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Quotes: The Seventies


"Everybody smoke
Use the pill and the dope
Educated fools
From uneducated schools
Pimping people is the rule
Polluted water in the pool
And Nixon talkin' 'bout 'don't worry'
He says 'don't worry'"
Curtis Mayfield, "If There's Hell Below, We're All Going to Go"

Nixon, wearing nightgown: What did you bring me for '72?
Santa Claus: More inflation. Higher unemployment. A stagnant economy. The same old war. And a disastrous election campaign.
Nixon: (wild take) You call yourself Santa Claus?
Santa: And you call yourself President?
Jules Feiffer, 1971

"I don't have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It's a depression. Everybody's out of work or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickel's worth; banks are going bust; shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter; punks are running wild in the street, and there's nobody anywhere who seems to know what to do, and there's no end to it. We know the air is unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat. And we sit watching our TVs while some local newscaster tells us that today we had fifteen homicides and sixty-three violent crimes, as if that's the way it's supposed to be! We all know things are bad. Worse than bad; they're crazy."
Howard Beale, Network

"So I paid for Cas for five nights up in the, uh, honeymoon suite. I told the manager, 'Do not disturb no matter what.' You know what he said to me? 'Yeah. Don't sweat it. Wanna buy some dope?' Dope. We ought to stick around here, buy some stock in Microsoft."
Dean, Supernatural ("The Song Remains the Same")

Real Life

"I experimented with marijuana a time or two...I didn't inhale and never tried it again."

ďI said to my friend Gore, 'I think I slept through the Sixties,' and he said, 'You didn't miss a thing...but God knows what you are going to do with the Seventies."

ďI feel the same way about disco as I do about herpes.Ē

"We live in a very special time right now. At no other time in history has there been such mass disillusionment in terms of reliance on governing functions. Most people donít want to come to terms with that. Itís been proven over and over again that the emperor isnít wearing any clothes, but most people donít like to look at naked emperors."
Frank Zappa, Oui interview (1979)

"For instance, take this supposed big phenomenon that swept the country in the 1970s, the 'Culture of Narcissism', and the 'Me Generation' and so on. I'm just convinced that that whole thing was crafted by the public relations industry to tell mainly young people, 'Look, this is who you are—you don't care about all this solidarity and sympathy and helping people...You don't want to achieve anything, all you want to do is consume more."
Noam Chomsky, Understanding Power

"We've seen our citizens subjected to violence, vandalism, theft and discomfort. The Blackout has threatened our safety and has seriously impacted our economy. We've been needlessly subjected to a night of terror in many communities that have been wantonly looted and burned. The costs when finally tallied will be enormous."
Abe Beame, Mayor of New York City, 1977

"In 1974, my junior year in high school, I was student council vice president and a member of the Honor Society. I was a cheerleader and had once again come in runner up in the Miss North Myrtle Beach pageant. That summerI'd also been in the Sun Fun pageant but hadn't won that one either. I lost interest in Cary and fell in love with Jimmy Riddle, smoked pot for the first time and made my dramatic debut in our class production of A Portrait of Jenny".
Vanna White

"Bowie's last great glam album, Diamond Dogs, came out not two weeks before this story began. 'Rebel Rebel,' Bowie's farewell to the glam era, peaked in the charts during Death to the Daleks. The glam aesthetic that had defined the (Jon) Pertwee era was passing by. Always ill-suited for a recession, the over the top gaudiness of glam turned bleak rapidly, the distant and detached starmen proving, as we always knew they would, to be egocentric narcissists. In one sense, Pertwee here carries out the course set out for him two seasons earlier — his very own Rock 'n Roll Suicide...Pertwee is here serving as the sacrificial lamb for a cultural shift. The bourgeois egotism of the action man dandy was fine as the last flourishing of psychedelia. But it's past its time, and some new image must arise."

"Yes, In case you thought Anchorman was a parody of the seventies, now you know: There was in fact a time when guys could plausibly say in public, 'Let me take you to Loveland"... I also like that they introduce themselves with their Zodiac sign before they even tell you their name. I mean, I know there was a running cliche about the Leisure Suit Larrys of the world using 'What's your sign?' as a pick-up line, I—I just didn't know that was a real thing that actually happened."
Todd in the Shadows, "One Hit Wonderland" ("Float On")

"I knew The Seventies were... seventies, but I didn't realise they were that seventies!"

"Billy Jack is probably what you would have gotten if you had a slightly nuttier Steven Seagal start directing films in the early 70′s. The movie had fun action with its titular hero kicking racists in the face and it also had itís Ďso bad itís funnyí moments. Director Tom Lauglinís extreme political views are on parade and it is hard not to laugh at a person who is to the liberals what Tea Partiers are to the conservatives... For example we get Billy Jack pimp slapping Jesus, we get the hippie lie detector (which oddly enough ISNíT a bong), and even more horrible singing including an ode to Billy Jack."
Miles Antwiler on The Trial of Billy Jack (1974)

"[O]ne issue Iíve always had is the Ghost of Christmas yet to come, the Ghost of Christmas Future. No matter the version, he never looks quite right, ranging from a guy with a black sheet over his head (Sim) to a childís first ceramics class experiment (Muppets) to an oversized Jawa (Stewart). Itís forever been a pet peeve of mine, that missing piece of the puzzle. Thankfully, after all these years, the puzzle has been solved. And itís been solved due to my witnessing, for the first time ever, a version of A Christmas Carol Iíve never seen. Itís called An American Christmas Carol, a 1979 TV movie that may be the most bizarre adaptation in history... Ladies and gentlemen, I proudly present to you this filmís version of the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come. Or as I like to call him: THE DISCO PIMP OF CHRISTMAS FUTURE!"

"I breast-fed a chimp. It was the seventies."
Stephanie LaFarge, Project Nim

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