Battle of the Bands (BOTB): “Got My Mojo Workin’ “

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It’s time for another Battle of the Bands!

I was digging on some Muddy Waters a few weeks back and decided to use one of his signature songs, Got My Mojo Workin’, for my battle this week. “Got My Mojo Working” is a blues song written by Preston Foster and first recorded by Ann Cole in 1956. Muddy Waters popularized it in 1957 and the song was a feature of his performances throughout his career. A mojo is an amulet or talisman associated with hoodoo, an early African-American folk-magic belief system. Rolling Stone magazine included Waters’ rendition of the song is on its list of 500 Greatest Songs of All Time at number 359. In 1999, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences gave it a Grammy Hall of Fame Award and it is identified on the list of “Songs of the Century”. (Source: Wikipedia)

Here is Muddy Waters version:

Of the MANY cover versions, I liked these two the best. You tell us which one of these you like the best.

Canned Heat – Canned Heat is an American blues/boogie rock band that formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1965. The group has been noted for its own interpretations of blues material as well as for efforts to promote the interest in this type of music and its original artists. It was launched by two blues enthusiasts, Alan Wilson and Bob Hite, who took the name from Tommy Johnson’s 1928 “Canned Heat Blues”, a song about an alcoholic who had desperately turned to drinking Sterno, generically called “canned heat”. After appearances at the Monterey and Woodstock festivals at the end of the 1960s, the band acquired worldwide fame with a lineup consisting of Bob Hite, vocals, Alan Wilson, guitar, harmonica and vocals, Henry Vestine (and later, Harvey Mandel) on lead guitar, Larry Taylor on bass, and Adolfo de la Parra on drums.

The music and attitude of Canned Heat afforded them a large following and established the band as one of the popular acts of the hippie era. Canned Heat appeared at most major musical events at the end of the 1960s, and were able to deliver on stage electrifying performances of blues standards and their own material and occasionally to indulge into lengthier ‘psychedelic’ solos. (Source: Wikipedia)

Canned Heat covered this song in 1969.

Eric Clapton – who really needs no introduction but… “Eric Clapton, CBE (born 30 March 1945), is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream. Clapton has been referred to as one of the most important and influential guitarists of all time. Clapton ranked second in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and fourth in Gibson’s “Top 50 Guitarists of All Time”. He was also named number five in Time magazine’s list of “The 10 Best Electric Guitar Players” in 2009

Clapton covered this song in 1977.

TIME TO VOTE! Which version do you like better and why?

And when you’re done voting, please visit these other BOTB participants and check out their cool battles:

E is for the Eagles, Eric Clapton, Eddie Money, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Edgar Winter, Elton John and the Electric Light Orchestra!

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DISCLAIMER THAT APPEARS AT THE BEGINNING OF ALL A-Z 2015 PAGES:

Welcome to the A-Z Musical Tour of My Life! I have wanted to put something like this together for a long time now and the A-Z Challenge just seemed like the perfect opportunity. I’ve compiled stories, trivia, research, music videos and live concert footage on all the bands and musical artists who have been important to me over the years, especially during my youthful years in the 60s and 70s. At first glance, the posts may seem long – and some of them are due to the number of videos included – but it’s really laid out in a way that will enable you to scroll through and read, see or hear just what you want and then either move on to the next A-Zer or linger and listen to the great music that you’ll find here. By all means, bookmark my blog so you can come back! In addition to individual songs, there are some full albums here for those who may want to enjoy some music while they’re surfing or working. I hope you find that the stories are entertaining, the information educational and the trivia interesting. It would be a tremendous honor if you would bookmark the A-Z Musical Tour of My Life as a resource for great music and music information! Now, let’s get started with…

E is for the Eagles: Is there anyone who doesn’t love the Eagles? So many great songs, most of them really excellent cruising tunes, like Take It Easy, Already Gone, Life in the Fast Lane, Peaceful Easy Feeling, Lyin’ Eyes, Take it to the Limit, One of These Nights.

