Possibly the best year in Rock/Pop music. I’m open to other years if you want to argue, but man this is a good one.
As I’ve been doing my daily Covid-19 photowalks, I listen to music. Sometimes a podcast, but there is so much information out there recently that I needed a break from all of it. Because of that, I’ve stayed a way from podcasts on my walks. I’ve been hooked on 1978 playlists the last few days.
I was 12 years old for most of 1978. I spent hours upon hours upon hours listening to music. I had the huge 70’s headphones, sat at the radio, used the turntable, had cassettes, an 8 track player, and a reel to reel tape deck . . . hours and hours on end. I had started this habit of listening for hours much earlier in my life. I don’t remember time when I did not feel like I was studying music.
But – 1978. Come on.
In no particular order, and not at all a comprehensive list, are some of the releases. Just a few off the top of my head:
- The Cars first Album
- Billy Joel – 52nd Street
- The Who – Who Are You
- Styx – Pieces of Eight
- Van Halen’s first album
- Rolling Stone’s Some Girls – my favorite of theirs
- Bruce Springsteen – Darkness on the Edge of Town
- Talking Heads – More Songs about Buildings and Food
- Blondie – Parallel Lines
- Genesis – And Then There Were Three
- Bob Seger – Stranger in Town
- Devo – Are We Not Men
- Boston – Don’t Look Back
- Queen – Jazz
- Journey – Infinity
- Foreigner – Double Vision
- Peter Gabriel – “Scratch” (common name – not actual name)
- The Police’s first album – Outlandos d’Amour (I remember the day and time and place I was where I first heard 2 songs off this one – it was 2-for-Tuesday on WRIF in Detroit and I was delivering the Detroit News)
- Dire Straits – Dire Straits
- Andy Gibb- Shadow Dancing / Ever Lasting Love / You’re My Everything
- Bee Gee’s – Saturday Night Fever
- Commodores – Three Times a Lady
- Grease (hated it at the time, but it has grown on me)
- Gerry Rafferty – Baker Street
- ABBA – Take a Chance on Me
- Kansas – Dust in the Wind
- Paul Simon – Slip Sliding Away
- The Tramps – Disco Inferno
- Steely Dan – Aja (This is a true masterpiece)
- Barry Manilow – Copacabana
- Earth Wind and Fire – Serpentine Fire
- Jackson Brown – Running On Empty
- Joe Walsh – Life’s Been Good
- ELO – Turned to Stone
So much more . . . Come on – try to top that for a Rock/Pop year.