Wednesday, February 27, 2008

70's songs

This week’s theme songs on American Idol are 70’s songs.

I was a teenager in the 70’s and thus I love 70’s music.

So far, most of the competitors in this competition haven’t chosen great songs. A couple chose pretty good songs. Brooke did a good job of singing Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain”. I liked Carly’s rendition of a Heart song.

I know the Eagles refuse to let the American Idol competitors sing their songs. I say that, because one of my favorite songs of all times is “Hotel California”. I loved the Eagles in general – “Desperado”, “Take It To The Limits”, “Heartache Tonight” – to name a few of my favorites.

I guess the kids on Idol are too young to know the 70’s songs because they’re not choosing many good ones.

How about “Reunited” by Peaches and Herb? One of my very favorites.

Here are many of my other favorites from the 70s.

"Knights on Broadway" (Bee Gees). “Careless Whispers”. “More Than A Feeling” (Boston). “Sister Golden Hair” (America). “More Than A Woman” and “How Deep Is Your Love” (Bee Gees). “Last Dance” (Donna Summer). “Ramblin’ Man” (Allman Brothers). “If I Can’t Have You” (Yvonne Elliman). “Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad” (Meatloaf). “Bohemian Rhapsody” (Queen). “Night Moves” (Bob Seger). “China Grove” (Doobie Brothers). “Best Of My Love” (Eagles). “Philadelphia Freedom” (Elton John). “Three Times A Lady” (Commodores). “Crocodile Rock” (Elton John). “YMCA” (Village People). “Baby Hold On” (Eddie Money). “I Go Crazy” (Paul Davis). “Free Bird” (Lynyrd Skynyrd). “Sweet Home Alabama” (Lynyrd Skynyrd). “Just When I Needed You Most” (Randy Vanwarmer).

Googling 70s songs, maybe I didn’t like them as well as I thought. I’ve always loved 50’s and 60s music. I skipped over 80s and 90s music and really only started listening to contemporary tunes since I got into American Idol.

Speaking of American Idol, I voted for Carly and Brooke tonight. I got home too late last night to vote for any of the boys.

To answer (was it Molly?) from my yesterday’s blog post, usually at this point in the competition, it’s not as exciting. We’re just getting to know the players and it takes most of them a little longer to get comfortable enough to show their personalities. So I’m going to stick with it. Other than Sanjaya and Blake last season, I didn’t think anyone stood out as being really fun.

Here's an update about yesterday's power outage: My friend at work said the trouble started when a fire broke out at Turkey Point Nuclear Power Station in Florida. That caused circuits to trip and grids to go down. It took several hours for Turkey Point to get up and running again. My town is obviously not powered by Turkey Point. And on one mention from comments to yesterday's blog. The Ren-Faire is a Renaissance Festival where everyone pretends to be in the 16th century. Check out: http://www.renfaire.com/ It's a lot of fun with knights, bawdy women, ladies in waiting, life-size chess games, archery competitions, mud wrestling, jousting, etc.

11 comments:

Amarinda Jones said...

I remember all those songs...and what about all the silly dances like the hustle and nutbush - and that show on TV show that had Danny Terio(?) and people used to compete to be the best dancer - hysterical

Maggie May said...

I am returning your visit! I am mostly into the 60s songs! The Beatles were a favourite. There was nothing quite like that era!

CrazyCath said...

What wonderful nostalgia! I watch American Idol over here sometimes but it is well behind as it is usually a previous series. I love X factor, which is our equivalent and the characters of the judges keep me riveted. It's sometimes better than watching the competitors to watch the judges!

I was a 70's and 80's child / teenager. But I also love the 50s/60s. Classic tunes.

Thanks for stopping by mine.

Ashley Ladd said...

Of course I remember the hustle, but the nutbush? Or Danny Terio? I don't remember them. I was into David Cassidy. I remember that silly Kung Fu Fighting song, The Streak (that I remember - the song and the, uh, thing...), some rubber duck song and all the CB lingo - Smokey and the Bandit, etc. I was also BIG into disco and lived at one called The Lighthouse by UC (University of Cincinnati) and when I was later in the Air Force, - oh my god! I can't remember the name of it but it was on the Biloxi Beach across the street from the Travel Lodge and Hook, Line, & Sinker. Oh! It was The Fiesta. How could I forget? I fell in love there.

