Okay, let’s get the time machine in gear and head back to the era when bell bottoms and platform shoes were all the rage, feathered hair like Farrah Fawcett was the style of choice, and rushing to the local record store to buy the latest album or 45 single was our favorite pastime.
There was a lot going on in the world of fashion in those days: bell-bottom jeans were a staple, as were mini-skirts, halter tops, maxi dresses, platform shoes and boots, clogs, pea coats, fringed vests and jackets. Accessories were just as important: hobo bags, floppy hats, large sunglasses, and of course, who could forget the jewelry? Mood rings, long chained necklaces, cocktail rings, and hooped earrings! The bigger the better!
Music played just as an important part in the 70s as the fashion. There were record stores and some department stores had large record sections with bins of albums. We also had 8-tracks, but thankfully cassette tapes started replacing those. What was playing on the radio you ask? What wasn’t?? We had everything from pop, rock, soul, R&B, country, punk, easy listening, show tunes, movie soundtracks and…disco! Back in ’77, there was a movie called Saturday Night Fever that brought that scene into the mainstream and stayed for several years. I myself had the pleasure of actually getting into Studio 54! Now that’s something I’ll always remember! I’ll admit I liked disco, but I was more into the rock scene. My aunts and uncle were not much older than me and they had a direct influence: One aunt was into T-Rex, David Bowie, and Humble Pie, while the other was into singer/songwrters such as Cat Stevens, George Harrison, and Carly Simon. My uncle liked the Beatles and The Eagles. Lots of great stuff!
My tastes were not that far off from theirs. I listened to Peter Frampton, Fleetwood Mac, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Boston. Queen, Foreigner, and was also into the punk scene as well. Patti Smith, The Ramones, The Clash, Talking Heads, and Blondie were making their names known in a little club in the Bowery section of New York City called CBGB’s. Unfortunately, I never had the opportunity to see those bands play there. A few years ago I finally had the chance to see Patti Smith perform here in Connecticut and I was so taken by her talent not only as a singer, but as a poet as well.
The TV shows that were big in the 70s were sitcoms such as The Brady Bunch, The Partridge Family, Happy Days, and Laverne & Shirley. Crime dramas like Charlie’s Angels, Starsky & Hutch, and Columbo were popular, as were medical dramas such as Marcus Welby, MD, Quincy, and Trapper John. But who could forget American Bandstand? The dancers, rate-a-record and all the great music! Soap operas were big too. The most popular ones were All My Children and General Hospital. VCRs weren’t popular at the time, so we had to get home quick after school to watch our stories!
A lot of great movies came out of the 70s: Love Story, Rocky, The Way We Were, The Great Gatsby. The Godfather, and of course Saturday Night Fever! There was also Flashdance, Footloose, and Grease to add to the musical list.
Other Fun Stuff:
Other fads and past-times include pet rocks, chia pets, drinking Tab, reading Teen Beat magazine, and crocheting granny square afghans! The color combinations were hideous back then! Thankfully there are more gorgeous yarn colors to choose from today and we still love stitchin’ the granny square!
So did you enjoy your trip down memory lane? Have some memories you’d like to share? Post them here, I’d love to hear them!