These days most folks expect music videos to be slick, expensive, high-end productions. But older folks have forgotten (and younger folks weren’t around) that it wasn’t until after Michael Jackson’s Thriller video was released late in 1983, and earned a ton of money in videocassette sales, that producers put any money into music videos.
Before 1983, music videos had short production schedules, low budgets, and were considered to be on the same level as TV commercials. (And that makes sense considering that the point of music videos, at the time, were to promote recorded music.)
The quintessential pre-Thriller video would have to be this one from Blue Oyster Cult. The song, “Take Me Away,” is actually pretty good pop-rock for 1983; But the video is pure 1980s sci-fi B-movie cheese.
Like many B-movies, “Take Me Away” (barely) has a plot and it is supported (barely) by inadequate special effects and the limitations of abandoned buildings and basement boiler rooms as filming locations.
Still, also like many B-movies, this tenuous connection of loose plot and cheap production achieves a surreal creepiness of the “so-bad-it’s-good” variety.
By accident, it is visually what Blue Oyster Cult achieves on purpose with their early lyrics — pure psychotronic madness. Enjoy.
A 1958 information packet from PanAm airlines in mint condition! Very cool!
With the recent passing of the Tonight Show torch to Jimmy Fallon and Fallon occupying Johnny Carson’s old studio in New York City, people are looking back at the show’s history and the man who made late night TV what it is today.
With so much being said about Johnny lately, it’s hard to believe that he retired in 1992 and passed away in 2005. Despite all that’s been said, there’s still more to be told about the King of Late Night.
Enter The Carson Podcast, an interview show covering remembrances from entertainers, Tonight Show guests, production staff, and more. Although brand new as of this writing, with such a depth of memories to be plumbed, the show will need years to even scratch the surface. Click the link and check it out.
PEOPLE OF TUMBLR-
This is Saber. He’s an 11-month-old rednose Pit Bull with one blue eye and one brown eye. He is a wonderful dog who will cuddle with you and lick your face and sleep on your bed.
And he needs a home.
My roommate and I have been keeping him in our dorm on and off for about a month. My roommate saved him from a shelter at her home in California, where he had pneumonia and would have died had she not helped him. She moved down to Tampa Bay, and when she was admitted to our school, she was told she was only allowed to keep one of her two dogs in the dorm with her. So she gave Saber to a friend.
That friend started beating him.
When the now former friend didn’t want him anymore, a guy who answered a Craigslist ad offered to take him. Only a day after he took Saber in, she got a call from him saying that Saber had chewed up and destroyed a lot of his stuff (there’s still no actual evidence to suggest that he did), and that either she came to get him, and brought money to pay for the ‘damages’, or Saber was going to be dropped at the shelter, where his breed would most likely get him euthanized.
I came with her the night she went to that man’s house. He insisted that we give him $500 or we wouldn’t get him back; essentially, Saber was being held hostage. We watched him throw Saber’s food in the trash can. We had to call the police to get him back to us.
Saber spent three weeks living in our dorm room; and we were lucky that they didn’t find out. Our college’s pet policy forbids more than one pet per student, and we both already have dogs. They also forbid Pit Bulls for insurance reasons (ugh). But my roommate found him a home with a nice couple.
A week later, she got a call, saying that the couple had been arrested (yes really!). The day before, Saber had been neutered, and was not getting the proper pain meds and care he needed. He came back to us that night, much thinner than he’d left.
Saber is living in our dorm room again, and we know it’s only a matter of time before the pet council discovers him. We don’t know what punishment could ensue from that- my roommate could be forbidden from keeping any pets, or both of us could be fined. We know one thing- if the pet council discovers him, we’ll be forced to ‘get rid of him’, which may force us to put him in a shelter, which we really, really don’t want to do. We love him, but it’s not in his- or our- best interest to keep him.
We’ve called just about every animal rescue in the area- a lot of no-kill shelters won’t take Pit Bulls because they’re so much harder to adopt, and many other no-kill shelters, rescues, fosters, etc, are just full, or don’t take owner surrenders. We’re running out of options.
So, Tumblr, we need your help. If you’d like this really amazing and sweet dog to be yours, or if you’re part of a rescue organization that can take him, please send me an ask or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll go forward from there.
Even if you can’t take him for whatever reason (which is okay), please, if you’re seeing this message, please reblog this. We need as many people as possible to see this message, so that he can find the home he’s desperate for.
Thanks for reading.
He looks just like my puppy Marlowe!
Pits are AMAZING dogs, and the crap you’ve heard about them IS NOT TRUE. I have two, and I promise you, they are the best dogs, ever.
Can we use the power of the Internet for good and help this dog find his forever home?