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BIONIC DISCO: 1970s MUSIC

From the Bee Gees to The Beatles. The Rollers to Rod. From The Carpenters to Kiss. Sex Pistols to The Partridge Family. Music in the 1970s ran the gamut – from soft rock to disco, to punk rock, bubblegum and back again.

We celebrate it all here. Slathered in Wah-Wah or crunching in distortion. Let’s boogie!
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Music for Monday: Donny & Marie Osmond, ‘I’m Leaving It (All) Up To You’ (1974) – “#4 on Billboard’s ‘Hot 100.’”

Music for Monday: Paul McCartney & Wings, ‘Silly Love Songs’ (1976) – “Two excellent videos.”

Mood Music: The Ramones, ‘I Want You Around’ (1979) – “From Rock ‘n’ Roll High School.”

Music for Monday: Leo Sayer, ‘Long Tall Glasses (I Can Dance)’ (1974) – “#9 on the ‘Hot 100.’”

Mood Music: Suzi Quatro, ‘Devil Gate Drive’ (1974) – “#1 UK single.”

Music for Monday: Bill Wyman, ‘White Lightnin” (1974) – “From his solo L.P., Monkey Grip.”

Music for Monday: Black Sabbath, ‘War Pigs’ (live, 1970, ’74) – “Memorial Day weekend.”

Music for Monday: Triumph, ‘Lay It on the Line’ (1979) – “Hard-rocking trio from Ontario, Canada.”

Music for Monday: Barry Manilow, ‘I Write the Songs’ (1975) – “#1 in the US by January of 1976.”

Mood Music: Jerry Reed & Chet Atkins, ‘Jerry’s Breakdown’ (live, 1975) – “On TV’s Pop Goes the Country in 1975.”

Music for Monday: John Lennon, ‘Mind Games’ (1973) – “Official video for the title track of the L.P.”

Mood Music: Paul Lynde, Sandy Duncan – ‘Bad, Bad Leroy Brown’ (1974) – “From the Sandy Duncan Special. November, 1974.”

Music for Monday: ‘Company’ original cast – ‘Barcelona’ (1970) – “Won the Tony Award for Best Musical.”

Mood Music: Elton John, ‘Tiny Dancer’ (live ’71) – “Live on the UK’s Old Grey Whistle Test.”

Music for Earth Day: ‘The Lorax,’ ‘Under the Trees’ (1972) – “38-seconds filled with sweet memories of Dr. Seuss.”

Music for Monday: The Rutles, ‘Cheese and Onions’ (1978) – “I have always thought – in the back of my mind – cheese and onions.”

Mood Music: Paul McCartney & Wings, ‘Mull of Kintyre’ – “1977. Went to #1 in the UK.”

Music for Monday: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, ‘American Girl’ (live ’78) – “Live on the UK’s Old Grey Whistle Test in 1978.”

Music for Monday: The Rolling Stones, ‘It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll’ (live ’75) – “At the L.A. Forum in 1975.”

Music for Monday: Dire Straits, ‘Sultans of Swing’ (live, ’78) – “Live on the UK’s Old Grey Whistle Test.”

Music for Monday: ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic, ‘My Bologna’ (1979) – “A 20-yr-old Al and his accordion.”

St. Patrick’s Day Special: Thin Lizzy, ‘Whiskey In the Jar’ – “Rose to the top of the Irish charts and #6 in the UK.”

Mood Music: The Jam, ‘When You’re Young’ – “Released as a single in August of 1979.”

Music for Monday: The Persuaders, ‘Thin Line Between Love and Hate’ – “On Soul Train in 1971.”

Mood Music: Jim Croce, ‘Workin’ at the Car Wash Blues’ (live, ’73) – “Hit #32 on the Billboard ‘Hot 100.’”

Music for Monday: Stevie Wonder, ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours’ (live, ’70) – “On the Dick Cavett Show, August 11th, 1970.”

Mood Music: Bay City Rollers, ‘Yesterday’s Hero’ (Japan ’76) – ” The band in Japan in December of 1976.”

