Songs from 1979

Now let’s not pretend that this was a great year for music. I know you’re thinking it. It wasn’t even a good year, not really. Too many soppy ballads, the charts dominated by disco and then punk, which are perfectly fine in small doses but thank heavens for The Knack and ‘My Sharona’, one of few rock songs to top the charts this year. Bob Dylan had gone all evangelical (he had recently become a born-again Christian) and Neil Young’s Rust Never Sleeps was something of a hit-and-miss affair, I felt.

But there was this, from Dire Strait’s self-titled debut album of 1978, re-released as a single in 1979. It’s a bit good, I’m sure you’ll agree (even though it’s missing the end solo; cheers for that, VEVO).

I really struggled to list ten songs I consider to be among my favourites from this year, and wasn’t allowed to cheat by listing select portions from The Wall so neither are you, so hope you can do better. List the ones you hate most, too, if you wish. Oh, how many times I’ve daydreamed about throwing heavy objects at the Buggles – and the less said about Dr Hook, the better. I don’t know if there are throwable objects heavy enough to satisfy the urge to silence them. I’ll have to give that some more thought.

1979 was the year of Kate Bush’s one and only tour, so I’ll start with ‘Wow’, which spent ten weeks in the UK chart between March and May.

As if giving the world ‘Comfortably Numb’ wasn’t enough, David put in an appearance on Back to the Egg by Wings, along with a vast array of musical talent – on the Grammy award-winning ‘Rockestra Theme’ (Best Rock Instrumental Performance, 1980) and ‘So Glad To See You Here’.

And now I’m stalling.

I liked The Jacksons’ ‘Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)’ as much as The Jam’s ‘Eton Rifles’; I enjoyed much of Double Vision by Foreigner, even if it did bomb in the UK charts, and everything about Queen’s ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’, which remained there for most of the year. But is it enough? I mean, 1979 had 365 days just like most years do. It seems a frustratingly scant return for all that time presumably spent in rehearsals, recording studios and big headphones.

Even the albums don’t help. It’s not like there’s much to select from those songs that weren’t released as singles, because they remained album-only tracks for good reason. There was an offering from the Eagles – The Long Run – probably their weakest, but it did contain some good tunes, ‘The Greeks Don’t Want No Freaks’ not being one of them.

Led Zeppelin’s In Through the Out Door was rather disappointing, too. Heavily synthesized, low on drums and guitar, it would be their last album. Fleetwood Mac’s Tusk was a commercial flop, panned by critics. (Maybe everyone simply thought that Rumours was better than it really was?)

It’s no wonder that 72 per cent of you were in agreement with me when I put it to you some time far, far away that the first half of the Seventies comfortably surpassed the latter. Shall we just admit right now, right here, that 1979 was a thoroughly lacklustre year with only a handful of records worth listening to? I will if you will. I’ll even mean it literally if we’re thinking of vinyl rather than cassette and can use a second hand for support.

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour’s official blog, The Blog (‘Features’ previously being its rather naff title), affectionately – or lazily – shortened to ‘FEd’.

64 thoughts on “Songs from 1979”

  1. The Wall alone is reason enough to give 1979 a place in music history. Even if it is only one album.

  2. My pet peeve of 1979 was without a doubt the Bee Gees’ Spirits Having Flown — I absolutely ABHORRED the song Tragedy with a vengeance! Long fingernails on a blackboard to my ears. There were others and I too might be hard-pressed to come up with 10 I liked (other than the obvious) but will give it my best effort.

    1. I have it on DVD, FEd…I did hear they were doing a Gallagher night…they showed the Irish Tour film as well I believe…just gotta love Rory!

