Thursday, October 12, 2006

Retro Disco Fashions Ad

TSS Stores Commercial (1978)

Disco lives (and you know you want it to) in this vintage TV commercial for TSS stores' (think this was a NY-based discount chain) "Inflation Fighter Store Managers Sale"!

Check out the latest disco fashions they've got going at low, low discount prices (Disco Shoes anyone?).

Oh, and while you're at it, watch the girl in this spot. Those are some impressive moves she's bustin' out, aren't they?! Sheesh, sometimes I'm embarrassed to be White. Not only can we not jump... apparently, some of us definitely can't dance, either (guilty as charged). :D


Blogger Chris Sobieniak said...

Still they made it seem fun enough that you could act like you did! :-)

Thu Oct 12, 10:38:00 AM  
Blogger Scott Parsons said...

It's the white-man's shuffle. Back and forth. With a little bounce, too.
Guess it could have been worse, it could have been Elaine on Seinfeld!

Thu Oct 12, 12:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Thu Oct 12, 03:00:00 PM  
Blogger thecompu said...


Do you know to know if they were successful in their fight against inflation? I mean, it actually did dissipate not long after that ad ran...

Thu Oct 12, 05:31:00 PM  
Blogger Cora said...

So how do we up the sales numbers for that boring ol' beige sweater? We simply call it a disco sweater and all the kids will think it's hip. Or not.

I actually have a pair of original 1970s platform shoes very much like the ones in the commercial. I inherited it from my Mom, who must have bought them at around the same time. They're quite the sensation at retro parties.

Thu Oct 12, 05:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This lady reminds me of the way my mother used to dance back in the late 70's. Same ryhthmless shuffle. LOL at Keith's comment though. And, I too, am guilty as charged.

The top was boring, bland and biege, but the shoes are styling. Those platforms are trendy at the moment. I think I have seen Saks try to sell that same basic design on their current website just not in that ugly color.

Fri Oct 13, 05:04:00 PM  
Blogger Cora said...

That's because platform shoes are cool, particularly genuine vintage ones.

I also find it amazing how good the quality was in those days. My Mom's late 1970s platforms still look good, though a bit of wear is visible. On the other hand, a pair of very nice shoes I only wore for parties and so on (i.e. much like the platforms wouldn't have been worn every day either) fell apart after five years or so. Guess they don't make 'em like they used to.

Fri Oct 13, 10:39:00 PM  

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