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What are your favorite kitschy 70s songs?


My Baby Loves Lovin'

The Night Chicago Died

Billy Don't Be a Hero

by Anonymousreply 6812/28/2014

Brand New Key - Melanie

by Anonymousreply 110/28/2013

"Don't Go Breaking My Heart," Elton John & Kiki Dee

by Anonymousreply 210/28/2013

The Telephone Man

by Anonymousreply 310/28/2013

I hated "Seasons in the Sun" in the '70s, the Terry Jacks version. Now that I know more about the song, the Jacques Brel version, the fact that the singer's best friend was having an affair with his wife while the singer was dying, I like it a lot more.

Also, "Sylvia's Mother," but I like the Bon Jovi version better than Dr. Hook's.

by Anonymousreply 410/28/2013

Timothy, by the Buoys

Trapped in a mine what had caved in And everyone knows the only ones left Were Joe and me and Tim

When they broke through to pull us free The only ones left to tell the tale Was Joe and me

Timothy, Timothy, where on earth did you go Timothy, Timothy, God why don't I know

Hungry as hell, no food to eat And Joe said that he would sell his soul For just a piece of meat Water enough to drink for two And Joe said to me, I'll take a swig And then there's some for you

Timothy, Timothy, Joe was looking at you Timothy, Timothy, God what did we do

I must have blacked out just 'round then 'Cause the very next thing that I could see Was the light of the day again

My stomach was full as it could be And nobody ever got around to finding Timothy

Timothy, Timothy where on earth did you go Timothy, Timothy god why don't I know

Timothyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy Yeah Timothy Timothy (fade)

by Anonymousreply 510/28/2013

Starbuck - Moonlight Feels Right

by Anonymousreply 610/28/2013

Bay City Rollers- Shang-a-Lang Nick Gilder- Hot Child in the City

by Anonymousreply 710/28/2013

Andy Kim-Rock me gently

by Anonymousreply 810/28/2013

Mungo Jerry -- "In the Summertime."

by Anonymousreply 910/28/2013

Little Willie Won't Go Home!!!

by Anonymousreply 1010/28/2013

Chirpy chirpy cheap cheap

by Anonymousreply 1110/28/2013

Honey, by Bobby Goldsboro; hands down the worst song of the 70s.

by Anonymousreply 1210/28/2013

"Little Arrows" by Leapy Lee

"Heartbeat- It's A Lovebeat" by The DeFranco Family

by Anonymousreply 1310/29/2013

Please Mr. Please

by Anonymousreply 1410/29/2013

"Run, Joey, Run" by David Geddes!

by Anonymousreply 1510/29/2013

"Rock and Roll Star" by Abba rip-off artists Champagne, complete with Dutch accents:

by Anonymousreply 1610/29/2013

"Hot Line" by The Sylvers

by Anonymousreply 1710/29/2013

"The Blind Man in the Bleachers" makes "The Christmas Shoes" seem subtle.

It makes me verklempt.

by Anonymousreply 1810/29/2013

Lonely Night (Angel Face) - Captain and Tennille

Listen to What the Man Said - Wings

Love is Thicker Than Water - Andy Gibb

Please Mr. Postman - The Carpenters

Shannon - Henry Gross

You Are the Woman - Firefall

Life is a Rock - Reunion

Wham Bam - Silver

Chick-A-Boom - Daddy Dewdrop

Happiest Girl in the Whole USA - Donna Fargo

by Anonymousreply 1910/29/2013

"Chick-A-Boom - Daddy Dewdrop"

Love this one!

by Anonymousreply 2010/29/2013

Like most decades, the '70's were divided into periods. Until disco took over, it was pretty middle of the road (John Denver, Elton John, Olivia Newton-John)- though the guys had their rock (Uriah Heep, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, etc.).

Disco died about 1979. It was killed by Punk (and that weird country trend started by the movie "Urban Cowboy").

Then the punks all od'd and New Wave took over.

by Anonymousreply 2110/29/2013

"It was killed by Punk (and that weird country trend started by the movie "Urban Cowboy")."

