THE BEST 1970’s

Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll & Ukuleles

Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll & Ukuleles

The members of the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain bring their own unique spin to the 1977 Stiff Records track Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, originally performed by Ian Dury and the Blockheads. Being the afternoon tea-sipping sophisticates that they are, they tweaked the final chorus.

Stock Footage Happy Days

Stock Footage Happy Days

Editor Matthew Highton likes to recreate the openings of classic TV shows using only stock footage. He recently remade the title sequence from the 1970s hit Happy Days, and the result is pretty great. Matthew did a respectable job capturing the feel of the original and made some pretty amusing selections for the cast images.

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Mary Tyler Mask Up

Mary Tyler Mask Up

Who can turn the world on with her smile? Even behind a mask, Mary Tyler Moore certainly could have. Actor and comedian P.M. Artin reminds us to keep our faces covered in public with this spot-on parody of the opening credits of MTM’s classic 1970s sitcom.

The Warriors Action Figures

The Warriors Action Figures

MezcoToyz present a boxed set of action figures inspired by Walter Hill’s classic film The Warriors. The retro-style 5 Points set includes Swan, Ajax, Cleon, the Baseball Fury Leader, and Baseball Fury Lieutenant, along with tiny baseball bats, spray paint, a Molotov cocktail, a pipe, switchblade, chain, and spiked wooden plank.

Taxi Driver: The Sitcom

Taxi Driver: The Sitcom

The Martin Scorsese classic Taxi Driver and the TV series Taxi have at least a few things in common: a New York City setting, an ensemble of quirky characters, and… taxi cabs. So it made perfect sense to video editor kingkida to combine the two, giving Robert De Niro a starring role on a 1970s ABC sitcom.

Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle

Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle

Inspired by legendary daredevil Evel Knievel, comes a remake of one of the most iconic kids toys of the 1970s. The classic wind-up stunt bike set is back in production for a limited time. The new version has an improved gear mechanism so you can send your pint-sized stunt man flying even faster.

CHiPs Theme Cover

CHiPs Theme Cover

We love it when a musician manages to replicate the sound of a classic TV theme. One we haven’t heard in ages is the theme from CHiPs. KOSmusic knocked it out of the park with his cover of the season 2 version of the theme, which captures the disco spirit of the 1977 primetime cop drama. His Knight Rider is equally impressive.

Pomplamoose: The Logical Song

Pomplamoose: The Logical Song

“There are times when all the world’s asleep. The questions run too deep.” Supertramp’s 1979 track The Logical Song is loaded with thoughtful poetry and brilliant instrumentation. While we don’t know if anyone will ever top the original, Pomplamoose have definitely assembled an excellent cover of the track.

Carry on Wayward Bluegrass

Carry on Wayward Bluegrass

Once we rose above the noise and confusion, we came across this fun cover of the 1976 Kansas rock hit Carry on Wayward Son, played with way more squeezebox, mandolin, banjo, and upright bass than the original. Performed energetically by the Finnish bluegrass band Steve’n’Seagulls

50 Songs a Year: 1979 to 1989

50 Songs a Year: 1979 to 1989

After 8 long months, Chicago remix duo the The Hood Internet has completed their retrospective series, with each of their tracks representing a year from 1979 and 1989, and each brilliantly capturing the best and most memorable music of the era. Enjoy our playlist and let all 11 tracks fill your ears with joy.

Iggy Pop: The Passenger (Video)

Iggy Pop: The Passenger (Video)

Iggy Pop’s timeless tune “The Passenger” is a highlight from 1977’s Lust For Life – Pop’s most successful solo album. Finally, 43 years later, it has an official video. Directed by Simon Taylor, the cinematic black-and-white montage is inspired by the nocturnal rides Iggy took with David Bowie during their memorable collaborations.

Where Do the Children Play?

Where Do the Children Play?

Yusuf / Cat Stevens teamed up with director Chris Hopewell and Black Dog Films to create an animated music video for his classic Where do the Children Play?, an ecological anthem which is as relevant today as ever. The revamped track will be featured on Tea for the Tillerman², which celebrates his acclaimed 1970 album.

Earth, Wind & Fire & Synthesizers

Earth, Wind & Fire & Synthesizers

Musician Doctor Mix once again proves he’s a synthesizer god, with an awesome cover version of Earth, Wind & Fire’s 1979 classic ballad After the Love Has Gone, played entirely on electronic instruments. With a heaping helping of vocoder, it sounds like a bonus track off of Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories.