Music for Monday: Neil Young, ‘Old Man’ (live, ’71) – “Performing live for British TV in early 1971.”

Mood Music: Bugsy Malone, ‘Bad Guys’ – “Written by Paul Williams and performed by Fat Sam’s thugs.”

Music for Monday: Suzi Quatro, ‘I May Be Too Young’ – “Performing on European TV, 1975.”

Mood Music: Thin Lizzy, ‘Emerald’ – “Performing live on ‘A Night on the Town’ in 1976.”

Valentine’s Day: ABBA ‘I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do’ – “Topped the charts in Australia for a staggering 14 weeks.”

Music for Monday: John Travolta and Captain & Tennille, ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’ – “The Captain & Tennille Show in 1976.”

Mood Music: The Sweet, ‘Love Is Like Oxygen’ – “High-def upscale of a 1978 performance.”

Music for Monday: David Dundas, ‘Jeans On’ – “1976. Originally written for Brutus Jeans TV commercials.”

Mood Music: H.R. Pufnstuf – Jack Wild sings ‘Mechanical Boy’ – “Go, Artful Dodger, go!”

Music for Monday: George Harrison, ‘My Sweet Lord’ (live,’71) – “Madison Square Garden, August 1st, 1971.”

Mood Music: Chet Atkins plays Joplin’s ‘The Entertainer’ (1975) – “Guitar legend, Chet Atkins performing a Scott Joplin classic.”

Music for Monday: ELO, ‘Mr. Blue Sky’ – “January, 1978, rose to #35 on the ‘Hot 100′.”

Mood Music: Lenny and the Squigtones, ‘StarCrossed’ – “Clip of Lenny and Squiggy from the first season of Laverne & Shirley.”

Music for Monday: Kenny Nolan, ‘I Like Dreamin’ – “#3 in March of 1977.”

Music for Monday: B. J. Thomas, ‘Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head’ – “The very first #1 song of the 1970s.”

Mood Music: Wings, ‘Goodnight Tonight’ – “March of 1979…hit #5.”

Music for Monday: Deep Purple, ‘Highway Star’ – “Performing live on German TV’s Beat-Club in 1972.”

Mood Music: T-Rex, ‘Metal Guru’ – “T-Rex performing their UK #1 hit single.”

Dec. 26, 1970: Rare radio DJ footage – “The day after Christmas, Detroit radio DJ Don Schuster can be seen showing off the W4 studio.”

Music for Monday: The Kinks, ‘Father Christmas’ – “Released as a single in November of 1977.”

Mood Music: Paul McCartney, ‘Wonderful Christmastime’ – “Has become a holiday staple in the ensuing decades.”

Music for Monday: Slade, ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ – “December, 1973, the #1 song in the UK over the holiday.”

Mood Music: ‘One Foot in Front of the Other’ – “Made its TV debut in December of 1970.”

Music for Monday: Van Halen, ‘You Really Got Me’ – “Rose to #36 on the Billboard ‘Hot 100.’”

Mood Music: biG GRunt, ’11 Mustachioed Daughters’ – “A wild and wonderful performance from early 1970.”

Music for Monday: Angel, ‘The Winter Song’ (a hard rock holiday classic, 1978) – “Weren’t afraid to look pretty while rocking out.”

Mood Music: The Rutles, ‘Get Up and Go’ – “From The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash which first aired in March of 1978.”

Music for Monday: Gordon Lightfoot, ‘Sundown’ – “#1 March of 1974.”

Music for Monday: Johnny Nash, ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ – “#1 for the entire month of November, 1972.”

Mood Music: Nazareth, ‘Dear John’ – “Live on TV in 1972.”

Music for Monday: Elton John, ‘Honky Cat’ (live ’72) – “Live in London ’72″

Music for Monday: Johnny Cash, ‘One Piece At a Time’ – “1976 tune hit #1 on the Billboard ‘Country Singles’ chart”

Mood Music: Bob Marley and the Wailers, ‘Concrete Jungle’ – “The band’s first appearance on British TV.”

