1973

Dutch singer Bonnie St. Claire represented the European wing of 1970s Glam but failed even to cross over the Channel – because she sounded like a shit Suzi Quatro.

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Seventies singer-songwriter Kevin Coyne deserves to be celebrated as one of British music’s cult icons as much as the likes of Nick Drake and Syd Barrett.

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Delving further into the roots of punk, I discover The Hollywood Brats, whose 1973 song Sick Of You is arguably the earliest example of the genre

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Budgie – Breadfan

26th October 2021 · 1970s, 1973, Music

In the early Seventies my brief flirtation with Welsh rock bands seems to have extended to a third, Budgie. (more…)

Sassafras – Electric Chair

24th October 2021 · 1970s, 1973, Music

Here’s a band I once loved that I had completely forgotten about, though I still have this album in my vinyl collection.

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Neu! – Super

13th October 2021 · 1970s, 1973, Music, Punk
You can go on for ever trying to trace the roots of punk. Many have tried; few have reached a consensus. But most would find an argument to include Neu! in the debate.

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In the mid-Seventies it was hard to get away from The Doobie Brothers. Believe me I tried. But there was no escape from their bland harmony-drenched soft-rock oozing out of radio speakers when all I wanted to hear in 1973 was T.Rex, Slade and The Sweet.

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Freddie McKay emerged as a rocksteady singer in the late 1960s with Prince Buster and Coxsone Dodd, recording at the Studio One and Treasure Isle labels. (more…)

Betty Davis is the missing link between Tina Turner and Millie Jackson, her raw sex appeal proving too much for America in the early 1970s. (more…)

Soul singer and trumpeter Joe Quarterman is another unfairly overlooked funkster I’ve just stumbled upon while delving deep into a YouTube wormhole.
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