  3. Ah – a refreshing song list to ponder upon…thank you FEd!

    1979…need to brush off the dust, think back to vinyl and maybe still some 8-Tracks for good measure. Here are my Top 10 songs in no particular order (I was 10 and remember these well):

    London Calling – The Clash
    Message in a Bottle – The Police
    Highway to Hell – AC/DC
    Cars – Gary Newman
    The Logical Song – Supertramp
    Don’t Bring Me Down – ELO
    Don’t Do Me Like That – Tom Petty
    The Devil Went Down to Georgia – Charlie Daniels Band
    Rock Lobster – The B-52’s
    Sultans of Swing – Dire Straits

    Worst:

    Reunited – Peaches & Herb (still makes me want to vomit)
    Rapper’s Delight – Sugarhill Gang

    How about an A-Z??? This was PAINFUL research…I’m with you FEd, aside from The Wall there was a whole lot of crap put out…

    Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life – Monty Python
    Bad Case of Loving You – Robert Palmer
    California Uber Alles – Dead Kennedys
    Dirty White Boy – Foreigner
    Electricity – OMD
    Fool In The Rain – Led Zeppelin
    Good Girls Don’t – The Knack
    Here Comes My Girl – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
    Is She Really Going Out With Him? – Joe Jackson
    Joe’s Garage – Frank Zappa
    King Rocker – Generation X
    Lay It On The Line – Triumph
    My Sharona – The Knack
    Not Guilty – George Harrison
    Oliver’s Army – Elvis Costello
    Prime Time – The Tubes
    Queen of Hearts – Dave Edmunds
    Rock ‘N’ Roll High School – The Ramones
    Same Old Story – B.B. King
    Theme from The Dukes of Hazzard (Good Ol’ Boys) – Waylon Jennings
    Under the Blade – Twisted Sister
    Video Killed The Radio Star – The Buggles
    Walking On The Moon – The Police
    Rated X – Pat Benatar (I gave up…too painful I need to get out of this year!)
    You Ain’t Just Whistlin’ Dixie – The Bellamy Brothers
    Zimbabwe – Bob Marley & The Wailers

    1. A fine effort, Rob. Painful indeed. Listing some of those tunes must have been hard enough; I hope you didn’t listen to them, as well.

  4. Come on Fed, 1979 was a real boss year for music!

    Supertramp, Breakfast in America
    The Clash, The Clash (released in the U.S. in 1979)
    The Cars, Candy-O
    Diana Ross, The Boss
    Randy Newman, Born Again
    Gary Moore, Back On The Streets
    Styx, Cornerstone
    ELO, Discovery
    Cheap Trick, Dream Police
    New York Gong, About Time
    The Gap Band, The Gap Band
    Frank Zappa, Joe’s Garage
    Van Morrison, Into The Music
    Roxy Music, Manifesto
    George Harrison, George Harrison
    AC/DC, Highway To Hell
    Johnny Cash, Silver
    Michael Jackson, Off The Wall

    And so many others; Don’t hate on ’79 Fed, it was great!

  5. I remember some good songs by The Cure – Boys Don’t Cry, The Clash – London Calling and Neil Young – Hey Hey My My. Plus there are a lot more from 1979 like Pink Floyd’s The Wall album. But I just wanted to add just a few of my favorite songs…

    Take Care and I am so sorry to have missed the chat room,
    Thomas

  6. Well I was 14-15 in 1979 so ought to have had my finger on the pulse. I was however already preferring the joys of early 70’s rock and was not much impressed by much else.

    That said I do have a soft spot for “Wow” and all its arm twirling possibilities and it may well be the case that Debbie Harry was getting me a little hot under the collar about now.

    Looking at some of the album releases we can nod to

    AC/DC – “Highway to Hell”
    Joy Division – “Unknown Pleasures” (more for influence than pleasure)
    The Clash – London Calling
    The Specials – “Specials” (about the best of its kind and nicely timed for the arrival of Thatcher)

    Single wise, I quite liked

    UFO – “Doctor Doctor”
    Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now (which is about as irresistible a sing-a-long as I can think of)
    Gary Moore – Parisienne Walkways (surely we all like that don’t we?)
    The Police – “Roxanne”
    Tubeway Army – “Are Friends Electric?” (well there were still an unhealthy number of artificial fabrics about)
    Thin Lizzy – “Do Anything You Want To” (unlikely at age 15)
    Boomtown Rats – “I Don’t Like Mondays” (likely at 15)
    Ian Dury – “Reasons to Be Cheerful (Part 3) (parts 1-2 were strangely missing)
    Rainbow – “Since You’ve Been Gone” (as it at least proved Ritchie Blackmore was still alive and not yet a Druid)
    “Oliver’s Army” by Elvis Costello is a song that brings back particular memories of a School Football tour but I would have guessed that was the previous year …. Perhaps the single predates the album?