I love the 60s and 50s songs, too, and the Beatles, Beach Boys, Franky Valley/4 seasons were my absolute favs.

I never heard of the X factor, but I'd like to know more about it. And yes, the judges on American Idol is what keeps the show going. Simon is so funny and so cute - as long as his acerbic remarks aren't aimed at me.

CrazyCath said...

The UK started with 'Pop Idol' with Simon Cowell and Simon Fuller. After that, the Simons fell out I think. I wasn't watching Pop Idol, but then along came 'X-Factor' which is more about those that have that x factor as well as singing - performance, presence, etc. Not just able to sing a good tune, but perform.

Simon Cowell is one of the judges (it's his show) along with Sharon Osbourne (Ozzy's wife y'know?) and Louis Walsh. Last year they meddled with the line up and had to go back to the original three judges as it just was not the same.

At the same time as X-factor was born, Simon C was taking Pop Idol to America. Maybe the two Simons made it up. I don't know.

I like Simon Cowell. I know a lot of people don't, and it seems many Americans (and British!) don't "get" him. He can be acidic, arrogant and rude, but what I like is that he does not pander to people and tells it like it is most of the time. He also knows what makes good TV!

Being a man he does occasionally let his hormones get the better of him where pretty girls are concerned, but Sharon O is a great counterweight to him. She is feisty, mumsy, and gives Simon as good as he gives her!

Sorry that's such a long comment. Thought you might be interested.
Just to let you know where I was coming from with the x factor thingy.

Molly Daniels said...

I was heavily into disco, David Cassidy, Shaun Cassidy, Bay City Rollers, and Kenny Rogers and Glenn Campbell on the country side. I love the Eagles' "Take it to the Limit' as well as anything Ray Stevens! And my mom loved Neil Diamond, Beatles, and Elvis, so have a healthy appreciation for them as well.

Do you remember Mac Davis' tv show? My fav part was when he made up songs for audience members. Also loved Cher, Donny and Marie, and of course, Captain Kool and the Kongs every Saturday morning...

My only problem was, I was 12 and couldn't drink, drive, or go dancing!

Brynn Paulin said...

I love Hotel California, Last Dance, YMCA, Sweet Home Alabama and Desperado. Quite a fondness for 70s music here...

I did the photo meme today. Thanks for tagging me all those weeks ago, lol.

Ashley Ladd said...

Simon C. told Ace Young a couple y years ago that he has the "X Factor" (which he does!). But I never knew till now that there was a show called that as well. They seem to look for that on AI, but don't totally. Simon told Chris Daughtry he wasn't charasmatic and in this case, I think Simon's eating his words. Chris may not have the X factor same as Ace, his good friend, but he's a super star now. I'd love to see X Factor. Tell me, is Simon still doing that show, too?

Oh! I loved Donny Osmond, too (still do). I knew I was forgetting someone.
And Molly, I love Elvis, the Beatles, Neil Diamond, and Glenn Campbell. I remember Mac Davis but I only caught his show a couple times.

Molly Daniels said...

You bet Simon's eating his words! I just wish I'd told the kids to DVR the Grammies, instead of leaving it to chance...daughter hit 'record' too late, or too early...she only got 90 minutes of it. No Daughtry, but did get Josh Groban, thankfully!

CrazyCath said...

As far as I know, X factor is on each year. It starts late summer / Septemberish so that the winner is announced for a Christmas record, usually getting no. 1 spot in the charts.

Sometimes he has to eat his words. When he saw Take That, apparently he said they'd do ok if they got rid of the fat one who had no talent - that was Robbie Williams.
;0)

I loved Donny too (still do - talented man) and Elvis.

Eagles, Carpenters, Bread, Neil Diamond (more pure talent) - too many to mention.

Georgie Lee said...

70's music can be fun, especially the Bee Gees. Staying Alive is a fun driving song.

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