Sunday 28 July 2013

Spirit of '76

In 1976 the emerging new wave had yet to make an impression on the American Billboard charts; in fact the coveted Number One album slot was only occupied by eleven artists that year: Chicago, Earth Wind & Fire, Bob Dylan, The Eagles, Peter Frampton, Wings, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, George Benson, Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Wonder; that's right, the old guard (as they were known back then). Or heritage acts as we call them today - I suspect most, if not all, of the above will be coming to an Arena near you in the not too distant.

That said, The Ramones, Blondie, The Runaways, The Modern Lovers and Patti Smith all released their debut long players in '76. As did Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. This is Breakdown -


  1. That first Tom Petty album was something special - American Girl - I remember hearing that and being really impressed. I don't play Tom as much as I should, I'll be off now to dig out some.

  2. I've always had a soft spot for him. So has Wreckless Eric.