Have a Nice Decade: The 70s Pop Culture Box

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Have a Nice Decade: The 70s Pop Culture Box
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Compilation album by Various Artists
Released June 16, 1998
Genre Pop, Funk, Disco, Soul
Length 9:12:02
Label Rhino
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Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

Have a Nice Decade: The 70s Pop Culture Box is a seven-disc box set with a 90-page booklet of cultural comment, a timeline for the decade, and liner notes. While covering much of the same ground as Rhino's Have a Nice Day series, it includes more R&B, funk, soul and disco from the period. It also has several tracks from best-selling artists of the era, making this set less of an obscure semi-hits collection than the Have a Nice Day series.

Some of the tracks include sound clips of the decade, which follow a short silence at the end of the song (but which are still part of the track). The clip is a reference to the title of the next song in the running order. The clips are described below inline with the track it follows, with links to appropriate articles for the events described.

The first copies of Have a Nice Decade released are covered with a shag rug carpeting incorporating the colors, textures and icons that have since become icons of the decade.

Track listing[edit]

Disc one[edit]

  1. Edison Lighthouse (1970): "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)" (Tony Macaulay, Barry Mason) – 2:53
  2. Shocking Blue (1970): "Venus" (Robbie van Leeuwen) – 3:06
  3. Lynn Anderson (1971): "Rose Garden" (Joe South) – 3:27 Sound clip (begins at 2:47): Patty Hearst's abduction by, and expression of the aims of, the Symbionese Liberation Army
  4. The Guess Who (1970): "American Woman" (Randy Bachman, Burton Cummings, Jim Kale, Garry Peterson) – 3:53
  5. Sugarloaf (1970): "Green-Eyed Lady" (Jerry Corbetta, J.C. Phillips, David Riordan) – 3:40
  6. The Ides of March (1970): "Vehicle" (Jim Peterik) – 2:56
  7. George Baker Selection (1970): "Little Green Bag" (Bouwens, Jan Visser) – 3:24 Sound clip (begins at 3:16): Apollo 13 commander Jim Lovell saying to ground control, "Houston, we've had a problem."
  8. The Blues Image (1970): "Ride Captain Ride" (Mike Pinera, Frank Konte) – 3:09
  9. Norman Greenbaum (1970): "Spirit in the Sky" (Greenbaum) – 4:02
  10. Murray Head (1970): "Superstar" (Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice) – 4:22 Sound clip (begins at 4:03): John Dean, former counsel to President Richard Nixon, testifying before the Watergate Committee
  11. Chairmen of the Board (1970): "Give Me Just a Little More Time" (Ron Dunbar, Edythe Wayne) – 2:41
  12. The Delfonics (1970): "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)" (Thom Bell, William Hart) – 3:23
  13. Five Stairsteps (1970): "O-o-h Child" (Stan Vincent) – 3:16
  14. The Jackson 5 (1970): "ABC" (Berry Gordy, Fonce Mizell, Freddie Perren, Deke Richards) – 2:43
  15. Freda Payne (1970): "Band of Gold" (Dunbar, E. Wayne) – 2:55
  16. James Taylor (1970): "Fire and Rain" (Taylor) – 3:54 Sound clip (begins at 3:22): Interview with a member of the Lakota nation during the Wounded Knee Incident
  17. The Raiders (1971): "Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian)" (John D. Loudermilk) – 3:27 Sound clip (begins at 2:53): Description of the "Jesus People" of southern California
  18. Ocean (1971): "Put Your Hand in the Hand" (Gene MacLellan) – 2:57
  19. Brewer & Shipley (1971): "One Toke Over the Line" (Mike Brewer, Tom Shipley) – 3:21
  20. Five Man Electrical Band (1971): "Signs" (Les Emmerson) – 3:27
  21. Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds (1971): "Don't Pull Your Love" (Dennis Lambert, Brian Potter) – 2:43
  22. Lobo (1971): "Me and You and a Dog Named Boo" (LaVoie) – 2:57
  23. Cat Stevens (1971): "Wild World" (Stevens) – 3:20
  24. Three Dog Night (1971): "Joy to the World" (Hoyt Axton) – 3:15

Disc two[edit]

