The Seventies as I remember it

The Seventies

The 70s woke up with a hangover in 1970 from the 60s, and asked whats happening?
The 70s woke up with a hangover in 1970 from the 60s, and asked whats happening?
No material was off limits, as long as it was bright and turned heads, and a few stomachs.
No material was off limits, as long as it was bright and turned heads, and a few stomachs.

T.Rex

John Lennon once said glam rock was just rock with lipstick
John Lennon once said glam rock was just rock with lipstick

. Cum on feel the noise

Noddy Holder was known for basically shouting the lyrics
Noddy Holder was known for basically shouting the lyrics

Dyna-Mite launched mud’s career in 1973

Tiger Feet, had rows and rows of people at discos doing a dance in unison
Tiger Feet, had rows and rows of people at discos doing a dance in unison

The 70's

The decade known as the 70’s woke up with a hangover in 1970 from the 60’s, and asked “what’s happening?’ What was happening was colour TV, Pong, Space hoppers, Spiral graph and the continental quilt. We embraced these ideas and expressed them in our clothing. No material was off limits, as long as it was bright and turned heads, and a few stomachs. The boys with their long hair looked to the excesses` of materials to make a statement. The ties were wide the collars were like wings of a bird and the trousers had to be so wide as to make walking near impossible. The girls had to stay up with the boys and chose to join them in flared trousers, but also to show their figures with hot pants and halter neck tops. However these items were brightly coloured, but never should the colours blend. The more outrageous the better. Once the decade had woke up dressed and smelt the coffee, it turned up the music and headed to the disco, where it stayed wobbling around on it’s platforms until 1979. Which incidentally is only 9 years, but no-one noticed because we were all having too much fun. However someone owes the decade a year-could we have it now please

Music

That’s what it was all about. The music fell into 2 genres, glam rock and of course disco. John Lennon once said glam rock was just rock with lipstick. He was right, as to me the first glam rock band was T. Rex. But as the men looked more feminine the music gained a rawness that rock and roll lacked. Disco Music was the new kid on the block with its subtle blend of soul and funk with a synthesized sounds and a thumping beat. It was easy to dance to and mixed with coloured lights, almost hypnotic. It seemed that there was a Disco somewhere any night of the week. Each Disco was packed out, the dance floor heaved with bodies moving to the beat. No-one worried about how they danced, you just moved to the beat, drinking was not the reason for a night out it was all about the music. Unlike the more grown up 80’s the music didn’t carry a message and very often the song titles were spelt wrong. It was this naivety that makes music buffs overlook this era as it could be just too silly to be important. Yet it was this mixture of mayhem that produced music acts that reached a worldwide audience. Elton John, Queen, Abba, David Bowie and many more were forged in the Seventies and still being listened to today. However many more lived in the seventies and didn’t mature, it’s these acts that make the decade unique.

T.rex

Ride a white swan came into the charts autumn 1970 and launched Marc Bolan into the limelight where he belonged. With Mickey Finn they had numerous hits throughout the 70’s including Hot Love, Get It on, Telegram Sam, Metal Guru’ Children Of The Revolution, Debora, 20th Century Boy and Jeepster

Slade

Hailing from Woverhampton, Slade were very ordinary looking men who played an unsophisticated style of glam rock. Their music struck a chord with the young and their singles were known to go straight in at number one. Their lead singer Noddy Holder was known for basically shouting the lyrics and the poor spelling of their singles, showed how immature the 70’s were. Cum on feel the noise, Mama Weer All Crazee Now, Coz I Luv You and the classic Merry Xmas Everybody, were the best.

Mud

In England, between 1974 and 1976, Mud was one of the hottest rock & roll acts there was.

Dyna-Mite launched mud’s career in 1973, then a year later they had the massive hit Tiger Feet, which have rows and rows of people at discos doing a dance in unison. The thing with Mud was that they did all the right things and the music was stomping, but somehow even back then they were rather sad looking aged rock and rollers

Disco memories

Disco Music

I could list the bands and songs of the disco era, Kool and the gang, A taste of honey, Santana, KC and the sunshine gang, The commodores, Average white band, Barry White, the Bee Gees, Dooby Brothers, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. The list would go on and on, and wouldn’t tell you much about the music, far better to let the music talk for its self. Watch the videos below, listen to the music, relive those mad days and laugh at the outfits.


The Heartthrobs

David Cassidy shot to fame on the TV program The Partridge Family
David Cassidy shot to fame on the TV program The Partridge Family
Donny Osmond had a squeaky clean image
Donny Osmond had a squeaky clean image
.  I take my hat off to all you Michael Jackson fans` of the 70s; you saw something we all missed.
. I take my hat off to all you Michael Jackson fans` of the 70s; you saw something we all missed.

