Top 100 70s Songs
Posted by floppybootstomp
Well, finally ventured from my 60s comfort zone to a decade I actually lived through. As a result, my judgment is corrupted by experience. In this case you should appreciate that I arrived in England from Spain in 1976. Under Franco’s Spain all the pop allowed was strictly bubblegum. All the pop not allowed was strictly protest songs, many in forbidden languages. So, I gets to England and Punk happens. So those are the things I got into straight away. It took me two decades to recover and get a more rounded perspective on the whole decade. Is this top 100 as good as my 60s ones? Probably not.
2 minutes of sublime noise. Perhaps I like it so much because it has that 60s garage spirit floating through it. Also a band of great presence. They changed the face of Rock music by giving it a gentle tweak.
As promised, prime Franco-era bubblegum pop. Formula V actually came to my neighbourhood in Barcelona for a fiesta and played a whole live set on an open-air stage. I must have been 6 or 7. My first memories of live music.
From Tommy, the greatest Rock Opera/Concept album ever written. Amazing Journey tells of a trip to inner space where a young boy escapes his life’s trauma. Awesome drumming by Mr Moon as usual.
The whole Transformer album is a joy. A dirty, New York, heroin-addled blow job delivered by Andy Warhol’s most talanted man-whore. Oh honey you so vicious…
Jake Burns is probably the best vocalist ever. A voice so raw it can scrape the paint off your skirting boards (don’t point your speakers downwards). Here we get pure punk mingled with Northern Irish politics. Fucking A.
Here Hawkwind invent Rap music (probably) after bringing a melding of Moorcockian SF, acid, noise generators and a tenor sax to a boil and adding Bob Calvert’s lyrical genius. If I could I would have included 50 Hawkwind tunes here, but that would break the rules (one song per band only).
Debbie, Debbie, Debbie… What a perfect little pop song this is.
Can’t get this song out of my head. Just a great punk record.
George Clinton, Dr Funkenstein from the planet Funk… A radical political agitator bringing revolution to the dance floors of a segregated, racist nation. I’m a late convert to the delights of Funk, this is one of the tracks that sucked me in.
The Song title (translation: Why are you leaving?) and its tone mirrored my sadness at leaving Spain and all my friends behind when moving to England. A great little ballad too. Featured in Carlos Saura’ s great allegorical film ‘Raise Ravens’ about the evils of military dictatorship (the film was released while Franco was still alive. A brave move).
19) Al Green – Let’s Stay Together
20) John Lennon – Imagine
21) The Special AKA – Gangsters
23) Pink Floyd – Money
24) Thin Lizzy – Whisky in the Jar
28) Los Diablos – Acalorado
29) The Jam – In a Strange Town
33) KC & the Sunshine Band – That’s the Way (I Like It)
34) The Dickies – Paranoid
35) Wishbone Ash – The King Will Come
36) Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – The Floppy Boot Stomp
38) Kirsty McColl – They Don’t Know
39) The Damned – Smash it up
40) Tubeway Army – Are Friends Electric?
44) Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – American Girl
45) The Notsensibles – I’m in Love With Margaret Thatcher
46) The Undertones – Get Over You
48) Iggy & the Stooges – I Wanna Be Your Dog
49) Led Zeppelin – Black Dog
50) Steve Hillage – Electrik Gypsies
53) The Ruts – Babylon Burning
54) Spizz Energi – Where’s Captain Kirk?
56) The Buzzcocks – Orgasm Addict
57) Black Sabbath – War Pigs
58) The Hawklords – Psy Power
59) Sham 69 – Borstal Breakout
60) The Pink Fairies – The Pigs of Uranus
61) Saxon – Backs To The Wall
62) Abba – Gimme Gimme Gimme (A Man After Midnight)
63) Tyrannosaurus Rex – Ride A White Swan
64) Devo – Mongoloid
65) Ian Dury & the Blockheads – Reasons to be Cheerful (Part 3)
66) Rush – 2112
67) Ten Pole Tudor – Who Killed Bambi?
68) The Sex Pistols – God Save The Queen
69) Slade – Merry Xmas Everybody
70) Vangelis – Dervish D
71) Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Woodstock
72) Wire – Mannekin
73) The Doors – LA Woman
75) X Ray Spex – Up Bondage Up Yours
77) Siouxie & the Banshees – Staircase
78) P.I.L. – This Is Not A Love Song
79) Melanie – Ruby Tuesday
80) Simon & Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water
82) Gang of Four – At Home He’s a Tourist
83) Hot Chocolate – Everyone’s a Winner
84) Norman Greenbaum – Spirit in the Sky
85) The Adverts – One Chord Wonders
86 Wreckless Eric – Whole Wide World
87) Slaughter & the Dogs – Where Have All the Boot Boys Gone?
90) The Mekons – Where We You?
91) The Only Ones – Another Girl, Another Planet
93) Lluis Llach – L’Estaca
96) Blue Oyster Cult – (Don’t Fear) The Reaper
97) The Rocky Horror Show – Sweet Transvestite
98) Badfinger – Day After Day
99) Elton John – Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting
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Posted on June 24, 2010, in Music Stuff and tagged 70s music, Blondie, bubblegum pop, floppybootstomp compress, funk, George Clinton, Gill Scott Heron, hawkwind, heavy metal, Lou Reed, punk, Ramones, Stiff Little Fingers. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.