Category Archives: memories of 70s

19. Who Loves the Sun…Velvet Underground

We filter music, not only through out own memories but through our collective consciousness and then add a dash of time distortion for good measure. Take the Beatles for example, they haven’t existed since 1970 but they are constantly being … Continue reading

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70s Instrumentals….Rock

There were 9 entirely instrumental number ones in the UK chart in the 1950’s. The 60’s had even more, ten to be precise. By the 70’s there was two. The 80’s saw a complete drought and after that there’s been … Continue reading

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70’s Instrumentals..classically influenced

Lies our teachers taught us….  My religious education teacher told us that anyone who had taken LSD could never become a used care salesman, the logic being that they would have seen cars just melt under the influence of hallucinogenic … Continue reading

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70s instrumentals..Light Classical

Remembering Junior choice when writing about Free last week provoked a few memories about the light classical/easy listening that was having its last gasp in the 70’s. Most of our parents had record players of some description, the stereogram, for example was … Continue reading

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18:Alright Now.. Free

Music is important to us because of the way it makes us feel. That’s why for nearly everyone, their favorite music is from their Teenage years. A time of change and turmoil for most of us, we are hypersensitive and … Continue reading

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Into the 80’s.. The Human League

One of the things that most bands had to contend with in the 80’s was the decline in importance of the guitar. Take Spandau Ballet for example, two perfectly good guitarists, one of whom had to play synthesizer on their … Continue reading

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Into the 80’s..Rockism

Between the mid 70’s and the mid 80’s I can’t remember having a proper haircut. Gentleman’s hairdressers had a tendency to think that anyone with long hair wanted to look like a footballer rather than a member of Hawkwind so … Continue reading

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Into the 80’s..Altered images

Altered images entered the 80’s on a trajectory steep enough to make you dizzy. Formed by members of the Siouxisie and the Banshees fan club in Glasgow it was immediately clear where their influences lay. Tribal drumming, chiming guitars and … Continue reading

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Into the 80’s Scritti Politti

No band transformed themselves for the 80’s like Scritti Politti. Formed in Leeds and then relocated to Camden London, the band were the epitome of the proto crusty indie scene of the late 70’s. Naturally they lived in a squat … Continue reading

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16: Janie Jones….The Clash

The conventional story is that punk hit hard in 1977 and things were never the same again. That might have been the case in the London world of the New Musical Express or even the Factory Records world in Manchester. … Continue reading

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