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The Late 1970s
Disco was on the rise and Rock music had hit a lull in this period. After the hangover from the late 1960s and early 1970s, Rock seemed to be sobering up and mellowing out. The Progressive Rock movement was becoming more like Progressive Pop and FM Rock was going Top 40. The envelope needed to be pushed a bit further, and along came Punk Rock. Disco fever was in full swing. Mainstream America “got down” and “boogied”.
In 1977, bell bottoms became flared, long hair got a little shorter and the rock group Boston was topping the charts. Bob Seger gave us Night Moves and Fleetwood Mac left us dreaming with Rumors. In October, Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, Cassie Gaines of Lynyrd Skynyrd was killed in a plane crash in a forest in Gillsburg, Mississippi shortly after the release of Street Survivors. “Jumping the Shark” entered to lexicon with Fonzie jumping a shark in the fifth season of Happy Days.
Saturday Night Fever… That’s just what it was in the start of 1978. The Bee Gees could be heard all over Top 40 radio. Foreigner raised the bar in Power Pop Rock with Double Vision, Van Halen debuted with their first album Van Halen, and Bob Seger released Live Bullet. Meatloaf hit #1 on the album charts with Bat Out Of Hell and Taxi made its debut on ABC. Talking Heads’ Psycho Killer and The Cars introduced a fresh style of New Wave and Punk Rock was hitting mainstream FM radio with the The Ramone’s Rockets to Russia.
In 1979, New Wave began to fill the airwaves with a heavy flow of exsiting artists emerging into the world of Pop. Joe Jackson topped the charts with Look Sharp, Flash and The Pan had us Walking In The Rain, and UK Squeeze realeased Cool For Cats and Pop Muzik by M was #1 in that summer. The decade would end with a New Wave/Punk revolution, setting us up for the 1980s New Wave scene.

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