Laff Records: I am a big fan of this now defunct Los Angeles comedy record label and am interested in any releases they put out. I have begun to work on a complete Laff Records discography. Please check it out and let me know if I am missing any releases or have incorrect information. I am willing to reward and/or trade with those who help out on this project.
Straita Head Sound & the mid-80's San Diego rock scene:
I grew up in San Diego and spent a good portion of my high school years working in clubs with local rock bands. I'm looking for video, audio, shirts, flyers - anything from the mid-80's local rock scene in San Diego. Click here for a mini-history of the scene and a list of bands.
Robyn Hitchcock - I Often Dream Of Trains:
I'd like any rare or promotional items associated with this brilliant album - especially a poster.
Patti Rothberg - Between The 1 And The 9:
I'd like any rare or promotional items associated with this brilliant album - especially a poster.
The Duo - My Wife's In Love With Kojak:
This is a strange little novelty song that I have on an old cassette. I am looking for a clean, good quality copy - most likely on a 45 rpm record. Dr. Demento never played this one and has not heard of it. Click here for an MP3 of the song.
Duke Of Iron: I am a big fan of 30's, 40's and early 50's calypso music. The Duke Of Iron is my favourite calypso artist. I do not have an accurate discography of his work as he recorded for many different labels (most notably Monogram out of New York). I am looking for any and all recordings - even 78rpm records. Click here for more information on The Duke Of Iron.
IRS Records samplers: I am looking for any U.S. promotional samplers (tape or CD) put out by IRS Records between 1992 - 1996. The only requirement: it must contain a song by the group Middleman. I already have the compilations called Who Needs Pants When You've Got A Nice Hat and It's Not The Size That Counts.
Father MC - I'll Do 4 U: I am looking for a special radio or DJ only mix of the song "I'll Do 4 U". It might have appeared on a radio/DJ compilation service or been a mix created by a local San Diego radio station. I only heard this version on the radio once. It featured an extended intro with a "let me hear ya say.." type of call and response rap. It is not the extended version (5:04) or any other mix from the commercially released 12" single.
Janet Jackson - 1987 Grammy Performance: this one is a classic! I already have a copy on VHS but the quality is not that great. What I'd like is a high quality video (mpeg or SP/stereo VHS) and/or quality audio copy on CDR.
TV Commercials - wanted in any format
from the late 70's or early 80's: When I was growing up, there was a commercial for Lipton's Nestea that featured a woman dancing around her living room singing about Nestea. As far as I can remember, this is not one of the "Nestea Plunge" commercials with someone falling backwards into a pool. The jingle that the woman sings as she dances around her living room spawned my sister's nickname - T Nes T (or just T for short). As a child, I used this to torture her by calling her a "T Nes T"; but these days it's a beloved nickname. I believe the commercial finished its run before VCRs were widely available to the public, so the chance that some videophile out there has a copy is very small. I did write Lipton to inquire about getting a copy and they politely told me no. I'm hoping the right person might stumble upon this page; perhaps someone who worked for Lipton or had something to do with making the commercial. Someone out there must have a copy or know how to get one. Both my sister and I would die to see this commercial again as it was a big part of our childhood.
Aames Home Loan
from the late 70's to early 80's: In southern California, there was a series of commercials that featured a dour-faced old man in various tragic situations. He never spoke and, if I remember correctly, always had a chicken with him. Each commercial would end with a military-style male chorus that would sing "Aames Home Loan to the rescue!" Someone out there must have some of these commercials on video.
Radio Commercials - wanted in any format
from late 70's or early 80's: this radio commercial features one of my favourite jingles. I can't remember all the words, but the melody is very clear to me. It's sung by a military-style male chorus in a style that resembles a marching drill song. The words, as best I can remember goes: Sav-on! Sav-On! We save you money everyday. Sav-On Drugstore, Sav-on Drugstore. SAV-ON! I know this is a long shot, but I'd really love to hear this one again.
Big Bear Supermarkets
from late 70's or early 80's: when I was growing up in San Diego, Big Bear was the supermarket that our family shopped at. The chain is no longer in California, but back in the late 70's - early 80's it had a major presence in San Diego. One of their radio commercials had the line "you'll be surprised by a Big Bear". As children, my sister and I loved this commercial because our mother would sing it to us and add her own line "you'll be surprised by a little bear". It was one of those inside jokes from childhood that you treasure. This commercial holds a special place in the hearts of my sister and I as it reminds us of our mother. We would really like to hear this one again.
Picnic 'N Chicken
from late 70's or early 80's: this radio commercial features another of my favourite jingles. Once again, I can't remember all the words, but the melody is very clear to me. The words, as best I can remember are: "Picnic 'N Chicken, pick the pick of the chick". My sister and I used to sing that all the time when we were growing up. I'd really love to hear this one again.
St. Elmo's Fire: Call it a guilty pleasure, but I love this film and collect just about anything related to it.
Gilmore Girls: I am a huge fan of this show and am looking for just about anything you can come up with.
Parker Lewis Can't Lose: I am a huge fan of this show and am looking for just about anything you can come up with. I already have the series on VHS.
The Young Ones: I am a huge fan of this show and am looking for just about anything you can come up with. I already have the series on DVD.
