The late 1970s were a time of tough choices, with a host of opposing forces contending for the social, cultural, and political soul of the nation.
Punk versus disco. Polyester versus denim. Resurgent conservatism versus battered liberalism. Sunbelt versus Rustbelt. Cheryl versus Farrah. Certainly, these were all influential conflicts of the era, but the question that really cuts to throbbing heart of the late 1970s zeitgeist could be found in the pages of the October 1978 issue of Pizzazz Magazine:
Sanitized pre-fab pretty boy pop versus mediocre hard rock calculatedly dressed to transgress? That’s a tough call. I’m guessing the breakdown of the votes closely mirrored the male-to-female ratio of Pizzazz‘s readership. (The real winners were, of course, the merchandising people.)
The polling stations remain open. Feel free to cast your ballots in the comments. The whole world is watching.
Recommended Reading: Retro Hell: Life in the `70s and `80s, from Afros to Zotz by the editors of Ben Is Dead
Recommended Listening: Have A Nice Decade: The ’70s Pop Culture Box Set