Rock Flowers and Others

The Internet is the greatest time-waster ever invented, and YouTube must be the greatest time-waster on the time-waster. While researching Eddie Money’s “Two Tickets to Paradise” yesterday, I found this 1978 commercial for his debut album. Check it out:

Here’s some more interesting ads I came across in the span of about an hour last night:

  • A compilation of several spots for various KISS albums.
  • Ads for the 1977 K-Tel compilations Stars and Pure Power (I’ve got both).
  • An ad for a 1974 compilation featuring soundalike versions of pop hits. “Because of low royalties, we can’t reveal the artists.” Yeah, no kidding—although this is the sort of recording David Bowie and Elton John did before they became famous.
  • The 1987 ad for Freedom Rock, in which painful stereotypes shill for an extremely good collection.
  • An ad for Pink Floyd’s 1977 album Animals, and the extremely weird Dole Bananas spot set to “The Great Gig in the Sky.” (It was apparently produced on spec and never actually aired.)
  • A 1973 spot for the Rolling Stones’ album Goats Head Soup with Mick performing “Angie” and “Dancing With Mr. D.” and featuring Wolfman Jack on the voiceover. In that day, when rock performance clips were relatively rare on television, I am guessing this would really have gotten the kids’ attention. And if not the music, then the getup that Mick is wearing while singing “Mr. D.”
  • The classic ad for Mr. Microphone from the late 70s. Had the product existed in the early 70s, I would have wanted one.
  • The original “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing” spot for Coca-Cola from 1971, featuring the Hillside Singers.
  • A Christmas 1978 ad for a stereo system from Sears. (Choose eight-track or cassette!)
  • An early-70s ad for Rock Flowers rock singer dolls. Each came with her own record, and you could spin her on your turntable while you played it. (Voiceover by Casey Kasem.)
  • The goofiest product name of the 1970s: Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific shampoo.
  • A 1974 spot for Ringo Starr’s Goodnight Vienna with John Lennon. I’m guessing it ran only in the UK, but if I’m wrong, somebody will straighten me out.
  • A representative Levis spot of the 1970s with cool animation and the voice of Ken Nordine. (You know the voice. Now you know his name.)

Other Items: This blog is up to Number 80 in the Wikio music blog rankings, which is as high as it’s ever been. Also, it’s been weeks since I linked to my stuff over at WNEW, so just go there, already. Every Wednesday is This Week in Rock History day. Rock 101, which runs on Thursdays, took a holiday for the holidays but will be back this week with a post on the suicide and censorship kerfuffles of the mid 1980s. Founding Fathers (Saturdays) recently profiled include Hank Williams, Bill Haley, Etta James, Big Mama Thornton, Dick Clark, and Alan Freed, with Carl Perkins coming up this weekend. Over the holiday period, I wrote a tribute to the late Delaney Bramlett and a piece on the Beatles’ Christmas records. So that ought to hold you for a while.

5 thoughts on “Rock Flowers and Others

  1. If I recall, that :10 at the end of the commercials for K-Tel etc were for local stations to insert local stores where to purchase that particular record.

    Thanks for the trip back!

  2. The Hillside Singers were produced by the late Al Ham, founder of the Music Of Your Life format. If I recall, Al’s wife, Mary Mayo, their daughter, Lori, and future son-in-law, Mike were a part of the group. Lori and Mike either met during that period, or were married later.

    I remember as a local PD of the MOYL format, we played the Hillside Singers on our ‘D’ reel, and also played some selections from “Lori and Mike of the Hillside Singers.”

  3. Melanthe Alexian

    You can still get Gee, Your Hair Smells Terrific, along with a lot of other familiar products from that and earlier eras. Go to vermontcountrystore.com.

  4. Yah Shure

    So exactly which professional musicians practiced with Mr. Microphone? I didn’t recognize the allegedly famous artist featured in the commercial. Oh… maybe it was a K-Tel artist!

    A road was built in the late ’60s just around the bend from my old swimming hole. That road is still called K Tel Drive, even though the company of the same name is long gone from that location.

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