Friday, January 8, 2010

2 Underrated Classic Rock Bands of the 1970s

By Brett Kingston

I've always been a big fan of the music from the 1970s. I've always felt that the statement "they don't make them like they used do" was pretty cliche, and I still think it is. However, I do think it's true when it comes to music from the 70s. This was a decade that many believe to be the golden era for rock and roll.

The form of music was just coming into its own, and some of the bands from this decades were truly pioneers. They found new sounds that blended elements of the past with concepts from the future, paving the way for many bands that came afterward.

To this day, there are still many bands who emulate the sounds of the two that I'm going to mention here. I believe that these are two of the best rock bands of all-time, though they don't get nearly as much recognition as they should. Let's take a look at these bands who make my list.

First, there's The Band, who might be my favorite of these two. This was an extremely talented group of musicians who started out as the backup group for Bob Dylan when he toured. That's why they had the simple name that they do.

Their roots are in Canada, but their sound is one of Americana mixed with classic rock. This gives their music somewhat of a country-ish feel, which you'll hear on songs like The Weight, which achieved widespread commercial success. There were also many other great songs that don't offer as much recognition.

The second band that I'd like to mention here is ELO, which stands for Electric Light Orchestra. This was a band led by the greatly talented singer Jeff Lynne, who also penned most of their music too. Some of their greatest hits include Living Thing, which you may recognize from many soundtracks, including the one for Boogie Nights. Then there's Roll Over Beethoven, which has been featured in movies and on television commercials as well.

Perhaps the song that receives the most airplay these days is Mr. Blue Sky, also extremely popular in movies and on commercials. The fact that so much of the band's music is still played over 30 years later is a testament to how influential their music was. The sounds of classic rock fused with space age electronic sounds and symphonic classical music describe the sound of this band. They're as interesting as that sounds.

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1 comment:

  1. There were some pretty dire bands in the 1970s too [Yes: Tales from Topographic Oceans is as flatulent as it gets]. Thank goodness for punk.