Get Your 70’s On: A Playlist

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It’s amazing what trouble one can get up while they are purposely avoiding getting any productive work done. With the new Culinary Arts Cook Off, my workload has tripled in volume. And it’s ok. I have wine and I have chocolate, what more does a girl need?

But Thursday night I needed some major motivation, I took one look at my Inbox, thought of PieDay and how I hadn’t written up the post yet and crumpled into a defeated, sad Magpie. And when I’m overwhelmed and need motivating, music is what does it. I always go for some nice retro rock. Ah, you would think I was a true child of the 70’s but much to my glee I am still a young ‘un and was born in 1976, so missed the rock of that era. Yes. I’m 35. I’ll save you the counting backwards.

I did however, manage to be 3 or 4 years old and have a massive crush on Glen Campbell, Mr Rhinestone Cowboy himself. I also was in love with John Schnider- aka Bo Duke- from the Dukes of Hazzard and the hot doctor from Trapper John MD. Oh, and does anyone remember the show Emergency! because I crushed on someone on that show too. Some paramedic dude. There are tons of embarrassing family stories about how I used to kiss these guys on the TV when I was little.

Oh! But I sure did get to meet one of the paramedics from Emergency when I was little and give him a smooch on the cheek.

Oh come on, look at this seventies honey! You’d kiss him too.

seventies photo of paramedics from Emergencyfan

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Apparently if you look at my track record, I crush on good-looking men who are daredevils or adventuresome lifesavers. I really want to know what this says about me. Truly, I admit, I still wink at firefighters when I catch them in Save On.

What? You don’t?

Awkward. Never mind then.

As per usual I have strayed far off track, the point of my post is lost almost completely after reminiscing about my childhood crushes. The point of this post is that thanks to a TweetAThon with a couple of awesome ladies, I have a fantastic list of music to get inspired by when I need to kick myself.

I would also like to share with you some of the awesome quotes from that TweetAThon:

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quote from the TweetAThon

And that’s what a bunch of women get up to on a Thursday night on the Twitter, now you’re totally “in the know”. I gave away our secret.

That was the most fun I have had in a while, that’s only about 1/50th of the tweets that went on that night. Song titles and band names were flying around, some awesome 70’s music was played and I built a truly awesome list consisting of my 20 favorites songs. My favorites from that night, at least. I know there are so many more out there but these ones are up there in my faves.

Without further adieu, ze list!

1.Black Betty – Ram Jam
2. Radar Love – Golden Earring
3. Carry On Wayward Son – Kansas
4. Fortunate Son – CCR
5. Have You Ever Seen the Rain – CCR
6. American Pie- Don Mclean
7. Bang a Gong – T-Rex
8. Foreplay/Long Time- Boston
9. Paradise by the Dashboard Light – Meatloaf
10. Listen To the Music- Doobie Brothers
11. A Horse With No Name- America
12. Rhinestone Cowboy- Glen Campbell
13. Long Train Running- The Doobie Brothers
14. Highway to Hell – AC/DC
15. Don’t Fear the Reaper- Blue Oyster Cult
16. Can’t Get Enough – Bad Company
17. Rocky Mountain Way- Joe Walsh
18. Go Your Own Way- Fleetwood Mac
19.. Blinded by the Light – Manfred Man
20. Piano man – Billy Joel

I think music says a lot about a person and I don’t quite know what my list says about me, that’s open to interpretation.

I can say that I think Piano Man is one of the most beautiful songs ever written and performed, that American Pie is genius and I can sing every word and that the world is a better place for having Fleetwood Mac in it.

So there you have it, almost 100 minutes for you to go and download and enjoy. Think of me singing incredibly off-key when you play it -there’s a reason I send my kids to an Arts Core School ’cause this Mama can’t sing . And yes, the next one is going to be Hair Bands of the 80’s. We can hardly wait!

Happy Saturday everyone!

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  1. Liv says

    Brilliant! Made me think of my 80s list…. because I too am a professional procrastinator sometimes.

    1. Take On Me – A Ha
    2. Jack and Diane – John Cougar Mellencamp
    3. Gloria – Laura Brannigan
    4. Take Me Home Tonight – Eddie Money
    5. London Calling – The Clash
    6. Hungry Like the Wolf – Duran Duran
    7. She Drives Me Crazy – Fine Young Cannibals
    8. Don’t Forget Me When I’m Gone – Glass Tiger
    9. Stayin All Night – Headpins
    10. Need You Tonight – INXS
    11. Somebody’s Baby – Jackson Browne
    12. St. Elmo’s Fire – John Parr
    13. Bette Davis Eyes – Kim Carnes
    14. Don’t Stop Believing – Journey
    15. Vogue – Madonna
    16. Sister Christian – Night Ranger
    17. Alive and Kicking – Simple Minds
    18. Romantic Traffic – The Spoons
    19. Meet Me in the Middle – The Arrows
    20. Hold Me Now – Thompson Twins

    Now put on your stirrup pants and listen!

  2. NanaBread (Jeanne) says

    Yes! Bang a Gong by T-Rex made the list! Best late 70’s roller rink song ever. And yes, I speak from experience, although I never could master the art of skating backwards. Thanks for working us all into a 70’s rock frenzy that night. Our little Twitter banter on 70’s music was a hoot.

    PS – the blonde guy from Emergency? Really? The brunette (Kent McCord?) was much cuter.

    PPS – I cannot believe you brought up Rhinestone Cowboy again. {shivers}

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