Today’s challenge invites us to share a song we like from the 70s. This is another huge lift, as so much of the music I grew up with, both at the time it was current, and later when it was the cornerstone of “classic rock” radio formats, came from that storied decade. There’s the birth and maturation of heavy metal. There’s the cradle of punk. And disco. 1 And that’s not even mentioning such mainstays of my record collection as Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, or The Carpenters2
But the more I pondered this, I realised that in my musical pantheon, there is one figure who stands astride all the rest like a colossus. So, for the second time in this challenge, I give you the immortal David Bowie, today with his 1977 single “Sound and Vision”
Blind Lemming Chiffon
For albums, I’d probably go for Talking Heads 77 or Excitable Boy by Warren Zevon. A lot of stuff in the early 70s in my mind sounds too much like the 60s. But, if I had to pick one song I was listening to in the 70s, it would be this: https://youtu.be/rVTiDhOR35g
Excitable Boy is a long-time favorite album of mine.
Rikibeth Stein mine too. Zevon is another huge influence on me.
And there’s Linda Ronstadt singing backup, and HOW MANY great songs of the ‘70s wouldn’t have been half as good without Waddy Wachtel?
This song is always near the surface of my mind. And….because I’m a little slow (evidently), I didn’t know until today that this is by Gordon Lightfoot. (Cut me a little slack…this song came out a year before I did.)
Like you, I’m a Bowie fan down to my bones. I literally wore out a cassette tape of Ziggy Stardust when I was 14. If I had to pick just one Bowie song from the 1970s, though, it’s got to be Rebel Rebel, the apotheosis of glam rock.
Well, it may not be the left field candidate, but there’s a reason it’s such a classic: https://youtu.be/iXQUu5Dti4g
But for a song I enjoyed as a young child in the ‘70s (because it made it onto that AM radio station) that I still like today, I’m going to go with America’s “Sister Golden Hair”.
I love that song hard, both musically, but also because of…how to say…personal resonances. (Oddly, the person associate it with isn’t blonde. )
“Would you love me just a little, just enough to show you can?”
I’ve been one poor correspondent, I’ve been too, too hard to find…
I did love this as a teen.
Memories of being at the local Putt-Putt miniature golf course when I heard this. Yeah, it’s a bit cheesy, but what 70’s pop single wasn’t? 🙂
Classic song I knew then:
One I didn’t learn until later:
Here’s another one. Somehow I seem to remember the one-hit wonders. But then, I listened to American Top 40 religiously from 1974-81.
Knew it then:
Learned it later:
And, lest we forget:
(Damn, I could keep this up all night. As good a distraction as the Sexier Men Than Blake Shelton game.)
I SAID it was a heavy lift!! ?
Rob Wynne So. Many. Genres.
I mean, THIS came out in 1979!
Rikibeth I filked that song. 🙂
(Also, I saw Bauhaus in concert, on their 1998 reunion tour 🙂 )
Rob Wynne BITCH!
Then again, in April of 2016, Peter Murphy PUT HIS FACE ON MY FACE.
This was, I suppose, technically a song recorded in the 1970s (1970), but there was a time around 1979 when _Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs_ was on my turntable more than was good for the vinyl. As good as the title track is, this is still my favorite song from the album. (Though the acoustic rework of Layla gives it a run for the money.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSzI-JqEN-o