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A New Month - 1st February 2011

Into February we go & the 70’s Rock Show closes in on the milestone of having played one thousand different tracks since we began broadcasting in March last year – we’ll get there next week...

So, a new month & “A New Day” from Welsh rockers Lone Star. Then the kings of Prog Rock, Yes, with a track from their album “Tomato” – so called because, unhappy with the sleeve artwork, Rick Wakeman threw a tomato at it, which stuck & got incorporated into the final design! Unconventional new wave new romantics Japan took us into a short country phase, with ELO & Steve Miller settin’ those feet a-tappin’...

Van Morrison has never earned a penny from “Brown Eyed Girl” because he signed the contract a little too quickly, while Joni Mitchell wrote a nice little earner after looking out of the window of her Hawaiian hotel at the beautiful vista that was the car park…

David Bowie was lyrically risqué & Mott The Hoople were lyrically puzzling, while Plastic Bertrand was lyrically French – mind you, he didn’t even sing on the record, that honour went to Lou Deprijck, who also wrote the novelty hit…

Iggy Pop led The Stooges in an awesome slice of punk before punk was punk, the eight guys that made up the Ramones surfed up some superb surf punk, while The Stranglers first hit was (full of brackets) slightly more intelligent punk…

Thin Lizzy (with Phil Collins on percussion), Status Quo (covering a country song), Mungo Jerry (with a great sing-a-long bopper), Elton (with a rock ‘n’ rolling twister) & the final 45 from The Move (Roy Wood & Jeff Lynne had already formed ELO by then) gave us lots to sing about…

One of the best Stones tracks & a delightful Strawbs number led us into a proper Prog Rock section of the show. Rick Wakeman (who played keyboards with The Strawbs too) with the brilliant “Merlin”, some Moody Blues, Roxy Music (lyrically more risqué than Mr Bowie), Genesis, Pink Floyd & Shawn Phillips (beautiful – happy 68th birthday for this week Shawn), but the show closed with a worthy message from Santana…

Next week we’ll hit the 1,000 song mark & the week after that will be our Valentine’s “love” special show. Also in the coming month or so, we’ll hopefully be welcoming Andy West of local band 3rd Rock Revolution fame into the studio for a chat & an insight into some of his favourite 70’s music. AND we’ll also be, hopefully, welcoming Steve Watts from local band Exhibit A (who we featured last week) for a similar trip down memory lane…

The full playlist for this weeks show was as follows:

1 Lone Star A New Day
2 Yes Don't Kill The Whale
3 Japan The Unconventional
4 The Electric Light Orchestra Down Home Town
5 Steve Miller Band Dance, Dance, Dance
6 Van Morrison Brown Eyed Girl
7 Joni Mitchell Big Yellow Taxi
8 David Bowie John, I'm Only Dancing
9 Mott The Hoople Honaloochie Boogie
10 Plastic Bertrand Ça Plane Pour Moi
11 Iggy Pop & The Stooges Raw Power
12 The Ramones Swallow My Pride
13 The Stranglers (Get A) Grip (On Yourself)
14 Thin Lizzy Johnny
15 Status Quo Wild Side Of Life
16 Mungo Jerry Long Legged Woman Dressed In Black
17 Elton John Your Sister Can't Twist (But She Can Rock & Roll)
18 The Move California Man
19 The Rolling Stones Tumbling Dice
20 The Strawbs Floating In The Wind
21 Rick Wakeman Merlin The Magician
22 The Moody Blues How Is It (We Are Here)
23 Roxy Music In Every Dream Home A Heartache
24 Supertramp Crime Of The Century
25 Genesis Los Endos
26 Pink Floyd Us and Them
27 Shawn Phillips Parisien Plight 1
28 Santana Love Devotion & Surrender

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