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Recommendations: Spotify
I'll be honest, Spotify isn't my first choice to put on my list of recommendations. However, Spotify offers free accounts that allows you to stream unlimited music legally! Not the best software in terms of functionality, but the service is free to use, and Spotify pays the artists their royalties.

I'll be honest, Spotify wasn't my first choice to put on my list of recommendations. However, Spotify offers totally FREE accounts that allows you to access unlimited music LEGALLY! Not the best software in terms of functionality, but the service is free for us to use, and Spotify pays the artists their royalties (which true fans of music should seriously think about). The desktop software is fully functional; there is a web feature available. However, I recommend downloading the desktop app instead, simply because it's more stable. Mobile software has limited access; you can only play music in random mode (in other words there are no on-demand features for free users). Limited radio skips per day. Limited playlists. Spotify does have an online community forum, but it appears to be more for reporting bugs than sharing music. The service itself allows you to follow Facebook friends, etc, but, that's about it. Spotify is not robust. It's an application that just exist, and don't expect too many software improvements in the future; unless of course they get more paid subscribers or sponsors; but, I don't see that happening anytime soon either.

Napster’s Blog News
  • Michael Kiwanuka’s Sublime Folk Soul - July 18, 2016
    When Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings unveiled 100 Days, 100 Nights in 2007, the album’s success, critically and commercially, ignited an explosion in retro... The post Michael Kiwanuka’s Sublime Folk Soul appeared first on Napster Music News.
  • The Best New Releases: July 15 - July 15, 2016
    PJ, Rare Much like contemporaries such as Kehlani and Jhene Aiko, Paris Jones writes about her life in realistic and plainspoken terms. As she... The post The Best New Releases: July 15 appeared first on Napster Music News.
  • We Are Napster - July 14, 2016
    UPDATED: Rhapsody is now Napster. We’re the same great service you love – all of your playlists, favorites, albums and artists have not changed.... The post We Are Napster appeared first on Napster Music News.
  • The Best New Releases: July 8 - July 9, 2016
    Switchfoot, Where the Light Shines Through On their first full-length for Vanguard, San Diego’s Switchfoot dive deeper into the sun-kissed melodies and dreamy beach... The post The Best New Releases: July 8 appeared first on Napster Music News.
  • Dengue Dengue Dengue Invite You Into Their Alternative Universe - June 27, 2016
    Behind the Technicolor masks worn by Peruvian tropical bass duo Dengue Dengue Dengue are Felipe Salmon and Rafael Periera. The tropical sonic warriors bridge... The post Dengue Dengue Dengue Invite You Into Their Alternative Universe appeared first on Napster Music News.
Recommendations: YouTube
I think it's safe to say that YouTube is the most popular, and the most used FREE streaming service to date. As I've shared before, I've suggested that people minimize their use of, or to avoid using YouTube as a main source of music entertainment (because of concerns that many old school artists' music are not being monetized as a result of how YouTube is setup). However, I've been reading more and more articles about YouTube's royalty negotiations. This is a good news. Again, it doesn't resolve all of my questions both as a fan and a responsible blogger, but it does show that changes are being made, and YouTube can literally become like a free video streaming service like Spotify. This is wonderful, because pretty soon it won't matter what service you use, because a significant portion of the streaming services will be legally FREE to use. However, when this happens, I do hope that people don't get stuck only using YouTube, and be willing to experience the other great services out here. I don't think there is a person on the planet who hasn't experienced YouTube, I don't think it makes sense to explain any further. LOL :-*

I think it's safe to say that YouTube is the most popular, and the most used FREE streaming service to date. As I've shared before, I've suggested that people minimize their use of, or to avoid using YouTube as a main source of music entertainment (because of concerns that many old school artists' music are not being monetized as a result of how YouTube is setup). However, I've been reading more and more articles about YouTube's royalty negotiations. This is a good news. Again, it doesn't resolve all of my questions, both as a music fan and a responsible blogger, but it does show that changes are being made, and YouTube can literally become a free video streaming service in the same way Spotify is a free music service. This is wonderful, because pretty soon it won't matter what service you use, because a significant portion of the streaming services will be legally FREE to use (except for premium services, but even then @ $9.99 a month is a great deal considering how much we spent on music back in the day). However, when this happens, I do hope that people don't get stuck only using YouTube, and be willing to experience the other great services out here. I don't think there is a person on the planet who hasn't experienced YouTube, so I don't think it makes sense to explain any further. LOL :-*

