark
This gun’s for hire
even if we’re just dancing in the dark

Bruuuuuuuuce

OH MY. Apparently I have quite an affinity for aged rock stars. This is almost too much for me to handle. Bruce and Bono? Bono is usually enough to give me the vapors. Imagine my delight then when I stumbled upon this gem on Youtube. And I realize that this clip does not have very good sound quality, but for me, it’s still gold. Not to mention that this is one of the best songs of all time, thanks to Patti Smith.

And because I just can’t get enough:

For anyone taking notes, this is how to get to me.