  1. Isaac Hayes (1971): "Theme from Shaft" (Hayes) – 3:17
  2. Sly and the Family Stone (1971): "Family Affair" (Stone) – 3:06
  3. The Dramatics (1971): "Whatcha See Is Watchcha Get" (Tony Hester) – 3:33
  4. Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose (1971): "Treat Her Like a Lady" (Eddie Cornelius) – 2:46
  5. The Chi-Lites (1971): "Have You Seen Her" (Barbara Acklin, Eugene Record) – 4:49
  6. Honey Cone (1971): "Want Ads" (General Norman Johnson, Greg Perry, Barney Perkins) – 2:47
  7. Al Green (1972): "Let's Stay Together" (Green, Al Jackson, Jr., Willie Mitchell) – 3:18
  8. Lee Michaels (1971): "Do You Know What I Mean" (Michaels) – 3:14
  9. Rod Stewart (1971): "Maggie May" (Martin Quittenton, Stewart) – 5:19 Sound clip (begins at 5:10): Bobby Riggs spouting male-chauvinist views before his celebrated tennis challenge match with Billie Jean King (which he lost)
  10. Jean Knight (1971): "Mr. Big Stuff" (Joe Broussard, Ralph Williams, Carol Washington) – 2:30
  11. Daddy Dewdrop (1971): "Chick-A-Boom (Don't Ya Jes' Love It)" (Richard Delvy, Janis Gwin) – 2:51
  12. Melanie (1971): "Brand New Key" (Safka) – 2:26
  13. Coven (1971): "One Tin Soldier (The Legend of Billy Jack)" (Lambert, Potter) – 3:38 Sound clip (begins at 3:21): Eyewitness account of the Ohio National Guard's shooting of students at Kent State
  14. Alice Cooper (1972): "School's Out" (Vincent Furnier, Michael Bruce, Glen Buxton, Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith) – 3:30
  15. Hot Butter (1972): "Popcorn" (Gershon Kingsley) – 2:33
  16. Apollo 100 (1972): "Joy" (Johann Sebastian Bach) – 2:46
  17. Helen Reddy (1972): "I Am Woman" (Reddy, Ray Burton) – 3:16
  18. America (1972): "A Horse with No Name" (Dewey Bunnell) – 3:50
  19. The Staple Singers (1972): "I'll Take You There" (Alvertis Isbell) – 3:23 Sound clip (begins at 3:15): Vice President Spiro Agnew condemning the 'nattering nabobs of negativism,' in a speech written by William Safire
  20. The Main Ingredient (1972): "Everybody Plays the Fool" (Rudy Clark, Jim Bailey, Kenneth Williams) – 3:39 Sound clip (begins at 3:19): John Chancellor (NBC News) reports the disappearance of former Teamsters' Union chairman Jimmy Hoffa
  21. Joe Tex (1972): "I Gotcha" (Tex) – 2:29
  22. The Spinners (1972): "I'll Be Around" (Thom Bell, Phil Hurtt) – 3:12
  23. Bill Withers (1972): "Lean on Me" (Withers) – 3:42
  24. Godspell (1972): "Day By Day" (Stephen Schwartz) – 3:14

Disc three[edit]

