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The 70s, Part One

by admin April 29, 2000
The 70s, Part One

Previously: there was The '60s. Which was a historically inaccurate, let's-cater-to-the-baby-boomers-and-their-stiffening-joints-and-expanding-guts marketing vehicle for a soundtrack. Then lo and behold, the Powers That Be bring forth The '70s, which is another historically inaccurate let's-cater-to-Gen-Xers-as-they-start-to-accrue-mortgages-families-and-responsibilities vehicle that repackages KC and the Sunshine Band (tm Sars), brought to you by yours truly, your faithful recapper. Or, in this case, recrapper. Because watching this "four-hour magic carpet ride through the politics and pop culture of the 1970s as experienced by a group of twenty-something friends" (courtesy of the official web site) was akin to having to sniff a used cat litter box for two hours, or, say, drinking a whole lot of expired cough syrup and watching three straight days of VH1's Behind the Music.

Opening scenes. Quick flashes of the main characters. The characters are ludicrously simple, almost tropes, and the only people I can imagine not understanding What They Represent are non-native English speakers or perhaps morphine addicts. Here's a quick rundown: Byron Shaw (Brad Rowe, the poor man's Brad Pitt) represents the Silent Majority/Nixon part of the '70s. Eileen (Vinessa Shaw) represents the Feminist movement. Christie (Amy Smart, from Felicity) represents the disco/coke years. Dexter (Guy Torry) is the token black guy and represents -- guess what -- Black Power. Then they shill the soundtrack.

"Instant Karma" by John Lennon plays. It's such a great song it almost makes me lactose tolerant to the impending cheese factor. Stock footage of "'70s" images pass by -- Neil Armstrong walking on the moon, which I believe happened in 1969 as any Wonder Years fan or moderately well-read person could tell you; Richard Nixon; Ban the Bra and Make Love Not War buttons. Oooh, and Muhammad Ali. Charles Manson, Vietnam, student protests, marches on Washington, blah blah blah social-unrestcakes.

More stock footage from actual '70s newscasts -- May Day labor protests, people talking about violent protestors, student gatherings, American flags.

Next shot. Guys crawling through a tunnel of people's legs at a frat party as Three Dog Night sings "Joy to the World." Subtitle: Kent State University. Next we see Byron, looking like a cross between Brad Pitt and The Nutty Professor on acid, cheering on his frat bro. He's wearing a lovely velour sport coat, heavy sideburns, and Ryan O'Neill's hair. Eileen also cheers the frat bro on. Byron erupts into a cheer: "To the class of '70!!" he yells, shaking his beer stein, but, thank God, not his groove thing, and everyone cheers back and drinks.

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The 70s, Part One

by admin April 29, 2000
The 70s, Part One Previously: there was The '60s. Which was a historically inaccurate, let's-cater-to-the-baby-boomers-and-their-stiffening-joints-and-expanding-guts marketing vehicle for a soundtrack. Then lo and behold, the Powers That Be bring forth The '70s, which is another historically inaccurate let's-cater-to-Gen-Xers-as-they-start-to-accrue-mortgages-families-and-responsibilities vehicle that repackages KC and the Sunshine Band (tm Sars), brought to you by yours truly, your faithful recapper. Or, in this case, recrapper. Because watching this "four-hour magic carpet ride through the politics and pop culture of the 1970s as experienced by a group of twenty-something friends" (courtesy of the official web site) was akin to having to sniff a used cat litter box for two hours, or, say, drinking a whole lot of expired cough syrup and watching three straight days of VH1's Behind the Music. Opening scenes. Quick flashes of the main characters. The characters are ludicrously simple, almost tropes, and the only people I can imagine not understanding What They Represent are non-native English speakers or perhaps morphine addicts. Here's a quick rundown: Byron Shaw (Brad Rowe, the poor man's Brad Pitt) represents the Silent Majority/Nixon part of the '70s. Eileen (Vinessa Shaw) represents the Feminist movement. Christie (Amy Smart, from Felicity) represents the disco/coke years. Dexter (Guy Torry) is the token black guy and represents -- guess what -- Black Power. Then they shill the soundtrack. "Instant Karma" by John Lennon plays. It's such a great song it almost makes me lactose tolerant to the impending cheese factor. Stock footage of "'70s" images pass by -- Neil Armstrong walking on the moon, which I believe happened in 1969 as any Wonder Years fan or moderately well-read person could tell you; Richard Nixon; Ban the Bra and Make Love Not War buttons. Oooh, and Muhammad Ali. Charles Manson, Vietnam, student protests, marches on Washington, blah blah blah social-unrestcakes. More stock footage from actual '70s newscasts -- May Day labor protests, people talking about violent protestors, student gatherings, American flags. Next shot. Guys crawling through a tunnel of people's legs at a frat party as Three Dog Night sings "Joy to the World." Subtitle: Kent State University. Next we see Byron, looking like a cross between Brad Pitt and The Nutty Professor on acid, cheering on his frat bro. He's wearing a lovely velour sport coat, heavy sideburns, and Ryan O'Neill's hair. Eileen also cheers the frat bro on. Byron erupts into a cheer: "To the class of '70!!" he yells, shaking his beer stein, but, thank God, not his groove thing, and everyone cheers back and drinks.

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