Songs from 1974

It’s been a while since we had one of these, and as ‘Devil Gate Drive’ by Suzi Quatro was the UK’s chart-topper on this day in 1974, I wondered what she had been up against in the charts.

I needn’t have wondered; it was mostly rubbish, as I’d expected and as you can see for yourself.

Abba won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974 – with ‘Waterloo’ – and the rest, as they say, is misery. History, sorry, I meant history. Abba would go on to become one of the year’s, indeed decade’s, biggest-selling acts (and I switch between disliking them just a tiny bit more than I dislike The Carpenters and then back again every couple of days, so won’t be including their songs in this post no matter how many of them there were in 1974 out of sheer stubborn spite).

Anyway, a few hours of researching later, I found that there were some half-decent tunes in 1974, much to my surprise, even if most of them were album tracks rather than singles.

Sure, 1974 was the year of Terry Jacks’ depressing ‘Seasons In the Sun’ and several others since played to death on dull, middle-of-the-road radio, such as Steely Dan’s ‘Rikki Don’t Lose That Number’ (which forces some of us to cry out for a comma as well as the end to come swiftly) and the far too jolly ‘Rock the Boat’ by Hues Corporation, a favourite at clubs and weddings. Leo Sayer’s ‘Long Tall Glasses’ would be mildly bearable if that chorus, fluctuating between high and low notes, didn’t go on for quite so long. After a while it seems like a form of torture to my fragile brain.

There were some dire covers of brilliant songs (Ringo Starr’s ‘Only You (And You Alone)’, Elton John’s ‘Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds’) and some good ones (Lulu’s ‘The Man Who Sold the World’, Wayne Gibson’s ‘Under My Thumb’, Prelude’s ‘After the Goldrush’).

There were classics, like Elton’s original ode to a tragic female, ‘Candle In the Wind’, but mostly it was disco or glam-rock and much of it by Gary Glitter, not that we speak of him these days, obviously.

In fact, some of the best songs being played in 1974 were reissues: Jimmy Ruffin’s ‘What Becomes of the Broken Hearted’ and ‘Rock Around the Clock’ by Bill Haley and His Comets.

Frank Sinatra’s The Main Event – Live, recorded in October 1974 at New York’s Madison Square Garden, may not be his strongest vocal performance, but still manages to be stronger than pretty much everybody else’s. With trademark swagger, he has the audience that surrounded him on all sides eating out of the palm of his hand in a way that very few could for all their garish outfits and golden medallions.

Ringo Starr – in ‘Oh My My’ – asked, ‘Can you boogie? Can you slide?’ Most people, it seemed, could. Did we really go through the year dancing; to work, to school, to the shops? This is what I hate about the Seventies, everybody was at it (dancing, I mean) and wanted you to know it. Worse, they wanted you to join them. As well as the slightly bossy ‘Put Your Hands Together’ and ‘Boogie On Reggae Woman’ (that one really needs a comma), 1974 had ‘Kung Fu Fighting’, ‘The Locomotion’, ‘Dancing Machine’, ‘I’ve Got The Music In Me’ and probably many others I don’t know about or want to know about. Disco Tex & The Sex-O-Lettes were the most demanding of all with their straight-to-the-point ‘Get Dancing’. Whilst I accept that it’s sometimes hard to resist the urge to boogie when you hear the Commodores with ‘Machine Gun’, I doubt there has been a year with more songs about dancing. At least they weren’t twerking, I suppose.

‘Mama’ Cass Elliot died suddenly in 1974, aged just 32. Jefferson Airplane became a Starship, more’s the pity. Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks joined Fleetwood Mac.

The first Knebworth concert was in 1974. Pink Floyd would play there the following year and again in 1990. This summer, to celebrate 40 years of music at Knebworth Park, there is an exhibition of concert memorabilia on display. Details here.

(Which reminds me, there’s a Pink Floyd exhibition coming up in Milan in September and October. Full details at PinkFloydExhibition.com.)