  1. Gilbert O'Sullivan (1972): "Alone Again (Naturally)" (O'Sullivan) – 3:39
  2. Climax (1972): "Precious and Few" (Walter Nims) – 2:47
  3. Looking Glass (1972): "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)" (Elliot Lurie) – 3:05
  4. King Harvest (1973): "Dancing in the Moonlight" (Sherman Kelly) – 2:51
  5. Gallery (1972): "Nice to Be with You" (Jim Gold) – 2:38
  6. Sammy Davis, Jr. with The Mike Curb Congregation (1972): "The Candy Man" (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley) – 3:10
  7. Wayne Newton (1972): "Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast" (Peter Callander, Geoff Stephens) – 3:24
  8. Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen (1972): "Hot Rod Lincoln" (Charlie Ryan) – 2:44
  9. Gary Glitter (1972): "Rock and Roll Part 2" (Mike Leander, Gadd) – 3:02
  10. Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show (1973): "The Cover of Rolling Stone" (Shel Silverstein) – 2:54
  11. Carly Simon (1973): "You're So Vain" (Simon) – 4:20
  12. Billy Paul (1972): "Me and Mrs. Jones" (Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff, Cary Gilbert) – 4:47
  13. Curtis Mayfield (1972): "Freddie's Dead (Theme from Superfly)" (Mayfield) – 3:27 Sound clip (begins at 3:17): President Richard Nixon announcing 'peace with honor' as the results of the American agreement to withdrawal from Vietnam, reached at the Paris Peace Accords.
  14. Maureen McGovern (1973): "The Morning After" (Al Kasha, Joel Hirschhorn) – 2:23
  15. The Isley Brothers (1973): "That Lady (Pt. 1)" (Ernie Isley, Marvin Isley, Chris Jasper) – 3:49 Sound clip (begins at 3:20): Elizabeth Ray on the imminent marriage of her former employer, Rep. Wayne Hays.
  16. Barry White (1973): "I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby" (White) – 4:10
  17. Love Unlimited Orchestra (1974): "Love's Theme" (White) – 3:35
  18. Kool and the Gang (1974): "Jungle Boogie" (Robert "Kool" Bell, Ronald Bell, Donald Boyce, George Brown, Robert Mickens, Claydes Charles Smith, Dennis Thomas, Richard Westfield) – 3:06
  19. El Chicano (1973): "Tell Her She's Lovely" (David Batteau) – 3:14
  20. Stealers Wheel (1973): "Stuck in the Middle with You" (Gerry Rafferty, Joe Egan) – 3:26
  21. Dawn featuring Tony Orlando (1973): "Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'Round the Ole Oak Tree" (Irwin Levine, Russell Brown) – 3:26
  22. Brownsville Station (1974): "Smokin' in the Boy's Room" (Cub Koda, Michael Lutz) – 2:58
  23. The Edgar Winter Group (1973): "Frankenstein" (Winter) – 3:27
  24. Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandell (1973): "Dueling Banjos" (Arthur Smith) – 2:17

Disc four[edit]

  1. The O'Jays (1973): "Love Train" (Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff) – 2:58
  2. Gladys Knight and the Pips (1973): "Midnight Train to Georgia" (Jim Weatherly) – 3:58
  3. Vicki Lawrence (1973): "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" (Bob Russell) – 3:35
  4. The Doobie Brothers (1973): "Long Train Runnin'" (Tom Johnston) – 3:27
  5. Stories (1973): "Brother Louie" (Errol Brown, Tony Wilson) – 3:56
  6. Todd Rundgren (1973): "Hello It's Me" (Rundgren) – 3:30
  7. Terry Jacks (1974): "Seasons in the Sun" (Jacques Brel, Rod McKuen) – 3:44 Sound clip (begins at 3:27): Scientist describing the effects of chlorofluorocarbons on the ozone layer.
  8. The Hollies (1974): "The Air That I Breathe" (Albert Hammond, Mike Hazlewood) – 3:47
  9. Harry Chapin (1974): "Cat's in the Cradle" (Harry Chapin, Sandy Chapin) – 3:39
  10. Paper Lace (1974): "The Night Chicago Died" (Mitch Murray, Peter Callander) – 3:31
  11. Rufus (1974): "Tell Me Something Good" (Stevie Wonder) – 3:32
  12. Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods (1974): "Billy Don't Be a Hero" (Mitch Murray, Peter Callander) – 3:40
  13. Styx (1975): "Lady" (Dennis DeYoung) – 3:31 Sound clip (begins at 2:56): President Gerald Ford pardons disgraced President Richard Nixon for any crimes he may have performed during his administration.
  14. James Brown (1974): "The Payback, Pt. 1" (Brown, John Starks, Fred Wesley) – 4:06 Sound clip (begins at 3:32): During the Watergate coverup, President Richard Nixon assures the American public that "their President is not a crook."
  15. Linda Ronstadt (1975): "You're No Good" (Clint Ballard, Jr.) – 3:38
  16. Marvin Hamlisch (1974): "The Entertainer" (Scott Joplin) – 3:05
  17. The Hues Corporation (1974): "Rock the Boat" (Waldo Holmes) – 3:08
  18. Carl Douglas (1974): "Kung Fu Fighting" (Douglas) – 3:15
  19. Maria Muldaur (1974): "Midnight at the Oasis" (David Nichtern) – 3:45 Sound clip (begins at 3:31): John Chancellor reporting on an incident of streaking taking place, this time in a police station.
  20. Ray Stevens (1974): "The Streak" (Stevens) – 3:16
  21. B. T. Express (1974): "Do It ('Til You're Satisfied))" (Billy Nichols) – 3:12
  22. Golden Earring (1974): "Radar Love" (George Kooymans, Barry Hay) – 5:04

