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Defining a decade with a song: 1970s

The Shaman

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Pretend for a moment you are putting together a small museum exhibit on the 1970s. For A/V you can play one song on a repeating loop – this song is intended to give the visitor a sense of the decade.

What song would you choose?

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Just one song?

Hmm... Stairway to Heaven.

Kinda funny this thread is here. For over a week now all I've listened to (that wasn't NPR) has been mix cd's I've made of bands like UFO, Foghat, Humble Pie, Grand Funk Railroad, Thin Lizzy, Rainbow, etc.

ahh...for my misspent youth.


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"Stayin' Alive", the Bee Gees. Nothing defines the polyester-clad, big-lapelled goofiness of the 70s like that song for me.


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This is the hardest one of the decades for me. Do you go with the big rock bands of the 1970's (in which case I'd have to pick some Zeppelin, maybe "Stairway" or "Heartbreaker/Living Loving Maid" -- the later simply for it's opening guitar riff, which just screams "ROCK!" and sets the stage for heavy metal) or the disco era? For disco, you almost have to go with the Bee Gees. There's also the funk/soul element. Stevie Wonder's "Superstitious" is a strong candidtate, but probably gets beat by Marvin Gaye -- "What's Going On?" or "Mercy, Mercy Me" Marvin was genius.

However, one musical (sub)genre emerged from the 1970's that had a very significant musical and social impact and a huge personal impact on me as well -- punk. So, in the end, I have to go with:

"London Calling" by The Clash -- 1979.

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Queen_Dopplepopolis said:
I was not alive in the 70's, so I don't feel right entering an *official* vote... so, unofficially, I'll go with the Stairway votes. ;)
I was born in May of 76, I was only alive for 3 and a half years in that decade. I still chose a song!


Something glam-disco, Like "Stayin Alive" or something like an Earth, Wind and Fire tune. Disco speaks very loudly for the pop culture of that generation, particularly the latter half.


Well, if I have to pick one song, I would pick "Stayin Alive" by the Bee Gees. It really pushed the whole Disco craze into the main stream. And we think of the 70's, we all think Disco. Even though it really only lasted for the last 2 or 3 years of the 70's.

The Shaman

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nakia said:
This is the hardest one of the decades for me.
I agree, for many of the same reasons.

You have glam rock at the front end of the decade - "Ziggy Stardust" by David Bowie, "Virginia Plain" by Roxy Music - disco and punk in the latter half - "Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees or "London Calling" by the Clash. There's also prog(ressive) rock to consider - "Roundabout" by Yes - and album-oriented rock - "More than a Feeling," by Boston, "Take it Easy" by the Eagles, or "Rock 'N Me" by Steve Miller Band.

I'm sorely tempted to pick "Rock 'N Me," but that would leave out a huge funk crossover audience, so my final answer?

"Shining Star," Earth, Wind, and Fire


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Now, if you disqualified any song that has been used in a television commercial, would you have any songs left?

I ask because when The_Shaman mentioned "Rock 'N Me" (which is a good song), I immediately thought of that commerical where the amazingly white guys are camping outside playing guitar, mouthing the words to that song while Steve Miller plays over it. What was that, a jeans commerical?

And while "Stairway to Heaven" hasn't been in a commerical, "Rock and Roll" was the Cadillac theme song for awhile.

Sorry, don't mean to hijack. . .


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Even though I don't remember the '70's whatsoever (being born in '77), I'm still going to vote.

Fortunate Son by CCR



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Torm said:
I almost went with this one, myself. :)
For this exercise I went with songs that had what I feel was an inpact after their release. But I can see why you went with the other one.

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