Post Tagged with: "1970s"

Styx, “Difference in the World” (2011): One Track Mind

There’s a world-weary melancholy, a hard-won realism, to Styx‘s new song that didn’t exist in Tommy Shaw‘s fun-rocking “Renegade” days, and that points the way out of the band’s more recent habit of backtracking

Guilty pleasures: Copping to Culture Club, Madonna — and, OK, much worse

I have a confession to make. The other morning, while munching on a bowl of hemp granola and slurping my first cuppa, I watched a Justin Timberlake video … and I really liked the song

Something Else! Featured Artist: The Beach Boys

As the Beach Boys prepare to celebrate their 50th anniversary with the Nov. 1 release of Smile Sessions, an updated version of the 1968 track “Do It Again” and a proposed world tour, we take a look back at some fun, fun, fun old favorites

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, "Wild Billy's Circus Story" (1973)

There is a contingent of “fans” out there who label this song the “mistake” of The Wild, The Innocent & the E Street Shuffle. Since I think of the record as one of rock’s perfect albums, I must disagree.

Steely Dan Sunday, "Monkey In Your Soul" (1974)

< >> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** The last track on Pretzel Logic might be my least favorite one of that album, with that over the top fuzzy bass line. To some it makes the song nice ‘n’ fonky but I find it a distraction; I wanna hear Dias and Baxter’s guitars over that noise.

A 1970s' artifact?: Records you simply couldn't hide from

by Mark Saleski Back in the 1970s, there were a handful of records you just couldn’t get away from. They were everywhere: on the radio, in your car’s 8-track player, on your best friend’s stereo.

Have A Cigar!: Celebrating Pink Floyd's massive new reissue project

Psych-rockers Pink Floyd and EMI are launching an exhaustive re-release campaign, beginning today. You could say that tickled us … pink.

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, "Kitty's Back" (1973)

Now here we have the E Street Band with David Sancious and Vinny Lopez imparting more than a little bit of their jazzier sides. The jazz feel comes partly from Lopez’ loose-but-tight work at the kit and from Sancious’ wicked organ solo.

One Track Mind: Uriah Heep, "Easy Livin'" (2011)

Credit Uriah Heep as the co-inventors of hard rock, along with Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin. It doesn’t mean they couldn’t craft a crunchy little hit single, too.

Steely Dan Sunday, "Charlie Freak" (1974)

< >> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** The art of narration in a song, I would suppose, is one that’s hard to nail down so tight, because when it’s done so well, you remember it.