    Looking at the charts there is indeed an incredible amount of dross and it would be invidious to pick out any really (well maybe Kevin Keegan “Head Over Heels”) but ’twas ever thus.

  7. Aha, a chance to do another A to Z (much to the delight of Michèle, I suspect).

    There were a few nuggets hidden away in ’79 (not that many though, I agree FEd).

    Here goes with this year’s effort…

    Angel Eyes – Roxy Music
    Boys Keep Swinging – David Bowie
    Cool For Cats – Squeeze
    Duke Of Earl – Darts
    Equinox Part 5 – Jean-Michel Jarre (One for Michele)
    Furniture Music – Bill Nelson’s Red Noise
    Guilty – Mike Oldfield
    Highway To Hell – AC/DC
    If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me – Bellamy Brothers
    Jimmy Jimmy – Undertones
    King Rocker – Generation X
    London Calling – The Clash
    Milk and Alcohol – Dr.Feelgood
    Night Owl – Gerry Rafferty
    Oliver’s Army – Elvis Costello
    Parisienne Walkways – Gary Moore
    Que Sera Me Vida – Gibson Brothers
    Rock Lobster – B-52’s
    Since You’ve Been Gone – Rainbow
    The Number One Song In Heaven – Sparks
    Union City Blue – Blondie
    Voulez-Vous – Abba (FEd’s favourite group)
    Waiting For An Alibi – Thin Lizzy
    XTC – Making Plans For Nigel
    You’ve Got My Number (Why Don’t You Use It) – Undertones
    Zzzzz…. goodnight 1979 (it is rather late after all)

    1. If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me – Bellamy Brothers

      Really, they should have been shot for the title alone.

      Shot with paint-balls from a safe distance while wearing safety clothing, of course.

  8. Right you are, FEd — it was a pretty dismal year for music.

    The list of songs that I can honestly say I enjoyed would be the following:

    Sultans of Swing ~ Dire Straits (since, as you say, it was re-released in 1979)
    Brass In Pocket ~ The Pretenders
    (What’s So Funny ’bout) Peace, Love and Understanding ~ Elvis Costello and the Attractions
    Refugee ~ Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
    Heartache Tonight ~ The Eagles (although being so overplayed that I developed a bit of an aversion to it) 🙁
    Every song on Ricki Lee Jones’s album ~ Ricki Lee Jones 🙂 Chuck E’s In Love got the most air play but there’s not a bad cut on the album, in my opinion. It’s still one of my favorite albums.

    I am in complete agreement with the idea of one of the best “decades” in music would be mid-1960s through mid-1970s.

    Peace and love to you all!
    Gabrielle

  9. … 1979, boy is that long ago! I remember freaking out when hearing Dire Straits, but also Police, Hermann Brood and of course PF (We don’t need a teacher 😉 ). Later I bought quite a few records of that year:

    UFO – Strangers in the Night (I love “Lights Out”)
    Rory Gallagher – Top Priority
    Motorhead – Overkill
    The Clash – London Calling
    Frank Zappa – Sheik Yerbouti
    AC/DC – Highway to Hell

    BTW: There is another video on YouTube with the solo at least as audio, FEd, but I have to use a proxy to see it, since GEMA is protecting us from good taste.

    Best regards

    Taki

  10. Kind of tough add to the conversation since you already cherry picked most of the good stuff. But there is also:

    Highway to Hell – AC/DC
    Message in a Bottle – The Police
    Don’t Bring Me Down – ELO
    Cars – Gary Numan
    London Calling – The Clash
    Brass In Pocket – The Pretenders
    I Don’t Like Mondays – Boomtown Rats

    Also Michael Jackson’s Off the Wall album was released in 1979 which had at least three good songs. And “We Are Family” was released, which I don’t consider a great song per se (I mean it’s not bad), but it’s worked its way into popular culture pretty well.

