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Old 09-04-2013, 11:45
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Yes - think I'll have to look up MediaMonkey as I was just counting up my 7" singles by hand!!

Then I realised I had some more less-played singles stuffed in a cupboard that I havn't played for years ( 1 or 2 of them dance tunes from the late 80s!! )
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Old 09-04-2013, 20:37
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I need to put some 1978 tracks on to my mp3 player
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Old 09-04-2013, 20:44
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I need to put some 1978 tracks on to my mp3 player
There's 21 on here.

http://upchucky.com/JukeCity/1978/juke.htm
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Old 09-04-2013, 20:51
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It's Top Of The Pops 1978 - Part 2!

Sadly on the week when no edition of TOTP is being shown due to The Sky At Night...
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Old 11-04-2013, 00:29
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Well I wasn't expecting a Part 2 to come along quite so soon in the year. This year must be a lot more popular than 1977 was for posting, but I was expecting Part 1 to carry on for some time yet. So I cannot directly reply because it won't allow it.

Nice to see a few others have done the iPod/mp3 singles challenge. I didn't realise there was no TOTP 1978 this week Robbie, thanks for letting on.

Very impressed with Hughjasss and his collection going back to the 1920's!

Just to say that my own digital collection on iPod is playlisted by decade. I have nothing earlier than Shakin' All Over by Johnny Kidd & The Pirates from 1960 and up to Bowie's latest top ten single in January this year, so far. I do have a small backlog of tracks that I am going to get hold of, including two from last weeks edition, Squeeze & Sheila.

ClareB you mentioned how to find out about the year a single was out. Not as easy as it seems at times, especially for non mainstream hits. Hope the earlier poster was useful on that for you. I have only bought my digital singles from iTunes to date, apart from the usual "free" routes I take. The iTunes automatically gives out a year with a track when you download it, but infact it can often be utterly meaningless, and I have to change it manually an awful amount of times. It infuriates me. Some 1970's singles can be downloaded with 1990's or even 21st century dates, even though they are clearly the original version, which I am very careful to make sure of. This is because of compilations they may be from I suppose, that were albums released years later. and it annoys the hell out of me.

When I was new to downloading music, which for me was in January 2009, within the first ten songs I ever digitally downloaded, I made the mistake of buying a re-record of Dollar's brilliant Give Me Back My Heart, which most certainly was not the exquisite Trevor Horn production values I had been expecting. I felt a bit duped and have been careful ever since. For much of that year I was still on dial up internet too, which meant tracks were taking me 20 to 30 minutes to download! For a few months I went down the local library with the memory stick, visited a couple of music sites and got my music quicker that way for free, then transferred them at home. When I wrote out my digital singles collection last week, I already had the decades done, but had to do the years manually by counting up! I could not find any shortcut, except for creating ever more detailed playlists by exact year, but I think decades is good enough.

For those who have thrown out their old vinyl I can only offer condolences. A big mistake I think. Years ago a friend of my parents copied all his vinyl music, singles and albums, onto cassette tapes, the fool. That sounds utterly crackpot to me. I will NEVER get rid of any vinyl music in my possession, whether I like it or not. It also has never crossed my mind for a moment to re-buy the first single I ever bought, the current 1978 No1 digitally, unlike I have done with later singles.

Servalan, discussing dated or not 1978 dance/disco tracks was not served as a challenge, but am happy to make it one. Agree that the Zodiacs clip was shocking, then & now surely!

Here are a couple that I think are definitely timeless;

Le Freak - Chic, infact almost all their output this era.
Stayin' Alive - Bee Gees
Fantasy - Earth, Wind & Fire, again almost all their ouput too.
I Can't Stand The Rain - Eruption
Love Don't Live Here Anymore / Wishing On A Star - Rose Royce
Cerrone / Voyage, as previously mentioned
Emotion - Samantha Sang
Blame It On The Boogie - Jacksons (unsure about the Mick Jackson version same year)


Unsure about these ones;

Dancing In The City - Marshall Hain
Substitute - Clout
Grease - Frankie Valli
Ca Plane Pour Moi - Plastic Bertrand
Let's All Chant - Michael Zager Band
Jack & Jill - Raydio
Miss You - Rolling Stones
Givin' Up Givin' In - Three Degrees
Starship Trooper - Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip (seen today on TV & becoming one in 2015 for real!)

Very definitely dated;

The Smurf Song - Father Abraham....no brainer!!!
5-7-0-5 City Boy
I Thought It Was You - Herbie Hancock
Summer Nights - John & Olivia
Do Ya Think I'm Sexy? - Rod Stewart


Enough to be going on with me thinks, but I was scanning some of the hits to come and I'm sure it's most definitely dated, but never heard it before, and Winker's Song by Ivor Biggun. Is this going to grace our screen later in the year?


