Category Archives: memories of 70s

22:Cool for Cats…Squeeze

The polytechnic disco was a refreshingly genre free environment. There were 420 people on campus and most of us didn’t have that much in common. Dance music didn’t exist, disco did of course but the rugby club wasn’t going to … Continue reading

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20 Whatevershebringswesing..Kevin Ayers

For a couple of years the second hand record shop in Norwich was pretty much the centre on my retail experience, I wish I could remember the name of the shop, its worth a blue plaque. My record buying had settled into a … Continue reading

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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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