8 thoughts on “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About 1979…

  1. Jessica August 24, 2011 / 7:06 pm

    February 18th, the Sahara desert snowed for 30 minutes.
    January 29th, Brenda Ann Spencer shot and killed 2 faculty members of an elementary school, wounding 8 students. Her justification was: “I don’t like Mondays.”
    March 14th, an airplane crashes into a factory in China, killing at least 200.
    July 11th, Skylab, NASA’s first space station, returns after 6 years.
    October 14th, a gay rights march involving thousands of people takes place in Washington D.C.
    November 4th, 90 hostages (53 American) were taken by Iranian radicals at the US Embassy in Tehran, demanding the US to send back their Shah – Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.
    December 9th, Star Trek: The Motion Picture was premiered at the Smithsonian.
    December 12th, an earthquake and tsunami kills 259 people in Columbia.
    Also, sometime in 1979, the One Child Policy is introduced and enforced in China. This prevented 400,000 births.

  2. Jessica August 24, 2011 / 7:17 pm

    As Slatton told us, this seems a more innocent time. Personally, I would have loved to at least see this time for myself. There was so much going on. So many movie releases, so much good music, cheesy television… I don’t know… Of course I don’t know any of that for a fact, but it just seems like a good time. I guess I’m done with my semi-ramble. This whole time is one of those that makes me wish I had a time machine or something.
    And that’s all.

  3. Jasmine~ August 24, 2011 / 7:26 pm

    one of the biggest fashion trends in ’79–Farrah Fawcet wing/feathery/bodacious hair. –> http://factoidz.com/images/user/Farrah%20Fawcett.jpg

    some others were…

    bell bottoms

    crop shirts–usually tied in the front

    really really really short shorts–my mom called them hotpants/hip huggers

    shirts with large collars

    “Leisure suits”–basically a suit that had matching blazer and pants and a checkered shirt. And from some of the pictures I’ve seen…the shirt is always button to the third or fourth button…i guess that was another trend…

    of course the afro– aparently there are different types…but they all look the same to me –> http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_yAlP-3Fkj3k/SwQGvFVKaMI/AAAAAAAAH8Y/sJVCqjbHlXw/s800/ebony-hairstyles1.jpg

    and lastly jumpsuits.

    here are some pictures~

  4. Jasmine~ August 24, 2011 / 7:35 pm

    like Jessica said, the time seemed really innocent, freer and simpler. I wish I could’ve seen Star Wars when it first premiered. I dunno…it kinda makes me feel…well I don’t want to say sad…maybe dissapointed that now everything and everyone is not as friendly and nice like people in the 70s and 80s. I remember my parents saying that the news didn’t talk about murders or kidnappings as much like today’s news channel–well they don’t remember it at least. Well I think that our society is slowly going back to the way things were–I mean our current fashion trends are slowly going back to the 70s and 80s, so who is to say that everything else will go back to the 70s?

  5. Amanda August 24, 2011 / 7:37 pm

    Deborah Harry (Blondie) releases the disco-reminiscent “Heart of Glass”; it immediately tops the charts.

    Sid Vicious, bassist of the heavily-influential British punk band The Sex Pistols, dies of a heroin overdose months after he was put on trial for the murder of his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen.

    Disco was on its way out; the Bee Gees, who had topped pop charts in years prior (and even in 1979 with “Too Much Heaven”) were the subject (among many others) of mass burnings of merchandise, posters and albums. The term “sell-out” rose to the light and was used to describe rock artists who employed the disco sound, like David Bowie and Rod Stewart.

    July 12, 1979 became known as “the day disco died” because of an anti-disco demonstration that was held in Chicago. Radio DJs staged Disco Demolition Night, a promotional event with an anti-disco theme, between games at a White Sox doubleheader for disgruntled rock fans. During this event, the crowd tore out seats and turf in the field and did other damage to Comiskey Park, which suffered thousands of dollars in damage. It ended in a riot in which police made numerous arrests. Six days after the riot, the top six records on the U.S. charts were of the disco genre. By September 22, there were no disco records in the top 10. The media, in celebratory tones, declared disco dead and rock revived. Among the wave of backlash, country music rose to prominence. (Wait, that’s a good thing?)

    Eleven people are trampled to death at a The Who concert, sparking tension between the old and new generations.

    London Calling, an influential album by The Clash, is released, ushering in a revival of punk.

    The Talking Heads release Fear of Music, an album that flirted with the darker stylings of post-punk rock and began experimentation of social commentary on the unstable geopolitics of the United States.

    All in all, this is a very shaky year and era for music. We see great polarization between preferences of the old school and the new schools of listening to music and the subsequent preferences that follow. We see the phenomenon of youth culture’s uprising to take control of the sound of their generation.

  6. Amanda August 24, 2011 / 7:43 pm

    I don’t think I’d be much different if I was 16 in 1979. I’d probably listen to more punk music. I agree with Jessica and Jasmine; from what I’ve seen and read and heard, it does seem like a simpler time, but on the cusp of something greater and bigger than anything the people had seen before. I think that goes to say that the teenage stigma was forming, after the gentle hippie-dom of the sixties, they gained the power to stand up for themselves and listen to rock and roll, and not only rock and roll, but punk rock, which was edgier and dirtier and more raw than anything their parents could have expected. The music began to have real violence in the way it was being produced and performed; news stations often referred to it as “noise” and many of the musicians retaliated by claiming, yes, maybe it is noise, but the noise is our time’s music.

    So while I see the era as being very subdued and “in waiting” for greater things, I see the beginning of those greater things and the shift of power gradually changing over to fresher hands.

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