Perhaps this time Brad,
we found a place where we do belong . . .
Growing up in public is especially hard sometimes . . .
Born October 22, 1942, Annette Funicello is best known as a mouseketeer on “The Mickey Mouse Club”, and rising to teen stardom alongside pal Frankie Avalon (check out “Teen Idol Worship“)in a series of popular beach movies including Beach Party (1963), Muscle Beach Party (1964), Bikini Beach (1964), Pajama Party (1964), Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) and How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (1965). These films would help create that mythic ideal of that 1960s surf rock beach paradise you are always dreaming of . . .
The Teen Dream Queen rocked it out in a bikini with a surf board surrounded by musclebound gods to become an icon of the surf lifestyle that the entire globe looked and aspired to. Granted, it was a more wholesome version of real California surf culture, it is still a cornerstone of popular culture to this day.
We love her sexy and sassy looks, and wanted to remember her with a gallery of some of our favourite looks and images of this surf style legend. Annette Funicello passed away at age 70 on April 8, 2013.
Forever a Star.
Always and Forever,
Don’t worry, we know. Considering today’s reigning teen idol is Mr. Justin Bieber – you know him- it’s easy to see Mr. Avalon’s remorse. Sure the boy from Stratford has plenty of swag, but to Frankie Avalon I’m sure he’s no Teen Angel!
Frankie ascended the throne of Teen Supreme starring in “Beach Party”with Beachgirl Extraordinarie Annette Funicello, the first of five official “Beach Party” films that would spin “Beach Party” mythology into the public realm, and without a doubt kick fashion’s ass.
Frankie Avalon was far too much a sweetheart to ever kick anyone’s ass, but his die-hard all american 1960s summer fashions definitely do all the talking anyone needs.
It would be this single released Feb. 2, 1959 , “Venus”, that would debut a young gentleman from Philadelphia’s sparkling talents. Couldn’t imagine the Biebs crooning so cool.
So please enjoy…1959-style!
-The Eye x