Matthew Lee: Electric Horseman 1979- Starring Jane Fonda & Robert Redford

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Source: Roger Ebert– Robert Redford & Jane Fonda, are electric 

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The Electric Horseman is not a great film. It’s a very entertaining movie, a very funny movie especially Robert Redford where you really see his quick, underrated, comedic wit, timing, and improvisation in this movie. Not saying Redford is Cary Grant, Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, or Paul Newman, when it comes to comedy, but he’s a very skilled comedic actor who doesn’t need direction or a script to be funny and you see that in this movie. You also see a lot of his comedic skills in Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid ( one of my favorite movies ) and what you also see in Butch and Sundance and The Electric Horseman is Redford with a mustache. I actually think he looks good with a stache and perhaps others do as well.

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Source: Colorado Springs Gazette– Jane Fonda & Robert Redford or Bob & Jane 

To me at least Electric Horseman is a typical Sidney Pollack movie where he mixes in drama and comedy. He has a movie that is about a serious issue and in this case a movie about a horse literally being stolen or horse napped ( if that’s a real term ) but he puts funny people in the movie who are also great actors. Tootsie from 1982 I believe is another example of a typical great Pollack film. By the way, Jane Fonda also has an important role in this movie where she plays a reporter who is covering this story about essentially a washed-up cowboy in Redford who steals this horse, because he doesn’t want to see this horse being doped anymore and just used as a show horse. Sonny ( played by Robert Redford ) career as a cowboy as fallen so far that he’s now been reduced to doing cereal commercials on this horse.

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Source: Alamy Stock Photo– Jane Fonda & Robert Redford- damn, these boots are tight 

Sonny steals the horse in the dead of night and takes him out to the Nevada desert with the plan of releasing the horse so no one else can find him and bring him back. And similar to Smokey and the Bandit he how has the local state police in Nevada chasing him to bring back the horse and arrest Sonny. Alice ( played by Jane Fonda ) is a local Las Vegas reporter who has been tapped to cover this horse show with Sonny and gets the scoop that Sonny has stolen the horse and manages to catch up with them in the Nevada desert with no one else following her out there. And tells Sonny that she’s not working with the police and simply wants to cover the story and show the people what he’s up to and present Sonny’s story to the public. She eventually gains his trust and he allows her to follow them.

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Source: Alamy Stock Photo– Robert Redford & Jane Fonda or Bob & Jane 

This is not a great movie and sort of has this Hollywood idealist vibe to it with a famous cowboy, who somehow believes that animals in this case’s a show horse, perhaps has the same rights as humans. When he knows for a fact that horses are raised to race and be used for transportation and serve at the pleasure for humans and in some cases even be used for food. With Jane Fonda not playing an overly idealistic hippie radical Socialist in the movie, but simply as an objective reporter ( or that’s how she starts out ) looking for a big story and to advance her career in TV news. So the plot is a little unbelievable, sounds like complete fiction, but the story is very entertaining and funny with a great cast.

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Source: Movie Pins– Hollywood Goddess Jane Fonda. No ordinary Jane.

What you also see in this movie is that it relates very well to the world of fashion, especially women’s fashion. The movie comes out in late 1979 and perhaps made in 79 or 78 at the start of the designer jeans revolution. Pre-1978 or perhaps even 1977, you rarely saw American women in tight jeans and boots at all in Hollywood or on TV, even in westerns or action movies. In The Electric Horseman, Jane Fonda is wearing skin-tight designer denim jeans in boots, for about a hour of the movie. You also briefly see her in black leather jeans and boots when she meets Sonny for the first time in the desert. She’s also wearing a short and tight suede jacket and if you’re familiar with Jane Fonda, you know that she’s obviously a beautiful, sexy woman, adorable as well. ( Whatever you think of her politics ) And this movie and style just fit her perfectly in the movie.

 

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Source: Matthew Lee: The Electric Horseman 1979- “When Was The Last Time You Were Surprised?”– Jane Fonda & Robert Redford 
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Bircan Golgecen: Happy Days- She Devils, 1979

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Source: Bircan Golgecren– She Devil

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I was never a fan of the show Happy Days and I always thought it was pretty cheesy, except for Fonzi ( played by Henry Winkler ) and maybe that’s because the show takes place in 1950s Midwest America before America looked like America does today with all the ethnic and racial diversity. Even though the show and series was made and shown in the 1970s when America did look and sound much different, than it did even 10, 15, 20 years ago. Or perhaps it just had a lot of cheesy writing. But I do like the She Devils episode and for multiple reasons.

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Source: Julien’s Live– She Devils 

This is a very funny episode and for multiple reasons. You got guys who are playing nerds here who other than maybe the dark hair guy, all look like they would struggle to benchpress their own pillow, who are getting pushed around ( to put it mildly ) by a female outlaw biker gang. Who are very tough and look like perhaps they could’ve played professional football ( and not just their leader ) and yet they’re all beautiful, very cute even, and also very sexy. With Richie ( played by Ron Howard ) the leader of the nerds ) trying to act tough and stand up against a bunch a women. Imagine that, American men feeling physically threatened by women and they’re all straight.

