1. The iconic cover of Pink Floyd’s magum opus “The Dark Side of the Moon.” While it was the longest running album to stay on the Billboard 200 for a total of 741 weeks (1973-1988) it only topped the 200 for a single week. The whole album is basically a single body of work with the individual tracks as movements of sorts with the only pause between “The Great Gig in the Sky” and “Money.”
2. All In The Family: Before Tim Allen was the “Last Man Standing,” it was Carroll O’Connor as Archie Bunker. Making his stance against the radicals of the 1960’s and early 1970’s and the son in law that was part of it. Only difference between and Allen and O’Connor is that the later would more less side with Rob Reiner (in real life) who played the Meat Head of a son and law.
3. Fleetwood Mac rises to stardom: In 1975 the evolution of Fleetwood Mac was complete and their fusion of UK Blues and 1970’s California Rock would dominate the for the rest of the 1970’s. They were able to take the woes of their personal lives and create an album of songs based on them which was titled Rumours. That album would become their overall bestselling album spending 31 non-consistent weeks at the top of the Billboard 200.
4. The beginning of Star Wars: While the marketing is hands down misleading….So What???!!! So we did not actually see Luke Skywalker bare his chest or Princess Leia Organa show off her legs (we would get something more scantily clad with Return of the Jediyears later). These posters are very 1970’s, and the marketing worked when it needed to. The marketing logo is so 1970’s too. After the success of Star Wars, there would be no need to for these kinds of posters, and the posters would be more realistic to the story of the Star Wars saga. Still any diehard fan of Star Wars does get their kicks out of these 1970’s styled posters.
5. Bell Bottoms: Need I say more???
6. The Brady Bunch: The Lovely Girls, Brady’s Three Boys, the new married couple (The Lady and that fellow Mr. Brady), a housekeeper (to make the adult three complete) and now you have a blended family. Don’t forget that famous grid, which people love to mock. Even if you think this show is crap, it’s still a 1970’s icon…even if the show really began in the fall of 1969.
7. Disco: Thanks to the movie Saturday Night Fever, Disco music was becoming very popular. While disco fell out of favor, popular dance music was still evolving and eventually the use of stringed and horn instruments would be replaced by keyboards and drum machines. Today’s dance music at least for me makes me want to embrace disco. Even the Rolling Stones embraced disco in way that did not alienate their fanbase (Miss You). Others may have offended like Paul McCartney (Goodnight Tonight) and Rod Stewart (Do Ya Think I’m Sexy, which Stewart updated with the Pop Rock Dance band DNCE recently) but were quickly forgiven more/less.
8. ABBA: No other group from the Scandinavian region made their mark in the international pop music world like ABBA did. There would be others, but just would not have that longevity and mystic that ABBA had. They begin with the early 1970’s sounds of European Folk pop and Schlager (German for ‘Hitter’) music, but later would integrate those schlager harmonies and instrumental elements into the sounds of disco (like ‘Dancing Queen’ and ‘Voulez-Vous’) and early 80’s synth pop (Under Attack). “Thank You for the Music” ABBA.
9. The Muppet Show:
It’s time to play the music
It’s time to light the lights
It’s time to meet the Muppets on the Muppet Show tonight
You know the iconic theme song. The recent mockumentary format did not work for these critters’ like the 1970’s variety show format did. They were indeed the last hurrah in a dying TV genre. This series expanded on Kermit the Frog and Rolf the Dog and introduced us to now established characters like Miss Piggy, Gonzo the Great, Scooter, Fozzie Bear, Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem (which included drummer Animal) and their equivalent of Siskel & Ebert; Statler and Waldorf. Don’t feel sad for Gonzo not able to get that final note right. It’s funny that way.
10. Wonder Woman live action TV series: Lynda Carter is not the original live action actress, but she made the role. Only ran for three seasons but you know, it’s still has its loyal geeks. Good thing she loves Gal Gadot. She should, Carter pave the way for a strong Jewish Woman to play a Pagan Amazon. Meanwhile we can enjoy the Amazon’s present as much as we love her past…live action that is.