I agree with you Sam on those two tracks. Get it right next time is an upbeat message from the ultra laid back Gerry Rafferty. It's a great sounding track. I'm not really a fan of ballards but Sad Café''s Everyday Hurts is a exception. Fantastic track produced by 10ccs Eric Stewart I believe.
I'll take the London Calling album by The Clash as my favourite record of 1979. Their political stance is infused into the music, so it lessens it broader and commercial appeal. A great album none the less, and shows the sheer diversity of what they could do. Every album they did was different in some way, and they were certainly risk takers, which again may not have endeared them to the broader record buying public. I'd place them in the lineage of great British Rock n Roll bands, such as the Stones, Who, Ziggy era Bowie, Mott, and maybe they were the last great British rock band?
London Calling was a great song. Talking about retro charts, if you go on a site called Every Hit.com, you have a section actually called "Retro Charts" and you can pick ant month and year and it will list the top 40. I am going to print some off for 78/79 and will do a run down of my favourites over the months, but bear with me!
Its a personal list, so apologies if I miss anyones favourite out, equally if I include some guilty pleasures which no one else likes!!
(definitely NO Lena Martell though, don't panic!)
On the subject of Lena Martell, that was a good illustration of another musical oddity. During particularly exciting and creative periods when there is a lot of great stuff about you do occasionally get the odd piece of total garbage in the midst of it which, inexplicably, is a big hit. Frank Ifield in the early 60s when the Beatles and the beat groups were becoming big, J J Barries excruciating "No Charge" amid some good stuff in the summer of 76, the worst record of all time - "Shaddap you face" in early 81, and amid Oasis and Britpop which had revitalised music after the rubbish of the late 80s/early 90s, we had.....Robson and bloody Jerome.......
Scott Fitzgerald & Yvonne Keeley - If I had words - another guilty pleasure!!
Darts - Daddy Cool
Baccara - Sorry Im a Lady
Boney M - Belfast
Jonathon Richman - Egyptian Reggae
The Dooleys - Love of my Life - another guilty pleasure (used to really fancy Kathy Dooley!!)
Rose Royce - Wishing on a Star
Quo - Rockin all over the world
A bit varied, but it gets better as the year goes on. February tomorrow!!
This has the makings of a cracking thread Cartman Can't wait for next month and Yellow Dog's "One More Night", loved that tune. I've marked in bold the ones from January that I liked. Shame there isn't a "super bold" option for Mull Of Kintyre, I played that record to death, as well as the "B" side "Girls School". I agree with you, these two years are pretty diverse but then I think the 70s were in general. When you compare the homogenous that populates the charts currently, there really is no comparison.