One of the things the separate the Faces from all their 70s hard rock peers is well......they were just better but also funnier. Bad Company was a particularly humorless band to me - and they came from a sort of great one - Free. But this song is not only my favorite by them because it is funny and Paul Rodgers sings the sh it out of it but also, I could picture the Faces covering it - which is a high compliment.
This band perfected a sound - for one album at least - "Pure Mania" that hearkens back to Iggy Pop and ahead to the Jesus and Mary Chain. No one who likes punk rock and has ever heard it and doesn't love it because of when it was made and how old they were when they heard it (or how young it made them feel) - it was precisely a record of the moment even more than their (better) peers..........to some people it would be the only UK punkish record they'd ever need it so typifies that moment 77/78.
The Stranglers were one of the most fascinating of all UK groups - they were very popular, other bands and some critics sort of hated them, they were accused them of being "hippies" - because they could actually play, they were funny but were accused of being humorless and they were in some ways more Punk than anyone, you could picture them beating the fnck out of the Pistols for example and soon they were playing something else on their two greatest singles Duchess and Golden Brown but here, playing their first great single - they cracked themselves up, mouthed "f*ck off" while lip-synching and generally acted like the Punks they were or weren't.
Best part: Hugh Cornwall "plays" guitar with his teeth
The brief genius of T.Rex on some scattered singles, Electric Warrior and The Slider was that Marc Bolan was either singing absolute gibberish or he was singing in a strange new language that only you got. By mixing metaphors in a way both weirdly naive and at times disarmingly sweet you leave the real world and stay in it at the same time .............but he could also use it to a menacing effect and here is his sexiest and most sinister song - "flying saucer take me away, give me your daughter" Bolan sings and mixes in a Shakespeare quote right (from Hamlet, natch) next to his own word tricks too.
Limited to one song per act, otherwise Pink Floyd and Jethro Tull would probably take up the entire list.
Time - Pink Floyd
Kashmir - Led Zeppelin Lord Of This World - Black Sabbath Dancing With The Moonlit Knight - Genesis Cross-Eyed Mary - Jethro Tull Hotel California - The Eagles The Chain - Fleetwood Mac Thunder Road - Bruce Springsteen The March Of The Black Queen - Queen Sultans of Swing - Dire Straits Layla - Derek And The Dominos Moonage Daydream - David Bowie Child In Time - Deep Purple Loneliness - Grund Funk Angels At My Gate - Manfred Mann's Earth Band 2112 - Rush Easy Livin' - Uriah Heep Astronomy - Blue Öyster Cult
Tiny Dancer - Elton John
Wild Horses - The Rolling Stones
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1. Kashmir - Led Zeppelin 2. Another Brick in the Wall Pt.2 - Pink Floyd 3. Layla - Derek and the Dominos 4. London Calling - The Clash 5. Riders on the Storm - The Doors 6. Highway to Hell - AC/DC 7. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen 8. Paranoid - Black Sabbath 9. Baba O'Riley - The Who 10. The Boxer - Simon and Garfunkel 11. Life on Mars - David Bowie 12. Imagine - John Lennon 13. Runnin' With the Devil - Van Halen 14. Go Your Own Way - Fleetwood Mac 15. Anarchy in the UK - Sex Pistols 16. Brown Sugar - Rolling Stones 17. Let It Be - The Beatles 18. I Wanna be Sedated - Ramones 19. Rocket Man - Elton John 20. Pump It Up - Elvis Costello and the Attractions
Kashmir's a good choice. I prefer Immigrant Song or In the Evening though.
Sometimes in Rock the good and the bad get all mixed up so you don't what to think of it......... That was a thing in the 70s films too where geniuses like DePalma say or Argento got plenty of 1 star reviews .......well in Rock that thing had levels to it.
Sweet, KISS, Cheap Trick, Alice Cooper, early-Blue Oyster Cult some of that was sorta cool but sorta guilty pleasure too and it became hard to tell how good it was in the larger sense and that made other De Palma/Argento stone cold geniuses hard to tell at first too maybe - NY Dolls.........Ramones.......etc.
One of the worst/best offenders was Slade who generally made some fine singles but albums weren't their thing but my favorite Slade song was a where did that come from? one when they looked like they were completely done as a band.
