Stiff Little Fingers “Inflammable Material” (1979)

     Back into the world of punk rock today, and unlike most of the acts I have recently covered here, I had never heard of Stiff Little Fingers before.  They come from Belfast in Northern Ireland, and bring an even more aggressive vocal tone than anything I have heard so far as punk rock continuesContinue reading “Stiff Little Fingers “Inflammable Material” (1979)”

Billy Joel “52nd Street” (1978)

     We end 1978 with the #1 selling album of 1979, the next release from Billy Joel, “52nd Street”.  Like his other albums, this record continues his love affair with New York City.  Like “The Stranger”, this is Billy Joel at what I consider to be his peak, and is another fantastic album.  I alsoContinue reading “Billy Joel “52nd Street” (1978)”

Dire Straits “Dire Straits” (1978)

     There are some guitarists you can almost instantly recognize when you hear their sound.  Eddie Van Halen immediately comes to mind, and I would probably  say the same for Jimi Hendrix, The Edge from U2, and perhaps even put Jimmy Page and Keith Richards to that list.  That being said, none of them, evenContinue reading “Dire Straits “Dire Straits” (1978)”

The Who “Who Are You” (1978)

     As we move into the late 1970s, we see several of the long-time dominant British rock bands searching for their sound amidst a sea of change in popular tastes.  The Stones managed to make it work with “Some Girls”, but we will see a couple of less consistent attempts by their peers over theContinue reading “The Who “Who Are You” (1978)”

The Rolling Stones “Some Girls” (1978)

     As the world of music continues to evolve, we see the Rolling Stones continue to move with the times.  Some people would say that “Some Girls”, their 1978 release, is their best album ever.  I may or may not agree with them, but I would be hard-pressed to argue.  I will say that IContinue reading “The Rolling Stones “Some Girls” (1978)”

The Cars “The Cars” (1978)

     Another self-titled debut album today, and definitely one of my favorites of all time.  Although they may sound like an early-entrant British new wave act in some ways, The Cars were all American, hailing from the Boston area.  Their first album, “The Cars”, is the #353 rated album on Rolling Stone’s Top 500 GreatestContinue reading “The Cars “The Cars” (1978)”

Bruce Springsteen “Darkness On the Edge of Town” (1978)

     It took three years due to legal and managerial disputes, but we have the next release from Bruce Springsteen, “Darkness On the Edge of Town”.  My reaction is rather divided on this album, there are songs I really like, and several I really don’t care for that much.  Like many of his albums, itContinue reading “Bruce Springsteen “Darkness On the Edge of Town” (1978)”

Van Halen “Van Halen” (1978)

     After yesterday’s disco double-album extravaganza and a flurry of punk rock and new sounds, one might have been wondering, what was left for the guitar rock and roll band to accomplish?  The giants of the British Invasion era were all running low on fuel, and while we saw some innovation from bands like BostonContinue reading “Van Halen “Van Halen” (1978)”

Various Artists “Soundtrack – Saturday Night Fever” (1977)

     I originally thought today’s album would be the #1 seller for 1977, but due to it’s late in the year release, it was actually the #1 selling album for 1978.  It’s time to dance, as we have the famous soundtrack to the movie “Saturday Night Fever”.  This album is most prominently known for theContinue reading “Various Artists “Soundtrack – Saturday Night Fever” (1977)”

Sex Pistols “Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols” (1977)

     We have dipped our toe into the pool of punk rock several times, especially in 1977.  All that being said, I feel like it is today’s album, more so than any other, that truly jump-started the punk rock movement, never to be the same again.  That’s right, its time today for “Never Mind TheContinue reading “Sex Pistols “Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols” (1977)”