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The thread on Saturday's Warriors got my brain going way way back into my own youth in the mid/late 1970s and the songs from the LDS plays of the era are now stuck in my head like a bad sitcom theme. I curse you folks who stirred up these songs.

 

Like humming a tune when you want to avoid masturbation, then the opposite effect happens and that song then inspires dirty thougths, the LDS music themes of the 1970s brings back so many embarassing memories.

 

I was a naive somewhat obedient questioning but loyal LDS girl in the 70's. I did what I was told and hated most of the young womans experience, but still believed the church was true, and only my own tom boyish independent ideas were inherently flawed.

 

I was not into the rock and roll as much as I was a huge fan of the folk music genre. James Taylor, Simon and Garfunkle, John Denver, Peter Paul & Mary and all the others who sung peace ballads was the stuff that I got into. A lot of it is sort of sappy now but I still like it.

 

The clothes were hideous but its funny how often we see those same styles regurgitated over and over again in various forms as if people can't look back and see how ugly and unflattering they were then and hope somehow they'll magically look good again.

 

About a year ago there was a thread that discussed the glory days of the LDS church in the 1970's. It was a time when they experienced massive growth and the US culture was prime for accepting the naive but assumingly sweet lifestyle that the LDS church offered families.

 

For me it was the hey-day and a time when I actually enjoyed being LDS but that's because it was all I knew. We had so many exciting road shows and events going on all the time. I thought it was the validation that the church was near perfect and would grow to cover the earth.

 

Like the ugly bell bottoms and uncomfortable clogs of the late 70's, the church has revealed itself as a really tasteless and poorly fitting cumbersome piece of clothing. To try to put that outfit back on makes me feel embarassed and really clunky.

 

So what did you love about the 70s that now seems really goofy. Don't be dissing my music!!

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Good metaphor DM! I would never dis your music...I'll bet we had the same albums! I was a total folkie nerd, who was baptized mid '70's. Like any teen, I wanted to belong to a group, so I chose the non-smoking, non-drinking one, much to the chagrin of my parents. (They said it was better than joining a motorcycle gang). The thing I loved? My David Cassidy posters...all over my walls...every available inch, replaced by Hudson Brothers (anyone remember them?) At least I moved on to Elton John and Paul McCartney & Wings (because they were much cooler).
 
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Another folkie here. I learned to play guitar with John Denver songs and I cried shamelessly when he died. I think the 70s, barring disco, were the best years for "pop" music. Back in those days , pop music was a wide range of sounds from hard rock to acoustic folk. These kids today  wouldn't know good music if it whacked them upside the head.

 

Those long dresses in the pic? I think I had one of each.  

 

 

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Dali-Mama, Which girl are you in the picture you posted? I really like John Denver and Simon and Garfunkel as well even though I was born in 1975.
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Speaking of the '70s, James Lileks has some amazing photos of the 1973 Sears catalogue up on his site.  Bad, bad, bad!

 

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So what did you love about the 70s that now seems really goofy.

These pants.

 

'Nuff said. 

 

 

 

 

Also: Yes, that is my daddy, before he became a mormon. He looks like such a nice guy, doesn't he? That is one of his motorcycle racing trophies behind me. 

 

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Dali-Mama, Which girl are you in the picture you posted? I really like John Denver and Simon and Garfunkel as well even though I was born in 1975.

I'm the short homely flat chested girl with black cat eye glasses and white knee socks. I had rolled my skirt as high as I thought I could get away with but I see that two other LDS girls had skirts so short you could see what day of the week it was on their panties.

 

We're standing in front of a display of our Articles of Faith banners. We were required to memorize every article of faith and then we'd get this little plastic button with sticky tape on the back and we could put it in the little circle above the printed article of faith. We had to earn the money to buy the banner so we had a car wash. Then after we passed off each AofF we would put a row of stitches in the bottom part where something else was supposed to go.

