It’s fun listening to the debut albums of famous bands and hearing what works and what doesn’t. With the blessing, or curse, of hindsight, I can look back on a first album and keep the standouts while laughing off the forgivable throwaways. The Beatles, Radiohead, and many more GOAT-worthy bands have had shaky debuts that might have sounded great when they came out but are now measuring yards to judge how far they’ve come.
The Who’s debut release, My Generation, gave us the famous title track, still the definitive Who statement, and the also excellent “The Kids Are Alright.” But what about the other ten songs? What if I was alive in 1965 and picked up this record? Would I have cared enough about “Much Too Much,” “The Good’s Gone,” or “La-La-La-Lies” to keep my tabs on Pete Townsend and company? I say yes in 2016, but I can’t trust my bias of growing up in a culture where I’ve only known The Who as one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll bands of all time.
I guess the old saying is true: Time heals most bad songs. (“Much Too Much” is not a bad song)
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.
I made for y’all a Spotify playlist of my greatest hits of the 60s, which includes Aretha Franklin, The Byrds, James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, The Kinks, Otis Redding, The Rolling Stones, Simon & Garfunkel, Sly & The Family Stone, The Velvet Underground, The Who, and many more. I’ve also included some deeper tracks from the likes of The Bobby Fuller Four, John Leyton, The Zombies, and more.
And yes, Bob Dylan is on here.
Unfortunately I couldn’t find The Beatles on Spotify, but I think there are plenty of great songs on here to make up for that.
Keith Moon was only 31 when he died from a tragic mixing of alcohol and Clomethiazole and the rock world has missed him dearly ever since. Widely acknowledged as one of the greatest drummers of rock and roll, Keith was the vital power source behind one of the most powerful bands of rock and roll.
His final bow with The Who was on May 25th 1978 when they played “Won’t Get Fooled Again” during the filming of the documentary The Kids Are Alright. This performance is bittersweet, yet it is also a grand testament to how great Keith was as a drummer.
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.)