Vinyl Gym: Upbeat Bouncy Oldies

Step into the Vinyl Gym where the oldies from decades gone by get a work out!

Summer is in full swing. It’s the perfect time to load up your favorite listening devices when enjoying outdoor picnics, bar-b-ques, patio parties or hitting the road. Past decades still hold some of the best rock riffs, pop beats and fearless funk that are sure to bring back great memories.

In the late 60’s, Mitch Ryder and his Detroit Wheels, gave us fast-paced, in-your-face fun music. I could never sit still to Sock It To Me-Baby (and still can’t) or Devil With A Blue Dress On & Good Golly Miss Molly.

In 1967 soul group, The Parliaments, had all of us “testifying” about good love. Lead singer? Funkmaster George Clinton. Later, The Parliaments evolved into Parliament, tearing the roof off the sucker with their Flashlight!

And everyone rocked harder in the 70’s and 80’s. Steve Tyler (still as cool as ever) and Aerosmith had us dreaming on, taught us how to walk their way and got us Back In The Saddle (again)! Guns N Roses welcomed us to the jungle, Janet Jackson gave us a sensual beat when she sang about her Nasty Boys, while Prince kept everyone in an ardent fever with his pulsating jacked-up beats in songs like When Doves Cry, Kiss, U Got the Look, Erotic City (a steamy B-side song) and too many solid hits to even count.

Maybe in the 60’s they couldn’t get no satisfaction, but The Rolling Stones are still rockin’ after all these years – they weren’t kidding when they sang Time Is On My Side! What kept them motivated? Perhaps those Honky Tonk Women or Tumbling Dice? And I know, It’s Only Rock ‘N Roll (but I  STILL like it).

Punk/funk icon Rick James sadly passed away before his time – but during his heyday he ruled the charts with his sexy, grooved-funked songs like You & I, Give It To Me Baby and his legendary Superfreak. James played in the Mynah Birds band with Neil Young in the late 60’s. He even showed up in an episode of the TV series The A-Team, grinding out some of his biggest hits.

While The Moody Blue’s Nights in White Satin is frequently played on oldies stations, their Gemini Dream was a substantial Billboard Hit, yet it’s hardly ever heard on the oldies airwaves – good stuff that deserves to be revisited.

So jump into the Vinyl Gym and re-visit some of these fun, classic songs from days gone by. Check them out on YouTube and load them into your favorite listening devices:

Long Tall Sally – Little Richard ‘56

Let’s Dance – Chris Montez ‘62

Time Is On My Side – The Rolling Stones ‘64

Hard Day’s Night – The Beatles ‘64

(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – The Rolling Stones ‘65

Hungry – Paul Revere and the Raiders ‘66

Land of 1000 Dances – Wilson Picket ‘66

Devil With A Blue Dress On & Good Golly Miss Molly – Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels ‘66

Sock It To Me-Baby! – Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels ‘67

(I Wanna) Testify – The Parliaments – ‘67

In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida – Iron Butterfly ‘68

Honky Tonk Women – The Rolling Stones ‘69

Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man – Bob Seger System ‘69

Baby Hold On – Grassroots ‘70

The Love You Save – The Jackson 5 ‘70

Upside Down – Diana Ross ‘70

Tumbling Dice – The Rolling Stones ‘72

Superfly – Curtis Mayfield ‘73

Love Train – O’Jays ‘73

Takin’ Care of Business – Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO) ‘74

It’s Only Rock ‘N Roll (But I Like It) – The Rolling Stones ‘74

Get Down Tonight – KC & The Sunshine Band ‘75

Tear The Roof Off The Sucker (Give Up The Funk) – Parliament ‘76

Dream On – Aerosmith ‘76

Walk This Way – Aerosmith ‘76

Back In The Saddle – Aerosmith ‘77

Straight On – Heart ‘78

Flashlight – Parliament ‘78

You And I – Rick James ‘78

Start Me Up – The Rolling Stones 81

Gemini Dream – Moody Blues ‘81

Give It To Me Baby – Rick James ‘81

Superfreak – Rick James ‘81

Hold Me – Fleetwood Mac ‘82

You Dropped A Bomb On Me – Gap Band ‘82

Little Red Corvette – Prince ‘83

When Doves Cry – Prince ‘84

Glamorous Life – Sheila E ‘84

Erotic City – Prince ‘84 (B side)

Conga – Miami Sound Machine ‘85

Kiss – Prince ‘86

Addicted To Love – Robert Palmer ‘86

U Got The Look – Prince ‘87

Shakedown – Bob Seger (from movie Beverly Hills Cop II) ‘87

Simply Irresistible – Robert Palmer ‘88

Welcome To The Jungle – Guns N’ Roses ‘88 (from the Dirty Harry movie The Dead Pool)

Theives In The Temple – Prince ‘90

This Is How We Do It – Montell Jordan ‘95

California Love – Tupac Shakur ‘95

C’mon N’ Ride It (The Train) – Quad City Djs ‘96

Everybody – Back Street Boys ‘97

Stronger – Britney Spears 2000

Rock Star – Nickelback 2005

SexyBack – Justin Timberlake 2006

Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson 2014

LOOKING FOR SOME PATRIOTIC OR SUMMER FUN OLDIES FOR THE 4TH OF JULY? Then check out the Music category/Oldies Music on this site for song lists.


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