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It's Rocktober time!!

For a while we covered specific Beatles albums, but last year we chose to cover songs from the year 1980, and I thought that worked out really well!!

Looks like we are doing songs from the year 1975 this time.

(For those of you who don't know, Rocktober takes place during the month of October. Members do cover versions of any song they want; you do not have to stick to the theme!!)

Rocktober is being hosted in a Facebook group this year; the link is in one of @helen's posts below.

1975 - good year! I just went through the Billboard Hot 100 for that year, and I had 45 RPM records of many of the songs - "Fame" by David Bowie, "Philadelphia Freedom" by Elton John, "Jive Talkin" by the Bee Gees ... Also, I've played a few of the songs on acoustic guitar and piano before.
I was nine years old, and I think I started piano lessons the previous year, so '75 was a very formative year musically for me.
I think I only did one Rocktoberfest song last year, but in years past I've been more involved.

A very important year for me - so, yeah, cool!

Yes, 1975 works. I will also do some other songs not from 1975 but that sounds like a fun theme year.

Granted 1975 gave us Supernatural Thing Parts 1&2 *sigh* and Young Americans. Also Love To Love You Baby, Jive Talkin', The Hustle, and You Sexy Thing (I Believe in Miracles).
Sadly, Car Wash wasn't until 1976, Disco Inferno (which I really had my heart set on covering some day) wasn't until 1977, and, damn, Boogie Oogie Oogie wasn't until 1978.
For the few years I've been doing it we'd done the 40 year thing, which I thought would put us at 1981 for this Rocktober. 1981, a very good year, btw!
Still, any year in popular music would give us a crap load of choice tunes, and here's a list of 120 iconic songs from '75 for everyone's convenience: Fly, Robin, Fly or Rhinestone Cowboy, anyone? Smile

Oh, yes! I was on that site, gathering up my favorites. Not as many Disco as I would have liked, though. Maybe we need a range like 70s or 75-79.

I'd vote for '1975' over anything in the 80's- (which for me was generally not a great decade for music)

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I'm good with '75, I'm tempted to try and tackle all of Zuma, I could probably do half of it half-assedly without listening to it again.

Another vote for 1975! Sounds likes fun!

Here's a list of UK hits from that year. I wanna hear you all covering Jasper Carrott!

I'll hopefully get involved with Rocktober a bit, I've been struggling for creative energy but it's always good fun.

It is now guaranteed that I will do at least one of the tracks off the Wings' album Venus and Mars (from 1975). Also, Roger Whittaker's The Last Farewell is MINE.

Blimey. "The Funky Gibbon". I remember the Goodies massacring that on Top Of The Pops...

There might be an ABBA or Bay City Rollers cover in my future...

Any rock song done on ukulele makes me smile - I'm easily self amused. I haven't tried this yet, but this may be the year to do it.

Oooh and I was already going to do a cover of the Who's "However Much I Booze" so 1975 is a perfect theme.

and as if! I was also going to cover Thin Lizzy's cover of "Rosalie" which is also from 1975!

Maybe I'll finally do a cover of the KISS song "Rock Bottom" as well. AC/DC...maybe "She's Got Balls".

I'm so ready for this Rocktober. I've been trying songs to see what I can sing. I've recorded tracks and not been able to sing them so many times so I don't want to run into that issue again.

bound to be something there to do something alternative with!

@Fuzzy, I'm definitely covering ABBA, so I hope we don't choose the same song!

Oh I kinda hope we do choose the same song, @kenmattsson.
One thing I like about Rocktober is hearing multiple and very different versions of the same tune.

What a lot of great songs from just one year. 1975 is a very good choice.

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ZZ Top - Tush 1975 I think? a song that should be done to pay respect to Dusty Hill...rock on man!

Ooh Mike @mike skliar I would not agree with you. I preferred the 80's to most music in the 70's Smile


I just looked up the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1975. I kinda want to try America’s Lonely People Smile

Remind me where the Rocktober songs will be posted

1975 was a good year. My last year of university and starting my career. I remember the songs well, I’m in.

