The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Category 1970s

CLASSIC ’70s: Pink Floyd – ‘The Wall’

Although ‘The Wall’ was an extraordinary accomplishment, Roger Waters’ masterpiece effectively signaled the end of Pink Floyd’s classic line-up.

CULT ’70s: Public Image Ltd. – ‘Metal Box’

Very little else rivals Public Image Ltd.’s 1979 album ‘Metal Box’ as a more complete expression of everything that post-punk could be.

CULT ’70s: Gang Of Four – ‘Entertainment!’

Razor-sharp, angry and intelligent, Gang Of Four’s 1979 debut album ‘Entertainment!’ was instrumental in laying down a template for post-punk that still endures today.

CLASSIC ’70s: Gary Numan – ‘The Pleasure Principle’

While synthesisers had been around for a while by 1979, Gary Numan’s chilly, immersive album ‘The Pleasure Principle’ represented a Year Zero for commercially successful electronic pop.

CULT ’70s: The Slits – ‘Cut’

Four decades on from its release, The Slits’ scintillating debut album ‘Cut’ still blazes a trail for women in the music industry.

CULT ’70s: Talking Heads – ‘Fear Of Music’

Turning his neuroses inwards, David Byrne and Talking Heads delivered their first proper masterpiece in 1979 with third album ‘Fear Of Music’.

CLASSIC ’70s: David Bowie – ‘Lodger’

The final part of the fabled Berlin trilogy, ‘Lodger’ is under-appreciated in David Bowie’s discography but provided a bridge to his glittering pop future.

CULT ’70s: Siouxsie & The Banshees – ‘The Scream’

A key marker in the evolution of the British post-punk and goth scenes, Siouxsie & The Banshees’ 1978 debut album ‘The Scream’ is brilliantly and darkly compelling.

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