Disc five[edit]

  1. The First Class (1974): "Beach Baby" (John Carter, Gil Shakespeare) – 5:05
  2. Blue Magic (1974): "Sideshow" (Vinny Barrett, Bobby Eli) – 4:11
  3. Bachman-Turner Overdrive (1974): "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" (Randy Bachman) – 3:28
  4. 10cc (1975): "I'm Not in Love" (Eric Stewart, Graham Gouldman) – 3:58
  5. The Jimmy Castor Bunch (1975): "The Bertha Butt Boogie, Pt. 1" (Jimmy Castor, Johnnie Pruitt) – 3:36 Sound clip (begins at 3:13)
  6. Johnny Wakelin and The Kinshasa Band (1975): "Black Superman - 'Muhammad Ali'" (Wakelin) – 3:36
  7. Ozark Mountain Daredevils (1975): "Jackie Blue" (Larry Lee, Steve Cash) – 3:37
  8. Sammy Johns (1975): "Chevy Van" (Johns) – 2:58
  9. Earth, Wind and Fire (1975): "Shining Star" (Maurice White, Philip Bailey, Larry Dunn) – 2:53
  10. War (1975): "Why Can't We Be Friends?" (Papa Dee Allen, Harold Ray Brown, B.B. Dickerson, Jerry Goldstein, Lonnie Jordan, Charles Miller, Lee Oskar, Howard E. Scott) – 3:50
  11. Captain & Tennille (1975): "Love Will Keep Us Together" (Howard Greenfield, Neil Sedaka) – 3:24
  12. Morris Albert (1975): "Feelings" (Albert) – 3:56 Sound clip (begins at 3:42)
  13. Jefferson Starship (1975): "Miracles" (Marty Balin) – 3:29
  14. Pilot (1975): "Magic" (David Paton, Bill Lyall) – 3:04
  15. The Miracles (1976): "Love Machine, Pt. 1" (Pete Moore, William Griffin) – 2:58
  16. Hot Chocolate (1976): "You Sexy Thing" (Errol Brown) – 3:31
  17. Labelle (1975): "Lady Marmalade" (Bob Crewe, Kenny Nolan) – 3:20
  18. David Bowie (1975): "Fame" (David Bowie, Carlos Alomar, John Lennon) – 3:47 Sound clip (begins at 3:30)
  19. Jigsaw (1975): "Sky High" (Clive Scott, Des Dyer) – 2:50
  20. C.W. McCall (1976): "Convoy" (Fries, Chip Davis) – 4:11 Sound clip (begins at 3:47)
  21. Neil Sedaka (1975): "Bad Blood" (Sedaka, Phil Cody) – 3:17 Sound clip (begins at 3:08)
  22. Foghat (1976): "Slow Ride" (Dave Peverett) – 3:56

Disc six[edit]

