Category Archives: music

Broken Devices and Vinyl Albums

RIP the TVTA computer which died this weekend. I’d planned some 70s and 90s toy ads but these’ll have to wait for next time when we get a replacement device and reinstall our scanner.

In the meantime Wooof managed to locate our dinky old office netbook to keep things running. Stored in the files we found pics of some of my vinyl record collection, making today’s post an emergency rock’n roll LP cover takeover!

Enjoy the galleries, some truly amazing artwork and photography 🙂

In the 1980s this was my search engine for rock music …

And so was this …

Some industry ads from Kerrang issue 100 US Launch Edition

Vertigo Records. I don’t think the label would get away with an ad like this nowadays.

Play at 78 RPM!

Thank you for spinning with us 🙂

Rockin’ Wheels by Micro Machines

How cool are these Micro Machines official band tour vehicles! AC/DC, Deep Purple, Mötley Crüe, Cinderella … all logo’d up and ready to rock ‘n roll! 

There was also a Whitesnake set released, but this is not shown on the 1992 Galoob catalogue pages I scanned. As for the other bands in the line… never heard of them.

Galoob trade catalogue. 1992.

Galoob catalogue. 1992. For some reason the “Cruisin’ Cowboys” vehicles have “Cadillac Cowboys” as their logo.

Top Seven Scariest Whistles!

We’re not talking about scary whistles like this …


… Or even these …

Ghoul-head whistles by Bung Art Studios.

… We’re talking about scary whistles expelled from the pursed lips of the most callous, evil, monstrous, devious, or just downright ingenious characters from film and TV.

So, whet your whistles, take a deep breath, and join us as we count down from seven to one…

SEVEN The Shadmock’s whistle. The Monster Club. 1981.

Vincent Price Priceless Advice: “Vampires sup, werewolves hunt, ghouls tear, Shaddies lick, maddies yawn, mocks blow, but shadmocks only whistle.”

SIX Billy The Kid’s whistle. Young Guns. 1988.

Don’t let that smile fool you. And if the smile turns to a whistle then you’re in serious trouble!

FIVE Yondu’s whistle. Guardians of the Galaxy. 2014.

Whistle while you work? Don’t be messing about when Yondu purses his lips. You might get arrowed. Devastating!

FOUR Negan’s whistle. The walking Dead.

Not a very tuneful whistle from everyone’s favourite baseball-wielding pyscho, but there’s no way I’m telling Negan that! And just try imitating this whistle yourself. Not as easy as you might think.

THREE Hans Beckert’s whistle. M. 1931.

The jolly classic In the Hall of the Mountain King by Grieg expelled from the lips of serial child killer Hans Beckert in Fritz Lang’s 1931 classic crime drama.

TWO Omar’s whistle. The Wire.

Chain-smoking, shotgun-toting Omar swaggers into your neigbourhood whistling nursery rhymes. Time to be very worried.

ONE Elle Driver’s whistle. Kill Bill: Volume 1. 2003.

Classic Tarantino scene of the whistling Californian Mountain Snake arriving to kill the Bride. The tune is Twisted Nerve by Bernard Herrman from the 1968 film of the same name. I’ve included the original whistle by ‘Georgie’ as well as Elle Driver’s whistle.

Pheeeeeep! There goes the full-time whistle!

Thank you for sucking in your cheeks and blowing with us 🙂

Can you think of any other scary whistlers in cinema or TV?

Ghoul-head whistle pic courtesy of Bung Art Studios

Whistling Dracula Teeth pic found on Pinterest

Non-toy ad Tuesday: music and meetings

Wooof and I just got back from the International Retro Editor & Cat Conference in Oslo. Ha, what a bunch of losers those editors and cats are! Just look at this photo we took –

Oh… wait, what’s that Wooof? You mean that photo is actually us … at the TVTA editorial staff meeting from last November? Wow, we look so strung out. Must get vitamins and haircuts!

So, Wooof, remind me, what is the subject of our latest Non-toy ad Tuesday article?

That’s right, it’s music!

We’ll be looking at French goodies such as a 1983 cover of Rock & BD magazine … a prize competition to put words into James Brown’s mouth! … adverts for the Body Rap, Miles Davis, U2 … and there’s also some Danish treats with Mr Music cassettes, Ga-jol throat lozenges, and a 1969 Disney competition to win a Philips stereo!

Enjoy, while we go get a haircut and straighten out!

France. Rock & BD Associated. 1983.

Polydor and Rigolo magazine prize competition to win James Brown album reissues. Question 2 asks you to imagine the Godfather of soul’s reaction when faced with these magnificent Polydor reissues! France. Rigolo. 1983.

France. Cora. 1988.

France. Rock & BD Associated. 1983.

France. Rock & BD Associated. 1983.

France. Rigolo. 1983.

Denmark. 1988.

Denmark. 1988.

Denmark. 1988.

Denmark. 1969.

See you again soon for another Non-toy ad Tuesday!


Cat gifts from Japan – 1981 Starlog sci-fi gals cassette labels!

Wooof just got back from his annual cat holiday in Japan. I asked him to bring me back something vintage and musical. As always, the cat never disappoints! Thanks Wooof, I absolutely love my 1980s sci-fi gals cassette labels! 

The images are printed on cardboard and were given away with Starlog Japan, January 1981. Each image could be cut out and inserted inside a real cassette case to document your sci-fi inspired mix tape! I’m so tempted to make one, as I still have a box of blank cassettes and a cassette recorder … hmm … 

Thank you for rewinding with HB pencils with us 🙂


Selected ads from The Gramophone, September, 1955

The Gramophone is a monthly classical music magazine that was founded in 1923 by the English-born Scottish author Compton Mackenzie and his brother-in-law – Britain’s first DJ Christopher Stone.

Front cover of The Gramophone, September, 1955. Cost – one Shilling.

The issue I acquired is from September, 1955 – VOL. XXXIII – No. 388. It consists of 68 pages of classical and operatic musical reviews and features. There are a number of adverts dedicated to 1950s music recording technology and related accessories, a small selection of which are featured below.

W.H. Barnes LTD.

Monarch autochanger. Birmingham Sound Reproducers LTD.

Winel gramophone record storage cases.

A festival of favourites from Decca Records.

Record Housing with Nordyk cabinets.

Broadcaster stylus needles.

Trixette gramophones.

E.A.R. Balanced High Fidelity. A750 gramophones.

Collaro tape transcription units.

His Master’s Voice vinyl recordings.

Ferrograph tape unit.

Quad II amplifier.

Don Giovanni.

Columbia Records.

That’s all for this post. Thanks for looking 🙂