Formed in 1971, they quickly became popular and went on to be one of the best-selling bands of all time, having sold over 150 million records! In fact, no American band sold more records than the Eagles during the 1970s. They are the fifth-highest-selling music act and highest-selling American band in US history. They won six Grammys and were inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

Oh, and I did get Don Henley’s autograph back in either Don Henley autograph1991 or ’92 when he came to be on the morning show for the classic rock radio station (Austin’s Z102), which is where I worked in advertising sales at the time. He was actually kind of rude and arrogant…

One thing I like about the Eagles when it comes to live performances is their songs sound the same as they do on the radio. Have you ever noticed that sometimes when you see a band live you can’t even recognize the song they’re playing because they’re doing something different? I don’t like that. I prefer the live versions to be in line with the studio versions. That’s why I’ve never been big on buying Live albums. That’s just me though. I’m sure many others would disagree. How do you feel about it? Let me know in the comments section.

I wish I could just post the entire Eagles Greatest Hits 1971-1975 album because it’s really hard for me to pick just a few. Here are the Eagles songs that are Must-Haves for my road-trips: Kick back for this block of Eagles classics!

Lyin’ Eyes – 1977 performance:

Take It Easy – 1977 performance:

Witchy Woman – a great performance from 1976 in Houston:

Already Gone – from the California Jam concert in 1974:

One of These Nights – Washington DC 1977 performance:

Take It to the Limit – 1977 performance in Houston, TX:

Peaceful Easy Feeling – 1974 performance, Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert:

Tequila Sunrise – a lyrics video:

 

And a few others:

Hotel California – This song always left me with an ominous feeling. Did it have that effect on you? I think it was the line in the lyrics “You can check out but you can never leave.” It always left me feeling kinda trapped. Weird. Love the song though. Here’s a lyric video:

James Dean – This will pick it up a bit. Fun song, James Dean. Live in Houston, TX, 1976:

Victim of Love – live at the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium in Christchurch, New Zealand:

I Can’t Tell You Why – a lyrics video:

The Long Run

In the City – this song always reminds me of the cult classic movie The Warriors. Do you remember that movie? I did a blog post on the film a few months back because my favorite movie theater, the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, had a “Tough Guy Cinema” night and they showed this movie for one night only. The Eagles In the City was in the ending scene soundtrack. Here’s a video with that final scene. (To see more about the movie, including a video of that famous “Warriors: Come out to play” scene and a Simpsons parody on that scene, plus the original movie trailer, see my blog post from last year when I did a double-feature day).

Those Shoes – performance from the Brook, the UK’s Southampton music venue:

Seven Bridges Road – I love the harmonies at the beginning of this song!

 

Wow, was that a great block of Eagles or what?! Let me know which Eagles songs are your favs. I thought I’d sneak in a Don Henley song here. Here’s his post-Eagles hit All She Wants to Do is Dance:

 

E is for the supremely talented Eric Clapton

“Eric Patrick Clapton, CBE, (born 30 March 1945) is an English musician, guitarist, singer and songwriter. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream. Clapton has been referred to as one of the most important and influential guitarists of all time. Clapton ranked second in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and fourth in Gibson’s “Top 50 Guitarists of All Time.” (taken from Wikipedia article).

There are so many Clapton songs I could post here as music that both moves me and makes me move. Here are a few of my favorites. Enjoy.

Cocaine: (Live from Tokoyo 1988)

 

Layla (recorded with Derek and the Dominoes):

 

Can’t Find My Way Home (song written by Steve Winwood; performed by Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Ginger Baker and Ric Grech as BLIND FAITH):

A few of Clapton’s later works from his 1985 album “BEHIND THE SUN”

She’s Waiting: (audio only; the video is just a static still of the album cover)

 

Also in 1985 Clapton released the “AUGUST” album. From that, two of my “gotta get up and dance” songs:

It’s In the Way That You Use It:  (Official music video from the 1986 movie The Color of Money, starring the sexy Paul Newman and a young Tom Cruise):

 

Tearing Us Apart (audio only; the video is just a static still of the album cover):

 

E is for Eddie Money –  an American rock musician, singer/songwriter with an interesting background: “Eddie Money was born Edward Mahoney into a large Irish Catholic family in Brooklyn and raised in Plainedge on Long Island. His father, grandfather, and brother were all New York City Police Department (NYPD) policemen, and Eddie was an NYPD trainee. As his interest in music intensified, he eventually ended his law-enforcement career in favor of becoming a full-time musician. He moved to Berkeley, California, and became a regular at area clubs, where he secured a recording contract with Columbia Records.” Most of his success came in the 70s and 80s with a number of Top 40 hit singles:

Shakin’ – (My favorite Eddie Money song): Performing in August 1982 in San Francisco:

