Thursday, July 7, 2011

Mr. Microphone and Donny and Marie wireless microphones

Oh, Mr. Microphone!

We were so easily pleased in the 1970s. The idea of our voice going out as if it were over the radio, what a thrill. Just watch how thrilled everyone was in this commercial.

Not sure which is funnier, the kids singing "Old McDonald" or the dorky guy in the car saying 'Hey good lookin', we'll be back to pick you up later!"

As Retrothing says, "According to the commercial, Mister Microphone can make you into a rapper, professional singer, or a letch in a convertible."

But even more than Mr. Microphone, I remember the Donny and Marie wireless microphones. They transmitted on AM, not FM, and if possible, their commercial is EVEN WORSE.

Did you have either of these microphone toys?


Dimestore Lipstick said...

"Pretend you're Marie!"
"I can't sing!"

Am I the only one who thinks that is hilarious on an unintended level?

Also--was screwing up the tune AND the lyric deliberate, to save on usage fees for the real song?

Doug said...

I swear I think the small print at the beginning said "Osbro".

Brian said...

I didn't have a Mr Microphone in the '70s, but I did have a Radio Shack build-it-yourself FM transmitter that could transmit about 50 feet. I could play records in my room so that they could be heard on the kitchen radio downstairs. I tried playing around with the capacitors to boost the signal, and I think I got it to where my neighbor across the street could hear my "broadcasts."