Yesterday was the official beginning of Fall, which means it’s time to break out the pumpkin spice latte (or Oktoberfest), sit out on your porch and read a book, or finally take that road trip you’ve been meaning to do before it gets too cold outside. No matter what you end up doing this Fall, these songs will fit the many moods of the changing leaves.
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.
Each year the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts a group of worthy musical acts, and this year’s class has some big names. The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Guns N’ Roses, The Beastie Boys, Donovan, The Small Faces (otherwise known as The Faces, which included Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood), and Laura Nyro will all be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The award ceremony will be held on April 14 and will be televised on HBO sometime in May.
This is an impressive group of musicians, but what I’m looking forward to the most is the possibility of a Guns N’ Roses reunion. The band members have been talking over the years about getting back together – the original lineup hasn’t played together since 1990 – and this ceremony might be all the band needs to bury the hatchet and get back together. Let’s see if Axel Rose and Slash can actually kiss and make up though.
In order to be eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the music act must have released its first record at least twenty-five years ago.