Archive for March, 2010

Kleenex (aka LiLiPUT) “Nice” (Switzerland, 1978)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on March 31, 2010 by All Conference Vintage

Kleenex was one of the first all-female punk bands, coming straight out of Switzerland in 1978.   They had to change their name from Kleenex to LiLiPUT when the Kimberley Clark Corporation threatened to sue them in 1979.   I was first introduced to this band by the A Lines, who cover this song on their outstanding “You Can Touch” LP.   I love this kind of disaffected foreign art school girl punk rock to the max!  Surprisingly, this band’s debut ep only goes for $10 or so on eBay.  The clothes these Swiss misses are wearing would not look out of place in an American Apparel ad today.

* edit:  I guess Kill Rock Stars released something by LiLiPUT this year.  Whatevs.  I guess in not the archeologist I fancy myself to be.

Pizza Hut Back to the Future II solar shades (1989)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on March 26, 2010 by All Conference Vintage

What a great product tie-in!  These insane sunglasses were sold at Pizza Hut in 1989 to promote the release of Back to the Future II.   It seems that the blue ones with the yellow overhang were the most common.  These can still often be found in thrift stores, probably because the other ones are not as instantly recognizable and work well for a totally 80s halloween costume.

image grabbed from Clintonlovespizza

vintage Champion Sportswear Rally Jackets (1964)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on March 25, 2010 by All Conference Vintage

These INCREDIBLE jackets were available in only one color- “oyster”- with any color braid available according to the above copy.   These must have been slow movers at $4.25 a pop and a minimum order of 6 a piece, leading me to believe that there must be unsold stock somewhere in some disheveled Loman-esque former Champion salesperson’s panelled Rochester basement.  My kingdom for all of the unsold Hobart College Herons jackets that were placed like oyster pearls before swine in 1964!

grabbed from Flickr

Joan Crawford’s hand drawn custom sweatshirt (1930s)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on March 19, 2010 by All Conference Vintage

grabbed from an ambitious project collapsing

Mercyful Fate “Melissa” t-shirt (1983)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on March 17, 2010 by All Conference Vintage

I can’t get over this incredible Mercyful (sic) Fate tour 1983 t-shirt.  I really dig how the orange and black work together- and it’s on a gray shirt- largely unheard of in the world of metal.  This fine specimen recently went for $206 on eBay, so now is the time to search that box of Metal-ania you left in your Mom’s basement.   If you find this shirt, please email me!

In the immortal cackled words of King Diamond, “ahahahahaha WHOOO!”

Corey Feldman dons an X swatch in “Dream a Little Dream” (1989)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on March 13, 2010 by All Conference Vintage

Ah, the legendary X-rated Swatch!   The X-rated Swatch, or X Swatch, was originally released in 1987  but quickly developed a cult following amongst the Youth Crew Straightedge crowd. Through the clear lense of hindsight, it seems a bit incongruous on the wrist of noted narcotic enthusiast Master Feldman and I believe there was a rumor at the time that this ceremonious scene of the donning of the X Swatch in the Corey Squared vehicle, “Dream a Little Dream”, was Feldman’s nodding wink to signify his commitment to the XStraightedge Hardcore CommunityX.  Somehow I think not.

I’ve owned two of these in my life.     The first X Swatch I procured was Continue reading

cover of the first edition of Mark Twain’s “The Innocents Abroad” (1869)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on March 12, 2010 by All Conference Vintage