Saturday, February 8, 2014

Child of the 70s

I was born in 1974.  I have pictures of me wearing those striped t-shirts in colors that are "so 70s".  And though there was a period of time when I certainly shunned the 70s (as a teen or young adult), I've got to say there's some nostalgia in me too.

Of course only having spent my pre-school years in the 70s, I wasn't conscious enough to realize how much technology they did NOT have.  It is pretty amazing to imagine a world without the instant gratification of listening to the track you want immediately on a CD or better yet, youtube or mp3s.  It seems almost quaint.

And I really dig some 70s music that brings back childhood memories.  I like to go back to that aural universe and remember car rides home in the dusk with my parents or imagine us listening to albums (on record players or tape decks) way back when.

It would be hard to pick just one album that signifies the 70s to me.  Let me say I don't like ALL 70s music.  There is some that makes me cringe.  And some that I sing along to at top volume.   Enjoyed the film with Simon Pegg Paul that featured a lot of classics from that era.

So on my 70s music "must list", I'd put:
The Eagles: "New Kid in Town"
Steve Miller Band: "The Joker"
Jerry Rafferty: "Right down the Line"
ABBA: AHHH, ABBA, so many good ones!  Of course, "Dancing Queen" or "Fernando".
Supertramp: "Breakfast in America"

And if I'm feeling campy, then I'd go with:
The Carpenters: "Close to You"
Starland Vocal Band: "Afternoon Delight" (gotta love the super cheesy version from Anchorman)

If you hardly recognize any of these, you might be a child of the 80s or 90s.  That's ok, cause I'm one of those kids, too.  Stay tuned for my "best of" for these decades later.

Meanwhile, I'd like to thank my parents for exposing me to their music.  Including the classic guitar riffs of Dire Straits. 

Have you got a favorite song (or one that makes you wince!) from the 70s?  Embrace your inner bell-bottoms and tell me!

4 comments:

Den nation said...

This is a sad song, but I really like Terry Jacks' Seasons in the Sun.

I am definitely not a child of the 70s and not really of the 80s either, but like you, I like to think back to the time when life was more simple.

Lindle said...

Well, I suppose I was a young adult of the 70's being only about 16 when that decade began, but I became a mom in the 70's also--and surrounded by the times and the music.
Dire Straits came on the scene in the late 70's and over into the 80's, but--as you know--they got plenty of air time in our house!
Others: Harry Nillson, CCR, Fleetwood Mac, Steely Dan, Bee Gees, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Supertramp, Jim Croce...these performers were peaking about then. And there was always Emmy Lou Harris, Bonnie Raitt,Linda Ronstadt, and Joni Mitchell smoking up the stereo. Really good, solid stuff. I just can't pick ONE!!!!

Jenenz said...

There was good music in the 70's. The 70's were my high school and college years. I still adore Karen Carpenter. She was the first girl I saw that played the drums! And she has such a pure voice.

We used to play that Supertramp LP all the time. I was into power pop (Cheap Trick) and punk/new wave (Talking Heads, early Blondie, etc).

ABBA is FUN!

Holly Nelson @ English Girl Canadian Man said...

I am an 80s child! I can't wait to read that post!