They are thinking of expanding to add a string section.
(submitted by Samantha)
LoL this is one of my favs!
what the hell does the little one have? A purple party blow out? fweet!
Such a small living room for such a big family.
The Partridge Family??? Are you sure it’s not the Cowsills???
My favorite is the little boy playing the purple thing (clarinet?). You can tell he’s been hit by the muse.
“The family that plays together…”
the flute chick is kinda hot…..and this one time at band camp…..
Tank you, tank you, Lennon Sisters. Dat vas vonnerful. Now ve haff for you, da Samantha and Her Siblings Musicale. Vonnerful, Vonnerful!
Think I went to band camp with the one in the back.
Oooo! Oooo! I had the very same Casio-piece-of-crap-keyboard as a kid! It could play bossanova and samba and rhumba with arpeggio’d organ accompaniment and it sounded TERRIBLE!
Ugh… it was so 80′s it was an embarrassment before its time – with the brown and orange color scheme, dinky keys and TERRIBLE TERRIBLE sound!
They only cool sounds that came out of that thing was when a friend and I circuit-bended the poor thing with blunt instruments until it sparked.
..last summer, at band camp…. ouch, for some it must have been painful!!!!
The little boy with the recorder is soooooo cuuuuuutteee!!!!!!!!! aw…
My parents had cushion covers just like that one on the sofa!!!
Play “Everybody Dance Now” for grandma again.
this really blows, mom, dad, or grandma, etc. we will be playing this song until we get it right!
The Shaggs: The Early Years
Well, you all know how Danny Bonaduce turned out…
Yeah, he ended up on World’s Dumbest (actually, he’s pretty funny).
There has to be 28 coasters stacked on the table next to Santa. One can never have too many coasters to protect the furniture against “rings”.
“Remember kids, after ten we’re violating the city noise ordinance but for now let’s just keep it to disturbing the peace. Tracy, open that window, will ya?”
This family goes ALL out for their Christmas decorations too!
As the last notes of “Oh come all ye faithful” resounded in the living room, a muffled sigh was heard from the other corner of the room. Timmy (not pictured) had begged his siblings to let him play his instrument in the family concert. By a 5 to 1 vote the cowbell was again rejected.
Hey, they had Tracy fake-playing the tamborine! Hey, hold on, they also had the littlest brother faking on the drums. Gee, now that I think about it, David Cassidy was the only one who probably could actually play an instrument. Shoot, bring on the cow bell. Why not?
I’ve got a fever!!!
And the only thing that can cure it…
is MORE COWBELL!!!
(Rock On, Li’l Timmy!!!)
MORE COWBELL!! lol love it.
You would think that out of six kids at least one of them would have athletic ability….. I am rooting for the little guy withthe recorder to make JV & not march in th eband.
when are they going to bring in Little Ricky to sing??
I’m beginning to wonder why anyone would submit a photo here at the moment, since the comments now so often ridicule aspects of people’s lives unrelated to the supposed awkwardness of the photo. The level of social condescension in many comments is certainly uncalled for, and (I would guess) unjustified. Odd how the people in these photos always end up seeming more genuine and likeable than many of the people who denigrate them.
And…why are you here? I’m sure there are plenty of websites discussing how cute puppies and babies are, if you would prefer.
Why does someone have to get offended in the comments of EVERY SINGLE POST these days? Has the recession wiped out everyone’s sense of humor along with our bank accounts?
THANK YOU! You beat me to the punch! I think people forget that this is all done with a heaping helping of sarcasm. It’s very hard to pick up tone in writing. Even in public there are people that take everything you say at face value. There’s people who don’t have your humor and think you’re being serious. Read all these posts knowing they’re tongue in cheek and only in good fun. If you can’t do it…well it’s just gonna end up like Shonda says.
This is why we have the first amendment, remember? We have the right to speak as we want when we want and how we want. Social standards set the limits on what we say in front of children, of course, but we are not obligated to go strictly by society’s unwritten rules.
This site is simply another way for us to exercise our right to free speech. It’s not always polite, but people who send in pictures for this site already know that. If you don’t want to be hurt by the comments then either don’t send in the picture or stop cruising this site.
When we start questioning how we talk and write and then call for stricter standards, which I happen to think are just fine for this site, then we are entering the realm of censorship. Censorship is often a sign of a corrupt government to the point that they think any of us are trustworthy. Do you really want that kind of standard for our way of living? If you don’t like what you see, don’t come back.
And, most importantly, we are all laughing because these photos are US – almost every photo has a whole string of “hey, I remember those. . . ” comments.
That’s what this website is about – we’ve all been there with our carefully feathered hair, sitting on Gtrandma’s sticky vinyl loveseats, and holding tortured grins while dad tries to figure out the flash.
It’s us, Don. There’s not a lick of “social condescension” about people having a good laugh at themselves. . . try to remember that and you’ll find yourself offended a lot less often.
More importantly, we are laughing because these photos are US!
We’ve all been there – posing on Grandma’s sticky vinyl loveseats with our carefully feathered hair, holding tortured grins while dad tries to figure out the flash. Later on we all look at the prints and wonder what the hell mom was thinking when she had us all pose like that.