    All in all, 1979 may have been so so, but the good stuff was pretty darned good, so I don’t see how you can call it a weak year.

  11. Didn’t The Specials and The Selecter release a lot of 45’s around this time?

    I should know really as they all came from Coventry and, not wanting to name drop (well OK then) but I knew some of the band members.

    But I wasn’t a great fan of that style of music. But it was very very popular at the time.

  12. Until you mentioned it, I would never have recalled, or realized how bad the music of that year actually was. Neil was great, on the acoustic side, but outside of Rust Never Sleeps, Pink Floyd’s The Wall, was the only other saving grace of the year (along with Dire Straits). Brilliant groups like the Eagles and the Cars, were asleep at the wheel.

    1979 was a great year for me. A senior in High School, I was king of the world. And the kingdom was fabulous. We lived in rural NJ and we had lots of 20 keg open house parties out on the farms. And we had great local bands, which we would power up on generators. All of this got shut down a few years later when the local towns passed “Woodstock” ordinances prohibiting the gathering of more than 50 people without a permit. But, until then, we could have 100s of people gather, very peacefully, all grooving to band after band. So, 1979 was actually a superb year for rock n roll, fuelled by our local talent. It never got any better.

  13. songs from 79… emm… nwobhm… iron maiden’s first album “running free” wasn’t bad… steve hillage had a good live album… quo had “rocking all over the world” out… ohhh, and that no.1 single at the end of the year… “we don’t need no education”.

    yeah, wasn’t a great year but had some potential.

  14. Was a senior in high school in 1979. If it was not for Pink Floyd it would have been a pretty crappy year for music as there was still a lot of disco on the charts.

    Here are some of my favorites from 1979:

    The Logical Song – Supertramp
    Mirrors – Blue Oyster Cult
    We’ve Got Tonite – Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
    Rock N’ Roll Fantasy – Bad Company

    About all I can come up with off the top of my head.

    Hoss

  15. Hello FEd,

    Sorry FEd but I have a different view of 1979. I was turning 16 that year, it was may last year of school and the year I became very fond of the opposite sex. It was a huge year for Australian music and the pud scene was all about live bands and it set the way for the eighties. It was also the year that I started buying vinyl and the year I bought my first Pink Floyd LP when it was released. But this thread is not about the albums it’s about the songs. The Wall has many great songs, but one of the songs off this LP that I love and is not talked about too much is “Hey You”.

    Some other great songs from 1979:

    “London Calling” – The Clash
    “Games People Play” and “Turn of a Friendly Card” – Alan Parsons
    “Refugee” and “Don’t Do Me Like That” – Tom Petty
    “When a Man Loves a Woman” from the soundtrack of the Rose
    “Planet Clare” – B52’s
    “Accidents Will Happen” and “Senior Service” – Elvis Costello
    “Message In a Bottle” and “Walking on the Moon” – The Police
    “Chuck E’s In Love” and “Easy Money” – Rickie Lee Jones
    “Die Young, Stay Pretty” and “Atomic” – Blondie
    “Last Train to London” and “Don’t Bring Me Down” – ELO
    “The Logical Song” and “Breakfast in America” – Supertramp
    “Highway to Hell’ – AC/DC
    “My Generation” – The Who
    “Hot Stuff” – Donna Summer
    “Let’s Go” and “Candy O” – The Cars
    “The Dream Police” – Cheap Trick
    “Once Upon a Time In the West”, “Sultans Of Swing” and “Lady Writer” – Dire Straits
    “Ride Like the Wind” and “Sailing” – Christopher Cross
    “I Can’t Tell You Why” – The Eagles
    “I Was Made For Loving You” – Kiss
    “All Of My Love” – Led Zeppelin
    “How You Gonna See Me Now” – Alice Cooper
    “The Gambler” – Kenny Rogers

    I did buy “Back to the Egg” when it was released and still have it in mint condition as it doesn’t get played much at all. I had no idea the David was part of this LP. On the other hand I did wear out my copy of “The Wall” and I have a reissue on its way.