Stereo Gum: Music News
  1. Cashmere Cat – “Wild Love” (Feat. The Weeknd & Francis And The Lights) - August 26, 2016
    Cashmere Cat and the Weeknd have been teasing their collab “Wild Love” for weeks now, and as of tonight, it’s finally out in the world. The first taste from the Norwegian producer’s upcoming album of the same name, “Wild Love” also features the digitized croon of Francis And The Lights, who’s been collaborating with just […]
  2. Stream Young Thug’s No, My Name is JEFFERY Mixtape - August 26, 2016
    Young Thug, Atlanta’s most reliable source of renewable energy, has just given the world another jolt. Thug — or No, My Name Is Jeffery, as he’s taken to calling himself — has released his new mixtape, also called No, My Name is JEFFERY, and that is its awesome cover art up at the top of […]
  3. Watch Kanye West Hover Above The Audience At Saint Pablo Tour Kickoff - August 26, 2016
    Kanye West just kicked off his Saint Pablo Tour in support of The Life Of Pablo at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Say what you will about Kanye, but the man sure knows how to make an entrance: He opened his first North American show of the year by performing “Father Stretch My Hands” […]
  4. Omar Rodríguez-López – “Tell Me What I Did Wrong” - August 26, 2016
    The Mars Volta/At The Drive-In co-leader Omar Rodríguez-López is soldiering on in his ambitious quest to release two new solo albums a month until the end of the year. The fifth album in the series, Umbrella Mistress, is coming up in a couple of weeks, and today he’s shared the first taste, a shimmering number […]
  5. Composer Apologizes For Suing Hans Zimmer - August 25, 2016
    Last year, TV and film composer Richard Friedman sued Hans Zimmer for copyright infringement, claiming that the main theme to 12 Years A Slave ripped off one of his works. The case was dismissed from a federal court in Los Angeles yesterday, and now, as the AP reports, Friedman has offered Zimmer a full apology, […]
Recommendations: Crackle
Crackle has got to be (in my opinion), one of the best totally free movie streaming services out here! They have really really good "Original Content," and good movies. They improved video quality tremendously. The only thing I should tell you guys is that, so many people use Crackle that sometimes it gets really choppy. The only thing that really helps is a Roku Box 4, or a Amazon Fire Box, that has a Quad Core processor, and lots of memory to reduce the annoyance of buffering. Check it out on your video device, or go to Crackle online, by clicking on the graphic above. It's totally FREE!

Crackle has got to be (in my opinion), one of the best totally free movie streaming services out here! They have really really good "Original Content," and good movies (although, they've been kind of slacking lately with putting out new original content, such as "Powers"). They also have losts of classic shows like "Who's The Boss," "Alf," and "What's Happening." They've improved the video quality tremendously. The only thing I should tell you guys is that, so many people use Crackle that sometimes the video gets really choppy. The only thing that really helps is a Roku Box 4, or a Amazon Fire Box, that has a Quad Core processor, and lots of conventional memory/SD card to reduce the annoyance of buffering; and or you may have to direct connect to your network instead of wireless. Check it out on your video device, or go to Crackle online, by clicking on the graphic above. It's totally FREE! It's legal! and the ads pays the actors!

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Recommendations: OVG

OVguide is another company offering FREE movies on Roku and other devices. A lot of the movies are not as good as what Crackle has, However, I think you'll definitely be able to find some movies you'd like to watch. Currently, they have movies like, "Elite Squad: the Enemy Within (2010)," "Hoodium (1997)," and "Sins Expiation (2012) (with Danny Glover)." The nice thing about Ovguide, is that a lot of their movies appear to be curated. Now, normally I don't like curated content, only because websites that are curated tend to be a bit chaotic, in terms of navigating their site. However, when it comes to their Roku setup, it's integrated quite nicely. A couple of those curated film comes from Hulu (usually those that are available for free).

