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Reelin’ In the Years 83: Fox on the Run

I’ve not had one from The Sweet for a while.

This was the first of their hits that they’d written themselves.

Sweet: Fox on the Run

Reelin’ In the Years 82: Gasoline Alley Bred

From the time when The Hollies were moving over from pure pop (He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother notwithstanding) to a more guitar based sound.

The Hollies: Gasoline Alley Bred

Reelin’ In the Years 81: Benediction

This is perhaps my favourite Stealers Wheel track.

It was never released as a single as far as I know and came from the third Stealers Wheel album Right or Wrong. By the time it appeared the group had long since ceased to exist and both its leading lights, Gerry Rafferty and Joe Egan, were no longer working together.

From the outside I would say that the lyric maybe says a lot about a West of Scotland RC upbringing.

Stealers Wheel: Benediction

Reelin’ In the Years 80: Do It Again

This would have been a good title for the category – except I went with Reelin’ in the Years instead.

It makes a good match with last week’s offering.

Steely Dan: Do It Again

Reelin’ In the Years 79: Sail Away

Who says USians can’t do irony – or satire?

Randy Newman certainly can. Biting sharp lyrics against jaunty or haunting tunes.

Has anyone ever made an invitation to enter into slavery more beautiful?

Randy Newman: Sail Away

Reelin’ In the Years 78: El Doomo

I remember hearing this on the radio in the 1970s and thinking it was very different indeed from the stuff Ellis produced when he was with Love Affair, but I don’t think I ever caught its title. I’m not even sure I realised at the time that Ellis was a band name. I recognised it straight away when listening to last Sunday’s Sounds of the Seventies on the iPlayer.

This is about as far from Bringing on Back the Good Times as you can get.

Ellis: El Doomo

Reelin’ In the Years 77: Short Stories

Harry Chapin’s most well-known songs are probably W.O.L.D. and Cat’s in the Cradle.

However what could be more appropriate to feature in a blog which focuses mainly on fiction than a song called Short Stories?

The song was the title track of the album on which W.O.L.D. appeared.

Harry Chapin: Short Stories

Reelin’ In the Years 76: Jolene

The original of this is well-known, a 1973 song by Dolly Parton.
On Jarvis Cocker’s BBC Radio 6 Music show on Sunday (I listened to it later on iPlayer) he broadcast the slowed down version, supposedly played at 33 rpm instead of 45.*

First the original speed.

Dolly Parton: Jolene

The “33″ rpm sound is astonishingly effective, turning what had been a reedy, needy song of desperation into something sombre and dignified.

Dolly Parton: Jolene at 33

*Wiki says it’s slowed by 25%. 33 is 26.6% of 45 so it’s close enough.

Friday On My Mind 92: and Reelin’ in the Years 75: Abraham, Martin and John

It’s an anniversary today. You might have heard some mention of it.

This song was written as a response to that and later similar events of a turbulent decade.

From a fifty year perspective the lyric now seems overly sentimentalised.

The first version of this was by Dion but the UK hit came in 1970 from Marvin Gaye.

Dion: Abraham, Martin and John

Marvin Gaye: Abraham, Martin and John

Reelin’ In The Years 74: Silver Machine

Hawkwind were said not so much to play as point their guitars and fly.

In the very early 70s Science Fiction author, sometime begetter of the New Wave in SF and New Worlds magazine editor Michael Moorcock became associated with the band.

This was their sole UK hit.

Hawkwind: Silver Machine

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