Stray Cat Strut

Stray Cats were a rockabilly band formed in America in 1979. Rockabilly music blends country with rhythm and blues. The band was formed by guitarist and vocalist Brian Setzer. Other members included double bassist Lee Rocker and drummer Slim Jim Phantom.

 

Stray Cats Logo

Image: stray cats.com

 

The band was influenced by music such as Gene Vincent, Bill Haley and the Comets and Eddie Cochran. They performed at the famous CBGB club, and gained a huge following. In addition to playing rockabilly music, they wore rockabilly style clothes, such as creepers, western shirts and drape jackets.

 

Stray Cats original line up

Image: wikipedia.org

 

In 1981 they released their self-titled debut album, with hits such as Stray Cat Strut, Rock This Town and Runaway Boys. It was a huge success.

 

Stray Cats original self titled album

Image: amazon.com

 

The second album, Gonna Ball, was not as successful as the first album. Following this they released their third album, Built for Speed, which went double platinum. It has hit songs such as Rock This Town, Stray Cat Strut,Rumble in Brighton and Built For Speed. They went on to produce more albums, along with “best of” albums. There was also changes to the original line-up in the band, but Brian remained as the singer.

 

Stray Cats 3rd album – Built for Speed

Image: img.discogs.com

 

In 2008/2009, Stray Cats toured Australia! These shows were a part of their Farewell Tour and completely sold out. They played at the Enmore Theatre in Sydney. What a show!!

 

Advertisement for Stray Cats concert in 2009 at The Enmore Theatre
Image: Setzerarchive.com

 

In 1990, Brian formed a new band: The Brian Setzer Orchestra. It is a jump blues swing revival band. Jump blues is an up-tempo style of blues. It was popular in the 1940s and it is a combination of rhythm and blues and rock and roll.

 

Brian Setzer Orchestra

Image: modesttoview.com

 

Whenever anyone gets into my little VW Beetle, I am usually playing a Stray Cats CD… really loud!Β I just love their music (which is why I had to write this blog), it makes me feel so happy and gives me the urge to get up and dance. I absolutely love the beat of the double bass in their music. The sounds are great and the lyrics will make you want to sing along, as they are so catchy!

 

When you can, get a listen to some Stray Cats. I am sure you will love it, as much as me! You will probably feel like dancing too. (Though it’s a bit hard when you are driving) The double bass sound just makes the music, as well as Brian’s voice.

What is your favourite band? Message me, I would love to hear what you are listening to.

 

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Retro Advertising……. try not to laugh!

You have to admit that today’s advertising has changed so much when compared to decades earlier. Some retro advertising will make you laugh, some will shock you, some condones violence and some are so sexist. Women really were advertised as second rate citizens and if you didn’t meet the standard or were ageing, they promoted negative thoughts in your mind.

Beauty

Lets start on the beauty advertisements.

These are quite funny. Washing away fat or middle age skin… we know that’s not likely. Also the promotion of putting on extra weight to get men is crazy! How about being happy with who you are. These double standards are ridiculous, yet it’s funny that this is still present in modern society. Celebrities are constantly shamed for being too fat or skinny… I guess some things don’t change!

Health

Then there was the heath advertising …


These are hilarious, don’t you think? First a nurse offering coke, not likely now since we all know the sugar content is so high! Taking bile beans makes you feel better and then you love your child. That’s ridiculous! Doctors advising to smoke cigarettes and pregnant women craving cigarettes….. I definitely don’t think so! What about the infra red light…. now that is definitely not a good idea.


Gift Ideas

Next let’s look at gift advertising!

I can’t believe the one to give your child a revolver. Wow! Let alone any member of the family. I adore retro Gay ware and would love it as a present (even though I have completed my collection) but advertisements back then were aimed at presents to make a good housewife. And Ronald Regan giving the gift of a carton of cigarettes wouldn’t be done today as the government media are supposed to encourage people to give-up.

Sexist

Next let’s look at the shockers that I think can be classified as sexist advertising!

