Post Tagged with: "1970s"

Steely Dan Sunday, "Night By Night" (1974)

> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** “Night By Night” falls right in the middle of the best three song sequence on any Steely Dan album. Last week we took the occasion of “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” to reflect on the genius of Jim Gordon. If Jim Gordon was the heir to Hal Blaine as the king of sessionRead More

One Track Mind: Paul McCartney and Wings, "Live and Let Die" (1973)

Let’s look beyond the goofy flutes and whatnot — and the oddly aggressive nature of the song, because it’s just so out of character for the nice man. Paul McCartney screwed up “Live And Let Die” in a huge way

Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols (1977)

I didn’t really know much about Malcolm McLaren, except that he had some sort of fashion boutique called “Sex” and that he put the Sex Pistols together. A Rolling Stone article marking his death last year referred to him as a “Punk Renaissance Man.”

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, "Mary Queen Of Arkansas" (1973)

Because I’ve been steeping myself in rock and folk music all of these years, people are genuinely surprised when I admit that I’m not a lyrics person. I suppose it puts me in the minority of listeners.

Steely Dan Sunday, "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" (1974)

< >> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** Here’s a song where there’s so many delicious angles one could use to write about it: Victor Feldman’s wild electric marimba ruminations the the intro of the album version, the famous borrowing from Horace Silver’s “Song From My Father

Something Else! Featured Artist: Supertramp

Supertramp was many things over its too-brief period of hitmaking — art-rockish proggers, post-Beatle popsters, kinda-classical rockers, memory-defining radio monoliths. There was much to love as they moved, over the course of the early-1970s to the early-1980s, from the esoteric to the very top of the charts

Gimme Five: Steve Smith on songs with Journey, Jean-Luc Ponty, Vital Information

On this special edition of Something Else! Reviews’ One Track Mind, we hand the reins over to Steve Smith, who’s had memorable tenures with Journey and Jean-Luc Ponty and now leads the fusion jazz group Vital Information.

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, "Growin' Up" (1973)

I wrote a Friday Morning Listen that was a mashup of Joe Jackson, Bruce, Clarence, and Fellini. I was nervous about a bunch of things that day, not the least of which was the health of Clarence.

Steely Dan Sunday, "King Of The World" (1973)

. < >> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** It’s something we’ve visited before, but many Steely Dan songs touch on topics from Becker and Fagen’s youth in the 1960s (see “Boston Rag”, “My Old School”).

Something Else! Featured Artist: The Who

In a way, the Who has no one to blame for a slow and steady slide into overlooked rock-god status.