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Old 03-08-2016, 12:36 PM
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Short People?

Like Disco Duck but vaguely respectable and actually intellectual IF you get it.
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Old 03-08-2016, 12:37 PM
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Ooh, a Rock Follies fan. Awesome!
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Old 03-08-2016, 12:42 PM
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As this thread evolves to focus on more pure '70's-ness, I have to go with Looking Glass - Brandy: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=39Z80oHUZOw

It is mentioned in a list upthread, but for quintessential '70's cheese, it is hard to do better. Stuff like Disco Duck, The Streak and Kung Fu fighting were intentionally silly/capitalizing on a trend, like Gangam Style more recently. Drivel like Seasons in the Sun, The Night the Lights Went out in Georgia, Billy, Don't Be a Hero, etc. - I don't know - Brandy has a story that I thought was cooler when I was a kid singing along
Brandy is a great choice, because it has a quintessential 70s theme: "Hey babe, you're great and all, but don't expect me to, like, stick around. I'm a rambler. Next time I'm back in town I'll be happy to fuck you, for sure, but I've also gotta fuck some girls down in New Orleans, or California, or wherever."
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Old 03-08-2016, 12:47 PM
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Brandy is a great choice, because it has a quintessential 70s theme: "Hey babe, you're great and all, but don't expect me to, like, stick around. I'm a rambler. Next time I'm back in town I'll be happy to fuck you, for sure, but I've also gotta fuck some girls down in New Orleans, or California, or wherever."
Oh yeah, baby - it really sounds like William Shatner / Captain Kirk should be singing it.

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Old 03-08-2016, 12:48 PM
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Can I steal that for my POF account?
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Old 03-08-2016, 12:54 PM
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ANYTHING by Elton John.
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Old 03-08-2016, 12:55 PM
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Fortunate Son, sure technically it was a 60s song but only by a few months.
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Old 03-08-2016, 12:58 PM
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Old 03-08-2016, 01:16 PM
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Bridge Over Troubled Waters or Born to Run
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Old 03-08-2016, 01:22 PM
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I can think of four good contenders, for now :

"Free Bird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd

"Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen

"Staying Alive" by the Bee Gees

"Hotel California" by the Eagles
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Old 03-08-2016, 01:31 PM
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I wanted to say "Celebration" by Kool and the Gang, then I looked and saw it wasn't released until 1980, but it wasn't a very 80s song...

So I will go with YMCA
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Old 03-08-2016, 02:20 PM
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The '70s were mellow. As in "Have You Never Been Mellow?" Another song I loathe!
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Old 03-08-2016, 02:26 PM
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Ooh, a Rock Follies fan. Awesome!
I think I still have the 1976 and the '77 album packed away somewhere!
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Old 03-08-2016, 03:07 PM
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Since Chicago was the most successful band of the 70s, I'm going to have to pick something by them. I'd probably say "Does anybody Really Know What Time It Is?" but it turns out that song was recorded in 1969. It wasn't released as a single until October 1970 though. I don't know, I guess I'm sticking with it.
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Old 03-08-2016, 03:14 PM
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"(Everybody was) Kung Fu Fighting"?
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Old 03-08-2016, 03:54 PM
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Gerry Rafferty, "Baker Street"
Earth, Wind, and Fire, "September"
Eagles, "Hotel California"
Billy Joel, "The Stranger"
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Old 03-08-2016, 04:21 PM
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The first thing I think about with 70's music are the sitar(?) and hammond B3 (?) solos in Steely Dan's "Do it Again".

"Radar Love"

That egregiously vile "so put your hand in the hand of the man who stilled the water" song - like, whoa.
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Old 03-08-2016, 04:25 PM
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Oh yeah, baby - it really sounds like William Shatner / Captain Kirk should be singing it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RiEIToOWr64
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Old 03-08-2016, 04:35 PM
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Speaking of Shatner and the '70s....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3Mz...Mz6R_DUH0#t=14
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Old 03-08-2016, 04:46 PM
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Anything by Carol King or Carly Simon. Maybe "It's too late, baby", or "You're so vain"
Or maybe Helen Reddy's "I am woman, hear me on..."


Note: The OP asked for a Quinessential 70's song. Not the best 70's song.

My suggestions are songs that scream "oooh--it must be the 1970's!!! --an independent female singer!!".
They could not have been written in the 60's, and by the 80's they were already old and dated.
Submitted for your approval, Torn Between Two Lovers and I've Never Been to Me.

Although the latter was actually a bigger hit when it was re-released in 1982 so maybe it should be disqualified.
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Old 03-08-2016, 05:46 PM
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Wondering what is the song that puts you right back there in the 1970's.
When I think of 70s music, I think the some of the earlier stuff that was a bit folksy and hippy-Esque. Joni Mitchell music comes to mind.
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Old 03-08-2016, 05:48 PM
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Submitted for your approval, Torn Between Two Lovers and I've Never Been to Me.
"At Seventeen" Janis Ian to add to the list.


I'd love to say "Born to Run" but that one is too timeless. So I'll go to the other end of the spectrum and echo "Afternoon Delight".
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Old 03-08-2016, 07:19 PM
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As this thread evolves to focus on more pure '70's-ness, I have to go with Looking Glass - Brandy: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=39Z80oHUZOw

It is mentioned in a list upthread, but for quintessential '70's cheese, it is hard to do better. Stuff like Disco Duck, The Streak and Kung Fu fighting were intentionally silly/capitalizing on a trend, like Gangam Style more recently. Drivel like Seasons in the Sun, The Night the Lights Went out in Georgia, Billy, Don't Be a Hero, etc. - I don't know - Brandy has a story that I thought was cooler when I was a kid singing along
I hear what you're saying, but this, sadly, disqualifies Brandy.

