1970s

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RUN FOR COVER: SMOKEY ROBINSON VS. POND: “TEARS OF A CLOWN”

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Covering Motown staples can be a tricky thing: there’s so much foundation, so much charm, and so little room for improvement. Pond acknowledged that and sat down to play their own loose, fun version. Continue reading

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RUN FOR COVER: NEW ORDER VS. BUKE AND GASE: “BLUE MONDAY”

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When it comes to New Order, there’s something about their songwriting that feels like they aren’t trying to be cool, and Buke and Gase are following in their footsteps. Continue reading

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INTERVIEW: ROD ARGENT OF THE ZOMBIES

Zombies lead singer Colin Blunstone, left, and keyboardist Rod Argent

The Zombies—which also includes original lead singer Colin Blunstone—will be performing at the Regent Theatre in Arlington on July 7th. Rod Argent spoke with DigBoston about his life and career, both past and present. Continue reading

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SPF 5000: EROTIC CITY PRINCE COVER

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If you were about to get laid in what the ’70s thought the Future was going to be—all lens flare and plastics—then this is the track that you’d play for mood music. Continue reading

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THIS WEEK IN THE BILLBOARD TOP 10: 1979

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In America in May and June 1979, a British band that was born ten years earlier thanks to the whimsical support of a Dutch millionaire was an idea whose time had finally come. Continue reading

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THIS WEEK IN THE BILLBOARD TOP 10: MAY 3, 1975

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However critical one might be of American musical tastes in the 1970s, one still has to give props to the variety of styles that appeared in the Top 10 for the week of May 3, 1975. Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire were at #1 and #3, respectively, while Led Zeppelin and Alice Cooper were at #2 and #10. A posthumous Jimi Hendrix album was #7, and a live John Denver record was #9. Continue reading