 

I hated cross stitching of any kind so I just took a marker and made very tidy little x's that were perfectly even and never came un knotted. CAN YOU SPELL REBEL???

 

In that photo we're graduating from Primary and about to become Beehives. All but two of us were getting their boobies, my sister included and I was very very embarassed to be left behind in that realm. I eventually made up for lost time but it was a very traumatic three years and resulted in at least one very humiliating "Stuffing" fiasco that scarred me for life.

 

 
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The plaid outfit, thats the one I coveted and begged my mom to get me. She worked at a sewing factory that had fabric nigh unto that hideousness and made me a full out suit in red checkered plaid. I got a store bought shirt and I was totally stylin'.  Not only was I short but in that outfit I looked like a whirling Tasmanian Devil that got caught in a picnic tablecloth. I wore that outfit at least twice a week.

 

I was sure that outfit was the key to my romantic involvement schemes. Unfortunately, in spite of gooey sticky lip gloss, plaid bell bottoms, and a couple of well placed wads of toilet paper in my training bra, not one boy gave me the time of day.

 

In fact, one day on the way to the bus I overheard some boys say, "Why is Chet's little brother wearing a dress?" 

 
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Dahli-mama:

 

In fact, one day on the way to the bus I overheard some boys say, "Why is Chet's little brother wearing a dress?" 

 

 

 

Ah, yes. And after Mom forced this "cute little pixie" haircut on me, I got really sick of hearing people say, "So, how old is your son? Oh! He's kind of small for 7, isn't he?"

 

And I'd start to cry and indignantly inform the person that I am a GIRL. Dammit.   (And yes. Mom did the bangs herself. Can you tell? )

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Well, I'm going to date myself here.  I was born in 1951, so I was a teenager in the 60's, and graduated from high school in 1969.  I was into the Beatles big-time -- loved Paul McCartney.  I also secretly loved the Rolling Stones and Mick Jagger but wouldn't admit that to anyone back then.  I was much too concerned in those days when people thought of me, and I tried to be the good little Mormon girl all the time (much to my chagrin now). 

 

After high school, I worked for a year to save money to go to BYU.  My brother was 17 months older than me, and waited to go on a mission until he was 20 because he got braces on his teeth when he was 18 (which was a good thing because he was very buck-toothed back then).  So when I told my parents I wanted to go to BYU, they said they couldn't afford to send me there because of my brother's mission.  Let's see -- daughter's education vs. son's mission.  In Mormondom, the mission wins out every time.  So after I worked for a year and was getting ready to leave for BYU, my father told me that if I paid for the first year, they would pay for the second year -- and then I could pay for the third year, and they would pay for the fourth year.  Sounded like a good compromise to me, so I went off to BYU.  But after the first year was done, my father suddenly told me that it turned out they couldn't pay for my second year -- so I had to use the rest of my saved money on that year.  Why I didn't look into student loans, I'll never know, but I didn't.  And why my parents didn't suggest that, I'll never know either.

 

During my second year at BYU, though, I got very sick, was tired all the time, was falling asleep in classes and then again when I would get home.  So I went to the BYU Student Health Center where they diagnosed me with a hypo-thyroid condition and gave me medication to take.  But even after taking the medication, I was still tired all the time, would fall asleep when I got home, wasn't finishing my homework, and was falling way behind in my classes.  and when I went back to the BYU Student Health Center, the doctor told me to keep taking my medication, that soon I would start feeling better.  But that didn't happen.  Finally, during my the second half of my second year there, I ended up having to go home to Fresno, California.  When I got home, my mother took me to the doctor, and after he did a bunch of tests, he diagnosed me with.... wait for it.... mono.  And because of all the medication I had been taking for my supposed hypo-thyroid condition, I had gone so far into hypo-thyroidism that the doctor said I was on the verge of dying from thyroid shock (or something like that).  Good ol' BYU Student Health Center, huh!!  Should have sued them -- but then, my parents were much too TBM for that.

