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 Posted:   Dec 27, 2015 - 1:13 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Roberta Flack- "Killing Me Softly"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1eOsMc2Fgg

Love those 1970-75 "confessional" songs--then everything went all Disco... Ugh.


I've always wondered if the song was supposed to be depressing and sad or merely emotionally liberating in that the singer she goes to hear "gets" what she feels through his song.

I read somewhere that the song's composer--not Roberta Flack iirc-- had Don McLean's "American Pie" as its inspiration.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 27, 2015 - 6:27 PM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

I was thinking about TAXI the other day...would any natives to the USA under the age of 50 understand it? The musical style, the sentimental lyrics.....seems like they'd classify it as old schmaltzy junk because there's no hippityhop beat with rap lyrics about bitches, brand names and guns. Sigh.

 
 Posted:   Dec 28, 2015 - 8:04 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I'm under 50 and I love so much of this stuff (after all, look who's been keeping this thread alive these past three years). My interest in most popular music declines significantly with the '80s and despite my youth and inexperience, I have always felt more at home with most pop culture from the 1970s and back.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 28, 2015 - 8:13 AM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

I'm under 50 and I love so much of this stuff (after all, look who's been keeping this thread alive these past three years). My interest in most popular music declines significantly with the '80s and despite my youth and inexperience, I have always felt more at home with most pop culture from the 1970s and back.

yeah, probably "personality types" matter more. Alot of people regardless of age are only interested in current arts - the blockbuster/redbox renters versus the TCM channel viewers.

 
 Posted:   Dec 28, 2015 - 8:56 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I remember all of the songs mentioned in this thread getting plenty of airplay in the mid-to-late '70s as well as the decades afterwards. I don't have a sophisticated music apparatus in the Phelpsmobile and since much of mainstream radio is presently fixated on the 1980s and on--thus "forcing" me to endure the '80s for the rest of my days--those 1970s songs still make the rounds, even on the vapid FM radio environment.

I was thinking of starting a thread of the songs that always get played on radio by artists I can't stand, requiring me to immediately change the station. One would think, going by what radio programmers schedule, that the likes of, say, Steppenwolf (a group I dn't mind though they are outside the realm of this particular thread) only recorded two songs because that's all they ever allow us to hear.

One would think that with all the options listeners have besides radio, that these radio stations would expand their playlist, but then they cater to the office drone crowd so nothing "exciting" gets to be played.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 28, 2015 - 9:48 AM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

...I don't have a sophisticated music apparatus in the Phelpsmobile....

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 28, 2015 - 10:43 AM   
 By:   John B. Archibald   (Member)

Love the lyric where he says he put the twenty in his shirt.

He's got romance, that's true, but twenty bucks is still twenty bucks.

Onward and upward.

 
 Posted:   Dec 31, 2015 - 9:25 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I've said as much earlier in this thread: I'm not a Chapin fan. I'm not keen on his singing voice but in listening to "Taxi" again, he was quite an effective storyteller. I certainly can appreciate the appeal he has for his many fans. Plus, the songs are an important part of that 1970-75 era of confessional singer-songwriters.

Jim Croce, however, haunts me to the core.

 
 Posted:   Jan 13, 2016 - 7:27 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Finally! I've heard this song for decades and never knew what it was called or who sang it, but after a few minutes searching, the "mystery" is solved!

"Amie"-Pure Prairie League (1972)

http://youtu.be/u4xp2lgiAjY

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 13, 2016 - 9:22 AM   
 By:   MikeP   (Member)

Finally! I've heard this song for decades and never knew what it was called or who sang it, but after a few minutes searching, the "mystery" is solved!

"Amie"-Pure Prairie League (1972)

http://youtu.be/u4xp2lgiAjY




Ah that's been a long time favorite. I had that LP somewhere, many moons ago.

I listen to this on a fairly regular basis, all of my pop playlists include Year Of The Cat.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqZc7ZQURMs


I love that line " she comes out of the sun in a silk dress, running like a watercolor in the rain"

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 18, 2016 - 7:09 AM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

I'm undecided whether I prefer Paris or Willie's version of TAXI.



 
 Posted:   Jan 18, 2016 - 3:35 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

This is one of my favorite threads, so even an impertinent bump is greatly appreciated!

 
 Posted:   Jan 20, 2016 - 12:45 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

A bit outside of the realm but a confessional, singer-songwriter who found success in the '70s, Jackson Browne and "Running on Empty": Sheesh, I sound like Casey Kasem!

http://youtu.be/Vq25ZJwZJzU

Terrible guitar solo, though.

 
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