If The Who made arguably the best non album single of the 70s then the Only Ones made some of the best B-sides. This one, a scathing and humorous assessment of his domestic situation. Here he is referring to his wife's love for him as "morbid hysteria".........still married btw. Separate the artist from the Art, right?
Post by themoviesinner on Jan 16, 2019 17:30:32 GMT
"Year Of The Cat" by Al Stewart "Overkill" by Motorhead "Layla" by Derek And The Dominos "Stargazer" by Rainbow "Child In Time" by Deep Purple "Kashmir" by Led Zeppelin "Child Of The Universe" by Barclay James Harvest "Lunar Sea" by Camel "Hurricane" by Bob Dylan "Cygnus X-1 Book II Hemispheres" by Rush "Emerald" by Thin Lizzy "Cecilia" by Simon & Garfunkel "The Ripper" by Judas Priest "Echoes" by Pink Floyd "In Trance" by Scorpions "Circle Of Hands" by Uriah Heep "Starless" by King Crimson "Children Of The Grave" by Black Sabbath "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen "Dust In The Wind" by Kansas
"You'll soon bleed to death, so reflect on your life."
themoviesinner had an interesting quirk the first (I think?) mention of Richie Blackmore for both bands - he lead 2 major bands in the '70s - the 60s band Deep Purple, and 70s band Rainbow, that almost never happens (going from band to solo artist is tough too but a major part of 2 bands is maybe even harder). Clapton did it - Derek and The Dominos (on moviesinnner's list), Cream, some others and so did...............the guy who fronted this band but doesn't sing this one:
The Only Ones were great at the B-side - see above - but they also could (wrongly) be called a "one hit wonder". That doesn't fit for me so instead, I'd pick this (in the US at least they had UK hits) to represent it - a marvelous song which is rare enough but also a grimly morbid one - how many hits like THAT do you ever get - it far outpaces this bands other work imo - relevant (sadly, always), and the video reveals a singer pre-Sainthood - a mix between Jagger & Travolta - the concept predates The Wall video and The Wall film would later star...... that singer.
This one would be a contender for the top spot on my personal list of 70s songs of the decade - it's a perfect single at least - like Sheena Is A Punk Rocker, from one of the decades great debut albums.
The decade had a tagline "Have A Nice Day" ......but for every action, there's a reaction and for females it was like a seismic change.
Blondie's deliciously funny and catty "Rip Her To Shreds" was the example of a new breed of female vocalist - the cool bitch - Patti Smith, X-Ray Spex, the Runaways and soon Chrissie Hynde - all owned this persona in a way to varying degrees, and there was nothing negative about the word, indeed the word "wallflower" was the negative.
Another personal fave, the Records had a big hit with "Starry Eyes" so big in fact, that no one wanted to hear anything else by them except that........... but this one was just as good - a great song lyrically with echoes of Alex Chilton, and whose style evokes Cheap Trick and yet predates 80s alternative by at least 4-5 years.
Stevie Wonder and Al Green engaged in a game of great album topping in the early 70s - both had love songs, joy songs, and celebration songs too, but Wonder had weird ones - like this, one of his best songs an upbeat song about things sucking in the 70s. We would not care to wake up to the nightmare that's become real life..........damn straight.
Well, John Lennon was writing songs where he was savagely dissing McCartney and telling people to leave him he fnck alone - later in the decade he'd be a house husband - but only after kicking heroin and booze. Here he is setting the template for Punk Rock 5 years early, and pre-dating Nirvana's approach by 20 years. A little of this went a long way, but on a song by song level he sometimes completely nailed it:
One of the 70s greatest songs, a creepy nightmare vision of being haunted by the specter of money. The haunting screams at the ends make a good song unforgettable........... Peter Green's madness after this songs release makes it unbearably sad.
Another one of my faves, he made at least 3 really strong albums (his first 2 and his 4th) in a manner not too different from Dylan, Springsteen, Costello........a fraction of the fame now. That's a shame because some excellent songs and a dynamite backing band too.