Heartthrobs

There were 3 main heartthrobs in the 70’s for the teenage girls to follow, David Cassidy, Donny Osmond and Michael Jackson. David Cassidy shot to fame on the TV program The Partridge Family where he appeared with his stepmother Shirley Jones. The first Song I remember him for was ‘How can I be sure” in 1972. From that point on I collected everything with his picture on. I had a full sized poster of him on my wall, which always `made my mum jump when she went in my room. Donny Osmond had a squeaky clean image, too sugary for me, but not my friend. From his first hit in 1971 ‘Go Away little girl, she was Donny Osmond mad. She lived through the embarrassment of Little Jimmy Osmond; she certainly took a lot of stick. However Things nearly went wrong when in 1974 he teamed up with his sister Marie for "I'm Leavin' it (All) up to You" She resisted coming over to the dark side of the David Cassidy fan club and kept the faith. In among all this were the girls who raved about Michael Jackson, from the Jackson 5. He’s just a kid I pointed out to a die hard fan at the youth club, He might be she said sincerely but he’s so talented. Talented I scoffed. I take my hat off to all you Michael Jackson fans` of the 70’s; you saw something we all missed.


Get in the Groove

Now for something completely different

When thinking about the 70’s there was so much good TV, but to me only two shows that could not have existed at any other time. The first, Monty Python’s Flying Circus was aired on the BBC on the5th October 1969. At no other time could a show with a name like this become popular. With its opening music, liberty bell and wild cartoons Monty python was born and grew throughout the 70’s. Several names for the show were bandied about before the title "Monty Python's Flying Circus " was settled upon. Some of the more memorable were "Owl Stretching Time ", "Bunn, Wackett, Buzzard, Stubble and Boot ", and "Gwen Dibley's Flying Circus ". The six writers -John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam - were influenced by the comic genius of Spike Milligan. Terry Jones described watching Spike Milligan's shows and realizing that not all sketches had to have a beginning, middle and a tag-line. The fact that they refused to be slaves to the punch line made Monty Python unique television comedy. Not only did the Monty Python team give us unforgettable TV but equally memorable films, The Holy Grail, The life of Brian, Now for something completely different and the Meaning of life.

The next program was made by adults for children, but watched by adults. Today Is Saturday or the Tis-Was Show’. It ran from 5 January 1974 to 3 April 1982, a mixture of pop music, cartoons, sport, comedy and other child-friendly items, fronted by Chris Tarrant.. In between old Bugs Bunny and Woody Woodpecker cartoons and episodes of Tarzan Tarrant and a small invited audience introduced phone-ins, competitions, and such features as the Who, Which, What Year Contest A feature of the show was The Cage wherein initially the child audience, and later their fathers, were confined and periodically doused in water (one spin-off of the show was the hit The Bucket of Water Song , performed by the Four Bucketeers), whilst the show was also frequently visited by the Phantom Flan Flinger, who would throw flans around the studio at all and sundry. Both Tarrant and the Flan Flinger would take great delight in trying to 'flan' cameramen who would go to great lengths to avoid being hit. Adding to the mayhem was bob Carolgees and spit the dog, Lenny Henry, John Gorman and of course dad’s favorite Sally James.


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jayjay40 4 years ago from Bristol England Author

Thanks for the comment and the vote up, it amazes me how much 70's music and artists are still around today.


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DearBandit 4 years ago

I wish I was there for all that fun, and big movements in history. I would also like to see the 50’s. Love the fashion from that generation.

Voted up.


jimmy karate 5 years ago

my perception about the summer of 72 the jackson 5 osmonds the partridge family the irish gals liked david cassidy the italian girls liked donny osmond all white black and spanish loved the jackson 5 i rest my case james karate kung fu


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jayjay40 6 years ago from Bristol England Author

Thanks Cathi and Aley great to meet other seventies fans. Loved Rocking Robin and Wham, bam thank you man, was something we shouted as well. Good old days.


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Aley Martin 6 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA

Yup, this was great! I remember the early 70's as being diametrically different than the mid seventies and the late seventies being more disco. I was a big ABBA fan and also thought Elton John was the voice of the times. Do you remember the song by Bowie" Suffragette City"? We used to scream "wham- bam thank you man" out of the dormitory windows? LOL


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Cathi Sutton 6 years ago

What a great Hub! Makes me want some "dragon bacon" while dancing to Rockin Robin!


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jayjay40 6 years ago from Bristol England Author

I'm glad you enjoyed the hub flinchwymer, the seventies was awesome. Thanks for the comment


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flinchwymer 6 years ago from West Yorkshire U.K.

Great hub. So many unforgettable songs and artists came from the 70's. My sisters were also into David Essex and the Bay City Rollers. There were so many bands and singers though, you couldn't possibly mention them all. I quite liked Blondie myself (among many, many others). Enjoyed the read.


