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Funky Friday – "Summer is heaven in `77" *

Posted in 1977, 70's, charity shop classics, disco, film, Funky Friday, retromania, Summer sounds on August 1, 2008 by planetmondo

* ‘Celebrate Summer’ – Marc Bolan

Axe Victim says 1973 is the summer of summers. But for me, the top pop year will always be 1977. It’s an overlooked classic – and the year sound and vision went Concorde shaped and Skylab sounding – Bowie released ‘Low’, ‘Heroes’ (and clonked out ‘Lust For Life’ and ‘Idiot’ as hobby projects), Giorgio and Donna gave us deep space disco, there’s Space – ‘Magic Fly’, Meco – ‘Star Wars’ and JMJ ‘Oxygene’ – see what I mean? And then you’ve got Close Encounters, ‘Calling Occupants’, Bond’s Lotus Esprit, Saturday Night Fever, Star Wars, Punk wars, the deaths of Marc Bolan and Elvis – you just don’t get designs, dynamics and dramatics like that in many other years.

My personal obsessions during the summer of 77 were…

Sharks (I saw Jaws 5 times).
Skateboards (Fibreflex boards and Kryptonic wheels were the kiddies, Skudas were cool and affordable, but Surf Flyers? That’s a no-no )
Starsky and Hutch.
Admiral football togs.(the Coventry kit being my fave)
Lord Anthony clobber (but never had a Parka)
Dayvilles Ice Cream Parlours(32 flavours)
Krazy Comic

And as I started to make the move from pick ‘n’ mix singles to adult size albums the record I wanted, really wanted – and got for Christmas was K-Tel’s blistering ‘Disco Fever’. You can enjoy the full track list here, and for MOR eye popping madness have peep at the cozy cardie coloured charts from 31 years ago – both of which are almost entirely untroubled by any punky doings.

Top 50 singles week ending 30/07/77

Top 60 albums week ending 30/07/77

So a few songs from the 1977 jukebox then…

RAH Band ‘The Crunch’ (as featured on ‘Disco Fever’)

There’s a TOTP appearance too

Bond goes disco ‘Bond 77’ (from ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’)

Original trailer for ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’

Elvis ‘Way Down’ ( Alt take with added piano at the coda)

If you fancy a few more sounds from the summer of 77 hop on over to…

Track Lister for Giorgio Moroder – ‘From Here To Eternity’ (single version)
Davey H for Donna Summer – ‘I Feel Love’ (12″ version)

My selection for Book Of The year 1977 – Man Eating Sharks
Always wanted one of these G and S Fibreflex boards (and a trip to Skate City or the South Bank), but never managed to get either.


Electronic Tagging

Posted in facts, film, lists, music on August 2, 2007 by planetmondo

I haven’t been on the Blog lately as I’ve been mad busy with compiling, mixing, and even DJ’ing for the past few weeks, but will be filling in the blanks and dropping some links to these things soon

Me ol mate Marmite
has jump started me into action by tagging me, here are the rules:

Let others know who tagged you. (See above)

Players start with 8 random facts about themselves.
Those who are tagged should post these rules and 8 random facts.
Players should tag 8 other people and notify them they have been tagged.

Random Fact 1
My last foreign holiday was Belgium – where there’s loads of luscious food. Cakes, waffles, pancakes, ice cream, chocolate, frittes the best beer ever – you can’t beat the Belgians for top trough.

RF 2

If I could go anywhere for my next one it would be Bora Bora

RF 3
My First James Bond film was Live and Let Die

RF 4
My first 18 (X) film was Saturday Night Fever, I was 12 at the time and had to wear platforms to get in.

I’ve been playing guitar for 26 years – but only learnt a scale 2 years ago, and my telecaster is always tuned to open G

RF 6

I’ve got a great idea for a film, and a sitcom. But will probably never get round to doing anything with either
RF 7
I wish someone would bring back these foody bits – Glees, Puffa Puffa Rice, Frys 5 centre chocolate, Buttersnap, Midnight Mint Choc Ice, Lord Toffingham Ice Lolly, The toffee n’ mallow one in Black Magic, the Cracknel in quality St.

RF 8
My biggest regret is swapping an original Westwood & McLaren top for a frilly shirt. I would love to still own this great bit of gear for all sorts of reasons. It was an orange and red version of the one in the pic at the top. I bought in 1981 it from Worlds End in Kings Road for £30 while still at school (my part time Co –Op job earned me £15 a week), but swapped if for a frilly shirt while at art college. It would be worth a fortune now, and the frilly shirt would be worth less than it was then. How Gutted?