Friday, June 29, 2007

Music Meme (1979)

I got tagged earlier this month by Dave and I've been meaning to get to this.

1. Go to www.popculturemadness.com
2. Pick the year you turned 18
3. Get yourself nostalgic over the songs of the year
4. Write something about how the song affected you
5. Pass it on to 5 more friends

So I went to the site and here goes:

1979 Reset:
I was attending Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda MD. I made spending money delivering The Washington Post and doing odd jobs such as cutting grass, painting and caddying. Today at work I found out we have someone working part-time this Summer in the IT Department. He is 14 years old.

In Sports: The NBA World Champion Washington Bullets lost in the NBA Finals to Seattle, 4 games to 1. I went to my first World Series in Baltimore. The Orioles lost to the Pirates in 7 games.

So here are a few tunes that 1979 gave us...
Y.M.C.A. by the Village People. I hear this all the time at family gatherings when the karaoke machine gets turned on. I'm just glad they don't follow it up with In The Navy.

I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor. I prefer hearing her 1974 version of Never Can Say Goodbye instead.

Don't Stop Til You Get Enough by Michael Jackson. I remember smashing my college roommates LP that had this song on it. It felt good, but since he was 6'4" 220 lbs at the time, I replaced it later.

We Are Family by Sister Sledge. I will always hate this song as the '79 Pirates used this as their theme song when they won the World Series.

Old Time Rock and Roll by Bob Seger. I still play this occasionally. I remember in 1984 the Orioles Rick Dempsey and a few teammates did a video of this and it was played at Memorial Stadium. Since they were a million games behind the Tigers at the time, that video, along with the beer man's location, were the only things worth watching that summer of '84 when we'd go to the ball yard.

Hot Stuff/Bad Girls by Donna Summer. I think this is played at every WNBA game. I know because once upon a time I actually went to a WNBA game.

Other 1979 tunes:
Good Times by Chic, Escape (The Pina Colada Song) by Rupert Holmes. I saw this guy in concert in college. He opened for The Little River Band. It was on campus, I was drunk and it was free. I remember singing a drunken version of his other tune Him with three classmates I met at the show. This was pre-You Tube so thankfully this is not on the internet. Ain't No Stoppin Us Now by McFadden & Whitehead. The Washington Capitals used this as their opening song when they came out on the ice. I liked it, it was catchy but unfortunately for the Caps, everyone stopped them as they were the doormat of the National Hockey League. September by Earth, Wind and Fire. I like this group a lot now but at the time I didn't really care for them. I was too busy listening to Dylan, Springsteen, Hendrix, Allman Brothers Band, Nils Lofgren and Little Feat. Earth, Wind and Fire had a couple more hits in '79, Boogie Wonderland and After The Love Is Gone. A good year for them.

1979 also gave us My Sharona by The Knack, Born To Be Alive by Patrick Hernandez and Pablo Cruise checked in with I Go To Rio. I'd rather hear fingernails on a chalkboard than these. I guess they made sense at the time.

Other notable acts that had a couple releases in 1979
Blondie: Heart of Glass and One Way Or Another
The Eagles: Heartache Tonight and I Can't Tell You Why
The Police: Roxanne and Message In A Bottle
The Blues Brothers: Soul Man and Rubber Biscuit

One of my favorite albums (which later became a great movie) came out that year. Neil Young's, Rust Never Sleeps. It made Rolling Stone Magazine's list of top 500 albums of all time (#350).

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