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Saturday, December 24, 2005

70's Schlock

The 1970s produced a lot of schlock. And one area where schlock ran rampant was popular music.

I have a soft spot in my heart for that schlock. I have no idea why. I just do. And it was a banner decade for melodramatic pop. Witness:

Rocky by Austin Roberts

Boy meets girl. Boy marries girl. They buy a house. They have a daughter. Shortly after the baby turns a year old, the wife dies.

Blind Man in the Bleachers by David Geddes

Benchwarming football player convinces the coach to put him in the game for the second half, and he has the game of his life and leads the team to victory. When asked what motivated him to play like that, the kid reveals that his blind father died that day, and that was the first time he had seen his son play.

Indiana Wants Me by R. Dean Taylor

Man is on the run because he killed another man who insulted his wife. The police are after him, and eventually they corner him. He bemoans that he will never see his wife and baby again, and he quickly writes in a letter that he loves them. He is gunned down as the song ends.

Run, Joey, Run by Devid Geddes (again!)

Boy meets girl, they fall in love, girl gets pregnant, she tells his father, her father beats her, she calls her boyfriend to tell him to stay away, of course he doesn't, and when he comes over her father tries to shoot him but his daughter steps in the way and is killed, along with her unborn baby.

Seasons in the Sun by Terry Jacks

Dying man saying goodbye to his family and friends as he shuffles off this mortal coil.

Billy, Don't Be A Hero by Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods

Soldier goes off to war, and he forgets his promise to his finance to keep his head down and out of danger. He volunteers for a dangerous mission and is killed. She tears up the letter she gets from the army telling her he is a hero.

The 70's. Good times, that.


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