These are unbelievable, right!? The one with the husband spanking his wife over her knee…. well doesn’t that just encourage abuse! Put your child in a corset to restrict her body from growing or she will not be beautiful….really?! So many advertisements outlined how women’s bodies had to be! We are all beautiful and don’t have to fit into one body type, which is what makes us all unique. Advertisements promoted women to achieve ridiculous standards in order to keep their husbands happy… The amount of sexism in these advertisements was so obvious! Seeing these, it is evident how much our advertisements and media industry have evolved.

Did you find these funny and some shocking? What retro advertisements have you seen? Send me photos and your thoughts. I would love to see them.

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Photos taken from Instagram & Pinterest

Stranded at the Drive-Ins

At the Drive-Ins they are having a “Retro Experience” and playing old-style movies each Saturday Night over a few months!

Blacktown Skyline Drive-in

 


The retro experience at the drive-in. Website: eventcinemas.com.au

 

It was so much fun watching Grease at the drive-ins (even though I had just watched it 2 weeks prior lol)! There were so many vintage cars, hot rods and rockabilly people everywhere. It was such a fun night.

Waiting for the movie to begin

Grease playing at the drive-in

The old speaker boxes for your car window

 

There is also a retro diner to purchase all your snacks. It has great food with a retro atmosphere!


Photos in the diner.
Last 2 photos: luchettikrelle.com

 

It was such a ridiculously retro night. I would recommend it to everyone who would love to experience the retro lifestyle! I already booked to see American Graffiti in a few weeks time, which is another movie that I love. I will let you know how it went.


The end of Grease.

 

Have you been to the drive-ins lately? Let me know, I would love to hear about your experience.

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Ridiculously Retro xx

Who Loves Bettie Page Style Bangs?

Bettie Mae Page was a 50s icon. She was an American model and gained a significant profile as a 1950s pin up girl at a time when sexuality was repressed. Bettie appeared in many Burlesque films. She appeared as a centerfold in the January 1955 Playboy, one of the earliest, and soon shot to stardom and was on the walls in many male dominated areas. Bettie was a curvaceous lady with dark hair and blue eyes, but it was her short bangs that remained her trade mark. These bangs influenced hairstyles for generations. She remains a pop icon to today.


Betty Page with her Iconic Bangs
Image: http://www.bettiepage.com

I have always liked the short rockabilly bangs but I was not too sure it would suit me, as I have such a big face! My friend, who is a hairdresser, told me that they wouldn’t sit right as I have a cowlick in my fringe. But I had to finally try it…. So I did!

My new Bettie Page bangs

And I love it!! Though I have very thin hair, I could still achieve the look. You can also purchase clip on bangs to add to the thickness (though I have not tried these)

They are really easy to look after too. After you wash your hair, you just blow dry them with a rolling brush. To stop my cowlick lifting my fringe, I just wear a clip in my fringe to help keep it down on the first night after washing. It usually lasts until the next wash but if it flattens after sleeping or after the gym then you can just spray the roots of your fringe with dry shampoo, and rub into the roots. This will give you a messy look! Then you use a fine tooth comb through the bangs. Grab your curling iron or a round brush and curl back around. They should be in a straight line and voilΓ !… Your bangs are ready!!!

Curling Brushes
Image: coolblades.co.uk


Curling Wand
Image: itzallabouthair.com.au

So if you have the urge for Bettie Page bangs, go for it! Just like I did. Take the plunge!! Send me photos. I would love to see them!

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Sometimes You Just Have To Get Away

We had a wonderful weekend away at Ettalong Beach.

First we stopped at the lookout above Ettalong. What a view!

 

It is a lovely old town surrounded by water.

It has a lively promenade along the beach, with a lot of people and their dogs. It also has a great restaurant and a little cafe.

 

 

There is pelican feeding and pelicans galore in the water and resting by the foreshore

 

We went for a look through the shops too (of course). There is a Tuscan style Theatre with a market on Saturdays. The theatre is built to look old but was actually built in 1999.

 

 

I even managed to find a vintage shop and brought this chair for my bedroom

There was a dry cleaners with a great motto so I had to take a picture.  I could imagine all the rude pictures taken here with that motto.

 

On the Sunday there was Studibaker Car Show. There were some great looking old cars, so that was fun.

The below one was perfect for me. It is a red convertible studibaker. With red and cream leather interior. It was a gorgeous car.

I also found this great old fence, which I would love for my place. Isn't it cool!

