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1977 in music.

Discussion in 'Music Forum' started by phaynes12, Aug 9, 2021.

  1. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    Stevie Wonder's Songs in the Key of Life won 1976. Let's see who wins 1977. An absolutely insane year with two of the best albums from two of my favorite musicians ever.

    Billboard chart-topping albums of 1977:
    Stevie Wonder - Songs in the Key of Life (cont. from '76)
    Eagles - Hotel California (cont. from '76)
    Wings - Over America (cont. from '76)
    Barbara Streisand and Kris Kristofferson - A Star is Born
    Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
    Barry Manilow - Live
    Linda Rondstadt - Simple Dreams

    Billboard chart-topping singles of 1977:
    Rod Stewart - Tonight's the Night (cont. from '76)
    Marilyn McCoo - You Don't Have to Be a Star
    Leo Sayer - You Make Me Feel Like Dancing
    Stevie Wonder - I Wish
    Rose Royce - Car Wash
    Mary MacGregor - Torn Between Two Lovers
    Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Blinded By the Light
    Eagles - New Kid in Town
    Barbara Streisand - Evergreen
    Hall and Oates - Rich Girl
    ABBA - Dancing Queen
    David Soul - Don't Give Up on Us
    Thelma Houston - Don't Leave Me This Way
    Glen Campbell - Southern Nights
    Eagles - Hotel California
    Leo Sayer - When I Need You
    Stevie Wonder - Sir Duke
    KC and the Sunshine Band - I'm Your Boogie Man
    Fleetwood Mac - Dreams
    Marvin Gaye - Got to Give It Up
    Bill Conti - Gonna Fly Now
    Alan O'Day - Undercover Angel
    Shaun Cassidy - Da Doo Ron Ron
    Barry Manilow - Looks Like We Made It
    Andy Gibb - I Just Want to Be Your Everything
    The Emotions - Best of My Love
    Meco - Star Wars Cantina Theme
    Debby Boone - You Light Up My Life
    Bee Gees - How Deep Is Your Love

    What are your top three albums for 1977? We will keep a running tally and eventually have some sort of bracket. For me it would be:
    1. David Bowie - Low
    2. Television - Marquee Moon
    3. Iggy Pop - Lust for Life

    What are some of the forgotten gems from the year? What is overrated? What did you discover at a young age and what did you discover later?

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  2. stars143

    Trusted Supporter

    1. Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
    2. Electric Light Orchestra - Out of the Blue
    3. Television - Marquee Moon
  3. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    expanding this one out to a top 20 bc it was just too difficult for me to stop at 10. there's one album that would have made this but the persona of the dude the last decade+ honestly ruined the album for me:
    4. Iggy Pop - The Idiot
    5. David Bowie - "Heroes"
    6. Pink Floyd - Animals
    7. Wire - Pink Flag
    8. Ramones - Rocket to Russia
    9. Steely Dan - Aja
    10. Meatloaf - Bat Out of Hell
    11. Lynyrd Skynyrd - Street Survivors
    12. AC/DC - Let There Be Rock
    13. The Clash - The Clash
    14. Iggy Pop and James Williamson - Kill City
    15. Richard Hell - Blank Generation
    16. Sex Pistols - Never Mind the Bollocks
    17. Electric Light Orchestra - Out of the Blue
    18. Rush - A Farewell to Kings
    19. Dennis Wilson - Pacific Ocean Blue
    20. The Damned - Damned Damned Damned

    other honorable mentions:
    Cheap Trick - In Color
    Crosby, Stills and Nash - CSN
    Eric Clapton - Slowhand
    Grateful Dead - Terrapin Station
    Jackson Browne - Running on Empty
    The Jam - In the City
    Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers - LAMF
    Judas Priest - Sin After Sin
    Motorhead - Motorhead
    Neil Young - American Stars and Bars
    Queen - News of the World
    Ramones - Leave Home
    Randy Newman - Little Criminals
    T. Rex - Dandy in the Underworld
    Talking Heads - 77
    Waylon Jennings - Ol’ Waylon
    Willie Nelson - To Willie from Lefty

    stuff to check out:
    Air - Air Time
    Billy Joel - The Stranger
    Bob Marley - Exodus
    Brian Eno - Before and After Science
    Dead Boys - Young, Loud and Snotty
    Elvis Costello - My Aim is True
    Hawkwind - Quark, Strangeness and Charm
    Heart - Little Queen
    The Jam - This is the Modern World
    Kris Kristofferson - Songs in the Key of Kristofferson
    Leonard Cohen - Death of a Ladies Man
    The Saints - I’m Stranded
    Supertramp - Even in the Quietest Moments
    Tom Waits - Foreign Affairs
  4. stars143

    Trusted Supporter

    Cat Scratch Fever?
  5. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

  6. Henry

    LISTEN TO CHAI Moderator

    Rumours and Bat Out of Hell for sure.
  7. Craig Manning

    @FurtherFromSky Moderator

    One of those years where I feel very definite on my top 2 and have to think a bit about number 3.
  8. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    I share two of those with you, and you've been promising to listen to my third for a bit. Jussayin'. Haha

    (I can say this now that I've finally gotten to that last Butch Walker album you recommended 1000 times. Haha)
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  9. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    Well this is embarrassing for me.