 

By this time, of course, I had used up all my money  at BYU -- and my parents were practically pleading poverty.  So I decided to live at home in Fresno and work for another year before returning to BYU.  And it was during that year that I met and married my first TBM RM porn addict husband.  When everything erupted with him, I kept thinking that I should have stayed in Utah -- but now I'm glad I didn't so that.  Sometimes there are no easy answers.

 

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In fact, one day on the way to the bus I overheard some boys say, "Why is Chet's little brother wearing a dress?" 

 

 

 

Ah, yes. And after Mom forced this "cute little pixie" haircut on me, I got really sick of hearing people say, "So, how old is your son? Oh! He's kind of small for 7, isn't he?"

And I'd start to cry and indignantly inform the person that I am a GIRL. Dammit.   (And yes. Mom did the bangs herself. Can you tell? )

 

OMG... the haircut in that picture looks like one I had in 3rd grade.  But my father cut my bangs!!!

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I wanted the Dorothy Hammil mushroom haircut that made you look like your head had a rigid bowling ball  mashed into your skull. My hair was thin and flat so I'd curl all the ends under and spray with a half can of aqua net to get it to stay but then it took on the look of a wet dog with a roll of cotton floating like an oil sopping barrier around my head. Boy was I cool.
 
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gooey sticky lip gloss

 I loved that stuff!! Bonnie Bell Lip-Smacker!

 

Saturdays Warrior- I saw that in CA and thought, 'That was the corniest thing ever!"

And then when I went to BYU and my Idahoan roommate played it over and over (Please! Keep me from stabbing myself in the forehead with knife!). When she was gone I would put in an 8 track of KISS then she would come back and tell me that that was inappropriate music- not of the lord. In my soul, I rolled my eyes and was pissed but let her take it out.

 

I pretty much did not like the music of the 70s- although I did sing along with John Denver. I just could not get into "A Horse With No Name" or "Benny and The Jets" or "Muskrat Love."

Jimi Hendrix was good but he died right when the 70s began. We used to put him on right after seminary while my big bro and I were eating breakfast at home. We'd sing along while eating Cream Of Rice Cereal.....

"Hey Joe, where you goin' with that gun in your hand?
Hey Joe, I said where you goin' with that gun in your hand?
Alright. I'm goin down to shoot my old lady,
you know I caught her messin' 'round with another man.
Yeah,! I'm goin' down to shoot my old lady,
you know I caught her messin' 'round with another man.
Huh! And that ain't too cool.

Uh, hey Joe, I heard you shot your woman down,
you shot her down.
Uh, hey Joe, I heard you shot you old lady down, 
you shot her down to the ground. Yeah!..."

 

and 'course- Foxy Lady and All Along the Watchtower.

 

Some of Steppenwolf and a bit of Iron Butterfly was good too. 

Radar Love was good. I still like that song and another song about "I really love your peaches. Want to shake your tree." 

 

Those big pants - those were crazy!

 

I liked some of those granny dresses- I think we called them granny dresses- but I wouldn't wear one now!

The shoes- well- I loved some of the shoes back in the 70s. I still have some of my heels from then because I really, really loved them and took good care of them. I knew one day they would be collectors items and I am now in the process of selling them to vintage stores. People snap those babies up. Kind of tugs at my heart when I pack them up and say good bye. sniff 

 

Remember Sizzlers?  Super short dresses with matching underwear?!

Of COURSE- we, pioneer mormon girls, could not wear those unless....

you wore one under your granny dress and then whipped that off in the  girls bathroom. I never even would dare to do that! Word would get around church!

 

 
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In fact, one day on the way to the bus I overheard some boys say, "Why is Chet's little brother wearing a dress?" 

 

 

 

Ah, yes. And after Mom forced this "cute little pixie" haircut on me, I got really sick of hearing people say, "So, how old is your son? Oh! He's kind of small for 7, isn't he?"

