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The Cars ‎- Just What I Needed (1978)

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I just heard about Ric Ocasek’s passing this week. Very sad news. I spent a good few months listening to The Cars’ back catalogue in the mid to late 1980s. I loved the accessible mix of new wave and rock, an experience I would revisit years later when hearing The Strokes for the first time. Did Ocasek write a better track than ‘Just What I Needed’? Maybe not. The standout was from their self-titled debut. R.I.P. Ric; you were a real creative force.

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Ian Dury & The Blockheads – What A Waste (1978)

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A year after Iggy was striking out again, another remarkable performer was also playing his own tune. “I could be the driver an articulated lorry/I could be a poet I wouldn’t need to worry/I could be a teacher in a classroom full of scholars/I could be the sergeant in a squadron full of wallahs.” ‘What a Waste’ was originally released on Stiff Records as a single. Essentially a song about being in a job that makes you happy; for Ian Dury and his Blockheads, this included mixing Two-tone with glam and jazz funk.

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Supertramp – Breakfast In America (1978)

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Now for a quick interlude in anything hip about having a music blog. Supertramp. An English band that can contest any list of the most uncool AOR bands that achieved major radio play. They’re a guilty pleasure of mine that compares to the output of Christopher Cross, ELO and Hall & Oates. They are the antithesis of the new wave we’ve heard this week. ‘Breakfast In America’ is the title track off their 1978 album. I spotted that it’s a feature on YouTube for the first time in ages. A completely valid excuse.

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Kate Bush – The Man With The Child In His Eyes (1978)

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From one outer-worldly voice to another… Kate Bush famously wrote ‘The Man With The Child In His Eyes’ when she was just 13. She recorded the song at the age of 16 under the guidance of her mentor David Gilmour. This was a prodigious pop talent rising to to the top at the earliest. The song featured with ‘Wuthering Heights’ on her first album, The Kick Inside, released in February 1978.

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Buzzcocks – Ever Fallen In Love (1978)

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It’s The Buzz, Cock! Pete Shelley (real name Peter McNeish) R.I.P. Have you ever fallen in love with someone you shouldn’t ‘ve? Have a great weekend.

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Warren Zevon – Werewolves Of London (1978)

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Time for a classic. ‘Werewolves of London’ was composed and released by singer-songwriter Warren Zevon in 1978. The song was included on his third album Excitable Boy and featured Mick Fleetwood and John McVie on drums and bass respectively. The theme and title were inspired by the 1935 Stanley Bergerman film “Werewolf of London” and seemingly the music was inspired by Lynyrd Skynyrd. While it’s a common enough progression, featuring such a similar riff only five years after ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ was brave. Luckily, the likes of Zevon, Fleetwood and McVie could carry it off.

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Townes Van Zandt – Dollar Bill Blues (1978)

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For me, country music recordings should come with warning labels. I often find it trite and dewy-eyed. Not so for much of the output of Townes Van Zandt. ‘Dollar Bill Blues’ featured on his 1978 collection Flyin’ Shoes. I like nostalgia and the storytelling as much as the next man…  gambling, booze, self-destruction and late-night love.

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Parliament – Aqua Boogie (A Psychoalphadiscobetabioaquadoloop) (1978)

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On reflection, George Clinton’s ‘Atomic Dog’ may have provided us with the G-funk groove, but it was not without its precursors. ‘Aqua Boogie’ is bonafide mad. The extended Parliament/Funkadelic troop included George Clinton on vocals, Bootsy Collins on bass/guitar/drums/vocals and Bernie Worrell on keyboards, who between them were happy to draw upon jazz fusion, disco, funk and bird calls. Have a great weekend.

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Jean Carn – Don’t Let It Go To Your Head (1978)

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Jean Carn hit one of the heights of Philly soul with her single ‘Don’t Let It Go to Your Head’ and its Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff production. The song would be covered 12 years later by the The Brand New Heavies, quickly becoming a soul/acid jazz standard. Have a great weekend.

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Instant Funk – Got My Mind Made Up (1978)

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Two years after penning the dancefloor classic ‘Touch & Go’ for Ecstasy, Passion & Pain, Philly legend Bunny Sigler produced one of my all time favourite disco tracks. Like many of best disco moments (think ‘Jingo’, ‘Love Break’ and ‘Let’s Start A Dance’), Instant Funk’s ‘I Got My Mind Made Up’ is relentless in its groove. This sultry classic would be immortalised by Public Enemy’s Welcome To The Terrordome’ and De La Soul’s ‘A Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays’ in 1990-91.  Bunny Sigler died last month; some of the Sound of Philadelphia went with him. R.I.P.

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William Onyeabor – Atomic Bomb (1978)

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This week, the mythic William Onyeabor died at home, in Enugu, southeast Nigeria, aged 70. Onyeabor was a pioneering electronic-funk musician who extraordinarily self-released 9 ground-breaking albums between 1977-1985. He composed, recorded, pressed and printed the work at Wilfilms Limited—his personal pressing plant in Enugu. As David Byrne said this week, wherever he’s gone, it’s sure to be a place with a lot of heart and some killer grooves. RIP William. Have a great weekend.

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Bohannon – Let’s Start The Dance (1978)

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Hamilton Frederick Bohannon was an American disco producer, songwriter and former Motown session drummer. But let’s face it, he is quite rightly known for the call-to-arms song ‘Let’s Start The Dance’. Released in 1978, the track joined the disco party late in the day, but if there was one sound to kick start a last dance, Bohannon saved his best ’til last. Have a great weekend.
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The Cars – Good Times Roll (1978)

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I watched Richard Linklater’s latest film Everyone Wants Some! I loved it and the soundtrack was part of that. ‘Good Times Roll’ is the first track from The Cars’ 1978 self-titled debut album and the closing track of the movie.

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The Walker Brothers – Nite Flights (1978)

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1978 was the year that Scott Walker began to sound like David Bowie covering Scott Walker. One of the four songs that Scott Walker contributed to The Walker Brothers’ album of the same name, ‘Nite Flights’ would feature as a cover on Bowie’s 1993 Black Tie White Noise.

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The Only Ones – Another Girl, Another Planet (1978)

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It’s almost Christmas; cause for some unashamed celebratory sounds. It’s the The Only Ones’ ‘Another Girl, Another Planet’. Have a great weekend.

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