“A National Case of Nostalgia”. Songs that sound like they were produced in the 1970’s and their actual precedents

This 2016 I thank God for Justice who showed us that we’re back in the 70’s. I mean the french electronic duo. Do not mistake with the U.S. justice system that showed us (again!) that you can get away with rape by being an athlete.

Trends are born, they die, make a comeback and then… die again? This year there was a nostalgia that flooded us more willfully this year. Gnarly 80’s with hit Netflix shows like Stranger Things and even the futuristic fever of Black Mirror’s last season. In fashion 90’s were back with chokers, the slip dress over the t-shirt, but it didn’t came out of no where. We had it coming from past years with 2015’s high peak of the knee socks and  pleated skirts. Clueless and Winona Ryder were back.

The 70’s fashion was no exception with a comeback of the flare jeans, bell sleeves, boom platforms, and floral patches. Ask Gucci and Marc Jacobs Spring lines

Marc Jacobs Spring 2017

(I can’t believe Marc Jacobs invented dreadlocks!)

The dense 70’s vibes hit not only in fashion but also in music and T.V. Musicals like Grease and Rocky Horror Picture Show, which film adaptations came out in 1978 and 1975 respectively, have had remakes released this year. In music there was a heavy influence of disco, soul, and psychedelic rock.

Of course these trends developed from past years. In 2013 Daft Punk released Random Access Memories with the 70’s sound to it, which isn’t that hard when you collaborate with Giorgio Moroder. Foxygen has been doing this since 2012, Breakbot assures that disco is still alive, and Tame Impala DID NOT invent psychedelic rock, but here’s a Spotify playlist to give you a taste of the 70’s vibes I’ve been talking about.

Songs that sound like they were produced in the 1970’s and their actual precedents.

Grease- Flo Morrisey and Matthew E. White

A cover of the song composed by Barry Gibb, from the Bee Gees, specifically for the film adaptation of the musical. Should I mentioned 2016 Grease: Live again?

You Can’t Outrun ‘Em- Jenny Lewis


The Voyager is an album released in 2014, but it sounds like it was directly imported from the 1970’s. I think this was Lewis effortless try to do americana.
Precedent: You Can Do Magic- America. It also reminds me of “Magic Man” by Heart.

How Can You Really- Foxygen

What the guys from Foxygen have been doing since 2012 with their debut album is a nostalgic slap after another, but …And Star Power takes it to another level. When I hear this song it takes me back home when my mom used to play her Gilbert O’Sullivan tape.
Precedent: I will say a combination of “Woman” by John Lennon and “Alone Again (Naturally)” by Gilbert O’Sullivan. It even reminds me to “Year of the Cat” by Al Stewart.

She’s Not Me- Jenny Lewis

Precedent: This Jenny Lewis sounds more like Fleetwood Mac. Something like “Rhiannon”.

Safe and Sound- Justice

In the words of Josh Neff in Last Days of Disco: “Oh, for a few years – maybe many years – it’ll be considered passé and ridiculous. It will be misrepresented and caricatured and sneered at, or, worse, completely ignored. People will laugh about John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, white polyester suits and platform shoes… But we had nothing to do with those things and still loved disco… Disco was too great, and too much fun, to be gone for ever! It’s got to come back someday. I just hope it will be in our own lifetimes.
Precedent: Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)- ABBA

Treasure- Bruno Mars

Song inspired by Baby I’m Yours of Breakbot, French producer and DJ labeled as being nu-disco. Also, just watch the music video.
Precedent: ’cause Bruno Mars always gave those Michael Jackson Vibes with “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough”. 

Walking on a Dream- Empire of the Sun

“Glam Rock is still relevant, ok?”, said Luke Steele as he applied white eyeshadow.
Precedent: Yeah, but this song has heavy You Should be Dancing- Bee Gees vibes.

Redbone- Childish Gambino

#soul #funk #psychedelicfunk Also the song was inspired by Bootsy Collins’ “I’d Rather Be With You”.

Fire- Justice

I call this one “The One With Stevie Wonderish keyboards”
Precedent: Superstition- Stevie Wonder

A Lost Machine- Grandaddy

The 1970’s wasn’t just funk and disco, and I know that David Bowie’s album Space Oddity came out in 1969 but it was still relevant in the beginning of the next decade. This song by Grandaddy gives that experimental sound of folk psychedelia.
Precedent: Memory Of A Free Festival- David Bowie

Friendship (Is A Small Boat In A Storm)- Chicano Batman

A bunch of chicanos playing psychedelic-tropicalia-soul. And I’m not mentioning Santana only ’cause he is Mexican, but yeah latino rock fusion can be used to describe their sound.
Precedent: Black Magic Woman- Santana

Night Ride- The Growlers

The Growler have always given that The Doors kind of sound, and especially with their latest album City Club. I’m directly comparing this song to The Doors’ “Riders On the Storm”.

I’ll Be Around- The Growlers

Just watch their Stephen King title font. Just watch the music video. I can’t believe Julian Casablancas invented groove.





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