  1. KC and the Sunshine Band (1975): "Get Down Tonight" (Harry Casey, Richard Finch) – 3:13
  2. The Ohio Players (1976): "Love Rollercoaster" (William Beck, Leroy Bonner, Marshall Jones, Ralph Middlebrook, Marvin Pierce, Clarence Satchell, Jimmy Williams) – 2:54
  3. The Four Seasons (1976): "December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)" (Bob Gaudio, Judy Parker) – 3:32
  4. The Bay City Rollers (1976): "Saturday Night" (Phil Coulter, Bill Martin) – 2:55
  5. Mike Post (1975): "Theme from The Rockford Files" (Mike Post, Pete Carpenter) – 3:12
  6. Glen Campbell (1975): "Rhinestone Cowboy" (Larry Weiss) – 3:14
  7. Silver Convention (1975): "Fly, Robin, Fly" (Sylvester Levay, Stephen Prager) – 3:38 Sound clip (begins at 3:20)
  8. Electric Light Orchestra (1976): "Evil Woman" (Jeff Lynne) – 3:19
  9. Diana Ross (1976): "Do You Know Where You're Going To (Theme from Mahogany)" (Michael Masser, Gerry Goffin) – 3:24
  10. Pratt & McClain (1976): "Theme from Happy Days" (Norman Gimbel, Charles Fox) – 3:15 Sound clip (begins at 2:35)
  11. Cyndi Grecco (1976): "Making Our Dreams Come True" (Gimbel, Fox) – 2:31
  12. The Bellamy Brothers (1976): "Let Your Love Flow" (Larry E. Williams) – 3:17
  13. Parliament (1976): "Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)" (George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Jerome Brailey) – 4:09 Sound clip (begins at 3:43)
  14. Maxine Nightingale (1976): "Right Back Where We Started From" (Pierre Tubbs, Vince Edwards) – 3:16
  15. Elvin Bishop (1976): "Fooled Around and Fell in Love" (Bishop) – 2:58
  16. Starland Vocal Band (1976): "Afternoon Delight" (Bill Danoff) – 3:49 Sound clip (begins at 3:13)
  17. Gary Wright (1976): "Dream Weaver" (Wright) – 3:26
  18. England Dan & John Ford Coley (1976): "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight" (Parker McGee) – 2:38
  19. Rick Dees and His Cast of Idiots (1976): "Disco Duck (Part 1)" (Dees) – 3:43 Sound clip (begins at 3:13)
  20. Vicki Sue Robinson (1976): "Turn the Beat Around" (Pete Jackson, Gerald Jackson) – 3:50 Sound clip (begins at 3:24)
  21. Rose Royce (1977): "Car Wash" (Norman Whitfield) – 4:08 Sound clip (begins at 3:31)
  22. The Andrea True Connection (1976): "More, More, More (Part 1)" (Gregg Diamond) – 3:01
  23. Firefall (1976): "You Are the Woman" (Rick Roberts) – 2:54 Sound clip (begins at 2:40)
  24. Steve Miller Band (1977): "Fly Like an Eagle" (Miller) – 3:01

Disc seven[edit]

  1. Peter Frampton (1976): "Do You Feel Like We Do" (Peter Frampton, Mick Gallagher, John Siomos, Rick Wills) – 7:46 Sound clip (begins at 7:20)
  2. Lynyrd Skynyrd (1976): "Free Bird (Live Version)" (Allen Collins, Ronnie Van Zant) – 4:57
  3. R.E.O. Speedwagon (1977): "Ridin' the Storm Out" (Gary Richrath) – 3:04
  4. Meco (1977): "Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band" (John Williams) – 4:00 Sound clip (begins at 3:34)
  5. The Trammps (1978): "Disco Inferno" (Leroy Green, Ron Kersey) – 3:35
  6. The Commodores (1977): "Brick House" (William King, Ronald LaPread, Thomas McClary, Walter Orange, Lionel Richie, Milan Williams) – 3:58 Sound clip (begins at 3:30)
  7. Marvin Gaye (1977): "Got to Give It Up, Pt. 1" (Gaye) – 4:12
  8. Foreigner (1977): "Feels Like the First Time" (Mick Jones) – 3:22
  9. David Soul (1977): "Don't Give Up on Us" (Tony Macaulay) – 3:37
  10. Dan Hill (1978): "Sometimes When We Touch" (Dan Hill, Barry Mann) – 3:32
  11. Stevie Wonder (1977): "Sir Duke" (Wonder) – 3:55
  12. Gloria Gaynor (1979): "I Will Survive" (Dino Fekaris, Perren) – 3:34 Sound clip (begins at 3:17)
  13. Alicia Bridges (1978): "I Love the Nightlife (Disco 'Round)" (Bridges, Susan Hutcheson) – 3:01
  14. Little River Band (1977): "Happy Anniversary" (Beeb Birtles, David Briggs) – 3:39
  15. Eddie Money (1978): "Baby Hold On" (Money, Jimmy Lyon) – 3:4
  16. Warren Zevon (1978): "Werewolves of London" (Zevon, LeRoy Marinell, Waddy Wachtel) – 3:27
  17. Exile (1978): "Kiss You All Over" (Nicky Chinn, Mike Chapman) – 3:31
  18. Chic (1979): "I Want Your Love" (Bernard Edwards, Nile Rodgers) – 3:32
  19. Sister Sledge (1979): "We Are Family" (Edwards, Rodgers) – 4:08 Sound clip (begins at 3:35)
  20. McFadden & Whitehead (1979): "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now" (Jerry Cohen, Gene McFadden, John Whitehead) – 3:41

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