Ettalong is a relaxed old town with walking and bike tracks everywhere to enjoy along the waters edge. They have upgraded the foreshore and promenade. There is a ferry that can take you from Palm Beach to Ettalong in just over an hour. And it takes just over an hour and a half to drive from Sydney. There are many restaurants and cafes to enjoy and of course fresh seafood. There is so much to see and do. And it is great for sight seeing including a great walk up Blackwall Mountain. There is plenty of swimming in summertime.

You should go for a break at Ettalong Beach, it is really enjoyable. Where do you like to get away? Let me know, I would love to hear about other places to get away.

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Great Places to Shop for Retro

I have undertaken some research and found the below 100 suggestions for places to shop for vintage items!

Image of vintage shopping

 
Below are some of my suggestions and in brackets I have added what type of items that they sell.  

  1. Addvintage Parramatta (furniture)
  2. Bowerbird Vintage Kogarah Marrickville & Parramatta (homewares and furniture)
  3. Antique General Store North Narrabeen
  4. Antonio Ruggerino Galleria (posters) Bondi
  5. Appostlebird North Manly (assorted collectables)
  6. Bay Street Vintage Paddington (Fashion and homewares)
  7. Bay Vintage Southern Antiques Centre Kogarah (antiques)
  8. Blue Spinach Darlinghurst (fashion)
  9. Blue Works Surry hills (fashion)
  10. Boogie Bop Dames Sydney (hair makeup pinup photos)
  11. Branch 3D Forest Lodge Sydney (ceramics)
  12. Carousel Interviews Meadow Bank (interiors)
  13. Chiltons Cronulla (jewellery)
  14. Collectika Enmore (furniture)
  15. Creative Vintage Centre Alexandra (clothes & furniture)
  16. Cream on King Street Newtown (fashion)
  17. Cream on Crown Street Surry hills (fashion)
  18. Cs Flashback Paddington (fashion)
  19. C’s Flashback Surry hills (Darlinghurst) (fashion)
  20. Deco Diva Potts Point (art deco collectables)
  21. Dolly Up Emporium Surry Hills (clothing)
  22. Dolly Up Redfern (fashion)
  23. Down To Earth Mitchell Road (clothing & collectables
  24. Eclectic Find Narabeen (interiors)
  25. Eleanor Keene Sydney (clothing)
  26. Envision 54 Newtown (furniture)
  27. Eva’s Vintage Annandale (clothing)
  28. Fabrique Vintage Darlinghurst (fashion)
  29. Forever Vintage Five Dock (clothing)
  30. Graham & Graham Designs Redfern (ceramics & homewares)
  31. Grandfathers Axe Alexandra (furniture)
  32. Grandmas Surry Hills (fashion)
  33. Halchemy Design Glebe (antiques)
  34. Harlequin Market Double Bay (jewellery)
  35. Holy Kitsch Sydney (collectables)
  36. Juliets Balcony Dulwich Hill Sydney (furniture)
  37. Leona Edmiston Vintage Boutique Double Bay (fashion)
  38. Lunatiques Vintage Collectables Alexandria (furniture)
  39. Miss Browns Vintage Alexandria (furniture)
  40. Miss Browns Vintage Surry Hills (clothing)
  41. Mitchell Road Antiques Alexandria (antiques)
  42. Montague & Mabel St Peters Furniture
  43. Mulberry Street Vintage Newtown (clothing)
  44. Nikky Bs Milton (fashion & homewares)
  45. Ninas Vintage Closet Newtown (clothing)
  46. Orient House Glebe (antique Chinese furniture)
  47. Porcelain Pinup Parramatta (pinup classes)
  48. Potts Point Vintage (fashion)
  49. Queen Justin Vintage Redfern (fashion)
  50. Recycology Alexandria (clothing)
  51. Red Square Studio Mitchell Road Antiques (furniture)
  52. Reebonz Vintage Sydney (accessories)
  53. Retro a Go Go Sydney (clothing)
  54. Retro Dames Hills District & Sydney Metro (beauty)
  55. Retro on Regent Redfern (ceramics & furniture)
  56. Retrospec’d Clothing
  57. Retro Spectrum Petersham Sydney (clothing & furniture)
  58. Retro Village Rozelle Sydney (clothing & homewares)
  59. Reuze Vintage Paddington
  60. Reverse Garbage Marrickville (furniture & homewares)
  61. Robins Nest Vintage Miranda (furniture & fashion)
  62. Route 66 Darlinghurst (fashion)
  63. Rudi Rocket Redfern (furniture)
  64. Salvation Army Stores many suburbs (fashion & furniture)
  65. Sammy & Sid Manly (fashion)
  66. Scrag’s House of Fashion Newtown (fashion)
  67. Sherbert Birdie Saint Peters (pinup studio)
  68. Stealth Photography Won’t Age & pinup studio Sydney (pinup studio)
  69. Studio M Alexandria (pinup studio)
  70. Sydney Vintage Bike Online Store (bikes)
  71. Sydney Vintage Watches Sydney (watches)
  72. Tangerine & Teal Brookvale (furniture)
  73. The Itchy Kitty Newtown (clothing & homewares)
  74. The Collective Ensemble Newtown (fashion)
  75. The Leopard Lounge Newtown (vintage hairdresser)
  76. The Sleeveless Society Waverley (clothing)
  77. Three 5 Nine King Newtown (fashion)
  78. The Vintage Clothing Shop St James St Arcade Sydney (clothing)
  79. The Vintage Drawer Sydney (clothing)
  80. The Vintage Record Annandale (records)
  81. The Vintage Way Sydney & Central Coast (styling accessories)
  82. Trash and Treasure Markets at various locations (assorted items)
  83. Two Old Souls Manly Vale (furniture)
  84. Urban Rustic Newtown (ceramics & furniture)
  85. Usedabbussed Vintage Designer Department Store Cremmorne (clothing & homewares)
  86. U turn Recycled Fashion Bondi (fashion)
  87. U turn Recycled Fashion Newtown (fashion)
  88. Vampt Vintage Design Brookvale & Surrey Hills (furniture)
  89. Vera Rose Collectables Kogarah (ceramics & furniture)
  90. Vinnies Many Suburbs (fashion & furniture)
  91. Vintage and Antique Fairs at various locations (assorted items)
  92. Vintage Markets at various locations (assorted items)
  93. Vintage 585 Sydney (collectables)
  94. Vintage Allsorts Sydney (styling agent)
  95. Vintage Fashion Emporium Surry Hills (fashion)
  96. Vintage Luggage Company Double Bay (accessories & jewellery)
  97. Vintage Times Double Bay (accessories & jewellery)
  98. Your one Stop Pinup Shop Campbelltown (fashion)
  99. Waverley Antique Bazaar (Collectables)
  100. Zoo emporium Darlinghurst (fashion)

