Flash Cadillac and The Continental Kids – Did You Boogie (With Your Baby) (1976)

Did You Boogie (With Your Baby) is a happy song that I sing along toListening to Did You Boogie (With Your Baby) by Flash Cadillac and The Continental Kids is really music nostalgia to me. The first time I heard the song was on the radio in 1991 or 1992 – I was trying to study for an exam in my parents home (lying on the couch with my math book, don’t know how intensive study that was). Immediately I fell for the old sound that Did You Boogie (With Your Baby) had and the rest of the day I was humming the chorus as far as I could remember it:

Did you boogie with your baby in the back row of the movie show
And did you boogie there cause you had nowhere else that you could go
And when the lights went way down low
Did you forget about the picture show
Yes, did you boogie with your baby in the back row of the movie show

The song was still on my mind when my exams where over so I tried to find the it via my local record store but it failed because I could not remember the artist Flash Cadillac and The Continental Kids (a bit long name if you ask me). By coincidence I years later found it on a 70s hit collection.

So when I want to listen to a happy nostalgic song from my youth to remind me of school and summer Did You Boogie (With Your Baby) is an obvious choice.

Highest chart position: Billboard Hot 100 #29.

Band photo of Flash Cadillac and The continental Kids - Did You Boogie is a happy song in rockabilly style

The Ramones – Blitzkrieg Bop (1976)

Punk rock icon Ramones performing Blitzkrieg BopBlitzkrieg Bop by the Ramones is often played in my house to start the weekend with some kickass punk rock. I like The Ramones way to play very simple but really fast punk rock – they do not make it complicated but do what they do best. I have read somewhere that they did not renew themselves in their later years – I agree, but honestly who cares? Listen to their debut single Blitzkrieg Bop and the iconic lyric intro “Hey! Ho! Lets go!” and you are sold to the Ramones universe. And making catchy one-liners and remarkable guitar riffs is what make The Ramones so fantastic to me.

Blitzkrieg Bop is the debut single and can be found on the album just named Ramones. If you want to know how ponk rock started this is the place to explore!

Highest chart position: None – but the song is often named as very influential by rock critics. Some critics even hold that Blitzkrieg Bop by the Ramones is the punk rock breakthrough.

Playing punk rock iconic Blitzkrieg Bop by the Ramones

Bachman-Turner-Overdrive – You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet (1974)

Bachman Turner Overdrive made a classic rock song with You Ain't Seen Nothing YetWhen You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet by Bachman-Turner-Overdrive was released in 1974 I was only two years old and therefore has heard it long after its massive hit status. I can remember hearing this track on the radio thinking that this sound was very different from what I used to hear. As I still was a kid my brother helped me call the radio to find out who the artist was. A few days later he came home with the single and I screamed “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” many times a day until my family had enough.

This is perhaps my first experience with going back in time to search for music that I like. This is something I like and still do; when I hear a great song I go back to find the album the song was originally on to experience more from the band. Sometimes it reveal hidden gems and sometimes not.

The classic rock song You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet appears on the album Not Fragile by Bachman-Turner Overdrive.

Highest chart position: US Billboard Hot 100 #1 and UK singles chart #2.

Bachman-Turner-Overdrive made You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet a classic rock song

 

Mungo Jerry – In The Summertime (1970)

In The Summertime by Mungo Jerry is a nice summer hit.Just returned from my summer holiday I came to think of Mungo Jerry and the song In The Summertime. Probably because the wetter was quit bad with lots of wind and rain and too little sun I needed a positive music fix. In The Summertime bring me happiness because you can “Have a drink, have a drive, go out and see what you can find” as they sing. This line make me believe that although the wetter might be bad you can still find some nice experiences out there – all you have to do is to go out and find them, it is all up to you.

In The Summertime by Mungo Jerry was a massive hit all over the world reaching Billboard Hot 100 #1 and UK singles chart #1. A really classic summer hit that make me want to go out with my friends and have a good time.

Listen to the fantastic In The Summertime here and find some great beards and shirts too.

Earth Wind & Fire – Shinning Star (1975)

Shinning Star by Earth Wind & Fire is a classic funk songShining Star by Earth Wind & Fire is one of my favourite funk songs. The sounds are incredible combining vocals and instruments perfectly to result in a funky classic. In retrospect perhaps I should not be surprised about the high standard knowing that the founder of Earth Wind & Fire was Maurice White who bad been a studio musician at Chess Records playing on recording with legends like Chuck Berry, The Supremes and Muddy Waters among others.

If you ask me the lyrics should be taught in schools to cure all low self-esteem:

“You’re a shining star, no matter who you are

Shining bright to see what you can truly be”

All people should have the right to be a Shining Star in there own lifes.

Listen to Shining Star and get in a better funk mood . The song is on the album That’s The Way Of The World by Earth Wind & Fire. And please find a video with Earth Wind & Fire just to see the fantastic colorful outfit they wear.

Highest chart position: US#1

Earth Wind & Fire - please watch out here come the color family

Steve Miller Band – The Joker (1973)

Cover to Steve Miller Band The JokerThe Joker by Steve Miller Band I sometime around heard in a tv commercial for an “best of” Steve Miller Band cd. I normally do not fall for the commercials on tv but something here got me down to the cd store. That “something” might have been that I knew a few songs and that the sound fit in to my approach to being a little more into rock and wanted to learn more. Looking back I have not heard the album as such but listened to the few songs I already knew – so much for the “I want to learn more” thought in this case (but that is my own fault and not to blame on Steve Miller Band).

Highest US chart position was #1 and the song is often found on lists on ultimate classic rock.

I found The Joker on the Steve Miller Band compilation The Very Best Of Steve Miller Band but is originally on the album also named The Joker.

Highest chart position: UK singles chart #1.

Portrait of The Steve Miller Band