Ah, Servalan! You must have heard this weeks news, a parallel with 1978 the year it began, and those fabulous starship troopers are apparently coming back. Brand new Blake's 7 is coming to our TV screens sometime in the near future, and it better include your alter ego!.....and Avon.
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Old 11-04-2013, 11:09
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Here are a couple that I think are definitely timeless;

Le Freak - Chic, infact almost all their output this era.
Stayin' Alive - Bee Gees
Fantasy - Earth, Wind & Fire, again almost all their ouput too.
I Can't Stand The Rain - Eruption
Love Don't Live Here Anymore / Wishing On A Star - Rose Royce
Cerrone / Voyage, as previously mentioned
Emotion - Samantha Sang
Blame It On The Boogie - Jacksons (unsure about the Mick Jackson version same year)


Unsure about these ones;

Dancing In The City - Marshall Hain
Substitute - Clout
Grease - Frankie Valli
Ca Plane Pour Moi - Plastic Bertrand
Let's All Chant - Michael Zager Band
Jack & Jill - Raydio
Miss You - Rolling Stones
Givin' Up Givin' In - Three Degrees
Starship Trooper - Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip (seen today on TV & becoming one in 2015 for real!)

Very definitely dated;

The Smurf Song - Father Abraham....no brainer!!!
5-7-0-5 City Boy
I Thought It Was You - Herbie Hancock
Summer Nights - John & Olivia
Do Ya Think I'm Sexy? - Rod Stewart


I'd agree with you on most of those except I'd say the Voyage, Cerrone (unusual because other stuff of his like Love In C Minor, Music of Life, Je Suis Musique are still revered) and Eruption tracks are very dated (I don't think they were actually looked down on then if what I've read since is anything to go by), and I don't think Raydio is dated but the biggest surprise is that you've included Herbie Hancock's 'I Thought it Was You' as dated - bloody hell this tune was still being dropped on old skool shows on London pirate radio up until a few years ago - it probably still is now but I don't get to listen to them. It's an absolute classic in every sense of the word.
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Old 11-04-2013, 13:27
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That media monkey looks good - though sadly I've too much music to put it all on my computer in one go and leave it on there. RichTea, I have fallen into the same trap in the past and downloaded re-recorded versions of songs from itunes. I mainly use itunes, but it's also easy to download from amazon too, with having an account. Sometimes they are better value.

Since Rod Stewart - Do Ya Think I'm Sexy has been mentioned. I know it'll not be on until the end of the year, but I can't resist posting this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqOh4z2ASdk
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Old 11-04-2013, 19:38
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The 1920s-40s ones are mainly Jazz, Blues and Christmas songs. Then from the 50's Rock n'roll, more jazz/Blues and Easy Listening (rat pack stuff). The 1920s ones are these

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97Wwhe9Hx_w

&

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_Y0cJ-aEbY

I probably don't listen to them that much but they were on a whole album and plenty of space, so may as well.

It does take a long time, but I'm ripping everything I have and tagging it as I go. There are a lot of those home stereos now where you can stream your music to any room and, even though I would never get rid of the music, I can put it in storage.

Clare B, can you not put the music on a 64Gb memory stick or external HD. I reckon you should be able to get somewhere in the region of 10000 songs on a 64gb at excellent quality.
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Old 11-04-2013, 20:40
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Actually I could put it all onto the 2TB external hard drive I've now got but since I don't really listen to music on my computer I'm not going to re-rip CDs I've already put on my ipod.

Lol - your username is very appropriate after that youtube clip I posted!
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Old 12-04-2013, 01:30
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I just want to say that just because I rated a song from 1978 as dated does not mean I hate it. Far from it. I have plenty of dated tracks from other years, as well as 1978, and I have been meaning to get that Herbie Hancock track. I have Rockit from 1983, now is that dated nowadays? I think it sounds as fresh today as in summer '83 myself.

ClareB, I do have an Amazon account but have never considered them for music so will look into it and give it a try. Having said that, I have got over 30 of what used to be called "Christmas record tokens" sitting on my iTunes account for spending. I just knew that was going to be the fab Kenny Everett before I took a look. No matter how many times I see it, and as daft and simplistic as it is, I never fail to laugh. I wish BBC4 would show a lot more Kenny shows, rather than teasing with the same couple every few months this past year.

Hughjasss I have never seen a 64GB memory stick, do they really exist? I have two 16GB ones myself, one of which is a backup of my digital collection.

Must say I missed TOTP 1978 tonight, but as a fan of The Sky At Night it was filled by a decent substitute, even without Sir Patrick.
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Old 12-04-2013, 05:32
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Yep, loads of them - http://www.amazon.co.uk/tag/64gb%20m...stick/products Even a 128gb in there!

http://www.shop.bt.com/category/stor...1152-472830000
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Old 12-04-2013, 11:57
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Servalan, discussing dated or not 1978 dance/disco tracks was not served as a challenge, but am happy to make it one. Agree that the Zodiacs clip was shocking, then & now surely!