Unfortunately, 1974 wasn’t an artistic high-point for many of my favourite artists. It was a so-so year. My least favourite Eagles album, On the Border, came out in 1974 (but at least they were recording One of These Nights). The Kinks’ Preservation Act 2 is more ‘miss’ than ‘hit’. Bob Dylan’s very personal Planet Waves does feature ‘Forever Young’, but little else of note. Neil Young’s On the Beach was a disappointment after the brilliance of Harvest, although ‘Vampire Blues’, about the oil industry, deserves a mention:

‘I’m a vampire, babe, sucking blood from the earth
Well, I’m a vampire, babe, I’ll sell you twenty barrels worth’

The four Beatles each offered something: Band On the Run by Paul McCartney & Wings, released in December 1973, was 1974’s top-selling album in many regions; John Lennon’s Walls and Bridges included ‘#9 Dream’ and ‘Whatever Gets You Thru the Night’; Ringo Starr’s Goodnight Vienna, already twice mentioned, is arguably his best work; and although, like Sinatra, George Harrison’s voice is not at its best on Dark Horse, that wonderful sense of humour comes shining through, most notably on ‘Ding Dong, Ding Dong’.

It’s George’s birthday today. We miss you, George.

David Bowie gave us Diamond Dogs and, as if that wasn’t generous enough, a live album simply titled David Live. Nick Mason produced Rock Bottom by Robert Wyatt. Frank Zappa’s Apostrophe would be his highest-charting album in the US. Burn, by Deep Purple, was their first to feature David Coverdale on vocals.

Bad Company’s eponymous debut opened with the great ‘Can’t Get Enough’. Mirage was Camel’s second album, So What Joe Walsh’s third, New Skin for the Old Ceremony Leonard Cohen’s fourth.

Not forgetting Country Life, by Roxy Music, with its controversial and very memorable cover, or the Rolling Stones’ It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll, with artwork courtesy of Belgian artist Guy Peellaert (as was Bowie’s Diamond Dogs, come to think of it).

So Far by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, is their compilation album with ‘Find the Cost of Freedom’ on – which was performed by David with Messrs Crosby and Nash on the On an Island tour, of course – (before then it was only available as the ‘Ohio’ single’s B-side), with cover art provided by Joni Mitchell, whose own Court and Spark features another of her many beautiful paintings.

So not such a bad year, really, was it?

I hope I’ve reminded you of a few tunes you’ve not heard in a while. Once you’ve dusted them down and given them a spin, put your platform shoes on and stomp along to these while you think of some of your own. A couple of them have stomping potential, I think.

The chatroom will be open tomorrow, from 1pm (UK), so why not bring them along then? Everybody’s welcome, link’s at the top of the page.

– Bachman-Turner Overdrive, ‘You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet’
– David Bowie, ‘Rebel Rebel’
– Brownsville Station, ‘Smokin’ In the Boys Room’
– Harry Chapin, ‘Cat’s In the Cradle’
– Leonard Cohen, ‘There Is a War’
– Cozy Powell, ‘Na Na Na’
– Steve Miller Band, ‘The Joker’
– Joe Walsh, ‘Falling Down’

51 comments

  1. tim_c

    1974. I was 9 for most of it (has anyone noticed that Fed, being ageless, appears to have been fully formed and already curmudgeonly in every year that we discuss here? I’m waiting for the “1936” entry when Fed recalls how flighty Noel Coward’s lyrics were and how Jessie Owens stuck one up old Adolf’s pipe in Berlin …. but I digress).

    Above all, these walks down memory lane serve a valuable purpose of reminding us that it is not only today’s chart music that is crap. It was always crap, with the odd daisy growing out of the manure heap. Of course, being 9/10, and 1974 being a time before the use of hair products by the under 18’s, I was yet to show any considered interest in the waning of late ’60’s culture and its often plodding progression (see what I did there) into a heavier, blues based rock sound, nor indeed the burgeoning disco scene which, as far as I was aware, consisted of slightly chubby teens with bad hair and worse skin dancing rather artlessly in a church hall with a bottle of Fanta in one hand.

    It is therefore nice to see the Wombles up there in the chart along with lots of acts ideal for appearing on “Top of The Pops”, just about capable of holding a tune and dressed outrageously enough for your Grandad to wonder out loud why they didn’t all wear a nice jacket and tie like Andy Williams … (honestly Grandad, don’t you know that in the 21st Century everybody will wear eyeliner and tin foil jackets ? Oh …. ). Actually, as Fed relates, this was the era of Gary Glitter, “cuddly” DJ’s and “hiding in plain sight” paedophilia so the Top of the Pops studio must have been a war zone and it’s all the more disturbing to see “Mama, He’s Making Eyes At Me” from the appalling Lena Zavaroni, “Teenage Rampage”, “You’re Sixteen” (and you’re old enough to know better, Ringo), “Teenage Dream” and “Teenage Lament” and to top it all “My Coo Ca Choo” by old Alvin Stardust and his black leather glove. Still, I guess these were different times and nothing could be as outrageous as the idea of Freddie Starr in the chart anyway.

