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The real 1970's


Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Tuesday, April 17, 2007 10:43 PM (Eastern)

There was such a broad range of fashions in the 70's, it's hard to generalize...yet, our collective memory has distilled the decade rather than preserved it. Bell bottom jeans, tie dye, tight synthetic shirts with big open collars and gold chains, platform shoes, discos and perms...yes, these were all a great part of the 70's. But hardly all of it.


"X Offender," 1976

There is a plethora of vintage (and new) Blondie videos on Youtube, but I found this one particularly emblematic of the period. Music (and culture) had become bloated in the mid 70's...it was all about playing arenas, selling albums, drinking, drugs, playing more arenas...so what burst onto the scene was Blondie, a group that had played actual clubs (you can see by the flamboyant style), was stripped down, 1950's style, young and full of energy.

It can only enhance my experience now, but I did not know at the time that Debbie Harry and Chris Stein were lovers. Adds a romantic layer, doesn't it? As it is, it's a romantic song, in its own slightly twisted manner.


"London Calling"
The Clash, 1979


Now this is one of my favorite groups of all time, ever. Again you will note (see The real 1980's Stranglers' video) the pared down, minimal style of clothing. Punk to me was never about green hair and safety pins or other fluff. It was always about not keeping up with the Joneses...about taking this, that and the other, and making it into your own personal style.

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