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70's Rock Show - 13th July 2010

There was not meant to be an over-arching theme for this weeks show, but as I finished my research I noticed there did seem to be a connection between all the tunes I’d chosen to play – it became (sort of) clear to me that it was all about things that might conceivably not exist if not for something else...

For example, "Livin’ Thing" by the ELO was originally written with lyrics about a holiday to Spain, so the final song may not exist if it were not for that original alternative (that’s never been heard); Barry Blue has an impressive pedigree in pop, but did that come from his rock pedigree (as a founding member of Uriah Heep)? And "Lady" by T. Rex was the b-side of Metal Guru & therefore made the single complete?

Briefly, here are the possible links for the other songs we heard:

Badfinger (written for the group by Paul McCartney); Queen (title of theatre production co-written by Ben Elton); Devo (cover of a Rolling Stones hit); Elvis Costello (double-entendres are about something else!); Jilted John (JJ is an alter-ego of Graham Fellows); Buzzcocks (song was inspired by a line from the musical "Guys & Dolls"); Boomtown Rats (25 years ago Sir Bob helped create Live Aid); Ramones (surf rock might not exist if not for the surfin’ Beach Boys!); Clash (short & fast – in the style of The Ramones)…

Generation X (produced by Mott The Hoople’s Ian Hunter); Dr Feelgood (the b-side of "Baby Jane"); Motorhead (formed by Lemmy when he was fired from Hawkwind for "using the wrong drugs"); Cock Sparrer (another Stones cover); Quo (released only because a later recorded song was a hit); Slade (a medley of two songs – the 2nd being recorded by Elvis Presley in July 1954 & became his 1st hit); Geordie (lead singer Brian Johnson left for the big time in AC/DC in 1980)…

Sweet (added rock to their bubble-gum songs & didn’t look back); Mud (Chinn & Chapman made so many hits); Peter Frampton (double albums have two discs!); Genesis (put together from two separate pieces of music being written by different members of the group); Golden Earring (green would not exist without "Yellow And Blue"!!); Supertramp (I would not be who I am without their albums); Bryan Ferry (cover of a Bob Dylan song); Japan (a song from the musical "Funny Girl"); Elton John (the title was said by Bernie Taupin’s wife about Elton after one of his tantrums); Steely Dan (I quote, "a fusion of funk rhythm & jazz harmonies with rock & roll instrumentals & lyrical style")…

Finally, Led Zeppelin (written in bits & pieces over a 3-year period); Yes (song has 2 parts – "Your Move" & "All Good People") & Neil Young (in 3 parts, moving from the past, to the present & to the future). Phew...

The full playlist for this weeks show was as follows:

1 The Electric Light Orchestra Livin' Thing
2 Barry Blue Do You Wanna Dance?
3 T. Rex Lady
4 Badfinger Come And Get It
5 Queen We Will Rock You
6 Devo (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
7 Elvis Costello Pump It Up
8 Jilted John Jilted John
9 The Buzzcocks Ever Fallen In Love…
10 The Boomtown Rats Lookin' After No. 1
11 The Ramones Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
12 The Clash White Riot
13 Generation X King Rocker
14 Dr. Feelgood Looking Back
15 Motorhead Motorhead
16 Cock Sparrer We Love You
17 Status Quo Mean Gil
18 Slade My Baby Left Me - That's All Right
19 Geordie All Because Of You
20 The Sweet Wig Wam Bam
21 Mud Crazy
22 Peter Frampton Wind Of Change
23 Genesis Entangled
24 Golden Earring Yellow And Blue
25 Supertramp The Meaning
26 Bryan Ferry A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
27 Japan Don't Rain On My Parade
28 Elton John The Bitch Is Back
29 Steely Dan Kid Charmagne
30 Led Zeppelin Kashmir
31 Yes I've Seen All Good People
32 Neil Young After The Gold Rush

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