Two more after the jump!
This weekend Chicago’s Pride Parade starts at a new corner in Uptown at Broadway and Montrose. The first Chicago parade happened June 27, 1970 and started at Washington Square Park according to GLBT History.
TVB is excited that our new HQ neighborhood is part of this amazing event. March for your friends, family, and lovers this weekend. Click through to watch a video from what I think is one of the earlier Chicago parades.
My grandma and grandpa owned a fabric store called Yards of Fashion in the ’70s. These button containers are some of the few pieces of the shop that remain. To me, they’re a symbol of the entrepreneurship that was passed down to me.
What trinkets do you keep close to inspire you?
If you were a little distracted in your high school History class, I’ve got a podcast for you! It’s called Stuff You Missed in History Class and it is produced by Howstuffworks.com. There are over 300 podcasts all between 20 and 30 minutes, so totally perfect for your commute to work or your workout. You can start at the beginning and plow through them all, but I’ll say that the Frida Kahlo and Bronte episodes are particularly interesting. Enjoy!
Hair seems to be making a comeback as a major part of music: Bieber, La Roux, Skrillex, whatever the hell is happening here… So I thought we could take a trip down foggy memory lane to revisit the last crop of hairstyle rockers: bands from the ’80s. Rather than go with the obvious — Flock of Seagulls, Robert Smith — I thought I’d dig into the archives to fish out some awesome ’80s hairstyles you forgot about. Take these photos to the salon with you next time!
That’s Bow Wow Wow above. I have to say the shaved sides are looking strikingly current!
Aaaah, Kajagoogoo. Limahl definitely succeeded in pulling off the duo-tone mullet look. He knew it, and so did Atreyu.
Speaking of mullets, I don’t think Bono’s 1983-1986 mullet gets enough air time. People forget about his business-up-front-party-in-the-back look since he grew it out by the time the band got really famous. You have to admit, that’s a statement mullet!
In the very early nineties there was sort of a ridiculous computer animation craze. It was the death rattle of the 1980s fascination with the digitization of everything. Things changed direction with the advent of grunge, and good for us, or today we’d all probably be wearing Power Gloves to control our virtual bodies across a Tron grid landscape. (There was a whole thing about virtual sex becoming the future of sex, but then Omni Magazine folded.)
A great little gem from those halcyon 1990-1993 days, though, was the Mind’s Eye series, a VHS and Laserdisc collection of animated shorts set to a somewhat misguided electronic score by rock musicians who dabbled in synth (Thomas Dolby, Jan Hammer). It started with The Mind’s Eye: A Computer Animation Odyssey in 1990, which was a trippy early-digital voyage through Earth’s creation, and continued through 1996, but the apex of the series is Beyond the Mind’s Eye, which was released in 1992.