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Old 03-09-2016, 10:52 AM
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Old 03-09-2016, 11:31 AM
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What do you mean by "Think ephemeral"? It's a strange thing to say. Don't you mean the opposite?

I'm trying to figure out what the opposite song is of Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, cause that must be it.
A 70s song that is the opposite of a ship that sinks.

That would be a 70s song about a ship that floats down from outer space to earth.

I nominate "Starman" by David Bowie (From Ziggy Stardust 1972)

It's a message about aliens who are ready to land their ships if young people can sparkle for them.

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Old 03-09-2016, 11:47 AM
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Over a hundred posts, and no one's mentioned Maria Muldaur's Midnight At The Oasis?
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Old 03-09-2016, 10:10 PM
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ooohhh! I just thought of another one!

"Horse with no Name", or anything else by America.
Soft, mellow, laid-back,....but ,ya know,......deep, man, deep.
You could look for meaning while you were passing the joint.
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Old 03-09-2016, 11:08 PM
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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!
Ah, roller skating parties in seventh grade. Memories...!
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Old 03-10-2016, 01:15 AM
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It's got to be either "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl") or "Afternoon Delight."
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Old 03-10-2016, 01:32 AM
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When I think 70's, I think bell bottomed leisure suits and Disco!
Stayin' Alive!
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Old 03-10-2016, 01:38 AM
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Yeah, when I read the thread title the first song that came to mind was Stayin' Alive.
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Old 03-10-2016, 01:50 AM
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Something by Boney M, Rasputin, Daddy Cool, that kind of thing.
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Old 03-10-2016, 01:56 AM
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Old 03-10-2016, 04:51 AM
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And the king of them all: Seasons In The Sun.
We had that 45 back in the 70's. Have you ever heard the B-side? Jeezus Kripes!

Put the bone in, she begged him once more
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Old 03-10-2016, 06:14 AM
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Almost anything by James Taylor, but I'll go with - You've Got a Friend.
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Old 03-10-2016, 06:19 AM
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Old 03-10-2016, 09:26 AM
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The theme from Welcome Back Kotter tops them both
This somehow reminds me of Dream Weaver and Dust in the Wind, also quintessential.
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Old 03-10-2016, 10:00 AM
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For me, it's England Dan and John Ford Coley's "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight." It's just so 70s.

For the record, I really like the song. It's mellow, fun to sing along with, the lyrics have a wonderful mondegreen, and it's all cool, man.
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Old 03-10-2016, 10:04 AM
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From the thread six years ago, I quote myself:
God, that's an awful song. I had never heard it until a couple of months ago, but it's just awful.
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Old 03-10-2016, 12:28 PM
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We had that 45 back in the 70's. Have you ever heard the B-side? Jeezus Kripes!

Put the bone in, she begged him once more
What th... I... um... WHAT??
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Old 03-10-2016, 12:56 PM
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What th... I... um... WHAT??
Not only that, but remember Soul Asylum? They covered that song.
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Old 03-10-2016, 01:17 PM
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What th... I... um... WHAT??
That is the proper reaction to hearing many songs from the seventies.
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Old 03-10-2016, 01:19 PM
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There needs to be another thread where it's not bad songs, cause this area is very well described now. It's an embarrassment of riches.
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Old 03-10-2016, 01:45 PM
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There needs to be another thread where it's not bad songs, cause this area is very well described now. It's an embarrassment of riches.
It's been done a few times.

Here.
Here.
This somewhat.
Here if you want to limit it to singles.

ETA: OK, 1,2, and 4 are about "best" songs. 3 is about what song best encapsulates the 70s.

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Old 03-10-2016, 02:18 PM
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First song that popped into my head after seeing the title was Song Sung Blue by Neil Diamond. I didn't want it to, but there you go. Now sing along, errbody.
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Old 03-10-2016, 02:59 PM
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Chevy Van, Stayin' Alive, and Afternoon Delight are my votes.
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Old 03-10-2016, 06:18 PM
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You've already mentioned all of the ones I immediately thought of, but a co-worker of my same vintage suggested "Reunited (and it feels so good)" by Peaches and Herb. I hadn't seen that one mentioned and had to agree. Very 70s schlock.
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Old 03-10-2016, 06:34 PM
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Old 03-10-2016, 07:01 PM
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There needs to be another thread where it's not bad songs, cause this area is very well described now. It's an embarrassment of riches.
There are many good songs mentioned in this thread!!
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Old 03-10-2016, 07:06 PM
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Manfred Mann's Earth Band- Blinded by the Light (Complete with 70s cocaine montage from Blow)

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Old 03-11-2016, 10:43 AM
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There can be only one answer to this question, an answer researched by a man that not only lived through and survived the 70's only to watch it devolve and blow up in our collective faces with the advent of disco. Only one song carries the banner of everything the 70's represented, a song that captures the mood of an entire generation yet survives today only as a distant memory. Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you for your approval, the one song that shouts out "I am the 70's".....(drumroll please).....My Dingaling

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Old 03-11-2016, 10:45 AM
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^ You're a brave soul; I thought of that two days ago and didn't have the intestinal fortitude to post it. We are in your debt.

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Old 03-11-2016, 11:34 AM
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Old 03-11-2016, 03:08 PM
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tl; dr

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American Pie
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Old 03-11-2016, 04:50 PM
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What immediately popped into my head was "What's that ridiculous song with the cake in the rain? The only good to come of that was the Weird Al cover."
I have never understood the rather universal dislike of this song. It does rather drip with symbolism but so does a lot of music. I remember playing it for my kids and telling them that is Dumbledore singing.
And besides, without it we would never have had the absolutely fantastic tribute to the song in the Deleted Scenes of the DVD version of Starship Troopers (think Denise Richards in the park and a yellow cotton dress "on the ground around your knees".

