Popular music in the USA in the mid-late 70’s was a study in contrasts. If we look at the Billboard top ten singles of 1977 (and pretty much the top 100), it’s…bland.
- Rod Stewart – Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright)
- Andy Gibb – I Just Want to Be Your Everything
- Emotions – Best of My Love
- Barbra Streisand – Evergreen (Love Theme From “A Star Is Born”)
- Hot – Angel in Your Arms
- Kenny Nolan – I Like Dreamin’
- Thelma Houston – Don’t Leave Me This Way
- Rita Coolidge – (Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher
- Alan O’Day – Undercover Angel
- Mary MacGregor – Torn Between Two Lovers
However, 1977 also saw the debut releases by the Sex Pistols, The Clash, Motörhead, Richard Hell and the Voidoids, Elvis Costello, Wire, and The Jam. Also released in ’77 were Leave Home & Rocket to Russia by Ramones, Pink Floyd’s Animals, Love Gun by Kiss, Low by David Bowie, and Iggy Pop’s Lust For Life. The point being, that when set next to the top 10 singles of the year, Talking Heads 77 may seem angular and out of place, but in full context, there was a burgeoning underground that the music-listening public was starting to discover.
So let’s get to it, psychos. Tell me about your relationship with Talking Heads 77 in the comments below.
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