Every so often, I find that the songs of my past have disappeared from oldies radio. Even the ones that made the Top 10 have somehow, unexpectedly, disappeared into the audiophonic ether.
With that in mind, here’s a batch of 70’s hits that are still bouncing around in my memory, even if I don’t hear them on oldies stations any more. Including…
Starz had one major Top 40 hit, this track, about a guy who falls for a young girl and ends up in jail because of it. Hey, this was the 70’s version of a love song, I guess…
Don’t Ever Wanna Lose Ya
This group scraped #40 on the pop charts with this song; members of the band would later form the heavy metal group Alcatrazz.
You know of Nazareth from their 1970’s remake of the Roy Orbison song “Love Hurts,” this track got a ton of airplay on a music video TV show called Video Concert Hall or something like that.
Suzi Quatro was a worldwide superstar with big smashing rock hits like this track, “Can the Can” and “Devil Gate Drive.” Unfortunately, in America she was best known for two things – a syrupy duet song called “Stumblin’ In,” and playing Leather Tuscadero on a few episodes of Happy Days.
I Want More
German electronic band Can had this trippy, poppy dance hit that should have received more airplay. Yes, there were more than one German electronica band out there, besides Kraftwerk…
The Shape Of Things To Come
Awesome, awesome track. This was around the time when early UK rock bands were trying to puncture through to the American market, but the good stuff was usually surpassed by techno-novelty tracks like M’s “Pop Muzik.”
Girl Of My Dreams
I know why this group didn’t get higher than the mid-30’s on the pop charts with this song. Take a listen to the lyrics. The guy is singing about getting busy with a mail-order mannequin. A mail order mannequin.
We Can’t Hide It Anymore
When I was a kid, I thought the song was about a young boy asking his parents about a breakup. As I got older, I discovered that the song was really about a husband asking his best friend about whether his wife was having an affair. Mind blown.
So if anybody ever left this band, would they have to change the lyrics, or would they only hire a guy named Ralph who was an Aquarius? These are important questions, man…
The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A.
I used to think this song was the most annoying track out there. And over time, I’ve grown to appreciate the way this song was both a love song and an appreciation for the stability of relationships. Wow.
So enjoy the music that you haven’t heard in a long, long time, right here on the Times Union’s semi-regular K-Chuck Radio blog station!