It’s the “Jetsons” era and your job is composing imagined music of the future. To put yourself in the proper frame of mind, what do you wear? Like George Jetson, do you wear a high-tech pullover with a collar that looks like rocket wings?
If you’re Bob Thompson — composer of space-age bachelor pad music — you wear what many other with-it professionals wore during the heyday of the Ivy League Look: buttondown shirt, knit tie, and tweed sportcoat — clothes that were simultaneously current and traditional.
I stumbled across these photos of Thompson some months ago — exactly how is lost in space. I’ve written about space-age bachelor pad music before, which was pretty fun to check out when it was rediscovered in the late ’90s. Can’t say I often get much of a craving for it these days, however.
Thompson died a few years ago and there’s a tribute to him at the site Ultra Swank.
Here are a few more photos on the innovator of futuristic pop music, and what it sounded like. — CC