What if it had never happened? No Steely Dan's 'Aja,' no Fleetwood Mac's 'Rumours,' no Elvis Costello's 'My Aim Is True,' no 'The Clash' and no 'Never Mind the Bollocks.' No Moroder/Summer collaboration like "I Feel Love." No 'Heroes' and no 'Low.' What if "Stayin' Alive" and "Margaritaville" were the whole of 1977's legacy? Because I imagine they are to a lot of people. What's it like to be those people?
(Also, this thread is for pointing out great shit from 1977 nobody ever writes or talks about.)
― Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Sunday, 5 November 2017 15:48 (eight months ago) Permalink
You forgot Suicide and the Star Wars soundtrack
― El Tomboto, Sunday, 5 November 2017 15:52 (eight months ago) Permalink
― Doctor Casino, Sunday, 5 November 2017 15:53 (eight months ago) Permalink
It doesn't bear thinking about, without these we would have had to have spent each day minding the bollocks and that can take a lot out of a persons day
― anvil, Sunday, 5 November 2017 15:54 (eight months ago) Permalink
If somebody asked me, I would probably be able to remember/guess that both Rumours, Aja, The Clash and Low were released in 1977, but I very rarely think about music in specific years, tend to think more in periods and decades (but these days I mostly think about artists anyway).
I love the EOY-poll but that's just because it's a celebration of music and a great way of discovering new sounds.
But maybe these threads are more like music trivia threads?
― niels, Sunday, 5 November 2017 19:12 (eight months ago) Permalink
i do listen to a lot of music from '77 - honestly for whatever reason i'll listen to damn near anything from the '70s, and '77 was particularly a good year after '75 and '76, which were fairly weak, at least for albums & rock. here's a sampler of the stuff i have tagged as '77:
abafana bomjovo - badonse memela/phinda futhiabba - the albumanonymous - inside the shadowv/a - new music for electronic and recorded mediaarchaia - s/tarmand schaubroeck steals - live at the holiday innv/a - saturday night feverbilly joel - the strangerbob marley - exodusthe boys - s/tbrian eno - before and after sciencechainsaw - see sawcheap trick - s/tcircus - movin' ondavid bowie - low, heroesthe dead boys - young, loud, & snottydennis wilson - pacific ocean blueeddie hazel - games, dames, and guitar thangsthe equals - mystic systerfeliu i joan albert - s/tgazoline - sallygentiane - musique d'auvergnethe george-edwards group - 38:38gianni safred and his electronic instruments - music scene-electronic designsgoblin - suspiriahalf japanese - calling all girlsheart - little queenthe heptones - party timeiggy pop - the idiot/lust for lifejacques brel - les marquisesjethro tull - songs from the woodjohn cale - gutsgreaves/blegvad - kew rhonekamuran akkor - alaturkale mystere jazz de tombouctou - s/tlibra - schocklocanda delle fate - forse le lucciole non si amano piumccoy tyner - supertriosmichael finnissy - english country-tunesmiriam backhouse - gypsy without a roadmorita doji - a boythe mystery kindaichi band - adventure of kohsuke kindaichineon hearts - venus eccentric/regulations!ocarinah - premiere vision de l'etrangeparliament - funkentelechy vs. the placebo syndromepat patrick & the baritone saxophone revue - sound advicepere ubu - the modern dancepeter gabriel - s/tpeter hammill - overpink floyd - animalsrail band - rail band mory kanterenato zero - zerofobiarichard hell and the voidoids - blank generationrosebud - discoballs: a tribute to pink floydsantana - moonflowersensations' fix - boxes paradiseshitan - disco shitansom nosso de cada dia - som nossosparks - introducingsteely dan - ajastephen whynott - from philly to tablastalking heads - '77television - marquee moontim blake - crystal machineunaio black - s/twire - pink flagyochk'o seffer - imayosuke yamashita trio - may 23, 1977ziad al rabhani - bil afrahzoldar & clark - s/t
― bob lefse (rushomancy), Sunday, 5 November 2017 19:39 (eight months ago) Permalink
I tend to believe that rock music peaked 1969-74, so I was surprised to find so many albums from 1977 that I love:
Muddy Waters, Hard AgainRamones, Leave HomeDavid Bowie, Low and "Heroes"Pink Floyd, AnimalsIggy Pop, The Idiot and Lust For LifeAC/DC, Let There Be RockKraftwerk, Trans-Europe ExpressThe Clash, s/tJudas Priest, Sin After SinTed Nugent, Cat Scratch FeverUFO, Lights OutDr. Feelgood, Sneakin' SuspicionYes, Going For The OneElvis Presley, Moody BlueRadio Birdman, Radios AppearFoghat, Foghat LiveMotörhead, s/tJean-Luc Ponty, Enigmatic OceanSteely Dan, AjaKansas, Point Of Know ReturnEarth, Wind & Fire, All 'n AllBlue Öyster Cult, SpectresAerosmith, Draw The LineScorpions, Taken By ForceMiles Davis, Dark MagusAl DiMeola, Elegant GypsyGeorge Thorogood & The Destroyers, s/t
― grawlix (unperson), Sunday, 5 November 2017 20:34 (eight months ago) Permalink
overlooked 1977 albums by artists from Edinburgh:
Pat McGlynn's Scotties - Pat McGlynn's ScottiesPilot - Two's A Crowd
overlooked 1977 albums by artists from Liverpool:
Buster - BusterDeaf School - Don't Stop The WorldRingo Starr - Ringo The 4th
― soref, Sunday, 5 November 2017 21:05 (eight months ago) Permalink
Well, here's my 26 hour 1977 Spotify playlist.
