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Musically it all happened for me in 1974. I was 17 and about to finish school and go out into the workforce as an office clerk. I was listening to Stevie Wright sing Evie on the radio and I was wanting to be that girl:
“Evie let your hair hang down” and :
“You’ve got the body of a woman
The way you move it like a queen
You’ve got the face to raise a riot
And still you’re only 17”
I was on the brink of womanhood and dating a boy who drove a panel van (commonly referred to as a ‘shaggin wagon’!) Oh god, I wanted to be just like Evie! I wanted to let my hair hang down and start to live my life!
Then Skyhooks released their hit Living in the Seventies and we were all identifying with the lyrics:
“I feel a bit nervous
I feel a bit mad
I feel like a good time that’s never been had…………….”
“I’m Living in the Seventies”
1974 was the year that we also used to gobble down our Sunday night roast and rush into our lounge rooms to our TV sets to watch Countdown? It was practically a religion – we couldn’t get enough of this new cool show. It not only showcased Australian talent but also attracted a wide array of overseas acts. It even took credit for making ABBA a worldwide sensation!
And although we all denied liking ABBA (as they were too teeny-pop!), almost 40 years later we have all flocked to see the movie and the stage production of Mamma Mia and sung along to all their old hits like “Dancing Queen”. We also got a huge laugh out of the 1994 movie called Muriel’s Wedding, which was the story of an ABBA obsessed young girl whose ambition in life was to walk down the aisle to the music of “I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do”.
Ian “Molly” Meldrum, the host of Countdown, would be bumbling his way through interviews with some of our finest musicians and bands. He was renowned for his saying “Do yourselves a favour”! He practically said it ten times on every episode of the show! We all thought he was a little gay (and then we found out he was most certainly “as camp as a row of tents”!)
This was the era for hard core rock and roll bands like Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Queen, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Remember that very controversial album cover by The Rolling Stones titled “Sticky Fingers” showing a close-up of a jeans-clad male crotch! Then there were the very provocative lyrics from the number 1 song from that album called “Brown Sugar”.
Jimmy Page from Led Zeppelin had that long flowing mane of hair and wore his pants so skin tight that it barely left anything to the imagination! He rocked out that infamous ballad “Stairway to Heaven” and we were all in awe of his guitar solo.
Ah, the Seventies: A time when love was free, peace was the sign of the times, young people were on a trip of self discovery and individual identity, and polyester was the fabric of choice. Men wore their hair long or in an ‘Afro’ with huge sideburns and women all tried to emulate the Farrah Fawcett swept back hairstyle. They were the days of my youth – how times have changed!
I wonder whether any of you out there have musical memories from the Seventies? I would love to hear from you if you have.
Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.