Tag Archive | rockabilly

American Graffiti

The drive-ins are playing retro movies and last Saturday the feature was the classic movie American Graffiti.

Skyline Drive in

 

The retro experience at the drive in.

Website: eventcinemas.com.au

 

I was so excited as I love the movie. There were some hot rods and classic cars, which my husband and I were hoping for.

Waiting for the movie to begin

 

Old car window speakers are still next to each car space, to add to the retro feel.

 

There is a retro diner with yummy food

 

American Grafitti is about the last day of summer holidays for a group of friends. The whole movie is set over one night, and involves cruising the streets of California and listening to the DJ, Wolfman Jack, play rock’n’roll music and all the adventures that they go through on this one night. It is the last night of their freedom before they become working adults. It is about the cruising and rock’n’roll culture of the times.

Some cast members

 

Mels drive-in diner, where a lot of the action occurs

 

The music score is fantastic featuring songs such as Louie Louie, Rock Around The Clock, 16 Candles, That’ll Be The Day, Why Do Fools Fall in Love, At The Hop, Surfin’ Safari, Barbara Ann, The Great Pretender and many more. It is really worth a listen with the 41 great songs on it.

American Graffiti Soundtrack

Image: amazon.com

 

This is a great movie and well worth seeing. The next retro drive in that I want to go too is “The Wild One” which is being screened in a few weeks.

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

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

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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
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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

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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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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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Rockabilly Handbags

Handbags have been recorded in history since 14th Century. A handbag is essential to fashion as we all have something that needs to be carried around with us. Even men carry man bags today. 


In the 50s there was a rise in designer handbags such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Hermes. Bags come in all shapes and sizes and designs and trends change over time.  Some great labels for rockabilly handbags are:

  • Sourpuss
  • Banned
  • Break Even
  • Alchemy
  • Dangerfield
  • Princess Highway
  • Super Floozy
  • Bettie Page
  • Juble-Umph

This is my Juble-umph handbag. It is my everyday handbag

You can also get some really cool bags that are shaped like an item. They can make an outfit “pop”. I like to wear a matching brooch or a skirt with similar theme. These can be purchased online or at your favourite rockabilly store. 

Top left: red lips shaped bag/ Top Right: Strawberry shaped bag; Left Bottom: Bodice shaped bag/ Right Bottom: Red love heart bag

I love this Dangerfield cane love heart bag. It has plenty of room in it

Top Left: Apple shaped bags/ Top Right: Paris Perfume shaped bags/ Left Bottom: Milk Carton shaped bag/ Right Bottom: Lipstick shaped bag

 

There are many varieties of cane vintage bags. Though over time they do become brittle and break easy. I have had a few others that I used at the beach and they broke over time, so do take extra care.

Vintage cane bags

You can get modern handbags in a retro style. 

Princess Highway retro style red handbag

Princess Highway retro style black handbag

This is a new flamingo handbag. I picked this up at a vintage show. I wear it with my flamingo rockabilly skirt

This is my Hell Bunny Bee Handbag. I have the dress that matches this outfit too. I wear them both together

 

If you are really lucky you might be able to score good quality vintage handbags. These can be purchased online, at a charity store, vintage show or garage sale. 

Top Left: Vintage green apple bag/ Top Right: Red vintage small circular bag/ Left Bottom: Vintage Brown clip bag/ Right Bottom: White crochet bag

Left Top: White glomesh bag/ Right Top: Cowhide circle bag/ Left Bottom: Small brown leather vintage backpack/ Right bottom: Gold glomesh handbag

Top Left: Vintage small circle coin bag/ Top Right: Vintage Brown clasp bag/ Bottom Left: Vintage Crimson Cane Bag/ Bottom Right: Vintage Small Leather bag

 

My next handbag I want to purchase, is a lucite handbag. I am on the look out. Yes I know that I have already got enough handbags, but one more wont hurt…..will it!!

The purchase of a vintage handbag means that you are purchasing quality, style and a piece of history. 

What is your favourite rockabilly handbag? Send me some photos of your handbag. I would love to see them!

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Ridiculously Retro   Xx



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Great Reading for Retro Ideas

There is so much information out there to help you achieve your retro lifestyle and to be creative in achieving your own look.

Image from Women’s World

There is information on home decor, cooking, cleaning, fashion, accessories, music, makeup, hairstyles or attitudes. Here are a few ideas for where to attain this must have reading.

Vintage cookbooks & Women’s Weekly Retro cookbooks

Vintage cookbooks and new retro cookbooks are great for recipes from yesteryear. You may need to use the Internet to work out the metric conversions. Some of the recipes will take you back to your childhood, when parents or grandparents used to cook for you. There is so many yummy recipes to try.

Vintage home decorating books and modern retro books on home decorating

Vintage home decorating books are great for ideas on how to complete a retro decor. You will see many interesting items that you would love to buy to achieve this look. Items can be found online, garage sales, charity stores or vintage shops. Also modern retro books give you ideas of where to get modern retro items, from shops such as Matt Blatt, Glicks, Sokol, etc.

 

Vintage Made Magazine


Vintage Made Magazine is an Australian magazine, which is excellent for ideas on achieving that retro fashion look. It gives you alot of information on fashion, makeup and hairstyles and where to purchase items. You will often get a pattern to create your own clothing and a step by step guide on how to make it. There is also craft tips on how to achieve the look of a vintage item. It is a great magazine!

 

Vintage Life Magazine

Vintage Life Magazine is jammed packed with festivals to go to, places to shop, fashion, accessories, makeup and hair. It is a really great read and contains very interesting information and stories.

 

Hair & makeup retro books

The above books are great for tips on retro hairstyles & retro style makeup. The different hairstyles are great to experiment on your hair and to see which styles suit you. You may need help to achieve some of the styles or you could take the pictures to your hairdresser to do styles for special occasions.

 There is also many blogs to give you ideas. Here is a few that I follow:

http://www.exposedvintageblog.wordpress.com

http://www.missheroholliday.com

http://www.missamymay.com

http://www.harlowdarling.com

Enjoy your reading, let me know if you have found any good books worth reading. I would love to hear about them.

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Elvis in concert…. The Wonder of You

I had the wonderful opportunity to see Elvis in concert. Yes, I know I would have to had to step back in time, but “The Wonder of You: Live” did just that. The Philharmonic Orchestra accompanied filmed concerts delivered by Elvis back in the day.  This concert at times made you think he really was singing on the stage. It was brilliant! You could not help but sing along to all the wonderful tunes.

The audience was full with Elvis impersonators, rockabillies, the older generation and the younger generation. There was so many quiffs & 50s skirts!  It was a huge mix of Elvis admirers.


The songs that were performed were:

It was a wide variety of Elvis songs played spanning over his entire career. You couldn’t help but dance and sing along!


The master of the ceremony was one of Elvis’ best friends, Jerry Schilling, and he would talk about Elvis’ life and present old photos. It was really interesting!

If you ever have the opportunity to go to this show, it is really worthwhile. Let me know if you have been, and what you thought! I would love to hear from you.

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