― Ρεμπετολογια, Sunday, 5 November 2017 21:06 (eight months ago) Permalink
77 is gonna be heaven:
Television - Marquee MoonDavid Bowie - Low / "Heroes"Kraftwerk - Trans Europe ExpressWire - Pink FlagBrian Eno - Before And After ScienceIggy Pop - The Idiot / Lust For LifeSex Pistols - you know the oneRadio Birdman - Radios AppearThe Saints - (I'm) StrandedThe Damned - Damned Damned DamnedThe Stranglers - Stranglers IV / No More HeroesBilly Joel - The Stranger (first album I bought for myself!)John Greaves, Peter Blegvad and Lisa Herman - Kew. Rhone. Ultravox! - Ultravox! / Ha! Ha! Ha!The Jam - In The CityCluster & Eno - s/tThe Outsiders - Calling On YouthBuzzcocks - Spiral Scratch EPJohn Cale - Animal Justice EPNick Lowe - Bowi EPXTC - 3D EP
And a crapton of amazing singles from The Soft Boys, Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers, Ian Dury, Ramones, Peter Gabriel, Richard Hell, Elvis Costello, The Clash, Devo, The Adverts, Heartbreakers, Dead Boys, Wreckless Eric, Blondie, Talking Heads, Plastic Bertrand, Avengers, The Real Kids, Pere Ubu, The Dils, Mink DeVille, The Kinks, Penetration, The Rezillos, Tom Robinson Band, The Tubes, The Only Ones and more.
And I did quite like the pop chart stuff from Fleetwood Mac, Abba, Supertramp and others.
― Gerald McBoing-Boing, Sunday, 5 November 2017 21:10 (eight months ago) Permalink
Black Vinyl Shoes is also '77, although just 1,000 copies--it was reissued the following year. That's sort of the Never Mind the Bollocks of power-pop (if you count Big Star as the Stooges or Velvet Underground of the genre...).
What if "Stayin' Alive" and "Margaritaville" were the whole of 1977's legacy?
The world would be a much less interesting place, probably.
― clemenza, Sunday, 5 November 2017 21:34 (eight months ago) Permalink
My favourite 1977 album that no one ever talks about is Willie Wright's Telling the Truth, but at the time that album had a circulation entirely limited to what he sold at shows.
― iCloudius (cryptosicko), Sunday, 5 November 2017 22:07 (eight months ago) Permalink
MX-80 Sound's "Hard Attack" and "I Feel Love" are enough to enshrined the year in my personal hall of fame. (Beatles at the Star Club is another revelatory 1977 release I've only discovered recently, but there's no '77 music on it, of course.)
― Scape: Goat-fired like a dog! (Myonga Vön Bontee), Monday, 6 November 2017 03:25 (eight months ago) Permalink
are we just naming great music from 77? cos if so this is going to be a long and boring thread
― Fox Mulder, FYI (dog latin), Monday, 6 November 2017 12:12 (eight months ago) Permalink
I was kinda hoping people would share underheard lost favorites, but I don't even know what's underheard on ILM anymore. Everyone seems into everything, but also very specifically their own things.
Anyway, my favorite oldie discovery of the past couple weeks is from 1977 (not why I began the thread, but I appreciate the coincidence).
