Two months later, the CD arrived and I've been listening to it on repeat. The track listing on the front is not the order in which the songs are played. Here's what I've been hearing along with what I've been thinking:
We Are the Champions - Queen
Who doesn't feel like a superhero when they hear this song? And how fitting that it was a hit the year I was born? My name means victorious! Second only to Michael Jackson, I wish I could have seen Freddie Mercury live. The man made unitards and track pants paired with denim shirts look soooooo cool!
This is one of those songs that is perfect for a roadtrip on a sticky hot summer's day with the windows rolled down and a open road full of mirages ahead of you.
It's a Heartache - Bonnie Tyler
Tyler's voice sounds heartbroken. She interprets the lyrics beautifully but this song was kinda lost on me in terms of the hit factor.
Take a Chance on Me - Abba
Sorry Abba. Every song of yours now conjures of images of the Meryl for me.
Anyone seen my Swiffer?
Reminiscing - Little River Band
I.Love.This.Song! (Especially the lyrics!) Would love to hear someone like Jamie Cullum cover it. (He can basically do no wrong as a performer and vocalist in my world.) Does anyone know if this song has been covered? I am asking you Aussies especially, since this band is one of your exports...
Lay Down Sally - Eric Clapton
An easy, breezy, catchy tune. Another one that I'd put in the "roadtrip" category. Country music fans would probably like this track.
If I Can't Have You - Yvonne Ellman
I remember this song from Saturday Night Fever and am glad the Bee Gees didn't sing it in the movie. I know they recorded it later but I just can't believe three grown men (who are brothers) singing such a devastating song in harmony. Love Adam Lambert's contemporary cover from American Idol. The chorus is quite different but it works.
The bassy, raspy voice of Jimmy Stokley got my attention at first but as soon guitarist JP Pennington tags in and starts singing his bit, I start to feel a little creeped out. And the chorus of soprano-like voices at some points is not sexy at all. Great lyrics, great melody, poor execution in my opinion - but then again it was a hit back in 1978!
I Go Crazy - Paul Davis
Another disco break up song. I love break up songs and even listen to them when I work out. They pump me up for some strange reason. But in the style of disco they just don't cut it. I found an amazing Rn'B cover by Will Downing. He's got that smooth, sultry, rich voice very reminiscent of Luther Vandross.)
Wikipedia does a cool overview of years in music. I googled "1978 in music" and also found out:
- The Blue Brothers made their debut on Saturday Night Live
- YMCA, I'm Every Woman and Wonderful Tonight were among some of the other hits of that year.
The CD insert also mentions that:
- VCRs were changing the market in 1978! Does anyone still have one? I do!
- The first test tube baby was born.
- The Yankees beat the Red Sox to get to a World Series final and trounce the Dodgers. (Grrrrrrrr!)
- Top movies that year were Grease and Superman.
So what was going on the year you were born?
P.S. Have my first guest blogging gig on Thursday...stay tuned!