If you’re a person of a certain generation, you may have grown up with one of these things (hint: it’s a telephone) mounted to the kitchen wall of your family home. Ah, the days of no privacy on the absolutely un-mobile phone (on which conversations could eventually be rendered somewhat more private with the addition of the very long handset extension chord)! If you enjoy art and nostalgia, I recommend the exhibit, New York 1962 – 1964 on now at the Jewish Museum. This very fun exhibit uses the museum’s influential role in the early 1960s New York art scene as a jumping-off point to examine how artists living and working in New York City responded to the events that marked this moment in time. The exhibit features two floors of fantastic art, design, and pop culture and runs through January 8th, 2023.
Do you recognize this object? Do you know how works? How old are you? Don’t answer that. It’s hard to believe that this totally rad Pink Rotary Dial Desk Telephone was once the height of cool and contemporary consumer design. Now, it’s just a sculpture, or a piece pop culture ephemera.
Maybe you’ve seen one used as a prop in an old movie you enjoy for its nostalgic pull.
It is beautiful though, ins’t it? Sure it is.
Photographed at ICFF at Javits Center, NYC, in May of 2018
Hey what’s up. Happy Easter, if you celebrate, and Happy Spring if not! While I could not find an Egg, Bunny, or Jesus-themed video for this holiday posting, I did find one that repeatedly mentions a type of candy, so, somewhat appropriate! This fun and super engaging video for the song “Taffy Come Home” by the Brit-Pop quartet Telegram feels wildly retro on a couple of levels. First of all, there’s the use of the rotary-dial telephone motif as the video’s primary image — an anachronism that many people under 20 will be entirely unfamiliar with, but one which takes me right back to my youth. Also, lead singer Matt Saunders‘ voice encourages a deeply-nostalgic feeling for The Undertones and their vocalist Feargal Sharkey. What a great band they were.
The press release that accompanied this video clip calls Telegram‘s new album “… a series of frenzied meditations on Time and Speed, steeped in the sensitivity and strangeness of Kurt Vonnegut and approached through the erstwhile themes of love and intoxication. Melding post industrialist kraut rock with garage rock and the best bits of Eno and Bolan, the record offers twelve luminescent tracks, rooted in solid grooves but anti-gravitational in your mind’s eye.” Wow, high praise indeed. I would tend to agree with the Brian Eno comparison, specifically because “Taffy Come Home” reminds me of Eno’s glam rock masterpiece, “Needle in the Camel’s Eye,” which is a work of genius.
Saunders‘ band mates in Telegram are bassist Oli Paget-Moon, lead guitarist Matt Wood, and drummer Jordan Cook. The groups’ eagerly awaited debut album, Operator, was released last week via Red Eye. Enjoy!
And Don’t They Have a Good “Rock Star” Look, as Well?