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.
This new playlist combines many of the songs from the Garden State and Scrubs soundtracks in addition to some other songs that I think match Braff’s great range of taste in music. There are also some songs on here from his new movie Wish I Was Here released in limited release July 18th.
As technology advances at the rapid rate that it does, It seems that our attention spans are getting severely short. The invention and popularity of the iPod was truly revolutionary, but music took a huge hit. Listening to albums used to be an event, you would devote time to listen to a whole album in one setting. Now we have trouble just listening to one song without skipping forward to the next song, and when was the last time you listed to an album from start to finish without stopping? This is tragic – artist do not create music so that their work can be skipped after the first five seconds if the music does not entice you fast enough. The following songs make you wait – the best part isn’t in the first ten seconds, twenty seconds, or even the first minute. They are song that challenge you but soon reward you.
I hope you have some time on your hands, because all these songs are over seven minutes long! It should be pointed out that I’m not including live tracks.
LCD Soundsystem – “All My Friends”
Bob Dylan – “Hurricane”
Led Zeppelin – “Stairway To Heaven”
Ryan Adams – “Nobody Girl”
Neil Young – “Down By The River”
Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Free Bird”
Green Day – “Jesus Of Suburbia” (Sorry but you’ll have to follow the link.)
Kanye West – “Runaway”
Eric Clapton – “The Core”
Prince – “Purple Rain”
The Who – “Won’t Get Fooled Again”
Don McLean – “American Pie”
Dave Matthews Band – “Crush”
The Beatles – “Hey Jude”
The Rolling Stones – “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”
Oasis – “Champagne Supernova” (Sorry but you’ll have to follow the link.)
Derek and the Dominos – “Layla”
4th of July weekend is upon us! This is a glorious time of cookouts, fireworks, and great tunes, and I can provide at least one of these. Here are some songs to celebrate (for the most part) our glorious nation that is America.
“American Saturday Night” – Brad Paisley
“American Girl” – Tom Petty
“American Baby” – Dave Matthews Band
“American Pie” – Don McLean
“American Idiot” – Green Day
“North American Scum” – LCD Soundsystem
“Little America” – R.E.M.
“Do Miss America” – Ryan Adams
“America” – Simon & Garfunkel
“Ashes Of American Flags” – Wilco
“Born In The U.S.A.” – Bruce Springsteen
“I’m So Bored With The U.S.A.” – The Clash
“R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A.” – John Mellencamp
“Geek U.S.A.” – Smashing Pumpkins