In lieu of, I forward Sundown.
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Old 03-08-2016, 08:41 PM
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Tie a yellow ribbon round the old oak tree by Tony Orlando and Dawn.

They even had their own variety show.
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Old 03-08-2016, 08:55 PM
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tie a yellow ribbon round the old oak tree by tony orlando and dawn.

They even had their own variety show.
we have a winner
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Old 03-08-2016, 09:02 PM
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Not surprising that there are so many different answers, and none are wrong. Just depends on what your view of the decade was.
In my memory, the '70s were chock-full of bad, treacly one-hit-wonder songs like Shannon, One Tin Soldier, Billy Don't Be A Hero, Playground In My Mind, etc.

And the king of them all: Seasons In The Sun.
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Old 03-08-2016, 09:20 PM
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They even had their own variety show.
Not good enough. In the 70's EVERYONE had their own variety show.

{Actual variety show singer-hosts from the 70's}

Glen Campbell
Johnny Cash
Jim Nabors
Julie Andrews
Sonny & Cher
Cher without Sonny
Sonny without Cher
Tony Orlando & Dawn
Donny & Marie
Captain & Tenille
Barbara McNair
Starland Vocal Band
Bobby Darin
Bobby Goldsboro
Bobby Vinton
Bobbie Gentry
Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr.
Jerry Reed

I'm sure I missed a few.
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Old 03-08-2016, 09:25 PM
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^ Jim Stafford

Wheelz, I'm pretty sure "Having My Baby" gives "Seasons in the Sun" a run for the money.

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Old 03-08-2016, 09:27 PM
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The seventies were rough and rag tag hard banging metal, mod and groovy hip, saccharine sweet and schmaltzy ...so one song can't define the decade

Bohemian Rhapsody
Band on the Run
Lovin You Minnie Ripperton
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Old 03-08-2016, 10:04 PM
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Old 03-08-2016, 10:12 PM
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And the king of them all: Seasons In The Sun.
We have another winner!
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And the king of them all: Seasons In The Sun.
Nope. "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)," every copy of which should be tracked down, smashed into pieces, and then shoveled into a raging blast furnace!
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Old 03-08-2016, 10:17 PM
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My nomination is "Nice to be With You" by Gallery. First one that popped into my head when I saw the question. I also considered "Love Will Keep Us Together" by the Captain and Tenille.
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Old 03-08-2016, 10:44 PM
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"Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey"
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Old 03-08-2016, 10:45 PM
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What would the 70s be without "I am Woman" by Helen Reddy?

So we're going BAD in this thread I take it?
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Old 03-08-2016, 11:26 PM
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What would the 70s be without "I am Woman" by Helen Reddy?
So we're going BAD in this thread I take it?
psstt.....see post 48

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Old 03-09-2016, 12:32 AM
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"Escape (The Pina Colada Song)"
It's an official tie.

mic dropped.

That weak-ass guitar lick played to death in Pina Coloda is enough to make someone have a non-stop brain aneurysm.
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Old 03-09-2016, 12:54 AM
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"Clap For the Wolfman" by The Guess Who, to get the Fifties revival thing the Seventies had for a while.

"Our House" by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and "Kid Charlemagne" by Steely Dan, for all the people who used to paint the face before they joined the human race.

"The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" by Gil Scott-Heron, because it was, and a lot of people were frightened, and we got a whole lot of movies out of it.

Eh. Nothing else comes to mind as quintessential. I mainly put "Our House" in because I can't listen to it without seeing that soft-focus warmly-lit brown style which is perhaps the most quintessentially Seventies thing of all.
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"Our House" by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and "Kid Charlemagne" by Steely Dan, for all the people who used to paint the face before they joined the human race.
CS&N did "Our House"?!?!?

...in all honesty I had no idea. Actually 'I've never had any idea who sang that
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CS&N did "Our House"?!?!?

...in all honesty I had no idea. Actually 'I've never had any idea who sang that
That was Madness
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Old 03-09-2016, 08:08 AM
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The seventies were rough and rag tag hard banging metal, mod and groovy hip, saccharine sweet and schmaltzy ...so one song can't define the decade

Bohemian Rhapsody
Band on the Run
Lovin You Minnie Ripperton

I can't believe that I forgot "Band on the Run"! A great 1970s song!
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Old 03-09-2016, 08:14 AM
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Old 03-09-2016, 08:23 AM
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Old 03-09-2016, 08:27 AM
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CS&N did "Our House"?!?!?

...in all honesty I had no idea. Actually 'I've never had any idea who sang that
They did, "Our house is a very very very fine house", two cats in the yard, etc.

Madness did, "Our house, in the middle of our street". was our castle and our keep, etc.
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Old 03-09-2016, 08:30 AM
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Old 03-09-2016, 10:03 AM
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"Born to Run"
Yeppers.
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Old 03-09-2016, 10:40 AM
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Yeppers.
I have to disagree. While certainly a '70s song, as a New Jersey teenager in the '80s I wanted to get the hell out of that state. Nothing uniquely '70s about that sentiment.
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Old 03-09-2016, 10:49 AM
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"Joy to the World" by Three Dog Night

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