People who lived through the 70s- why was everything ugly?

Martian

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Check out the movie "Dazed and Confused". It's spot on for how my high school days were like and the colors of the era are very close from what I remembered.
Yeah, that movie got it right (“Alright, alright, alright.”) re: clothes, music, look and feel.
 

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Dazed & Confused was spot on. I graduated HS in ‘80. Here’s my yearbook page. I’m in the center. Everyone talks about partying because it was ubiquitous….
 

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Hard to judge an era by media, advertising. "Ugly" is really a matter of context, given that there are not true standards for what is ugly or not. Life was just as rich and strange in the 70s as it is now. Things did look a bit different. Vehicles most notably. No better or worse than today. Just different.

I almost had a true 70s moment later, in the mid 80s. Looking for a car. A nearly volvo dealership had a mid 70s volvo in perfect shape. Dark green exterior, orange plaid seats. Not just ugly. Triumphantly, transcendently ugly. So of course, it was beautiful. (Couldn't afford it ...)
 

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The 70's brought us the best work Stevie Wonder did. It brought us Al Green. It was the decade when Hag came into his own as a writer, musician and singer. It brought us the godfather movies, apocalypse now and about a million great other movies (which I could list) it was when Zep hit big, it was when country rock took off with great artists like Ronstadt and the Eagles refined and made music that became the soundtrack of so many lives. it was the height of the the session scene in LA and Nashville. the royal scam was made in the 70's.

The 70's was when people really got serious about preservation and bringing back some of the beautiful homes of the past. It was an incredible age for the arts, for music, for people overcoming tremendous disappointment in so many things and for the first morning of waking up and realizing that the dream was only a dream. That is a heck of a thing to overcome. to think that folks embraced earth tones (brown and corduroy and avocado green) and sought to find a way back to the earth is pretty heartening. It was when people were first looking for another way and the first real rejection of the machine we were caught in, born in the minds of madison avenue.

So, the answer to the question is that everything wasn't ugly. It was beautiful. It was before everything was huge and ruined. It was the last of the innocent ages. I climbed lion's head in 76 before Vail was developed, and I hiked all over the rockies and sierras, hitchhiked up 101 and slept on the beaches of santa cruz and monterey (and up in the trees)

I can tell you.... it was beautiful in ways we'll not see again.
Beautifully put, sir. :cool:
 

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My first Los Angeles roommate was from Bakersfield and he had a total Okie accent, so he ends up playing a lot of cowboy types in commercials. He's the dark-haired guy in this one.

Slim Pickens and, to a lesser degree, Jan-Michael Vincent, who grew up in the Central California town of Hanford, also have Okie accents. (Fellow Hanford native Steve Perry does not.)
There's a reason for that. The whole "Grapes of Wrath" Oklahoma Dust Bowl bunch from the 1930's navigated west and ended up in and around Bakersfield and the Central Valley. The two big industries there are agriculture and oil.
 

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Ha! Found this pic my sister sent me. That's a 4-year old BFcaster and his big sis, on our freshly carpeted and paneled basement steps, ca 1972. (It's a pic taken from a photo-album, hence the light reflection from the clear plastic over-lay)
She got better looking, sadly, I think that's about as cute as I was ever gonna be. In about 2 years my mom will succumb to the 'long hair over the ears, parted and combed' look on boys (think David Soul from Starsky and Hutch).
That carpet and paneling is worth serious money, I tells ya! Hard to find...they don't make that anymore!! I can strip it off and sell it to ya at vintage-paneling prices....!
Everything is beautiful in it's own way.....there's a song title! A 70's bonus!
 

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So I was in the hospital earlier this week, and I'm recuperating at home. I found a channel that shows nothing but old TV shows from the mid 20th century. Right now they are showing reruns of Emergency! Which was a decent show, but... why was everything so freaking ugly?

All the colors are either puke green, dehydrated pee yellow, or brown. Everything was wide- the collars, the ties, the pant legs. Every third man has a John Holmes porn stach and everyone looks like they need a shower, like they just crawled off the Manson Family compound or something.

Please tell me it wasn't like this in real life. Please tell me that my parents had some sense of taste and decency.

I was born in 1980, so I've seen my share of butt ugly trends, but man...
One horrible thing about the 70’s. Polyester. Enough to make one puke.
 

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Vinyl car seats were horrible. I do remember my parents wallpapered the kitchen in this awful green and yellow plaid/stripe design. It looked like Mrs. Brady herself picked it.
 

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Vinyl car seats were horrible. I do remember my parents wallpapered the kitchen in this awful green and yellow plaid/stripe design. It looked like Mrs. Brady herself picked it.
vinyl was easy to get barf off of.

mrs. brady was hot.

I'm not a big 'interior designer type' so the wallpaper etc... hey, you go girl!
 

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I haven't read this whole thread carefully. But I have to say, the the Earth goes around the sun and the sun goes around the enormous black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy and along the way there are asteroids and dust clouds from ancient super novas and rogue planets, and maybe even, as Kurt Vonnegut speculated, chronsynclastic infundibula. So as the Earth moves through space at incredible velocity, depending on which relative benchmark you decide to fix on, it moves through some very weird stuff, all of which has an influence, benign or otherwise, on the culture of the inhabitants. Back in the 70's, it seems to me that the Earth was traveling through a cloud of ugly molecules, with the results about which the OP is asking.

Today, it would seem we are passing through a field of triple distilled polarized ridiculousness. So it goes.
 

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Ya know what was beautiful? Hitch hiking was common and safe. We hitched everywhere when we were kids, it was great. Hollywood wrecked it with all those stupid horror movies about pervs and psychos. It's hard to believe now, but we thought it was normal to travel this way. I always picked up hitchers, you meet all types, it was interesting.
 

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Dang...everybody got lucky @ a Disco 😻✌️
Wine-weed-women & song !
Gals done up to the 9's, long hair & smelling of flowers & jasmine..💃
What's not to like?
Friggin' 66 now reminiscing of all the laughs.....oh man-o-man !
Friday was fun night..Saturday was fight night.
Sunday was recovery day....🤢
Hold my beer.....
 
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My first Los Angeles roommate was from Bakersfield and he had a total Okie accent, so he ends up playing a lot of cowboy types in commercials. He's the dark-haired guy in this one.



Slim Pickens and, to a lesser degree, Jan-Michael Vincent, who grew up in the Central California town of Hanford, also have Okie accents. (Fellow Hanford native Steve Perry does not.)

Steve Perry is a Portagee (eh paisan!) that's why no Okie accent.
 




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