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Welcome to planet porn

Today, The Independent begins a major new series on pornography and popular culture. The first part looks at how our attitudes have changed over the years - and asks, can anything shock us now?

Huggy bares all

The decade that taste forgot has come back to haunt us. We are again being submerged in the 1970s. Stage shows such as Saturday Night Fever and films like Boogie Nights and The Ice Storm have transported us back to the era of flares and flapping collars. It's like dress sense never happened.

Close Encounter: Why I won't survive

JOANNA BRISCOE GETS WEDNESDAY NIGHT FEVER: The Seventies disco revival throbs on. But who exactly is it strutting their funky stuff 'neath the strobes? A night out in Soho revealed all

From here to fraternity (or Whatever happened to David Soul?)

David Soul made his name in that epitome of Seventies cool, `Starsky & Hutch', didn't disgrace himself as a balladeer, but now he's temping in `Blood Brothers' in the West End. He's not down: all he ever really wanted to be was in the Peace Corps. By Jasper Rees

The decade that taste remembered

In different murky venues in London, they are tottering along on platform soles and in leatherette car-coats to dance their way back to the Seventies. This isn't a safe form of sado-masochism, this is Starsky and Hutch night, and it outcools cool. Photograph by Andrew Buurman

REVIEW / Who you gonna call? Starsky and Hutch

WHAT WOULD you do if the neighbours started singing Abba's 'Thank You for the Music' out of an open window around midnight at a decibel level that would perturb even the partially deaf judges of the Eurovision Song Contest? Having resisted the temptation to reach for the 12-bore, you would of course reach for the telephone. Who ya gonna call? 'Noisebusters' - as the ludicrously overblown trailer called the two Westminster Council environmental officers featured in last night's Inside Story (BBC 1).

Producer choice

In a crackdown on high-priced call-girl rings serving the entertainment industry, police arrested a Hollywood producer suspected of running a string of prostitutes, Reuter reports from Los Angeles. Ivan Nagy, the producer of the television series Starsky and Hutch, was arrested at a restaurant and accused of inducing women to become prostitutes.

Obituary: Jake Porter

Vernon Porter, cornettist and bandleader, born Oakland, California 3 August 1916; died Desert Hot Springs 1 April 1993.

ROCK / Full of Eastern promise

AS IF being the birthplace of the Newtown Neurotics wasn't enough to be proud of, Harlow in Essex also boasts a first-rate seedbed for new musical talent. Inside The Square, the town's functional and welcoming youth culture complex, The Voodoo Queens, an all-woman, Anglo- Asian answer to the Cramps, with a better sense of humour and a fine clumpy organ sound, kick up a cheerful storm. Their lyrical concerns - the desirability of Keanu Reeves and the futility of watching your weight - could strike a chord with legions of their peers, and some savage drumming and fiery guitar lines dispel the spectre of cutesiness with a satisfying crunch.
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