throwback thursday: love has gone away
our trip to joshua tree

music friday: 1978

Blondie, "Heart of Glass". 1978 was the apex of our concert-going days. We saw five of these acts, including Blondie, who were a bit disappointing. Opening act Rockpile was better.

Talking Heads, "The Big Country". Opened the show we saw, which seems odd to me. "I wouldn't live there if you paid me."

Chic, "Le Freak". Nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 11 times, which should have been unnecessary, but since they still haven't gotten in ... Nile Rodgers finally made it on his own, which is something.

X-Ray Spex, "Germ Free Adolescents". One of many bands to start up after seeing the Sex Pistols, and one of the few to match the greatness of their influences.

Lou Reed, "Street Hassle". Too often, when a rocker decides to go Epic, the result is overblown. But "Street Hassle" is one of the handful of total classics from one of the musics greatest songwriters.

Bob Marley and The Wailers, "Is This Love". Easy to like, which doesn't mean it's his greatest song.

Bruce Springsteen, "Darkness on the Edge of Town". In the case of Bruce, we saw him three times ... in 1978. This album may have connected with me on a personal level more than any other record in my life.

Patti Smith, "Because the Night". Bruce turns up for a third time. (He has a cameo in "Street Hassle" ... was pretty busy that year!) The two versions (Patti's and Bruce's) stand alone, reflecting the respective artists. Much as I love this version, though, Bruce's live versions on the Darkness tour were another level of thrilling.

Earth, Wind & Fire, "September". They are good enough that it is unfair that whenever I hear them, I think of George Clinton's "Earth, Hot Air & No Fire".

Elvis Costello, "Radio Radio". I was hanging out with a group of women ... this would have been the mid-90s. They were talking about Elvis Costello and which of his albums were the best. I offered the opinion that This Year's Model was so much better than any other Costello album that a discussion was unnecessary. They said I was being a guy.


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