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Never mind the golf dinners, it’s time for another Friday music competition.

This week I want to know what’s your favourite underrated song from the 1970s?

Reply below and you could be in with a chance to win a splendid €25 Golden Discs voucher.

Here’s mine.

The winner will be chosen by my caddy.

Please include video links if possible and it would be great if you could say why you like the song.

Lines MUST close at 2am.

Nick says: Good luck!

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205 thoughts on “Win Nick’s Voucher

    1. Slightly Bemused

      I used work for a local printer, and when putting the booklets together (officially, collating) we would walk around his kitchen table picking up a page at a time. In order to keep spirits up we would sing songs. This was a staple.

    1. Janet, dreams of big guns

      You think I’m such a fool
      To believe everything you say is true
      That just goes to show
      That you really don’t know

      And while you’re out painting the town
      Do you think I’m home just sitting around
      Waiting on you
      Now who’s really the fool

      When I first found out I hurt all over
      I felt so left out till I got to know her
      So I tried the way that she got over
      And I became just like her
      So don’t be surprised to find

      That the angel in your arms this morning
      Is gonna be the devil in someone else’s arms tonight
      Yes, the angel in your arms this morning
      Is gonna be the devil in someone else’s arms tonight

      Why’d you slip around secretly
      If you were tired of loving me
      Why’d you keep holding on
      When love was already gone

      The times you said you weren’t feeling well
      Did you think I couldn’t tell
      You’d been with someone else
      You were only kidding yourself

      When I first found out I hurt all over
      I felt so left out till I got to know her
      So I tried the way that she got over
      And I became just like her so don’t be surprised to find

      That the angel in your arms this morning
      Is gonna be the devil in someone else’s arms tonight
      Yes, the angel in your arms this morning
      Is gonna be the devil in someone else’s arms tonight

  1. Slightly Bemused

    Clout and Substitute would be it for me. Originally a song for The Who, this was to be the A-side for Gloria Gaynor’s much more famous hit, I Will Survive (a song she did only because she had to).

    I learned this song as a kid when my now sadly departed brother helped me make a Lego cassette player when we moved to our new house down the country. This song has many memories, but I think stands on its own as a classic.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fgA_yNCeq4

    1. GiggidyGoo

      I remember a pub band in the early 80’s in a pub in enniscorthy doing that one. Think the pub was The Island or something like that, on the right coming into scalderland from gorey side. It was a young girl named mary nielsen / nessens or something like that and a really good singer. No such thing as backing tracks either. Fine girl too. The place is now a chinese restaurant.

    1. GiggidyGoo

      Ah Bowie.
      Growing up in Gorey during 70’s, the main street was a place for characters. The ‘older’ folk would sit on shop window sills and discuss the passing folk.
      Some friends of mine had gone to london and returned with dyed long hair, boots up to their knees, and denim coats, earrings, and all the trappings of having experienced ‘it’. Whatever ‘it’ was.
      They would stroll past Cooks Arcade looking all cool, and the old lads wouldn’t know what to say.
      The got as far as saying “Dem’s the boys’ ‘aye’, ‘dem’s the lads’, but couldn’t elaborate. Was funny.
      We all wanted to be like those boys, but would be excommunicated if we dared.

  2. Johnny Green

    Sweetheart Of The Rodeo is off my fav under rated at time ’70’s album,this is a standout track.I do a lot driving out west,to camp and hike in the national parks,its just great driving song,a smoke and a mexican cola,heading out to the dessert…

    The Byrds – You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxzV5XoLpto

    (the album bombed-but it’s definitely is not under rated now,was at time?)

    1. Janet, dreams of big guns

      paisley silk with a perfectly manicured foot sliding around the door ? ( well you did say imagine),
      btw I’m related to the BeeGees on my mammy’s side ;)

        1. Janet, dreams of big guns

          some form of a cousin, all my auntie’s hair in any kind of humidity should have been a giveaways

      1. Janet, dreams of big guns

        Barbara, a woman who had a big nose yet had mega sex appeal was a comfort to teenage me

  3. Slightly Bemused

    From the year before Janet’s dreams turned into nightmares. My first memory of a Eurovision, although I know they were viewed in the homestead before this. I guess I was just a youngster then.

    Vicky Leandros, and Apres Toi. I sort of learned French in order to be able to understand this song. Not sure yet if I was disappointed or not.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ka89ORFu_Tc

      1. Slightly Bemused

        Back before spangly spandex, and in the days the Eurovision still hosted a full orchestra. I don’t think I was this besotted until Nicole came along with a little peace. Barring, of course, the band that shall not be named.

      2. GiggidyGoo

        Whaaaaat Janet. It was released in English as ‘Come What May’ I’d no record player / tape or personal transistor those days and used to listen as much as possible for it to come onto the valve wireless :-)

          1. GiggidyGoo

            Some singer in all fairness. It did lose a little going to english – the romance of the auld foreign languages is hard to mimic.

