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(YouTube)   The apex, the very pinnacle of '70s music, perfectly summed up at the 1:48 mark   ( youtube.com) divider line
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2012-11-21 06:29:13 AM  
that was pretty accurate
2012-11-21 06:36:35 AM  
So that's what Joey Ramone was doing as a side gig.
2012-11-21 06:54:40 AM  
Their marimba guy is no Ruth Underwood, that's for sure.
2012-11-21 06:57:44 AM  
2012-11-21 07:08:25 AM  
2:16 - Marimba guy's balls become stuck and need adjustment
2012-11-21 07:23:15 AM  
Every time I hear this song I Iol in anticipation of the marimba solo.
I gotta have more cowbell marimba!
2012-11-21 07:45:25 AM  
What I really hated about that time was that whenever a band would perform their songs "live" on TV, they just lip-synced to their studio version -- complete with stupid fade out at the end of the song. 

The other thing that sucked during that time period was that Muzak (aka elevator music) was played EVERYWHERE in public. Malls, stores, even piped into parking lots. FM was filled with nothing but classical music stations. Pop music was stuck on AM for the longest time.

... and I had to take two weeks of take home full-time pay to buy an Atari 2600 video game console.

/yeah, I'm old. It sucked back then.
2012-11-21 07:56:14 AM  
Haters gonna hate
2012-11-21 07:57:36 AM  
apparently wearing 3 rings on your fingers like a football player with championships behind him was also cool?
2012-11-21 08:12:09 AM  
Well, at least they're kind of original...

2012-11-21 08:57:28 AM  
2012-11-21 10:07:17 AM  

Gulper Eel: Their marimba guy is no Ruth Underwood, that's for sure.

I see your Ruth Underwood and raise you Link
2012-11-21 10:18:24 AM  
Say what?!?

Agree to disagree?
2012-11-21 10:21:37 AM  

weave: 70s kid here. I beg to differ sir....

AWESOME! Thanks for that. Going to get the turntable out and Rawk with The Song Remains The Same.

Love the Jimmy Page guitar tune in that, I'm so sick of the ultra overdriven crunch.

Bring on the JP hate.

2012-11-21 10:25:28 AM  
The 1979s were weird in a lot of ways.
2012-11-21 10:39:23 AM  
2012-11-21 10:52:26 AM  
I laughed.
2012-11-21 11:07:48 AM  
Mother's Finest to get the foul taste out of your mouth.  Viva 1976.
2012-11-21 11:51:23 AM  

dynomutt: Well, at least they're kind of original...

Original in a Steely Dan kind of way...?

2012-11-21 11:56:33 AM  
The precise moment when pop went from cocaine to white wine
2012-11-21 11:58:47 AM  
The eastern moon looks ready for a wet kiss
To make the tide rise again, ha, ha
Moonlight feels right, moonlight feels right

I wish I could write like this. Time to "wood"shed.
2012-11-21 01:52:02 PM  
The 70's produced great music. Every decade has its abomination. Her is my response to subby

David Bowie produced his best albums in the 70's.

Rap started to come int the mainstream. Can't find any Africa Baambaata fromthe 1970's.


Talking Heads
2012-11-21 01:54:34 PM  

Gulper Eel: Their marimba guy is no Ruth Underwood, that's for sure.

Came here to say this, leaving satisfied.
2012-11-21 01:58:18 PM  
2012-11-21 02:43:40 PM  
Where the hell is Chasky Bay?
2012-11-21 03:30:25 PM  
Daddy, what were the 70s like?

Go listen to Uriah Heap. It was like that.
2012-11-21 03:45:04 PM  
Needs more cow bell.
2012-11-21 03:51:05 PM  
If you base your opinion on the pop hits...every decade sucked. So much good music in the 70s, and this turd floats to the top. There's plenty of good music being made today. You aren't going to find it on Top 40 radio, just like the 70s.

/for the love of all things good and holy, STOP playing Hotel California 5 times a day
2012-11-21 04:28:52 PM  

Tubesteak: Every time I hear this song I Iol in anticipation of the marimba solo.
I gotta have more cowbell marimba!

On behalf of all percussionists in High School with Heavy Metal leanings:

Dude, if it weren't for the farking marimba NOT A FARKING ONE OF US could play the poly-rhythms thrash, death and black metal demand without learning how to play that fast, that accurately and not throw your sticks at people due to exuberance OR frustration.

/I preferred a lovely device known as the "Bellows Keyharp" they were made by a few (famously Moog, which the one I had at my HS was) makers in the late-60s/early-70s and could make a GREAT BIG RACKET. Tubular bells was, supposedly, originally written on one.... and we ALL knew how to play that by the end of the first week (THANKS, WEB 1.0!).

