Sunday, September 28, 2008

we'll be pecking lightly, like a woodpecker with a headache

It's probably no big surprise, but I'm something of a fan of the 1970's. It would be nearly imposible to name my favourite decade, but it would definitely be a toss-up between the 60's and the 70's. I also love records. Therefore, it makes sense to list (as I love to do), my top 5 favourite records from each decade. Chronologically, I should start with the 60's. But, fuck that.
Here's my top 5 favourite albums from the 70's:

Marvin Gaye - Let's Get It On
My absolute favourite record from the 1970's, and one of my favourite records of all time. I usually listen to at least one side of it everyday, and I have for almost a year. Nothing makes me feel so warm, good and content as when I touch the needle down on this record.
Favourite track: "Come Get To This", very possibly my favourite song ever, it sets my soul on fire in just under 3 minutes

Funkadelic - One Nation Under a Groove
This record - and it was hard to pick from my many Parliament-Funkadelic records - is so amazing because it shows the talent, wit and versatility of Funkadelic. From a satirical, tripped out semi-ballad (the supernasty "Promentalshitbackwashpsychosis Enema Squad") to proving a funk band can play rock ("Who Say a Funk Band Can't Play Rock!?") I know there will be a different answer for any funk fan you ask, but if you have to own one P-Funk record, I'd say make it this.
Favourite track: "One Nation Under a Groove" gives me more of what I'm funking for

Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin III
This album needs no introduction.
Favourite track: "Since I've Been Loving You"
Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
My love for Black Sabbath is still in its nascent stages, but I cannot get enough of this album. This is early Black Sabbath and, quite frankly, it is amazing. I personally had a warped view of Black Sabbath for most of my life, and they are much different than I had imagined. If you're a Led Zeppelin fan, do yourself a favour and check out this album.
Favourite track: "The Warning"
Parliament - Funkentelechy vs. the Placebo Syndrome
This is a party on vinyl. I have never listened to a single song from this album without dancing around, urged on my the purest of joy in my heart. Of all the concept albums, this one sticks to the concept the hardest: Starchild and his Funkentelechy battles Sir Nose D'voidoffunk, purveyor of the dreaded Placebo Syndrome. But even if you hardly pay attention to the lyrics (and you'll be missing out), the grooves alone will make this album the soul of any good time to be had.
Favourite track: "Funkentelechy", using satirical references to advertising slogans to remind you that "there is nothing that the proper attitude won't render funkable"

13 comments:

this wheel's on fire said...

ah! i love you even more :)
beeteeuu i'm so copying this idea sometime soon xxoo

a said...

'...gives me more what of what i'm funking for'
love you. eternally.

I LOVE LED ZEPELLIN III

i also should probably get into a bunch of these bands...

a said...

shit. spelled zeppelin wrong.

jayne said...

yay for led zep!

sophia said...

one of the best part about albums is their covers...I want some of these for my wall!
new post!

Sister Libby said...

I love "Come Get To This", but would have never thought to put it on a top five list. I'm so excited for 60's week. You won't do an 80's week will you? Because, in my opinion, the eighties were kind of horrific. But on the flip side, finding the gems of the 80's would be a good challenge thing...I like your list.

Cate said...

I couldn't name my favourite decade either. I love every decade in a different way and from a different aspect.
Marvin Gaye - Let's Get It On
I would have been disappointed if this hadn't been No. 1
Loved this list - looking forward to the other decades!

coco said...

Marvin Gaye is one of my all time favourites!

Katelin said...

funakdelic is definitely one awesome record. gotta love the pfunk.

M said...

led zeppelin girl! wow great blog. all its says here is true. amen. you're at my great blogs

Sunniva said...

Marvin Gaye all the way! His songs are so sensual and sexy..who can't love them?! and thanks for the lovely comment, it really made my day! I feel the pressure of doing a great coverage now haha.

Diana Coronado said...

Zep is da best !!

Diana Coronado said...

Such a great compilation !!