    Also you would probably like Emmylou Harris's Luxury Liner and Thin Lizzy's Bad Reputation a lot, given your tastes.
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  10. Craig Manning

    @FurtherFromSky Moderator

    Oh shit, I've been called out!

    What is it? EW&F?
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  11. atlas


    I haven't participated in these threads bc I'm not familiar with enough albums here beyond the singles to warrant picking them but this one is Aja for me by some distance
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  12. George Aug 9, 2021
    (Last edited: Aug 9, 2021)

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    1. The Clash - The Clash
    2. David Bowie - Heroes
    3. Fleetwood Mac - Rumours

    The Clash's debut is a first-wave punk masterpiece, that from a songwriting perspective, absolutely blows everyone else from this time period out of the water. Incredible hooks, great garage rock riffs, and huge amounts of attitude. Perfect.

    I could easily have listed Bowie's Low here, but just about give the edge to Heroes, maybe based on how much I love the title track. Both it and Low are absolute masterpieces, pushing "rock" music into new and experimental directions.

    Rumours is well beloved for a reason, and it's just a phenomenal pop album. There's not much more to say about this that hasn't already been said 1001 times, but it's so stylistically varied, and yet no matter what directions they go in, every song becomes a little pop masterpiece.

    Honourable mentions;

    David Bowie - Low: As mentioned above, while I gave the edge to Heroes, just about, the second side of Low is some of the most fascinating music released.

    Blondie - Plastic Letters: Like their debut last year, Blondie would do better in the next couple of years, but Plastic Letters is a good album, showing off their ability to blend that spiky punk attitude with 60s pop songwriting.

    Iggy Pop - Lust for Life: Impossible to not listen to the title track and think instantly of Trainspotting.

    Talking Heads - Talking Heads: 77: Talking Heads debut, and showing off their odd blend of angular post-punky stuff (can you be post punk in 1977...?) and David Byrne's distinctive vocals and lyrical style.

    The Damned - Damned Damned Damned: The first album released by a UK punk band, beating The Clash by a couple of months and Sex Pistols by 6. Pretty standard UK punk, but it's got quite a charm to it.

    Television - Marquee Moon: Fantastic guitar tone, and a record that straddles the lines between punk and garage rock really well, but never feeling constrained by genres, happy to put in a 10 minute track with guitar solos.

    Wire - Pink Flag: Another really influential record, particularly on American hardcore music, with 21 tracks and coming in at just 35 minutes. The songs are often just sketches, fantastic ideas or moments, that they don't feel the need to extend out into traditional 3 minute tracks. A really interesting listen.

    Bjork - Bjork: Bjork appearing earlier than you might think! This is an album released when she was like 11 in Iceland, and it's only interesting as a curiosity really.
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  13. phaynes12

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    okay, yeah, i’ll check both those out. love earlier records by both, idk why i don’t have those.
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  14. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    absolutely need everyone to give Lust for Life a run
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  15. cshadows2887 Aug 9, 2021
    (Last edited: Aug 14, 2021)

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    1. Dan Fogelberg - Nether Lands
    2. Billy Joel - The Stranger
    3. Fleetwood Mac - Rumours

    Others I love:
    Dennis Wilson - Pacific Ocean Blue
    ABBA - ABBA: The Album
    Leonard Cohen - Death of a Ladies Man
    Steely Dan - Aja
    Meat Loaf - Bat Out of Hell
    Earth, Wind, and Fire - All 'N' All
    Various Artists - Saturday Night Fever Original Soundtrack
    Elton John - The Thom Bell Sessions
    Electric Light Orchestra - Out of the Blue
    Rufus (featuring Chaka Khan) - Ask Rufus
    Pousette-Dart Band - Amnesia
    Eric Clapton - Slowhand
    Thin Lizzy - Bad Reputation
    Linda Ronstadt - Simple Dreams
    David Bowie - Low

