Bring Back the Boombox!
Remember the Classic 80s Ghetto Blaster?
The vintage boombox has become an icon of the 1980s with hundreds of bass pumping variations from major electronics manufacturers and obscure niche brands.
This lens explores ghetto blaster history and finds the best boombox gift items for your friends and family. Find the best of boombox culture from videos to vintage boxes for sale to ghetto blaster photos to retro boombox shirts and a new boombox book that is not to be missed.
Boombox by The Lonely Island
History of the Boom Box
Back in the day...
Boom boxes first became commercially available in the 1970s as an evolution of the basic portable radio-cassette recorder. As they became more popular manufacturers competed to bring out more powerful boxes with new features and better quality sounds. Electronics makers including major Japanese brands and smaller now forgotten marks each brought their ideas to market competing for the biggest sounds, clearest bass, flashy chassis and novel designs incorporating large speakers, gold and chrome faces and colorful lit up displays.
In the 1980s ghetto blasters became increasingly popular and spread through popular culture in hip hop, breakdancing, movies and music videos. As the decade progressed boom boxes began to become more refined and mass produced which brought down price but also the quality. In the end the ghetto blaster would be replaced by Walkman style personal stereos with headphones.
Ghetto Blaster Trucker Hat
Cool boombox hat for men or women.
What do you call it?
Gil Scott Heron - Washington D.C. - Gil Scott Takes His Ghetto Blaster for a Walk
The Boombox Project - One of the coolest books this season.
On the heels of the graffiti renaissance comes a vibrant look at an old-school icon that figured prominently in the hip-hop, rock & roll, and punk movements of the 1970s and 80s. The Boombox Project features contemporary fine art portraits of an array of vintage boomboxes, as well as scores of documentary photographs of the people who brought the boombox movement to life back in the day.
Vintage Ghetto Blasters for Sale - Get an original Boombox from eBay.
If you are looking for an original old school blaster then eBay is probably your best bet but be prepared to be bidding against collectors. Other good places to hunt down vintage gear is at thrift stores, pawn shops, swap meets and flea markets where you may still find a bargain!
Hello Kitty Pink Boombox
HELLO KITTY Stereo AM/FM/CD Boom Box with Cassette Player/Recorder makes a fun gift for girls who love music.
LL Cool J - I Can't Live Without My Radio - 1985 Rap Salutes the Ghetto Blaster
Ghetto Blaster Weekend Bag
The design on one side is a life-sized boom box that is sure to grab attention. This is also a very very rugged bag made of a sturdy sturdy vinyl with silver toned metal accents on the handles as well as "feet" on the bottom to prevent wear and tear. The inside is lined in black nylon with a removable sturdy insert that sits on the bottom to keep the bottom shape of the bag. This unisex Ghetto Blaster Tote bag is perfect for an overnight trip, a weekend away, gym bag, a computer or work bag or a very hip diaper bag for dad (or mom).
Boombox iPhone Skin
Includes access to an online gallery of matching digital wallpaper downloads for the screen. GelaSkins protect your iPhone with a durable anti-scratch, anti-UV coating. The removable skins are thin enough that they won't interfere with any other accessories (ie. other cases, bags, peripherals, etc.). With patented adhesive technology by 3M, GelaSkins remove cleanly when you want to remove them or switch them for another design.
New School Blaster Video - Tim Healey vs Marc Adamo - GhettoBlaster
Ghetto Blaster Belt Buckle - Plastered with rhinestone bling!
This cool gold tone plated boombox belt buckle is absolutely covered in gleaming clear crystal rhinestones. The buckle has great detailing, from the speaker cover texture to the buttons for the cassette player and the numbers on the radio dial.
Boom Box Watch by Fluid
The good folks at Flud Watches just put another classic retro icon back on your wrist with the Boombox Watch. Available in both Gun Metal and Silver, this push button digital watch comes complete with slick details from the speakers to the handlebars. One quick push reveals a sharp red LCD display.