My brother read American comic books in the sixties, Batman, Fantastic Four, etc. I read Richie Rich and Casper. There were always adverts inside for lots of special things that as a child we had never seen before.
Sea monkeys, black soap,an ant farm, miniature submarine. The one that I wanted was X Ray Specs. we really thought you would be able to see through clothes and skin, because that's what the advert told us. How did they get away with telling such lies?
X-Rated In 1970 the British film censors raised the age at which you could view an X-Rated film from sixteen to eighteen years. I remember at the tender age of thirteen being dismayed at this because as a child you always want to do what older people are doing and don't like to be "banned" from doing anything. The same year an AA rating appeared which meant you had to be over fourteen and accompanied by an adult. That was the year Love Story came out with the lovely Ryan O'Neil and Ali McGraw. I was only thirteen and didn't get to see it and my mum took my older cousin. I can still feel my disappointment at what I thought was the unfairness of me not getting to see what was billed as, "The greatest love story ever told "
XTC were formed in Swindon in 1972 and were a new wave/college band. Their songs included,
Making Plans For Nigel
Senses Working Overtime
X-Ray Spex , A London band formed in 1976 who sang Punk Rock. Some of the songs were,
Oh Bondage Up Yours
I am a Cliche
The Day the World Turned Poseur.
I know nothing about punk rock and never listened to it but I'm sure somebody who reads this will know this band.
Blondie sang X- OFFENDER IN 1976. Blondie released some good songs in the seventies , I think this was her first one and it was never a hit. Hanging On the Telephone and Heart of Glass gave her number five and number one hits respectively.
This is where I cheat and give you Xanadu by Olivia Newton John. Yes, it begins with X but it was released in 1980 and not in the seventies but what's year between friends?
It also gives me a chance to mention Olivia.
Olivia Newton John is an English/Australian singer, she was the girl next door and we took her to our hearts.
She frequently appeared on the Cliff Richard show on television and always sang a duet with Cliff.
We really thought those two would get together.
The Banks of the Ohio
Take Me Home Country Roads
In 1974 she was the UK entry to Eurovision with, Long Live Love.
I Honestly Love You.
Olivia starred in Grease with John Travolta in 1978 and the show produced lots of hit records for her.
Your The One That I Want
Hopelessly Devoted To You.
In 1980 She starred in the musical film Xanadu with Gene Kelly and Michael Beck. The film wasn't hailed as a great success but the album from the film did much better.
I did want to leave you with Cliff/Olivia singing "Suddenly" from the album but this is and "X" post so I'll leave you with the title song, Xanadu. but Suddenly is on you tube if you want to hear it.
For what "X" was all about in the fifties and sixties Rosalind tells it all at Writing in the Rain