Sometimes you can't tell overall but for a single song you mostly can - I mean guilty pleasure is still pleasure
Look, everybody knows how fabulous they were but this song is really something else and deserves a special note in this thread for how wise it was and how prescient it was - how many Rock songs (sung by a very young man!) are about aging and staying alive and NOT dying young?
Anti-ageist, anti-suicide, anti-drug, pro-life and I mean literally pro-life - by being pro-living.
"I can see through this bleakness and grey and sadness".........how great is that?
The problem with "power pop" in theory the best genre, period - is it too often doesn't get the mix right - too much power it's pop metal and too much pop it's no longer Rock anyway. But when you get it right - it's this and the 70s were the peak of this kind of magic:
Nick Lowe famously dissed other artists including, but not limited to Rick Astley (in "All Men Are Liars"), fictional bands (in "They Called It Rock") his record label (the classic "I Love My Label") and this put down of the Bay City Rollers which is filled with much sweetness and good natured humor too - the Rollers could have covered this song even.
One of Tom Petty's punkier songs and so good The Strokes should have covered it and if The Exploding Hearts lived they may have beaten them to it.
One of Petty's top 3 Punk moments along with "I Need To Know" and that stone jerk-off look he gives in the "Refugee" video when he says "somebody must have kicked you around some" and flicks his finger coming down the steps in one of the most inspired piece of video acting ev-uh.
One of the 70s greatest albums always came with a question - did the Pistols album actually top their great singles on Never Mind The Bollocks or was it just the already released stupendous singles surrounded by new lesser tracks?
Mostly it's the latter I'd say but 2 of the album tracks - EMI and Liar - were as good as the singles maybe (Anarchy/God Save The Queen/Pretty Vacant/Holidays in the Sun) and Liar sounds almost like their greatest song period sometimes.
A complete and funny indictment of hypocrisy and an F-You, to then UK culture and also predicted certain message board conspiracy theorists too. They'd appreciate that joke I think ....sarcastic brats that they were.
Alex Chilton couldn't write a simple, straight ahead song in his genius era if he had to and he doesn't here:
"She name is Marsha .......Marsha the name" he sings cryptically, oddly but later, quite clearly he sneers "when she smile......like crocodile"
Every song had a weird quirk in lyrics or in musical progression or in weird sounds like that - this is one of the reasons they don't sound dated ........the guitar solo that ends this song is fantastic but it doesn't last because ......well leave 'em wanting more.
People often misunderstand this song - rather than it being a hippie anthem about positive change it predates a pre-Punk slacker ethos at least somewhat and of course has one of the great guitar solos ever at the raging, frantic anti-war ending.
T.Rex made the 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ballot today........not sure they can get in (why aren't they in already?) but hey for Electric Warrior and The Slider they are clearly in the pacinoyes' hall of fame which is clearly better.
Seems appropriate after reading the big money this will grab on Friday (see below)......and seems appropriate for the 70s thread.......it is of course, heroic and timeless. I don't know how this is their "first" single (that's the equally great Anarchy in the UK) but figure that's a mistake, and for irony - they've been defunct for 40+ years now............still the same Queen.
The ‘God Save The Queen’ record will go under the hammer at Wessex Auction Rooms at Westbrook Farm in Chippenham this Friday (November 1) and is expected to fetch between £12,000-£15,000.
The vinyl is one of only ten surviving copies of the band’s first single on record that was made to coincide with the band’s record label signing in 1977.
After famously signing their recording contract outside of Buckingham Palace for a publicity stunt, the fall out proved so controversial that the contract was cancelled and all copies of the single were ordered to be destroyed by the label.
The Damned were great and funny far before 1979's masterpiece album Machine Gun Etiquette - but this song from their debut is them at their most self-aware and with their customary pitch black humor - and this is just how they started.
One of my favorite things is when a band does a joyous song about something awful - this song narrates drug deals, a haze of fast food, fast cars and bad vibes .......arrest, overdose, ........death (which happened here in real life), and in performance walks the line with a fnck you sort of recklessness - and they play it and sing it like they just fell in love and couldn't be happier.
Lou Reed pre-punk in a way where he's mocking flower power, and the love movement and also codifies the violence inherent in what will come to pass in just about every 77 Punk Band.........ahead of his time he was.