    As for Australian music from 1979 it was a big year:

    “Graffiti Crimes”, “21-20” and my favorite “But You Don’t Care” – My-Sex
    “Lonesome Loser”, “Cool Change” and “Man On the Run” – The Little River Band
    “Surfing With a Spoon” – Midnight Oil
    “Conversations”, “Goodbye’, “Shipping Steel” and “Breakfast at Sweathearts” – Cold Chisel
    “Save Me”, “No exit”, “Take a Long Line” and “Coming Down” – The Angles
    “Highway to Hell” as mentioned above.
    “I’m Not Like Everybody Else” – Jimmy and the Boys

    Cheers
    snow

    1. “I’m Not Like Everybody Else” – Jimmy and the Boys

      I love the Kinks original. Here’s Jimmy and the Boys for those that haven’t heard their version and aren’t squeamish about which parts of the body you should cover with tape. Ouch.

    2. FEd, I’ve got tears running down my face. Thanks for posting that link, I’ve never seen it before. I love the song, but I was shocked when I went to see them live (still underage at the time), in fact I was so discussed that I gave the LP away to my brother in law. Unfortunately he and my sister have since passed and I do have the LP again. Seeing you’ve tuned me into YouTube I just had to search for Mi-sex and get these tears really flowing.

      Steve Gilpin was the first death of a artist that affected me, no not drugs or alcohol, just a car crash.

      Sorry to all kiwis, they did adopte Australia as have many great acts from the land of the long white cloud.

      Cheers,
      snow.

  16. A lot of good stuff from ’79:

    – Pink Floyd: Another Brick in the Wall (Part II), Comfortably Numb, Hey You, Run Like Hell
    – AC/DC: Highway to Hell
    – Queen: Crazy Little Thing Called Love
    – Paul McCartney: Wonderful Christmas Time
    – Led Zeppelin: All My Love
    – The Police: Message In a Bottle

    And so on…

  17. Wow, Fed, thank you for Kate Bush and “My Sharona!” 🙂

    1979 songs of note and no Pink Floyd songs, that’s tough!

    “Heart of Glass” by Blondie tops the list every time.

    “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” by the Charlie Daniels Band: country rock, but it’s still a classic.

    I still love “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor.

    “My Life” by Billy Joel.

    As for the infamous 1979 songlist: in my young life was quite a year!

    “Ring My Bell” by Anita Ward still makes me flashback (sorry there’s really no controlling it) to roller skating parties with mirrored disco balls and tacky non-Floyd colored lighting, strobe lights and limbo rods…

    “YMCA”: I just discovered that many other countries have adopted the International Village People Sign Language (VPSL)!

    German version
    Japanese version

    You all apparently know my pain so I won’t inflict some of the other translations I found!

    Flashbacks again…communing in simultaneous gesturing Esperanto at every disco, wedding and dance party for the last 30 years!

    “Hot Stuff” by Donna Summer and “Shake Your Groove Thing” by Peaches and Herb and “We Are Family” by Sister Sledge once again give me the Texas disco-roller rink heebie jeebies!

    …and for my poor husband, horribly afflicted with the need to listen to Barry Manilow, ironically in order to fall asleep, “Somewhere in the Night!”

  18. What a busy Birthday month!

    Tchin-Tchin and special big bisous to Lorraine, Ken, Nate, Andrew and Pavlov.

  19. In 1979, Serge Gainsbourg recorded in Jamaica an album entitled ‘Aux armes et cætera’ with some of the island’s best reggae musicians and The I Threes (the female backing singers for Bob Marley & The Wailers).

    The title track is a reggae (of course controversial) adaptation of our National anthem ‘La Marseillaise’ and got many criticisms. Gainsbourg even received death threats.

    He replied “Reggae is a revolutionary music rooted in the suffering of the oppressed, La Marseillaise is a revolutionary song, where is the problem?” – I agree.

    1. So do I. He did enjoy teasing people to get a reaction, though, didn’t he? He did very well out of it. So well, in fact, that he could afford to set fire to a 500 franc note on live television, the smug git.

      Here are some of his other most scandalous moments. He really was a character.

