BrokeAss Gourmet Mixtape #1 (The '70s)
The other night, over a drink, I was envisioning what BrokeAss Gourmet would have looked like if it had come about during the ugly Recession of ’74.
This playlist (done on Rhapsody ) includes a freebie, in typical BrokeAss Gourmet fashion. After you listen to it, you get to listen for another 14 days. I’ve been using the service for about a year, and for the price of about 1 disc a month, I’ve been using it every day.
All of these tracks have one thing in common: they’re all about being out of money, or out of love, and they’re all from about ’72-‘79.
1. Big Star – In The Street – A total power-pop gem from ’72. Also, the theme to “That ’70s Show,” (Cheap Trick cover).
2. The Raspberries – I Wanna Be With You – Another power-pop classic, and not quite a lost classic, either. Makes you want to drive around with the windows down, if you owned a car.
3. Elton John – Funeral For A Friend (Love Lies Bleeding) – Captain Fantastic goes prog! It’s like Yes, but with more pianos! Cook something up!
4. Badfinger – Money – Amazing Beatles hard-pop proteges throw in a track from their amazing Straight Up album.
5. Warren Zevon – Poor Poor Pitiful Me – BrokeAss and lonely in L.A., 1976. This is as good as misery will ever sound.
6. Fleetwood Mac – I Don’t Wanna Know – Heartbreak on roller skates, from Rumours. The happy sounds of an L.A. breakup.
7. Joy Of Cooking – Love Is Just A Four-Letter Word – Not-so-well-known Berkeley folk-pop group from Berkeley is sort of like a Bay Area version of the Fairport Convention. Good kitchen music.
8. Electric Light Orchestra – Shine A Little Love – A disco/pomp classic from ’79. Shine a little love, but don’t forget to pick up some two-buck-chuck, either.
9. Dwight Twilley – Long, Lonely Nights – We’d never forget to include a little power-pop rarity on the mix. Dwight Twilley is sort of a cross between a power-pop Tom Petty and a young George Harrison. Very cool stuff for walking around town in the evening.
10. Bruce Springsteen – She’s The One (Live At Hammersmith, ’75) – Sometimes, you gotta improvise, and that’s exactly what the Boss does on what may possibly be one of the best E-Street shows ever. If you thought the Super Bowl show was good, check this one out.
11. Judee Sill – Crayon Angels – BG winds you down with a mellow track – it’s some mystical folk from Judee Sill. Fleet Foxes fans, take note – they frequently cover this track, live. Joni Mitchell, she ain’t. Sill sadly OD’d in ’79. Her “new” album Dreams Come True (2005) is one of our absolute faves.