And I'd start to cry and indignantly inform the person that I am a GIRL. Dammit.   (And yes. Mom did the bangs herself. Can you tell? )

 

OMG... the haircut in that picture looks like one I had in 3rd grade.  But my father cut my bangs!!!

 Oh yeah! That could have been my school picture too! My mom cut my bangs and they were ALWAYS crooked!!!

 

I thought maybe if I got myself some Prell that my hair would finally do something cool. 

 

 
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I contend that Muskrat Love is the finest love song ever written.
 
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i was born in 1980 so i missed all the fine fashions..(sica dodges empty coke cans being thrown at her) but i grew up listening to the motown music.  i adore the Beatles, the Commodores, Elton John, & my dad plays guitar, we used to sit around the campfire while he would play John Denver songs...  one day after school when i was 12 i was listening to "Philadephia Freedom" and my dad came in my room and said, "HEY!"  I thought he was gonna fuss at me for something...he said, "if you're gonna play good music at least play it loud!"  and turned my stereo way up  

 

one of my fav pics of me when i was little, i'm around 1ish and my dad is wearing those super short shorts with the stripe down the sides..(preconversion to mormonism)..thank god short shorts for men are gone for now...although my hubby does have amazing legs, he would look great in the super short shorts i think..

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Dahli-mama:
I contend that Muskrat Love is the finest love song ever written.

 LOL! You're kill'n me!

 

 
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Bell bottoms with serious plaid and a massive bell.

Wallabee shoes 

Hymn book on the piano bench.

The Era on the bench to my left.

 HD- You are adorable- plaid pants and all!

Who ever knew you'd be throwing a party some day and filling up everyone's wine glasses clear to the brim! What a generous chap! 

Loved wallabee shoes!

Hymn book and Era---mmm not so much. 

 

 
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Music from the 70s! Oh how I sometimes wish I was around for that. The Grateful Dead were absolutely phenomenal for the better part of the decade. Prog-rock also hit its peak in the early part of the decade...oh, how I love Yes. You also had the whole CBGB scene with bands like Talking Heads and Television. I dunno...the 70s really did have some great music. John Denver on the other hand...oh dear...
 
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Music from the 70s! Oh how I sometimes wish I was around for that. The Grateful Dead were absolutely phenomenal for the better part of the decade. Prog-rock also hit its peak in the early part of the decade...oh, how I love Yes. You also had the whole CBGB scene with bands like Talking Heads and Television. I dunno...the 70s really did have some great music. John Denver on the other hand...oh dear...

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Also, Captain and Tenille, Carly Simon, Joni Mitchell, The Carpenters, and many others sit on the right hand side of John Denver and can do no wrong. Don't test me on this folks. I have a fork and I know how to use it.

 

 
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I wanted the Dorothy Hammil mushroom haircut that made you look like your head had a rigid bowling ball  mashed into your skull. My hair was thin and flat so I'd curl all the ends under and spray with a half can of aqua net to get it to stay but then it took on the look of a wet dog with a roll of cotton floating like an oil sopping barrier around my head. Boy was I cool.

 I had that one after the pixie thing grew out. Damn that Mia Farrow and her stupid Rosemary's Baby movie.

 

 

After the Great and Terrible Pixie Haircut Trauma™, I have never again had a dykey little haircut like that. I would rock it too; I'm tiny like Mia Farrow. I'd look even more waifish than she did in that movie. 

 

But no. Will. Not. Do. It. 

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After my forray into the Dorothy Hammil look I tried the Farrah Fawcett wing. It required hours of effort and a lot of hairspray to get the wing to fold just right and look windblown but stay rigidly in place all day. As the hairspray would wear down on my hair it would flatten the wimpy curl so by noon my hair just flared out like the bell of a wilting morning glory flower and by mid afternoon I was just sporting the wet dog look.

 

I couldn't even get the nipply look she sported so successfully. I tried to expose my cleavage but I didn't have any so it just looked like I'd lost the buttons on my shirt and the gaping space was a flattened exposure of my ribcage. Not even a shadow of boobs. It was a very sad time.

