Essential Oldies Playlist: Fleetwood Mac, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, Dire Straits, Lou Reed
Attention, music lovers! Take a moment from your day to appreciate the old rock legends who came before the current bands we love. You wouldn’t have the Alabama Shakes without Jimi Hendrix, you wouldn’t have Fleet Foxes without Fleetwood Mac, you wouldn’t have Miike Snow without The Rolling Stones, and you wouldn’t have The Black Keys without Lou Reed. If you love these newer bands, check out their contemporaries from another age.
Without further ado, here is this week’s Essential Oldies Playlist:
1. Fleetwood Mac – “Dreams”
This, Fleetwood Mac’s only song to reach number one, but one of many chart topping songs off of their 1977 album, “Rumours,” is one of lead singer Stevie Nick’s strongest tracks, in terms of vocals. This memorable 70’s song marked her transition from blues to rock ‘n roll, and became one of the best known female vocalist rock songs of her age. Listen to this song on a rainy day, and pay close attention to the other-worldly, dreamlike quality of this relaxing tune.
2. Jimi Hendrix – “Purple Haze”
“Excuse me, while I kiss the sky!” We are all familiar with this iconic line from “Purple Haze,” a famous jam from arguably the best guitarist of all time, Jimi Hendrix. The song first appeared on his lesser known 1960’s album, “Voodoo Chile.” This song displays his incredible dexterity on the guitar, as well as some gritty vocals and intensely awesome lyrics. Overall, an automatic “add” to your essential oldies playlist.
3. The Rolling Stones – “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”
“(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” reached number one around the globe upon its release on The Rolling Stones’ 1965 album, “Out of Our Heads” and established an avid worldwide following for the British band. It also turned out to be one of the most significant records of the era and in the history of rock ‘n roll, earning The Stones the title of the second biggest band in the world at the time, second only to the other wildly popular British boy-band, The Beatles. This song is sure to make you bob your head, say vague things about “the man,” and wish you were a teenager in the 60’s.
4. Dire Straits – “Sultans of Swing”
This cruising tune from Dire Straits is one that you don’t want to leave off of your oldies playlist. Originally released on their 1978 self-titled debut album, “Dire Straits,” this song gave way to the minimalist rock trend that started in the 70’s and continued on through the 80’s to contend with the newer trend, “glam rock” (think Elton John and David Bowie). This song is perfect for long road trips through the deser, or any day where you feel like kicking back with some mellow tunes.
5. Lou Reed – “Walk on the Wild Side”
This simple song, Lou Reed’s first ever hit single off of his 1972 solo album, “Transformer,” was possibly one of the most daring and controversial songs of the 70’s. It makes open references to cross-dressing prostitures, oral sex, and the ever under-appreciated black background singers who rise up with their “doo-doo-doo’s” in the legendary refrain. The revolves around life in New York in the 70’s, referencing a colorful parade of pop artist Andy Warhol’s “cronies” at the time, Lou Reed included. Overall, the song embodies the overarching sentiment of the 70’s: the progressive, yet laid-back, effortlessly cool vibes.
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