        1. Janet, dreams of big guns

          my early music listening was heavily censored/ curated by an older brother who would wheel me out in front of potential girlfriends to say cute age inappropriate things about music HE loved,
          he also used to bring me to art galleries, and then poke me when a cute girl was in earshot to spout off about ” the light and brushwork etc”
          I was his preforming puppy/ girl magnet

          1. Janet, dreams of big guns

            Choons please!
            ( my mother’s go to is and was hymns sang in a tone deaf mangled glaswegian make your ears bleed alto, she makes lovely scoans tho )

  4. Janet, dreams of big guns

    a covid dédicace, Hong Kong Garden

    Song by Siouxsie and the Banshees

    https://youtu.be/Y-l9GQJRl9Y

    Harmful elements in the air
    Symbols clashing everywhere
    Reaps the fields of rice and reeds
    While the population feeds
    Junk floats on polluted water
    An old custom to sell your daughter
    Would you like number twenty three?
    Leave your yens on the counter please

    Ho-oh, ho-oh-oh-oh
    Hong Kong Garden

    Ho-oh, ho-oh-oh-oh
    Hong Kong Garden

    Oh oh, oh oh

    Tourists swarm to see your face
    Confucius has a puzzling grace
    Disoriented you enter in
    Unleashing scent of wild jasmine

    Slanted eyes meet a new sunrise
    A race of bodies small in size
    Chicken Chow Mein and Chop Suey
    Hong Kong Garden takeaway

    La la la, la la la la la

    Ho-oh, ho-oh-oh-oh
    Hong Kong Garden

    Ho-oh, ho-oh-oh-oh

    1. Slightly Bemused

      The only time I had a thought of a dalliance on my side of the fence was to a boy named Denis, and to this song. Then the song ended, and we took off the makeup from the play, the part was over and all the world was right again.

      As with Janet, turned out he was a distant cousin, but what the hey.

        1. Janet, dreams of big guns

          it’s ok I fancied a girl in my ballet class, mostly because she was so bendy

        2. Johnny Green

          a lot older/retiress move to Spain and Florida,we call it gods waiting room,this is a classic under rated 70’s track from the incredible Townes Van Zand,off the legendary James Szalapski’s documentary Heartworn Highways.

          enjoy…
          Townes Van Zandt, Waitin´ Around to Die, Heartworn Highways.
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-Rq-4spRz4

      1. Janet, dreams of big guns

        made me think of this classic,
        I like to sing it cooking up a weekend fry

        The Diversions, Hey fatty boom boom, 1975

        https://youtu.be/5tYF_vJIqzY

        Hey, fatty bum bum
        Your sweet sugar dumplin’
        Hey, fatty bum bum
        Let me tell you something

        No not because you’re so big and fat
        Don’t believe I’m afraid of that
        A safe place is no recommendation
        I’m lookin’ for creation

        Hey, fatty bum bum
        Your sweet sugar dumplin’
        Hey, fatty bum bum
        Let me tell you something

        Tell me, I look like I must
        Or wanna want thy bread
        I wouldn’t stop trying till I drop down dead
        Never let your big size fool you
        The cooler day as I cool you

        Tell me, I look like I must
        Or wanna want thy bread
        I wouldn’t stop trying till I drop down dead
        Never let your big size fool you
        The cooler day as I cool you

  5. GiggidyGoo

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zny53R1cJE
    Lady Eleanor by Lindisfarne. The memory I have of this is actually from the early 80’s (though it was out in early 70’s). I had it on tape in an Austin Maxi car. One evening I smacked the car into a ditch, and that was what was playing. Stuck in my head from then on.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95zxtaKQBBc
    Rod Stewart – The Killing of Georgie parts 1 and 2. Is a mix a joy and sadness and delivered brilliantly by himself.

  6. Rosette of Sirius

    Hmm. Underrated. Very subjective!

    So I’ll go with Summer ’60 from Pink Floyd’s 1970 release Atom Heart Mother.

    https://youtu.be/a0XCQhZfGVo

    Rick Wright wrote this about a groupie he met in 1968. Probably the catchiest track from that album, it was never released as a single. A shame. as it was one of the few songs that Wright wrote for Pink Floyd.

  7. GiggidyGoo

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zny53R1cJE
    Lady Eleanor by Lindisfarne. The memory I have of this is actually from the early 80’s (though it was out in early 70’s). I had it on tape in an Austin Maxi car. One evening I smacked the car into a ditch, and that was what was playing. Stuck in my head from then on.

    1. Janet, dreams of big guns

      that really brought a smile to my chops, both the lyrics and the goofy clapping/moves

    1. Slightly Bemused

      This is, without exception, my favourite song! Every time it comes on it is one of me FVF – Full Volume Favourites.

      It may be that I was a clown to her, but the most wonderful girl in the world came about because of her.