Ron Jordan (radio DJ): Ron Jordan was a very popular San Diego morning DJ on KS103 (KSDO FM) back in the early 80's. His sidekick was a woman named Wendy Ross. It was a classic morning show with great skits, jokes and song parodies. If I remember correctly, he was briefly suspended from the air because he joked about Hall & Oats being killed in a bus accident and too many idiots thought it was real. I would love to hear tapes of his San Diego show or any other that Ron Jordan did. UPDATE: it was my great sorrow to learn that Mr. Jordan passed away in September of 2007 from heart failure at the age of 58. Please enjoy the only recording I have of Ron Jordan in all his glory on San Diego's KS103 morning. Fans of Ron Jordan, please contact me.
The Real Don Steele & Los Angeles Boss Radio: I am a huge fan of Los Angeles radio station KHJ which became "Boss Radio" in 1965 and dominated Southern California for nearly 15 years. My favorite Boss Jock is The Real Don Steele. I am looking for any airchecks from Boss Jocks (especially The Real Don Steele), promotional items or anything else related to the station. For more information, visit Boss Radio Forever.
My Word!: this is a brilliant radio panel show that was produced in England from 1956-1990. Very British and very witty, the programme featured regulars that would answer various questions about the English language - always in a humourous manner. My Word! had several segments; word origins, word meanings, word themes with teams earning two points for each correct answer. The most popular segment was stories of the confused origins of popular phrases. I am looking for any of these shows. I would prefer a large number of programmes in mp3 format on a CDR, but cassette tapes would be acceptable. All shows must be complete.
CBS Radio Mystery Theater: brilliant radio drama series hosted by E.G. Marshall that ran from 1974 to 1982. I am lookiing for good quality episodes and have over 800 to trade. I would also be interested in any collectibiles or rare items related to the show.
Sea World (San Diego): I am looking for photos, Viewmaster reels, video footage, postcards - anything that shows Sea World as it was in the late 70's and early 80's. I am most interested in Captain Kid's World, The Sparklett's Water Fantasy Show and the Japanese Pearl Diver Village. Click here for a picture of my favourite past attraction - The Sparklett's Water Fantasy Show as it was at Sea World - San Diego in the 80's. Click here for a sample of the unreleased soundtrack to Water Fantasy 3: The Four Seasons.
Classic Rides That Are Closed:
I know that all things will eventually change (or be removed by large corporations to maximum profits). I truly miss some of the awesome rides & attractions from my childhood that Disneyland has decided to close over the years. Innerspace: closed to make way for Star Tours in Tomorrowland, this was the only ride in the park where you could fool around with someone and get any extended period of darkness or privacy. I'm looking for the soundtrack to this ride plus any photos, video, slides, postcards or Viewmaster reels - anything with images of the ride. America Sings: closed in 1988, this was more of a show than a ride. It was staged in a round building in Tomorrowland where the audience sat down and watched a series of animatronic animals sing classic songs of Americana (somewhat like a patriotic Chucky Cheese experience). When each song or skit was over, the floor where the audience was sitting would rotate around the stationary stage to the next scene. I am looking for photos, video, slides, postcards or Viewmaster reels - anything with images from the show. Submarine Ride: this one closed in 1998. I am looking for photos, video, slides, postcards or Viewmaster reels - anything with images of the ride.
Adidas Olympic Shirt: this is a shirt that I received as a gift back in 1990 from a Canadian friend and is one of my favourite items of clothing. Unfortunately, time has not been kind to it and I would like to find another one (preferably new or gently used). The shirt commemorates the 1948 London Olympics and is purple with black trim around the collar. The front of the shirt says Empire Stadium Wembley (in black), XIVth Olympiad (in blue), London 1948 (in black) and has embroidered Olympic rings. The back has the Olympic rings silk-screened in colour and London 1948 in black. The inside label is white and says Olympic Centennial Collection by Adidas, D8 & F6 in black. Click here for pictures.
Colecovision: I am looking for many Colecovision game cartridges. Click here for a list.
Amberzine Vol. 1: I'm looking for the first volume in the series of fanzines called Amerzine that celebrates the Amber series of books by Roger Zelazny. A photocopy or other reproduction is acceptable.
Bob Fosse: Bob kicks ass! I don't usually collect things from specific Fosse projects, except the film All That Jazz and the original 70's production of Chicago. I am looking for interesting items that bear the Fosse name or celebrate his contributions to theater and film.
Teddy Bear: one of my favourite childhood toys was a small, brown teddy bear that I'd had since around 1973. I gave it away when I was in my early teens and have regretted it ever since. I am hoping that a teddy bear expert might be able to identify the bear and provide me with some information or, perhaps, locate another one. Click here for pictures and all the details.
Supermag: I am looking for issues of this childrens pop culture magazine that I used to read in the late 70's & early 80's. I have begun to work on a complete Supermag directory. Please check it out and let me know if I am missing any issues or have incorrect information. I am willing to reward and/or trade with those who help out on this project.
Sambo's Restaurant Pictures: One of my favourite childhood memories was eating meals with my family at Sambo's. Every restaurant in the chain had wonderful pictures on the wall depicting The Story Of Sambo. For me, the best part of eating there was looking at these pictures. Unfortunately, the Sambo's restaurant chain was run out of business and only one of the 1200 locations remain. I am looking for any of the pictures that used to be on the walls. Click here here for a picture of the one Sambo's picture that I already have.
San Diego Poster Map: back in the late 70's or very early 80's, I remember seeing a very cool poster that was a map of San Diego drawn in a comic-book or caricature style. It might have been a radio station giveaway poster or something along those lines. I can't remember exactly as I was really young back then. Here is a poster with an illustration that gives you a general idea of what I'm looking for. I have no other information about it, but would really like to find this poster or even just know more about it so I can try to find one. I miss San Diego.