Here are a couple that I think are definitely timeless;

Le Freak - Chic, infact almost all their output this era.
Stayin' Alive - Bee Gees
Fantasy - Earth, Wind & Fire, again almost all their ouput too.
I Can't Stand The Rain - Eruption
Love Don't Live Here Anymore / Wishing On A Star - Rose Royce
Cerrone / Voyage, as previously mentioned
Emotion - Samantha Sang
Blame It On The Boogie - Jacksons (unsure about the Mick Jackson version same year)


Unsure about these ones;

Dancing In The City - Marshall Hain
Substitute - Clout
Grease - Frankie Valli
Ca Plane Pour Moi - Plastic Bertrand
Let's All Chant - Michael Zager Band
Jack & Jill - Raydio
Miss You - Rolling Stones
Givin' Up Givin' In - Three Degrees
Starship Trooper - Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip (seen today on TV & becoming one in 2015 for real!)

Very definitely dated;

The Smurf Song - Father Abraham....no brainer!!!
5-7-0-5 City Boy
I Thought It Was You - Herbie Hancock
Summer Nights - John & Olivia
Do Ya Think I'm Sexy? - Rod Stewart


Enough to be going on with me thinks, but I was scanning some of the hits to come and I'm sure it's most definitely dated, but never heard it before, and Winker's Song by Ivor Biggun. Is this going to grace our screen later in the year?


Ah, Servalan! You must have heard this weeks news, a parallel with 1978 the year it began, and those fabulous starship troopers are apparently coming back. Brand new Blake's 7 is coming to our TV screens sometime in the near future, and it better include your alter ego!.....and Avon.
I must be a subsection of you and Arch.Stanton, as I'd say you are bang on with 'From East To West' (echoed in the late 90s/early 00s 'flter disco' sound) and 'Supernature', the earliest and still stand-out fusion of disco and new wave ... but I wouldn't've said Raydio or Herbie Hancock's singles were particularly dated. Hancock's still sounds good - but it is a reminder of a genre of music - jazz-funk - that was growing in popularity in 1978, but hasn't been seen anywhere near the charts now for years (decades, even).

But it's all in the eye of the beholder, I guess ...

As for the Blake's 7 revival: I'll believe it when I see it. There's been talk previously, which came to nothing - and this is apparently only a proposal, rather than anything definite. And even if it does, nobody will ever top Jacqueline Pearce as the original Servalan!
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Old 12-04-2013, 20:47
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I don't think Raydio is dated but the biggest surprise is that you've included Herbie Hancock's 'I Thought it Was You' as dated - bloody hell this tune was still being dropped on old skool shows on London pirate radio up until a few years ago - it probably still is now but I don't get to listen to them. It's an absolute classic in every sense of the word.
Absolutely! I love Herbie Hancock's vocoder late 70s hits; "You bet your love" is another cracker. Yes, both sound of their era, but Hancock is something of a soul/jazz legend, he's probably been sampled by other artists in the 90s more than anyone else.

Anyway, if you're looking for "dated" 70s disco hits, look no further than next week's edition:

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Old 12-04-2013, 23:56
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Rich Tea, you fooled me there! I usually watch TOTP a week after it is shown so I thought the BBC were changing from 1978 to 1988. I enjoyed the last couple of episodes, hope they continue for a long time yet.
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Old 13-04-2013, 15:07
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Absolutely! I love Herbie Hancock's vocoder late 70s hits; "You bet your love" is another cracker. Yes, both sound of their era, but Hancock is something of a soul/jazz legend, he's probably been sampled by other artists in the 90s more than anyone else.

Anyway, if you're looking for "dated" 70s disco hits, look no further than next week's edition:

Spoiler
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Old 13-04-2013, 15:47
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My mp3s are all over the place at present, so hard to judge the spread across decades. Certainly I've got things going back to the 1900s, and I've looked at various foreign charts in the past as well. So foreign language songs often unknown outside their local origin definitely have a significant part in my collection. Particularly perhaps Japanese songs of the 70s to mid 80s, Korean songs (more 80s) and Thai music (2000s in particular). The Japanese equivalent of Top of the Pops was known as The Best Ten and performers always seemed to be live and not miming. Unfortunately I think performances got wiped off youtube, there's an episode on Veoh but you have to switch an annoying advert off and only see the start unless you download their player.
http://www.veoh.com/watch/v1268501EN...Ten+1987.04.23
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Old 18-04-2013, 18:53
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Don't miss it folks - a bumper 45 minute edition at 1am on Friday morning with Tone
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Old 18-04-2013, 19:20
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Old 18-04-2013, 19:24
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Good evening all! Really wish that 45 minute edition was being shown at 7.30pm instead. No real reason why it can't be, not with BBC4. I see they are showing The Likely Lads after it tonight at 8pm. That's a first, will enjoy that too!
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Old 18-04-2013, 19:32
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Ah - the ubiquitous wedding-band 60s cover.
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Old 18-04-2013, 19:33
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Very poor start considering the era we are now in. Best off at Butlins with this lot.
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Old 18-04-2013, 19:33
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Oh God - a dire cover WITH an unnecessary gear change
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Old 18-04-2013, 19:34
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I thought the lead singer was asleep at the start, and then during it!
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Old 18-04-2013, 19:35
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I love this duet, must get hold of it. Wish we had more like this nowadays.
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