Punk was never popular enough to kill ANYTHING. Even the best-known punks bands hardly sold anything in the US. Pretending punk was popular is just revisionism from straight white male rock critics who hate dance music.

by Anonymousreply 2210/29/2013

"Hey, Girl" & "Puppy Love" by Donny Osmond

by Anonymousreply 2310/29/2013

Post-Disco groups like The Sex Pistols, Generation X (featuring Billy Idol), The Clash, The Ramones, New York Dolls, Patti Smith and to a degree Blondie ushered in the more radio-friendly New Wave.

by Anonymousreply 2410/29/2013

"Post-Disco groups like The Sex Pistols, Generation X (featuring Billy Idol), The Clash, The Ramones, New York Dolls, Patti Smith and to a degree Blondie ushered in the more radio-friendly New Wave."

New Wave was "radio friendly" because it was DANCE music. You know, like disco.

by Anonymousreply 2510/29/2013

"How Long Has This Been Going On" by Ace.

by Anonymousreply 2610/29/2013

From 1973, one of my favorites!

by Anonymousreply 2710/29/2013

Rose Garden was a hit in 1971. The album was released in November 1970.

by Anonymousreply 2810/29/2013

Mac Davis - Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me

Harry Nilsson - Me And My Arrow

Leon Russell - Tight Rope

Climax Blues Band - Couldn't Get It Right

10cc - I'm Not In Love

by Anonymousreply 2910/29/2013

Little Willy by The Sweet

Black Betty by Ram Jam

by Anonymousreply 3010/29/2013

"Honey" wasn't a 70s song. It came out in 1968.

by Anonymousreply 3110/29/2013

another vote for Chick-a-boom!

also, Napolean XIII There coming to take me away ha ha!

and from the 60s, Surfin' Bird... hehe the whole family would sing this at the top of our lungs in the car when it came on the radio - Everybody's heard about the bird......

by Anonymousreply 3210/29/2013

Cum On Feel The Noize - Slade. Benny And The Jets - Elton John The Killing Of Georgie - Rod Stewart And another vote for 10cc - I'm Not In Love.

by Anonymousreply 3310/29/2013

Love Will Keep Us Together

by Anonymousreply 3410/29/2013

Gerry Rafferty - Baker Street

Al Stewart - Year of the Cat

Steely Dan - Peg

Todd Rundgren - Hello, It's Me

anything John Denver

by Anonymousreply 3510/29/2013

Dark Lady - Cher

Dead Skunk - Loudon Wainwright

by Anonymousreply 3610/29/2013

"Let Her In" by John Travolta

by Anonymousreply 3710/29/2013

Song Sung Blue - Neil Diamond

Me and You and a Dog Named Boo - Lobo

How Do You Do - Mouth and MacNeil

by Anonymousreply 3810/29/2013

They're Coming To Take Me Away came out in 1966.

by Anonymousreply 3910/29/2013

"You little're no heartbreaker!"

by Anonymousreply 4010/29/2013

Good to know someone else remembers "Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep" R11. Mac and Katie Kissoon. One hit wonders!

"My Baby Loves Lovin'" was a favorite. I had a dream about my judo instructor where that was playing in the background.

Honey Cone had two good hits, "Want Ads" and "Stick Up", loved those too. And "Band of Gold" by Freda Payne.

by Anonymousreply 4110/29/2013

"Life is a Rock (But the Radio Rolled Me)" -- Reunion

by Anonymousreply 4210/29/2013

Lou Christie - Paper Song

by Anonymousreply 4310/29/2013

"Amos Moses" by Jerry Reed is LEGENDARY!

by Anonymousreply 4410/29/2013

Save all your kisses for me by The Brotherhood of Man.

It was the first pop song I ever heard in my life.I was about 6 at the time.

