In the news: The sound­track of 1979

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - The Way We Were -

The good news for any­one wish­ing not to hear the voice of the UK’s first lady prime min­is­ter was that the Sony Walkman per­sonal cas­sette player was in­tro­duced this year in the US. The bad news was that it cost $200.

We needed some good mu­sic to put us off our woes in the UK as inflation was run­ning at 17%, the econ­omy was in a bad shape and acts of ter­ror­ism Don’t look now, Gary, but you’ve for­got­ten your car. You said you feel safest of all in it. were rarely out of the world head­lines. But if you could af­ford a new fan­gled Walkman, what to play on it?

Come the sum­mer months, a lot of peo­ple were groov­ing to Michael Jack­son’s de­but solo al­bum Off The Wall, which spawned hits sin­gles such as Don’t Stop ‘til You Get Enough and Rock With You. Old school rock fans could get into Pink Floyd’s The Wall, The Clash had us singing along to Lon­don Call­ing, and Squeeze took us Up The Junc­tion.

Led Zep­pelin played their last ever UK gig at Kneb­worth, while The Who re­turned with Ken­ney Jones on drums fol­low­ing the death of Keith Moon. Elec­tro-pop made its pres­ence felt with the likes of Tube­way Army’s Are Friends Elec­tric, then their lead singer Gary Nu­man’s Cars, while M had ev­ery­body talk­ing about Pop Muzik.

From June 1979 you could en­joy the muzik of your choice while par­tak­ing of the new Happy Meal from fast-food gi­ant McDon­alds. Tasty!

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