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True, the '70s Were Tacky--but Also Fun

May 05, 1991

Your articles, "Boogieing on Back to '70s" and "The Disco Devotee of the Decade" (April 26) made me feel that it is OK to come clean: I was a disco fan once. (Why do I keep thinking that someone is going to form "Disco-Lovers Anonymous"?)

I felt the full brunt of the disco backlash. I was criticized relentlessly for liking that music. Since then, I have seen people embrace fads, reject them, and go right back to them. It has left me with some pretty irreverent attitudes, a bemusement, you might say, about music.

I have a theory about why the '70s have suddenly become "hip" again. It's a backlash against the '60s revival. The self-righteousness of the hippies-turned-yuppies has become very annoying.

The '70s craze seems to be devoid of all that self-righteousness. It's a joke. It's funny. Despite all the tackiness, the ridiculousness of it all, it's easier to take than a bunch of people saying that you have to like Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead--or else .

TAMMY SMITH

Santee

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