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70's Rock Show - 1st June 2010

After some non-70's Rock last week, it was service back to normal this week:

10cc kicked things off with "The Wall Street Shuffle" & the film Wall Street 2 is out later this year, the day after Michael Douglas is 66. Douglas won the best actor Oscar in 1987 for his portrayal of Gordon Gekko & he co-starred with Jack Nicholson in "One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest" for which Jack won the best actor award in 1975. Nicholson also appeared in "Tommy" that year, alongside Who drummer Keith Moon, who appeared in "That'll Be The Day" with David Essex & Ringo Starr, who sang "Back Off Boogaloo" for us…

Status Quo's "Gerdundula" was written by 'Marston & James' who were really Francis Rossi & Bob Young, while Rick Wakeman helped write "Heart Of The Sunrise" with Yes - he was not credited for his input, but "Sir Lancelot" was all his. "Asylum" is one of the eight tracks that made it onto Supertramp's outstanding "Crime Of The Century" album (they demoed a mere 42) & Slade enjoyed a run of 12 consecutive top 4 hits until "How Does It Feel?" stalled at #15. They're only numbers...

Roxy Music's "Country Life" LP gave us "All I Want Is You" & a controversial cover featuring scantily-clad models, but some countries got the alternative sleeve with a picture of trees, while The Stranglers had to alter "Peaches" to avoid too much controversy on the radio - shame. The immense "We Will Rock You" is from the Queen album "News Of The World", named after a paper that has seen a little controversy in its time. Ann & Nancy Wilson wrote "Magic Man" about their manager, who was involved with Ann at the time, but we carried the theme of older, more (shall we say) experienced men into some 70's rock disco from The Rolling Stones ("Miss You") & Rod Stewart (the 12" disco mix of "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?" no less)…

Deep Purple wrote "Highway Star" on the bus travelling to a concert where they performed it for the first time & the album cover for "Let There Be Rock" was shot at the Kursaal Ballroom in Southend, when AC/DC appeared there in March 1977 & they must have played "Go Down" then too. Aerosmith recorded "Walk This Way" in 1975, hit the US top 10 with it in 1977, performed it with Run-DMC in 1986 & watched it make the charts again in 2007 courtesy of Girls Aloud & The Sugababes…

Writers block forced Black Sabbath to hide away in a castle back in the early 70's, but it worked & they came up with some great stuff, "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" included - said to include 'the riff that saved them'. Nothing could save Jim Croce when he died in a plane crash aged 30, but "Time In A Bottle" is a brilliant legacy & was a pothumus US #1 for him in 1973. David Essex released "America" as his 3rd single, but it wasn't a hit in the states. Elton John has had phenomenal success all over the world & his "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" double-album has sold some 31 million copies - "Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding" is track one & an 11 minute classic…

Talking of classics, we have an "Unplayed Classics" special show coming up on 15th June, which means back-to-back sensational music, but then it's like that every week!

The full playlist for this weeks show was as follows:

1 10cc Wall Street Shuffle
2 Ringo Starr Back Off Boogaloo
3 Status Quo Gerdundula
4 Yes Heart Of The Sunrise
5 Rick Wakeman Sir Lancelot & The Black Knight
6 Supertramp Asylum
7 Slade How Does It Feel?
8 Argent Liar
9 Roxy Music All I Want Is You
10 The Stranglers Peaches
11 Mink DeVille Spanish Stroll
12 Queen We Are The Champions
13 The Arrows I Love Rock 'n' Roll
14 Heart Magic Man
15 The Rolling Stones Miss You
16 Rod Stewart Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?
17 Deep Purple Highway Star
18 AC/DC Go Down
19 Aerosmith Walk This Way
20 Black Sabbath Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
21 Jim Croce Time In A Bottle
22 David Essex America
23 Elton John Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding
24 Shawn Phillips Talking In The Garden/Furthermore

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