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22 minutes ago, timschochet said:

34. Roxy Music “Love is the Drug” (from Siren)

https://youtu.be/0n3OepDn5GU

This might be the most influential song on the entire list, as so many bands in the decade to come would imitate its funk, bass driven sound. One of the progenitors of New Wave. Oh yeah: and it’s also a great tune. 

Would never have guessed this came out in '75.

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24 minutes ago, timschochet said:

34. Roxy Music “Love is the Drug” (from Siren)

https://youtu.be/0n3OepDn5GU

This might be the most influential song on the entire list, as so many bands in the decade to come would imitate its funk, bass driven sound. One of the progenitors of New Wave. Oh yeah: and it’s also a great tune. 

Now we're talking. I declare this list to be a complete success.

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33. Parliament “Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker)” (from Mothership Connection

https://youtu.be/od-5gCO_PGE

As I wrote, “Love is the Drug” has a terrific funky bass line, but if you REALLY love the funk, you’ve got to go directly to the source, and that means George Clinton. One of his classics. 

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12 minutes ago, timschochet said:

33. Parliament “Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker)” (from Mothership Connection

https://youtu.be/od-5gCO_PGE

As I wrote, “Love is the Drug” has a terrific funky bass line, but if you REALLY love the funk, you’ve got to go directly to the source, and that means George Clinton. One of his classics. 

You're gonna put "Kashmir" over this.

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15 minutes ago, timschochet said:

33. Parliament “Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker)” (from Mothership Connection

https://youtu.be/od-5gCO_PGE

As I wrote, “Love is the Drug” has a terrific funky bass line, but if you REALLY love the funk, you’ve got to go directly to the source, and that means George Clinton. One of his classics. 

Tim is on a roll.

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32. War “Low Rider” (from Why Can’t We Be Friends?

https://youtu.be/_mFxUIH5IaE

How about a little more funk, this time of the Latin variety? 
Although this song has been used prominently in about a dozen movies, and has become the theme song of George Lopez, I will personally always associate it with the FIRST film it appeared in, Cheech and Chong’s Up in Smoke

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11 hours ago, timschochet said:

32. War “Low Rider” (from Why Can’t We Be Friends?

https://youtu.be/_mFxUIH5IaE

How about a little more funk, this time of the Latin variety? 
Although this song has been used prominently in about a dozen movies, and has become the theme song of George Lopez, I will personally always associate it with the FIRST film it appeared in, Cheech and Chong’s Up in Smoke

Nice one. When you said you were all over the Dazed and Confused soundtrack, you weren’t kidding. And that’s a good thing, of course.

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37 minutes ago, timschochet said:

30. Rod Stewart “I Don’t Want to Talk About It” (from Atlantic Crossing

This absolutely gorgeous love song was written by Danny Whitten of Crazy Horse years earlier, but Rod Stewart made it his own in 1975 and it has remained one of his most iconic hits ever since. 

The Crazy Horse version is great too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBz_2EqJ5wI as is the almost the entire album it came from. The Indigo Girls also did a nice cover of this. 

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On 9/25/2020 at 10:39 AM, timschochet said:

34. Roxy Music “Love is the Drug” (from Siren)

https://youtu.be/0n3OepDn5GU

This might be the most influential song on the entire list, as so many bands in the decade to come would imitate its funk, bass driven sound. One of the progenitors of New Wave. Oh yeah: and it’s also a great tune. 

Bryan Ferry has always been stylish, but what's up with the eye patch? 

I was just a kid when this song was on the radio, so I had never paid attention to the lyrics before. When I watched the linked video the opening lines caught my ear. 

Here is Ferry's explanation:

"Lyrics for the song’s opening were inspired by the Caribbean patois of our Trinidadian friend, Christian. He worked for Roxy doing wardrobe. Christian was a very amusing, laid-back guy. If there was ever a problem, Christian would say, “T’ain’t no big t’ing.”

I liked the phrase, so my opening lyrics to the song were: “T’ain’t no big thing / to wait for the bell to ring / T’ain’t no big thing / the toll of the bell.”

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5 hours ago, timschochet said:

31. Paul Simon “Still Crazy After All These Years” (from Still Crazy After All These Years

https://youtu.be/Zo1naJEacE8

1975 seems to be the year for great saxophone solos. This one is by jazz virtuoso Michael Brecker. The song itself is one of Simon’s more complex, yet beautiful ballads. 

If I close my eyes I still see Simon in a turkey suit on SNL when I hear this song.

