View Full Version : Favorite 70's Band

05-01-2001, 09:10 PM
Okay, far too many 70's bands have been labeled 80's bands. Time to right this wrong.

Since I'm too young to appreciate Elvis or the Beatles, and too old to like anything new, the 70's (particularly the late 70's) are my classic music era. Everything good about 80's music has its roots here.

My favorites:

2. Boston
3. Journey
4. Van Halen
5. AC/DC
6. Foreigner
7. Styx
8. Meatloaf (I've had about 15 different incarnations of albums/8-tracks/cassettes/CDs of Bat Out of Hell over the years)
9. ELO
10. Supertramp

Were it not for disco, bell bottoms, leisure suits and hideously designed furniture and interior decorating, this era would have been perfect. I try to block these things out and instead fondly remember cruising Jefferson City's Missouri Boulevard blasting the greatest rock ever made on the stereo.

05-01-2001, 09:16 PM
Goose Creek Symphony-These guys are a cult band from the early 70's-broke up in '73, returned in '89, and are still putting out new stuff-blazed a trail for bands like leftover salmon, widespread panic, to name a few. Check out their website at www.goosecreeksymphony.com.

05-01-2001, 09:16 PM
Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Bee Gees, AC/DC, and David Bowie.

Bob Dole
05-01-2001, 09:18 PM
Off the top of what's left of Bob Dole's head, the only addition would be Thin Lizzy.

Bob Dole
05-01-2001, 09:22 PM
...and Kansas.

(And if you want to pick nits, Supertramp was formed in 1969 but didn't have a major label release until 1970...)

05-01-2001, 09:25 PM
Crap - I can't believe I forgot Kansas. That would definitely bounce a few off my list.

05-01-2001, 09:26 PM

1. Led Zeppelin
2. Pink Floyd
3. Rush
4. Lynerd Skynerd
5. Eagles
6. AC/DC
7. Boston

Zebedee DuBois
05-01-2001, 09:28 PM
Man... I use to listen to Goose Creek, I hadn't thought of them in years.
Pop music was takin a turn to disco in the 70s and I couldn't listen, so I started listening to "in between" bands

Goose Creek
Red Clay Ramblers
Amazing Rythym Aces
Asleep at the Wheel

more mainline
Charlie Daniels
Doobie Brothers

Emerson, Lake and Palmer
Deep Purple
Steely Dan

05-01-2001, 10:11 PM
Far Out Man!!!!!

Steve Miller Band
The Band
Led Zep
Lynrd Skynrd


05-01-2001, 10:32 PM
You guys have have named most of my favorites but don't forget Bob Seager and the Silver Bullett Band.

05-01-2001, 10:33 PM
70's is tough because of bands that might equally be considered 60's (lots of crossover here) but I'll give it a try.

Jethro Tull- 1st concert I ever saw, Passions Play album.
ELP- Brain Salad Surgery was a masrerpiece.
Crack the Sky- My favorite band that no one's heard of.
Aerosmith- Toys in the Attic. I have nothing to add.
Pink Floyd- What better to listen to with quads and a black light?
Yes- Trippy stuff that would never sell today.
Moody Blues- Chicks STILL dig it, so who cares.
The Who- I include them because Quadrophenia was released in '73. I'm out of my brain on the 5:15.
Allman Brothers- White man's blues
Steely Dan- Skunk Baxter. Great guitarist. Bodhissatva was an awesome song.

05-01-2001, 10:37 PM
And the Stones were great in the '60s, '70s,'80s and '90s. Hell they'er probably recording a new hit as we speak!

05-01-2001, 10:42 PM
I like Badfinger's very melancholic song Day After Day (1971).

05-01-2001, 10:44 PM
The Stylistics had some good songs come out in the 70s.

05-01-2001, 10:53 PM
Now there's another genre. Sly and the Family Stone, Kool and the Gang and Earth, Wind and Fire.

For the ladies, Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes, Marvin Gaye, Barry White. Hello, baby. Welcome to my den of love.

Hey, how did I forget Mott the Hoople, David Bowie and Mick Ronson? The 70's was a great decade for music until disco came along. And I've even softened up on that a little.