 

What is funny about the clothes, the music, the efforts to be wonderfully sexual was that I was just like my devout LDS friends who were all listening to Muskrat love, singing along to various fairly overt sexual songs, and trying like hell to be extremely sensual in clothes and the way we tried to walk. We liked to feign that we were devoted to our virginity but if the right guy had come along it would have been a wonderful delight to strip off that mandate as fast as our panties.

 

We were as eager for affection then as girls are now. I don't see things have changed that much. We were thinner then. Obesity was pretty much a very small percentage of our teen population.

 
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Talking Heads were good and so were the B-52s.

 

Yep, kids were thinner back then and we didn't think anything of it. I was a size 3 until I had my first baby at 28.

 

Remember when Karen Carpenter died from not eating? I'd never heard of such a thing. To have all that money and then not spend it on lobster or something? 

 

As for those granny dresses- there were ones that looked like gypsy or peasant dresses. Those were the cute ones I was referring to. 

 
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The thread on Saturday's Warriors got my brain going way way back into my own youth in the mid/late 1970s and the songs from the LDS plays of the era are now stuck in my head like a bad sitcom theme. I curse you folks who stirred up these songs.

 

Like humming a tune when you want to avoid masturbation, then the opposite effect happens and that song then inspires dirty thougths, the LDS music themes of the 1970s brings back so many embarassing memories.

 

I was a naive somewhat obedient questioning but loyal LDS girl in the 70's. I did what I was told and hated most of the young womans experience, but still believed the church was true, and only my own tom boyish independent ideas were inherently flawed.

 

I was not into the rock and roll as much as I was a huge fan of the folk music genre. James Taylor, Simon and Garfunkle, John Denver, Peter Paul & Mary and all the others who sung peace ballads was the stuff that I got into. A lot of it is sort of sappy now but I still like it.

 

The clothes were hideous but its funny how often we see those same styles regurgitated over and over again in various forms as if people can't look back and see how ugly and unflattering they were then and hope somehow they'll magically look good again.

 

About a year ago there was a thread that discussed the glory days of the LDS church in the 1970's. It was a time when they experienced massive growth and the US culture was prime for accepting the naive but assumingly sweet lifestyle that the LDS church offered families.

 

For me it was the hey-day and a time when I actually enjoyed being LDS but that's because it was all I knew. We had so many exciting road shows and events going on all the time. I thought it was the validation that the church was near perfect and would grow to cover the earth.

 

Like the ugly bell bottoms and uncomfortable clogs of the late 70's, the church has revealed itself as a really tasteless and poorly fitting cumbersome piece of clothing. To try to put that outfit back on makes me feel embarassed and really clunky.

 

So what did you love about the 70s that now seems really goofy. Don't be dissing my music!!

 

 I guess I hummed the wrong tunes.

 

 I was born in the 60's so I remember the 70's very well.  There were some great tunes: anything by America, and then some not so great tunes such as "the night Chicago died", "Run Joey Run", "Billy don't be a hero".  It's really a mix of the best and the worst.  Of course I really started enjoying music once disco died.  Blondie, The Police, Talking Heads, Cheap Trick, Frank Zappa (who'd beed around for years), and a lot of others near the tail end of the 70's.  70's fashion I think was an embarassment, though it's fun to look back at the pics of the time.

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Talking Heads were good and so were the B-52s.

 

Yep, kids were thinner back then and we didn't think anything of it. I was a size 3 until I had my first baby at 28.

 

Remember when Karen Carpenter died from not eating? I'd never heard of such a thing. To have all that money and then not spend it on lobster or something? 

 

As for those granny dresses- there were ones that looked like gypsy or peasant dresses. Those were the cute ones I was referring to. 

 

Karen had an incredible voice and really was a fantastic drummer too.  Most people in the music industry, regardless of genre argree.  People always talk about the deaths of Hendrix, Joplin, Morrison, and wonder where they'd be today, but seem to forget about Karen.

