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70's Rock Show - 29th June 2010

 

I was away this week & missed the show, but Graeme Holiday was my more than capable keeper of the hotseat - thanks Graeme (you know you love the rock):

"Tonight I'm gonna have myself a real good time…", or so said Mr Freddie Mercury to start us on our 70's rock journey this week & he wasn't wrong. A "sensational" theme ran through the whole evening, blowing any Tuesday night cobwebs away with rockin' songs from Jo Jo Gunne, Wizzard, ELO, Bowie, Quo, Bolan, Slade & Free - classic stuff…

Mini themes also featured, with some "more commercial" songs providing hits for bands perhaps better known for their album exploits. Fleetwood Mac hit the big time with their "Rumours" album (40m sales), but "Dreams" is incredibly their only US number one; Supertramp made it onto Top Of The Pops with "Dreamer", while guitar hero Carlos Santana needed to cover "She's Not There" to get radio play. Pink Floyd picked up their only UK #1 with help from a bunch of schoolkids - it was the final chart-topper in the seventies too…

A "reggae" mini-theme linked "Walking On The Moon" (which describes the feeling of being in love, according to Sting), "Watching The Detectives" (how Mr. Costello described a lover who would rather watch TV than do much else) & "D'Yer Maker" (a tongue-in-cheek Led Zep song that is now very well respected)…

Graeme had a chat on air with Bruce Nazarian, a good friend of the show. Bruce is a great guitarist & singer, a highly sought after producer & a technical & recording genius in the studio. He's worked with the best in the music industry; a member of Brownsville Station in the 70's, founding member of "The Automatix" in the late 70's & "Was (Not Was)" in the 80's, since then delivering & winning awards for his film soundtrack work. Bruce is into rock, soul, r&b & now presents "The Digital Guy" weekly smooth jazz, funk & soul radio show, syndicated around the world. Bruce has recently been on tour in Japan with Nigel Jobson, one time member of Roxy Music…

Genesis, Norman Greenbaum, Tubeway Army & Thin Lizzy mixed it up a bit before the "voodoo" mini-theme. Mick Jagger sung about New Orleans in "Brown Sugar", as did Redbone in their "Witch Queen Of New Orleans". A powerful spirit in voodoo is "Baron Samedi" & 10cc told us how he cannot be harmed. However, in the film "Live & Let Die", 007 himself managed to finish the Baron off by pushing him into a coffin of snakes - Wings brought us the classic theme tune. Next week's show is all about 70's Rock At The Movies of course, so don't miss that...

Eddie & The Hot Rods started out in a Rochford garage & worked their way up to play London's Marquee in the hot, hot, hot summer of 76, where the Sex Pistols were the lesser known opening act. Steve Harley may have sounded cheerful on "Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)", but he was actually being nasty to his band, while Peter Frampton was contrastingly being very nice by singing "Baby, I Love Your Way", a nice sentiment to end the show on...

The full playlist for this weeks show was as follows:

1

Queen

Don't Stop Me Now

2

Jo Jo Gunne

Run Run Run

3

Wizzard

Ball Park Incident

4

The Electric Light Orchestra

Do Ya

5

David Bowie

The Jean Genie

6

Status Quo

Rain

7

T. Rex

Get It On

8

Slade

Coz I Luv You

9

Free

My Brother Jake

10

Fleetwood Mac

Dreams

11

Supertramp

Dreamer

12

Santana

She's Not There

13

Pink Floyd

Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)

14

The Police

Walking On The Moon

15

Elvis Costello

Watching The Detectives

16

Led Zeppelin

D'Yer Mak'er

17

Roxy Music

Pyjamarama

18

Genesis

Follow You Follow Me

19

Norman Greenbaum

Spirit In The Sky

20

Tubeway Army

Are 'Friends' Electric

21

Thin Lizzy

Waiting For An Alibi

22

The Rolling Stones

Brown Sugar

23

Redbone

The Witch Queen Of New Orleans

24

10cc

Baron Samedi

25

Paul McCartney & Wings

Live And Let Die

26

Eddie & The Hot Rods

Do Anything You Wanna Do

27

Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel

Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)

28

Peter Frampton

Baby, I Love Your Way



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