    With the benefit of hindsight we should remember that most of the civilised World was still digesting DSotM, Genesis kept Prog rock on some sort of rails with “The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway” and Kraftwork started their shameless promotion of Casio keyboards with “Kraftwerk” (although I prefer the much swirlier “Phaedra” by Tangerine Dream). Disturbing album cover of the year (for a 9 year old boy) would have to go to Roxy Music with “Country Life”. Queen got properly going with “Sheer Heart Attack” which has the unusual claim to fame of failing to get its title track onto the album!

    I rather like the downbeat “On the Beach” by Neil Young and “Burn” by Deep Purple, who were my young-teen band of choice but as any Purple fan knows, you start and end with the Live albums so we should jump straight to “Made in Europe” which I believe belongs in 1976 (although the later released “Live in London” was recorded in May 1974).

    Well that’s me nostalgia’d out … the sun is shining, dogs are looking ready for a walk and I have to get the ironing done before the chat room opens …

    • FEd

      I edited it out, but I had mentioned Bubblerock’s cover version of the Stones’ ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ – until I realised Bubblerock was Jonathan King, another of music’s paedophiles. Genesis connection there, obviously.

      I thought this interview he did a few years ago was interesting, though. About how he’s been ‘airbrushed out of the BBC Stalinist revision of history’, etc. It does make you wonder about all the moralising.

  2. Paul Sexton

    Rory Gallagher – Irish Tour 74 Live Album….blows any guitar player named Eric out of the water at that time…incredible player.

  3. Pavlov

    I’ll start my reminiscing off rather innocently with this and The Rubettes’ Sugar Baby Love (cringe, cringe, cringe) – can it deteriorate anymore from there? :)) Yes. Yes it can — Kool and the Gang’s Jungle Boogie …

    LOVED Diamond Dogs and listen to it often.

    I was introduced to Judas Priest’s Rocka Rolla which to me is such a rockin’ tune but so, so terribly under-developed — those synchronized guitars are awesome – I don’t remember hearing the rest of the album until much later.

    Santana’s Borboletta gave me Practice What You Preach and Mirage. In retrospect, I don’t recall what made it so special to me other than I thought the album cover was beautiful.

    Fly To The Rainbow was always playing somewhere although it was never my favourite Scorpions album.

    Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Sweet Home Alabama was born ♥ and so was Golden Earrings’ Radar Love. ♥♥

    Aerosmith’s Get Your Wings was released — a great rockin’ album with Lord of the Thighs as a standout for me. Interestingly, Seasons of Wither was very ‘grunge’ for it’s time and I’m rather curious whether the early 90s was musically influenced by earlier Aerosmith and their peers or heroin. 😉 If the latter, it would explain some signature sounds …

    I still have my Mott the Hoople, The Hoople album … I loved/still love the album cover (and the album).

    There was Jackson Browne’s Fountain of Sorrow – beautiful lyrics – hadn’t heard it in absolute ages until now (I do sometimes wish I was ‘back there’ — times seemed so much simpler “with the benefit of hindsight”, as Tim put it.

    What about Gonna Make You A Star …David Essex? I don’t think his self-titled album was very successful but it’s rather good.

    You’re right about Roxy Music’s album cover :)) — I suspect the only way it made it over to South Africa back then was via Lufthansa, BOAC (oh, wait BOAC had stopped flying by then) and other carriers that brought in ex-pats and exchange students from yonder shores (and our neighboring South West Africa, as it was known at the time) with their ‘smuggled’ wares of music, books and culture. 😮 Not until many years later did I lay eyes on the ‘full’ Diamond Dogs album cover – then things made sense, or did they?

    Jackie Blue (Ozark Mountain Daredevils) was hugely popular in South Africa then (perhaps in the States also). Just discovered this whilst looking at OMD – pretty impressive.

