It’s the 70’s. It’s not a GIANT decade for me musically because, let’s face it, I was born in 1970. Most of my musical influences were not my own. Although – lucky for me – my dad had awesome taste in music. When I did get the opportunity to make some of my own decisions, I can’t say they were the best…
This week’s Mix Tape is 1970’s part 2. Next week we will be checking out Hair Bands and Neon with the 80’s part 1.
So let’s go ride with this train: Still assuming I have no knowledge of the future, BUT knowing what I know about music now, I’m digging the 70’s.
Little Green Bag – George Baker Group I really wanna give you some fabu info about this song, but’s lets face it – I just really like it. Ironically there is some debate about whether or not he is saying Green Back or Green Bag, however why would the song be called Green Bag? And come on… “Sister Kind?” I followed the Grateful Dead for 4 years, I’m pretty sure I know what people mean when they say “The Kind”.
Shoot – So my next song was going to be Magic Carpet Ride and I realized that I was creating a soundtrack for a movie in the future. So….
There’s this guy – his name was Frank Zappa. I can’t possibly tell you everything you should know about him. I can tell you this. I was trying to narrow down some ideas on who I would include in this list. And you see – everyone came back to Frank Zappa. Little Feat – they met while playing with Frank Zappa. You know the song Smoke on The Water? Well it’s about an accident Frank Zappa had at a concert:
We all came out to Montreux,
On the Lake Geneva shoreline.
To make records with a mobile,
We didn’t have much time.
But Frank Zappa and the Mothers,
Were at the best place around,
But some stupid with a flare gun,
Burned the place to the ground.
Smoke on the water and fire in the sky.
Smoke on the water…
So Deep Purple was there, at the Montreux Casino in Switzerland, when some crazy Zappa fan shot off a flare gun that caused the whole Casino to burn down.
Frank had a gift for identifying and attracting amazingly talented musicians. Here’s a much abbreviated list of musicians/bands (who contain musicians) you might never have heard of if it wasn’t for Frank Zappa: Missing Persons, Talking Heads, King Crimson, OK WAIT. I can’t do this whole list, it is RIDICULOUS go here the names might not mean anything to you, click on them and you will see band names like The Doors, David Bowie, Berlin, Steely Dan…it goes on and on and on. So. In lieu of putting any of those bands on the list. I decided to go with the FIRST CAUSE:
Frank Zappa – Cosmik Debris (I chose the studio version, his live stuff is fantastic and a must see, but if you want to hear the amazing musicians and production, well we go to the studio folks)
I know, that should have been its own post – well, tough.
Three Dog Night; also known in the late 60’s as Redwood when their band included Brian Wilson (yes, Beach Boy). This amazing band had the kind of sound that the American public loved to hear, thanks to them some songwriters like, Randy Newman, Leo Sayer and Harry Nilsson got to move up that food chain. Three Dog Night; named after a tradition an aboriginal tribe had; they slept with Dingo’s to keep warm at night, if it was super cold it was a “Three Dog Night.”
Shamabala – Three Dog Night
I love this song, and apparently other Glam Rock bands do too. Not that I’m a Glam Rock Band. Originally recorded by Hello, a British Glam Rock band, then covered by Ace Frehley (of Kiss) and later Sweet (of Ballroom Blitz fame). Love the Hello version, especially the music video– but….
Ace Frehley and Kiss – New York Groove
This one Elton John called one of his all-time favorites. I can see why. The emotion of this song is so raw and right there. It’s not theatrical, it’s metaphors are just beautiful and transport you away. Apparently Bernie Taupin wrote this in response to Spanish Harlem, he heard a gun go off during his first visit to New York, and it really left an impact on him. Elton John’s translation into song makes me want to roll the windows down, crank it and sing along.
Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters – Elton John
Now to break my own rules and turn the list up to 6. I must include this song. This one is a memory of my childhood. I was 5, my parent’s best friends lived across the street. My parents were technically “Squares” however since investments and plastics abounded, they partied in ways I would rather not know the details of – the pictures are burned into my eyeballs. So looking; back it comes as no surprise that my parent’s friends divorced when I was 7, it also comes as no surprise that the song 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover was Bruce’s favorite song. I remember him singing it all of the time. I remember he would be playing the album and I would hear the line “Get off the bus Gus” and I would picture some guy climbing down from a school bus. Thank’s for the memories Paul, if it were up to me I would play Late in the Evening, but that’s his memory, not mine…
50 Ways to Leave Your Lover – Paul Simon (by the way the famous drums in this song – Steve Gadd – another Zappa alum)
OK folks. Now I want to hear what you’ve got! The rules of Twisted Mix Tape are as such: Try and create a 5 song mix; based on this week’s theme. As we move through the decades the assumption is you know about the music in the past, but not what is to come. Create your own post and link it up, or put your mix in the comments. If you’re going to link-up there must be a song – relating to the theme – in your post. Share this all over the place, the more the merrier. And Go visit my lovely, mostly Co-Host – Kristi at Finding Ninee. She’s always got a song, a funny story and some silly Drawrings. Mostly, just have fun, there’ s no pressure here.
If you need to own any of these songs – and you know you do. Click these links to go to iTunes:
Little Green Bag – Reservoir Dogs (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Cosmik Debris – Apostrophe (‘)
Shambala (Single Version) – 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Three Dog Night
New York Groove – The Very Best of Kiss
Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters – Honky Château
50 Ways to Leave Your Lover – Still Crazy After All These Years
Also, as promised, here are the latest YouTube video playlists. This is awesome because it is a way we can share all of the music from all of the lists – including the lists in comments. You can just set it to play and listen in the background while you’re on your computer. Or hook it up through speakers. However you like to groove. Check it out, I bet you’ll enjoy. And if you subscribe to my channel you will know when I create the next playlist.