  20. I used to fish a local pond, a couple of fields over from the house. My friend who I fished with was a few years older than me, and he used to bring along his ghetto blaster. I remember he had just bought Dire Straits, it was 78, and such a treat to listen to on our way to the pond. We felt miles from anywhere in that field, golden days. It’s all built on now, but the pond is still there, all seems like yesterday.

    1. Glad to report that Sainsbury’s still have Mr Kipling’s Mini-Battenbergs on BOGOF. :))

  21. Favourites from 1979:

    – Milk and Alcohol by the legendary Dr. Feelgood
    – Circumstances by the best band not inducted into the RRHF!
    – Whatever You Want by Fed’s favourite band, Status Quo

    It’s surprising how many bands didn’t release anything in 1979… Genesis, Yes, Jethro Tull and Uriah Heep to name a few.

    Now… as we are celebrating the third Rugby Grand Slam for Wales in eight seasons (What do you mean you’re not celebrating?) here are some 1979 songs from those fortunate to be born Welsh.

    – Dame Shirley Bassey with Moonraker
    – Sir Tom Jones with Do You Take this Man?
    – Dave Edmunds with Girls Talk
    – Bonnie Tyler with My Guns are Loaded

    And finally… Wales won the Rugby Triple Crown and 5 Nations Championship in 1979.

  22. Circumstances by the best band not inducted into the RRHF!

    It was Rush by the way. 🙂

  23. 1979:

    Quick cure for doldrums = Fantasy by Earth Wind & Fire (whole album actually, “I Am”).

    Already mentioned above by Marcus but have to repeat (great album while doing housework) = Into The Music by Van Morrison.

    I love Tusk FEd. Kind of renewed my interest in Fleetwood Mac after Rumours (ugh), but were never as great as in the Peter Green years.

  24. 1979 was that transition year before punk/new wave just exploded. I was already big into the Ramones at the time yet all the kids around me were not. I saw them in 1979, my first concert. They were touring their Road to Ruin and Rock and Roll High School releases. I bought a T-shirt at the show. When I wore the shirt in school everyone picked on me but I didn’t care. One year later they were all singing “I Wanna Be Sedated” and punk/new wave as all the rage.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

  25. First and foremost, Happy Belated birthday to Lorraine. Haven’t visited for a couple of days (work obligations and the like).

    Seems like most of 1979 is already covered although there were a handful or so that added some ‘oomph’ to my otherwise rather mundane listening experiences.

    – Bela Lugosi’s Dead – Bauhaus (I only heard it a couple of times and was quite mesmerized … fast forward several years and, much to my delight, it was featured in one of my favourite movies … The Hunger)
    – The album Bop Till You Drop by Ry Cooder and his interpretation of I Think It’s Going To Work Out – Fine and Look At Granny Run Run (I never knew the Ike & Tina Turner version)
    – My My Hey Hey/Hey Hey My My – Neil Young
    Highway Song – Blackfoot –
    – Flirtin’ with Disaster – Molly Hatchet
    – Lovin’ Touchin’ Squeezin’ – Journey
    – I Can’t Tell You Why – Eagles
    – Rock ‘n Roll Fantasy – Bad Company (BC was enormous in South Africa but overall, I was disappointed with this album)
    – Remember – Aerosmith (great interpretation of a classic and I was already quite ‘hot under the collar’ for Joe Perry 😉 )
    – Lay It On The Line – Truimph
    – No Mean City – Nazareth (the album was always playing at some part or other and I was such a ‘sucker’ for Star)

    I’d be disingenuous if I didn’t admit to having my Chic, Gloria Gaynor, Donna Summer, Sister Sledge (We Are Family), Earth Wind & Fire, Commodores and Herb Albert (Rise) moments — we were immersed and it couldn’t be helped. I still get a kick out of Sister Sledge and Chic’s Good Times – even if just for yucks.

    Patti Smith’s Wave was completely beyond my comprehension at the time and did absolutely nothing for me. I have a different perception of her craft these days although there’s still an ‘against the grain’ vibe for me. Tom Petty’s Refugee was getting a lot of airplay, ‘ol Bob and Cheap Trick did Budokan … Santana released Marathon which I never really got into, my old faithful, Supertramp was going seriously commercial but I did enjoy Lord Is It Mine.

