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I am not reinventing the wheel of 70s rock & roll with this set… a selection of jammers from a 70s rock playlist I am working on. The set sounds so rocking mighty because I was able to peek behind the curtain of 100.3 The Q!’s playlist and find the songs that turn the cranks of people in the know.

Led Zeppelin’s “Fool in the Rain?” I had never heard that song before, no wait, yes I have, its a monster hit. Wow, I know.

Brewer and Shipley I remember from the Fear and Loathing soundtrack so I had to include it on the J. Rex 70s sampler mega hot mix.

My faves include T. Rex and Grand Funk Railroad. “Layla” is pretty darn near perfect… and that Zep song is growing on me with every listen.

You likely know more about the 70s than I do. Do you have some favourites of the era? What would your hour of 70s might and power sound like? I’d love to know. But always remember, Disco sucks!

Stream the one-hour set from my Mixcloud: J. Rex

DJ Notes

01) Elvis Costello – “Pump it Up”
02) T. Rex – “Bang a Gong (Get it On)”
03) Thin Lizzy – “The Boys Are Back in Town”
04) Grand Funk Railroad – “We’re An American Band”
05) Boston – “Peace of Mind”
06) Led Zeppelin – “Fool in the Rain”
07) Derek & The Dominos – “Layla”
08) The Cars – “My Best Friend’s Girl”
09) Blue Oyster Cult – “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper”
10) Brewer & Shipley – “One Toke Over the Line”
11) April Wine – “Tonight is a wonderful time to fall in love”
12) The Police – “Roxanne”
13) Elton John – “Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to be a Long Long Time)”

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One of my favourite things about exploring old music that is new to me is sifting through the legend and lore.

I never knew “Layla” was about Eric Clapton banging George Harrison’s wife.  A model named Patti Boyd.  Cute attack!

So Eric and George are besties back in the late 60s.  Helping each other out creatively when something sinister befalls poor Eric.  he falls for his best friend’s wife!

The song Layla was written for her…. but uh, her name is Patti, not Layla?

Confused? so am I.

Layla comes from an old Arabic love tragedy Layla and Majnun.  It is the story of a young gentleman named Qays who is a bit of a poet and he falls for a girl in his tribe named Layla.  Sadly, being a poet doesn’t make you too rad back in the 7th century when impaling people on pikes was the true measure of a man… so Layla’s father prohibits their marriage and instead sends her off to marry someone else.

Qays, crushed, descends into madness and wanders the desert.

A bunch of stuff happens and bingo, bango, bongo he dies.

That is the Coles’s notes version.  You’re really gunna want to click the link and read the story as its pretty great.

So Eric Clapton… bummed out that he is in love with a woman who is already married hears this story from one of his buddies… in the midst of converting to Islam.  Inspired he writes would might be considered one of the best rock & roll songs ever.  (well at least included on the a the list of 500 best!)

Wonderfully… George and Eric worked out their differences over Patti and stay friends. George and Patti remain married for a few more years.

George Harrison and Patti eventually divorce and guess what?  Eric Clapton and Patti then get married and stay that way for a number of years.  Neat huh.

ALL THAT! in a song.

Go with yourself.

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Coral and I did some record shopping on the weekend. We hit the new Talk’s Cheap store on Pandora at Government Street. In the old Regalia Store space.

He has tons of great 45s.  Coral and I are always looking for some more dance party hits for our vinyl sets so I loaded up on some UK chart toppers of the early 80s.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to my music.

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DJ Notes

a-sides

01) The Police – “So Lonely”
02) Squeeze – “Another Nail in My Heart”
03) The Jam – “Going Underground”
04) Adam and the Ants – “Stand and Deliver”

b-sides

05) The Police – “No Time This Time”
06) Squeeze – “Pretty Thing”
07) The Jam – “The Dreams of Children”
08) Adam and the Ants – “Beat My Guest”

A whole bunch of great hits of the late 70s and early 80s.  The Police cut is the original 1978 single which went nowhere at the time.  The Police released their album Outlandos d’Amour.  When this record dropped it went nowhere.  The BBC didn’t get it.  A song about a prostitute? (Roxanne), suicide (Can’t Stand Losing You), loneliness (So Lonely).

But they soldiered on, toured, came to America and through hard work they were able to push through.  They ended up re-releasing many of these future hits in 1980 and the second time around, The Police began to chart. To this day, so many of the most endearing Police songs are these early singles.  Silly 1970s radio DJs.

Go with yourself.

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