Monday, September 6, 2010

AllMusic Loves 1975

I've been waiting for these guys to do my birth year... Fun stuff.


The Allmusic Blog » AllMusic Loves 1975

"Smack dab in the middle of the decade, 1975 was the polyester peak of the ’70s, the year that captured all the glorious excesses of the Me Decade. Elton John presided over the pop charts — his pull so powerful he could help give Neil Sedaka, that old pro who last topped the charts in the years before the Beatles, not one but two number ones — and he ruled a year that saw Morris Albert sing about his feelings, a year where Captain & Tennille preached that ‘Love Will Keep Us Together,’ a year where Glen Campbell was a ‘Rhinestone Cowboy,’ and a year where everybody was ‘Kung Fu Fighting.’ It was such a gaudy, glitzy surface that it seemed like nothing might exist underneath, which is naturally the time that a lot of interesting things are happening. Disco began to edge its way into the mainstream, getting so close that U.K. art-rockers Roxy Music and David Bowie claimed it as their own; proto-punk noises could be heard on both sides of the Atlantic, with the trash-loving Dictators celebrating cars and girls in the U.S. and the miscreants of Dr. Feelgood kicking out malevolent blues-rock in the U.K. But most attention was directed toward the future of rock & roll, one Bruce Springsteen, who released his galvanizing third album Born to Run and wound up on the covers of both Time and Newsweek in the same week, instantly catapulting the once-obscure singer/songwriter toward the ranks of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Paul Simon, who all had banner years in 1975 as well. Some of this was drowned out thanks to Aerosmith, who injected plenty of sleaze into teenage veins thanks to Toys in the Attic, but Led Zeppelin remained the true golden gods of rock & roll, ruling with the mighty Physical Graffiti — a double album so excessive and glorious it could only have come out in 1975."

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