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Popular ’74

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I give marks out of 10 to every song – based on whatever criteria you like, here’s your opportunity to say what you’d have given more than 6 to from 1974. It’s a bumper crop of 21 tracks, tick as many as you like.

Which Of These Number One Singles Of 1974 Would You Have Given 6 Or More To?

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  1. 1
    admin on 12 Oct 2009 #

    Popular 1974 is ready for your votes

  2. 2
    lonepilgrim on 12 Oct 2009 #

    It’s telling me “maximum number of choices allowed is 1” when I click vote :-(

    Edit to say:

    Ta for this ⬇

  3. 3
    admin on 12 Oct 2009 #

    oops. that’s fixed now

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    Billy Smart on 12 Oct 2009 #

    Coo! A wapping 18 out of 21 for me – though a lot of them would be sixes. Almost everything succeeds by the criteria ‘Does this cheer me up/ make me want to dance/ sing along?’

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    Conrad on 12 Oct 2009 #

    14! Some terrific Number 1s

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    TomLane on 13 Oct 2009 #

    10 choices: Abba, Carl Douglas, George McCrae, Three Degrees, Barry White, Terry Jacks, John Denver, Sweet Sensation, Ken Booth and Ray Stevens.

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    wichita lineman on 13 Oct 2009 #

    10 for me too, but I know I’m overcompensating with the anti-nostalgia impulse, and a lot of the remainder would have been fives. Very few I don’t like, in fact Ray Stevens may be my only 4 or less. For a year that I’m pretty sure no one would claim to be one of pop’s best (glam and prog fade away, nothing to replace them but nov – birth of disco notwithstanding) it’s a hell of a line up.

    Intriguingly only 4 of mine and Tom Lane’s overlap. Billy, I’m doubly intreeged to know which 3 didn’t make you cheerful/dance and/or sing along.

    Rubettes 4eva

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    Billy Smart on 13 Oct 2009 #

    Re 7: Ray Stevens is taxingly unfunny, John Denver is sappy, and I’ve always found something unsatisfactory about Everything I Own – more a problem with the song than the singer.

    ‘Always Yours’ is the business, though!

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    Conrad on 13 Oct 2009 #

    Witchita, indeed

    Can’t believe the Rubettes aren’t polling 100% of the votes ;) for probably the greatest single ever produced…forgive me, too much caffeine this morning

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    Billy Smart on 13 Oct 2009 #

    The ‘phantom’ number ones of 1974 – that got to the top of the other NME chart – were;

    Leo Sayer – The Show Must Go On (1 week)
    The Sweet – Teenage Rampage (1)
    Mud – The Cat Crept In (1)
    Peter Shelley – Gee Baby (1)

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    wichita lineman on 13 Oct 2009 #

    Amazing to think that none of Slade’s singles in ’74 (Every Day, Bangin’ Man, Far Far Away) made it to number one after their dominance in ’73. Sometimes I wake up and think Far Far Away (how’d they get that drum intro sound?) may be my very favourite Slade song. Then I quickly remember there are more pressing issues.

    How many of the phantoms would have got 6 or more? Leo (the one song by him I like, genuinely eerie, muted brown backing) and The Sweet, though if we’re scoring on visual impact as well, Mud singing The Cat Crept In in a transport cafe on Never Too Young To Rock definitely nudges that up a mark. Peter Shelley was lame-o.

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    Tom on 13 Oct 2009 #

    Unbelievably I forgot to tick ABBA :) 11/21 for me, going by my old marks, some of which were on the harsh side.

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    ottersteve on 13 Oct 2009 #

    If anyone gets the chance, try listening to the top 10 sometime round the end of March/ beginning of April 1974.

    This period gets my vote as the most DEPRESSING song selection in the history of music!! Just look at the choice of songs around that time:

    “Seasons in the son” – a song from a dying man.
    “Billy don’t be a hero” – the death of somebody called Billy
    “Remember me this way” – sad departing
    “Emma” – she commits suicide
    “I get a little sentimental” – a lost love.

    My memory may be sketchy but i’m sure there were a couple of other songs in the same sombre vein. I think all these were in the top 10 at the same time. I can’t find the actual charts via google, but if someone has them I’m sure they will confirm the above. Ironically they did fit the mood of the country at that time (miners strike/blackouts/political unrest) but maybe that was just coincidence.

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    Billy Smart on 13 Oct 2009 #

    The 6 April 1974 top 20 also includes;

    Slade – Everyday
    Charlie Rich – The Most Beautiful Girl
    Elton John – Candle In The Wind

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    wichita lineman on 13 Oct 2009 #

    Re 13: Not sure if it was coincidence, as the black mood of Britain in 1980 was also reflected by MASH, Crying et al (mulled over on the MASH thread, I think). Hits from the major players like Everyday, Remember Me This Way (Whatever Happened To The) Teenage Dream, The Tears I Cried, Teenage Lament ’74 and (best of all) Sweet’s The Six Teens do point to a mini craze for glum Glam, as the genre – and the careers of most of its star names – reached the end of the road.

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    Erithian on 13 Oct 2009 #

    The road from Glum Glam to Emo – now there’s a thesis waiting to be written.

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    Martin Skidmore on 15 Oct 2009 #

    I’m astonished at a bunch of them being in the merely 50% kind of area – Barry White, Carl Douglas, Suzi Quatro, Rubettes, George McCrae.

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    Tom on 15 Oct 2009 #

    I’ve dropped this one off the front page now. Goodbye 1974!

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    punctum on 22 Sep 2011 #

    Hello TPL 1974, with a post to which I know many people have been looking forward and I wish I liked it more than I actually did.

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    thefatgit on 23 Sep 2011 #

    ^^I can imagine the scene at Punctum Towers as the needle hits the run-out groove at the end of side 4…

    “At long bloody last! Lena, put the ARETHA on!”

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    punctum on 23 Sep 2011 #

    I just felt extremely tired.

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    punctum on 2 Oct 2011 #

    TPL: how better to follow up a double prog-rock concept album with a half-hour album which tentatively tickles its toes in the ocean of avant-MoR?

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    punctum on 11 Oct 2011 #

    TPL: in 1974 albums didn’t get any bigger, or sadder, than this.

  24. 24
    punctum on 16 Oct 2011 #

    TPL: that difficult fourth album.

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    punctum on 30 Oct 2011 #

    TPL: “as the last few corpses lay rotting on the slimy thoroughfare”…but wasn’t it fun? Wasn’t it?

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    punctum on 6 Nov 2011 #

    TPL: you might be the most famous musician on the planet, but you’re still obliged to write and deliver your next album in one week. In such circumstances, perhaps two out of ten ain’t bad.

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    punctum on 13 Nov 2011 #

    TPL: OK, so we’re finally out of the sixties; meet the Beatle who blew a hole in the wall even unto the next decade.

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    punctum on 22 Nov 2011 #

    TPL: sometimes the sequel comes first.

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    punctum on 27 Nov 2011 #

    TPL: Double speed guitar?

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    punctum on 4 Dec 2011 #

    TPL: please welcome, at long, long last, Scotland.

  31. 31
    punctum on 11 Dec 2011 #

    TPL: no matter how you try, you can’t go home again.

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    punctum on 20 Dec 2011 #

    TPL: last ’74 entry and some last ’74 entries are better than others.

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