It was the year of Jaws, the Hustle, curly perms and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. It boasted a ‘Funky Moped’ as well as a ‘Funky Gibbon’. The Beatles’ output, now quadrupled, continued to delight and sadden in equal measure (John Lennon, ‘#9 Dream’; Paul McCartney/Wings, ‘Letting Go’; George Harrison, ‘Dark Horse’; Ringo Starr, ‘It’s All Down to Goodnight Vienna’). The Eagles released One of These Nights, while Queen gave the world ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.
Pink Floyd, of course, served up Wish You Were Here.
Then, alas, there are those that, in our moment of reminiscence, must also be thrown into the equation, if not the Abyss of Shame and Continued Revulsion. I won’t name names, but I am thinking ‘Swedish four-piece, four letters’… (Sorry.)
Here’s some Bad Company to further convince those that need convincing – myself included – that 1975 wasn’t all insipid soft rock ballads and disco naffness.
Here are some of my favourite tunes from the year (perhaps this link will help you remember, and hopefully list, yours):
– Grand Funk Railroad, ‘Some Kind of Wonderful’
– KC & The Sunshine Band, ‘Get Down Tonight’
– Pointer Sisters, ‘How Long (Betcha Got a Chick on the Side)’
– Roxy Music, ‘Love Is the Drug’
– ZZ Top, ‘Tush’
All in all, a better musical year than 1966, you think? I’m not so sure that it was.