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Source: The Saleroom– She Devils 

This show is not about a dykish group of lesbian outlaw bikers, who hate men and see the guys as easy targets and go after them. They’re does seem to be a radical feminist vibe to this show, but it’s about a straight female outlaw biker gang, picking on guys who look like chess club geeks and get paid to do the high school or college football team’s homework every night. Computer geeks who look like they go to the library for actual fun and not just research. Which is what most Americans use libraries for or to check out a book that they’re not sure about buying.

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Source: The Golden Closet– She Devils 

And then there’s another reason why I like this show which is more important. Not just a female biker gang or a female outlaw biker gang, or just a pretty or even cute female biker gang, or s sexy female biker gang. But a female outlaw biker gang with all of those features who are all leathered up. And in some cases wearing black leather motorcycle jackets with tight blue denim jeans and black leather boots. But with most of the women all leathered up. Black leather motorcycle jackets, skin-tight black leather jeans, and black leather boots. All of the women having beautiful tight bodies and kicking ass in these outfits as well.

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Source: The Golden Closet– She Devils 

So you have a very funny episode here with a feminist outlaw biker gang, who feel the need to get back at these guys who they see as nerds, because one of them ( played by Scott Bao, before he became a Donald Trump loyalist ) somehow wronged one of the members of the gang. Perhaps you could say screwed, but that can be interpreted in multiple ways here, but they believe he hurt their gang member in someway. And see these nerds with Chachi ( played by Scott Bao ) who is with them, as their opportunity to get back at Chachi.

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Source: The Golden Closet– She Devils

And you also have a female outlaw biker gang with the characteristics that I’ve already mentioned, who are also very attractive and very sexy. Sort of reminds me of those outlaw biker movies from the late 1960s and early 1970s, that all had at least one attractive sexy woman in and generally multiple very attractive women in like the Glory Stompers from 1967 or go up to the 1980s with Easy Wheels from 1989. But this show was an episode from a TV series and not a movie. And yet the footage is just as good, if not better and the comes out in 1979 where you weren’t seeing many if any female outlaw gangs on TV at least, or anywhere else. This is a very good show.

Bircan Golgecren: Happy Days- She Devils, 1979

Retro Pile: 1979 Wrangler Jeans Commercial

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Source: Retro Pile– 1979 Wrangler Jeans commercial 

Source: FRS Real Life Journal

In the late 1970s there was a boom for dark wash designer denim jeans thats been with us ever since.

It’s by far my favorite tend with women’s fashion, because we go from an era even in the mid and late 1970s where women didn’t look like they were out West in the late 1800s or early 1990s wearing very long dresses and having to hold parts of their dresses when they walked, because they were worried about walking on their dresses and even tripping, but an era where women wore very baggy pants and were not expected to show off their legs at least with pants. And were bellbottoms and what were called in 1974-75 and even a little later and earlier flares. They were sort of like jeans, but not tight at all.

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Source: Wrangler Jeans– 1983 Wrangler Jeans commercial 

And then we end up in an era starting in 1978 or so with all these magazine covers, as well as movies and TV sitcoms and other TV programming where women are not only wearing jeans, but denim jeans, designer denim jeans, skin-tight designer jeans, where the jeans would go down only to the woman’s ankle so and would be real tight in the legs and hip area of the woman’s body. Where American women are now wearing jeans the way American men were wearing them on TV and in the movies since the 1950s.

Designer jeans that are simply designed to show off a woman’s legs and butt, to show off their curves and how beautiful and sexy they were physically. But in a stylish professional way where women could dress down their jeans with t-shirts and boots, or could dress their jeans up with nice jacket, blouse, as well as boots and could wear denim jeans to work or go out to dinner, go shopping and other places, or go to ballgames with their boyfriends or the movies in their designer jeans. And not look like they’re being over sexual or pornographic and have to worry about what more culturally conservative people thought about their tight pants and boots.

American women become liberated economically in the mid and late 1960s with the freedom culturally to not just go to college and get a degree, but then using that degree to get themselves a good job and enter the outside workforce and become economically independent from men. To the late 1970s and ever since where now they’re culturally liberated when it comes to fashion. Where it’s not only acceptable for them to be beautiful physically, have a beautiful body physically, but then have the freedom and courage to show the world that they have a beautiful body and are proud of it. Designer jeans from the late 1970s and early 1980s, to skinny jeans of today both denim and leather, as well as boots, are great ways for women to showcase their bodies and show people how put together physically that they are.