Music for Monday: Average White Band, ‘School Boy Crush’ – “On Soul Train circa 1975.”

Mood Music: Carl Perkins, ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ (live, 1971) – “Perkins on The Johnny Cash Show, January 21, 1971.”

Music for Monday: John Lennon, ‘Stand By Me’ – “Only single released off Lennon’s Rock ‘n’ Roll L.P. of February, 1975.”

Music for Monday: Siouxsie and the Banshees, ‘Playground Twist’ – “#28 on the UK charts, July of 1979.”

Mood Music: Bryan Ferry, ‘Let’s Stick Together’ – “1976 UK top five hit.”

Music for Monday: The Brothers Johnson, ‘I’ll Be Good to You’ – “From the L.A.-based band’s 1976 debut L.P., Look Out for #1.”

Music for Monday: Bruce Springsteen, ‘Born to Run’ (live, ’75) – “The bard from New Jersey performing live in London, November 18, 1975.”

Mood Music: The Jackson 5, ‘I Want You Back’ (Live ’71) – “In September of 1971 the Jackson 5 starred in a TV special entitled Goin’ Back to Indiana.”

Music for Monday: Atlanta Rhythm Section, ‘So Into You’ – “ARS’ biggest hit reaching a height of #7 on the Billboard chart.”

Mood Music: Rick Springfield, ‘Hooky Jo’ – “From Springfield’s 1972 debut L.P., Beginnings.”

Music for Monday: Lynyrd Skynyrd, ‘Gimme Three Steps’ – “The band performing live at the Knebworth festival in England in August of 1976.”

Music for Monday: David Bowie, ‘Be My Wife’ – “Released in June of 1977, from the Low L.P.”

Mood Music: The Muppets, ‘Movin’ Right Along’ – “Travellin’ tune written by Paul Williams and Kenny Ascher.”

Music for Monday: Van Halen, ‘Dance the Night Away’ – “Their first US top 20 hit – rising to #15 on the Billboard “Hot 100″.”

Music for Monday: Ian Hunter (with Mick Ronson), ‘Once Bitten, Twice Shy’ – “April of 1975.”

Mood Music: Devo, ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ – “Official video, Oct.’78.”

Music for Monday: Wild Cherry, ‘Play That Funky Music’ – “#1 on the Hot 100, September 18th, ’76.”

Music for Monday: The Osmonds, ‘Crazy Horses’ – “From the L.P. of the same name in October of 1972.”

Music for Monday: Bill Withers, ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ – “Released in the summer of 1971 and hit #3 on the US Billboard charts.”

Mood Music: Talking Heads, ‘Life During Wartime’ – “August, 1979. ‘This ain’t no party. This ain’t no disco. This no foolin’ around…’”

Music for Monday: David Soul, ‘Don’t Give Up On Us’ – “Starsky & Hutch star spent a week at #1 (1977).”

Mood Music: Pink Floyd, ‘The Wall’ – “One of the best-selling albums in US history. 1979.”

Music for Monday: Average White Band, ‘Pick Up The Pieces’ – ” If you’re a fan of saxophones, 70s slacks and beards – you will be in retro heaven.”

Music for Monday: Kraftwerk, ‘Radio-Activity’ – “Performing for French TV in 1978. ”

Music for Monday: Steve Martin, ‘King Tut’ – “Martin performing his hit single, ‘King Tut,’ live in 1979.”

Music for Monday: Black Sabbath, ‘Paranoid’ – “The lead-off single from the album of the same title, August, 1970.”

Music for Monday: M, ‘Pop Muzik’ – “Released in August ’79 in the US and it climbed all the way to #1.”

Mood Music: Todd Rundgren, ‘Hello It’s Me’ – “Rundgren recorded a new version of the tune for his Something/Anything solo L.P. and it rose to #5 on the ‘Hot 100′.”

Music for Monday: Patti Smith Group, ‘Because the Night’ – “Smith released ‘Because the Night’ in April of 1978 and it rose to #13 on the ‘Hot 100′.”