    And surely most everyone remembers this – Oh no! Not more school girl lyrics!!

    Are we allowed to mention Magic by Pilot? And Charles Aznavour’s She which was played to death on the radio – loathed it with a passion then and feel less inclined to loathing now.

    Am sure there are more to be found …

    • Tim_c

      Boy, could those Drifters run a tough body pump class … always felt such back-row activities were a waste of a good ticket myself – I mean come on, there’s a time and place and and a whole bucket of popcorn to get through besides ..

  4. Taki

    Hi FEd,

    I’ll have to agree, that ’74 wasn’t THE song year, but my archive still shows some nice songs from ’74:

    Eric Clapton – I Shot The Sheriff (from 461 Ocean Boulevard)
    Judas Priest – Run Of The Mill (my favourite from Rockarolla)
    Mike Oldfield – Hergest Ridge Parts 1 & 2
    Rory Gallagher – A Million Miles Away (from Irish Tour ’74, what a song!)
    Scorpions – This Is My Song (from Fly To The Rainbow, Uli Roth sings)
    UFO -Doctor Doctor (from Phenomenon)

    Cheers,

    Taki

  5. Tim-c

    About how he’s been ‘airbrushed out of the BBC Stalinist revision of history’, etc. It does make you wonder about all the moralising.

    Stalinist or otherwise, I never understood why Jonathan King was noteworthy in the first place. About all I remember is a cringeworthy version of “Una Paloma Blanca” in a coloured wig which was poor even by the standards of the day.

    Looking back it’s odd how many 70’s pop acts were like “end of the pier” Cabaret acts rather than “artists” …. The singles and albums world really hardly met at all.

    • Pavlov

      Oh no!!! Not “Una Paloma Blanca”!! Hateful excuse for a song that is — never had the misfortune of ‘seeing’ it since television didn’t make it across to us (God forbid) until ’76 but hearing it was enough!

  6. damian cunningham

    Hi all,

    well, last night in Tenerife we had some good sunshine and hopefully IT will see us through the rest of UK weather.

    70s for me was Wizard, Rod Stewart, David Bowie, and yes Pink Floyd. Were they good days? Not sure about that.

    Kind regards
    Damian.

    PS You forgot my birthday fed, don’t worry I’m not upset. Wahhhh, dummy spat, was waiting for my signed Pink Floyd birthday card.

  7. Gabriel

    Hi Fed!

    Well, a couple of songs from 1974:

    Deuce – Kiss
    Seven Seas Of Rhye and Now I’m Here – Queen
    Bridge of Sighs – Robin Trower
    The Ballad of Curtis Loew – Lynyrd Skynyrd (my favourite song of the band)
    The “Crime of the century” album, by Supertramp
    Skating Away on the Thin Ice of the New Day – Jethro Tull

    …not a bad year at all, and I’m sure there are a couple more I don’t remember right now.

    And, going off topic, yesterday passed away Paco De Lucia, one of the greatest guitar players ever. Terrible sad news for the music world. May he rest in peace.

    Cheers!

  8. Taki

    … booked two tickets for day #1 of the exhibition. 224 € is quite expensive, but I hope that the exhibition and memorabilia will be as good as I hope them to be. 🙂

    Anyway it’s also a good chance to visit Milano, where I’ve never been.

    Cheers,

    Taki

    • Taki

      Yes, definitely something to look forward to, and if what Aubrey ‘Po’ Powell says is right, then I’ll have a chance to hear some new notes from Mr Gilmour. 🙂

  9. Michèle

    – Bob Marley, ‘No Woman No Cry’ (Natty Dread)

    – Supertramp, ‘School’ – Not that I’m a fan of Supertramp, “la voix haut- perchée” (?= high-pitched voice???) of Roger Hodgson and the omnipresence of saxophone get on my nerves, but I quite like ‘School’ ( 😉 ), mostly for the lyrics. I hate ‘Dreamer’ on the same album, though…

    – Lou Reed, ‘Heroin’

  10. Michèle

    … with a bottle of Fanta in one hand.

    This reminds me of Pink Floyd’s “infamous” Gini advert.

    In 1974, they were approached by a French soft-drink company that produced a bitter lemon drink called “Gini” and agreed to appear in some magazine ads for the company. But they felt bad (as did the fans, it seems) and they donated all the money to charity. I think that Roger Waters then wrote a song called ‘Bitter Love’ (about selling his soul in the desert), but I don’t know it has ever been released.

