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Introducing the Music Snob collection, perfect for the smug hipster in your life — or maybe yourself. As usual they’re only $14 for a very limited time so buy one before everyone else does.

Download: Music – John Miles (mp3)

This 1976 hit is the Cecil B. DeMille of pop records: an overblown Pomp Rock epic that’s a bit stupid but also kind of glorious.

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This is pretty much the Platonic Ideal of Rock Music: Chunky riffs, long hair, tight jeans, guitar solos, bluesy vocals, dancing groupies, and a song about “doing it”.

Whatever happened to white singers with voices like Paul Rodgers?

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You’d think having a hit record would mean he could afford a shirt with buttons.

This is a classic example of the 1970s AM pop which sounds glorious blaring out of the radio of a big old American car when you’re driving to the beach on a sunny Florida day. It really does, I know from personal experience.

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Never thought I’d use the words “Toto” and “rocks” in the same sentence but this really does.

I bought this single when it came out in 1978, I know I probably should have been buying something by The Clash instead but we can’t all be so hip in our early teens.

My Chiffon is Wet


I don’t know if it was because things were so grim that people needed cheering up more, but there were a lot of novelty hits in the 1970s. 99.9% of them were terrible, but this one was marvelous and “My chiffon is wet, darling!” is still one of my favourite lines in pop.

“Disco Tex” was a fellow called Sir Monti Rock III and the group was the brainchild of The Four Seasons’ producer/writer Bob Crewe. This was a hit in 1974 before Disco went overground and became a cultural juggernaut so it was ahead of that curve, and its camp flamboyance was ahead of Sylvester and The Village People in being a hit that came out of gay club culture — both Rock and Crewe were gay and the record was made to sound like a live performance in a gay disco. Which just shows that even the silliest novelty record can have some sociological significance.

Download: Get Dancin’ – Disco Tex & The Sex-O-Lettes (mp3)

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This track is probably my guiltiest of guilty pleasures,  God help me I love it. I also confess I have a playlist of this sort of 70s Pomp Rock on my iPod that is my favourite soundtrack to workout to at the gym.

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Keeping the (unintentional) dance music theme going this week. It’s a toss-up between this and “Lost In Music” for my favourite non-Chic Edwards/Rodgers production. Few records are this sublime and silly at the same time.

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This clip is the sort of thing you’d think only existed in the “What if?” fantasies of music nerds, but it actually happened.

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The sentimental musings of an ageing expat in words, music, and pictures. Mp3 files are up for a limited time so drink them while they're hot. Contact me: lee at londonlee dot com

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