Austin: No, man, what we swingers were rebelling against were uptight squares like you, whose bag was money and world domination. We were innocent, man! If we'd known the consequences of our sexual liberation, we would have done things differently, but the spirit would have remained the same. It's freedom, man, yeah!
Dr. Evil: Your freedom has caused more pain and suffering in the world than any plan I ever dreamed of. Face it, freedom failed.
Austin: That's why right now is a very groovy time, man. We still have freedom, but we also have responsibility.
In nineteen sixty-three
(which was rather late for me)
Between the end of the 'Chatterley ban
And The Beatles' first LP"
And admit that the waters around you have grown
And accept it that soon you'll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you is worth savin'
Then you better start swimmin' or you'll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin'"
I've heard that sound before
What's that I hear now ringing in my ear
I hear it more and more
It's the sound of freedom calling
Ringing up to the sky
It's the sound of the old ways falling
You can hear it if you try"
Violence flarin', bullets loadin'
You're old enough to kill, but not for votin'
You don't believe in war, but what's that gun you're totin'?
And even the Jordan River has bodies floatin'
But you tell me over and over and over again, my friend
You don't believe we're on the eve of destruction"
Stockbrokers aren't in at ten, they're all strung out on heroin
Baseball players aren't so square, they've got beards and stringy hair
Car dealers don't just sell trains, they sometimes also deal cocaine"
We tried to help them fight, no one appreciated that
Martin X was mad when they outlawed bell bottoms
Ten years later they were sharing the same cell
I shouted out, "Free the Expo '67"
Till they stepped on my hair, and they told me I was fat
David: This entire show IS incredibly stylish. It’s remembered far more for its garishness, but… well, garishness was in back then.
Scratch the surface, however, and things were altogether more unsettled. The British Empire was collapsing by the day, and the reality was that Britain’s cultural dominance in the 1960s marked the transition from the most powerful nation in the world to an also-ran that bordered on being a client state to one of its own former colonies. If Britain dominated the world in the 1960s, it was only because Britain was doing an excellent job of marketing its culture to the United States, who bought into British music from The Beatles on, and who bought into British television series like The Avengers. Meanwhile, the bright future promised by the wave of post-War science fiction was fading to an altogether more uncertain relationship with technology in the face of the growing realization that one wrong geopolitical move could unleash a planet-destroying nuclear war.