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#SundaySubmission | @thatrobguy’s Guilty Pleasures of the 70s

Our very first submission comes by way of Rob Wolf, the Director of Social Media for Microsoft. His guilty pleasure journey started at a young age as his first two concerts were Donnie & Marie and Barry Manilow respectively. But even to this day, it’s all about “unabashed joy” for music as he puts it. He shares, “We’re all so damn cool these days, that no one can picture themselves just letting loose with a song and busting out onto the street where everyone else knows the lyrics and dance moves. I want to live in that world. And when I have my headphones on, I do.” We completely agree Rob!

With tastes ranging from the 70’s gems you’ll see in his Spotify playlist below, he also admits a love for Boz Scaggs and the soundtracks to the films “A Mighty Wind”, “The Book of Mormon” and “South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut”.

 

 

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#FridayFind | ELO – Don’t Bring Me Down

Who would’ve thought Jeff Lyne’s biggest hit in the U.S. would be the song he dedicated to NASA’s Skylab Space Station? A looped drum sample from “On the Run” is the backbone for this clap-inducing tune. The album “Discovery” in 1979 was definitely where the band pushed wholeheartedly from orchestral space pop into pure disco territory. A few tunes of theirs leaned disco including “Evil Woman” (1975 – Face the Music) and “Livin’ Thing” (1976 – A New World Record), so it was a natural progression for Jeff Lyne to go “full Bee Gees” as it were.

While the rest of the album is certainly far too smooth and relaxed for my taste, the final track really brings an energy you cannot ignore. The crisp drum sample paired with the harmony driven lyrics is just… perfection.

Just as the lyrics state, it’s Friday, “Don’t Bring me Down”.

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