California Injun
05-01-2001, 11:29 PM
The 70s also had some good R&B....

Con Funk Shun
Earth,Wind and Fire
Bootsy Collins
Peaches and Herb

(Not bad for a White Soul Brother eh?)

Anybody remember;

Pablo Cruise
Dan Folgelberg
J.Geils Band
Eddie Money
Boz Skaggs

Then you had the tear jerkers....

Seasons in the Sun
Ode to Billie Joe

Completely stupid...

Disco Duck
Convoy (remember the CB craze?)
Kung Fu Fighting

05-01-2001, 11:53 PM
Alan Parsons Project - Hands Down. Parsons was, is, and always will be a recording genius.

Joe Seahawk
05-01-2001, 11:59 PM
In the completely stupid lyric category.....ABBA

remember the lyrics on some of their stuff?

Here's an example..

I am behind you, I'll always find you, I am the tiger
People who fear me never go near me, I am the tiger
And if I meet you, what if I eat you, I am the tiger
I am behind you, I'll always find you, I am the tiger
Tiger, tiger, tiger!


California Injun
05-02-2001, 12:02 AM
Outside of "Games People Play", what else is he known for?


(It was the "hands down" that made me respond to this).

05-02-2001, 12:08 AM
Alright, Joe! Lay off ABBA!

Well, okay. They were pretty cheesy, but I do like a lot of their stuff. (Shoot me now)

Injun - He said Alan Parsons was genius, not popular. Geniuses are never recognized by the public. (I'd be more popular if that was the case :) )

Parsons did "Eye in the Sky", "Games People Play", and "Time". I believe that "Damned if I do" and an instrumental called "Lucifer" got some air play, too.

Joe Seahawk
05-02-2001, 12:08 AM
Russ, I'm a big fan of Alan Parsons..

I went and typed "ABBA" in a search engine...LOL

Remember this?

for a chuckle.. http://www.abbasite.com/music/songs/117_56.ram

California Injun
05-02-2001, 12:09 AM

ABBA use to always confuse me about which girl was married to what guy.

I also thought each gal was attractive as a young teen but now I see if was because of my virginity that anything looked good.

Anybody remember the Farrah Fawcett poster with the virtually exposed right breast?

I remember getting a rotator cuff injury forking over about $15 at the local fair to knock down those three milk bottles. The prize (Farrah) was worth it.

Too bad it was my dominant hand as it severely compromised my conjugal visits with Ms. Fawcett...

05-02-2001, 12:11 AM

Thanks Joe! I hadn't heard that one. It's not on either of their Gold Albums (CDs) and I don't remember it from when I was younger.

Joe Seahawk
05-02-2001, 12:11 AM
Injun, Are you sure you did'nt injure your rotator cuff AFTER you posessed the poster? ..:)

05-02-2001, 12:12 AM
Cal - Actually He was the producer of a great many top 10 albums in the late 60s and early 70s. And Tales of Mystery and Imagination blow Games People Play out of the water.

The TellTale Heart, the Raven, and Dr. Tarr... were all top 40 songs.

Joe Seahawk
05-02-2001, 12:15 AM
Try to control yourself Injun...hehe


05-02-2001, 12:16 AM

Since you seem so knowledgable, which Parsons albums would you recommend? I have both of his greatest hits albums and love them both.

I remember hearing 'The Raven' in a high school literature class. That was cool!

05-02-2001, 12:18 AM
Lapdog - Try Tales of Mystery and Imagination first. If you are moved then go to I, Robot (his tribute to Asimov). Ammonia Avenue and Vulture Culture are the critics favorites and not bad at all.

Cal - If not for Parsons then forget Dark Side of the Moon and the Beatles Abbey Road, both were produced by him.

05-02-2001, 12:26 AM

Thanks, man. I'll check them out.

The title songs for <i>I, Robot</i> and <i>Ammonia Avenue</i> are on <i>Best of ... Vol 2</i>. I REALLY like the latter.


