A blog that makes you think is always a good blog. Eric Shelton did that today with his post, “The Selvedge Yard”. Now, being someone that loves to argue with my friends and spending ages 0 through 11 in the last 60’s and 70’s, I immediately had flashbacks to all the good shows I grew up watching as a kid. (Which is funny since in his blog he talks about how he discovered all this good stuff from that era.)
- Bugs Bunny
- The Flintstones
- Lost in Space
- Star Trek
- Welcome Back Carter
- Battlestar Galactica
- The Wonder Bug
- Electra Woman and Dyna Girl
- Wonder Woman
- Fat Albert
- Barnie Miller
More come to mind as I write these, but let’s go on.
There were some awesome movies as well.
- Star Wars
- The Love Bug
- Herbie Rides Again
- Star Trek the Motion Picture
(I was too young to see the last two and saw them when I got older, I think I saw Jaws for the first time when it came out on TV.)
I think the biggest surprise though is the music from the era. Yes the whole decade was overshadowed by Disco (Stop trying to bring it back, Britney!) But there were some really good songs back then.
- Fooling Yourself (Angry Young Man) – Styx
- Midnight Rider – Allman Brothers Band
- Kick It Out – Heart
- The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald – Gordon Lightfoot
- Taxi – Harry Chapin
- Hot Blooded – Foreigner
- Dust in the Wind – Kansas
- Since You Been Gone – Rainbow
I could throw in Lennon, McCartney, and other “usual’s” as well, but I wanted to list the ones that weren’t as obvious.
There’s one more band I have to bring up, because few seem to know about it. Journey was formed and had multiple albums in the 70’s. Five to be exact.
- Look Into The Future
I found Journey in the 80’s with a 45 from their Escape album. (A 45 is a record roughly double the size of a CD. It has one song per side on it and cost a dollar back when I bought it.)
This is where the space time continuation comes in.
While tripping through the You Tube verse fantastic, I found three “Top Ten, Top Twenty” singers of all time. In each one I saw that Steve Perry was somewhere on the list. Sometimes at number 8, sometimes number 1. What left me dumbfounded is that the people who made this list sometimes had him rated higher than Mick Jagger, Roger Daltrey, and John Lennon. I never would’ve expected that. It took me some time to absorb this. As a fan, I have told close friends that I consider Journey to be the Beatles of my era, but to have others feel closely to this was shocking. (Also challenge yourself to think of any other band that has survived six lead singer changes. Yes six. Gregg Rollie, Arie Fleishman, Steve Perry, Steve Augeri, Jeff Scott Soto, and Arnel Pineda)
It’s then that I realized how fluid the list of legendary singers and bands truly is. We define ourselves through the culture of our era and want to pass down some of that culture as a memorial to our own great moments in time. It’s a mix of building a memorial and making an imprinted scrapbook to those younger ones close to us.
What we are exposed to affects us more that I think we realize. Whether a song from years past or blog read ten minutes ago. Thanks Eric for the memories. What cultural icons have influenced you?