We go from an era in the early and mid 1970s, where American women weren’t supposed to show their legs and butts at all, really other than miniskirts and other skirts which is some cases can be more revealing for a woman’s lower body than tight denim, to an era where it was acceptable and in some cases expected for American women to not just wear tight jeans ( both leather and denim, ) but were those pants on a regular basis and in some cases everyday depending on what they did for a living and if they were involved let’s say in the fashion or entertainment business or just out running their errands and doing their everyday business like going shopping or their kids sporting events.

And it’s not just tight but skin-tight jeans especially denim but in some cases leather jeans like in entertainment and the fashion world, because not just popular but mainstream starting in 1978 or so with all sorts of American sitcoms now showing Americans women wearing skin-tight designer jeans on a regular basis and sometimes even every show with multiple women wearing designer jeans on the shows, but this movement in fashion for women just grew and grew. In the 1980s and especially 1990s, America women were seen everywhere in designer jeans and Levi’s in every possible environment on TV. Women were even seen at work in tight jeans like on cop shows, private eye shows, other action/drama shows. Like The Dukes of Hazzard, The Fall Guy and other shows. And this is a trend in women’s fashion that just keeps growing and will probably never go away.

A trend that started in 1978 that just kept going by the late 1990s-early 2000s, the dark wash skin-tight designer denim jeans that women started wearing and loving in the late 1970s, came back into style. Didn’t replace the Levi’s and Guess Jeans from the 1990s, but became an addition. Where you started seeing women in 1997-98 and into the early 2000s, wearing designer jeans that looked like they could be from 1979-80. But were perhaps even tighter and were more low-rise. Studded belts became mainstream on America women in the early 2000s and weren’t before that when only biker women and rocker women would wear studded belts for the most part. And you would see women wearing their studded belts with their low-rise designer jeans on a regular basis and everywhere.

We’re now in a skinny jeans era ( if you can call 8 years and era ) that started in 2005 where women not only wear skin-tight low-rise designer denim jeans, but can wear them in a way that shows off their butt and legs perfectly ( if they have nice legs and a nice butt ) but can do that in a way that doesn’t give away too much. The low-rider ass crack jeans ( as I call them ) that were popular in 2001-02 were replaced by skinny jeans that are still low-rise and skin-tight, but where women can sit down and stand up without showing off skin around their backside. And this is an era for denim jeans for women that will be around forever I believe, as long as sexy women are comfortable in them, like them, and enjoy showing off their legs and butts.

Retro Pile: 1979 Wrangler Jeans Commercial

Juan Traverus: 1979 Jordache Jeans Commercial

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Source: Juan Traverus

Source: This piece was originally posted at FRS Daily Journal Plus

I just want to say thank God I was born in 1975 and I’m old enough to remember the tight dark wash denim designer jeans revolution of the late 1970s, that went up to 1984 or 85 or so. Before 1977 or 78 jeans on women tend to be baggy and real thin and loose in the legs and in many cases the pant would hit the ground. If you are familiar with the early 1970s and even the mid 1970s, or the hippie era, you know what I’m talking about.

In 1977 and 78 that changed and women’s jeans denim leather became tight and reveling. Showing your legs and butt as a sexy women became popular. And you started seeing a lot of women in their tight dark wash designer denim jeans on TV a lot and in the movies and out in public and you saw sexy female celebrities showing off their hot bodies in them. The jeans in boots look started in the late 1970s, not 2005-06.

The designer denim jeans for women sort of went out of style by 1986 or so and unfortunately were replaced with acid wash and unfortunately I’m old enough to remember that as well. But smart enough to never where them. And then in the late 1990s the dark wash designer denims came back into style and have been with us ever since and have just gotten tighter with skinny denim trend.

Jordan Traverus: 1979 Jordache Denim Jeans Commercial

Fritz 5173: Tina Turner Viva La Money, 1979

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Source: Fritz 5173

Source: This piece was originally posted at FRS Real Life Journal Plus

Tina Turner to me is the Queen of Blues Rock because of her songs, her sound, her lyrics, her style. And the realness she puts into her music. She not only has one of the best singing voices in the music business, but one of the best sounds. She combines both classic rock with rhythm and blues as well as about anyone. Only Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan both Hall of Famers when it comes to musical artists I believe are better than Tina.

Tina doesn’t have one or two great songs, but a long list of great songs. Like Proud Mary, Rolling on the River, Simply the Best, I don’t Want to Fight and others. She’s not a one-hit wonder, but a master of developing hits that goes back to the 1960s. Because of how professional she is and how hard she works. She’s dedicated to her craft which someone would have to be to look, sound and perform as well as she has at now 71 years old.

She’s a Hall of Famer as a rocker, but also as a human being and I hope she last for years if not decades to come. And I wouldn’t be surprised if she does now in her early seventies. Because of how professional and dedicated to her craft she is. Tina Turner is the Queen of Blues Rock and Simply the Best at what she does because of her talent and how hard and well she works.

Fritz 5173: Tina Turner Viva La Money, 1979