Mark M
05-02-2001, 06:22 AM
Best bands of the 70's (IMO):

1. Pink Floyd (Best lyrics ever.)
2. Led Zeppelin (My fav in high school. Still sound fresh today.)
3. Rush (Neil Pert is a GOD!)
4. ELO (My first favorite band. Still have "Discovery" and "Time" on vinyl.)
5. Steely Dan (Sooooo underrated. "Asa" is a great album. Music like that just isn't made any more.)

Speaking (or reading) of lyrics ... the best lyrics written in the 70's, or any other decade for that matter, is hands down Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here:

So ... so you think you can tell
Heaven from hell?
Blue skies from pain?
Can you tell a green field
From a cold steel rail?
A smile from a veil?
So you think you can tell ...

Did they get you to trade
Your heroes for ghosts?
Hot ashes for trees?
Hot air for a cool breeze?
Cold comfort for change?
Did you exchange
A walk on part in the war
For a lead role in a cage?

How I wish ...
How I wish you were here.
We're just two lost souls
swimming in a fish bowl
Year after year.
Running over the same old ground ...
What have we found?
The same old fears
Wish you were here.

Give me chills each time I hear it.

How could mention R&B and funk and leave out Parliment-Funkadelic? Clinton is a genius.

~~Still has his turntable up and running.

Bob Dole
05-02-2001, 06:39 AM
Bob Dole forgot Triumph... Was always amazed that 3 guys could make that much music. (Same holds true for Rush...d@mned Canadians.)

Bob Dole still pulls out their first album at least once a year to listen to <i>Blinding Light Show/Moonchild</i>.

Speaking of: Does anyone have a good source for Shure cartridges?

05-02-2001, 06:48 AM
Boston, hands down.

05-02-2001, 06:51 AM
What mlyons said....

...We were just another band out of Boston,
on the road to try to make ends meet,
playin' all the bars, sleepin' in our cars...

05-02-2001, 06:52 AM
Ha, finally music I remember.
Egales by far the best..;)wink

05-02-2001, 07:00 AM
Titus, the last 2 minutes of Hitch a Ride has some great guitar.

The Eagles were okay too.

05-02-2001, 07:01 AM
Anybody remember Dr. Hook?

05-02-2001, 07:07 AM
I'm a British music fan myself...

Zeppelin, Floyd, DAVID BOWIE (until about 75-76), Cream, the Who, and John Lennon's solo stuff...

05-02-2001, 07:10 AM
I haven't read all the lists......
But isn't Dan Folgerberg one? And CCR?

05-02-2001, 07:13 AM
OK..one more...Ted Nugent? Isn't that who did Cat Scrath Fever? A little more mellow...James Taylor<<good one. What about Steve Miller, and Jefferson Airplane?

05-02-2001, 07:23 AM
Mind you, this is all off the top of my head. Where to start.... where to start? (and I apologize if I'm copying anyone else's list... I didn't read backwards to see what all had been mentioned up to now.)

Jim Croce -- "Operator", "Time in a Bottle"
Harry Chapin -- "Taxi", "WOLD"
Jimmy Buffett -- "Margauritaville", "Changes in Lattitude, Changes in Attitude"
Eagles -- "Peaceful Easy Feelin' ", "Desperado"
Steely Dan -- "Rikki, don't lose that number", "Black Cow"
Al Stewart -- "Year of the Cat", "On the Border"
Earth, Wind and Fire -- "Serpentine Fire", "Jupiter"
Spinners -- "Workin' my way back to you", "Rubberband Man"
Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose -- "Rock the Boat"
Emerson, Lake and Palmer -- Brain Salad Surgery Album
Kiss -- "Beth", "Detroit Rock City"
Boston -- "More than a Feelin' ", "Hitch a Ride"
Jethro Tull -- "Bungle in the Jungle", "Songs from the Wood"
Commodores -- "Brick House"
Chicago -- "Just You and Me", "Wishing you were here"
Rush -- "Tom Sawyer"
Blue Oyster Cult -- "Don't Fear the Reaper", "Godzilla"
Black Sabbath -- "Ironman", "Sweet Leaf"
Bruce Springsteen -- "Born to Run", "Fire"
John Denver -- "Anne's Song", "Grandma's Feather Bed"
Alice Cooper -- "School's Out", "No More Mr. Nice Guy"
Kansas -- "Dust in the Wind"
Head East -- "Never Been Any Reason"
Alan Parsons Project -- "Eye in the Sky", "
Rick Wakeman - (albums) "War of the Worlds", "Journey to the Center of the Earth", "Tales of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table".
Maynard Ferguson -- "Chameleon"
Bachman Turner Overdrive -- "Takin' Care of Business" "Roll On Down the Highway"
Lynard Sknyard -- "Sweet Home Alabama", "Gimme Three Steps"

