Times Of Our Lives: 1971

French Connection

Oh, come on; you’ve become used to the slack-jawed posting habits by now, surely? It feels somehow appropriate to have had a month off, summering in Spain as we did. The ‘siesta’ has caught on at home, just as various regional governments look to end it on the Iberian peninsula.

Not in one town though. Ador, in Valencia, “enshrined” the siesta into a local by-law and the town closes down between 2 – 5pm. It does in this part of Derbyshire as well; not through the heat, just apathy toward the community.

Anyway, I like the cut of Don Joan Faus Vitòria jib, for holding onto his town’s heritage, paying respect to traditions. Too often in this life, we speed through with no care for the lessons of the past, be they political, social or whatever. Frequently, we take the bad ones and modernise them into a worse idea than they already were, whilst neglecting the good in a vague search for self-enrichment and aggrandisement which is ill-deserved.

We’re all guilty of it, the zealots for a cause often the worst offenders. Lifting our heads up from looking down, even for just the briefest of moments, to see what is around us, makes life worth living.

Anyway, enough of the brief lecture. This is the 1971 playlist that my older self thinks the younger me should have listened to. I didn’t care then; the Runaway Train was on Junior Choice which I remember religiously listening to.

Was it ‘Arnold the Dog’ on that show? I have a notion that was one of Blackburn’s ‘gimmicks’ as opposed to Ed ‘Stewpot’ Stewart? I’m sure his was “‘ello Darling” which for years I thought was Charlie Drake but it turns out, it was the voice of an 8 year-old child.

This is; usual proviso, if the playlist below doesn’t work, click here for the browser version. Enjoy.

Artist Song
Isaac Hayes Theme From Shaft
David Ruffin It’s Gonna Take A Whole Lot Of Doin’
Faces Stay With Me
The Isley Brothers Ohio / Machine Gun
The Main Ingredient Why Can’t We All Unite
Marvin Gaye What’s Going On
The Rolling Stones Brown Sugar
John Lee Hooker Whiskey and Wimmen’
Booker T. & the M.G.’s Melting Pot
Dion The Stuff I Got
The Temptations Ungena Za Ulimwengu (Unite The World)
Jimmy Webb All Night Show
John Lennon Imagine
The Doors Riders On The Storm
David Bowie Song For Bob Dylan
T. Rex Mambo Sun
Janis Joplin Move Over
Al Green Tired Of Being Alone
Bill Withers Harlem
Jethro Tull Aqualung
Sly & The Family Stone Family Affair
Bobby Darin Me & Mr. Hohner
The Who Won’t Get Fooled Again
The Hollies Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress)
Stevie Wonder Do Yourself A Favor


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