The Big Show #5: Back To The 70s
This edition of The Big Show time travels back to the 1970s with seventy minutes rockin’ pop, New Wave and old school Punk Rock for your listening pleasure.
It starts with the first song I ever heard by The Ramones, “Sheena Is A Punk Rocker” from their third long-player, Rocket To Russia. As I mention on the show, I was eleven years old when their first LP was released, and eleven-year olds did not have access to anything like that in 1975. By 1977, however, things had started to change and, aided by the utter derision of an old-school music appreciation teacher that told her classes that they should not under any circumstances listen to that demon music called “punk rock,” I was primed to move beyond the mainstream.
“Back To The 70s” also includes one of my all-time favorite songs, “Teenage Kick” by The Undertones, a track from The Buzzcocks’ Singles Going Steady (probably the single best compilation ever put together) a set of less-well-known Power Pop from the late-70s by The Secrets* (the asterisk is intentional), Gary Charlson and The Names, as well as the original version of “Hangin’ On The Telephone,” a classic track by Nick Lowe, The Kursaal Flyers riffing off The Who, and a whole lot more.
“The Big Show” airs on Pop That Goes Crunch radio on Wednesdays at 6 pm Pacific, Fridays at 11 am Pacific and Saturdays at 11 am Pacific. The shows are usually uploaded to Mixcloud on Sunday mornings.
The show can be heard below. The complete tracklist appears below the embed.
1. The Ramones, “Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
2. The Pranks, “I Don’t Wanna Lose That Feeling”
3. The Flashcubes, “Its You Tonight”
4. The Rezillos, “Top Of The Pops”
5, The Undertones, “Teenage Kicks”
6. The Jags, “Back Of My Hand (I’ve Got Your Number”)
7. The Secrets*, “It’s Your Heart Tonight”
8. Gary Charlson, “Real Life Saver”
9. The Names, “Why Can’t It Be”
10 The Buzzcocks, “I Don’t Mind”
11. The Fans, “You Don’t Live Here Anymore”
12. Eddie & The Hot Rods, “Do Anything You Wanna Do”
13. Bram Tchaikovsky, “Girl Of My Dreams”
14. The Beckies, “Midnight And You”
15. Shoes, “Tomorrow Night”
16. Off Broadway, “Stay In Time”
17. The Nerves, “Hangin’ On The Telephone”
18. The Beat, “Walking Out On Love”
19. Gary Valentine, “The First One”
20. Nick Lowe, “Mary Provost”
21. The Kursaal Flyers, “Television Generation”
22. The Moderns, “Ready For The 80s”