I could go on. :D

Mark M
05-02-2001, 07:36 AM
I love "On the Cover of the Rolling Stone." Too damned funny.

Bob Dole--
One of my first concerts was Triumph at Kemper Arena. They were so loud the chairs were vibrating. One of the most powerful power trios ever to record an album.

Did anyone mention Cat Stevens (or whatever the hell he calls himself now)? How about Gordon Lightfoot?

~~Old beyond his years.

05-02-2001, 07:40 AM
Thinkin of us workin up a appetite

Mark M
05-02-2001, 07:52 AM
THE GRATEFUL DEAD?????!!!!!! God, I flaked out on that one!

Saw 12 shows, including their last at Soldier Field. Summers just aren't the same.

Off the subject ... How can I post a pic without it being on a site? I've got a cool one I'd like to post?

Check back later. I'm pushing it ... Big Borther is going to catch me.

~~Paranoid (which reminds him of Black Sabbath).

05-02-2001, 08:04 AM
Mark's gonna get busted....Mark's gonna get busted...

05-02-2001, 08:07 AM
Wow! We haven`t had this good of a turnout since Bush was elected!

05-02-2001, 08:21 AM
i havent seen reo speedwagon on the list...

my little sis would want to see the osmonds listed...i remember she had a album by freaking john travolta, too.

05-02-2001, 08:30 AM
REO Speedwagon was around in the70s. I just keep forgetting because their best selling album came out in 1980 (81?) IIRC.

But, you're right. "Ridin' the Storm Out" was the song the local club used to signal last dance.

Man, this thread is bringing back some old college memories for me.


Dr. Hook's "When You're in Love with a Beautiful Woman" is a love/hate thing with me. Great song, but it came out just after my first fiancee and I broke up. Amazing how you remember songs and stuff years after the fact.

Mark M
05-02-2001, 08:50 AM
The cow jumped over the moon. Repeat, the cow jumped over the moon.

~~Typing in code to throw them off of his trail.

Bob Dole
05-02-2001, 10:01 AM
Okay...If we're going to throw in Dan Fogelturd and REO Fagwagon and the freaking Osmonds for Chrissakes, Bob Dole is throwing in Terry Jacks' <i>Seasons in the Sun</i> in honor of Bob Dole's li'l sis.

05-02-2001, 10:11 AM
I would have to say
Pink Floyd
Van Halen
Alan Parsons
Steve Miller Band
And many more smoke em if you got em bands
Man I sure miss those days party party party !!!!!!

05-02-2001, 10:12 AM
It looks as if I repeated BTO
Dam brain cells who needs them

05-02-2001, 10:24 AM
For the 70s BIG DADDY likes:

Led Zepplin - (Greatest band of all time)
Pink Floyd
The Who
Black Sabbath/ Ozzy Osbourne
Van Halen
Joe Satriani
The Nuge - Ted Nuggent - Double Live Gonzo
Lynyrd Skynyrd


Still rockin out.

Archie F. Swin
05-02-2001, 10:30 AM
Led Zeppelin
Steely Dan
James Brown
Allman Brothers

05-02-2001, 10:34 AM
Calling all Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention fans...

Mark M
05-02-2001, 10:39 AM
Zappa was a few hundred years ahead of his time ... he could be considered the best of the 2270's. Great call.

~~Dated a Catholic girl rather than a pretty little Jewish princess. ;)

05-02-2001, 11:40 AM
I have listened to most of his music, but never understood most of it.... ;)

05-02-2001, 11:46 AM
mr. dole...
fagwagon and the osmonds: i never said i liked em, did i?
~my name is michael, i got a nickle...

