Since everything is Watergate-mania this week, this alternative view of the United States in the 1970s is worth a few minutes of your time today. Check out this old-school, shaky-cam cinema verité video accompanied by the Modern Lovers’s “Old World,” (1972):
If you watch the video closely you’ll see a New York that’s hard to come by even in the outer boroughs, let alone Manhattan anymore: laundry hanging out to dry over the street, a huckster’s pushcart full of vegetables for sale, and a shot of the World Trade Center’s twin towers under construction. This was not a video created in 1972 by the band, but rather by a fan for YouTube–you’ll notice that several of the shots probably show early 1980s cars rather than 1970s cars only, for example–but it’s an affectionate pastiche of New York City in and around the decade of the 1970s.
I welcome reflections and criticism from those who remember New York in the 1970s. (I was too young and too far away to know–I never saw the city until the mid-1980s as a teenager.)