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Recommendations: Popcorn
Popcorn Flix usually isn't my go to site, but they do have a good mixture of both low budget and classic block buster hits. It pretty much works in the same way that Tubi TV, and Crackle does. You'll find movies such as "The  Decent (2005)," "Brotherhood Of Justice (1986)" and "The Toxic Avenger (1984)." All FREE to watch, and their service is also available on Roku.

Popcorn Flix has an even mixture of both low budget and classic blockbuster hits. It pretty much works in the same way that Tubi TV, and Crackle does. You'll find movies such as "The Decent (2005)," "Brotherhood Of Justice (1986)" and "The Toxic Avenger (1984)." Actors ranging from Cuba Gooding Jr., Kevin Hart, and Sylvester Stallone. All absolutely FREE to watch! The more people that watch movies using services like Popcorn Flix, the better movie selections we'll eventually get. Their free service is available on both Roku, and on the web.

Digital Music News Blog
  • Frank Ocean’s Entire ‘Blonde’ Album Is Now Available on YouTube… - August 25, 2016
    Apple Music’s so-called ‘exclusive’ of Frank Ocean’s ‘Blonde’ has been sitting on YouTube for days, with 100,000+ plays.  But we didn’t tell you that. After appearing in its entirely on Google Drive over the weekend, Frank Ocean’s ‘Blonde’ (also titled ‘Blond’) is now widely available on YouTube.  The 17-track album has been uploaded in its […] The post Frank Ocean’s Entire ‘Blonde’ Album Is Now Available on YouTube… appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • This Musician Makes $10,000 a Month Live Streaming From Home - August 25, 2016
    A couple weeks ago I profiled Clare Means who more than doubled her income simply by live streaming her street performances on Periscope (by including PayPal.me and website links in her profile to accept tips / offer merch). As the most popular live streaming app on the market, it seemed that Twitter-owned Periscope had figured […] The post This Musician Makes $10,000 a Month Live Streaming From Home appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Frank Ocean’s Entire ‘Blonde’ Album Is Now Streaming on Pandora… - August 25, 2016
    So much for timed exclusives… Frank Ocean’s much-hyped second album, which was supposed to be an Apple Music exclusive for at least two weeks, is now available to be streamed on Pandora, whether you’re a premium user or happen to have a free account. Sounds like a good deal, right? You don’t have to sign-up […] The post Frank Ocean’s Entire ‘Blonde’ Album Is Now Streaming on Pandora… appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Frank Ocean Faces Possible Lawsuit Over ‘Blonde’ Album Release - August 25, 2016
    Cover of Frank Ocean’s just-released Blonde (aka ‘Blond’) Frank Ocean may have breached his contract terms with Def Jam Recordings and Universal Music Group, according to new allegations. Frank Ocean may face serious legal ramifications for his recent release of two back-to-back albums, according to industry sources speaking with Digital Music News.  The major issue […] The post Frank Ocean Faces Possible Lawsuit Over ‘Blonde’ Album Release appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Spotify Reaches 39 Million Paying Subscribers… - August 25, 2016
    Spotify employees videoconferencing from Stockholm headquarters. Spotify’s paid subscriber tally is rapidly approaching the 40 million mark, with an official figure of 39 million now shared with Digital Music News. Spotify has now reached 39 million paying subscribers, a strong milestone that helps to validate the controversial ‘freemium’ business model.  The threshold, shared with Digital […] The post Spotify Reaches 39 Million Paying Subscribers… appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Lawsuit Apocalypse: Ariana Grande, David Guetta Hit With Latest Songwriter Suit… - August 25, 2016
    According to court documents obtained by Digital Music News, Alexander John Greggs, better known by his professional name Alex Greggs, has filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court against Ariana Grande, David Guetta, Apple, Universal Music Group and Republic Records, among a surprisingly long list of others. Greggs states that Grande’s and Guetta’s […] The post Lawsuit Apocalypse: Ariana Grande, David Guetta Hit With Latest Songwriter Suit… appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Got to Give It Up? No Way, According to New Appeal By Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke - August 25, 2016
    Never one to give up without a fight, The Guardian is reporting that Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke, and TI have launched an appeal against the Blurred Lines ruling. DMN readers will remember that a judge ruled that Williams and Thicke had to pay the Marvin Gaye estate $7.3 million after a Los Angeles jury found […] The post Got to Give It Up? No Way, According to New Appeal By Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Why Songwriters Are Getting Left In the Cold by ASCAP and BMI… - August 24, 2016