05-02-2001, 12:21 PM

Every other band falls far short of the mark.


05-02-2001, 12:28 PM
High 5's gaz.

05-02-2001, 12:34 PM
Isn`t it more like "Right on Dude"?

Bob Dole
05-02-2001, 12:37 PM
seclark: Bob Dole was just lumping them all together.

(Bad Bob. Bad, bad Bob.)

Fifth Dimension
Loggins and Messina
Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass

(If including li'l sis, just had to throw some out for Mom, too.)

As for Zappa: Any of you hardcore Zappa fans interested in some Zappa vinyl?

05-02-2001, 12:51 PM
By far...

05-02-2001, 01:15 PM
billy the mountain...
billy the mountain...

a regular, picturesque, post-cardy mountain...
residing between lovely Rosement and Torrance...

and his stunning wife, Ethel, a treeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Just for you PTLYON...

05-02-2001, 01:20 PM
billy was a mountain

ethel was a tree growing off of his shoulder...


05-02-2001, 01:21 PM
Thank you Thank you ht...


And later in the dawn, Laurel carried on, she got right up and dressed herself and ate the banana. (dum dula dum dum)

05-02-2001, 09:33 PM
has anyone mentioned Yes? I happened to listen to a collection album of theirs today and migod, I had forgotten how talented those guys were! Everytime I listen to one of their albums, I hear some part layered in there that I hadn't heard before. Saw them live for the first time in Denver in '72-Eagles and Edgar Winter (anyone mentioned him?) opened-awesome show! Another nominee should be Wings, or specifically, McCartney's first solo album (Baby I'm Amazed etc.) BTW-speaking of Paul, has anyone heard the bootleg tape made by the disgruntled(as opposed to "gruntled") monitor man mixing a Wings show in florida where he isolated Linda's (God rest her soul) vocals and recorded it? Hang on to your fillings, folks.

Bob Dole
05-03-2001, 08:53 AM
Sheesh... Bob Dole thought sure he'd get some takers on the Zappa vinyl. How about Floyd? Seriously...21 Zappa albums sitting here ('71-'88) that should go to someone who will appreciate them. 16 Pink Floyds ('67-'83...also have both of Gilmour's solo releases) that rarely get play, too.

If someone is interested, you can email me so we don't clutter up the conversation any more than Bob Dole already has.

05-03-2001, 09:11 AM
Ozark Mountain Daredevils
Lipps, Inc.
Led Zep
Atlanta Rhythm Section
Stevie Wonder
Bob Marley
Peter Tosh
Starland Vocal Band
Black Sabbath/Ozzy
Blind Faith

haven't read the whole thread, so appy-polly-loggies for any dupes

05-03-2001, 09:23 AM
Bob Seger

Crap,this list could well go on.....Likewise,haven't read the whole thread !

05-03-2001, 09:26 AM
My Favorites:

Boston, Styx, Kansas, Alice Cooper, Rush, Pink Floyd…I’m sure I forgot a few.

I’m surprised no one mentioned KISS…

05-03-2001, 09:27 AM
got to thinking last nigt...anybody got 3dog night on the list yet?

Mark M
05-03-2001, 11:15 AM
What, no Bay City Rollers? ;)

Here's a couple I haven't seen yet:

Blood, Sweat and Tears
Shooting Star (for the KC folks)

~~Knows that the spinning wheel's got to go 'round, because this could be his last chance ...

05-03-2001, 11:08 PM
Missouri (yes, the band)

and other favs:

Seals & Croft
3 Dog Night
The Carpenters...zzzz

05-03-2001, 11:10 PM
need to look b4 postin'

Michael Michigan
05-03-2001, 11:18 PM
Neil Young
Van Halen
Steely Dan

too mnay more to mention--definitely the number one R&R decade

05-04-2001, 12:23 AM

Our musical tastes are apparently VERY similar, except I would add old VanHalen. Somebody mentioned KISS on the 80's thread, which I thought was odd.