You know what I love about Oui Magazine? It's so much more than a skin mag--it's a user's guide to Swinging Seventies Eurotrash Sex Culture compiled by people who seem to have a vague and very American concept of Swinging Seventies Eurotrash Sex Culture. Its efforts to portray groovy, ultra-modern-at-the-time, and quite possibly drug-addled sexual mores come across as naive and sometimes more than a bit creepy. I like to think of a member of the target audience for Oui sitting at home, a potent haze of cologne lingering in the air, teasing out a fierce perm and pouting in such a manner as to make "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy" into a rallying cry and perhaps a soul-deep personal mantra.
In addition to its rich anthropological value, Oui is also a window into the future, or at least its Februrary 1974 issue functioned as such. 35 years ago, this magazine was singing the praises of robot sex and metallic jumpsuits. How else to get the Oui reader to peruse a rather straightforward piece that includes interviews with scientists at MIT and NASA than by titling it "The Robots Are Coming" and bookending it with THIS IMAGE:
SPOILER ALERT: That doesn't happen anywhere in the article.
Fortunately, the fashion pictorial "Astral Flash" featuring models Stardust and Phillipe gives us just what it promises, and likely brings a tear of envy to the eye of some vicious clothing designer with sadistic notions of how human beings should attire themselves. WITNESS:
It's... probably incredibly wrong of me to think that last outfit Stardust is wearing to be Not Entirely Uncute...
I've got to take a moment to wave across the internet to The Time Machine, an AMAZING comics and magazines shop located on the second floor of 207 West 14th Street (just west of 7th Avenue) in New York City, where I purchased this magazine recently. Add the Time Machine to your itinerary when you find yourself in Manhattan. They've got LOTS of great vintage horror magazines and adult Eurostuff to enjoy in addition to the mens-magazine-related loot. In point o' fact, I picked up the "Vampire Circus" issue of Hammer House of Horror featured here at the astounding Phantom of Pulp blog that you should all visit on a regular basis.