/*pfoon-ka* *pfoon-ka* *pfoon-ka* *pfoon-ka* (fast forward forty or fifty more pumps... *place left foot on C#* *place right foot on Dd* *grab two mallets in each hand* *compose self* *NAIL WITH UTMOST AUTHORITY B/Am/C#/F#* *laugh maniacally as teacher walks in room and throws coffee to floor* *Laugh during detention. Get more detention*
//Couldn't get rid of me, though, we had two pieces of music that required it since we didn't have an organ. I was the only percussionist who could read sheet music figure out how to find tablature for the damn thing on the internet.
///Then I found out that it cost almost $10,000 new in its era... and that I was the only guy who could play it in three years. Then I took it a bit more seriously. Even learned how to read sheet music. Seriously, though, GREAT. BIG. RACKET.
2012-11-21 04:38:16 PM  
Aw, what .. ? That's what I wore to work today.
2012-11-21 04:47:23 PM  
still better than today's crap
2012-11-21 05:42:15 PM  
How fabulously gay.
2012-11-21 06:38:52 PM  
The great thing about today is the over abundance of shiatty music coming from people dressed in silly outfits that we can make fun of in the future. It's several times worse today than it was in the 70's.
2012-11-21 08:11:36 PM  
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An impressionable child in the summer of 1976 might have come to the conclusion that Starbuck's "Moonlight Feels Right" had been created in outer space by aliens who had been studying the conventions of mid-'70s AM radio pop but had gotten many of the details slightly but tellingly wrong. (Seriously, a pop song with an extended marimba solo??) Everything about this song is just a little bit odd, from the hermetically-sealed sound of the pristine and largely electronic production to the ostentatiously tossed off chuckle Bruce Blackman uses to punctuate every chorus to the nagging synth hook that's the song's most distinctive feature. The song is so profoundly weird that it's remarkable that it wasn't intended as a novelty, but as a sexy evocation of summertime lust.

Ain't nothing like the sky to dose a potion . . . .

/ I hate that chuckle
// damn right gonna hate
/// go to hell ole miss
2012-11-21 09:28:19 PM  
subby! early 70s major heavy metal, hippie music, hard rock. the country flirted with country then disco was in there somewhere. late 70s punk, new wave, alternative. sum it all up with a xylophone riff? GTFO!
2012-11-21 11:33:51 PM  
No, subby... 'fraid not. Not even close.

And can I just say for the record -- wow -- We knew they were lip-syncing and air-banding the song, but even for that these guys were really phoning it in, weren't they? The lead singer looked like he was having serious difficulty keeping time with the recording, too. The drugs were really good in the '70s...
2012-11-22 01:01:19 AM  


I went to that show.
2012-11-22 09:40:17 AM  
That song went to number 2 on the Billboard charts.
2012-11-22 10:38:09 AM  

/may have been early 80's...
2012-11-22 10:56:24 AM  
As overrated as their music was, I think their coffee is even worse.
2012-11-22 11:12:06 AM  
Came for some Ruth love, leaving expectedly happy.
2012-11-22 11:25:28 AM  
In the '60's there was a palpable feeling that things were happening, change was happening, and we were truly creating a new future, a new America and a new world. Then the '70's arrived, and the self-important mediocrity that the 60's rebelled against co-opted the scene. But compare "Moonlight Feels Right" with "Deacon Blues", which came out a year later. Same smooth, prestine sound, superb musicionship, carefully arranged hooks and cynically self-aware overproduction. With Starbuck it somehow feels all wrong, and Steely Dan feels so right...

Still, the '70's felt like Crumb's Whiteman had taken over the revolution in some ways. The Underground was still underground, but a disneyfied copy had been built in the midwest and was being flogged to middle america by network TV. Of course Punk was inevitable.
2012-11-22 11:38:02 AM  
I'm wearing that outfit to work on Monday.
2012-11-22 01:13:52 PM  

DrRatchet: Deacon Blues

Don't do that :-)
2012-11-22 08:09:46 PM  
The guy's got mad marimba skilz but the hairy chest in the jumpsuit gets me ;)
2012-11-23 01:18:34 AM  
That was cool...
2012-11-23 01:19:41 AM  
xylophone, not marimba

/that guy
2012-11-23 04:35:54 AM  

Mega_Doof: That song went to number 2 on the Billboard charts.

[Nitpick mode on]Actually, it hit #3 [/Nitpick mode off] but that's still far better than I thought it did (I thought it was only Top 20). Anyway, I really didn't have any positive or negative feelings toward "Moonlight Feels Right" back then. It was just a song that you often heard on your typical AM MOR (i.e., Middle-of-the-Road) station during the 70s and that was it. It was something you sort of half-listened to when you were in the car with your parents.

That being said, the lyrics to the song and the way they are sung come across as really smarmy now. Of course, that might've been the intent.
2012-11-23 01:33:46 PM  
Pink Floyd 1975: Wish you were here
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