The '80s offered a variety of gems, from G.I. Joes and Ranger Rick, to other things that don't sound like male stripper show names. For all you ever needed to know about the '80s' favorite radio-on-the-go, hit play at the Boombox Museum.
BM's a virtual online temple to the pop culture icon that is the jam box, exhaustively displaying "as many photos, facts and accounts" as the internet could find -- all from a couple of CT buddies who met in junior high, one of whom is a huge Sox fan and "licensed ham operator", though come Easter, who isn't? The retrospective kicks off by tracing the boombox's history from its birth in 1976 (reportedly the Marantz Superscope) through the Golden Age ('81-'85) and into the years of decline, before delving into a series of informative FAQs ("My favorite boombox is in need of repair. How do I fix it?") and rounding things out in the Ghettoblaster Hall of Fame, where they highlight choice models like the Conion C-100F and the Sanyo MR-X20 "Big Ben" -- a strong choice, even if it usually can't play the first five songs of any album. There's also a "Ghettoblasters in Movies, Songs, and Mass Media", which references notable appearances in classics like Krush Groove and a 1979 Sure deodorant commercial; chatboards to converse with other electronics
nerds enthusiasts; and for those who've tired of reading, an online shop to buy classic models, though at this point it doesn't seem like Janice Dickinson's really worth the trouble.
As if that's not enough, BM also peddles the definitive two-DVD Boombox Database 2.0, a searchable software program stocked with the deets on over 1,300 brands that includes 61,000 images, none of which will scar your soul like the ones of Rick on your GF's camera phone.
Published: January 6, 2011 at 4:00am EST
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