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The Whole Spectrum: 11th January 2011

Week 2 of 2011 & we continued to explore the whole spectrum of 70’s rock music…

Heavy rock took up the first half hour of the show, with Alice Cooper, Rick Derringer, Led Zeppelin, Rory Gallagher, plus the title tracks from albums by AC/DC, Kiss, Aerosmith & Bachman-Turner Overdrive…

Keeping on the heavy side of rock, but in the realm of “are you sure that's heavy rock?”, we heard Nazareth (named after the town in Pennsylvania rather than where Mary & Joseph came from & certainly not where the band came from, which was Dunfermline, Scotland), Chicago (also a city) & The Osmonds (a great rock track from the clean city clan)…

Mott The Hoople told the true tale of a guitar lost on the way to Memphis (it got sent to Oriole, Kentucky by mistake), Sailor celebrated something with some fizzy wine from France, Kenny made a very dubious fashion statement, Mud considered hypnotherapy & T. Rex boogied (because they love to) with the last of their top 20 hits – their first eight UK chart hits all reached the top 2…

A quirky number from Jonathan Richmond & a chorus with no words from Steve Miller, a great song from Creedence Clearwater Revival, then Lennon & McCartney separately, Meat Loaf & ELO. Jeff Lynne wrote the entire double-album “Out Of The Blue” in about three & a half weeks, while McCartney’s “Juniors Farm” was written when he stayed at the farm owned by a certain Curly Putman Jr…

Gerry Rafferty passed away last week at the age of 63, from liver failure, caused by his chronic alcoholism, but he left behind some great music. From London Underground busker to member of The Humblebums (with Billy Connolly), to Stealers Wheel & the brilliant “Stuck In The Middle With You” &, finally, worldwide solo success, kicked off by a song that revived the sax – “Baker Street” earned Rafferty roughly £80,000 a year in royalties & it will surely continue to rapidly add to the five million times it’s been played on the radio…

Some beautiful songs saw us through to the end of the show: Only the second Genesis song with vocals by Phil Collins, Cat Stevens’ closure on his relationship with Patti D’Arbanville, Rod’s lovely flip-side to “Maggie May”, The Eagles & Elton’s beautifully delicate “Tiny Dancer”, written by Bernie Taupin about his wife…

Next week we will continue to rummage around in the incredibly varied delights of what was rock music in the seventies – when rock was serious, but not all the time…

The full playlist for this weeks show was as follows:

1 Alice Cooper No More Mr. Nice Guy
2 AC/DC Highway To Hell
3 Kiss Hotter Than Hell
4 Rick Derringer Still Alive And Well
5 Led Zeppelin When The Levee Breaks
6 Bachman-Turner Overdrive Not Fragile
7 Rory Gallagher Secret Agent
8 Aerosmith Draw The Line
9 Nazareth Bad, Bad Boy
10 Chicago I'm A Man
11 The Osmonds Hold Her Tight
12 Mott The Hoople All The Way From Memphis
13 Sailor Glass Of Champagne
14 Kenny Fancy Pants
15 Mud Hypnosis
16 T. Rex I Love To Boogie
17 Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers Egyptian Reggae
18 Steve Miller Band Serenade
19 Creedence Clearwater Revival Down On The Corner
20 John Lennon Power To The People
21 Paul McCartney & Wings Junior's Farm
22 Meat Loaf All Revved Up And No Place To Go
23 The Electric Light Orchestra Across The Border
24 Gerry Rafferty Baker Street
25 Genesis More Fool Me
26 Cat Stevens Lady d'Arbanville
27 Rod Stewart Reason To Believe
28 The Eagles Tequila Sunrise
29 Elton John Tiny Dancer

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