Pop Culture


Reminisce through the 70s & 80s pop culture and it's disco connections in the Los Angeles areas. These nostalgic details defining BackToDisco's tribute to the styles, icons, trends, music, entertainment and music that made us a most unique sub-culture.


         Baby Boomers

The generation of seventy-eight million Americans born in the post-World War II Baby Boom, between 1943 and 1960. Key words: Afro, American Bandstand, "American Pie," Barbie, bell-bottoms, Dating Game, disco, ecology, Elvis, G.I. Joe, gay lib, go-go boots, Granola Heads, Grease, Hendrix, New Wave, punk rock, Saturday Night Fever, Soul Train, Springsteen, thirty-something, Wonder Years, yuppies and more....



"Black Power!" Fashionable in the late 1960s and 1970s, this kinky, round rairdo symbolized liberation for African-Americans wearey of having their hair painstakingly straightened to imitate flat Caucasian styles. The name came from the wearer's pride in his or her African cultureal heritage. So Popular was the Afro, by the end of the 1970s, that white celebs like Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, Ali MacGraw , and Anthony "Luke Spencer" Geary made the mistake of perming their hair into tight, frizzy Afros--a.k.a Anglo-fros!


         Bell Bottoms

A style of pants, mega-fashionable in the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s, that got its name from its unique bell shape (tight from the waist to the thighs, flared from the knees to the bottom).  Two general rules for wearing bell-bottoms: the wider the bell, the cooler the wearer; and legs long enough so your shoes won't show (otherwise you like like a geek wearing highwasters).


         Patrick Nagel - Art of the 80s

Nagel's unique "wood block" style associated with Japanese art combined with Art Deco stylings to create  a singular style that defines the decade of the 80s. In the 70s he collaborated with Playboy Magazine but his fame peaked with his painting of Duran Duran's Rio album cover. His style is still easily recognized today but will forever be the symbolic representation of the 80s. Nagel's ivory-skinned-beauties became a staple in Southern California's party scene flyers.

 Patrick Nagel, symbolic artist of the 80s


       Break Dancing

The 1980s urban-oriented dancing in which the participants (mostly male) looked like they were having an epileptic seizure as they spun on the ground with a body part. Best break-dancing songs included "Breakin' . . . There's No Stopping Us" (1984) by Ollie and Jerry and "Breakdance" (1984) by Irene Cara.


         New Wave

According to the dictionary, the definition of New Wave is "post-punk rock", involving bizarre clothing, popular in United States during the 1980s." When groups like Blondie and The Cars first appeared on Top Forty radio with heavily synthesized songs (the trademark sound of New Wave), to 1986, which is in some opinions, the last year of the music genre. In the late 1980s New Wave evolved into alternative or modern rock.



Oft-loathed young urban professionals from Ronald Reagan’s “greed is good” era (1980-88) who ostentatiously expensive, trendy, designer-brand belongings and voted Republican. Their car of choice: the high priced BMW, a.k.a. “beemer”. Fortunately,“Yuptopia” ended with the stock market crash of October 19, 1987.


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