Music for Monday: The Rolling Stones, ‘Brown Sugar’ – “Lead-off single for The Rolling Stone’s Sticky Fingers L.P., released in April, 1971.”

Mood Music: Exile, ‘Kiss You All Over’ – “Released in the summer of 1978 and rose to the top of the Billboard charts.”

Mood Music: Karen Carpenter drum solo, ’76 TV special – “Carpenter performing a fun drum solo on The Carpenters’ Very First TV Special which aired on December 8, 1976.”

Music for Monday: Rick Derringer, ‘Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo’ – “Derringer released the song in 1973 for his All American Boy L.P. and it rose to #23 on the Billboard charts.”

Music for Monday: Stories, ‘Brother Louie’ – “Stories had a #1 US hit in 1973 with a cover of Hot Chocolate’s ‘Brother Louie’.”

Music for Monday: Peter Gabriel, ‘Solsbury Hill’ – “Gabriel’s debut solo single and reached the top 20 in his native UK and top 70 in the US.”

Music for Monday: WAR, ‘The Cisco Kid’ – “Best-selling album of 1973 and ‘The Cisco Kid’ rose to #4 on the Billboard Hot 100.”

Mood Music: Gary Wright, ‘Dreamweaver’ – “#2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in March of 1976.”

Music for Monday: Stealers Wheel, ‘Stuck in the Middle with You’ – “Here’s Scottish band Stealers Wheel with their massive hit from 1972.”

Music for Monday: Mungo Jerry, ‘In The Summertime’ – “Released in May ’70 and became the top selling UK single for that year.”

Music for Monday: Bay City Rollers, ‘I Only Want To Be With You’ – “This televised promo dates from late ’76 or early ’77.”

Music for Monday: The Temptations, ‘Masterpiece’ – “Turn up the volume and stomp all over your desk to the Temptations performing ‘Masterpiece’ on Soul Train.”

Music for Monday: Suzi Quatro, ‘She’s In Love With You’ – “Stomp your boots along with “She’s In Love With You”, which just barely missed the US top 40 (#41) in 1979 and hit #11 in the UK.”

Music for Monday: Golden Earring, ‘Radar Love’ – “‘Radar Love’ cracked the top 20 in many countries across the globe in 1973.”

Mood Music: Free, ‘All Right Now’ – “Free, live in concert, playing their top 5 smash ‘All Right Now’ in 1970. ”

Music for Monday: The Kinks, ‘Apeman’ – “The tune was a follow up to the smash-hit “Lola” but didn’t fare quite as well in the States.”

Music for Monday: Rod Stewart, ‘Hot Legs’ – “Rod Stewart’s ‘Hot Legs’ first appeared on the November, 1977 L.P. Foot Loose & Fancy Free and was released as a single in early 1978.”

Music for Monday: The Osmonds, ‘Music Through the Ages’ – “Here’s a funky and fantastic ‘only in the 70s’ tune by The Osmonds.”

Stevie Wonder: ‘Living for the City’ – “Wonder performing in Jan. 1974 on German TV’s Musikladen.”

Music for Monday: The Sweet, ‘Fox on the Run’ – “Sweet play their 1975 worldwide top ten hit, ‘Fox on the Run’.”

Music for Monday: Blondie, ‘Goldfinger’ – “Blondie performing the James Bond film tune ‘Goldfinger’ on German television’s Musikladen in 1977.”

Music for Monday: Three Dog Night, ‘Joy to the World’ – “Three Dog Night’s ‘Joy to the World’ was released as a single in Feb. 1971 and made it to the top of the Billboard US charts.”

Music for Monday: ABBA, ‘S.O.S.’ – “Recorded in August of ’74 and released in September of ’75 in the US, ABBA‘s ‘S.O.S.’ rose to a respectable #15 on the Billboard charts.”

Music for Monday: Roxy Music, Love is the Drug – “Roxy Music with their highest-charting (#30 Billboard) US single ‘Love Is The Drug’.”

