Just like I made a playlist for the 60s, the good old 1970s gets its own spotify playlist.
I’ve tried to cover as much ground as I could – from disco (Bee Gees, ABBA), Heavy Metal (Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin), R&B, funk, and soul (Al Green, Isaac Hayes, Marvin Gaye), lo-fi and punk (Buzzcocks, The Clash, New York Dolls), soft rock (Fleetwood Mac, Elton John), singer-songwriter (Cat Stevens, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor), to good old rock & roll (Bowie, Springsteen, Aerosmith). I also tried to throw in some deep tracks, including songs from Ann Peebles, Candi Staton, The Damned, David Essex, Dr. John, Fela Kuti, Freda Payne, Jorge Ben Jor, The Osmonds, Richard Hell, Rodriquez, The Slits, and more.
And yes, the Guardians of the Galaxy and Dazed and Confused soundtracks are on here too.
Ladies and gentlemen, what I’m about to show you is pretty badass.
At a Bob Dylan tribute show, notorious Irish rocker Sinead O’Connor is about to perform when she is booed so intensely that she cannot perform.
But first let’s back up. Earlier she played Saturday Night Live and during her performance she ripped a picture of the Pope in protest of child abuse in the Catholic Church. Not a good thing to do for your career right? Well the crowd was still pissed at her and they made sure she would not be able to perform.
So how does she respond?
She sings (borderline shouts) the lyrics to Bob Marley’s “War” with a few changes in the lyrics addressing child abuse. Here is the video.
This was pretty much the equivalent of the middle finger.
It also must be pointed out the irony in this entire set up. The crowd is full of Bob Dylan fans, and last time I check there was another show that was booed….has something to do with Judas….
Today is the 30th anniversary of Bob Marley’s death. Though he died from cancer 30 years ago, he continues to inspire generation after generation with his music. Here’s my favorite Marley song “Three Little Birds” in a stripped down version – don’t mind the video that goes with it, it actually fits quite well with the song.