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On 9/17/2020 at 3:26 PM, timschochet said:

60. 10cc “I’m Not in Love” (from The Original Soundtrack

https://youtu.be/STugQ0X1NoI

A change of pace from the previous few picks. Until making this list I’ve only listened to this tune casually, whenever it showed up on the radio. As it turns out, like many great ballads it’s simplicity is deceptive. This is really a complex piece of work, especially the background vocals. And it influenced a whole lot of music that came after it- a song that immediately comes to mind for me is “Drive” by the Cars. 

10cc had some great songs like this one, The Things We Do For Love, Dreadlock Holiday...

ETA- These threads always get me Googling and I was surprised to find out Graham Gouldman also wrote For Your Love for The Yardbirds and Bus Stop for The Hollies.

Then Godley and Creme left the group and released an unforgettable video for Cry in 1985.

https://youtu.be/BALmXecO0DE

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6 hours ago, northern exposure said:

10cc had some great songs like this one, The Things We Do For Love, Dreadlock Holiday...

ETA- These threads always get me Googling and I was surprised to find out Graham Gouldman also wrote For Your Love for The Yardbirds and Bus Stop for The Hollies.

Then Godley and Creme left the group and released an unforgettable video for Cry in 1985.

https://youtu.be/BALmXecO0DE

Gouldman was a very prolific songwriter - also wrote the great “Heartful of Soul” for the Yardbirds among many other songs. IMO “Bus Stop” is among the better tunes of the 1960s.

As for Godley and Creme, beyond their own groundbreaking video for “Cry”, they were A-list producers for others during the ‘80s. Per wiki:


“Godley and Creme achieved their greatest success as the innovative directors of more than fifty music videos in the early 1980s. They created memorable videos for Status Quo ("Something 'bout You Baby I Like"), The Police ("Every Breath You Take", "Synchronicity II", "Wrapped Around Your Finger"), Culture Club ("Victims"), Duran Duran ("Girls on Film", "A View to a Kill"), Herbie Hancock ("Rockit"), Go West ("We Close Our Eyes"), Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush ("Don't Give Up"), Frankie Goes to Hollywood("Two Tribes", "The Power of Love"), Sting ("If You Love Somebody Set Them Free", "Fields of Gold"), Toyah ("Thunder in the Mountains"), Visage ("Fade to Grey"), George Harrison ("When We Was Fab"), Lou Reed ("No Money Down"), Wang Chung ("Everybody Have Fun Tonight"), and Yes ("Leave It"), among many others, up to Godley's video for The Beatles' 1996 single, "Real Love", from the Beatles Anthology.“

 

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I am not a huge Aerosmith fan, but I do like quite a few of their songs, and Toys in the Attic was certainly their best album. Walk This Way is an obvious classic, featuring what has to be one of the most recognizable riffs ever.

Say You Love Me is not one of my favorites by Fleetwood Mac, but it's a solid tune.  Hoping to see Stevie's mega-classic from the same album here pretty soon in this countdown.

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26. Pink Floyd “Have a Cigar” (from Wish You Were Here)

https://youtu.be/hMr3KtYUCcI

I think Roger Waters is the greatest whiner of all time. Most whiners simply state their complaints about the cruelness of life and they’re just annoying. Waters writes whole epics devoted to his alienation from just about everything. I want to slap him and yell at him to get over it, but the music is just too damn good. 

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1 hour ago, timschochet said:

26. Pink Floyd “Have a Cigar” (from Wish You Were Here)

https://youtu.be/hMr3KtYUCcI

I think Roger Waters is the greatest whiner of all time. Most whiners simply state their complaints about the cruelness of life and they’re just annoying. Waters writes whole epics devoted to his alienation from just about everything. I want to slap him and yell at him to get over it, but the music is just too damn good. 

To that end, it must not have been easy for him to let outsider Roy Harper handle the lead vocals. Waters apparently really didn’t like the way he or Gilmour initially sang it.

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2 hours ago, timschochet said:

26. Pink Floyd “Have a Cigar” (from Wish You Were Here)

https://youtu.be/hMr3KtYUCcI

I think Roger Waters is the greatest whiner of all time. Most whiners simply state their complaints about the cruelness of life and they’re just annoying. Waters writes whole epics devoted to his alienation from just about everything. I want to slap him and yell at him to get over it, but the music is just too damn good. 

It does seem a bit hypocritical, they were happy to earn a fine living. But a great song, and true from his perspective nonetheless.

