Pedals floored in Petaluma

Okay, those cars weren’t going more than 5 miles an hour, but Lisa understands the premise of the town’s annual salute to American Graffiti:

The main event is just wandering around the picturesque town of Petaluma, especially the main streets where the movie was filmed, and seeing all the great cars parked on the street and cruising the Boulevard in an endless loop.

It’s odd how, even though the film was set in 1962, it’s people around my age who were babies or not even born then who are most nostalgic about the movie. I remember when the film came out in 1973, it sparked an early sixties style and music revival at my school. We were all showing up for class in bobby sox and greaser gear and listening to Chuck Berry.

This is not, incidentally, the universal response to films of this sort:

So why is it that when THE movie about the Seventies, Dazed and Confused, came out in 1993, it never got kids wearing elephant bells and listening to Foghat? Oh, yeah, because most everything that came out of the Seventies as far as style and music was crap. Don’t blame me for that decade. I was living in Germany listening to Bowie and Reggae.

Seventies style, crap?

Um, well, yeah, I suppose it was.


  1. Scott »

    19 May 2009 · 1:07 pm

    Grrrr…Ramones, Sex Pistols — just two bands from the crap decade. Kinda shook things up. Mainly by killing Bowie, who had to get SRV on board & pretty-boy it up on MTV to recover.

    Besides, what’s wrong with Foghat? Jeez, they pounded reggae’s lame you know what. I guess next someone’s gonna tell me ZZ Top was an abomination, too.

  2. CGHill »

    19 May 2009 · 4:36 pm

    I liked the music a hell of a lot better than I liked the style.

  3. Lisa Paul »

    19 May 2009 · 4:37 pm

    I didn’t say ALL Seventies music and fashion were crap. Just “most everything”. There was some good stuff in the remaining .1%.

    For instance, John Doe of the LA punk band X, a personal favorite, has just put out a country album, which, for me, signifies some sort of harmonic convergence.

  4. Tatyana »

    19 May 2009 · 5:29 pm

    Lileks’ book is hilarious; I put it on my Amazon list and got it as present.

  5. CGHill »

    19 May 2009 · 5:57 pm

    I have all his books: it took me some time to locate the out-of-print titles, but I did manage to get them all.

  6. Scott »

    19 May 2009 · 7:53 pm

    Hey, Lisa, guess what other punk dude put out a country-flavored album? Mike Ness of Social Distortion. Two of them, even. Pretty dang good, too. Recommended, if you like twang.

    Hasn’t Doe always been an Americana-ish guy? I just never thought of X or Doe as punk, more trad-roots. Anyway, got a lot of him on my eyepod.

  7. CGHill »

    19 May 2009 · 10:54 pm

    Trini, who collects cover versions, pointed me to Social D’s take on “Ring of Fire.” Actually kind of enjoyable.

  8. Scott »

    20 May 2009 · 12:04 am

    SD does one of my favorite covers of that song, and I have about 10. Another one of my favorites is a weirdo surfpunk band called H-Block-X from my Napster days. They work some ska into it, even. The rare listener who hears it always looks at me weird.

    Zappa does a live version, as well, but I bet she’s got that one. Blondie’s version 5ux0r5.

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