For my votes to the op's question I would have to go with any of...

1. Old Fashioned Love Song - Three Dog Night
2. American Pie (the song, not the movie) - Don Mclean
3. Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon and Garfunkel

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Old 03-11-2016, 06:37 PM
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All The Young Dudes - Mott The Hoople
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Old 03-11-2016, 07:34 PM
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There can be only one answer to this question, an answer researched by a man that not only lived through and survived the 70's only to watch it devolve and blow up in our collective faces with the advent of disco. Only one song carries the banner of everything the 70's represented, a song that captures the mood of an entire generation yet survives today only as a distant memory. Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you for your approval, the one song that shouts out "I am the 70's".....(drumroll please).....My Dingaling
"Mr. Jaws"..."Disco Star Wars" and "The Telephone Man" would like a word.
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Old 03-11-2016, 08:19 PM
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I was going to say "Come Together" by the Beatles, since one of my strongest memories was during a Cub Scout trip to Mystic Seaport, with my dad and the rest of my troop, and listening to that song for the first time on the radio. But I checked, and that was probably late 1969.

My second choice then would have to be "Kodachrome" by Paul Simon. There was something about that song that just brings me back to my childhood.
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Old 03-11-2016, 09:21 PM
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How about "The Streak"?
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Old 03-11-2016, 09:24 PM
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Blue Öyster Cult - "Don't Fear The Reaper"
Not the only song that say's 1970's to me by any stretch of the imagination, but the one that seems to encapsulate the meaning of and what the 70's were for me growing up as a young lad.
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Old 03-11-2016, 10:18 PM
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Unless I missed it - the winner is:

"Paradise by the Dashboard Light" is a song written by Jim Steinman. It was first released in 1977 on the album Bat Out of Hell, with vocals by the American musician Meat Loaf alongside Ellen Foley. The song is most notable for its unique structure and length, and has become a staple of classic rock radio
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Old 03-11-2016, 10:29 PM
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Tell Me Something Good - Rufus, featuring Chaka Khan
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Old 03-11-2016, 10:51 PM
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"You Should Be Dancing."

Yep, it's disco. Oh well.

I was 14 when I first heard it. I was spending a week visiting with my aunt and uncle, and it came on the radio while we were in the car. It was stunning. It was kind of like what older people say about Elvis--there had just never been anything like it.

I lay awake half that night turning the song over and over in my head. Maybe it sounds like exaggeration now but that song changed everything.

(Second place goes to "Rapper's Delight." Although it also altered the course of music, it came out in 1979, a little too late to fit the criteria.)
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Old 03-13-2016, 04:21 AM
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Unfortunately, the answers are:

1) Wildfire
2) Honey
3) Angie Baby
4) Billy, Don't Be A Hero

Let's face it, the 70s sucked.

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Old 03-14-2016, 08:52 AM
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What immediately popped into my head was "What's that ridiculous song with the cake in the rain? The only good to come of that was the Weird Al cover."

MacArthur Park. Which actually came out in the late 60's. But in my defense, there were covers all the way through the 70's as well (including disco). According to the Wiki page, WJW-TV City Camera News used it as its theme song from 1970-77.

So I'm sticking with my answer. In fact, I think it set the stage for everything musically gross about that decade.
The actual original song makes sense, if you catch the metaphor. Donna Summer covered it in a version that left out the parts that tie it together, and made it a mess that should have been covered - in a cat pan.

The original version is about a lost/failed relationship the singer is looking back on; in particular a vignette of a picnic in MacArthur Park. The cake has no physical existence; it is a metaphor for the relationship he worked hard to create, and is gone now.
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Old 03-14-2016, 09:01 AM
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Jeez - Why don't I just post the playlist on my mp3 player and get it over with?
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Old 03-14-2016, 09:03 AM
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The cake has no physical existence; it is a metaphor for the relationship he worked hard to create, and is gone now.
You say the cake is a lie?

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Old 03-14-2016, 10:10 AM
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"Paradise by the Dashboard Light" is a song written by Jim Steinman. It was first released in 1977 on the album Bat Out of Hell, with vocals by the American musician Meat Loaf alongside Ellen Foley.
Plus vocals by Phil Rizzuto.
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Old 03-14-2016, 11:13 AM
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Unfortunately, the answers are:

1) Wildfire
2) Honey
3) Angie Baby
4) Billy, Don't Be A Hero

Let's face it, the 70s sucked.

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Angie Baby is a great song.
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Old 03-14-2016, 05:56 PM
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or anything from the "Vegas Years" of Mr Hunka Hunka Burning Love - Elvis Presley .

it doesnt get any better than "Aloha from Hawaii Live via Satellite" - sequined suits with high collars, mutton-chop sideburns, barely restrained karate moves, a crack band, and That Voice which got better with age (like fruitcake does) - that, for me, was the 70's.
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Old 03-14-2016, 06:56 PM
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Here let me set phasers on wide beam and take a shot at this since the 70's had so many genres:

Instrumental non-soundtrack: Edgar Winters-Frankenstein

Soundtrack-Theme From Shaft

Novelty-Ray Stevens-The Streak

to be continued....
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Old 03-14-2016, 08:51 PM
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From the central Indiana AOR point of view:

Turn the Page, by Bob Seger.


Egads, how I have come to hate that song!!

yes, it's your fault, WFBQ!!!
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Old 03-14-2016, 09:09 PM
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From the central Indiana AOR point of view:

Turn the Page, by Bob Seger.


Egads, how I have come to hate that song!!

yes, it's your fault, WFBQ!!!
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