This was a series of albums issued by Pickwick Records. The albums contained covers of current hit singles by uncredited artists. Those uncredited artists included singers such as Elton John and Tina Charles before they were famous. Looking back, they were pretty awful but for youngsters without a lot of pocket money, they were great value.
Pong was an exciting electronic game made by Atari which was popular in arcades. My own memory of it was in the pub that I used, in Camberley, called The Duke of York. The game was set into the tables so you could rest your drink on the top while you played the game.
Glam Rock was just what the doctor ordered in the 1970s when the three day working week, strikes and mass unemployment were all making life difficult for the nation. Glam Rock was fun and created by musicians who dressed outrageously. Slade, Mud, David Bowie, The Sweet and T Rex were among the artists who kept the spirits of the nation up during that depressing time.
This was the car that everyone wanted to be seen in during the 1970s. The fastback coupe car was so stylish. The cars became even more desirable when Bodie and Doyle of the TV show The Professionals used them.
In the mid-1970s, velvet jackets became very fashionable for men. They would usually wear a very large velvet bow tie, sometimes with a shirt that had a front ruffle. Popular colours were black, navy, deep purple and deep green. Flared trousers and platform shoes completed a stunning effect.
These had to be the most uncomfortable footwear, ever. They were quite expensive and if my memory serves me well, they were usually bought from chemist shops or department stores. The shaped wooden sole was supposed to be good for your feet and a single wide leather strap, in a variety of colours kept the sandal on….just.
My favourite boutique clothes shop during the 1970s, Biba was founded by Barbara Hulanicki in the 1960s but from humble beginnings grew into something special in the 70s. You could always bank on getting something different at Biba and the stores were the kind of shops that you never wanted to leave. I can remember buying a paper dress one time.
It’s odd that this fashion item makes it into my top 10 because Afghan coats had this awful smell to them. I don’t know if that is why people used to sprinkle Patchouli oil all over them. I loved my Afghan coat – it was just so comfy and casual. I still have one in my loft but alas it is not wearable. I can’t bear to throw it away though.
In the early 1970s, shirt collars were HUGE. Collars with big rounded points were called Jumbos. Often, they were worn with extremely wide satin ties, called Kipper ties. A brightly coloured tank top completed the look.
Not a great look for girls who were very skinny or on the chubby side but if you had nice legs, you could wear Hot Pants and be proud. Bib and braces hot pants were a particularly popular style and usually worn with tight knee length, wet look boots. A big floppy hat was a good choice of headwear for this look. Hot Pants competitions were a regular feature at events such as summer fun days, discos and other occasions. Hot Pants are my No. 1 just because I did wear them well and even won a competition or two.