    Streaming royalty rates are easily the biggest issue facing songwriters right now.  So why aren’t ASCAP, BMI, or the NMPA fighting the labels over this? The following guest post comes from Jody Dunitz, a former EVP at Sony/ATV Publishing, a current member to angel investing network Tech Coast Angels, and an advocate for songwriters. Spotify is renegotiating […] The post Why Songwriters Are Getting Left In the Cold by ASCAP and BMI… appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Airport Security: Coming to a Concert Near You! - August 24, 2016
    ‘Airport Style Security’: Long lines, heavy security, and severe restrictions on baggage at a Coldplay concert at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Sunday night. Across the US, music venues are implementing airport style security in the hopes of preventing a serious terrorist attack.  Many, like the Hollywood Bowl, remain largely unprepared. US-based music venues […] The post Airport Security: Coming to a Concert Near You! appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Vangelis Won’t be Composing the Blade Runner Sequel… - August 24, 2016
    The decision not to include Vangelis was made ‘a long time ago…’ The much-expected follow-up sequel to Ridley Scott’s classic Blade Runner will feature an ensemble cast with Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto, and Robin Wright, among others, set to star.  However, it was revealed today that Blade Runner 2 will not only go on […] The post Vangelis Won’t be Composing the Blade Runner Sequel… appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • A New Insurance Program Helps Artists Traumatized by Terror Attacks - August 24, 2016
    Any show, any artist can be hit with a terror attack.  Now, there’s insurance to help with the difficult aftermath. Terrorism in this day and age is real. We have almost daily reminders of the horrors real people have to suffer, thanks to countless terror attacks, including mass suicide bombings and more.  Healing after a […] The post A New Insurance Program Helps Artists Traumatized by Terror Attacks appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Spotify IPO ‘On Hold’ as Major Labels Refuse Long-Term Contracts - August 24, 2016
    Spotify keeps waiting.  And waiting.  And waiting… Interminable negotiations with major recording labels are creating a disastrous waiting game for Spotify, one that could cause Wall Street to simply move on.  According to multiple sources and reports, plans for a Spotify IPO are simply ‘on hold’ for the time being. The problem has been, and […] The post Spotify IPO ‘On Hold’ as Major Labels Refuse Long-Term Contracts appeared first on Digital Music News.
Recommendations: Tubi TV
It has been awhile since I've used Tubi TV. This is another great totally FREE movie stream. You can watch on your Roku/Chrome or on your computer. I'll be honest, you'll have to search a tiny bit more closely with Tubi TV when it comes to finding movies you want. They tend to have a lot of modern day, low, low low, budget horror films. The kinds of films that a first time movie producer would make (fresh out of school). The flip side of it is, they also have a lot of good movies such as "Tin Tin (2011)," "Setup (2011)," and old TV show classics like "Alf (1986)," and classic movies such as "Duel At Diablo (1966)."

It has been awhile since I've used Tubi TV. This is another great totally FREE movie streaming service. You can watch on your Roku/Chrome or on your computer. I'll be honest, you'll have to search a tiny bit more closely with Tubi TV when it comes to finding movies you want. They tend to have a lot of modern day, low, low, low, low, budget horror films. The kinds of films that a first time movie producer would make (fresh out of school). The flip side of it is, they also have a lot of good movies such as "Tin Tin (2011)," "Setup (2011)," and old TV show classics like "Alf (1986)," and classic movies such as "Duel At Diablo (1966)." My only gripe with Tubi TV, is that it's easier to search for movies on their website, and unfortunately, I haven't found a way to save movies on my online account, to then retrieve using Roku. But, it makes no sense to complain about something that is offered Free and legal right? -VintageNewscast.com

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Recommendations: Google
GooglePlay is another service that's not at the top of my "best list," but it is another name that has been around for a long time. Although aesthetically speaking I don't care for GooglePlay's Android streaming app; the one thing where the app excels in, is that it allows you to listen to both your MP3 music, and your rental music! Most mobile apps don't do that, and I assume it's because of that good o'l licensing. Again, functionality wise, I think Rhapsody is 100 times better; but I would never tell someone never to try something. Go ahead and check them out.