    1. Pavlov, WOW! I’ve finally after all these years unrepressed “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” by Bauhaus! You took me right back to 2 very intense and harrowing weeks in college in the early 90s, which is where I first and last heard it!

      At the time I briefly but weirdly dated an avant garde artist, who had as many issues as Syd Barrett: indeed, Syd was his hero, mine too, thus the fatal attraction! And to whom he really did bear an uncannily striking resemblance to. He was indeed the spitting image of Syd: with black tangled long gelled hair, and wore Bauhaus T shirts everywhere, played “Bela Lugosi” ad nauseum and when he wasn’t Syd he was a vampire… But he was FAR too Bauhaus for me.

      In tribute to Syd, he even shaved his eyebrows off for Halloween!

      I was never sure if he was trying to date me or suck my blood!!!

    2. Think there may have been a blood-sucker wannabe or two in my world also Sharon 😉 … the novelty wears off after a while. I listen to Bela Lugosi’s Dead often … I find it rhythmically soothing if that even makes sense.

  26. Guess I wasn’t that hard-pressed after all … and yes JohnC, The Wall makes up for everything. 🙂

  27. Cannot believe it was 1979 when I bought Another Brick In the Wall from good old Woolworths in Cleveleys. Still remember the buzz and excitement I was feeling about the up and coming tour and album, and rumours of the band playing behind a giant wall and not being able to see them through out the show.

  28. Wow, must not forget the truly magical and I think very spiritual Kate Bush, very special.

    Damian

  29. Here are a few other songs that are worth mentioning for 1979:

    Life During Wartime – Talking Heads
    What I Like About You – Romantics
    I Don’t Like Mondays – Boomtown Rats
    Heartache Tonight and The Long Run – The Eagles (c’mon FEd, new music from the Eagles in ’79)
    Dance the Night Away – Van Halen
    Reasons To Be Cheerful, Pt. 3 – Ian Dury & the Blockheads
    Cheap Sunglasses – ZZ Top
    Girls Talk – Dave Edmunds
    Cruel To Be Kind – Nick Lowe
    Dance Away – Roxy Music
    A Message to You Rudy – Specials
    Cool For Cats – Squeeze
    Pop Muzik – M
    Rock Lobster – The B-52s

    And don’t forget that Joe Jackson released both Look Sharp and I’m The Man in 1979 – two great albums; and Graham Parker released Squeezing Out Sparks. I will say there are few albums I wish were never released such as the Supertramp Breakfast in America album. I cannot stand that album. But I rather do what Van Morrison released in 1979 and look at the “Bright Side of the Road.”

    Thanks.
    Andrew

    1. I do like those Eagles tunes a lot, and to a lesser extent ‘Disco Strangler’, ‘I Can’t Tell You Why’ and ‘Those Shoes’, but I never listen to the rest of the album.

  30. I don’t think 1979 was such a bad year year.

    I liked:

    Singles

    Playing Golf (With My Flesh Crawling) – Family Fodder
    Staircase (Mystery) – Soiouxsie and the Banshees
    Typical Girls – The Slits

    Albums

    Join Hands – Soiouxsie and the Banshees
    This Heat – This Heat

  31. Well Fed, as you can see you have the juices flowing here for me, and I’m not trying to tell anyone what they should be doing, but if David does tour again it would be something special if Kate Bush came along. I know, don’t say it, I’m dreaming but what a dream and what a collaboration.

    Yours faithfully
    Walter Mitty.

  32. Hi, me again.

    There is a video on YouTube with Kate and David performing Running Up That Hill, as I’m sure you know. I’m not clever enough to link it on here, but I’m sure you’ll find it.

    Sorry if I’m getting annoying.

    Damian

    1. Here you go, don’t say I don’t do anything for you.

      From 1987 and the Secret Policeman’s Third Ball.

    1. 🙂 Thank you, Eduardo. As I replied to Sando on another page earlier, I hope the many passionate Brazilian fans get their wish some day. There is no place I’d rather see David visit and perform than Brazil, as the support he has there is amazing.

