45 Break: I Hate the 70s

Since this in my 100th post. I thought I would give everyone a little history on why I created this blog….

During this past winter, when my daughter was just a few months old, I would hold her in my arms and rock her to sleep to music. I would stand in a darkened living room with TV on the 70s radio channel, softly singing song after song. As I each song came on, I imagined the day that my girl would ask me to tell her about the music that I grew up with. My immediate fear was, what if I couldn’t? What if I lost my memory? What if I lost my words? What if I lost my passion for the music?

I searched online to see if there was a blog that talked about 70s pop and couldn’t find one, so I started one of my own. In doing so, I’ve actually been connected to others who reinterpret 70s music with their own unique outlook, which challenges and inspires me to do the same. It wasn’t always this easy to speak freely about the 70s. In fact, the 1980s tried their best to make sure that decade never existed. You would be laughed in 1987 to say that you liked, listened to or owned 70s 45s. Everyone decided to relive the Summer of Love, in a safe way, by that point, had soon-to-be-worthless cassette singles and was flaunting their growing CD collection. The 70s were considered a joke, a mistake, a momentary lack of taste. The British Invasion was awesome, Glam rock not so much. The 80s locked those memories away like the large metal doors at the beginning of Get Smart. In discovering myself and who I was, I had to find a way to unlock them.

Enter Rhino Records, which was picking up steam as the #1 reissue label. In 1990, they released a series of CDs which completely changed my life, Super Hits of the 70s. They released 15 volumes that year, from late 1969 to early 1976. I would listen to Midnight At The Oasis and follow it up with Beach Baby without any shame or excuses for my questionable taste in music. It opened up a flood of childhood memories, as well as a confidence that I could like whatever music I wanted. I felt like was reclaiming a part of my life that my brain had kept hidden away in a locked room. It wasn’t mere nostalgia. It wasn’t a mere snort & giggle at Convoy or Dead Skunk, and then I moved on. The only thing that I can compare it with is someone who has a twin, separated at birth, who reconnects with that person later in life. For me 70s music was the twin I rediscovered who finally completed me.

As I rocked my little girl night after cold dark night, I felt compelled to share that part of me with her and not wait until I got older. In doing so I reconnected with my ‘twin’ all over again, finding out new things, seeing him from different angles, learning about who I am, and recapturing those magical days of discovery in the Fall of 1990.

I love the 70s.

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  1. I remember the looks I used to get whenever I told people I liked 1970s music in 1987. I was in high school then, and had grown tired of the stuff that was constantly cycling through Top 40 radio while the good stuff got overlooked.

    At that same time, I had a friend whose older sister said I could have her old albums. In that stack was a bunch of K-Tel compilations, and I was hooked. By the time that Rhino compilation came out, it was a manner of getting acquainted for me. I eventually picked up all 25 volumes they ended up making.

    That was the start of my illness. I’ve never fully recovered. Today, I’m blogging about 1970s music weekly. And let me tell you, I quit caring about what others thought about my musical taste a long time ago.

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  2. Steve E

     /  October 2, 2011

    I’m glad there’s a place where it’s cool to like ’70s music. I came of age listening to Top 40 radio starting in 1968, when I was 10. And that meant that I loved the singles of the ’70s, both great and silly. And yes, the Rhino series was a thrill when it began in 1990. That series plus the companion soul series meant I could replace my scratchy old singles. Hooka chaka hooka chaka.

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  3. Chris – if the 70s is your illness, I hope you never get well. And I enjoy your blog as well…glad I found it.

    Steve – The Rhino Soul series was the yang to the Super Hits yin. The Soul volumes were just as important especially 1-15. I think they were reaching with the last 5

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  4. Jonathan

     /  November 22, 2011

    Although I like a small fraction of the seventies like Blondie, I am such a big, huge massive fan ever in the world and like the odd occasional single from the decade. I much prefer the 50s, 60s and the 80s

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  5. Great blog. Have you read Garry Mulholland’s list book called ‘This Is Uncool; The Greatest Singles Since Punk And Disco’? It contains some of the best writing on specific records that you’ll ever read.

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  6. Born in 1965, I grew up listening to the 70s. And while there was certainly some nonsense and garbage, there was also a lot of good music back then. When I got serious about music, I started collecting 8-tracks to listen on my portable 8-track player with one big speaker (mono! heh). Now I’ve been able to replace many of my 8-tracks, cassettes and vinyl records with cd’s and mp3 files, and greatly expanded my musical listening repertoire, but I still have to go back and listen to my early favorites now and then: The Carpenters, Captain and Tennille, Barry Manilow, John Denver, Chuck Mangione, etc.

    This site is a great way to relive the good and the bad, plus on many of them, you’ve managed to come up with information that I didn’t know. Seriously, I had no idea that Andrea True was a porn actress. So how about Don Mclean’s “American Pie”?

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