Sex, Drugs, and Rock-N-Roll

Issue #105
Blog #18-2019
Section: Life Away from…
Blogger: Joseph Clay

We all, well us that were born in the sixties and before have heard it before. Sex Drugs and Rock – N – Roll. No matter what order you put them in all three will send you straight to hell.

I grew up in the sixties, hit my teen years in the seventies. We played our music loud, drove fast cars, normally up and down the street, and skated around in circles for hours on end. We did all this for one reason and one reason only. What was that reason?

To impress the girls!

I didn’t get into the drug scene but the other two I lived for. Even with out the drugs, I was quickly on the Highway to Hell by the age of 13. I’m not one to kiss and tell, so we will skip the sexual adventures. That leaves us with the Rock – N -Roll.

The way all this got started was a Facebook challenge from my brother.

XXXX XXXX

I was nominated to do the album challenge by XXX. Every day for ten days, an image from an album that impacted me will be posted, and I will nominate another person to do the same. Day 2 of 10. I nominate Joe JosephEdwardClay to do the same.

Facebook Post May 21, 2019

I don’t normally participate in such as this but I did this time for two reasons. The first it was from my younger brother, the only one I have and who is my hero.

The second reason, music is like a scent. A smell can evoke memories that have been long repressed. Music is the same way. The more I though about the songs that impacted me the more I remembered those days from the seventies and early eighties.

The challenge was to list ten albums, shit I came up with twenty but stuck to the rules and tried to narrow it down to ten.

I was getting pissed, as cutting ten albums was like killing ten memories. Then it hit me like a brick from the wall. I would post my ten and once the challenge was complete I would use my blog to post my top twenty.

What out further ado here we go. My twenty top albums in order, number 1 being my favorite.


# 20 – Atlanta Rhythm Section – Album Champagne Jam (1978). Favorite Tracks – “Champagne Jam”, “Imaginary Lover” and “The Ballad of Lois Malone”

#19 – The Doobie Brothers – Album What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits (1974). Favorite Track – “Black Water”

#18 – Grand Funk – Album We’re an American Band (1973). Favorite Track – “We’re an American Band”. The skater in me remembers another song from Grand Funk. From the album Shinin’ On (1974); “The Loco-Motion”.

#17 – Steve Miller Band – Album Fly Like an Eagle (1976). Favorite Tracks – “Fly Like An Eagle” and “Take the Money and Run”. I also liked the Book of Dreams (1977) album, favorite tracks “Jet Airliner”, “Swingtown” and “Jungle Love”


#16 – Prince – Album Purple Rain (1984). Favorite Tracks – “Darling Nikki”, “Purple Rain”, “Let’s Go Crazy” and “When Doves Cry”. Prince was a musical genius who we lost to early, like others on this list. Prince could write, compose and play along with being an excellent showman.

#15 – Jimi Hendrix – Album Are You Experienced (1967). Favorite Tracks – “Hey Joe”, “The Wind Cries Mary”, “Purple Haze” and “Foxy Lady” along with “Are You Experienced?”

#14 – Stevie Ray Vaughan – Album Texas Flood (1983). Favorite Tracks – “Love Struck Baby”, “Pride and Joy” and “Texas Flood”; “Mary Had a Little Lamb”, “Dirty Pool”, and “Lenny”. Stevie is another talent who left us before his time.

#13 – Lynyrd Skynyrd – Album Second Helping (1974). Favorite Tracks – “Sweet Home Alabama”, “Don’t Ask Me No Questions” and “The Ballad of Curtis Loew”. “Swamp Music”, “The Needle and the Spoon” and “Call Me the Breeze”. There debut album Lynyrd Skynyrd (Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd) (1973) contained “Free Bird” and my all time favorite Skynyrd song “Gimme Three Steps”


#12 – Led ZeppelinUntitled (Led Zeppelin IV) (1971). Favorite Tracks -“Stairway to Heaven”, “Black Dog” and “Rock and Roll” along with “Four Sticks” and “When the Levee Breaks” There second album Led Zeppelin II (1969) has may favorite song of theirs “Whole Lotta Love”.