Gimme Some Water

I Think I’m in Love

Take Me Home Tonight

Baby, Hold On – 1977 performance on the Midnight Special

Two Tickets to Paradise – 1978 appearance on the Midnight Special:

 

E is for Edgar Winter – an American rock and blues musician, known to be a multi-instrumentalist as he is accomplished on keyboards, saxophone and percussion instruments. Winter was born to John Winter II and Edwina Winter on December 28, 1946, in Beaumont, Texas. Both he and his late musician brother Johnny had albinism, and both were required to take special education classes in high school. Winter states, “In school I had a lot of friends. I wore a lot of white shirts to, like, blend in I guess. No one really gave me a hard time about being albino or taking special education classes. Then again, I wasn’t really popular.”

By the time Edgar Winter left his hometown of Beaumont, Texas in the 1960s, he was already a proficient musician. A child prodigy who achieved international success as a youth, Winter has found an audience in a number of major commercial entertainment media, including music, film and television.   He is best known for these two songs:

Free Ride – Music video by Edgar Winter performing Free Ride (Live). (C) 2006 CenterStaging Musical Productions, Inc., All Rights Reserved

Frankenstein: 

 

E is for Emerson Lake & Palmer –  a fantastic blend of genre styles, this English progressive rock “supergroup”  ELP consisted of Keith Emerson on keyboards, Greg Lake on bass guitar, vocals and guitar and Carl Palmer on drums and percussion. They achieved success in the 70s and have sold over forty million albums and headlined large stadium concerts. The ELP sound is dominated by the Hammond organ, Moog synthesizer and piano of the flamboyant virtuoso Emerson. The bands compositions are heavily influenced by classical music in addition to jazz and hard rock. Many of their pieces are arrangements of classical music and they can be said to fit into the sub-genre of symphonic rock. Many of their simple acoustic ballads received heavy airplay. Enjoy their unique sound:

From the Beginning (video with lyrics):

Lucky Man  – Music video by Emerson, Lake & Palmer performing Lucky Man (Official Lyric Video). (C) 2013 Leadclass Limited:

Still You Turn Me On – from their 1973 album Brain Salad Surgery (a lyrics video):

Fire – SUPER CREATIVE VIDEO!! I love this one!

 

The following is a one hour documentary on Emerson Lake & Palmer documentary: Beyond the Beginning: The Story of ELP

 

E is for ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA (ELO) – that British rock band known as “the English guys with the big fiddles,” they crafted their music with classical overtures and produced a stunning sound and fabulous performances. How they got their name: it is an intended pun based on using “electric” rock instruments combined with a “light orchestra” (orchestras with only a few cellos and violins that were popular in Britain during the 1960s).

Here are a few of my favorites:

Evil Woman (thought bubbles in the video are NOT mine)

Don’t Bring Me Down 


Music video by Electric Light Orchestra performing Don’t Bring Me Down. (C) 1979 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

Telephone Line

Mr. Blue Sky

Turn to Stone

Strange Magic

Sweet Talkin’ Woman

 

E is for Elton JohnOne of the most successful and prolific musicians of all time, Elton John’s career has spanned over 5 decades and he has sold over 300 million records, making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world. He’s had more than fifty Top 40 hit and sixteen #1 hit singles.

The song that Elton frequently opens concerts with is Funeral for a Friend. That cut is the only entirely instrumental number on the “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” album.

Video with Elton John performing Funeral for a Friend (Love Lies Bleeding) live at Madison Square Garden. Greatest Hits – One Night Only.
This compilation 2003 Mercury Records Ltd. © 2003 Universal Music Operations Ltd. All rights of the manufacturer and of the owner of the work produced reserved.

My introduction to Elton John was with his 1975 album “Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy.” I played Bitter Fingers over and over and over. Still love that song. And I remember being captivated by the album cover art. Elton John - Capt Fantastic album cover

I’d be hard-pressed to pick a favorite album but one that I go to time and again is “Madman Across the Water.” There’s something about that album that pulls me in and the music permeates my being so that I just kind of escape into a bliss of melodies.  Here is Elton John performing Madman Across the Water from his 1971 album “Madman Across the Water”. Live at BBC studios for the “Sounds For Saturday” television program. November 11, 1971:

I saw Elton John twice, but I can only find my concert ticket stub from 1989 when I saw him at the Capital Center in Washington DC. Elton John stubHis concerts are mind-blowing and everyone is completely mesmerized by him. His showmanship is fantastic and he really appreciates and adores his audiences…and it shows. Don’t ever pass up an opportunity to see this man in concert, no matter how much it costs!