    Standing outside Nikki B’s at Milton

Now I haven’t managed to go to all the above shops, but I have been to a few of them and they are great retro shopping! I hope this list helps you to make some choices about the places that you might like to shop. 

Lady enjoying the choices at Vintage Shopping

 
I love the many choices and variety of rare items that you can find in these shops and I am always curious about the history of the item and try to research information on the items. 

What are your favourite retro or vintage shops? Let me know your favourites, can’t wait to hear about them!

Images: Women’s World

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Ridiculously Retro  xx


Vintage Truck Show

I have never ever been an admirer of trucks. So when I was invited to attend the Museum of Fire for a Vintage Truck show by my husband, I was a little reluctant. But I had always wanted to go to the museum of fire, so I agreed. 

I really enjoyed the show!! There were a lot of vintage trucks that looked cool and a few of my favourite vintage cars. 

Vintage ute

Vintage pick up truck

Vintage cars

My husband near a vintage Ford

Vintage pick up Trucks

Me standing near A pink vintage car

Vintage car

A cute yellow vintage car

Me with a vintage black pick up truck

Vintage Arnotts Trucks

 

There was also a double decker bus that took you for a ride around the local area. It was a ride in history on the top deck and fun. 

Double Decker Bus

And the Museum of Fire was really interesting and showed great pieces from history.

Vintage Fire Truck

The whole day was interesting and fun. I was really glad I went. If you ever get the chance to go, you should. Let me know what you thought. 

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Ridiculously Retro  XX