      Thank you to everyone involved in the video. I think it’s lovely.

  33. Not from 1979 but from 1968…

    Folks on here may be interested in searching out a YouTube clip of Pink Floyd. You need to include Bouton Rouge in the search. It is one of the best quality films from that era that I have seen. Plus you will notice that David is playing a Telecaster!

    1. A much, much better year than 1979.

      Here it is, Pete. Don’t say I don’t do anything for you, either. 😉

      Good find.

  34. Everyone: check out the Pink Floyd page on FB. This morning they posted an hour-long interview with Nick Mason, conducted last month at Google headquarters. He shares no new insights, but there is good humor and it’s entertaining.

    1. Hope you had a very happy day, Pavlov. You too, Ken. (Damn jury service, making me miss all these birthdays.)

  35. Lots of stuff I’d be quite happy to hear on the radio released in 1979. Not a lot that I listen to on a regular basis or feel a sudden and uncontrollable urge to burn onto CD to play in the car though.

    And there is always that lovely memory of Pink Floyd knocking the Police off the number one spot ha, ha, haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. :)) That stuff matters when you’re 15.

    Cheap Trick – I Want You To Want Me
    Dave Edmunds – Girl’s Talk
    Stranglers – Duchess
    XTC – Making Plans for Nigel
    Nick Lowe – Cruel to be Kind
    The Tourists – I Only Want To Be With You
    Eagles – Heartache Tonight
    Queen – Crazy Little Thing Called Love
    Elvis Costello – Oliver’s Army
    Pretenders – Stop Your Sobbing
    Sex Pistols – Friggin’ in the Riggin’
    Village People – In The Navy
    Village People – Go West
    John Williams – Cavatina
    Gerry Rafferty – Night Owl
    Eddie Grant – Living on the Front Line
    Squeeze – Up The Junction
    Ricky Lee Jones – Chuck E’s in Love
    Clash – London Calling

  36. Teshekkur ederim, Fed for that absolutely haunting Turkish tribute. I’m playing it over and over!

    There is a very deep, mysterious something about that beautiful and ancient country that strikes my soul to its core. I have mashallas in my house. Tulip glasses. Turkish tea with linden flowers. Cini pottery. Prayer rugs. Even a fez. I crave ayran and mint dolmas from my achingly missed Black Sea Restaurant in that tiny haven of Turkish culture in St. Paul, MN. A Japanese friend from Kobe (she survived the 1995 earthquake) married a ambassador from Ankara. Yesterday, I planted 6 lilac bushes, the first in my yard: because the Turkish lilac soap just wasn’t enough.

  37. Just realised that ‘The Guests’ by Leonard Cohen (that I discovered on his compilation The Essential Leonard Cohen) was actually a song from a 1979 album: ‘Recent Songs’.

    Haunting atmosphere, beautiful weeping violin… Not sure I understood the meaning of the lyrics (who are these guests?), so did some research and I like this idea of a new soul coming to the world, looking for the feast, trying to enjoy it, but feeling alone, lost…

    A mixture of melancholy and celebration, of sorrow and joy, of pain and pleasure …. “And no one knows where the night is going, And no one knows why the wine is flowing”…

    Definitely one if my favourite Cohen songs.

  38. I wanted to share one deep cut from 1979.

    How many remember Ian Gomm? He actually was quite a successful musician and I believe he is living in Wales now. Aside from working with Nick Lowe on “Cruel to Be Kind,” Ian had some success on his own as well. While his album “Summer Holiday” was released in 1978, that same album was released in 1979 as “Gomm With the Wind.” I still consider that to be one of the most clever album titles next to REO Speedwagon’s “You Can Tune a Piano But You Can’t Tuna Fish.”

    Anyway, Ian had a pretty big hit in 1979 with a song called “Hold On”. I’m sure if you listen you’ll remember the tune. It was quite catchy.

    Thanks.
    Andrew

  39. David Gilmour has Sultans of Swing on his blog – I could not imagine a greater guy than him.

    Damn, I need to see this guy live. Checking for tour dates all the time. But no dates online so far. 🙁

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