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History of Rock, 1970-Present
John Covach, University of Rochester
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Continuity Bands in the 1970s
Notes taken on October 6, 2015 by Edward Tanguay
bands from who continued what they were doing in the first half of 1970s also in the second half
The Rolling Stones
1976 Black and Blue
"Fools Cry"
1978 Some Girls
"Beast of Burden"
"Miss You"
became a disco song
1980 Emotional Rescue
they outlasted disco and punk
The Beatles' members
Paul McCartney
by far the most commercially successful
Paul McCartney and Wings
1974 Band on the Run
1974 Jet
1976 Wings at the Speed of Sound
Silly Love Songs
1978 London Town
With a Little Luck
Ringo Starr
good first half of the 1970s
George Harrison
33 and a third
John Lennon
New York apartment
raising his son and being a house husband
1980 Double Fantasy
murdered in December 1980
"Just Like Starting Over"
The Steve Miller Band
San Francisco group
like Greatful Dead
Jefferson Airplane
1973 The Joker
1976 Fly Like an Eagle
Rock 'n' Me
Take the Money and Run
The Doobie Brothers
San Francisco
two stages of career
first half of 70s
Tom Johnston
1972: Listen to the Music
1973: Long Train Running
second half of 70s
Michael McDonald
a different sound
not so much blues but more jazzy like Steely Dan
1976: Taking it to the Streets
1979: Minute by Minute
big #1 album
Michael McDonald goes onto solo career after that
Tom Scholz
degree from MIT
1976: Boston
most astoundingly successful debut albums
"More than a Feeling"
mellow guitar
symphonic, instrumental
harmony guitars, as if drawn from Brian May of Queen
big sounding number
"Foreplay/Long Time"
similar to Yes, Emerson, Lake and Palmer
comparable to Boston
1977: "Feels like the First Time"
high synthesizer
"Cold as Ice"
hard driving blues rock approach with progressive rock
San Francisco
Gregg Rolie
Neal Schon
emphasis on instrumentals
Steve Perry
high voice
becomes a different band with him
1978: Infinity
"Feeling That Way"
marketing of Journey and Foreigner was different
Foreigner was marketed to guys
Hot Blooded
Check It and See
Feels Like the First Time
not a lot of sensitivity there
Journey marketed to women
Steve Perry's job was to emote a kind of sensitivity
so you would never find Foreigner doing a song like lovin', touchin' squeezin'
but from Steve Perry somehow it seemed entirely natural
Cheap Trick
Rockford, Illinois
Rick Neilsen
Robin Zander, nice voice
first big album was a live album
like Kiss and Peter Frampton
1979: Cheap Trick at Budokan
"I Want You to Want Me"
went to #7
went to work with George Martin from the Beatles
Van Halen
arises in this context in the end of the 1970s
1978 Van Halen
blues driven rock with David Lee Roth with a certain amount of charisma that you didn't find in a lot of other groups
"Runnin' with the Devil"
people tend to focus on the guitars
but these were great pop tunes with a catchy voice, a pop sensibility
a radio friendliness which enabled it to get played over and over