[feature] New Year’s Count-Up: 1975 in six songs

Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?

- Nov 27, 2012

As the new year draws closer, we’ve decided to take a look the music that’s gotten us to where we are today. So in an effort to broaden our musical horizons and our understanding of contemporary artists, we’re counting down 2012 by counting up from 1952, taking a look at a handful of songs from a different year every day until January 1st. You can find the full list here. Today we’re heading back to 1975!

Queen - "Bohemian Rhapsody"

Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody (Official Video)

It's impossible (or at least dumb) not to mention this chart-topping epic. It set the record for most expensive single ever made and has since incited infinite Waynes World-esque shout-alongs. The video, above, was a landmark promo clip that could be considered the first official music video, and on a side note, am I the only straight guy that's at least a little attracted to Freddie Mercury here? Must be the lip gloss.

Keith Moon - "In My Life" (Beatles Cover)

Keith Moon - In My Life

Since all the other members of The Who were making solo records, Keith Moon decided he'd give it a go. It was not a good idea, as evidenced by this terrible cover of the otherwise beautiful 1965 Beatles song.

Donna Summer - "Love To Love Your Baby"

In case the funky disco music bed and lusty lyrics weren't porny enough for you, Donna Summer's orgasmic moans are peppered throughout, making for the ultimate 1970s fuck anthem. By the way, this clip features the best backup dancer I've ever had the pleasure of watching.

ELO - "Strange Magic"

What a great slow dance song - it's hard to listen to without imagining your outstretched arms resting on the hips of your angelic prom date, swaying together underneath a sparkling disco ball, falling into each other's gaze and slowly finding yourselves in an embrace, no, a kiss. Straaaaange Maaaa aaa aaaa gic. 

Kraftwerk - "Radio Stars"

Kraftwerk - Radio Stars

One of my favorite tracks from one of my favourite albums. From the play-on-words song title to the numbing "star" sounds to the ominous German vocoded speech, this song is psychedelic and foreboding in a way that no other recordings up to this point could even approximate. This comes only two decades after the birth of rock 'n' roll (see: 1955).

Neil Young and Crazy Horse - "Don't Cry No Tears"

Zuma is a great record, though its legacy is at least a little tainted by its universally detested album cover (though I like it).Young wrote this song in high school, which might explain the late 50's vibe.


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