    Good ones:
    The Beach Boys - Love You
    Al Green - The Belle Album
    Heart - Little Queen
    Rush - A Farewell to Kings
    Mink DeVille - Cabretta
    AC/DC - Let There Be Rock
    George Benson - In Flight
    Emmylou Harris - Luxury Liner
    Television - Marquee Moon
    The Emotions - Rejoice
    Ramones - Rocket to Russia
    Styx - The Grand Illusion
    Mongo Santamaria - Amanecer (Dawn)
    Weather Report - Heavy Weather
    Dwight Twilley - Twilley Don't Mind
    Richard Hell and The Voidoids - Blank Generation
    Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel [1]
    Cheap Trick - In Color...and Black and White
    Elvis Costello - My Aim Is True
    Boz Scaggs - Two Down Then Left
    The Clash - The Clash
    Iggy Pop - Lust for Life
    Parliament - Funkentelchy vs. the Placebo Syndrome
    Kansas - Point of Know Return
    Jackson Browne - Running on Empty
    Randy Newman - Little Criminals
    Talking Heads - Talking Heads: 77
    England Dan and John Ford Coley - Dowdy Ferry Road
    Shoes - Black Vinyl Shoes
    Justin Hayward - Songwriter
    Herbie Hancock - Sunlight
    James Taylor - JT
    Bob Marley and The Wailers - Exodus
    Kraftwerk - Trans-Europe Express
    Crosby, Stills and Nash - CSN
    The Congos - Heart of the Congos
    Kiss - Love Gun
    Dolly Parton - Here You Come Again
    Renaissance - Novella
    Aerosmith - Draw the Line
    Jethro Tull - Songs from the Wood
    Dave Mason - Let It Flow
    Bonnie Raitt - Sweet Forgiveness
    Sandy Denny - Rendezvouz
    Jay Ferguson - Thunder Island
    Bob Welch - French Kiss

    Not a fan:
    The Sex Pistols - Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols
    Suicide - Suicide

    Targets for Listening:
    David Bowie - Heroes
    Tom Waits - Foreign Affairs
    Steve Winwood - Steve Winwood
    Ian Drury - New Boots and Panties
    Brian Eno - Before and After Science
    Iggy Pop - The Idiot
    John Martyn - One World
    Muddy Waters - Hard Again
    Wire - Pink Flag
    The Stranglers - Rattus Norvegicus
    Jimmy Buffett - Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes
    Lynyrd Skynyrd - Street Survivors
    Eddie Money - Eddie Money
    Ted Nugent - Cat Scratch Fever
    Queen - News of the World
    Santana - Moonflower
    The Steve Miller Band - Book of Dreams
    Supertramp - Even in the Quietest Moments
    George Thorogood and the Destroyers - George Thorogood and The Destroyers

    Neil Young - American Stars and Bars
    John Williams - Star Wars Original Soundtrack
    Garland Jeffries - Ghost Writer
    Pete Townshend and Ronnie Lane - Rough Mix
    Kate and Anna McGarrigle - Dancer with Bruised Knees
    Ornette Coleman - Dancing in Your Head
    The Persuasions - Chirpin'

    Ramones - Leave Home
    Jerry Reed - East Bound and Down
    Art Garfunkel - Watermark
    Outlaws - Hurry Sundown
    UFO - Lights Out

    Johnny Thunders and The Heartbreakers - L.A.M.F.
    Donna Summer - Once Upon a Time...
    Peter Tosh - Equal Rights
    Junior Murvin - Police and Thieves
    The Damned - Damned Damned Damned
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  16. phaynes12

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    never mind the bollocks is insanely overrated but it's still very very good
  17. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    the first half of that sentence goes for the album that will almost certainly run away with this year too
  18. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    That album starts hot and has an amazing guitar tone and then you realize it's just going to keep doing exactly the same thing over and over and it gets exhausting.
  19. tomdelonge


    It may be a song or so too long but i think that album is fucking destruction bliss i love it
  20. tomdelonge


    Kinda feel like it’s been considered overrated for so long its almost underrated
  21. George

    Trusted Prestigious

    I haven’t listened to it in maybe 15 years, I was beyond underwhelmed by it when I first started listening to “classic” punk. John Lydon’s persona has also been very off putting too.

    Maybe I’m due a revisit, but not an album I’ve ever enjoyed.
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  22. Maverick


    I love that album but sometimes I prefer the live versions of some of those songs.
  23. Meerkat

    human junk drawer Prestigious

    In the same boat as @Craig Manning and have my top 2 but need a third. Not sure how much listening I’ll be able to get in but I’ll drop my top 2 at the deadline worst comes to worst
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  24. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    it's going to be inevitable and im not gonna like it one bit nope nope
  25. Craig Manning

    @FurtherFromSky Moderator

    Pat don't be the guy who gets mad that people love Rumours.