Elton John: Rocket Man

Would it be fair to say that it’s hard to find better theme music for the The Donald v Li’l Kim controversies these days?

Bo Hansson: De svarta ryttarna – Flykten från vadstället, 1970

Shuggie Otis: Strawberry Letter 23, 1970

Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers: Ice Cream Man, 1977

Labi Siffre: It Must be Love, 1971

Todd Rundgren: I Saw The Light, 1972

Audio later synced from a studio recording, though.

Bård Faust: Jennifer, 1973

A 1973 demo recording.

Footage: Christiane F. – Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo (Ulrich Edel, 1981).

Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin: Melody, 1971

If you have half an hour to spare.

Mott the Hoople: All the Young Dudes, 1972

While you may associate the song with the late David Bowie, rest his soul, he did in fact write it for Mott the Hoople exclusively, also appearing on their 1972 album of the same name (i.e. All the Young Dudes).

I was never a big fan (besides only ten at the time, for crying out loud). Actually, shortly thereafter one counted oneself among those ridiculing Mott the Hoople and other bands of that ilk. Looking at and listening to it today, on the other hand, is a different story altogether.

Nah …

Tom Verlaine: Kingdom Come, 1979

Originally Verlaine’s old band, Television’s song (1975 or thereabouts), not released until he went solo (in 1978).