In their earliest form they evoked the Who and the Small Faces, but in less than 2 years they seemed to evoke something entirely their own and 3 years after that they broke up at their commercial peak. That was another thing about the 70s - things happened far faster because trends came and went more quickly and were less beholden to just a few artists as in the 60s.
Another thing about the 70s was the comeback - both Dylan and the mighty Stones scored major ones this decade - but the Stones was far more improbable. Their 5th or 6th - after Satanic Majesties, Allen Klein, Brian Jones AND Mick Taylor, Altamont - they were left for dead several times before their great 68-72 run even.
No one thought in their mid-30 (!) they could pull off another great album - and no band ever had at that age, - at that point historically - instead they made one of the years best and their biggest.
Here they are not only smart, but funny, current in flipping off NYC, and sounding in a way like a hip hop act before that term existed. Neat trick for 5 British guys.
The Alice Cooper band was one of the few bands worth listening to in the early 70s along with glam peers like T.Rex, Mott The Hoople, and NY Dolls etc. They are remembered for their live show but had a string of strong singles, this is one of them - that was simultaneously raw and theatrical. Still sounds great ......
Name checked by Marc Bolan IN '77 itself - things were starting to change now - it wasn't Punk really it was fashion. Now it was about stars, and while not a great band or a bad band, you could clearly make a star of Billy Idol - and you never could of Johnny Rotten who not only hasn't gotten his record out yet, he hated you, and himself anyway.
There's sort of a joke with bands "Name any band that actually got better without having a hit to further their career?" - usually the answer to some at least is NRBQ who recorded this, their most famous song on their 6th album but never came close to really having a hit. But this song could come out in any era - 60s/70s/80s/90s - and you'd believe it as a hit song. In the 70s, it didn't fit any trend, but that's part of the charm.
Post by Tommen_Saperstein on Mar 20, 2019 18:21:36 GMT
alright, here goes!
01. "American Pie" by Don McLean 02. "Somebody to Love" by Queen 03. "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gayner 04. "Rebel Rebel" by David Bowie 05. "Take Me Home, Country Roads" by John Denver 06. "More than a Feeling" by Boston 07. "Peace Train" / "Morning Has Broken" by Cat Stevens (I couldn't pick just one) 08. "Born to Run" by Bruce Springsteen 09. "Dancing Queen" by ABBA 10. "Up Around the Bound" by Creedence Clearwater Revival 11. "I Fought the Law" by The Clash 12. "We've Only Just Begun" by Carpenters 13. "Carry On My Wayward Son" by Kansas 14. "You Sexy Thing" by Hot Chocolate 15. "Night Fever" by Bee Gees 16. "I Can See Clearly Now" by Johnny Nash 17. "Express Yourself" by Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band 18. "Big Ten Inch Record" by Aerosmith 19. "Let's Stay Together" by Al Green 20. "Spirit in the Sky" by Norman Greenbaum
not like I know anything about music, but surely "American Pie" is one of the greatest and most iconic songs of the 21st century, no? And apart from all its much talked about meta-commentary and shady name-dropping, I think it's impressive as hell that Mclean was able to write a melody this catchy and keep it going strong for eight minutes and 36 seconds. Listening to it is like taking a journey back through time to 1971.
This song was botched a bit imo in its studio version - the whole album is a fascinating botch - but this song done live a year earlier is amazing and the most explicit punk song Chilton ever wrote - his version of Poe's William Wilson or that good until the ending Jake Gyllenhaal spider flick .........but also it's about someone else too - his David Watts.
The most overt example of the schism in his brain/personality, he wants to "stab his rival on arrival shoot him dead with his rifle" - that kind of rhyme is funny and ominous - and this is the version he should have released when he eventually recorded it but by then he was more fractured, difficult and like Coppola post-Apocalypse Now, he was still great but he and most of the work after could never be as fully realized.
Live at the Ocean Club '77 recorded post-genius/pre-crack-up is the best album he ever made except for the 2nd and 3rd Big Star records - if you didn't know who he was, and just heard this, well the music makes the case for greatness on its own merits.