I bought this for my ex-wife's 40th birthday a couple of years ago, completely unaware of the fact that she had decided overnight to knock ten years off her age and to therefore plead ignorance with regard to an entire decade. I rushed off to get her a year's supply of dimmer lightbulbs instead and took possession of this album myself. A very good result for me, because it features a great selection of 'Smash Hit Singles'.
You know you've got an authentic 70s collection when you see 'Tiger Feet' amongst the track listings. It's like the musical equivalent of Kelly Brook, that song - it turns up everywhere. 'Heart of Glass', that's another one you can set your nostalgic watch by. Ah, but this album offers so much more than just the faithful old standbys.
As someone who is hopeless at remembering the lyrics to anything, it is particularly lovely to see so many songs I can sing along to without any expertise in the English language whatsoever. The Village People and The Jackson 5 trying to teach me the rudiments of the alphabet and counting up to three, that's about my limit. Stephanie de Sykes, she understands that (la-la-la-la-la-la... la-la-la-la-la etc etc). Blue Mink use almost the exact same lyrics in 'Banner Man', and I feel I can make a worthy if somewhat tone deaf contribution to both of those. 'Kung Fu Fighting', well you can get through most of that just by pretending to be Father Christmas (ho-ho-ho-oh... ho-ho-ho-oh).
They liked to repeat themselves a good bit in the 70s, didn't they? Liked to keep things simple. Maybe they were planning for the day that the children of that decade - now clutching their pension books and with memories like... like... no, it's gone - would welcome the chance to simply turn the music up loud and hum along?