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drumsnwires: Of course I really started enjoying music once disco died.  Blondie, The Police, Talking Heads, Cheap Trick, Frank Zappa (who'd beed around for years), and a lot of others near the tail end of the 70's.  70's fashion I think was an embarassment, though it's fun to look back at the pics of the time.

 I liked them too. Somehow I completely missed Frank Zappa, Black Sabbath, The Grateful Dead and Springsteen. About 15 years ago I saw a picture of Morrison for the first time -OMG! He was beautiful! What a shame.

 

 
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501 jeans with the button fly.  We'd split the outside seam of each pant leg on the outside bottom up about 4 or 5 inches and undo the hem so the pant bottoms frayed and sat coolly on the tops of our shoes.   Color My World by Chicago was the song played ad nauseum for proms. 

 

The Excorcist came out my senior year in high school.  Kids in my very Mormon Utah County town wore crosses to school after seeing that movie. 

 

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Saturday Night Live, Land Shark, Gilda Radner, Steve Martin, John Belushi and Samari warrior, all of it was the stuff of legends. I also sunk my humor teeth into the Carol Burnett Show and re-runs of Laugh-In, the Benny Hill Show, Monty Python, and a lot of pretty irreverent comedy of the era. Great stuff and still damn funny.
 
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Don't get me wrong, Dahli, there is some really good folk music! Joni Mitchell is phenomenal! I found a pristine copy of Hejira and Blue on vinyl a while back...such brilliance. Also, I'll throw out two folksy recommendations! Nick Drake and John Fahey. Nick Drake was an absolutely incredible British singer-songwriter with a spectacular voice. I normally don't care about what a singer sounds like, but I was blown away after hearing his stuff. His album Pink Moon is beyond words. Such a sad life. John Fahey was a sort of avant-folk instrumentalist with an absolutely mesmerizing playing style. It's hard to go wrong with any of his stuff, especially from the 60s and 70s. I don't want to fight you, Dahli! I know you and your piercing wit would win out. Put your fork(s) away! (how many of those do you have, anyways?) By the way, Qi, you've probably heard it before, but the best way to get into the Grateful Dead is through their live stuff. Live/Dead and Europe '72 are two really good live albums (especially the former). I don't know how much you're into the whole improvisation/jamming aspect of things, but the Grateful Dead are right up that alley...and they had a folksy side as well. Sigh...sometimes I feel like I was born in the wrong decade. I'll shut up now. raspberry
 
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You must know I'm teasing Tagobymasu. I would never skewer you with my fork. It's really a spork or a foon. I adore you but I was baiting you and anyone else considering dissing the hokey music of the 70s folk bands.

 

My kids have come to loathe John Denver because I played the cds too often when we were driving anywhere but when the music comes on they find themselves singing along. I infected them with my folk meme. IT'S TERMINAL PEOPLE!! Try not to sing along to Country Roads. I double dog dare you.

 

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Ah, yes - the Carpenters.  They were very popular when I was at BYU, and I'll never forget going to a record store with one of my TBM roommates who wanted to buy their "Close to You" album.  But when we got there, and she found it, she then refused to buy it because everyone in the record store looked "hippie-ish" and she thought they would laugh at her.  I told her it didn't matter, to just be herself and buy it, but she flatly refused... and we ended up leaving without her buying it.

 

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I didn't dare even listen to Simon and Garfunkel back then. I listened to Bread and the Carpenters (and David Cassidy in junior high).

 

What about "Like Unto Us"--nobody has mentioned that. I'm sure I still have it. Tom Trails?

 

My older brother--graduated in 1971--loved the Doors. I got ready for school in junior high to "Riders on the Storm"--and "Honky Tonk Woman" by Rolling Stones?

 

I still love the Doors (and so does he).

 
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Dahli-mama:

You must know I'm teasing Tagobymasu. I would never skewer you with my fork. It's really a spork or a foon. I adore you but I was baiting you and anyone else considering dissing the hokey music of the 70s folk bands.