  8. Muchacho Gordo-Delgado

    Graham Parker – ‘Hey Lord Don’t Ask Me Questions’
    One of the best, yet under rated musicians ever. Check out his back catalogue for an enjoyable lost weekend.
    For a year or two, young Muchacho thought the song was called “Gaylord, don’t ask me questions”. Mea Culpa.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7NlS-f29xM

    1. Otis Blue

      And speaking of This Mortal Coil…

      This is simply one of the best songs ever written. Here it’s sung by Jeff’s dad, a grandson of a Cork emigrant on The Monkees TV show in 1970.

      Tim Buckley – Song to the Siren

      https://youtu.be/vMTEtDBHGY4

    1. goldenbrown

      great album eamonn, my very first one, bought in Freebird after I finished the Inter Cert

      also love Fast Cars

      They’re nice and precise, each one begins and ends
      They may win you admirers, but they’ll never earn you friends
      Fast cars, fast cars
      Fast cars, I hate fast cars

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rW49tFZPCF4

      ner ner ner ner n ner ner ner ner n nerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!
      (me playing it badly just now heehee)

  9. Muchacho Gordo-Delgado

    I was probably too young at the time to appreciate the lyrics, sentiment and political message this song contained, but it still moved me with its haunting poignancy.
    When I did understand what it was all about I loved it all the more. (BTW, although it was released in early 80, it was written in the 70’s).
    “You can blow out a candle
    But you can’t blow out a fire
    Once the flames begin to catch
    The wind will blow it higher”.
    It’s never played enough, but it’s message is still relevant to this day. Don’t let there ever be a repeat of what happened to Steve.
    Peter Gabriel – Biko
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luVpsM3YAgw

  10. Muchacho Gordo-Delgado

    Dr. Feelgood only had one “successful” commercial single – Milk & Alcohol, but they had many excellent singles that just didn’t chart. They had a dedicated underground following, including young Muchacho. This is amongst one of their best, but all are worth seeking out.
    Dr, Feelgood – Baby Jane
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hla6u6WpRE0
    Interesting fact – guitarist Wilko Johnson, famous for his machine gun playing style, survived cancer and went on to play the part of executioner, Ser Ilyn Payne, in Game of Thrones.

    1. eamonn

      Wilko is a true legend, his work with daltrey recently is tops. His cancer journney is quite the tale.
      I don’t think he slept much in the 70’s.
      Meanwhile my response to Baby Jane
      https://youtu.be/9ILyWFhuf3Y
      Back in the night,
      Si Muchacho,

  11. Andy Pipkin

    Sorry I’m late too the party!
    Had too get the wheel on me wheelchair fixed, anyway, love Big Star and love Nicks choice, but to me this song is one of the most incredible songs ever, the whole structure of the song is unreal!!

    https://youtu.be/Fhy76l7iOOs

    1. Clampers Outside

      Nice one… I thought there’d be a lot more of this kinda sound when I saw the theme.

      I’ll have to dig out a few :)

  12. Clampers Outside

    Is “underrated” a hit that was forgotten, or a track that never made it but later appreciated by the person posting…. I dunno…

    Anyway, this one isn’t a song but an instrumental electronica track from Jean-Jacques Perry…. E. V. A. from his 1970 Moog Indigo album.

    This is timeless, an upbeat chill choon. You’ll recognise it, but from where?
    I dunno myself, I’m sure that chime was sampled plenty or used in ads :)

    https://youtu.be/NqSW2F8y8p0

    1. Clampers Outside

      It would only proper to follow that with more foot tapping electronica, this little cheerful doozey from 1978…. It’s Telex with Twist a St Tropez

      https://youtu.be/J49XpGTHExk

      Moscow Disco is another catchy number from these guys :)

    1. Clampers Outside

      My little fella is waving his hands around to this, gave me a good laugh… Copyin’ his Dad so he was :0)

    1. theo kretschmar schuldorff

      ..#
      Yeah, yeah, industrial estate
      And the crap in the air will fu(k up your face
      Yeah, yeah, industrial estate
      Boss can bloody take most of your wage
      And if you get a bit of depression
      Ask the doctor for some Valium
      Yeah, yeah, industrial estate
      Yeah, yeah, industrial estate
      Yeah, yeah, industrial estate
      .. *removes machine operators’ hairnet*

  13. Muchacho Gordo-Delgado

    Ah, the 1970’s, the decade political correctness never found.
    Here’s an underrated classic featuring the world’s longest place name as it’s chorus, and it’s theme contains the musings of the Native American sidekick to the original mask wearer.
    “Maybe masked man he a poofter
    Try it on with surly Tonto
    Let me say to mister lawman
    Tonto doesn’t mind”
    The Lone Ranger – Quantum Jump
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hchOYs_d_Bw
    Interesting fact,”Tonto” is the Spanish word for “G0bsh1te”

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