#11-Deep Purple – Album Machine Head (1971). Favorite Tracks – “Smoke on the Water”, “Pictures of Home”and “Space Truckin'” From their album The Book of Taliesyn (1968) Deep Purples cover of Neil Diamond’s “Kentucky Woman” was superior to Diamonds.

Now to the top ten that was posted on Facebook, but in numerical order here.

#10 – Golden Earring – Album Moontan (1973). Favorite Track – “Radar Love”. This is the song that takes back to the skating rink and cruising the town.

#9 – Barry McGuire – Album Cosmic Cowboy (1978). Favorite Tracks – “Cosmic Cowboy”, “Walkin'” and “Flying Merry-Go-Round”, along with “Good News Shoes” Before we had Toby Mac, Casting Crowns and others we had Barry McGuire. This album introduced me non traditional gospel music.


#8 – Bob Seger – Album Nine Tonight (1981). Favorite Tracks – “You’ll Accomp’ny Me”, “Hollywood Nights” and “Old Time Rock & Roll”. “Mainstreet”, “Against the Wind”and “The Fire Down Below.” “Her Strut”, “Night Moves”and “Rock and Roll Never Forgets”.

#7 – ZZ Top – Album Eliminator (1983). Favorite Tracks – “Gimme All Your Lovin'”, “Got Me Under Pressure” and “Sharp Dressed Man” along with
“Legs “. This album had some great videos. I love the boys for Texas who have been together fifty years and never put out a bad album.

#6 – George Thorogood – Album George Thorogood and the Destroyer (1977). Favorite Tracks – “Madison Blues”, “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer” and “Kind Hearted Woman” along with “Ride On Josephine” and “Delaware Slide”. Like the Cosmic Cowboy album, this one also introduced me to a new sound. The blues, which is still my favorite music to listen to.

#5 – Rod Stewart – Album Sing It Again Rod (1973). Favorite Tracks – “You Wear It Well”, “Mandolin Wind” along with “Maggie May”, “Handbags and Gladrags” and “(I Know) I’m Losing You”. Rod is a master story teller, his 1976 album A Night on the Town contains the songs “Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright)”, “The First Cut Is the Deepest”, and “The Killing of Georgie (Part I and II)”along with”The Balltrap”. The other albums I enjoyed by Rod were. Every Picture Tells a Story (1971), Foot Loose & Fancy Free (1977) and Blondes Have More Fun (1978). Foolish Behaviour (1980), Tonight I’m Yours (1981) and Camouflage (1984).


#4 – Kiss – Album Double Platinum (1978). Favorite Tracks – This is two album collection containing 20 songs. Double Platinum rocks from from start to finish. “Beth”, “Detroit Rock City” and “Rock and Roll All Nite”; along with “Hotter Than Hell”, “Do You Love Me?” and “Love Gun” are among my favorites.

#3 – Bad Company – Album Straight Shooter (1975). Favorite Tracks – “Good Lovin’ Gone Bad”, “Feel Like Makin’ Love” and”Shooting Star”. “Deal with the Preacher” and”Wild Fire Woman”

#2 – AC/DC – Album Back in Black (1980). Favorite Tracks – This album will rock you from side 1, song 1 “Hells Bells” through side 2, song 5 “Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution” My fave – “You Shook Me All Night Long”. AC/DC knows how to rock and it shows on Let There Be Rock (1977), Highway to Hell (1979) and For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) (1981) along with Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (1981 US Release).

#1 – Pink Floyd – Album Wish You Were Here (1975). Favorite Tracks – Like all Pink Floyd albums and I have them all you can’t pick out songs as then the story is lost. Atom Heart Mother (1970), The Dark Side of the Moon (1973) along with Animals (1977) and The Wall (1979) will round out my top five Pink Floyd albums.”


There you go the twenty most influential albums from my childhood. I could have made the list longer but thought I would stop at Twenty.

Honorable Mentions
  • Bachman–Turner Overdrive
  • Foghat
  • Three Dog Night
  • Eric Clapton
  • Eagles
  • Pat Benatar
  • Aerosmith
  • Heart
  • Van Halen
  • Queen
  • Rolling Stones

Till next time keep Rockin’!

-JC-

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