by request: star wars: the last jedi (rian johnson, 2017)
by request: three billboards outside ebbing, missouri (martin mcdonagh, 2017)

music friday: 1972

Stevie Wonder, "Superstition". The early-70s were a great time for conscious R&B/soul. Stevie's playing pretty much everything you hear except the horns.

Lou Reed, "Walk on the Wild Side". Lou makes the pop charts, singing about transgender actresses, drugs, blow jobs, and Warhol's Factory.

Carly Simon, "You're So Vain". The big mystery was who Simon was referring to. Meanwhile, Mick Jagger proves to be a very hard-to-conceal backup singer.

The Rolling Stones, "Rip This Joint". A classic in the tradition of "She Said Yeah". It was at least 30 years before I had an idea what the lyrics were to this song.

Curtis Mayfield, "Freddie's Dead". Just how good were the early-70s for soul? This track missed the Best R&B Single Grammy because "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" was the same yea'.

Joni Mitchell, "You Turn Me On, I'm a Radio". According to the all-knowing Wikipedia, she wrote this after her label asked her for a hit record.

Wings, "Hi, Hi, Hi". Sadly, I can understand the lyrics on this.

Al Green, "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart". The best thing anyone ever did for The Bee Gees.

Gladys Knight and the Pips, "Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)". This one did win a Grammy.

The Carpenters, "Goodbye to Love". Me, a long time ago, on Tony Peluso's guitar solos: "It's as if John the Baptist suddenly showed up in Target and grabbed shoppers by the throat, saying 'there's something going on here!'"



So much I love here--Stevie in his golden period; Lou Reed's classic to what always felt like another world to me; the brilliance of an Al Green cover; and the continued greatness of Gladys. But the Carly Simon song is one of my favorites of all time. I feel like it's something I heard on the radio since I remember hearing anything. I've always thought it was such a well-produced record, in addition to being clever.

Steven Rubio

Lou Reed always sent missives from another world to me. I've quoted Elliott Murphy too many times to count: "What goes through a mother's mind when she asks her 15-year-old daughter, 'What's the name of that song you're listening to?' and her daughter replies: 'Heroin'?"

The video for "You're So Vain" has a weird glitch, but it turned up in more than one copy, and the one I chose was from her official VEVO site, so I guess it's supposed to be there. I agree, it's a great record. But a few years ago, I read a book, Girls Like Us, that focused on three women out of the sixties: Joni Mitchell, Carole King, and Carly Simon. I never did figure out what Simon was doing in there.

She was involved in a song that was a favorite of mine in the mid-60s. I'll post it to Facebook.


She's certainly the less significant of the three, but also the one whose significance is after the 60s. I wonder if that makes her inherently less so in your eyes. I mean, I didn't even live through the 60s but most of the 70s are "less than" in my eyes even now, and I like the 70s.

Steven Rubio

Interesting take, one I can see might apply to me :-). My obsession with the 60s is, hopefully, countered by my distaste for nostalgia. Certainly in music, I had my most intense involvement in the 70s, despite my tastes being formed before that. Primarily, the 70s is when Bruce Springsteen came along, and then when punk came along.

Simon rises in the 70s, but King and esp. Mitchell were also dominant for a long time in that decade.

John Ingham

Trivia fact: Both Walk On The Wild Side and You're So Vain were recorded at Trident Studios in London. Also the home of Ziggy Stardust, Hey Jude, and much of Queen's early work.

Steven Rubio

Ah, if only Lou was the target of Carly's song.

Steven Rubio

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