Picks and Pans Review: A '70s Celebration: the Beat Is Back
Stumble across this special and you may wonder if you've fallen into a time warp or, for some of you, drifted into an acid flashback. The Bee Gees doing "Jive Talkin' "? KC & the Sunshine Band clamoring through "Get Down Tonight"? Is this a hellish rerun of Don Kirshner's Rock Concert? And where is Tony Orlando? (You see, boys and girls, the world was a pretty desperate place before MTV.)
Actually it's a silly but well-stocked bit of premature nostalgia. The scary part is that the young people at L.A.'s Wiltern Theater have not only mastered the florid dress and disco steps of the '70s, they even know the lyrics well enough to sing along. Well, at least those in the front rows do.