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FlinterFile: Het Simplisties Verbond- Zoek Jezelf

Van Kooten en de Bie were a duo who made a lot of different programmes for television, in which they discussed the news playing a lot of different characters. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: 5000 Volts- I’m On Fire

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In the disco era, the band 5000 Volts was very successfull. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Earth, Wind & Fire- Sing A Song

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When Earth, Wind & Fire had their breakthrough in 1975, they had to go on tour. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: America- Sister Golden Hair

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In 1975, America released its fifth album, Hearts. The song Sister Golden Hair, however, was older. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Roxy Music- Love Is The Drug

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In 1975, Roxy Music played one of their iconic bass lines for the first time. Bryan Ferry first worked out everything by himself (text, music and title), but in Roxy Music, he started working together on the songs. He worked a long time on the lyrics, and in one live take, he recorded it all. The album cover of the album Siren meant also the start of a relationship between Bryan Ferry and model Jerry Hall, who couldn’t get the paint of her body… The song made a number 30 hit in the US and number 2 in the UK (kept from number 1 by David Bowie with a re-release of Space Oddity). Enjoy

Roxy Music- Love Is The Drug

FlinterFile: Kate & Anna McGarrigle- Complainte Pour Ste-Catherine

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In 1975, the sisters Kate and Anna McGarrigle released their debut album. They lived in the French part of Canada, and therefore released an album with English and French songs. For this song, the sisters worked with poet Philippe Tatartcheff to write it. Kate died in 2010 to cancer and left us a son who is also active in the music industry: Rufus Wainwright. Enjoy the hit she had with her sister:

Kate & Anna McGarrigle- Complainte Pour Ste-Catherine

Song of the day: Cunningham- Norma Jean Wants To Be A Movie Star

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In 1975, the American singer John Cunningham recorded a song under the name Cunningham. As you probably have noticed, the song was written about Marilyn Monroe, whose real name was Norma Jean Baker. He recorded some other singles, which had no success. Therefore, he went on with writing songs for others, including Rhinestone Cowboy for Glen Campbell. His own recording would be a hit in the Netherlands, reaching number 10. The song was recorded again by the Sundown Company for the movie Goodbye, Norma Jean. It was one week in the US chart, reaching number 84. Enjoy

Cunningham- Norma Jean Wants To Be A Movie Star

Song of the day: Maxine Nightingale- Right Back Where We Started From

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In 1975, Maxine Nightingale, a singer in musicals as Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar, made her debut with a song that would be her only hit. The song is about a woman who is wondering where the thing that started her relationship has gone. It would make number 2 in the US and number 8 in the UK. Enjoy

Maxine Nightingale- Right Back Where We Started From

Song of the day: War- Why Can’t We Be Friends?

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In 1975, War realized that people are quite alike, if you put them in a different surrounding. They thought it would be good to discuss racism in a song. The theme is not strange to War, since this white group played a lot with white people, like Eric Burdon (the Animals), something which was a bit strange in the sixties. The song ended up at number 6 in the US. Enjoy

War- Why Can’t We Be Friends?

Song of the day: The Eagles- One Of These Nights

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In 1975, the Eagles came back with a new album, which was inspired by soul! Artists like Al Green and B.B. King had a big influence on the music, as did the new guitarist Don Felder, who invented the riff which opened One Of These Nights. As the song is about putting things off, the album did not put anything off: the single became the second number 1 hit in the US, the album sold platinum in the UK and four times platinum in the US. Enjoy

The Eagles- One Of These Nights