The project continues with my favorite songs of 1979. Read the first post for the detail on this project.
I think this may be the most unlikely collection of songs I’ve brought together yet. My eclecticism is showing, but all of these are special to me in some way.
Bela Lugosi’s Dead – Bauhaus
Hammond Song – The Roches
Heart of Glass – Blondie
Logical Song – Supertramp
Lost in the Supermarket – The Clash
A Message to You, Rudy – The Specials
Oliver’s Army – Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Redemption Song – Bob Marley
Theme From New York, New York – Frank Sinatra
We Are Family – Sister Sledge
And my song of shame for 1979 is You Don’t Bring Me Flowers – Neil Diamond & Barbra Streisand
(I went through a Neil Diamond phase as a child. I was a strange youth.)
The project continues with my favorite songs of 1978. Read the first post for the detail on this project.
Baker Street – Gerry Rafferty
Bongo Man – Jimmy Cliff
Ever Fallen in Love – The Buzzcocks
(I Don’t Want To Go To) Chelsea – Elvis Costello & The Attractions
I Wanna Be Sedated – The Ramones
Mirage – Siouxsie & The Banshees
Take Me I’m Yours – Squeeze
Take Me To The River – Talking Heads
Rock Lobster – The B-52’s
The Robots – Kraftwerk
And my song of shame for 1978 is Old Time Rock and Roll – Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
What are your favorite songs from 1978? Let me know in the comments!
The project continues with my favorite songs of 1977. Read the first post for the detail on this project.
I’m now getting to the point where I’m having to make tough choices about what makes the top ten instead of trying to find songs to pad out the list. 1977-82 is a period of great music making, in my opinion.
Action Time Vision – ATV
Another Girl, Another Planet – The Only Ones
Chinese Rocks – Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers
Don’t Worry About The Government – Talking Heads
(Get A) Grip (On Yourself) – Stranglers
Lust For Life – Iggy Pop
One Love/People Get Ready – Bob Marley
Sheena Is A Punk Rocker – The Ramones
Solsbury Hill – Peter Gabriel
Turn the World Around – Harry Belafonte
And my song of shame for 1977 is Jet Airliner by Steve Miller Band
What are your favorite songs from 1977? Let me know in the comments!
The project continues with my favorite songs of 1976. Read the first post for the detail on this project.
Beat On The Brat – The Ramones
Final Solution – Pere Ubu
Give Up The Funk – Parliament
Legalize It – Peter Tosh
Neat Neat Neat – The Damned
Peace Prayer – St. Louis Jesuits
Roadrunner (Twice) – Modern Lovers
Shake Some Action – Flaming Groovies
Sir Duke – Stevie Wonder
X Offender – Blondie
And the song of shame for 1976 is More Than a Feeling – Boston
What are your favorite songs from 1976? Let me know in the comments!
In my pseudo-hipster way, I tend to post songs by Icelandic bands and by bands with an afrobeat sound, so why not do both? Samúel Jón Samúelsson Big Band is from Iceland and they do play an African jazz/funk fusion style as you can hear on this track “Ethiópían”
What are you listening to this week? Post it in the comments and perhaps it will be my Song of the Week next week.
The project continues with my favorite songs of 1975. Read the first post for the detail on this project.
1975 was another challenging year, but don’t worry folks, punk is coming!
Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen
I’m Not In Love – 10 cc
Kashmir – Led Zeppelin
New York State of Mind – Billy Joel
Omaggio a Jerry Lee Lewis – Richard Trythall
Roadrunner (Once) – Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers
Shining Star – Earth, Wind & Fire
Susan’s Song – Al Jarreau
Young Americans – David Bowie
You Sexy Thing – Hot Chocolate
And the song of shame for 1975 is Take It To The Limit – The Eagles
What are your favorite songs from 1975? Let me know in the comments!
Beer: Imperial Cream Ale
Brewer: Slumbrew Brewing Company
Rating: *** (7.8 of 10)
Comments: The beer is a hazy, copper-amber color with a thin head. The nose was a faint sweet smell. There wasn’t much expectation at this point, but the taste was a pleasant surprise. True to its name it has a creamy flavor with vanilla, but not overly sweet and it goes down smoothly. The high-alcohol content also left me with a pleasant buzz.
Beer: Jack’s Abby Lashes
Brewer: Jack’s Abby Brewing
Rating: *** (7.8 of 10)
Comments: This Munich-style lager has an attractive amber color with a pleasant balance of hops and malts. The taste is malty and piney and not too bitter. It has a nice head that leaves behind gentle lacing. On top of all this, I got a free glass from the James Gate pub.
The project continues with my favorite songs of 1974. Read the first post for the detail on this project.
1974 is an extremely challenging year. I have hardly any songs from this year and I’m not really crazy about many of them. Apparently, I’m not alone.
Autobahn – Kraftwerk
Boogie on Reggae Woman – Stevie Wonder
Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love Babe – Barry White
Cat’s In the Cradle – Harry Chapin
(Looking for) The Heart of Saturday Night – Tom Waits
No Woman, No Cry – Bob Marley and the Wailers
Nothing from Nothing – Billy Preston
The Payback – James Brown
Syl-O-Gism – Mary Lou Williams
Until You Come Back to Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do) – Aretha Franklin
And the song of shame for 1974 is “Band on the Run” by Wings
What are your favorite songs from 1974? Let me know in the comments!
In celebration of forty years on this planet, I’m going to post my favorite songs from every year since I was born until now. There will be one list per day every day for next 40 days. And yes, if you’re a long-time reader, I did try this project before but dropped the ball about halfway through.
The basic gist is that I will make a list in alphabetical order of 10 songs that I love from a particular year. An artist or band may appear only once per year. Since this is a retrospective exercise and I’ve learned about many songs and artists long after their work was release, I’m also going to list one song that charted that year that I loved at that time that it shames me to admit (although in some cases I may still listen to it as a guilty pleasure).
And so, for my first list, my favorite songs of 1973:
Baby We Got a Date (Rock It Baby) – Bob Marley & The Wailers
Could It Be I’m Falling In Love – The Spinners
Here I Am (Come and Take Me) – Al Green
I Hope That I Don’t Fall In Love With You – Tom Waits
Let’s Get It On – Marvin Gaye
Midnight Train to Georgia – Gladys Knight & The Pips
Over The Hills And Far Away – Led Zeppelin
Prisencolinensinainciusol – Adriano Celentano
Superstition – Stevie Wonder
Two Steps from the Blues – Bobby “Blue” Bland
And the song of shame for 1973 is Piano Man – Billy Joel
What are your favorite songs from 1973? Let me know in the comments!