Archive for October, 2011

I Don’t Necessarily Want My MTV Again, But a Revisit Wouldn’t Be So Bad

Posted in Uncategorized on October 26, 2011 by braincoffey

The IP was kickin’ it old skool on The MARTHA on the way home tonight, actually reading an actual old skool newspaper made from paper instead of one of those Kindle de-vices dat be all the mad rage of the lately.

Seriously, on each of his commutes, it seems that two-thirds of all the folks riding the train are glued to their “device;” But that’s OK, because reading is fundamental. More important, those de-vices have the option of a big font, and that could REALLY help The IP…but he digresses.

The IP read a review in said newspaper of a new book on the early history of MTV. He’s not going to buy the book, but it was fun to read about those early, often awful (but addictive) MTV videos. But what really got The IP thinking was when the reviewer noted a video that people in the business said was “the worst MTV video ever.” Usually, superlatives like that simply make a person come up with examples that could equal or surpass the claim, but, after watching it, The IP has to agree it’s at least in the top ten of worst MTV videos, and that’s good enough for him.

And the kicker is that the artist in the video went to the same high school as did The IP, and a close relative of The IP actually went to school with him! She told The IP OTHER THINGS about the guy (Class of ‘68), but he’ll let her explain that part in the comments if she wants.

So. Who is this dude responsible for performing in one of  “the worst MTV videos ever?” It’s none other than William Haislip Squier! You remember; BILLY SQUIER !!

It seems that Mr. Squier was in the right place at the wrong time when he started patronizing the Psychedelic Supermarket in Kenmore Square, meaning that he got to see and be inspired by Eric Clapton and Crème.

The above is an actual picture of the concert at The Psychedelic Supermarket that evidently inspired William Haislip Squier to strike (stroke?) out with his own band, The Pipers, and eventually solo in the 1980s.  The Pipers were said to be pretty cool.

Alas, what was to become Billy Squier was on the cusp of the 1980s, and that weird, big-hair culture seemed to sweep up all (including Billy) in its wake, hence his strange “dancing” on one of “the worst MTV videos ever!”

OK. It might be a bad video, but The IP is not gonna diss The Wellesley Squier. There’s something in his sound that evokes his Psychedelic Supermarket roots (maybe).

Rock On!


Pete Rugolo RIP

Posted in Uncategorized on October 19, 2011 by braincoffey

Pete Rugolo died this week. He was one of The IP’s favorite TV theme composers. Here are a few tubes of some of his TV work:

1979 Atlanta TV News Gallery

Posted in Uncategorized on October 12, 2011 by braincoffey

The IP’s been watching vintage Atlanta newscasts lately.  Below is an impromptu gallery of screen captures, all from various 1979 Atlanta broadcast TV stations.  The John Portman cityscapes at the last part of the gallery are amazing. 






















Watch the strange TV Station promo pictured above HERE.

Blog at ya later.


Mike Brady’s Second Car

Posted in Uncategorized on October 8, 2011 by braincoffey

Mike Brady’s second car was another behemoth, a 1970 Plymouth Fury III convertible:

The above screen captures not only show the car (ragtop up), but the infamous Brady house as well

Exhibiting Chrysler’s new “fuselage” styling, Mr. Brady’s Fury III really filled the driveway at 4222 Clinton Way.

So, just what is “fuselage” styling?  Let’s let Chrysler explain:

Click on the image to enlarge…

Of course, a convertible with its top down kinda defeats the concept of fuselage,” but in sunny California, who can blame Mr. Brady for preferring a big open boat like a ragtop Fury III?  Especially when he can get his kids to wash it for him:



Posted in Uncategorized on October 6, 2011 by braincoffey

OK pithecanthropes, The IP knows it’s been a long time since he blogged at ya, but all he can say is WTF!

The IP will begin this new cycle of posts with a continuation of a previous series; that is, the cars of Classic TV.

First up is the Brady’s first car, a kickin’ 1968 slab Dodge Polara (at that time the only full-sized Dodge available in the U.S. as a convertible), as depicted in the pilot episode:

Something about the above screen-capture image is absolutely magical. It comes across as a curious painting, or a hazy mental memory of 1968 Anglo-American suburbia (or merely a screen capture from the pilot episode of the Brady Bunch).