In the early to mid-1970’s my Mom owned two different Oldsmobile ‘98’s, A gold one, and then a green one. These two cars were music central growing up. Both cars had an 8-track player, and depending on what music my Mom was into at the time, that’s what we were exposed to.
I had a comment left on my Gaslight Anthem review a week or so back, saying I should never mention Springsteen again, and that he was a poser (what was he posing as, a singer?). So, it got me thinking about when I first heard his music back in 1975, and all the music I was exposed to in the back seat of an Oldsmobile ’98, that alone sounds like a Springsteen song.
I don’t know if any of these tapes had anything to do with me getting into punk. But my constant exposure to a variety of music, may, or may not have helped me find a music that spoke to me.
10. A Star Is Born – 1976
Like all of the movie soundtracks at this time, I was too young to see the movie when it was out. I always dug Kris Kristofferson’s voice. I finally saw this flick when I was about 40 on DVD. The Crippled Crow is still a barnburner.
9. Boz Scaggs – Silk Degrees – 1976
I don’t remember much about this particular tape, other than the Lido Shuffle song. I saw him at the Greek Theatre, about, twenty-five years later, . . . and I was bored to sleep.
8. Bruce Springsteen – The River – 1981
The lyrics for the song are still great (for a poser):
“I got a job working construction, for the Johnstown Company
But lately there ain’t been much work, on account of the economy
Now all them things that seemed so important —
Well mister, they vanished right into the air.”
It could have been written about the Regan years, or the more recent Bush era.
7. Bruce Springsteen – Darkness on the Edge of Town – 1978
As you can tell, my Mom loved Springsteen. I think Candy’s Room was her favorite off of this tape.
6. Buddy Holly – 20 Golden Greats (Lives) – 1978
The Buddy Holly Story had come out, and we were into this tape for a while.
5. The Beatles Rock N Roll Music – 1976
Not a Beatles fan, actually quite the opposite, but as a ten-year-old kid, this tape fascinated me. It had Helter Skelter on it, and we were all aware of the Manson murders (they were eight years earlier) and we I would listen to this song I would try to figure out what Manson heard. I only heard a bunch of nonsense.
4. Meat Loaf – Bat Out of Hell – 1977
Like a lot of the stuff that I heard back then, I didn’t understand the song Paradise By The Dashboard Light. I didn’t know there was sex going on here. I knew there was a duet, then a baseball game being announced, and a very long song.
3. Rocky Horror Picture Show – 1975
Again, I didn’t understand any of this, Sweet Transvestite, and Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me, I Can Make You a Man. I finally saw this in 1989, and had no idea what I had been listening to as a kid.
2. Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run – 1975
Again, some good lyrics:
“The screen door slams
Mary’ dress waves
Like a vision she dances across the porch
As the radio plays
Roy Orbison singing for the lonely.”
Love him or hate, he writes a good visual.
1. The Phantom of The Paradise – 1974
To this day I still dig this soundtrack, but again, didn’t see it until I was in my 40’s, . . . and it pretty much sucks. But if you grew up in the ‘70’s you were exposed to Paul Williams’ music, from Star Is Born to Phantom, he did some decent stuff.
There was a quote I came across the other day that fits here: “If you want to make a punk rocker happy, give him something to hate.” So, hopefully my choices make you happy.
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