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Dynomite Part 1 – Tony Camillo’s Bazuka

Dynomite Part 1 – Tony Camillo’s Bazuka

Disco started in the gay night clubs of New York City in the mid-1970s. It became mainstream following Saturday Night Fever’s success in 1977 and was a cursed and hated genre by 1979 when “Disco Sucks” slogans appeared on everything from t-shirts to bumper stickers. One of the biggest complaints is that disco was produced by studio groups who didn’t tour, didn’t perform but merely churned out records that all sounded the same. If you were … Read entire article »

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How Long – Ace

How Long – Ace

I’m pretty sure I’m awarding “How Long” by Ace bonus points due to my affinity for “Tempted” by Squeeze. Both songs are ably sung by Paul Carrack, a man who found success with Ace, British critical darlings, Squeeze, and as a singer with Mike and the Mechanics in the mid- to late-1980s. Carrack obviously does something right to hit the Billboard charts with three different bands. But he doesn’t need a band to get airplay; … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

I’m Not Lisa – Jessi Colter

I’m Not Lisa – Jessi Colter

You want a reason to cry in your beer? Listen to “I’m Not Lisa” by Jessi Colter. It’s the sad story of a woman named Julie whose boyfriend, husband, whatever, keeps comparing her to Lisa, his ex-wife, ex-girlfriend, ex-whatever who left him years ago. She’s not the girl he remembers and evidently not the girl he wants. So Julie (Jessi Colter) sings about all the ways he loved her. But she leaves him on a winter day … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Country

Feelings – Morris Albert

Feelings – Morris Albert

You could start today and write songs the rest of your life and never, ever write anything half as sensitive as “Feelings” by Morris Albert. This song is so weepy, sensitive and in touch with its inner goodness and sadness, it makes me want to hurl. There must have been something in the water in 1975 that inspired songwriters to produce easy listening dreck that captured the sensitive zeitgeist but holds absolutely no relevance today. … Read entire article »

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Lovin’ You – Minnie Riperton

Lovin’ You – Minnie Riperton

Mariah Carey has always received acclaim and adoration for her ability to sing high notes like a tiny little hummingbird. Either you like the sound or you don’t. Personally, I don’t want to hear an album’s worth of bird songs and that may explain why I’ve never purchased a Mariah Carey record. Or a record full of bird songs. Birds singing outside my window on a summer morning = good. Birds chirping at the end of a … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

The Hustle – Van McCoy

The Hustle – Van McCoy

This is it…one of the greatest disco anthems ever. Someday in a far-distant future, aliens or some post-apocalyptic explorer will discover a cassette tape or vinyl copy of “The Hustle” by Van McCoy and will instantly deem it the World States National Anthem. At least the United States Disco Anthem. Think about it for a moment; besides “Staying Alive” by The Bee Gees, is any song more associated with disco than “The Hustle?” Can “The Hustle” be … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop