1975

The Sex Pistols played their first gig in November at the London's St Martin's Art School....

If 1974 was the year in which music reached Rock Bottom, to borrow Robert Wyatt‘s phrase, 1975 was the year it started drilling.

Pop music reached further surreal depths, looking for popular telly programmes for its inspiration.

Telly Savalas, who played TV’s bald detective Kojak, red hugely with ‘If…’, The Wombles had a string of hits on the strenght of their animated kiddies’ series and Windsor Davies and Don Estelle, stars of the unfortunately racist sitcom It Ain’t Half Hot, Mum, duetted on number one hit ‘Whispering Grass’.

Gone: The Bay City Rollers dominated in 1975 as the young womenfolk of Britain showed a crazed predilection for wearing half-mast tartan trousers and screaming at spotty little Scottish boys. A deeply embarrassing episode in the history of feminism.

Album of the year: Blood On The Tracks – Bob Dylan

Single of the year: ‘Autobahn’ – Kraftwerk

Band/artist of the year: Bruce Springsteen

1975 belonged to: Bruce Springsteen and those darned Bay City Rollers Key event of the year: Bob Marley played a legendary, inspirational gig at London’s Lyceum, released as an album, which put reggae on the musical map in Britain for good. Small wonder that Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ sounded like such a masterpiece in such desperate times.

There were, however, signs of quality life. German synthesizer outfit Kraftwerk had a hit with ‘Autobahn’, hinting at the electronic nature of future pop.

Bruce Springsteen was hailed as the ‘new Dylan’ with his mightty, blue collar-rocking ‘Born To Run’. Meanwhile, the old Dylan returned to form with the scabrous, magisterial ‘Blood On The Tracks’. Oh, and some bunch of brats called The Sex Pistols played their first gig in November at the London’s St Martin’s Art School.