An ordinary Thursday back in 1973 my mother gave birth to a girl. 40 years later the girl has grown a little taller and gotten a little heavier, both bodily and musically. So instead of looking back at week 4’s music discoveries, I’m looking back 40 years. What was new in 1973?
Well let’s start out with others that shares my faith of turning 40 this year:
- Varg Vikernes, the man behind the Norse black metal band Burzum (and some church burnings and a murder), turns 40 in February.
- Josh Homme, frontman in Queens Of The Stone Age and member of the ’super-group’ Them Crooked Vultures and one of the founders of one of my all-time favourite bands: Kyuss, were born in May 1973.
- Dani Filth, frontman in Cradle of Filth, will turn 40 in July.
So I am in a very interesting company there!
Let’s move on to bands that was formed in 1973:
Well there was a lot of bands that started out in 1973 and I’ve created a little youtube-playlists to accompany this post with the select bands which are mentioned here in this post.
- AC/DC from Australia was formed in November 1973 by Malcolm and Angus Young. The first singer, before the legendary Bon Scott joined the band in 1974, was Dave Evans, who you will see in the first video of the playlist.
- Bad Company, United Kingdom. The band was formed by ex-members of other prominent groups: singer Paul Rodgers (Free), drummer Simon Kirke (Free), guitarist Mick Ralphs (Mott the Hoople) and bassist Boz Burrell (King Crimson).
- Kiss from the United States, was formed in January 1973 by Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss.
- Heart from the United States finally became Heart in 1973 after some years with different names and members.
- And finally the best selling Danish band of all times: Shu-Bi-Dua!
Then we have the bands that made album debut during 1973:
- Aerosmith formed in 1970 in the United States but made their album debut 3 years later with the self-titled album Aerosmith.
- Bruce Springsteen born in 1949 made his album debut with Greetings From Ashbury Park, N.J in 1973.
- Lynyrd Skynyrd also from the United States was formed in 1964 under the name The Noble Five and after some name changes they settled with Leonard Skinner around 1970 but changed the spelling to Lynyrd Skynyrd before their album debut which title simply became (Pronounced ’Lĕh-’nérd ’Skin-’nérd). On that album you’ll find many of their greatest hits: ’Simple Man’, ’Tuesday’s Gone’ and ’Free Bird’.
- Queen from the United Kingdom was formed in 1971 and released their self-titled debut Queen in 1973.
- And I could not skip this next band even if I wanted to, they are neither very metal nor very rock… ABBA! The very very famous band from Sweden. They formed in 1972 and made their album debut in 1973 with Ring Ring.
Other notable albums that was released during 1973 to name but a few:
- Pink Floyd – Dark Side of The Moon
- Free – Heartbreaker
- Alice Cooper – Billion Dollar Babies
- Led Zeppelin – Houses of The Holy
- Deep Purple – Who Do We Think We Are
- Black Sabbath – Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
- Nazareth – Razamanaz
An honorable mention goes to The Kinks that actually released an compilation of previously unreleased material on my birthday the 25th! On that compilation, with the title The Great Lost Kinks Album, this beautiful song can be found:
How my music interest grew forth can be blamed on my father’s vast record collection of country (with Johnny Cash as a house god), my mother’s reel to reel tape recorder and her tapes filled with popular music from the 60’s and 70’s and my maternal grandmother’s FM-radio that played classical music or Danish evergreens whenever it was turned on. That laid the foundation to my music interest and might be the reason I listen to pretty much everything now, with the focus mainly on the heavier, darker and gloomier part of the scale, but always with an ear out for new and interesting music.
Next week I promise the music will be a lot newer! 🙂