Here are just a few (okay, more than a few…) of my favorite Elton John songs, listed in no particular order:

Levon – Live at BBC Studios, November 11, 1971:

Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me – Live at Monserrat:

Rocket Man

Benny & the Jets –  live at Madison Square Garden, on “Greatest Hits One Night Only” concert:

Daniel – 1973 performance:

Your Song – Live at the Royal Opera House:

Someone Saved My Life Tonight – 1976 performance:

Candle in the Wind (Goodbye England’s Rose) – I chose to post the later version of this song: “Candle in the Wind 1997” is a re-written and re-recorded version of Elton John’s 1973 hit song “Candle in the Wind”. It was released on 13 September 1997 as a tribute single to the late Diana, Princess of Wales. In many countries it was pressed a double A-side with “Something About the Way You Look Tonight”. It was produced by Sir George Martin. The original version of the song was written about Marilyn Monroe.

Yellow Brick Road – Top of the Pops 1973 performance:

Sad Songs – music video  (C) 1984 Mercury Records Limited

Honkey Cat – 1972 performance:

Crocodile Rock

Saturday Night’s Alright (for Fighting) – Wembley, 1984:

Don’t Go Breaking My Heart – (with Kiki Dee) –

Philadelphia Freedom – from a 1975 appearance on Soul Train:

Island Girl – from an actual 1975 MCA promotional record! I sure remember 45s. Do you? Don’t you wish you had hung on to them? I do!

Bitch is Back – a May 9, 1974 appearance on BBC’s Top of the Pops show:

I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues

 

What Elton John songs would you have included that I didn’t here?

 

Are you a fan of any of the bands or artists presented here? Who are your favorite E bands? Who did I forget?

C is for Creedence Clearwater Revival, Charlie Daniels Band, Chicago, Cream, Crosby Stills & Nash, Collective Soul, The Cars and Chic!

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DISCLAIMER THAT APPEARS AT THE BEGINNING OF ALL A-Z 2015 PAGES:

Welcome to the A-Z Musical Tour of My Life! I have wanted to put something like this together for a long time now and the A-Z Challenge just seemed like the perfect opportunity. I’ve compiled stories, trivia, research, music videos and live concert footage on all the bands and musical artists who have been important to me over the years, especially during my youthful years in the 60s and 70s. At first glance, the posts may seem long – and some of them are due to the number of videos included – but it’s really laid out in a way that will enable you to scroll through and read, see or hear just what you want and then either move on to the next A-Zer or linger and listen to the great music that you’ll find here. By all means, bookmark my blog so you can come back! In addition to individual songs, there are some full albums here for those who may want to enjoy some music while they’re surfing or working. I hope you find that the stories are entertaining, the information educational and the trivia interesting. It would be a tremendous honor if you would bookmark the A-Z Musical Tour of My Life as a resource for great music and music information! Now, let’s get started with…

C is for CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL: Oh how I was on a CCR kick all those years ago. In particular I loved their Vietnam War protest song Fortunate Son, which talks about the young boys coming of age and not being able to avoid or escape the draft because they were not politically connected (sons of Senators, Congressman, etc).  Great YouTube video I found for this song that features both Vietnam and Iraq war and protest images:

Here’s Run Through the Jungle. The video shows very graphic images from the Vietnam War. I try to stay away from controversial subjects when writing my blog, for many reasons, but it was interesting to see the great debate that still continues over this war. Many opposing views in the comments section at the YouTube site for these videos. Feel free to engage here in my comment section. I’ll get into a dialogue if anyone wants to engage.

All their songs weren’t war and protest related. CCR had so many great songs! So many wonderful sing-along songs. Here’s the group performing Here Comes the Rain. There was no information available on this particular video so I don’t know what year it’s from, but most likely late 60s or very early 70s. (I just wrote that last sentence and said “Well that’s kind of a Duh sentence;  like, no shit, Michele. Duh!” J

And here’s Bad Moon Rising. Okay, be honest: who among you used to think that the lyrics were saying “there’s a bathroom on the right” instead “there’s a bad moon on the rise?” Post in the comment section YES if you did and NO if you didn’t: I’d really be curious to find how it shakes out in a small sampling of readers as to what percentage of us were singing our hearts out with the wrong lyrics. I’ll throw the first YES in here…

GREAT early music video: Lookin’ Out My Back Door  

Check out Down on the Corner with the washboard and another resourcefully designed instrument! Anybody know what that is??

