Allee Willis’ Kitsch O’ The Day – Be The Beatles!

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The only thing cheesier than the background vocals on these Beatles-meet-Lawrence Welk soundalike tracks is the shape of the wigs and amount of arrows that are used to lead your eye across the overcrowded cover. What plus what equals what? Pre-karaoke at its best.

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Allee Willis’ Kitsch O’ The Day – Afro Pic Leads To Loss Of Identity

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Can we discuss how excited this male model was to get this gig and how depressed he’s been ever since?

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Allee Willis’ Kitsch O’ The Day – Can O’ Ham

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Nothing better for a Sunday chew-down than a can o’ ham, glistening pink deliciousness especially when printed on tin or whatever metal this is that allowed the contents to completely disintegrate inside. As you can see from the photo below, the sardine-like key on the back is still intact but upon shaking nary a shred of meatstuff can be heard. I found this in a junkyard at least 25 years ago (the ham was already gone) and almost everyone who’s walked through my kitchen since gives it a good shake thinking the ham might magically appear.

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Allee Willis’ Kitsch O’ The Day – Dinah-Mite

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Although she also came in white this black version, Mego’s bendable answer to Barbie, rode the wave of 70′s blaxploitation heroines like Friday Foster, Cleopatra Jones, Foxy Brown, Christie Love and my fave, Velvet Smooth. I love when colloquialisms are bent into names: Dinah-miiiiite!!

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Allee Willis’ Kitsch O’ The Day – The Swinger Glass

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Wear your drink around your neck for hands free conversations and hugs!  I’ve collected over 50 of these Swinger Glasses from the 1960′s and 70′s – no water rings on the table, no lazy guest hogging 10 different glasses because they’re incapable of holding their vessel for more than one sip. Though many of the neck glasses are more decorative than this standard shaped one they don’t have flat bottoms, which is pretty nutty as it means the glass can never be set down should a guest decide to dance, bend over or do something extra in the bathroom. Heavy fashion chain included.

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Allee Willis’ Kitsch O’ The Day – Michael Jackson Candy Bar

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Not sure how long the kitsch factor will remain high on this now that MJ is back in the center of the Pop Culture eyeball with his upcoming tour but this candy bar is one of my favorite pieces of MJ memorabilia I own. I recently worked with one of Michael’s nephews, Taj, and he told me the family used to eat these.

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Allee Willis’ Kitsch O’ The Day: Lipstick Flowers

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I’ve seen many a kitsch lipstick holder but this plunges the category to a whole new high. I’ve scoured the magnificently cheap plastic pot for a manufacturer’s name or date but no such luck. I’m guessing this was grown somewhere between the late 60′s and mid 80′s judging from the Nude Pink meets Fireball Red with a twist of Foxy Brown inspired shades. The plastic flowers may be drooping but the lipsticks, which snap onto the ends of the stems, are as firm as the day they first bloomed.

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Allee’s Kitsch O’ The Day – Microphone Lighter

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Why would a microphone, something made to go near the mouth also include a flame? And why would the lighter be positioned so the head of the microphone insured totally muffled sound? And why would the hand model, in this case me, wear bandaids on her fingers to cover her bitten off nails? All this makes this artifact classic Kitsch.

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I Believe I Was Sitting In That Chair – My Dance Marathon With Technology

 

My relationship with technology has been one of the most intense and complex relationships of my life.  Here I am with my main squeeze in 1991, the first Powerbook ever released, a 170.

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