I found it really funny B/C the song goes "save all your kisses for me. Even though your only 3!"

by Anonymousreply 4512/26/2014

R27, Lynn Anderson is Klingon, why didn't someone tell her during the soundcheck about her forehead...

by Anonymousreply 4612/26/2014

[quote]Good to know someone else remembers "Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep"

If you had ears and were alive in 1971, you'd remember it.

by Anonymousreply 4712/26/2014

No list of bad songs is complete without "I'm Not Talkin' 'bout Movin' In":

by Anonymousreply 4812/26/2014


by Anonymousreply 4912/26/2014

There was NOTHING "kitschy" about "Baker Street" or "Year of the Cat" or "Hello, It's Me" or "Peg." Those were great songs, certainly not in the same league as:

Run, Joey, Run

The Telephone Man




Woman to Woman

The Night Chicago Died

Close To You

Top of the World

I Honestly Love You

Ruby Red Dress

You and Me Against The World

I Am Woman

Afternoon Delight

Billy, Don't Be Hero

You Light Up My Life

Loving You


Disco Duck

Seasons In The Sun

Escape (The Pina Colada Song)

Alone Again, Naturally

Muskrat Love

Do That To Me One More Time

Love Will Keep Us Together

by Anonymousreply 5012/26/2014

"Oh babe, what would you say" by Hurricane Smith

by Anonymousreply 5112/27/2014

The Lord's Prayer ----- Sister Janet Meade

Post Vatican II Disco Version !!!!

by Anonymousreply 5212/27/2014

Torn Between 2 Lovers Mary Macregor

by Anonymousreply 5312/27/2014

R50, I agree with you. R35 was an idiot. Your list is perfect. (Most gay men know little about quality songwriting and can't tell the difference between camp and quality.)

I'm on the fence about "Sylvia's Mother". That song used to make me weep like crazy. I remember sitting on the edge of my bed one day, playing the song over and over, and crying — hard. I read that Shel Silverstein wrote it (yes, he wrote it) as a parody of tragic teen love songs. Like the ones where someone dies. If that was his intent, he failed. Nothing funny about the song. I don't really think it qualifies as kitsch, either. It's genuinely heartbreaking.

by Anonymousreply 5412/27/2014

My Girl Bill ----- Jim Stafford

by Anonymousreply 5512/27/2014

"Most gay men know little about quality songwriting and can't tell the difference between camp and quality"

Please, you sound dumb and homophobic. A ton of songwriters are gay.

by Anonymousreply 5612/27/2014

For R54, the story behind "Sylvia's Mother." It's as heartbreaking as it sounds. Shel Silverstein was in love with a woman named Sylvia Pandolfi.

I find the Bon Jovi version infinitely more palatable. I couldn't stand it by Dr. Hook in the 1970s.

by Anonymousreply 5712/27/2014

"Sylvia's Mother" by Bon Jovi:

by Anonymousreply 5812/27/2014

Hooked on a Feeling -----Blue Swede

Did that Caveman Rap

by Anonymousreply 5912/27/2014

R56, you also sound dumb. I'm gay and a songwriter. The fact remains that many gay men are stupid and know nothing about good songwriting. That's why shit like Rihanna is so popular in the "community".

by Anonymousreply 6012/27/2014

R57, I'm glad to know that Silverstein wrote about his own real emotional pain, but I definitely read that the song was a parody, which really rubbed me the wrong way.

Why didn't you like the Dr Hook original? The tremolo effect on the lead vocal? The harsh harmonies? The pedal steel? I've heard the Bon Jovi — not bad, not remarkable.

by Anonymousreply 6112/27/2014

Holy shit, I just looked up that "Honey" song mentioned on the first page of this thread. Unbelievably awful.

by Anonymousreply 6212/27/2014

BOOGIE FEVER by The Sylvers. Wore that 45 out!

by Anonymousreply 6312/28/2014

[quote]Holy shit, I just looked up that "Honey" song mentioned on the first page of this thread. Unbelievably awful.

Here's another one to go with it...sorry if it's already been listed. If not, it should have been.

by Anonymousreply 6412/28/2014

& talking of morbid....

by Anonymousreply 6512/28/2014


by Anonymousreply 6612/28/2014

Wow. There's just to many to mention. Billy Don't be a Hero. Having My Baby. Love Will Keep us Together, Lovin' You, Daddy Please Don't, One Tin Soldier, Popcorn, We've Only Just Begun, You Light Up My Life.

by Anonymousreply 6712/28/2014
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