Recorded in Muscle Shoals, but extremely smooth California (even includes a "Desperado" cover), is this one off collabo album by LeBlanc & Carr called Midnight Light. Kinda like the Willie Wright album mentioned above, I'm not sure how widely released it was. I've never seen it a lot in the bins, anyway. If you aren't into Poco and Loggins & Messina and Still Crazy-era Paul Simon, then you'd probably not be into this, but it's one of the finest examples of that kind of thing I've heard in a long time (ever?).
― Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Monday, 6 November 2017 13:08 (eight months ago) Permalink
My favourite album of 1977 is Brian Eno's "Before and After Science" such a fascinating Janus-faced record.
Not yet mentioned:Jacques Brel - Les MarquisesJoni Mitchell - Don Juan's Reckless DaughterWeather Report - Heavy WeatherLeonard Cohen - Death of a Ladies' Man
Btw Pere Ubu's "The Modern Dance" just missed 1977, it was released in January 1978!
― Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Monday, 6 November 2017 16:28 (eight months ago) Permalink
Favorites not yet mentioned: ELO Out of the Blue and Claude Bolling Suite for Violin and Jazz Piano Trio, but I suspect a strong case could be made just based on punk and new wave singles, as Gerald M suggested. Makes me want to dig out my copy of the No Thanks anthology.
― o. nate, Monday, 6 November 2017 17:08 (eight months ago) Permalink
Fave 1977 album not mentioned yet: Chrome's Alien Soundtracks
― Elvis Telecom, Monday, 6 November 2017 17:41 (eight months ago) Permalink
I was just about to mention Chrome, yeah, and Crime's 'Frustration / Murder By Guitar' 7 inch. First two Devo singles came out in 77.
― whitehallunity, Tuesday, 7 November 2017 00:52 (eight months ago) Permalink
"Not yet mentioned:Jacques Brel - Les Marquises"
but yeah the joni mitchell is great. i just go by my tags, which are often wrong and incomplete!
johnny fever: how do you feel about '77's "natural progressions" by leadon-georgiades? might not be a million miles from leblanc and carr.
― bob lefse (rushomancy), Tuesday, 7 November 2017 02:03 (eight months ago) Permalink
Gonna check into it, thanks!
― Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Tuesday, 7 November 2017 03:42 (eight months ago) Permalink
Ooops. Completely forgot to add Heldon's Interface - probably my fave Pinhas release.
― Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 7 November 2017 06:29 (eight months ago) Permalink
Peter Hammill's Over is a great choice – my favourite out of all his 40-odd solo albums. And I'd add Van der Graaf's The Quiet Zone/The Pleasure Dome.
― heaven parker (anagram), Tuesday, 7 November 2017 07:39 (eight months ago) Permalink
You know it really does not surprise me one bit that you all missed out on Waylon Jennings, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, and Willie Nelson. You also got Johnny Paycheck, Merle Haggard, and Billy Joe Shavar.
I suppose it doesn't amount to one hill of beans to all of you all. 1977 was the best year for country music.
― The Sniper, Tuesday, 7 November 2017 22:11 (eight months ago) Permalink
A bit judgy, but ok. You missed Joe Ely's first album btw.
― Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Tuesday, 7 November 2017 22:57 (eight months ago) Permalink
1977 was the best year for country music.
Which albums by the artists you named are you talking about? Cause I like Haggard's material from 65-71 or so MUCH better than his late 70s stuff. Same for Jennings, same for Nelson.
― grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 8 November 2017 03:13 (eight months ago) Permalink
contender for peak year of disco
― flopson, Wednesday, 8 November 2017 05:26 (eight months ago) Permalink
There was still some great prog coming out in 1977 ... Going for the One, Animals, Rain Dances ...
― Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Wednesday, 8 November 2017 07:13 (eight months ago) Permalink
Uh, Songs from the Wood ... A Farewell to Kings ...
― Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Wednesday, 8 November 2017 07:16 (eight months ago) Permalink
anthony braxton / richard teitelbaum - time zones.
― massaman gai, Thursday, 9 November 2017 08:38 (eight months ago) Permalink
Seems like half the time I listen to an album from 1977, its Heart of the Congos.
― Sanpaku, Thursday, 9 November 2017 15:30 (eight months ago) Permalink
Can't believe no-one's mentioned Genesis Seconds Out yet. The performances are so great and it's effectively a greatest hits album played live, to the extent that it's pretty much my first choice whenever I want to listen to some Genesis.
― heaven parker (anagram), Thursday, 9 November 2017 15:36 (eight months ago) Permalink