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27-09-2020, 02:38   #1
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The 1970s - The Decade That Taste Forgot?

Now, I’m reckoning that that the vast majority on the boards here won’t even remember the 1970s - I myself only vaguely remember the very end of that decade as I was born half way though it - but does it really live up to its reputation as a decade of appalling taste?

The evidence:
Flares
Platform shoes
Bathroom carpet
Fabric/wooly toilet seat covers
Avocado, pink and chocolate colour bathrooms
Garish, bold patterned wallpaper
The all-electric house
Urban motorways
Mock Georgian style suburban houses
Wood paneled pub interiors
Bungalow bliss (blitz, more like)


Anyone else agree - or beg to differ?

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27-09-2020, 02:45   #2
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in years to come they will say the same about today

even now every other year platform shoes and flares are brought out no 70s no disco


https://people.howstuffworks.com/8-f...-the-1970s.htm
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Now, I’m reckoning that that the vast majority on the boards here won’t even remember the 1970s - I myself only vaguely remember the very end of that decade as I was born half way though it - but does it really live up to its reputation as a decade of appalling taste?

The evidence:
Flares
Platform shoes
Bathroom carpet
Fabric/wooly toilet seat covers
Avocado and chocolate colour bathrooms
Garish, bold patterned wallpaper
The all-electric house
Urban motorways
Mock Georgian style suburban houses
Wood paneled pub interiors
Bungalow bliss


Anyone else agree - or beg to differ?

Platform shoes have stood the test of time...well especially the stilletto ones for women in porno movies.



I always thought that women's fashion in the 70's was very sexy. ABBA style blue eye-shadow, jeans inside suede knee-high boots, fur coats (I know....not cool), etc.


Also if you look at some of the sportswear from the 70's such as Adidas Rom or Adidas SL 72 trainers.....absolute class. More stylish than anything from the 80's, 90's or beyond. And the Cold War era tracksuits worn by the likes of Johan Cruyff and Nadia Comeneci were too cool for school.



Super Ser heaters were pretty decent and I even thought they looked kinda cool. Chopper and Grifter bicycles......Ford Cortina, Granada, Capri......taste on wheels.


I suppose taste is a subjective term. Does it mean refinement?

Plenty of things from the 70's looked really naff with hindsight but you could say that about the 80's too and even the 90's
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Hah, last century, who cares. It's the twenties now.
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27-09-2020, 09:58   #5
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Men's hairstyles and facial hair in the seventies were absolutely hideous. More than the clothing, or interior design (only really, really posh people had the coloured bathroom suites) men's hair was truly awful, particularly in the earlier part if the decade. Women's hair wasn't much farther behind in ugliness. People looked like they'd been given punishment haircuts. How anyone managed to get laid is beyond me. Unlike the OP, I was born at the start of the decade so my memory that goes back to about 74/75. Apres punk (which deliberately tried to disgust but was probably more visually attractive than what it was trying to destroy) clothing and hair became much more appealing before the OTT styles and subcultures of the 8Os hit and if course music in the late 70s was fantastic. One of my favourite eras musically - post punk/ New Wave.
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What urban motorways??
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Fabric/wooly toilet seat covers


How?


Why?
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Agree 100%. Men's hairstyles and sideburns. And men's fashion. Flowery patterned shirts. And everything was big.
Big collars and lapels, bell bottomed trousers and big platform shoes and boots. Definitely the decade that taste forgot
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I was born in the first third of it, so only have vague recollections of the tail end of it too. Looking back, though, it was a pretty shîte decade, and the only reason anything from came back in subsequent decades was for the irony factor.

It’s amazing the difference between the 70s and what came after. Since the 90s, there hasn’t been such a marked difference between neighbouring decades, despite the massive technological advances that have been occurring in the last 30 years. 1995 doesn’t seem as far away from now in terms of fashion and culture as 1985 did to 1975.
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Can't forget the Bay City Rollers, and the Red Tartan they inflicted on people
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Fabric/wooly toilet seat covers


How?


Why?
These lasted til well into the 80s. Not to forget the toilet roll covers which were dollies with large skirts that you placed over the bog roll that was kept on top of the cistern. Unless, of course, you still had a toilet with an overhead cistern that you flushed by pulling a chain. If you had one of those your bog roll sat on the floor. It took a long ime for toilet roll holders to become standard.
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Agree 100%. Men's hairstyles and sideburns. And men's fashion. Flowery patterned shirts. And everything was big.
Big collars and lapels, bell bottomed trousers and big platform shoes and boots. Definitely the decade that taste forgot
Shorts weren't big. *shudder*
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Now, I’m reckoning that that the vast majority on the boards here won’t even remember the 1970s - I myself only vaguely remember the very end of that decade as I was born half way though it - but does it really live up to its reputation as a decade of appalling taste?

The evidence:
Flares
Platform shoes
Bathroom carpet
Fabric/wooly toilet seat covers
Avocado and chocolate colour bathrooms
Garish, bold patterned wallpaper
The all-electric house
Urban motorways
Mock Georgian style suburban houses
Wood paneled pub interiors
Bungalow bliss


Anyone else agree - or beg to differ?

I don't think the 80s or 90s were exactly paragons of good interior design and taste either.

I know we're we've just gone through a bit of an 80s aesthetic revival and some of it is pretty cool with all the synth playing while Lamborghinis driving by neon sunsets, but Ireland definitely wasn't like that in the 80s.

In the 90s we were also wearing clothes about twenty times too big for us and houses were full of flowery patterns and pine wood, it was hideous.
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Can't forget the Bay City Rollers, and the Red Tartan they inflicted on people
Three quarters length tartan flares. Sooo attractive.
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