A History of Popular Music - The 1970s

A History of Popular Music – The 1970s

The softer side of music in the seventies was replete with the same plush and natural aesthetic that inspired the decade’s natural hair styles, the shag carpeting, and the wood panelled walls. It was an age of punch bowls and muscle cars, of Quaaludes and roller-skates, a decade embellished by sun-spotted photographs and lush music on the hi-fi.
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      1970s on the Radio

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Steve Miller Band – Intro/ Fly Like an Eagle
Timmy Thomas – Why Can’t We Live Together (45’ Version)
Shuggie Otis – Aht Uh Mi Hed
Cymande – Genevieve
Black Sabbath – Planet Caravan (Alternative Lyrics)
Wire – Heartbeat
Pink Floyd – Another Brick In the Wall, Part 1
Brian Eno – Another Green World
Neu! – Seeland
Michael Rother – Katzenmusik 3
Tangerine Dream – Bent Cold Sidewalk
Serge Gainsbourg – Cargo Culte
Specials – Doesn’t Make It Alright
King Tubby Meets Rockers Hi-Fi – King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown
Lizzard – Fight I Down
RAMP – Everybody Love’s the Sunshine
The Undisputed Truth – (Unite the World) Friendship Train
Black Merda – Think of Me
Lou Reed – Street Hassle
Neil Young – Motion Pictures
Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young – Find the Cost of Freedom
David Crosby – Kids & Dogs
Richard & Linda Thompson – Calvary Cross
Nick Drake – Fly
Daryl Hall & John Oates – I’m Just a Kid (Don’t Make Me Feel Like a Man)
The Modern Lovers – Hospital
The Rolling Stones – Cocksucker Blues
Sarah Webster Fabio – If We Come As Soft Rain
Bee Gees – Stop (Think Again)
The Dramatics – In the Rain
Al Green – Simply Beautiful
Supertramp – Home Again
Ten Wheel Drive – Come Live With Me
Throbbing Gristle – Hometime
Gil Scott Heron – Song For Bobby Smith
Bernard Hermann – Taxi Driver Main Title
Minnie Riperton – Expecting
10cc – I’m Not In Love (Rework of Art Mix)
Leo Sayer – When I Need You

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Having been born halfway through the seventies, the sound of this era was as formative to me as a person as it was to dance music as an art form. Providing a digital contrast to an emerging punk scene, drum machines and synthesizers became the tools a new generation of dance artists used to build a structure of music aimed straight at the clubs and at those, like my adolescent self, who wished they were there.
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      1970s on the Dancefloor

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The Cars – Moving In Stereo
Tubeway Army – We Have a Technical
Heart – Magic Man
Blondie – Once I Had a Love (1975 Version)
Andrea True Connection – More More More
George McCrae – Rock Your Baby (12 Inch Version)
Aretha Franklin – Rock Steady
James Brown – Funky Drummer (Bonus Beat Reprise)
The Blackbyrds – Rock Creek Park
Sister Sledge – He’s the Greatest Dancer
Syreeta Wright – I Love Every Thing
Stevie Wonder – Boogie On Reggae Woman
The Rockets – On the Road Again
Giorgio Mororder – Evolution
Gino Soccio – There’s a Woman
Lonnie Liston Smith – Expansions
Michael Viner’s Incredible Conga Band – Apache
Trussel – Love Injection
Roy Ayers – Running Away (Long Version)
Manu Dibango – Soul Makossa
Jackson 5 – Hum Along and Dance
Dennis Coffey – Scorpio
Jimmy Castor Bunch – It’s Just Begun
Pleasure – Joyous
War – Me and Baby Brother
Rotary Connection – I Am the Black God of the Sun
Giorgio Moroder – Tears
Nina Simone – Funkier Than a Mosquito’s Tweeter
Adrenne Ste-Claire – Ce Soir (Je Sens Que Tout Peut M’Arriver)
The Last Poets – When the Revolution Comes
Funkadelic – Standing on the Verge of Getting It On
Gang of Four – Natural’s Not In It
The Modern Lovers – Someone I Care About
The Ramones – Let’s Dance
The Clash – Police & Thieves
Television – Friction
Can – Spoon
Ace – How Long
T Rex – Cosmic Dancer
M – Pop Musik
Kraftwerk – Europe Endless
Deutsche Wertarbeit – Auf Engelsflugeln
Suicide – Cheree
Steve Reich – Section 1
Talking Heads – Take Me To the River
The Five Stairsteps – O-o-h Child
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In the days before the launch of the world’s first dedicated music channel, the 1970s found music television still struggling to find itself. Labels were producing music videos to insert into whatever youth programming was available. Upstart variety shows from the glorious Soul Train series to Germany’s Muzikladen brought a new perspective and a fresh set of artists to the fore; all of which paved a way for the impending arrival of MTV.

K-Tel Record Selector Commercial
Soul Train Line
Aretha Franklin on Soul Train
James Brown – The Payback (Live in Zaire)
Foxy Brown Trailer
Funkadelic – Dr. Funkenstien Trailer
Giorgio Moroder TV Promo
Donna Summer – I Feel Love (Live)
Cerrone – Je Suis Music
Saturday Night Fever Trailer
Southwest Airlines Commercial
David Bowie Interview
Iggy Pop & The Stooges – The Passenger
The Ramones – Blitzkrieg Pop
The Clash – Armageddon Time (Live)
Sex Pistols – Anarchy In the UK
Black Sabbath – Paranoid
KISS Album Commercial
Jimmy Page and Robert Plant Interview – New York 1970
Led Zeppelin – Whole Lotta Love (Live at Royal Albert Hall)
The Rolling Stones – Hip Shake
Tab TV Commercial
Kraftwerk – The Hall of Mirrors
Grace Jones – Libertango
Woody Allen Banana’s Trailer
Dodge Charger Commercial
Richard Nixon Resignation
Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On
Al Green – People Get Ready (Live)
Billy Joel – Just The Way You Are
ABBA – The Winner Takes It All

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