GooglePlay is another service that's not at the top of my "best list," but it is another name that has been around for a long time. Although aesthetically speaking I don't care for GooglePlay's Android streaming app (or web app for that matter); the one thing where its android app excels in, is that it allows you to listen to both your MP3 music, and your rental music! Most mobile apps don't do that, and I assume it's because of that good o'l licensing. However, then again, most mobile streaming services are designed to be used as stand alone, such as Napster (Google was an MP3 player long before it got into the streaming business). Again, functionality wise, I think Napster is 100 times better; but I would never discourage anyone from ever trying a service; because it may be more suitable for your needs than mine. GooglePlay also offers totally FREE radio! You do not need a subscription service to use it; all you need is a Google account to start. So far, I think I like their music better than Pandora (only because they don't repeat music as much). Go ahead and check them out.

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  • Rudy Van Gelder (1924-2016) - August 26, 2016
    Rudy Van Gelder, a New Jersey optometrist who in the late 1940s extended his passion for ocular precision to professional recording and wound up becoming one of jazz's finest and most enigmatic studio engineers, died on Aug. 25. He was...             
  • Pete Rugolo's Leadership LPs - August 25, 2016
    The arrangements of Pete Rugolo are an acquired taste. Listening to his leadership albums from the 1950s and early '60s, one initially might dismiss them as bombastic, elephantine works that relied too often on shrill trumpets and tympani drums. What's...            Related Stories June Christy: Interlude, 1957  
  • Larry Adler's Harmonica - August 24, 2016
    The late Toots Thielemans, who died earlier this week, was one of the first chromatic harmonica players to play swing and bop on the instrument. And no one could touch Toots or even sound like him when it came to...             
Recommendations: Rhap.
My preferred source of music streaming. One of the many reasons I recommend Rhapsody, is because they posses over 36+ million songs in their library, tons of features, and mobile, web, and desktop applications are all consistent with each other. Very easy to discover even more classic music with Rhapsody.

My preferred source of music streaming. Rhapsody is now Napster! This service has came a long way; now it is international, and has integrated all of the 33 countries it services under one platform. One of the many reasons I recommend Napster, is because they posses over 36+ million songs in their library, untold international music, they promote lesser known artist as well as well known artists. Tons of features like, unlimited songs in playlists, unlimited radio skips, control variety of music in your radio stations, works with Shazam, ability to compare musical tastes with other users by percentage to help discover more music you like. They offer "Cloud Sync," an application that scans all your local music, and match them with the music in their database. Albums found will be placed in your Napster library, and iTunes playlists will be created as well. Music quality up to 320kbps AAC, CD sound. Control radio stream quality separately, for those bad signal days while listening to the radio. Tools to easily share on social media, and discover users who like the same kinds of songs you like too! Napster even evaluates user playlists, and gives you a percentage number, as to how close your tastes are. Finally, mobile app, web app, and desktop applications are all consistent with each other. Very easy to discover even more classic music with Napster.

Recommendations: Netflix
I recommend Netflix because they have 65+ million movie stream subscribers; and ships over 3,400+ discs are processed per hour, for the over 5.3 million DVD/Blu-Ray subscribers. Netflix has close to 100,000 movie titles and TV shows of just about every genre you can think of; titles that are not easily found anywhere else.

I recommend Netflix because they have 65+ million movie stream subscribers; and ships over 3,400+ discs are processed per hour, for the over 5.3 million DVD/Blu-Ray subscribers. Netflix has close to 100,000 movie titles and TV shows of just about every genre you can think of; titles that are not easily found anywhere else. Memberships as low as $5 a month for discs, discs are delivered within 3 days. Streaming membership as low as $8 per month.

