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The 100 Greatest Songs of 1972. #1. All The Young Dudes (1 Viewer)

timschochet

Footballguy
13. Lou Reed “Walk On the Wild Side” (from Transformer

https://youtu.be/oG6fayQBm9w

Shaved her legs and then he was a she 

In the Politics Forum, in the LGBTQ thread, there were a couple of people the other day that tried to argue that, while homosexuality had been around for ages, trans is a pretty new thing. Yet here is Lou Reed in 1972, singing about people he knew ten years earlier. Are you listening, @IvanKaramazov? @BladeRunner? Think what you want about trans, but it’s been around a long time. 
Anyhow if it wasn’t for “Sweet Jane” (which was actually a Velvet Underground tune) this would be Reed’s signature song, the best composition of his career. Some people think it is anyhow. 

 

Pip's Invitation

Footballguy
rockaction said:
"Sweet Jane" sort of dwarfs this one, IMO. 

The prevalence of transgendered people and the increasing visibility and number of them is probably poor form to discuss here. 
Yes, we know Tim takes great care not to get banned.

Oh wait…

 

zamboni

Footballguy
This was awesome. I definitely spotted Sly Stone and Ed Reed from the Ravens out there, but Re-Run stole the show with his slo motion dance moves. 
Good call on Rerun - I knew that had to be him at the 1:07 mark with that trademark hand-flapping-and-jump move, but couldn't confirm.

 

zamboni

Footballguy
Soul Train >>>>>>>>>Bandstand 
Agreed. The only thing I liked about Bandstand is watching some new bands perform, even if it was 100% lip-synched and the bands were still faux playing while their sound was cut out.

 
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Dr. Octopus

Footballguy
timschochet said:
13. Lou Reed “Walk On the Wild Side” (from Transformer

https://youtu.be/oG6fayQBm9w

Shaved her legs and then he was a she 

In the Politics Forum, in the LGBTQ thread, there were a couple of people the other day that tried to argue that, while homosexuality had been around for ages, trans is a pretty new thing. Yet here is Lou Reed in 1972, singing about people he knew ten years earlier. Are you listening, @IvanKaramazov? @BladeRunner? Think what you want about trans, but it’s been around a long time. 
Anyhow if it wasn’t for “Sweet Jane” (which was actually a Velvet Underground tune) this would be Reed’s signature song, the best composition of his career. Some people think it is anyhow. 
Oh - please bring the dregs of the PSF in here. Really that would be fantastic!

 

timschochet

Footballguy
11. The Rolling Stones “Tumbling Dice” (from Exile on Main Street

https://youtu.be/6U8JlcB_BzA

The first comment on the YouTube reads “Rest in peace Charlie. This is a masterclass on tempo”. 
Is it? I’m no expert on drums, and it’s something I never before considered, even though I’ve been listening  to, and absolutely loving this song for the last 50 years. Perhaps somebody with percussion skills can chime in. 

 

Dr. Octopus

Footballguy
11. The Rolling Stones “Tumbling Dice” (from Exile on Main Street

https://youtu.be/6U8JlcB_BzA

The first comment on the YouTube reads “Rest in peace Charlie. This is a masterclass on tempo”. 
Is it? I’m no expert on drums, and it’s something I never before considered, even though I’ve been listening  to, and absolutely loving this song for the last 50 years. Perhaps somebody with percussion skills can chime in. 
Off the top of my head, I don't think it's even Charlie on the drums. I think it's Jimmy Miller.

 

zamboni

Footballguy
1. Soul Train 

2. Midnight Special 

Bandstand 
I'd but Don Kirshner's Rock Concert a bit below Midnight Special, and then Solid Gold well below DKRC and above AB (only because of the Solid Gold dancers and Waylon Flowers & Madame).

But yeah, AB is the bottom feeder.

 
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Dr. Octopus

Footballguy
Lol. Well hey the tempo could still be great, right? 
Sure. I actually checked after and it seems Charlie was on drums but Jimmy Miller played the "coda" - I don't really think of that as a song as having a coda though. During the Exile sessions, Charlie often showed disinterest and would walk away "frustrated" by certain things he was being asked to do by the producer Jimmy Miller, leaving Miller to play drums on a lot of that album.

As far as Charlie's timing - a really long time ago I worked at a record store with a black guy that was a jazz drummer. When Watts put out his tribute album to Charlie Bird Parker and we were playing it in the store, this guy was blown away. He kept saying "oh man....Charlie is so tight...oh man, is he tight". 

 
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rockaction

Footballguy
10. David Bowie “Ziggy Stardust” (from The Rise And Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars) 

https://youtu.be/7KEn0uOEILs

Well we are finally at the top 10 songs of 1972. More than one of these is considered to be an anthem, and this is certainly one of those. Ronson’s guitar riff here is, IMO, his best all time. When Ronson played guitar…
What can I say but "cool song"?  

