'Memorex' & 'Skinemax' | Two hour VJ Odyssey of 1980's commercials

Oh My God. These are amazing. Source via @MrWhaite

"Memorex is the advertising industry's collective wet dream. The sequel to Smash TV's critically acclaimed "Skinemax", Memorex is a 50 minute VJ odyssey, a tribute to an entire generation who grew up with only a TV and a VCR for a babysitter.

Sourced from over forty hours of 80s commercials pulled from warped VHS tapes, Memorex is a deep exploration of nostalgia and the cultural values of an era of excess. It's a re-contextualization of ads - cultural detritus, the lowest of the low - into something altogether more profound, humorous, and at times, even beautiful."

And now for the original..


"Skinemax is Koyaanisqatsi for a generation raised on late night television and B-movie VHS tapes. It's long form entertainment for short attention spans. An hour long VJ odyssey, it will move your body and warp your mind.

A nostalgic look back at a half remembered childhood growing up in the 80s and early 90s, Skinemax takes a close look at the culture of that era. The images that motivated, delighted, and terrified us on the silver screen, set to propulsive modern music that pines for a simpler time."

The 1984 'V' DC Comic

Licensed in 1985 by DC Comics, the 'V' comic was made for the US market (which is why I've sadly never seen it until now). I would have been a slave to this comic, a slave...

"Readers criticised the inconsistent likenesses of TV characters (a contractual requirement to avoid additional payments and approvals), hitherto unseen Visitor technology (flying platforms, jet packs and the ability to casually regenerate missing limbs) and Motherships which alternated between high and low orbit depending on the whim of the artist. Source"

Teletext, we still love ya...

Gone but not forgotten. Who could forget the pixelated aesthethic of TV text? I for one still have a big old soft spot for it...

Oracle Teletext "Electronic Synth" music UK Channel 4  - The music was recorded from Channel 4 Oracle teletext service in 1990. Enjoy the music!

Pedro Marin - El día después. The first music video in history for Teletext on Cuatro (Channel 4), Spanish national TV

goodbye teletext itv - a selection of highlights

And as it's almost Christmas...Here are some CEEFAX pages as transmitted on BBC1 from 24th December 1982 along with two tracks from the delightful Christmas trade test tape

Teletext services around the world - http://teletext.mb21.co.uk/gallery/
b3ta challenge: save teletext - http://www.b3ta.com/challenge/teletext/
Ceefax : Colombia Space Shuttle Launch 1981 - http://www.flickr.com/photos/pauliepaul/183206908/
TV Ark, Testcards and Teletext - http://www2.tv-ark.org.uk/testcards/index.html
WATCH THIS...IT'S SO COOL - NBC Super Channel Text Promo from 1994 - http://www.tv-ark.org.uk/mivana/mediaplayer.php?id=5958edd8e1f32b0be35ffb4a82...