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Recommendation: HULU
I recommend Hulu because they have thousands of movie titles for streaming. In my opinion, it is the best service for current and popular TV shows, such as "Empire," with the handsome Terrence Howard. However, I think Netflix has a larger selection of better movies.

I recommend Hulu because they have thousands of movie titles for streaming. In my opinion though, it is the best service for current and popular TV shows, such as "Empire," with the handsome Terrence Howard. However, I think Netflix has a larger selection of better movies. The the bulk of their movies are the same kind of movies you'd find in the $5 cage in the "close out" section of your favorite DVD store. That's not to say you can't find good movies every once in a while, but the reality is they are better known for their TV shows, and some documentaries. They have some good "Original Content" too. Because licensing is expensive, they usually don't have all seasons for a particular show. If you need to see earlier seasons of a show, you're going to wind up signing up for Netflix.

Recommendations: Amazon
Although I don't use AmazonPrime, I do think not only it is a good service, it is one of the most trusted & long standing names in the web business. Unfortunately, Amazon doesn't have as much music as Rhapsody, or even Spotify. However, if you are already a member of Amazon's Prime, You automatically have access to their music streaming as part of their bundled Prime package. If it comes free, why not try it? You should know that licenses fluctuate consistently. In other words, an album may be available this year, but not the next with Amazon. I know that's one of the major complaints with the movies, not sure if that's the same with the music feature.

Recently tried AmazonPrime video package, and let me tell you the video and sound is phenomenal! They don't have as many movies as Netflix, however, many of them are quality movies. It's not only a good service, it is one of the most trusted & long standing names in the web business. Unfortunately, Amazon doesn't have as much music as Napster, or even Spotify. However, if you are already an Amazon Prime full member, you automatically have access to their music streaming as part of their bundled Prime package. If it comes free, why not try it? You should know that licenses fluctuate consistently. In other words, an album/film may be available this year, but not the next with Amazon. This may annoying for some, but at least in terms of movies, it helps to bring in fresh content to watch.

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Recommendations: iTunes
I don't really use my desktop iTunes as much as I used to since I started streaming. But, I do use it to manage and transfer my MP3 to my Android. At the same time, many of you have read my pet-peeves concerning Apple music; and on of the latest pet-peeves I've discovered is that it looks like they're not offering any sample plays on their media widgets (obviously to promote their music streaming (unnecessarily extreme)). However, iTunes is still so very popular that it wouldn't make sense for me not to add Apple music to my legal streaming list. At the end of the day, iTunes really doesn't have anything that sets itself apart from any other streaming service out here, other than it's brand name. However, I will say that their iTunes radio delivers an excellent selection of music. iTunes is still offering 3 months free (I think). Just in case, iTunes is now available for Android. I don't remember if you can play MP3s though; I had no interest in getting the trial. But for all you Apple fans, go right ahead!

I don't really use my desktop iTunes as much as I used to since I started streaming. But, I do use it to manage and transfer my Purchased CD/MP3 to my Android. Apple's music is still so very popular (despite it's maddening quest to control music on it's service) that it wouldn't make sense for me not to add "Apple Music" to my legal streaming list. At the end of the day, Apple Music really doesn't have anything that sets itself apart from any other streaming service out here, other than it's brand name. However, I will say that their radio delivers an excellent selection of music (for now subscription only). Please don't mistaken Apple's radio playlists, for their curated bulls*** radio. You don't need Apple to gain access to those, you can easily find those around the net if you look hard enough (which are also legal by the way, and artists get credit for each IP address connected). Apple Music is still offering 3 months free (I think). Just in case, Apple Music is now available for Android.

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Sharing from my magazine archives. Handsome guy wearing what was in big style in 1971. Could you imagine finding a suit today for $39.95? If you did, it wouldn’t be made for a full grown adult I’ll bet ya? Even if you found a suit made out of pure cotton, it still wouldn’t cost $39.95 LOL.

