a guide to the 1973 musical time capsule

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“July tree” – Nina Simone


Summer love, who “blooms for the world to seeIs the theme of this tender piece from the first lady of jazz.

Feels: Romantic

‘Stumblin’ In ‘- Chris Norman & Suzi Quatro


Although this duet with the singer of Smokie was a success in the late 1970s, 1973 was the year that Suzi Quatro broke through with her hit “Can The Can”, introducing the world to a new kind of female pop star. : dressed in denim, atypical kind and probably knowing more swear words than you do now.

Feels: Rockin ‘

“Sometimes I’m happy” – Johnny Guarnieri

New York-based jazz pianist and singer Guarnieri was transplanted to the West Coast in his later years, where he moved to the Tail o ‘the Cock restaurant on Ventura Boulevard in North Hollywood and performed for Marlon Brando, Jack Lemmon. , Mel Brooks and Clint Eastwood.

Feels: Elegant

‘Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive’ – Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters

This 1944 song has become a standard thanks to its contagiously lively message. “You have to spread the joy to the maximum / Reduce the sadness to the minimum, “It says. Amen to that.

Feels: Always positive (obviously)

‘Blue Sands (feat. Buddy Collette)’ – Chico Hamilton Quintet


There is a tight tension at play in this slow-burning piece by Los Angeles jazz band Chico Hamilton Quartet, notable for having a cello as its lead instrument. Enjoy this with a Martini.

Feels: Sophisticated

“But you are mine” – Sonny & Cher


A sort of song that accompanies ‘I Got You Babe’, the first hit of the happiest hippies in town (at least until their divorce in 1975), ‘But You’re Mine’ is another song about contentment. of two strangers in love – something that young stars of Licorice Pizza could identify with.

Feels: Cute

“My Ding-A-Ling” – Chuck Berry

Badboy rock’n’roll Chuck Berry had his biggest hit of his career with this track in 1972, two decades after it was first written by Dave Bartholemew. It sounds like cheerful, childish nonsense, but its “ding-a-ling”Is, of course, a reference to its chuck and its two bays.

Feels: Cheeky

“The Peace Frog” – The Doors


Taken from the band’s fifth album ‘Morrison Hotel’, this 1970 track is about as funky – and distant – as the band from LA. His lyrics are obliquely biographical, referring, among other things, to a tragic traffic accident that Jim Morrison witnessed as a child and his arrest in 1967 for exposing himself on stage in New Haven, Connecticut.

Feels: Threatening

“Let Me Roll” – Paul McCartney and the Wings


Always a staple of Sir Paul’s live sets, this blues track from Wings’ groundbreaking 1973 album “Band On The Run” came from a place of true passion – he had recently had his marijuana plants confiscated. Let it roll, indeed!

Feels: Frustrated

‘Life on Mars?’ – David Bowie

Bowie’s melodramatic masterpiece, which provides the soundtrack to Licorice PizzaThe brilliant trailer for, looks like it was another time he had his head in space. Watch again, and his lyrics describe a particularly earthly dystopia of the early 1970s.

Feels: Apocalyptic

“Slip Away” – Clarence Carter


Southern soul star Clarence Carter’s band member Marcus Daniel wrote the track 20 minutes after calling on God for divine inspiration. “I wrote about what I knew,” he said. “Back then, I was a bad womanizer.”

Feels: Remorseful

‘Diamond Girl’ (Album Version) – Seals and Crofts


Seals and Crofts epitomizes the mellow rock sound that swept across America in the 1970s. You don’t need a mustache to enjoy the title track from their fifth album, released in 1973, but it helps.

Feels: Adult

‘Greensleeves’ – Mason Williams

As unlikely as it may sound, American guitarist Mason Williams achieved success in 1969 with a track written by Henry VIII, the British monarch whose thirst for food was matched only by his thirst for women. It has long been disputed that Henry wrote “Greensleeves” himself, but he wasn’t someone you argued with at the time.

Feels: Medieval

‘Barabajagal’ – Donovan

The hippy-dippy British singer-songwriter toughened up his sound with the help of the band Jeff Beck, who accompanied this 1969 track. Listen intently and you’ll hear 1973 star Suzie Quatro on backing vocals.

Feels: Stupid

“I love you whispering softly” – The Congregation

Ready for something really, really weird? The Congregation was a chart-breaking British choir. Yes, exactly what you imagine – a school choir, but grown up and wearing turtlenecks.

Feels: Sinister

“Licorice Pizza” – Jonny Greenwood

No stranger to NME, the Radiohead guitarist forged a special creative alliance with Licorice Pizza writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson, composing scores and compiling the soundtracks of his last four films.

Feels: Evocative

“If You Could Read My Mind” – Gordon Lightfoot


Canadian crooner Gordon Lightfoot achieved worldwide success in 1971 with this song about his divorce a year earlier.

Feels: Lovelorn

“Walk Away” – The James Gang

Hairy rockers The James Gang were as pragmatic as Cleveland, Ohio, the Midwestern city that gave birth to them. This track, written by the band’s Joe Walsh, later of the Eagles, adds country flavors to the funk-rock sound that forms the backbone of the Licorice Pizza soundtrack.

Feels: Itchy

“Lisa, listen to me” – Blood sweat and tears


Another group whose music could best be described as belonging to the vexed genre of funk-rock, the huge (in number) New York band Blood Sweat & Tears appeared in the late 1960s looking like a cult worshiper and captured something of the times.

Feels: Hairy

“Tomorrow may not be your day” – Taj Mahal


Not a band, as you might guess from their name, Taj Mahal was the nickname for Harlem bluesman Henry St. Claire Fredericks, Jr. But there’s little blues in this sunny country-rock song that brings this brilliant tracklist at its end.

Feels: Feel good! There, we succeeded.

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