There’s still plenty of summer left, which means you still got time to get in your car and take that road trip you’ve been meaning to take since you read ‘On The Road’. Or you can go visit your grandma who lives an hour away. Or you can go to the store and pick up some toilet paper. No matter where you’re going, you’ll need some good tunes for the road.
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.
What better way to end 2014 than to give out some superlatives? As with any sort of end-of-year review, these awards reflect my personal taste and shouldn’t be taken as the final say on the year. Really my hope is that you’ll check out some new music that that you’d otherwise miss.
Also, make sure to click on the album cover for a link to a song off that album.
Alright, let’s begin.
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In 1988 Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne formed the Traveling Wilburys and released their debut album Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1. The first song off the album is “Handle with Care” and it became one their most popular songs in their short career (Orbison died right before a proper follow up could be recorded).
In 2006, Jenny Lewis recorded her own cover of “Handle with Care” for her album Rabbit Fur Coat with The Watson Twins, Conor Oberst, Ben Gibbard, and M. Ward. These are two very different music supergroups from different eras, yet each version is great.
Here is comedian/musician Rick Miller singing Queen’s classic “Bohemian Rhapsody” with twenty-five spot on impressions of twenty-five very distinct (a nice way of saying annoying) voices of rock & roll. Some of the impressions he does include Bob Dylan, Jon Bon Jovi, Barney (yes, the dinosaur), Tom Petty, Ozzy Osbourne, and Axel Rose. Miller is talented, hilarious, and he kind of looks like Prince, so I’m counting that as his twenty-sixth impression.
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
These two songs are great, but they sound very similar. Did The Strokes rip off Tom Petty, or did Tom Petty rip off The Strokes? Hopefully you can guess the answer.