Wrangler Jeans and feathered hair. Serious situations that describe my not-so-serious life, back in the late 1970’s. Oh, yes, the feathered hair meant so much back then. My hair, the boys’ hair. Feathered. If the boy could flip that feathered hair, even better. Seriously – I think the boys had the better feather! Us girls would spend WAY too much time getting that flip just right; boys seemed to just have it without trying. Did they use gel? Did they use mouse? Hey, guys, we HATED you for that!!! Case in point: my saidies date has THE BEST FEATHER EVER, and I spent at least 45 minutes trying to get my feather oh-so-perfect, his looks so natural. Then again, I have no way of knowing how long my date actually spent getting that flip. Hey, John, how long DID it take you to get that perfect flip?
Looking back, the first ten albums I ever owned HIGHLY influenced my life, my future choices in music (and my choice in boyfriends, and jobs, and friends, and . . . you get the picture, right?) In no particular order, here they are:
Genesis – Foxtrot
Led Zepplin Four
Foghat – Fool for the City
Fleetwood Mac – Rumors
Chicago – Greatest
Kansas – Leftoveture
The Who – Tommy
Rolling Stones – Some Girls
Kiss – Destroyer
Doobie Brothers – Listen to the Music (Greatest Hits)
And in the number eleven spot – Queen. Anything and everything Queen.
This was FM radio in the late 70’s. This was KFOG. This was KOME. This is what I lived and loved to listen to in my little suburbia world .
And then I heard the Clash for the first time . . .
Ahhh, avocado. What an AMAZING marketing invention! Who knew that burnt green-colored appliances would be such a hit! The frenzy started in the mid 60’s, but didn’t really take hold until the early 70’s. Along with Cornflower Yellow and Brilliant Orange, these 3 color combos could be found in almost any kitchen, bathroom, or in my case, bedroom in America. Of course, my mom added her own flair to the color fad – white daisies! Our bathroom, our kitchen (my bedroom) – all Avocado Green, Cornflower Yellow, Brilliant Orange and White Daisies everywhere! Oh, yes, along with gold fixtures. Gaudy much? Love that Avocado appliance!
The Great American Novel Part II
Seriously, what else were bored kids in suburbia to do during the summer? There was only one mall, and it was a small one at that. We had “free swim” at the local high school during the day, the rope swing in the creek, and boring, hot summer nights to get into trouble. And boy did we try our best to get into trouble. I could say that I was influenced by my older brother to be the vandal that I inevitably became, but that would be a lie. I think I influenced HIM to be a vandal. Being a rebel felt liberating. Doing ‘bad things’ felt good. And the fun that ensued was only the tip of the rebel life I was sliding into – I can look back on it now and say “aha! THAT’S were it started!” but at the time, I had no idea WHAT I had started.
Jimmy Carter becomes the 39th President of the USA, Apple Computers is Incorporated, ROOTS debuts on ABC, Fleetwood Mac releases RUMORS, Star Wars opens, Annie Hall wins the Oscar for best picture, Elvis dies and the Fonz jumps the shark.