“I hated this song. I hated everything about pop music in 1980. That's why I dressed funny and listened to punk rock” - Bubs
1. Go to the Billboard #1 Hits listings
2. Pick the year you turned 18
3. Get yourself nostalgic over the songs of the year
4. Pick 5 songs and write something about how these songs affected you
5. Pass it on to 5 more friends
But then I was bamboozled already by step #3. Do you have any idea what manner of crap Billboard has listed as their #1 hits for 1976?
Do you think I am kidding? Wrap your head around these samples, kiddies: I Write the Songs by Barry Manilow, (Shake Shake Shake) Shake Your Booty by KC and the Sunshine Band, Silly Love Songs by Wings, Afternoon Delight by Starland Vocal Band, You Should Be Dancing by the BeeGees …
I could go on, but I’ll stop right there as I notice you are throwing up in your mouth a little bit. You should be down on your knees right now, thanking god for the internet which ended humanity’s dependence on crap pop radio.
I should have just done what Bubs did, but I wasn’t thinking clearly, so I researched some other charts and I don’t give a rat’s ass whether these all reached #1 spot or not, at least I can still listen to them with my dignity intact.
Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
I don’t remember specifically when I first heard this song, but I sure remember being quite blown away by the epic grandeur of the whole thing. Bugs Bunny cartoons aside, I think Bohemian Rhapsody may have been what first sparked my interest in the opera. Suddenly opera wasn’t just for stern hausfraus in iron breast-plates anymore.
Rock’n Me – Steve Miller Band
Weekends with my boyfriend at my friend’s cottage on Lake Winnipeg during the summer before my friend and I left to bum around
Love is the Drug – Roxy Music
This song was just a breath of fresh air. After being stuck in the pop music am radio hell of
The Boys are Back in Town – Thin Lizzy
A little long-haired glam never hurt anyone, and this was a good times for all, the consequences be damned anthem, and that’s what we were all about then, innit?
The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald – Gordon Lightfoot
I was always a Gordon Lightfoot fan. In fact, Sit Down Young Stranger was the second album that I ever bought (Steppenwolf's Born To Be Wild was the first). And I do believe that the first concert I ever attended was a Gordon Lightfoot concert. At the time it was so mindboggling and refreshing that a Canadian musician would actually embrace being a Canadian and sing about Canada.
But aside from those songs and a handful of others, 1976 was a pretty grim year for music that we were able to receive on our transistor radios. We were just starting to hear about the Sex Pistols and the Clash, and had never even dreamed that there were bands like the Damned, the Buzzcocks, the Stranglers, Siouxsie & The Banshees, the Undertones, Penetration, the Adverts, and the Skids.
We've come a long way, baby.
I am tagging Allison, Toccata, Mellowlee, Phlegmfatale, and Fearless.
Hey, this would appear to be post #600. Where'd the time go?