 
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timschochet

Footballguy
8. Elton John “Rocket Man” (from Honky Chateau

https://youtu.be/DtVBCG6ThDk

Some of the lyrics are cheesy…one suspects that Bernie simply ran out of things to say towards the end of the tune, and that’s why we get stuff like “in fact it’s cold as hell” (a line that William Shatner deliciously murdered, in true Kirk style, in his awesome rendition: 

https://youtu.be/lul-Y8vSr0I)

Nonetheless this is one of Elton’s very best. The melody, no matter how many times you hear it, remains sublime. 

 
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otb_lifer

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 Would rank Don Kirchner's Rock Concert ahead of those. 


Uncle Floyd down?

9. The Doobie Brothers “Listen to the Music” (from Toulouse Street)

https://youtu.be/S3ta4T9tIUM

One of the most upbeat, joyous songs ever to appear on the radio. This is Tom Johnston’s best effort, a happy tune for the ages. 


i could hit a billion galaxies and still not find a world where this Root Canal muzak is better than Ziggy. 

oh boy. 

hate the Drake? no, hate the Doobies. 

8. Elton John “Rocket Man” (from Honky Chateau

https://youtu.be/DtVBCG6ThDk

Some of the lyrics are cheesy…one suspects that Bernie simply ran out of things to say towards the end of the tune, and that’s why we get stuff like “in fact it’s cold as hell” (a line that William Shatner deliciously murdered, in true Kirk style, in his awesome rendition: 

https://youtu.be/lul-Y8vSr0I)

Nonetheless this is one of Elton’s very best. The melody, no matter how many times you hear it, remains sublime. 


better choice here, though not loving just how lofty. 

it's the Wish version of Space Oddity.

:popcorn:

 

timschochet

Footballguy
7. Neil Young “Old Man” (from Harvest

https://youtu.be/An2a1_Do_fc

The link is to a live version for the BBC back in the day. 

For my money this might be the best thing Young ever did. It is such a well-crafted, brilliant song. I have long believed that the finest popular  hit music this world has ever produced, if limited to a single genre and time period, would be the singer-songwriter era of the early 1970s. Songs  like “Fire and Rain”, “Operator”, “Old Man” , “Both Sides Now”, and countless others ride to a higher quality of music than any other era or genre IMO. 

 

wikkidpissah

Footballguy
7. Neil Young “Old Man” (from Harvest

https://youtu.be/An2a1_Do_fc

The link is to a live version for the BBC back in the day. 

For my money this might be the best thing Young ever did. It is such a well-crafted, brilliant song. I have long believed that the finest popular  hit music this world has ever produced, if limited to a single genre and time period, would be the singer-songwriter era of the early 1970s. Songs  like “Fire and Rain”, “Operator”, “Old Man” , “Both Sides Now”, and countless others ride to a higher quality of music than any other era or genre IMO. 
rather than reprise it like Joni Mitchell did so eloquently & serendipitously with "Both Sides Now" i'd like to see him flip it now and write "Young Man" to the same tune. sumn like:

Young man, look at my life
Seventy-four, and not much more
Live alone in a paradise
That makes me mourn & rue

 

Pip's Invitation

Footballguy
7. Neil Young “Old Man” (from Harvest

https://youtu.be/An2a1_Do_fc

The link is to a live version for the BBC back in the day. 

For my money this might be the best thing Young ever did. It is such a well-crafted, brilliant song. I have long believed that the finest popular  hit music this world has ever produced, if limited to a single genre and time period, would be the singer-songwriter era of the early 1970s. Songs  like “Fire and Rain”, “Operator”, “Old Man” , “Both Sides Now”, and countless others ride to a higher quality of music than any other era or genre IMO. 
This was #12 on my Neil countdown and the highest-ranked song from Harvest. It is spine-chillingly good.

 

Pip's Invitation

Footballguy
rather than reprise it like Joni Mitchell did so eloquently & serendipitously with "Both Sides Now" i'd like to see him flip it now and write "Young Man" to the same tune. sumn like:

Young man, look at my life
Seventy-four, and not much more
Live alone in a paradise
That makes me mourn & rue
In the 90s he rewrote Heart of Gold as “Slowpoke”: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8IlTaY-oZ04

So who knows.

 

timschochet

Footballguy
5. Steely Dan “Reelin’ In The Years” (from Can’t Buy A Thrill

https://youtu.be/4dPRGfGmCmU

The name of the guitarist is Eliot Randall. He was a sessions guy, not part of the band, and he is responsible for one of the greatest riffs ever in rock history. Jimmy Page says it’s his favorite ever; he ranks it “a 12 out of 10”. 
Of course the rest of the song is great too. But have you guys watched the live version from 1972? I didn’t link it because it has a different guitarist but it’s available on YouTube. My impression watching it is…man these guys are ugly ####ers. Gotta be one of the ugliest major bands ever. 

 

falguy

Inconceivable!
6. Al Green “Love And Happiness” (from I’m Still In Love With You

https://youtu.be/mtrR8J-ZdBo

Once again the link is to the legendary Soul Train, and this one is especially worth watching because Al Green is at the top of his game. 
One of the greatest soul classics of all time. 
Amazingly, I have never heard this song before.  :eek:

I'm 56 and love 70's music. All types, and this is the first time I have heard this song.  I'm kind of shocked, tbh.

Also, not really a fan of the song

 

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