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Retro Tech: Mechanical Pong

Retro Tech: Mechanical Pong

Back in the 1970s, Pong was all the rage. But for those who didn’t have a spare TV to play the game on, there were handheld knock-offs like Blip. YouTube channel Tech Tangents takes a look at this unusual piece of gaming history, and shows off its clever mechanical innards.

Stuck in the Middle: Korean Style

Stuck in the Middle: Korean Style

Musicians Luna Lee and Han Oh teamed up to record an excellent cover version of the Stealers Wheel classic Stuck in the Middle, melding traditional asian sounds with ’70s folk rock. Of course, we can never hear this song without thinking of Reservoir Dogs.

Godzilla at Home

Godzilla at Home

Need your classic rock fix for the day? Well, you’re in luck. While sitting home with their tour on pause, the members of Blue Öyster Cult got together in their own home studios to record a performance of their 1977 classic about everyone’s favorite building-stomping Kaiju. Oh, no, there goes Tokyo!

The First Westworld

The First Westworld

(PG-13: Language) Westworld just returned for its third season, and is off to a typically cryptic start. But 43 years before HBO’s hit sci-fi drama appeared, there was a movie version of Michael Crichton’s dystopian story. While it was pretty creepy in its day, and had some promising ideas, Mr. Sunday Movies is here to laugh at its many flaws.

Leonid & Friends: Vehicle

Leonid & Friends: Vehicle

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the The Ides of March track Vehicle, Russian band Leonid & Friends proves once again that they can rock out the big sounds of 1970s funk rock with a fantastic performance, packed with thick horns, a crisp rhythm section, and Leonid passionately belting out the lead vocals.

Floppa Mia

Floppa Mia

As one commenter on YouTube put it, The Floppotron is “the most consistently good performer I’ve ever heard.” We suppose there’s something to be said for a band that’s controlled by computer. So sit back and enjoy their pristine electro-noise version of the ABBA classic Mamma Mia.

1979: 50 Songs in 3 Minutes

1979: 50 Songs in 3 Minutes

This awesome clip from The Hood Internet rewinds time 40 years to one of the most notable moments in the history of music, combining 50 of the biggest songs of 1979 into one monster mashup. The year was was one of transition, as disco’s glimmer started to fade, giving way to new wave, punk, rap, and a rock resurgence.

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Restoring a Tonka Truck

Restoring a Tonka Truck

There are few things more satisfying than watching old, rusted out objects made good as new by talented restoration artists. In this clip from Odd Tinkering, he takes a 1970’s era Tonka toy dump truck, and gives the yellow plaything a fresh new lease on life. Scrubbing off the old paint looks like a particularly satisfying task.

The Art of Atari

The Art of Atari

If you grew up in the ’70s or ’80s, there’s not much more iconic than the box art from classic Atari games. Authors Robert V. Conte and Tim Lapetino explore the history of videogaming’s great forefather, and the artists and creative process behind these now classic works.

The Story of “Mr. Blue Sky”

The Story of “Mr. Blue Sky”

From its wild popularity in the 1970s to its appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Electric Light Orchestra’s joyfully symphonic classic Mr. Blue Sky is an indelible part of our cultural history. Polyphonic dives into Jeff Lynne’s inspiration for the track, and how it fits into the bigger picture of Out of the Blue.

Weird Computers of the 1970s

Weird Computers of the 1970s

The personal computing revolution didn’t reach the masses until the 1980s, but back in the 1970s, a groundswell was forming among hardcore tech nerds. LGR takes a look back at a number of the unusual computer designs that emerged in the years leading up to the PC revolution.

Freddie Mercury: Time Waits for No One

Freddie Mercury: Time Waits for No One

An amazing recording of the greatest rock vocalist of all time, captured back in 1986 as part of the 96-track Time. With the help of musician and producer Dave Clark, we now get to hear a stripped-down and cleaned up version, backed only by piano, along with HD footage of Mercury which will send chills down your spine.

Covers by Clemens Wenners

Covers by Clemens Wenners

Musician Clemens WennersYouTube channel is loaded up with impressive cover versions of tracks from the 1970s and 1980s, accompanied by perfectly selected analog synthesizers and other period-accurate instruments. Tracks include The Bee Gees Nights on Broadway, The Cars’ Drive, and Phil Collins’ In the Air Tonight.

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