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by Chuck Eddy

August 26, 2014

Awesome '70s Mix Vol. 2

by Chuck Eddy  |  August 26, 2014

What with the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack topping Billboard's album chart for two weeks — and returning scrumptious ‘70s pop music to the front burner of mass consumption — it’s only natural that some out there might be curious about other yummy sounds from the decade of Watergate and smiley face buttons. Hence this mix. It's a sequel, of sorts, to the actual soundtrack: If you liked those songs, you should love these.

For instance, the Guardians soundtrack features a big hit with somebody chanting “ooga chucka” in it (Blue Swede's “Hooked on a Feeling”), and so does this playlist (Rufus & Chaka Khan's "Tell Me Something Good"). For “Spirit in the Sky”-style hippie-dippie Jesus freak jubilation, this batch includes Brewer & Shipley's [“One Toke Over the Line.”] To fill the Raspberries' “Go All the Way” guitar-riffing powerpop slot, there’s “Shake Some Action” by The Flamin’ Groovies. (That song and Suzi Quatro's “48 Crash” are the only selections that weren’t actually U.S. chart hits, just like the soundtrack’s David Bowie and Runaways tracks.)

Everything else here hit the pop Top 10 between 1970 and 1977, including three No. 1s: Melanie's “Brand New Key,” The Sylvers' “Boogie Fever” and Player's “Baby Come Back.” There’s catchy hard rock (Grand Funk Railroad), catchy soft rock (Starbuck and R. Dean Taylor), catchy teen idol pop (The Osmonds and Shaun Cassidy), catchy Zodiac-sign soul (The Floaters), a catchy skiffle shuffle celebrating the waning days of summer (Mungo Jerry), catchy space pop blowing it all sky high (Jigsaw). And who knows — there may just be more volumes on the way.

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