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Hey, let's spin some more late entry `78 greats. This one should groove you good into the Thanksgiving weekend.
Many thanks to freealonzo for a great journey through 1978. As I learned during the week, I'll play one of my favorite songs from that year.
(Sorry for playing Christmas music so early.)
Some Girls was probably the last great Rolling Stones album and being the Stones, it had a mix of standard rock, disco, and even punk with the song Shattered. This version absolutely rocks and really shows how much of a showman Jaggar was and that the Stones could still throw down. There’s a lot of crappy, drug addled live versions of this song (including on SNL which I remember watching) from this time period but this performance is sublime, I’m glad I found it.
That's a wrap on 1978, or at least a taste. Hope you all enjoyed.
Elvis Costello’s second album This Year’s Model and I’ve probably listened to this album more than any other (or close to Abbey Road and Bee Thousand). Pump it Up has a definite punk sensibility and showed that one can still rock out with an organ. I could have chosen from a dozen great live versions of this song.
The Police brought a reggae vibe to unabashedly punk songs and caused quite the stir. Maybe the genesis of the upcoming secondary ska second wave? But The Police were also influenced by rock and have a very 70s rock jam at the end of this song.
The Cars first album also came out in 1978 and had a mixture of what we would eventually call New Wave, with traditional rock, and a little punk edge. This live version is a bit heavier than the version on the album and heard on the radio.
Ok, now we are moving into a more arty not, necessarily rock direction. I love this video in that the crowd seems to be surrounding the Talking Heads. Also, David Bryne throws down some crazy licks on the guitar. The album More Songs About Buildings and Food was a sign that there was something different out there that was really interesting musically.
Coming off of Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen was a genuine rock star and while I think Born to Run created tons Bruce fans, Darkness on the Edge of Town turned that crowd into life-long adoring fans that still exist to this day (did you know Joe Pos once wrote about this album?). I love that the lyrics are screened on the video. Probably my favorite Springsteen song.
This verse is just magic:
There’s a dark cloud rising from the desert floor
I packed my bags and I’m heading straight into the storm
Gonna be a twister to blow everything down
That ain’t got the faith to stand its ground
Blow away the dreams that tear you apart
Blow away the dreams that break your heart
Blow away the lies that leave you nothing but lost and brokenhearted