Pop culture and music of the 1960s and 1970s were tied together. Technology and music began an integration that would forever change the world.
Try to imagine being in the office when the producers tried to sell a television show about a group of unlikely co-habitants stranded on a desert island?? And of course the main question for the guys "are you Mary Ann or Ginger"?
Almost every kid in America knew these faces. The music folks recognized this and slid pop musicians into cartoons and television shows on a regular basis.. WATCH FOR OUR GABBY ROAD EPISODE about this!
A handful of manufacturers owned the toy and game markets. Our little heads were pounded with unending television ads. They worked. Almost every kid in America had these toys in their homes.
Yes - The Monkees were a totally fabricated band. Put together by Don Kirschner who recognized the power of integrating music and television. Although they could play instruments - they actually did not play on most of their records. This is one of the most interesting pop culture stories of the 1960s! Watch for a GABBY ROAD episode about The Monkees!
What could go wrong with kids baking little cakes in a tin box powered by a scalding hot lightbulb? Actually on our block probably half the girls in the neighborhood had one. Nobody died or set the house on fire - Ok, the cakes tasted like crap and I would not want to know what the indgredients were. But they did sell millions of these babies!!