Funshine Friday: ‘The Skatebirds’ (1977)

'Skatebirds' title card, 1977

‘Skatebirds’ title card, 1977

Hanna-Barbera’s live-action series, The Skatebirds only ran in its full, 60-minute glory for four months, from September, 1977 to January, 1978.

Much like The Banana Splits, The Skatebirds featured four costumed characters with voices dubbed by animation actors. Between the live-action comedy sequences, an assortment of cartoons; The Robonic Stooges, Wonder Wheels and Woofer & Wimper: Dog Detectives were shown. Live-action segments from Mystery Island were also included.

'Skatebirds'; Satchel, Scooter and Knock-Knock, 1977

‘Skatebirds’; Satchel, Scooter and Knock-Knock, 1977

Not a whole lot seems to be available from the show but you can enjoy three and a half minutes below. Have a happy Funshine Friday!

Clips From ‘The Skatebirds,’ 1977

Previously on Funshine Friday: ‘Pufnstuf’ (Film): ‘Living Island’ Song (1970)

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Daily 70s Ad: ‘The Ballad Of Bruce Lee’ (1975)

'The Ballad Of Bruce Lee.' ('Black Belt' magazine, May, 1975)

‘The Ballad Of Bruce Lee.’ (‘Black Belt’ magazine, May, 1975)


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“Robert Lee sings…”

“Bruce Lee’s kid brother Robert Lee, former rock superstar…steps into the light to pay tribute…” Daily 70s Ad #97: ‘The Ballad Of Bruce Lee’ originally appeared in the May, 1975 issue of Black Belt magazine.

(Source: Black Belt)

Previously on Daily 70s Ad: GMC Pick-Up Camper (1974)

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Daily 70s Ad: GMC Pick-Up Camper (1974)

GMC Pick-Up Camper. ('Popular Science' magazine, Apr. 1974)

GMC Pick-Up Camper. (‘Popular Science’ magazine, Apr. 1974)


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“It’s built to carry two kinds of campers.”

I’m sure it’s perfectly safe – but you aren’t getting me in that thing while zipping down the highway. Daily 70s Ad #96: GMC Pick-Up Camper originally appeared in the April, 1974 issue of Popular Science magazine.

(Source: Popular Science)

Previously on Daily 70s Ad: John Lennon ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll’ (1975)

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Daily 70s Ad: John Lennon ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll’ (1975)

John Lennon ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll.' ('Billboard' magazine, Feb. 22, 1975)

John Lennon ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll.’ (‘Billboard’ magazine, Feb. 22, 1975)


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“You should’a been there…”

By the way, those blurry figures in front of Lennon are the other Beatles. Daily 70s Ad #95: John Lennon ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll’ originally appeared in the February 22, 1975 issue of Billboard magazine.

(Source: Billboard)

Previously on Daily 70s Ad: US Army ‘Bravo’ (1977)

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Daily 70s Ad: US Army ‘Bravo’ (1977)

US Army 'Bravo.' ('Popular Mechanics' magazine, March, 1977)

US Army ‘Bravo.’ (‘Popular Mechanics’ magazine, March, 1977)


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“Everybody wants that feeling of accomplishment.”

“Good pay” and “30 days paid vacation each year” included. Daily 70s Ad #94: US Army ‘Bravo’ originally appeared in the March, 1977 issue of Popular Mechanics magazine.

(Source: Popular Mechanics)

Previously on Daily 70s Ad: AMC Gremlin (1974)

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Music For Monday: The Who, ‘I’m Free’ (1975)

Roger Daltrey says, "I'm Free." Also, "Ouch!" (The Who's 'Tommy,' 1975)

Roger Daltrey says, “I’m Free.” Also, “Ouch!” (The Who’s ‘Tommy,’ 1975)

Here’s a joyous two-and-a-half minutes to get you up and running this Monday: Roger Daltrey and The Who singing “I’m Free.”

“I’m Free” (written by Pete Townshend) was originally released as a single in 1969 and appeared on the Tommy L.P. of the same year. The clip below comes from the 1975 movie version of The Who’s concept album. “Freedom tastes of reality.” Can you dig it?

The Who (From the Motion Picture ‘Tommy’): ‘I’m Free,’ 1975

Previously on Music for Monday: Blue Swede, ‘Hooked On A Feeling’ (Live ’74)

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