Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Help! I've fallen down a K-tel Commercial wormhole

And I never want to get out. The 1970s was the era of ridiculous products and so called "inventions" that everyone had to have, making garage sales more junked out than ever for several decades. And K-tel was right in the forefront of this consumerist madness with their super-cheap, excitedly announced product line that we loved so well.

Mood shirts for your every mood. Family life made everyone "tense" in the 70s, hence the high divorce rate. I'm sure this product didn't help.

Do you remember? Husker Du was a memory exerciser that was virtually "impossible to memorize." A rainy-day staple at grade schools across the country.

Kids! Why catch a ball with your hands, when you can order two vacuum handles with thumb holes instead? Television posed numerous questions such as this while we were growing up. It led to a lifetime to questioning and formed the great society that we are today.

If you're getting up there in years, you might remember K-tel Record Selector. The Tape Selector was its bastard cousin. Eight-tracks didn't stick around long enough to create a profit on this, I'm sure.

Excuse me for a heavy-metal moment while I have an Axe Attack.

K-tel's "Block Buster" is an excellent example of the schizophrenic top-40 programming mentality that existed throughout the 70s. Listen to disco, soft rock, r&b, prog-rock and power ballad all within the space of 7 minutes (or less!).

We still have this one. It features Hot Butter's "Popcorn" so you know we're never giving it up.

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