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jayjay40 6 years ago from Bristol England Author

I shudder when I think what I looked like in the seventies, my platforms were green with a bright orange flash across them. I worn shiny brown wet look flares and a bright multi

- coloured top. Frightening. Thanks for the comment Dolores and for the memories


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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

jayjay, those shoes up at the tops are just too much. I hate to admit that I had the coolest platforms ever! The bottoms were wood, you could see the grain, and the shoe part was a gray and brown saddle oxford. And when I wore them, I towered! They must have made me over 6 feet tall.


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jayjay40 6 years ago from Bristol England Author

Thanks Missi Darnell, The 70's music is unforgetable


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Missi Darnell 6 years ago from Southern California

Good hub. The 70's are still my favorite for music!


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jayjay40 6 years ago from Bristol England Author

Thanks chloe, I glad you enjoyed this hub


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Chloe Comfort 6 years ago from Long Island

I was born in the late 60's but definitely remember the 70's - wow - flashback. Loved both Donny and David! Very cool hub. Kudos!


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jayjay40 6 years ago from Bristol England Author

ooh, David cassidy still makes me weak at the knees. Thanks the comment and for becoming a fan Gigi2.


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jayjay40 6 years ago from Bristol England Author

I still get a kick out of Monty Python, Tammy. I've seen their films loads of times and yet they still make me laugh. Thanks for the comment


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Gigi2 6 years ago from UK

David Cassidy, swoon! All these years on and you've brought it all rushing back. Thanks. Great times, terrible clothes, who cared. Wish I'd kept them all, my girls would have had a riot. Brilliant hub, am now a fan.


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago

LOL...I am with your poor friend Donny was the best and every Friday night we watched Donny and Marie on thier show. I still get a kick out of Monty Python. I have an ABBA CD that I use to torture my husband when we are in my car together. I loved the 70's


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jayjay40 6 years ago from Bristol England Author

Thanks for reading shazwellyn, Donny is still quite handsome


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain

Thanks for your hub - my first love was Donny xx


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jayjay40 6 years ago from Bristol England Author

Thanks Al, I appreciate the comment, thanks for reading


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Mystique1957 6 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

Oh! Jayjay...

You´ve brought some dear memories to my heart with this hub! I respect every era or decade I knew about, even the 60´s when I was still a baby, but got their influence as I grew up! However, for me the 70´s were the hottest years ever. Rock´n´Roll and the fads, they were just great!

Nice hub! I did enjoy it a lot!

Thumbs up!

Warmest regards and blessings to you,

Al


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jayjay40 6 years ago from Bristol England Author

I love fun memories they make you smile on the dullest of days. Glad you enjoyed the hub, thanks for the comment


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

How interesting - and coincidental - just last night I was thinking about the 70's. Here in the US we had our own styles and issues but the music was universal. So that took me to You Tube and listening to all the fabulous groups here in the US - but of course I had to play Boy George and Culture Club - then hours went by and I had other things to do but - ahhhh! We need these fun happy memories.

Thanks for this happy hub!


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jayjay40 6 years ago from Bristol England Author

Thanks wrenfrost56 and Ethel. The bucket of water song keeps going round in my head, wish I hadn't listened to it now. Thanks for your comments


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Thanks for some great memories


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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K.

Brilliant Hub JayJay, I was not born until the 80's but this gave me a real insight into, what was going on the decade before. Really enjoying your work. :)


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jayjay40 6 years ago from Bristol England Author

Thanks guys for the comments, the arguments about David Cassidy and Donny Osmond was one I always had with my friends also, Uninvited writer. I'm glad you enjoyed it janiek13, the Jacksons were awesome and I'm glad Hello, hello enjoyed her trip down memory lane. Again thanks for reading.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for a great trip down memory lane.


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Uninvited Writer 6 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

I was a big fan of David's too. A friend and I used to argue over who was the most popular, David or Donny. I always loved the Jackson 5 too. I had a mad crush on Jermaine.

This was a fun hub.


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janiek13 6 years ago from Florida's Space Coast

What an awesome hub, I was a big Donny fan, although I liked Michael, also. I am going to keep this one as one of my favorites. Thanks!


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jayjay40 6 years ago from Bristol England Author

Thanks 2uesday, hope you enjoy the silly walks


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2uesday 6 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday.

This is another entertaining and enjoyable hub, thank you jayjay. Bookmarked so I can take a look at 'The Ministry of Silly Walks' later.


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jayjay40 6 years ago from Bristol England Author

You are so kind cajunrooster, the 70's were such an enjoyable time to be a teenager. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub


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cajunrooster 6 years ago from San Antonio, Texas

Wow, I think this was one of the best hubs I have ever seen. It brought back so many memories to me. And you hit on all the poignant stuff especially the performers and all. My wife, I did not know her then, was a huge Danny Osmond and David Cassidy fan. She still has the posters!! Loved the piece!!!


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jayjay40 6 years ago from Bristol England Author

Thanks Suziecat7, a very enjoyable hub to write and a good excuse to watch the disco videos. Thanks for the comment


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suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

Thanks for the stroll down memory lane. Great Hub as usual.

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