"Oh by the way, which one's Pink?"

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3 hours ago, zamboni said:

To that end, it must not have been easy for him to let outsider Roy Harper handle the lead vocals. Waters apparently really didn’t like the way he or Gilmour initially sang it.

The first thing they worked on for WYWH was [the thing that took up much of the album and may come later in this countdown]. Roger blew out his voice on that and couldn’t sing any of the other tracks. Since he didn’t like Gilmour’s attempts at it, they asked Harper, who was recording in an adjacent studio, to take a shot at it.

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16 minutes ago, Pip's Invitation said:

The first thing they worked on for WYWH was [the thing that took up much of the album and may come later in this countdown]. Roger blew out his voice on that and couldn’t sing any of the other tracks. Since he didn’t like Gilmour’s attempts at it, they asked Harper, who was recording in an adjacent studio, to take a shot at it.

Yup - I don’t think that tune you’re referring to will appear, but I’m sure the obvious one will.

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8 minutes ago, zamboni said:

Yup - I don’t think that tune you’re referring to will appear, but I’m sure the obvious one will.

Sometimes Tim surprises. I would not have called In My Time of Dying for his list, but there it was.

I wouldn’t be surprised if the obvious one is in his top 5, maybe even #1.

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On 9/19/2020 at 8:44 AM, timschochet said:

55. Bruce Springsteen “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out” (from Born to Run

https://youtu.be/BL-HL3ELvFI

One of the best efforts by the late Clarence Clemons. The keyboards aren’t that bad either. I never understood what this song was about, and when I looked it up was surprised to learn that Bruce doesn’t know either. 

Often the best songs are the one where the deep meaning is nothing.

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On 9/24/2020 at 5:30 AM, zamboni said:

Agreed - the harmonies are great. The high notes in the harmonies - presumably Meisner’s - seem to be at a decibel that only dogs can typically hear. Also great guitar solo by Felder.

$16K gets you a signed version of the '59 Les Paul that Felder used for this solo:  

https://reverb.com/item/29455581-gibson-gibson-custom-don-felder-les-paul-1959-the-eagles-aged-signed-17-50-lemon-burst-aged

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25. Led Zeppelin “Ten Years Gone” (from Physical Graffiti

https://youtu.be/kWbO9a1_Z3U

Sometimes I think this might be my favorite LZ song of all time. Haven’t I written that before? I think I wrote it already in this thread about “In the Light” and “The Rover”. I love those tunes. 
But “Ten Years Gone”. That guitar riff is so great, so epic. Such a beautiful piece of music. 

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37 minutes ago, timschochet said:

25. Led Zeppelin “Ten Years Gone” (from Physical Graffiti

https://youtu.be/kWbO9a1_Z3U

Sometimes I think this might be my favorite LZ song of all time. Haven’t I written that before? I think I wrote it already in this thread about “In the Light” and “The Rover”. I love those tunes. 
But “Ten Years Gone”. That guitar riff is so great, so epic. Such a beautiful piece of music. 

This would have been their Stairway to Heaven if Stairway to Heaven hadn’t already existed.

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1 hour ago, Ghost Rider said:

The funny thing about Roy Harper is that he almost sounds like a combination of Roger and David vocally, so it doesn't odd or anything to have an outsider singing Have a Cigar.
 

I highly recommend Harper’s Stormcock album if you haven’t heard it. A masterpiece of acoustic rock. Jimmy Page plays acoustic guitar here. And  Harper himself is a terrific guitarist himself.

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36 minutes ago, timschochet said:

24. Eagles “Lyin’ Eyes” (from One of These Nights

https://youtu.be/2PTEqZURh4o

Eagles was, at least prior to Hotel California, a country rock band, and this is the country part. It’s certainly one of their classic hits, IMO as good as any country rock song thats ever been produced. 

This is cromulent. They did the country rock thing better on their first two albums. 

My take on the Eagles, probably not shared by many, is that they got progressively worse over the course of their career. The first two albums are great, but Hotel California is mostly boring and The Long Run is mostly hot garbage. The third and fourth albums are OK. 

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3 minutes ago, timschochet said:

23. Earth, Wind & Fire “Shining Star” (from That’s the Way of the World

https://youtu.be/Zu9a29UR2dU

Back to the funk genre for this masterpiece. I rank it 2nd all time among EWF songs, just below “September”. Maurice White= musical genius. 

I think the title track is even better, but can't go wrong with anything from that album.

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