    • ash

      Hey! That’s fabulous! I’ve never seen that before! I didn’t know the Floyd did any adverts. Thanks Michèle. 😀

      Talking of adverts, has anyone else seen the one with a cat and a budgie? They sing. . . err. . . lip sync, ‘You’re All I Need To Get By’, by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell (can’t believe the song is from 1968, still great!).

      If you are allowed to post it (an advert) Fed, this is it.

      The cat is gorgeous and I’m lucky enough to know two cats that look a lot like him. 🙂

      ash

  11. Pete - Coventry

    1974 wow, 40 years ago! Off the top of my head I do remember going to see Barclay James Harvest, Procul Harum and Nektar in Coventry and Pink Floyd at the Hippodrome in Birmingham (Winter tour 74?).

    I never went back to the Hippodrome until I went there with my children to watch Rod, Jane and Freddie. I remember looking around the place (this was pre the upgrade it had) and being amazed that PF had actually got all their gear into the building. It seemed so small. R,J and F were great though.

    Didn’t go to Knebworth ’74 but I did go in 1975, 76 (hot summer), ’78 (very wet day) and one of the 1979 gigs (1 of 2 consecutive weekend gigs). Those gigs were not as glamorous as they seemed and never ran to the advertised times. They always over ran.

    Great memories all.

    • ash

      and never ran to the advertised times

      Except for Pink Floyd who were bang on time (whatever time that was!)

      Those Spitfires were and still are for me, the greatest ‘stunt’ (?) I’ve ever seen at a concert. They approached silently, they were suddenly breaking cover just above the stage and the Floyd started playing the same instant!

      David and the rest of Pink Floyd, thank you for one of the best memories of my life. 😀

      I was at the ’75, ’76, and the second ’78. (I was the one with the sawn off Levi’s Pete. 😀 )

      Those gigs were not as glamorous as they seemed

      That’s putting it mildly Pete! 😀 They were positively bohemian, I look back fondly at having survived. Particularly the toilets.

      Yes, definitely great memories.

      ash

    • Pete - Coventry

      I remember the morning of the 1976 gig. Really hot summer. We had had a bit of a party the night before and, as such, the tent never got erected. As it was warm we just slept under the stars which seemed a good idea at the time. So I awoke the next morning covered in early morning dew and as I stood up I could see my impression in the grass. Really a pity mobile cameras were not around then.

  12. Pete - Coventry

    Good to read that Rory Gallagher and Robin Trower are remembered on here. I saw the both several times. Fairly sure though that the continuation or Rory’s Irish tour ’74 came to England in ’75 if that makes sense (could be mistaken though). Either way it was a great gig.

    And I seem to remember my parents buying me a ticket to see Chuck Berry, as a birthday present, around that time. It was a great gig but only about 40 minutes long-ish.

  13. ash

    I loved Court and Spark and Miles of Aisles by Joni Mitchell. Actually, I think I like anything and everything by Joni Mitchell.

    I also loved Feats Don’t Fail Me Now by Liittle Feat, Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley by Robert Palmer,
    Todd Rundgren’s Utopia, It’s Only Rock And Roll by The Rolling Stones (not that I really want to be their friend anymore), The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway by Genesis (I saw them perform this 🙂 ), So What by Joe Walsh.

    Music to make you wanna slash your wrists, run head first at a wall, ram a knife in your brain and stamp all over your own face :-

    Rollin by the Bay City Rollers.

    I’ve looked back at albums from 1974, there were many more I liked and individual songs from albums but I’d lost interest in chart music and singles by then. Top of the Pops was absolutely awful.

    I loved concert-going back then and I’ve remembered a lot by searching for this topic. I was out nearly every night, going to a gig at least once a week. I had platform shoes 🙂 and really lovely leather platform boots, I hung on to them for years waiting for them to come back into fashion. The year after I threw them away. . . they came back!

    ash

    • Pete - Coventry

      Talking Joni Mitchell –

      Do you remember folk singer Sally Barker? (The connection being that Sally once did an album of Joni’s songs.)

      Dreadful TV programme I admit but Sally Barker is a contestant on ‘The Voice’. And she still has the amazing voice she had years ago.