These pictures are of us, Don, and we’re laughing because we all recognize that. Not one bit of “social condescension” about a group of people laughing at themselves. Once you figure that out, you’ll find yourself offended a lot less often.
I’m offended at Don’s offense at our offense at his offensive of our-Ack! Aneurysm!!!
I’m offended at your….oh heck…sorry…I’m the “other” Don (see below)
Lol’ing thru my aneurysm!!!
Don, do you and your family like to hand out with your instruments on one love seat at the far end of a room in bad lighting? At the end of the day, do you and your family put on denim on pile on top of each other and fall into a deep, wonderful sleep?
I bet you do and I bet you are a total weirdo. The world needs more humorless, awkaward people like you.
Weirdo? First of all we don’t own a love seat, just a couch and a recliner. Second of all it’s not “bad lighting”…I just haven’t changed the light bulb in the corner lamp yet. And I take GREAT offense to your denim remark…it’s a poly rayon blend. The sleep comment–have you been peeking in our windows? As far as your humorless, awkward statement I…hold on…dangit I did it again. I’m the “other Don”…disregard.
(shakes tiny fist…)
That must be Don on the tuba. Sorry if we’ve hurt your feelings, pal.
Ooh, mauve crushed velvet… sweeeeet…..
no, that’s “dusty rose.” I remember it well.
LOL, Theres no photos on the wall because they’re all on the quilt on the couch
Meet “The Blowhards.”
This has no awkwardness about it. It’s not even odd. Just an opportunity to try and make fun of someone for no reason, I think.
Step it up, AFP.
Not awkward??? I don’t know what picture you’re looking at! Perhaps the “rain or shine” pic? In the photo I see- There are six people crammed onto one loveseat, crammed between two other tacky places for them to sit. The doilies (sp?) are too large for the furniture that is too large for the room. On top of all that I’m guessing one of the kids in the photo sent this in. Obviously Samantha thinks it’s awkward. Unless AFP barges into homes and goes thru family albums?
At least the furniture was awkward
I love the furniture!
Agreed. Just a typical family picture. Of course everyone’s crammed into one room, it’s posed. Big doilies? That’s awkward.
Looks like the tuba guy thinks he’s too good for the room.
Daddy sang bass, Momma sang tenor.
Do I spy a recorder? I played one of those when I was in elementary school!
$50 says this pic was taken at grandma’s house.
Yup. And you know she smiles and beams and tells them how much she loves it when they play for her.
That was exactly what I was thinking! My grandma still has those fake velvet wing back chairs in hunter green and mauve.
It wasn’t taken at Marnie’s house. Those aren’t regulation doilies.
I think little dude with the recorder is going to play the violin. There’s your string section! The recorder’s just his “gateway” instrument.
How come the guy on the right doesn’t have to pretend he’s playing? What makes him so gosh darn special?
There’s a four-bar rest for tuba in that arrangement.
Quite possibly :p
Little recorder dude’s takin’ a solo, so, like, tuba cat is hangin’ back so he won’t step on his bro’s groovitude. It’s a jazz thing, y’all just don’t dig it like I do. Just cut him some slack, alright?
Well, then, that’s quite a jazz club they are playing in!
Is a clarinet soprano or alto? If it’s alto, they’re covered for all SATB arrangements.
That is AWESOME! Love the glint off mom’s or older sister’s flute. And the little guy with the recorder. Wonder if they got rid of the hideous furniture (looked a lot like ours did back in the 80s – early 90s) to make room for the rest of the ensemble… Pops isn’t playing because the baritone would hide his face, and it was just too proud a moment for him to not beam (he is beaming, isn’t he?).
I love how the boy is playing keyboard and yet its not plugged in and its almost like the dad knows how lame this is so he’s like “ok honey just let the kids fake play, I’m just gonna rest for a bit”
Come on, get happy!
Hello, world, here’s the song that we’re singing
C’mon, get happy!!!
A whole lot of lovin’ is what we’ll be bringing
We’ll make you happyyyyyyy!!!
What was hanging on those nails on the wall behind them that they didn’t want in the photograph? Hmmmmm?
My best guess is something invloving a unicorn or a waterfall that you buy at a kiosk in the mall. Y’know the kind you plug it in to make the picture move. They took them down so people wouldn’t think they were showing off they could afford fine art.
or a thomas kincaid painting. one of those masterpieces would really give that room the one last flourish it’s missing.
How about one of those 3-D, computer-generated posters (like in Mallrats)?
When they get the marching band uniforms, I’m not sure how the kid with the keyboard is gonna keep up.
I played piano in the marching band. It wasn’t so difficult. The guys who had it worse were the “piano carriers.”
P.S. – I don’t find this photo all that awkward (unless I’m missing their aunt under a cushion).
A hot commodity in the 80′s/90′s. No table left naked.
Why do I get the feeling this wasn’t taken that far back?
I agree– it doesn’t look like it’s that old by looking at their clothes…
No table left naked, but the windows are.
Walls too, for that matter.
I think the family decorates the naked wall just beautifully.
I like the alcoholic Santa Clause doll on the table…considering it’s late June in this picture. Awkward.
Actually, I think it was taken too far back. Couldn’t the camera get a little closer?
That was good.
But then you wouldn’t see that apparently, Santa CAN hold a candle to a swingin’ jazz combo.
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