Skip to content

The A+ List – Dazed and Confused Edition

Before Sunriseish

Before Sunriseish

The 1993 Richard Linklater film” Dazed and Confused” only took in about $8 million during its theatrical release, but has become known as one of the most loved cult movies of the modern era. Set in 1976 at a suburban Austin high school, the movie balanced both the drama and aimlessness of the high school experience – ritual hazing, cruising endlessly while listening to the radio, keg parties/pot smoking, and random hookups. The movie benefited greatly by a deft selection of high quality ‘70s rock tracks and the soundtrack sold so well that a spinoff version of the soundtrack (“Even More Dazed and Confused”) was released. Not all of the songs listed below were in the movie or soundtrack, but they are representative of the mood of the era. You don’t have to know about the movie to enjoy these songs, but it would be a lot cooler if…

1. “Free Ride,” Edgar Winter Group. Sly Stone meets classic rock on this 1973 hit that sounds definitive of the era and is still a kick today.

2. “Highway Star,” Deep Purple. CREEM rock critic Richard Riegel once wrote that “Highway Star” is “forever” and he was eternally correct.

3. “School’s Out,” Alice Cooper. Such a classic that it still gets heavy airplay annually in late May/early June. You could stick about a half a dozen Cooper songs in your D&C soundtrack, since the theatrical rocker that once legitimately scared parents was a defining figure of the high school experience for many 1970’s grads.

4. “Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo,” Rick Derringer. The Johnny Winter/Rick Derringer connection from “Free Ride” continues with this lawdy mama, light my fuse rocker. Crunchy, dumb fun.

5. “Paranoid,” Black Sabbath. A lean proto-punk number for that for my download is the best thing Sabbath ever did. Went Top 5 pop in the U.K. and makes its devastating point in less than three minutes.

6. “Stranglehold,” Ted Nugent. Impossible not to love. As determined as a dog in heat.

7. “Fox on the Run,” Sweet. You’d never confuse Sweet lyrically with Leonard Cohen, but this British glam band successfully bridged the gap between bubblegum pop and ‘70s hard rock, while always keeping frivolous fun in the equation (until the got as heavy as they could theme wise with “Love Is Like Oxygen”). Word on the street is that Little Willy remains homeless.

8. “Oye Como Va,” Santana. I include this only because I take great joy in singing the title as “Holy Cocoa Puffs” whenever it comes on the radio.

9. “The Boys Are Back in Town,” Thin Lizzy. Twin lead guitars never sounded better and Lynott always brought an edge of danger to the party.

10. “Tuesday’s Gone,” Lynyrd Skynyrd. The morning after – empty whiskey bottles, overflowing ashtrays, a wistful mixture of happiness and regret.

Leave a Comment





Amazon_Smile_logo
LET-ME-HELP-LOGO

Support Let Me Help Inc by shopping at smile.amazon.com

US Top Ten Singles Tracking 9-23-22 – 9-29-22

By Iman Lababedi | October 4, 2022 |

at the top of the singles charts and at the top of the movie box office

Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – November 1978 (Volume 10, Number 6) 

By Steve Crawford | October 4, 2022 |

I’m not taking the band QUITE as seriously as I once did

Rocky Kramer’s Rock & Roll Tuesdays Presents “Rocktober” On Tuesday October 4th, 2022 7 PM PT on Twitch

By admin | October 3, 2022 |

Rocky Kramer will be hosting “Rocktober” on this week’s episode of Rocky Kramer’s Rock & Roll Tuesdays on Twitch. Tune into Twitch on Tuesday, October 4th, at 7 PM PT for this amazing show. Rocky Kramer is a guitar virtuoso, often being compared to the greatest guitar players in the world. Rocky has performed on…

Stories of SURRENDER — The Book Tour With, Yes, Bono

By admin | October 3, 2022 |

“In these shows I’ve got some stories to sing, and some songs to tell…”

Best Of 2022: Albums by Artist In Alphabetical Order Through September 30th

By Iman Lababedi | October 3, 2022 |

heavy metal all killa

US Top Ten Albums Tracking 9-23-22 – 9-29-22

By Iman Lababedi | October 3, 2022 |

a scary 87K EAUs

Sneak Peaks: Upcoming Album Release 10-7-22 – 10-13-22

By Iman Lababedi | October 3, 2022 |

don’t let her father distract you

Kevin Morby At The Belasco Theatre, Saturday October 1st 2022

By Alyson Camus | October 3, 2022 |

his sonic landscape largely exceeds his simple roots in folk

The globally streamed 6 hour concert presented by Fenix360 and WOWtv for the “Let Me Help Inc.org Foundation” (a 501c3 charity) for “Children of the World”, Saturday, October 1st, 2022, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 2, 2022 |

between the needs of charity, the needs of empathy

Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – October 1978 (Volume 10, Number 5) 

By Steve Crawford | October 2, 2022 |

pretty heavy drama

Scroll To Top