Post Tagged with: "1970s"

Steely Dan Sunday, "East St. Louis Toodle-oo" (1974)

< >> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** Some fun facts about this track: 1. “East St. Louis Toodle-oo” is the only Steely Dan track in which Becker and Fagen are not in the songwriting credits. This one was written about fifty years earlier by Duke Ellington and his trumpet player, Bubber Miley.

Canned Heat, featuring Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown – Live at Montreux 1973 (2011)

Canned Heat, the doomed boogie-blues revivalists, only made a lone appearance at the legendary Montreux Jazz Festival. Yet they still managed some star-crossed magic.

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, "The Angel" (1973)

Bruce accompanied by a lone piano, playing a sparse progression. Motorcycle outlaws (“The angel rides with hunch-backed children”)? Little kids on a bicycle adventures (“Baseball cards poked in his spokes…”)?

Steely Dan Sunday: "Barrytown" (1974)

. < >> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** The popular line about “Barrytown” is that this is a song disparaging the Unification Church members and followers of its leader, Sun Myung Moon, or “moonies

Something Else! Featured Artist: Genesis

Believe it or not, Phil Collins was once just a member of this group called Genesis.

Friday Morning Listen: Bob Marley, “Three Little Birds” (1977)

by Tom Johnson Our oldest daughter is preparing for her first days of first grade. Supplies have been bought, some in ridiculous quantities (seriously, 36 pencils for the first day alone?!)

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, "Lost In The Flood" (1973)

As a kind of companion piece to “Does This Bus Stop at 82nd St?”, the mood shifts dramatically here, trading all of that romantic positivity for stark reality … or at least a reality whose dark side is winning out.

Steely Dan Sunday, "Any Major Dude Will Tell You" (1974)

< >> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** One litmus test to tell if you’re a baby boomer or older is if you can remember when the term “dude” was only used by surfer dudes or stoners out in California.

Something Else! Featured Artist: Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin’s image, dating back to the band’s debauched 1970s heyday, has grown so outsized that it sometimes obscures, well, the music.

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, "Does This Bus Stop At 82nd St?" (1973)

A young Bruce flashes a lot of exuberance in a rambling, upbeat dedication to New York City. Reported points of interest on the song include Bruce’s dad working as a bus driver and Bruce taking a bus trip from Freehold to Manhattan to visit a girlfriend.