by Darren Clarke, November 6, 2020
Are you tired? ‘Cuz I’m tired. The election in the United States has been a wild ride for anyone with any emotional investment in the outcome. Three days after the ballots have been cast I just needed to stop thinking about what the hell was going to end up happening and talk about anything other than politics, listen to anything other than noise. So, primary coloured memories of childhood, the great music of the 70s seemed like a good way to go.
This podcast veers away from the template of past podcasts and in place of pre-planned weaving through people, places and events that too often leads to connecting social-political moments from the 70s to the events of today, I instead chose to sit back and riff on the random happenings of being a kid in the 70s- stealing mojo’s, my first day of school, Orange juice delivered by horse and buggies, how to fix a colouring contest, getting hit in the face with a cold, wet, tennis ball, in roadhockey, and life lessons provided by future members of Thorold town council.
The great, dynamic, diverse, music of the 70s remains at the center of things here. So sit back, take your mind off ballots, counting, projections, temper tantrums and partisanship and dig some great music and erratic storytelling.
Music included in this instalment of, “Which Brings us To…” the 70s, includes- Led Zeppelin, Talking Heads, Stevie Wonder, William Onyeabor, ABBA, Black Randy and the Metrosquad, The Only Ones, Richard Hell and the Voidoids, The Damned, Focus, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Camille Yarbrough, The Fatback Band, Joe Gibbs and the Professionals, Easy Kabaka Brown, Glen Campbell, Rodriguez, Kiki Dee, The Toms, Marshall Tucker Band, Fleetwood Mac, Blondie, Sparks, The Kinks and George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers.