It Was 35 Years Ago This Year! 1977, A Year of Twelve Months, Part One!
1977. While the punk rock was increasing in power and frequency, mainstream rock acts weren't going away either. It wasn't as if the presence of angry young youth was going to scare away the established stars from their drugs and their money.
Here in our beautified, revisionist world that dovetails nicely into the Internet age where everything is permitted and available 24/7, 1977 takes on a less annoying presence, since with eyes moist from joy and sorrow at just how freakin' long ago everything good actually is at this point and how good it actually was, even if we didn't know it then, we no longer feel 1977's pain. All that remains are our golden memories.
25) Kiss -- Love Gun, Alive II: To men of a certain age, Kiss represent something of a childhood long since pounded in the dirt by the kids who insisted your lunch money was actually theirs! How much of this is actually good junk as opposed to junky junk, I cannot say. For Alive II is the first rock 'n' roll album I ever bought with my mom's money. Though that $8 would now be worth something like $4,079 if I had invested it wisely -- says my accountant, who handles the oodles of cash that Y! Music pays for these insights -- I am surely far richer for having started down this road, the one that has kept me from doing anything productive with my life.
24) Blondie -- Plastic Letters: Deborah Harry ruined many a young man's life, much in the way Johnny Depp has frustrated many of the ladies in our audience. Though they were not signed to Sire Records, they did take label head Seymour Stein's "New Wave" decree quite seriously and fashioned themselves as the brightest blip on the radar. That blip turned into a star.
23) The Jam -- In the City, This Is The Modern World: Originally accused of being Pete Townshend, Jr., the Jam's Paul Weller managed a streak of albums in a few short years that rivaled 15 or so years of output from The Who. If you thought America was resistant to punk, imagine how it felt about a "Mod Revival." Did we ever have Mods? I know Texas had punks.
22) Queen -- News of the World: Every generation picks from the past and decides whose reputation will rise. It looks like Foo Fighters have made the case for Queen, though I do wonder how many new fans get past the now brutal, sports-arena friendly anthems. Anyone want to check out Herman and His Hermits?