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70's Rock Show - 22nd June 2010

 

Bit of a mix this week, but we did have pop rock, heavy rock, punk rock, folk rock, stadium rock & rock 'n' roll rock (!) & it was all great:

First off, from the mid-70's, John Miles explained what we probably all feel, that "Music" was his first love, then we quickly got into some rock 'n' roll from ELO (with a little help from Beethoven), Status Quo & Alice Cooper. Although covered by many, Thin Lizzy probably performed the definitive version of the classic Irish folk song "Whisky In The Jar" - if nothing else it must be the most famous version…

One of my favourite albums & artists is "Katy Lied" by Steely Dan, so playing "Black Friday" might have been a slight indulgence, but it's a great track. I also like to regularly feature the massive talents of Rod Argent & "Schoolgirl" is highly under-rated. Another big favourite of mine is Roxy Music's "For Your Pleasure" - the album cover featured Bryan Ferry's then girlfriend (Amanda Lear), but Bryan arranged that 'honour' for other girlfriends too: "Siren" featured Jerry Hall & "Stranded" had playmate Marilyn Cole on the sleeve. The FYP title track is an atmospheric Brian Eno tune that features (Dame) Judi Dench on the fadeout…

On a bit of a movie theme, Supertramp's "Poor Boy" comes from their "Crisis? What Crisis?" album, a title that was taken from the film "The Day Of The Jackal", while Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb" comes from their album & film "The Wall". Rod Stewart's cover of Jimi Hendrix's "Angel" was featured in the first "Charlies Angels" movie, but didn't make it onto the soundtrack album, while Eric Carmen provided the composition & vocal talent for The Raspberries & one of his songs ("Hungry Eyes") featured in "Dirty Dancing". The show coming up on 6th July is a "70's Rock at the Movies" special, so make a note in your diary…

A collection of brilliant, legendary heavy rock tracks from Led Zep, Uriah Heep, Van Halen, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple & Aerosmith were a show within the show. Trivia-wise, "Achilles Last Stand" is apparently Jimmy Page's favourite Led Zep track, the album "Look At Yourself" had a mirror on the front cover so that you could do just that, Eddie wouldn't play his new track to the other members of Van Halen cos he didn't think it was good enough & "Black Night" was in part based on George Gershwin's "Summertime"…

To finish things off, we got mellow with America, who went into the desert on "A Horse With No Name" & saw some plants & birds & rocks & 'things', then we sang along with Cat Stevens, now going by the name of Yusef, shortened from Yusef Islam, but he was born Steven Demetre Georgiou!!! Then we got loud again, with the superb "London Calling", from Rolling Stone magazine's 8th best album ever. Q magazine readers voted the cover the 9th best ever & it featured a guitar being smashed on stage; Bob Geldof's equivalent act was to rip up a picture of John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John on the Top Of The Pops stage when "Rat Trap" replaced "Summer Nights" at number one...

The full playlist for this weeks show was as follows:

1 John Miles Music
2 Chicago 25 Or 6 To 4
3 The Electric Light Orchestra Roll Over Beethoven
4 Status Quo Break The Rules
5 Alice Cooper Working Up A Sweat
6 Thin Lizzy Whisky In The Jar
7 Steely Dan Black Friday
8 The Raspberries Overnight Sensation (Hit Record)
9 Argent Schoolgirl
10 Supertramp Poor Boy
11 Roxy Music For Your Pleasure
12 Pink Floyd Comfortably Numb
13 Rod Stewart Angel
14 Led Zeppelin Achilles Last Stand
15 Uriah Heep Look At Yourself
16 Van Halen Ain't Talkin' 'bout Love
17 Black Sabbath Tomorrow's Dream
18 Deep Purple Black Night
19 Aerosmith Sweet Emotion
20 Styx The Grand Illusion
21 Utopia Trapped
22 America A Horse With No Name
23 Cat Stevens Can't Keep It In
24 The Clash London Calling
25 The Boomtown Rats Rat Trap



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