 

 

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Do you remember TCB? I remember they were extremely popular by the late 70’s. Personally barely used any of their products.  Although I do remember using one product from them, it was called the “Hot Oil Treatment” I believe it was called. It was soooo much work to do, because it involved using a hot towel. I really did think it was worth the trouble, however once I finished my hair would smell so good!! I must have only performed this treatment about once every two months. There was a time were it seemed every single store in my neighborhood  had a line of TCB products (including the pharmacy and sometimes the supermarkets too). By the time the 80’s came along, and Jheri Curls were “the in thang”, “Care Free Curls” took over; then S-curl eventually dominated for quite a few years after that. It was funny because S-Curl had a distinct fragrance on almost all of their hair products. Anytime someone walked in the room, it is almost guaranteed that someone will ask if “you use S-Curl?” LOL…. By The Way, if you haven’t noticed yet, the guy in the picture is Billy Dee Williams. I never thought he was particularly handsome, but he did have a kind of swagger on film that made him attractive.

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Do you remember “Shrinky Dinks? I do. Very cool concept, however, this was another one of those childhood gimmicks that never turned out well for me either. Shrinky Dinks were these transparent “cut-able” plastic sheets, that can be use to trace drawings and colored using special non-toxic marker pens. Once you’ve finished your drawing, you would then cut around your plastic drawing and place it in the oven. All your plastic drawings would shrink and turn in to hard pieces of plastic, that could be used for all kinds of jewelry, decals, key chains, and anything else imaginable.

Unfortunately, when I tried to put them in the oven as a kid (adult supervision of course), the plastic would always burn at the edges, or the finished product always wind up deformed. For the life of me, I couldn’t figure out why. I was left feeling that I needed a special oven to use these “Shrinky Dinks”. Many, many, many years later, it’s maker developed a personal “child safe” oven you can use specifically for Shrinky Dinks”. You can even watch it through a class window as it hardens. Click here to see what the oven looks like on Amazon.

I was very shocked to find out that ALEX, the makers of Shrinky Dinks are still in business and making money. Today, I don’t see any advertisements for Shrinky Dinks anymore. There success must be due to all the parents that remember having them as a child. Shrinky Dinks used to, and still does come in various themes, such as haloween, xmas, thanksgiving, etc. They also used to have Television show themes, such as The Flinstones, A-Team, Superman, you name it. Click here for more Shrinky Dinks

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When I was a young boy, Sea Monkey advertisements were in the back of practically every single comic book! I couldn’t remember one comic book that i’ve owned, at least up until late 1975ish didn’t have these ads. First off, I tried these things at least about 2 or three times, and they NEVER worked for me. Not sure why, maybe I just had bad luck and got bad batches? Not sure. However, one thing I do know, If I had seen how see monkeys REALLY looked, instead of the cartoon drawings in the back of these DC/Marvel comic books, I never would have been interested in getting them in the first place. Sea Monkeys are hideous!! Oh, my, they are so ugly ya’ll!! They look nothing like monkeys in my opinion (at least Sea Horses, resemble horses), in fact, many of them appeared to be more like baby Caterpillars if they were fish. Some looked like frayed pieces of white string with two big black eyeballs, while others look like the kinda food scavengers would eat.. Either way, they would have not been something I would have been interested in having as a pet. However, What I found interesting is that, I remembered the ads really emphasizing on how easy it was to grow them, but they never really talked about a safe way to clean the container you have them in. The plastic tank they gave you with the kit would always turn cloudy (I guess because of the monkey deposits), and of course there was no 800# available to ask questions. Sea Monkeys now appear to be a distant memory; we have transitioned from the wonderful world of Sea Monkeys to the awesome world of video games, and the Internet – a course of no return.

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Do you remember the Simon game? I remember having one as a kid and it was a lot of fun. It was basically a memory game using colors and sounds. The key objective was to remember all the sounds that corresponded to the color (or vise versa). The more sounds/colors, the harder it becomes. Try the new hand Simon Hand Held

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Duke Hair products has been around for years. I remember using it as a child. Duke really became popular when guys start putting waves in their hair. Once you’ve seen a guy with a Doo Rag on his head, chances are, he was using a Duke product. I loved their fragrances. The only thing about this product was that, if your hair was too long, you could not use the wax like cream.

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