    • ash

      I don’t remember her Pete, but I’m not good at remembering the names of individuals in a ‘group’ 😀 (a popular beat combo m’lud). I do remember the name Poozies and would probably recognise them if I heard them. 🙂

      I checked her out on YouTube, she does have a good voice. I’m very surprised she’s a contestant on The Voice. I agree, a dreadful programme, the sort that makes you want to take a lump hammer to the TV set. 😀

      ash

      • FEd

        I’m very surprised she’s a contestant on The Voice. I agree, a dreadful programme, the sort that makes you want to take a lump hammer to the TV set. 😀

        Oh, doesn’t it just? Dreadful, horrible, dull.

  14. Damian Cunningham

    I wasn’t serious Fed about Birthday, I don’t like being reminded I’m half a century old, LOL.

    Kind regards
    Damian

  15. frank

    True Story:

    Fed, you’ve brought me back to ’74 cause of Rebel Rebel by D.Bowie. I just happened to hear that in London when my high school showed up as the Senior concert band in my final 4th year. Baritone player prior to the guitar. What amazing memories there. If I recall, Jets by Paul came out then.

    Lesley and I are planning our trip to London to visit her relatives on July 2nd. Any tips Fed at that time? We’re heading towards London, Manchester and who knows elsewhere.

    P.S. North America is suffocating with snow, U.K. with rain. Make it STOP! March is sort of here.

    • FEd

      How lovely, Frank. If we’re as fortunate as we were last summer, we had a heatwave throughout June and July. Richmond Park is a particularly nice spot to relax and enjoy the deer.

      My favourite bits of London are the Natural History Museum and the Imperial War Museum. There’s free entry to both but I notice that the latter will be closed until 19 July, unfortunately.

      Manchester has an Imperial War Museum of its own – details here – and I think a Natural History Museum, as well.

      Still with London, you might like this place, at 221b Baker Street…

      Can anyone else who knows London and Manchester better suggest some places to visit?

    • Pavlov

      I did a “Jack the Ripper” walking tour and it was fantastic! Just so happens it was a particularly foggy, cold November night …

    • lorraine

      First place we usually head for in London is Jen Cafe for the Beijing dumplings (fried) and mango bubble tea.

    • KenF

      Hi Frank, you could do a lot worse than stray across the border into God’s own county, to witness the world’s biggest free sporting event starting in Leeds – the Tour de France – and finishing here. Leeds also houses the Royal Armouries museum.

      Enjoy your trip, wherever it may take you.

  16. ash

    P.S. North America is suffocating with snow, U.K. with rain. Make it STOP! March is sort of here.

    I’ve just been watching a weather sort of programme (called Storm Riders I think). It tells how scientists tried to control hurricanes by flying through them and “seeding” rain forming clouds with silver iodide. They apparently had little effect.

    There was also a description of how science was trying to ensure rain fell in a drought prone area, I’ve forgotten where, in the USA. During the winter, they were “seeding” rain clouds. There was plenty of snow!

    Apparently Russia uses technology to change the weather and China manipulated it so the Olympic games in 2008 would have brilliant weather for the opening ceremony and fireworks.

    If humans over the long term are causing global warming therefore freak weather events (which will become more common and more extreme), and we are also modifying the weather at our whim, how can any of us be surprised at the weather?

    Makes you think.

    ash

  17. KenF

    Ahhh 1974.

    The last of my teenage years, was spent at HMS Dryad a shore based Royal Navy establishment at Southwick, just north of Portsmouth. Which 30 years earlier was the main headquarters for Allied commanders, General Eisenhower and General Montgomery, (amongst others) who plotted the D-Day invasion in 1944.

    I can remember being part of the Field Gun crew for the Inter-establishment tournament during this year, which was quite an intense, physically challenging and rewarding experience, although not quite on the same scale as those which used to occur at the annual Royal Tournament at Earls Court between Portsmouth, Plymouth and The Fleet Air Arm. I was also a member of the Guard of Honour for the Remembrance Day service in Portsmouth, in this year.

    It was certainly a year of eclectic musical variety as attested in FEd’s blog and Irregulars comments.
    I’m therefore obliged to attempt another A to Z, although not quite complete on this occasion (can anyone fill the voids?).

    Well here goes….

