All in the Family featured the curmudgeonly Archie Bunker. Archie was television’s most famous grouch, blunt, blustering, straightforward and untouched by the PC crowd. He was the archetype of the conservative male. Michael desprately tried to reeducate him, but he persisted in his breviloquence.

Looking back at the last 40 years, we realize: ARCHIE WAS RIGHT!


Radio, TV, The Net

I seldom watch TV.  I used to watch a lot but anymore I don't have time.  I spent Thursday night in a hotel room and watched cable.  As I flipped through the channels I discovered that MTV doesn't seem to play music videos anymore.  The little I could stand reminded me of a evil cross of Bevis and Butthead meets bad porn and Oprah. 

I was in Colorado last night.  The radio station played a song that took me back, way back.

Other than being a one hit wonder does anyone know the cultural importance of the above clip?

If you guessed "it was the first video ever played on MTV" then its official; you're an old fart too.  If you remember "Friday Night Video's" and watching your favorite music on MTV and VH1 then its possible that you remember Saturday Night Live being funny. 

What was your favorite video from back in the day?


  1. Remember staying up late to watch Headbanger's Ball?

    Or SCTV?

  2. WasterBoy6:37 PM

    Get off my lawn!

    My son and his girlfriend were over and we were talking about the past. I mentioned that I had joined the Air Force in 1986, which was before either of them were born.

    Time passes too quickly.

    Oh, and the answer to your question is I Ran

  3. WaterBoy7:03 PM

    Oh fudge, that was me. Fat fingers on a wireless keyboard.

    But I take it back, anyway; favorite video would have to be In The Air Tonight

    More videos from that era:

    Space Age Love Song
    (I was a sucker for AFOS; the combination of electronica and space imagery caught my attention.)
    I Melt With You
    Don't You Forget About Me

    And of course, who could forget Take On Me

    Damn, your short trip down memory lane turned into a two-hour vacation. Thanks, man!

  4. I could click one of those links but I'm afraid I'd get Rick-rolled.

  5. WaterBoy12:42 PM

    Ya pays yer money and ya takes yer chances....

  6. I miss some of the old vids and music. Talk about wasting time. I found a link to Led Zep and went trough a ton of it before I realized that I need to get to bed.

  7. WaterBoy10:04 AM

    I actually prefer a lot of the music from the 70's to most of the music from the 80's. There just weren't that many videos made during that period; most of the ones that exist were live recordings of television appearances, either here or on the BBC.

    And the rock from both decades was far better than the synth-pop. But you started it with the Buggles, man.