Music for Monday: Orleans, ‘Dance With Me’ – “By October of 1975 it had risen to number 6 on the US Billboard charts.”

Music for Monday: The Carpenters, ‘We’ve Only Just Begun’ – “The Carpenters released “We’ve Only Just Begun” (written by Paul Williams & Roger Nichols) in August of 1970.”

Music for Monday: Barry Manilow, ‘Mandy’ – “Barry Manilow performing on Germany’s Star Parade from November 2nd, 1978.”

Happy New Year: #1 Song, Jan. 1972 – Melanie, ‘Brand New Key’ – “Let’s celebrate the day by going back exactly 40 years and enjoying the number one song for January 1st, 1972.”

David Bowie: Lost 1973 ‘Jean Geanie’ Footage Uncovered – “Thought lost forever, this Top of the Pops live version of ‘The Jean Geanie’ was originally broadcast on 04 January, 1973.”

Merry Christmas: Kojack Sings Just for You – “Telly ‘Kojack’ Savalas will ‘sing’ a nice Christmas tune for all of us – just because.”

Music for Monday: Jackson 5, Dancing Machine – “It’s time to put on your platform shoes and dance The Robot along with The Jackson 5 as they perform ‘Dancing Machine’ on The Carol Burnett Show.”

Music for Monday: Duane Eddy, ‘Cannonball Rag’ – “This clip seems to be from 1975 (the hairstyles sure point to that year or thereabouts) and features Eddy performing ‘Cannonball Rag’.”

Music for Mondays: The Who, ‘Who Are You’ – “‘Who Are You’ was recorded in Autumn, 1977 and was released in late Summer, 1978.”

Music for Mondays: Alice Cooper ‘Welcome to My Nightmare’ – “Here’s Mr. Scarypants himself, Alice Cooper, performing ‘Welcome to my Nightmare’ on The Muppet Show in 1978.”

Music for Mondays: B-52′s ‘Rock Lobster’ – “It’s funny, even I think of this song as an 80′s staple but it belongs to the 70s. It’s time we reclaim it!”

Music for Mondays: Neil Young ‘Heart of Gold’ – “Neil Young’s ‘Heart of Gold’ was recorded in 1971 and released in 1972. It is, to date, Young’s only #1 single on the Billboard charts.”

Music for Mondays: Queen, ‘Killer Queen’ – “‘Killer Queen’ appeared on the Sheer Heart Attack L.P and hit #12 on the US Billboard charts (their first top 20 showing) and #2 in the U.K.”

Music for Mondays: Faces ‘Stay With Me’ – “Here, we have a clip of the lads performing the tune (chart position: #6 in the UK, #17 in the US) in 1972 for the BBC.”

Music for Mondays: Led Zeppelin ‘Kashmir’ – Live, ’79 – “This clip finds the band performing ‘Kashmir’ at the Knebworth Festival in England in August of 1979.”

Music for Mondays: Ohio Players ‘Love Rollercoaster’ – “‘Love Rollercoaster’ was released in November of 1975 (and went all the way to #1.)”

Music for Mondays: Bill Wyman ‘I Wanna Get Me a Gun’ – “Bill Wyman, Rolling Stones bassist, performing “I Wanna Get Me a Gun” from his 1974 debut solo album ‘Monkey Grip’.”

Music for Mondays: David Bowie ‘Heroes’ – “Written by David Bowie and Brian Eno and recorded in Germany, “Heroes” was released as a single in September of 1977.”

Music for Mondays: The Clash ‘Tommy Gun’ (’78) – “Let’s lace up our boots and pogo along to this gem – The Clash performing “Tommy Gun” on the UK’s Something Else TV series in 1978.”

Music for Mondays: The Knack ‘Good Girls Don’t’ – ” ‘Good Girls Don’t’ was the follow-up single to the No. 1 smash ‘My Sharona’ and hit a respectable high of No. 11 on the Billboard charts.”

Music for Mondays: Kiss ‘Rock and Roll All Night’ – “First released in April of 1975, Kiss’s “Rock and Roll All Night,” from the album Dressed to Kill, rose to #57 on the Billboard chart.”

