Thursday, May 2, 2013

Sucking in the '70s - Volume 5

   I confess to an unnatural (and perhaps unhealthy) fascination with the 1970s.  It could be that as a Gen Xer who's lived through the general rightward turn of the last 30 years, I just can't get my head around all the crazy shit people were up to when I was just an innocent tyke.  I tend to look up on the period with not quite equal parts bewilderment, jealousy, affection, a wee bit of judgmental dismay, and a whole lot of profound wonder at some of the self-serving musings of the day - especially all the pop songs that rationalized egoistic behaviors in the name of finding oneself.  Case in point - The Commodores Easy and lines like "I wanna be free to do the things I know are right" after the protagonist has told his girlfriend he's leaving her.  Still, I really do like the song - something about the vaguely countryish melody just gets to me.  Which is a long-winded way for me to introduce the fifth volume of my Sucking in the 70s compilations (volumes 1-4 are still available for download, btw).


Color Him Father The Winstons
(If You Let Me Make Love to You Then) Why Can't I Touch You? Ronnie Dyson
Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard Paul Simon
Chico And The Man (Main Theme) Jose Feliciano
I Can See Clearly Now Johnny Nash
Easy The Commodores
Daniel Elton John
Country Road James Taylor
Take It Easy The Eagles
(Don't Fear) The Reaper Blue Oyster Cult
A Love That's Real The Intruders
Love on a Two-Way Street The Moments
Midnight Rider The Allman Brothers Band
Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues Danny O'Keefe
Break Up to Make Up The Stylistics
Bell Bottom Blues Derek & The Dominos
Help Me Make It Through The Night Sammi Smith
Ain't No Woman (Like The One I've Got) The Four Tops
O-o-h Child The Five Stairsteps
Because The Night Patti Smith Group