Well do you, were you there?
An interesting observation; the 1970s is as far from today as the 1970s was from the 1920s, separated by 50-years. Somehow, comparing those two fifty year gaps, you see how the changes are more significant in one, than the other.
Allowing for rose-tinted specs, for a kid or an adult, compared with today’s fractious, divided time, it was probably the last decade of simpler times, as things were about to change radically for Britain and the whole world. Choice explosion, the want it now and throw-way mentality of 24×7 consumerism would change us forever, some might say for the better, many would not.
This was a time of only 3 channels of TV for us in Britain, colour TV was relatively new and a luxury that was mainly rented rather than bought due to their huge cost. Audience figures of 20 Million for the Xmas Morecambe & Wise, unheard of and unimaginable these days. The golden decade for British Comedy, Bless This House, Man About The House, George and Mildred, Father Dear Father, Mother Makes Five, Spring and Autumn, The Liver Birds, Are you being served, Fawlty Towers, The Goodies, The Good Life, Please Sir, Love The Neighbour, Till Death us do part, Only When I laugh, Mind your Language, Porridge, Some Mothers do ave ’em, to name but a few. Now due to snow-flakery, all pretty much come with warnings, and most of them would not be made nowadays.
Mike Yarwood, Les Dawson, Dick Emery, Harry Worth, Stanley Baxter, Dave Allen & Tommy Cooper to name but a few. The Generation Game, “What’s the Scores Above The Doors”. The Golden Shot and Bernie The Bolt, Opportunity Knocks, This is Your Life. We all enjoyed the endless influx of American shows which dominated at the time. Like Starsky & Hutch, Columbo, McCloud, Cannon, Hawaii Five O, Bannacek, Ironside, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Hulk and of course Dallas.
- Did you have a phone, perhaps you had a party line? Tupperware parties, Party Sevens, shag pile carpets and wood chip wall paper, Smoked Glass Chrome coffee tables and Teak bureaus.
- Music from the likes of Slade, T-Rex, The Sweet. Mud, Wizard, Suzi Quatro, Gilbert O’Sullivan, Leo Sayer, ABBA, ELO, Boney M, The Bay City Rollers to name but a few.
- Brut, “Splash it all over”, Denim, Hi-Karate, Old Spice, Tweed and Charlie. Moon landings, space 1999 and in the year 2000 we would be working on the moon surely! The summer of 76, water shortage and stand pipes.
- Did I really manage to get all those sweets from 10p, Black Jacks, Fruit Salad, Gumi Bears, Horny little devils, flying saucers. Who remembers this? “Hold on there Bald Eagle”, yes the Texan Bar, whatever happened to it. Wagon Wheels were bigger!
- Wednesdays were half day closing and no Sunday shopping whatsoever. Magic Roundabout, Captain Pugwash, Ivor The Engine or The Clangers before the 6 O’Clock evening news, followed by Nationwide. The nearest thing to the information age was the new Teletext service.
- TV wasn’t 24 hours and finished around midnight with the national anthem, the announcer thanking you for being with them for the evening and reminding you to turn off your television set. Followed by the test tone.
Granted there were strikes, power-cuts ( as a kid though how exciting! ) the three-day working week and the winter of discontent. Somehow with rose-tinted spectacles it is remembered with great fondness.
A Festive Thorn 8500.
“Let Your Fingers Do The Walking” In This Case, Through the 70’s Album
I bet those all brought the memories flooding back, who remembers this phrase, ” Watch out Watch out there’s a Humphrey About”. Yes it was the advert for Unigate Milk.
I entered the decade aged 7 with the optimism of the Apollo missions and endless summers. I left the decade aged 17 when the UK was entering a bleak period of unrest after suffering what seemed like endless industrial disputes, culminating in the “Winter of Discontent”. Britain was about to undergo radical change under its first female prime minster. The 70’s certainly left an indelible mark on my formative years, over to you now, what are your memories and thoughts on the 1970’s?