Bisexual Chic

During the sexually liberated '70s, when the rule of thumb was "if it feels good do it", gay sexuality seemed a lot less taboo....

Black Lights

In the late 60s and early 70s, the Black Light brought a new dimension to our world. White T-shirts and teeth suddenly would glow in...

Blaxploitation Movies

Hollywood saw major dollar signs, so a machine was quickly invented which churned out movies showcasing the style, rhythm and badness which Whitey could...

Bobbysoxers

The white anklets known as bobby sox (socks) rocked the conservative world when teenagers began wearing the socks with saddle shoes as a form...

Boombox/Ghetto Blaster

A boombox (or Ghetto Blaster) - basically a large but portable cassette player with two or more loudspeakers - was first developed by Philips...

Brat Pack

When young actors like Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald, Matthew Broderick and Rob Lowe moved out of obscurity and into films like The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's...

Break Dancing

A major component of the budding hip-hop culture of the early 80s, break dancing was a physically demanding youth-oriented dance activity involving complex, improvisational...

Britpop

The mid-90s was a golden era for British music, with several fine bands all coming good at the same time. There was, though, little camaraderie...

Bumper Stickers

My other car is a . . . I brake for . . . Love is . . . Honk If You Love...

Butlin’s

Billy Butlin spotted two things in the 1930s . . . First, that holidaymakers were routinely turfed out of their boarding houses and not allowed...

Captain Goodvibes

From his first appearance in the surfing newspaper Tracks, in 1973, Captain Goodvibes was a major hit with young Australian readers. The "pig of steel"...

Carnaby Street

By 1965, London had become the fashion capital of the world as far as young people were concerned. At its centre were three streets...

CB Radio

Citizens Band Radio had been around for years, but few people knew about them. 23 channels of two-way communication, frequented by curious techno-geeks, lost...

Chain Letters

"This chain letter was started in 1972 by a man in Campbell, Missouri, who was completely broke. In less than one year he became...

Chu-Bops

Chu-Bops were packs of record-shaped pink bubblegum that came housed in a small 3" X 3" replica album cover. The Amural Products Company of Naperville,...

Communes

Newsweek magazine declared the year 1969 the "Year of the Commune". A commune could be characterised as a large group of people (usually unrelated)...

Cool Britannia

Cool Britannia (a play on the title of the popular British patriotic song Rule, Britannia) was a period of increased pride in the culture of...

Cosmopolitan Magazine

First published in 1886, Cosmopolitan was known as bland and boring with a slipping circulation. And then Helen Gurley Brown (author of the 1962...

Crazy Foam

Originally made by the American Aerosol Company in 1965, the "fun foam soap" delighted kids with pop culture character designs such as Popeye, Spider-Man...

Crop Circles

Crop circles - a phenomenon which began in the 1970s - were areas in fields where crops (usually cereal crops such as wheat and...

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12-Inch Remixes

In the 1980s, if you liked a song you went out and bought the single on 7-inch vinyl. If you loved it you went out and...

16 Magazine

Founded in late 1958 by George Winters, 16 magazine set the standard for all teen magazines. many imitators popped up over the years, and 16 withstood some pretty...

2-XL

The 2-XL was a "robot with a personality" manufactured and released by Mego Corp. in 1978. This small 'talking' robot came complete with an 8-track...

3-D Movies

Stereoscopic films had been around since the 1920s, but the 1950s was unquestionably the golden age of 3-D, with excited teenagers flocking to the...