    All I Want Is You – Roxy Music
    Behind Closed Doors – Charlie Rich
    Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love Baby – Barry White
    Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me – Elton John
    Emma – Hot Chocolate
    Far Far Away – Slade
    Golden Age Of Rock ‘n Roll – Mott The Hoople
    He’s Misstra Know It All – Stevie Wonder
    I’m A Believer – Robert Wyatt (Nick played on drums, I think)
    Jet/Juniors Farm – Paul McCartney
    Killer Queen – Queen
    Listen To The Music – Doobie Brothers
    Mr. Soft – Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
    Never Can Say Goodbye – Gloria Gaynor
    One Man Band – Leo Sayer
    Pinball – Brian Protheroe
    Queen Of Clubs – KC & The Sunshine Band
    Reggae Tune – Andy Fairweather-Low
    Samba Pa Ti – Santana
    This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The Both Of Us – Sparks
    Until You Come Back To Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do) – Aretha Franklin
    V – ?
    Wall Street Shuffle – 10 C.C.
    X – ?
    You Can Make Me Dance Sing Or Anything – Faces
    Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart – Trammps

    • Michèle

      And X…

      ‘Rated X’ by Miles Davis? – from his 1974 album ‘Get Up With It’.

      Mon Dieu! Is this ‘Jazz fusion’? Sounds to me like a cacophony …

    • It wasn't me that said it

      Jazz does sound like that Michèle. 😀 That’s why nobody likes it.

      ash (in hiding)

  18. Heather

    Re trip to London

    We like

    British Museum
    National Gallery
    Meandering round the Parks, St James and Hyde Park with an incredible bronze horse head by Marble Arch

    Worth also noting the Tour de France hits London on July 7th, not sure of route but will affect Central London, check that one out before making plans for that day.

    Other than that a very walkable city be as careful as you would anywhere just mooch and enjoy.

    Best wishes
    Heather

  19. Damian Cunningham

    What was wrong with David’s fridge? Polly said he was over the moon to get a spare part for it, I kind of laughed thinking surely the man can buy a new one. But Kat chastised me and commended him for being responsible.

    P.S. Frank, if you’re in Manchester there is a place called Old Trafford. Stay away as there are about 70,000 people crying and moaning there every week. It’s a terrible place to be in.

    Damian

  20. snow

    Hi FEd,

    I was just a youngster in 1974. It was a great year for me as I got to go to the World Cup in Germany with my Dad. This was the first time Australia qualified. We attended the three Australian games, opening ceremony as well as the final. This trip also started my interest in Hi-Fi, as my dad’s friend had a Reel to Reel and the sound from this planted a seed. Not sure if I should mention the artist that I first got hooked on, so lucky for me this was a 1973 tea lease.

    I only have a hand full of releases from 1974, and the one that stands out the most is “Aqualung”. It’s a bit difficult for me to pick a song from this Album as I like them all. Seeing that this threads is about songs I’ll go with “Locomotive Breath”. For a love song I’ll go with “The Eagles, The Best of My Love”.

    I know you are a few hours behind us, but it is the small hours of the morning here (I’m up listening to the cricket, don’t worry I won’t talk about the Ashes). Just wishing David a Great day and Great health.

    PS. Great to see it’s as popular as ever and you’re still here.

  21. Tim-c

    Oh don’t worry Fed, I’d be sitting in stunned silence myself.

    London can’t fail to be interesting Frank. What you do depends on taste of course but frankly London has something for everyone. If you like walking you could do worse than walking the ‘South bank’ all the way from (iconic) Tower Bridge to (iconic) Westminter, taking in great views, Borough market, the eye, Tate Modern, street entertainers – all for free except the show leather.

  22. Damian Cunningham

    John Lennon sung ‘above us only sky’, Man U sing ‘above us Liverpool, Chelsea, Everton, Tottenham, Man City, Arsenal’.

    No sympathy at all for any Man U supporters, sorry.

    Damian

  23. Tomasz

    I was a child then, and did not have fully developed musical tastes. Currently I listen to these albums from that year:

    Supertramp – Crime Of The Century
    Yes – Relayer
    Genesis – The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
    King Crimson – Red

    I like them all, but if had to choose some songs I would choose

    Soon – Yes
    In The Cage and Carpet Crawlers by Genesis

    …and obviously Starless by King Crimson.

    Tomasz, Poznań