Saturday, August 10, 2013

95 More Songs of Summer - August, 1973

I've mined the summer of 1973 pretty heavily for this 2-year project, which isn't surprising since I was 13 years old and probably at the height of my infatuation with AM radio.  The following year I would start buying albums, start listening to bands like Steely Dan, and make my first tentative forays into the bold world of FM.

Kudos to you Mr. Nickerson for this montage that pairs a supremely silly song with scenes from the supremely silly movie in which it appeared.  And hey, I enjoyed "The Poseidon Adventure" when it came out too.  But watch it now, and you'll be treated to some of the best ham-handed acting from genuine greats of film that you've ever seen.  And Leslie Nielsen!  "The Morning After" was the #2 song this week.

#6 - Gilbert O'Sullivan was a talented guy, and wrote/performed one of the great singles of all time.  This was not it.  Although, I must confess enjoying this when it was on the airwaves that summer.  Watching this video is fun for seeing the ridiculous get-ups that Gilbert's manager would make him wear.  He should have told him to f*ck off.

#8 - Is it possible that Marvin Gaye was underrated?  When you listen to his catalog, it's hard not to be in awe of what he was able to accomplish - he could sound like Otis Redding, he could sound like Smokey Robinson, and he could sound like The Temptations.  And like Stevie Wonder, by the early 70s he had fully matured as an artist, and sounded just like Marvin Gaye.

#13 - Wow.  When you listen to Al Green's great 70s hits, the one thing that they have in common is that they leave you wanting more.  That contributes to their greatness - there is an inherent tension in the way Green sings, as if he's just barely under control.  In this live performance, you see the other side of Al Green - the side that wanted to be James Brown just as much as a smooth crooner.

#18 - Believe it or not, I just bought "Dark Side of the Moon" a few weeks ago. 

And with that, we are caught up!

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