 

My kids have come to loathe John Denver because I played the cds too often when we were driving anywhere but when the music comes on they find themselves singing along. I infected them with my folk meme. IT'S TERMINAL PEOPLE!! Try not to sing along to Country Roads. I double dog dare you.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukUL_I14GPw&feature=related

 

 Of course I know you're teasing! Even if you occasionally misspell my name! ;)

 
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Tag-obam-yasi. Got it. I don't speak Japan-ish very well I guess.
 
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I didn't dare even listen to Simon and Garfunkel back then. I listened to Bread and the Carpenters (and David Cassidy in junior high).

 

What about "Like Unto Us"--nobody has mentioned that. I'm sure I still have it. Tom Trails?

 

My older brother--graduated in 1971--loved the Doors. I got ready for school in junior high to "Riders on the Storm"--and "Honky Tonk Woman" by Rolling Stones?

 

I still love the Doors (and so does he).

 

It's embarrassing to admit, but I own that album.  I wonder if it's worth anything.

 

Anyone listen to Janis Ian?

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Dahli-mama:
Tag-obam-yasi. Got it. I don't speak Japan-ish very well I guess.

 

Nah, you're good! Tago-bamyasi. It's a portmanteau of two album names by Can. Two albums that were released, ironically, in the 70s. Even though neither of the titles are Japanese, their vocalist was actually Japanese. I knew you were psychic!

 
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Anyone listen to Janis Ian?

 

Yes, she was great.  I loved "At Seventeen."  Released in 1975 when I was in my early twenties.  I could really relate to this song... reminded me of high school.

 

I learned the truth at seventeen
That love was meant for beauty queens
And high school girls with clear skinned smiles
Who married young and then retired
The valentines I never knew
The Friday night charades of youth
Were spent on one more beautiful
At seventeen I learned the truth

And those of us with ravaged faces
Lacking in the social graces
Desperately remained at home
Inventing lovers on the phone
Who called to say, "come dance with me"
And murmur vague obscenities
It isn't all it seems at seventeen

A brown eyed girl in hand-me-downs
Whose name I never could pronounce said
Pity, please, the ones who serve
They only get what they deserve
The rich-relationed home-town queen
Marries into what she needs
With a guarantee of company and haven for the elderly

Remember those who win the game
Lose the love they sought to gain
In debentures of quality
And dubious integrity
Their small town eyes will gape at you in
Dull surprise when payment due
Exceeds accounts received at seventeen

To those of us who knew the pain
Of valentines that never came
And those whose names were never called
When choosing sides for basketball
It was long ago and far away
The world was younger than today
And dreams were all they gave for free
To ugly duckling girls like me

We all play the game and when we dare
To cheat ourselves at solitaire
Inventing lovers on the phone
Repenting other lives unknown
That call and say, "come dance with me"
And murmur vague obscenities
At ugly girls like me, at seventeen
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Yowza Morgbot Not. I don't recall that song but the lyrics are amazingly familiar and really touch me. I think maybe the reason I embraced humor was because I knew I'd never be a beauty queen or get guys to like me for my appearance. It was the easiest way to take attention off my goofiness. That's a very touching song. Thanks for bringing it to the forefront.
 
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How could I forget The Cars!! LOVED The Cars. I loved Cand-O, The Dangerous Type. Loved the album cover. Deep down, under my pioneer dress and bandelo with badges of  temples and knitting needles on it- that was me.  Well, sort of. Not. haha

But, what did I get to wear when I got married? garments : (  

Freaking church. 

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drumsnwires:

 

Anyone listen to Janis Ian?

 

Yes, she was great.  I loved "At Seventeen."  Released in 1975 when I was in my early twenties.  I could really relate to this song... reminded me of high school.

  

 

 That was a great song "At Seventeen!" I could relate to that too. High school can be a rough ride.

 

 
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