We are an environment devoted to the diverse and changing music as well as the pop culture of the 1970s. Join us at The System, the almighty system to the max, for the music. Click or tap on The System to hear the featured song and 40+ more. Bogart Boogie Oogie will also host all-request events of 1970s songs at The System. So stay tuned!
There was a lot going on musically in the 1970s — from varieties of rock (hard rock, punk rock, blues rock, glam rock, album oriented rock, progressive rock) to power pop and synth pop to reggae to country to disco and more. There were wah wah pedals and a new sonic landscape with the studio as an instrument. Read about the bands and the songs.
There were less Westerns and shows had a less sweet edge. The social climate was changing, and programming dealt with politics, equality, and race. Sitcoms included The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Bob Newhart Show. Lieutenant Columbo, a homicide detective with the LAPD, was a working man, who investigated crimes perpetrated by the rich.
The 1970s is often portrayed as the pivot of change. The political awareness and progressive social values of the 1960s went more into the mainstream. President Richard Nixon was in, and then he was out. The Vietnam War ended. There were global oil crises. Tom Wolfe dubbed the ’70s the “Me” decade as people focused more on themselves.
Did real men eat quiche back in the 1970s? You bet they did. Maybe with a spinach salad or a trip to a salad bar to load up on everything topped with Green Goddess or Ranch dressing. Crepes were popular as was pineapple chicken (folks loved things Hawaiian). Of course, you needed a carrot cake with cream cheese frosting for dessert.
Laid back. On the go — or on the skateboard. Bell bottoms went mainstream. Put on those boogie shoes? Platform shoes made you taller. Ponchos, gaucho pants, capes galore. And the hemlines dropped. Cuddly sweaters with turtlenecks still trendy. Men’s clothing went away from the wild prints of the 60s, but, oh the footwear…
The 70s were a great decade for movies. Just to name a few: The French Connection, The Graduate, The Poseidon Adventure, Airport, The Towering Inferno, Bullitt, The Godfather movies, Taxi Driver, All the President’s Men, Marathon Man, Bollywood films, The Exorcist, Jaws, Annie Hall, Kramer vs. Kramer, and let’s not forget Star Wars!