apparently everything in the 70s was rainbow hued. maybe in a backlash against the sixties monochrome, minimalist ideal or in a reaction to the unsettlement of the era – as much fun as the 70s look to those of us who didn’t experience them, people who did assure us that their abiding memories of the decade are rioting, powercuts and strikes, and that the colourful music was a brief escape.
its easy to forget that things were very different only 30 years ago, in terms of multiculturalism, values and wealth. there were the same problems of high inflation and unemployment as today, but it was less concentrated on the younger population as property was still affordable and people got jobs based on merit, not to satisfy government directives or for fear of legal action.
so the 70s are often remembered as the last days of political incorrectness, unrest and dodgy food but they were also the inception of many things we have today – microwaves, colour tv, video games, the internet. but this isn’t supposed to be a dreary post.
there are lots of insights into the experiences of living in the 70s that can be found online. who knew that strawberry and lime aeros existed? i did say for years that there was a ‘red aero’ but no one believed me. despite the boil in the bag curries and deep fat fried food, many people reminisce over their 70s childhood cuisine – my mum has driven me crazy for years over fry’s five centres and cabana bars.
and sometimes i could kill for a glass of that transparent ‘orange’ squash we used to get in glass bottles – more sugar than orange but more fun than cloudy, 72% real fruit juice squash…at least 70s orange squash was defiantly nothing to do with actual oranges. was that the infamous kia-ora?
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bar-kays – hit and run
the second incarnation of this group, saw them tread similar territory to george clinton and co. band member james alexander is jazze pha’s dad.
brick – dazz
enduring tune often confused with output from the dazz band and the commdores (brick house). the merging of a disco and a jazzfunk group to from brick, coined the term ‘dazz’ meaning ‘disco-jazz’
earth wind and fire – star
everyone knows ‘shining star’, but this is much better. ewf were what you might call prolific so there’s always more to discover.
ebonys – hook up and get down
one girl and four boys who formed part of the early 70s ‘fro and flares revolution.
jackson sisters -rockin’ on my porch
not letoya, janet and…the other one. the jackson sisters weren’t related to those jacksons. despite modest 70s success they were better appreciated after their time, during the rare groove revival of the 80s.
kool and the gang – hollywood swinging
kool and the gang’s 70s output is more funk-oriented than their slicker 80s sound. this track was sampled by mase for his debut ‘ feels so good’.
labelle – what can i do for you
patti labelle and co are infamous for ‘lady marmalade’ but they actually did make other songs, like this one.
ohio players – love rollercoaster
i first heard the red hot chilli peppers version of this song. this is the danger with cover versions.
parliament – flashlight
does anyone get the whole parliament-funkadelic thing? my understanding is that they are one and the same, but recorded for two different labels.
sly and the family stone – i want to take you higher
no rainbow funk playlist would be complete without a contribution from sly and the family.
soul children – hearsay
i only recently discovered this group but i love them.
tom browne – funkin’ for jamaica
features chaka khan. i didn’t realise that for a long time…