Bay City Rollers: ‘Saturday Night’ – ” ‘Saturday Night’ was released in September, 1975 and reached the top of the Billboard charts in January ’76.”

Music for Mondays: The Ramones ‘Judy is a Punk’ (’77) – “The Ramones performing “Judy is a Punk” on Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert on August 9th, 1977. One minute and 20 seconds of pure bliss.”

Music for Mondays: Stevie Wonder’s ‘Superstition’ – “Here is a 22-yr-old Stevie Wonder in the studio in late 1972/early 1973 playing the fantastically funky ‘Superstition.’ ”

The Runaways: ‘Saturday Night Special’ (’79) – “This awesome tune appeared on the ‘And now…The Runaways‘ L.P. released on Cherry Red in the U.K. in 1979″

Bee Gees: Nights on Broadway (’75) – “The tune hit #7 on the Billboard singles chart when it was released in August as a follow up to the #1 hit ‘Jive Talkin’.’”

Music for Mondays: Curtis Mayfield ‘Superfly’ (’73) – “Mayfield’s “Superfly” soundtrack was released alongside the film of the same name in July, 1972 and reached the top ten on both the R&B (#5) and Pop charts (#8). ”

Music for Mondays: Billy Preston’s “Will It Go Round in Circles” – ““Will It Go Round in Circles” first appeared on Preston’s “Music Is My Life” L.P. in 1972. Warning: you will want to grow out your afro after viewing this video. Can you dig it?”

July 1st, 1976: Elvis Rocks Shreveport – “On Thursday evening, July 1st, 1976 a somewhat rotund Elvis Presley performed at Hirsch Coliseum in Shreveport, Louisiana. The King strode onstage to a dramatic rendition of the 2001: A Space Odyssey theme before launching into a rollicking version of “C. C. Rider.” ”

ABBA: Take a Chance On Me – “ABBA’s “Take a Chance On Me” was recorded in August 1977 and released as a single in January of 1978. The song hit #1 in the UK, Austria and Ireland and #3 in the US.”

Cheap Trick: Dream Police – “In September of 1979 Cheap Trick released the “Dream Police” LP. The eponymous title track and lead-off single reached a high of #26 on the US charts”

Paul McCartney & Wings: Junior’s Farm – “Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee and released 25 October, 1974 – Paul McCartney & Wings’ single Junior’s Farm rode the tractor of success all the way to #3 in the US charts.”

Rolling Stones Live: June 3rd, 1972 – “On this day – June 3rd – cranking back 39 years to 1972 – The Rolling Stones performed at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, BC, Canada.”

‘The Streak’. Number One for May 1974 – “For some reason, in the early 1970s a fair number of people felt compelled to shed their clothes at televised events and unexpectedly “Streak” across the screen.”

Bay City Rollers: Money Honey on Telly – “‘Money Honey’ was the first piece of vinyl I ever bought. I walked down to a small record shop on Fairfax Avenue (near Rosewood) and picked up the Arista 45 rpm in a plain light blue sleeve.”

Elton John’s Philadelphia Freedom: #1 This Week – 1975 – “One of the biggest musical stars of the 1970s, Elton John, was never very far from the top of the charts throughout the decade. Elton’s ‘Philadelphia Freedom’ spent two weeks at number one: April 6 – 19 1975, riding the wave of pre-Bicentennial hype.”

The Osmonds: Number One for March 1971 – “March has arrived and Spring is just around the corner. Can you smell the fresh apples in the air? No? Well, maybe after watching The Osmonds perform their hit, “One Bad Apple”, a number 1 single from March 1971, we can fix that.”

Bee Gees – Superstars in Gold Lamé – “Here’s your image of the day – The Bee Gees (circa 1977) resplendent in matching (and skimpy!) gold lamé gear. Yeah, you’ll probably need to shield your eyes from the gorgeous glare of golden superstardom. The Bee Gees we’re everywhere in the 70s and dominated the music charts across most of the decade.”

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