And one more CCR, doing Proud Mary

The following text was taken from J.R. Ramos YouTube channel and tells the story of the song: “Proud Mary” is a song written by John Fogerty and recorded by Creedence Clearwater Revival (in which Fogerty played lead guitar and sang lead vocals) on the 1969 album Bayou Country.
The phrase “Proud Mary” reminded John Fogerty of a domestic washerwoman, which is what he started writing the song about. When he wrote the music, the first few chords reminded him of a paddle-wheel going around, and he thought of the Mississippi River. Instead of “Proud Mary” being a clean-up lady, “she” became a boat.
Proud Mary was Released as a single in January 1969, it became CCR’s first top-ten hit on the U.S. Pop charts. Bob Dylan said this song was his favorite single of 1969. It was the first of five singles that the band released that would peak on the charts, a record for most number-two singles for a group without ever having a number-one song.

For an interesting read, check out Wikipedia’s presentation of the history of the song with particular attention being paid to Tina and Ike Turner’s cover of the song. Proud Mary was covered by numerous artists [at least 20, according to this article] and “placed at #155 on Rolling Stones 2004 list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Both CCR and Ike & Tina Turner’s versions of the song received Grammy Hall of Fame Awards, in 1998 and 2003, respectively.”  Which version do you like better: CCR’s or Tina Turner’s?

 

C is for CHARLIE DANIELS – Here’s some foot-tappin’ Southern Rock with the Charlie Daniels Band. Here he is performing Long Haired Country Boy sometime in the late 70s on a TV show that I’m not familiar with. Maybe you know what it is?

This next song got a ton of radio airplay and the one for which Charlie Daniels is best known. Showcasing his fiddle expertise, here he is performing The Devil Went Down to Georgia.

C is for Cream: My next C band to spotlight is CREAM. Glorious Cream! Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce: what an incredible trio!

Here’s a retrospective video set to their hit Badge

This is Cream performing White Room at their Farewell Concert in London, 1968. Taken from theeshrimpking’s YouTube channel:

“Cream – Whiteroom live at Royal Albert Hall, London.
November 26th, 1968  “Farewell Concert” is the live recording of the Cream’s final concert at the Royal Albert Hall on November 26th, 1968. Directed by Tony Palmer, the film incorporates pieces of six performances with narration by BBC announcer Patrick Allen, along with interviews with the band members themselves, showcasing their playing abilities. The film has often been criticized for both its mediocre sound and visual effects.”

Tales of Brave Ulysses: I LOVE LOVE LOVE the brown suede fringed boots! Boy, that fashion statement brings back some memories, huh?

 

C is for CROSBY, STILLS, & NASH (& YOUNG)

Suite Judy Blue Eyes (with lyrics)

Our House (with lyrics) is a sentimental song for me. When my parents retired, my brother and I threw them a going away party as they were leaving Niagara Falls and moving to North Carolina.We presented them with a beautifully matted and framed black & white photo of their home and I put together a mix tape (yes, it was on a cassette!) with snippets of meaningful songs, including CSN’s Our House; in particular the chorus lyrics “Our house is a very very fine house.” That was an emotional evening and mom and dad were surrounded by friends and family and it was such a good time; bittersweet for their friends though because they were moving away. My parents are good people: they have a lot of people who love them. Here’s a live performance video of Our House:

Ohio – The story of the song, as reported on Wikipedia: “‘Ohio’ was written following the Kent State massacre on May 4, 1970, and was a staple of anti-war rallies in the 1970s. The song was quickly recorded by CSN&Y and immediately released as a single, even though CSN&Y’s “Teach Your Children” was still climbing the singles charts. In the late 1970s and for much of the 1980s, Young refrained from performing “Ohio” live, as he considered the song to be dated. In the wake of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, Young revived the song in concert, often dedicating it to the Chinese students who were killed in the massacre. Crosby, Stills & Nash, as a trio, also returned the song to their live repertoire around the same time, even though Young had provided the lead vocals on the original recording.” Here’s a great video with tribute to the victims of the Kent State tragedy:

So many other CSN(Y) songs! Which are your favorites?

