Shocking Blue – Venus

14th February 1970 · 1970, 1970s, Music

Shocking Blue is one of those quintessentially Seventies band names. The enticing hint of naughtiness was enhanced not only by their exotic Dutchness (who ever heard of Dutch pop?!) but by sultry singer Mariska Veres, with her smouldering stage presence and peculiar pronunciation: “I’m your Venus, I’m your fire… JORE desire!” (more…)

Rod Stewart – Blind Prayer

7th February 1970 · 1970, 1970s, Music

Rod Stewart was Britain’s best blues singer before he became a pop superstar, especially on his first solo album in 1969. Just a shame about the lyric. (more…)

By the start of the Seventies, my embryonic musical taste (The Scaffold, Herman’s Hermits, Mary Hopkin) had begun to take a new direction. This was my first single of the new decade. (more…)

Glam didn’t *quite* begin with Ride A White Swan but Marc Bolan was the first to lay down a marker with Ride A White Swan. (more…)

Badfinger were the first band signed to The Beatles’ new label Apple and this was the fifth single I ever bought, written and produced by Paul McCartney.


Skinhead favourite Liquidator, now synonymous with football, started life as a reggae instrumental by Harry J Allstars, becoming a top ten hit in 1969.

The Rats – Telephone Blues

10th November 1969 · 1960s, 1969, Music
Here’s a bonus song from Hull’s finest band of 1966 – The Rats.
They had no success at all. This was their first single and features Mick Ronson at his brilliant best.


The Archies – Sugar Sugar

25th October 1969 · 1960s, 1969, Music

The Archies defined the term ‘bubblegum pop’ with this made-up song by a made-up group that made The Monkees sound like Genesis. It still sounds great. (more…)

Count Matchuki was the original deejay. The founding father of toasting – and, by extension, the forefather of rap. (more…)

Talk about being ahead of your time – this anthem was released more than 50 years ago and has never been more relevant.