There has been a lot of talk over the past week about the soundtrack from the movie Guardians of the Galaxy. All the songs come from the 70’s and feature on two mixtapes ( Awesome Mix Vol. 1 and Vol. 2) owned by the character Peter Quill (Chris Pratt). There are a few questions being asked: how has the tape survived being played over and over for 20 years? Where does he get his walkman batteries from? how has a 1980’s Walkman (particularly the headphones) lasted all this time? Probaly best not to think about it! This isn’t the first time a film not set in the 70’s has had a great 70’s soundtrack, the music from Reservoir Dogs (1992) comes from a radio station “K-Billy’s Super Sounds of the Seventies”. Interestingly both films feature “Hooked on a Feeling” by Blue Swede.
I decided to list my own 70’s mixtape. I set a few parameters: It has to fit on a 90 minute tape (45 minutes on each side, check the length, they do fit). I have to own all the songs so could actually make the tape (if I still had a cassette recorder). One song per artist (I have very nearly stuck to this).
I threw this together by listening to the records and picking the ones that I felt fit together, it isn’t a definitive list of the best or my favourite records of the time. Every time I hear a 70’s song for the next week I will be kicking myself for not including it!
- Joni Mitchell -California
- Derek and the Dominos – Layla
- The Rolling Stones – Tumbling Dice
- Bobby Womack – Across 110th Street
- Stevie Wonder – Living for the City
- Janis Joplin – Me & Bobby McGee
- Blind Faith – Had To Cry Today
- Aerosmith – Sweet Emotion
- The Wailers – Get Up, Stand Up
- Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run
- The Doors – L.A. Woman
- Bob Dylan – Idiot Wind
- Patti Smith – Because The Night
- The Who – Won’t Get Fooled Again
- AC/DC – Highway To Hell
- The Clash – London Calling
- The Undertones – Teenage Kicks