C is for CHICAGO – Who doesn’t love Chicago (the band, not the city, although most people I know love Chicago the city too). I love listening to Chicago full blast while flying down the highway on a sunny Spring day, windows down and the wind blowing through my hair. For me, Chicago is some feel good music. I think one of the elements of the band that attracts me is the horns. OMG, that is some incredible brass! Mmm.

If you have an hour and a half you can likely catch most of your favorite Chicago songs from watching the entire July 1970 concert at Tanglewood.

If you’re interested in learning more about Chicago, its classical yet eclectic styling and its members, check out this 20 minute documentary from NBC’s ‘First Tuesday’ newsmagazine show.

But for a shorter stay, get your Chicago fix right here with music videos of some of my Chicago favorites:

Saturday in the Park:  

Feelin’ Stronger Every Day – WHO HASN’T CLAIMED THIS CLASSIC AS YOUR OWN PERSONAL ANTHEM AT SOME POINT IN YOUR LIFE??!  Another great J.R. Ramos video of this song performed live in studio from back in 1973:

25 or 6 to 4 Here’s a treat:  Chicago and REO Speedwagon jam out together to “25 Or 6 To 4” Live at Red Rocks Ampitheater!

For a little bit of mellow, here’s If You Leave Me Now (performed in 1977)  

The next time Chicago comes to Austin, I’m bound and determined to go!

C is for Collective Soul – Collective Soul always reminds me of working out. Why? Because my personal trainer used to play it all the time during our sessions. And he knew these guys somehow. So every time I hear Collective Soul now, I want to get real healthy again. I should be playing them constantly, come to think of it…

They’re an American rock band that formed in the early 90’s. I’ve always dug their name and come to find out, they dug the phrase and got it from reading “Fountainhead,” a novel by Ayn Rand. According to front man Ed Roland: “We’re not preaching Ayn Rand, objectivism, egoism, or anything…we just dug the name.”

Here are a few of my favorite Collective Soul hits:

December

 

The World I Know – FANTASTIC performance of Collective Soul with the Atlanta Youth Orchestra! Video contains lyrics.

Shine – official music video (Atlantic Records/© 2006 WMG)

Where the River Flows – lyrics video

C is for The Cars: The Cars is an American rock band that emerged from the new wave scene in the late 1970s. The band originated in Boston, Massachusetts in 1976, with singer, rhythm guitarist and songwriter Ric Ocasek, singer and bassist Benjamin Orr, lead guitarist Elliot Easton, keyboardist Greg Hawkes and drummer David Robinson.

The Cars were at the forefront in merging 1970s guitar-oriented rock with the new synthesizer-oriented pop that was then becoming popular and which would flourish in the early 1980s. Robert Palmer, music critic for The New York Times and Rolling Stone, described the Cars’ musical style by saying: “they have taken some important but disparate contemporary trends—punk minimalism, the labyrinthine synthesizer and guitar textures of art rock, the ’50s rockabilly revival and the melodious terseness of power pop—and mixed them into a personal and appealing blend.”[1]

The Cars were named “Best New Artist” in the 1978 Rolling Stone Readers’ Poll and won “Video of the Year” for “You Might Think” at the first MTV Video Music Awards. Their debut album, The Cars, sold six million copies and appeared on the Billboard 200 album chart for 139 weeks. (Source: Wikipedia)

Here are my favorite Cars songs:

Moving in Stereo and Candy O (from the Midnight Special)

Just What I Needed

Good Times Roll

You’re All I’ve Got Tonight

Bye Bye Love

It’s All I Can Do

Dangerous Type

Since You’re Gone

You Might Think

Drive

Magic

C is for Chic – Now most of the music that represents my nostalgia is classic rock but I did have a momentary fling with Disco. This song hung in the Number One slot for seven weeks. Here’s Chic in 1978 performing Le Freak:

And don’t we all want Good Times?

Hopefully you’ve had a good time grooving through my favorite C bands. WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE C BANDS? Which videos did you like best in this post? I loaded it up, that’s for sure. If you can’t stick around long, be sure to bookmark my blog and you can come back and find this post in an easy-to-find indexed Page. Just look under the Pages tab on my Homepage and you’ll find all the 2015 A-Z Musical Journey through My Life posts.