With a very few exceptions, looks like a dreadful year for music. I'll do 70's songs I like that are not exactly from '75 Biggrin

The various hits and best-of lists for 1975 are full of good tunes. One of the lists mentioned above was memorable songs (not necessarily big hits) released in 1975. And it included Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan - both released albums that year that were super-formative for me.
Springsteen released Born to Run - in the early '80s when I got into Bruce, I learned to play just about every one of those songs on piano, and I've tried a couple on acoustic guitar. And Dylan released Blood on the Tracks - I can play four of those songs on guitar from memory (and get almost all the many. many words right!).
According to Apple Music, Dylan also released Basement Tapes in '75, but that was an official release of often-bootlegged songs that he had recorded with the Band a few years before. "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere," which my wife and I danced to at our wedding, is on Basement Tapes.
And my all-time fave Grateful Dead released Blues for Allah in '75 - I've played "Franklin's Tower" from that one many, many times and may even have done it for Rocktober a while back. (I've done a good amount of Rocktober Dead, and now that I think about it, I did "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere," too.)
But we'll see how much of all this I get to - my wife and I celebrate our 24th anniversary on the 11th and that day we're starting a 10-day driving trip to see friends and family.

I'm assuming that the Rocktober songs will end up in the same place as last year, @corinne54;
Not sure if @Eric Distad has any other location in mind, though

‘75 Sounds good. I hope to do one or two.

I was thinking of 1991, since it’s the 30 year anniversary of the greatest year in music history.
It’s the anniversary of

Nirvana - Nevermind
Metallica - Black album
Guns N’Roses - Use Your Illusion I + II
Pearl Jam - Ten
Red Hot Chili Peppers - BSSM
Temple Of The Dog
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
Soundgarden - Badmotorfinger

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Also was thinking about 1991 (or even 1981), but "Fly Robin Fly" sounds too tempting Biggrin

My recorded musical output this summer is nearly none, but Rocktober should be fun

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@ampersandman I'd have to agree with you about that being the best year of music for me as well. All the stuff that came before was always background music to me. I appreciated it as I got older. That was right around the time I was coming into my own and finding stuff that I wanted to listen to. Also you didn't have to look very hard, that was the radio pop of the early 90's and MTV actually being music television etc, and here we are 30 years later and that little naked baby is still chasing that dollar bill. I laughed at what a self-fufilling prophecy that iconic album cover became for about an hour straight when I first heard about that lawsuit.

There was also Gish, Cypress Hill, Into the Great Wide Open, Trompe Le Monde, and on and on and on.

I still want to attempt to do Zuma from '75, but might have to do a few from '91 as well.

Tribe Called Quest, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pixies, and RHCP's albums were all released on the same day in September as well.

I'd like to request that folks maybe find a different place to host Rocktober this year. Between various issues with the site performance, maintenance, as well as personal and "day job" stuff, I'm running low on time/energy to manage and maintain the site and Rocktober adds an extra layer of complexity.

Sorry for the short notice and for the disappointment.

Sounds like Rocktober is cancelled unless someone can set up a new site in less than a week. Maybe a Facebook page but they never work that well for this kind of thing. Bummer. Sad

I don't mean to "sell out" but will a YouTube channel work? With comments and all?

Ah well, goodbye Rocktober. Sad
We understand, @Eric Distad, and thank you for everything you do!

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That's disappointing.

I fully support @Eric Distad taking a break after this year's 50/90!

That doesn't mean Rocktober is "cancelled," though...

If someone wants to create a facebook group or subreddit or somesuch that could probably work as a stopgap, since it's usually a smaller group anyway.

I'll follow whoever's lead lol! I'm down to participate even if it's on fb or reddit or whatever

Sad. But understandable. I guess the world will never hear my cover of Bohemian Rhapsody....

Yeah, @Eric Distad, we wish you the best. I know you have a ton on your plate right now. Thanks for keeping up with the 50/90 site this year.

As for alternatives. A facebook group will work for those of us on FB (much like the album writing group) although it's not ideal. Reddit seemed to work fairly well for NaSoAlMo (National Solo Album Writing Month) one year. We could start a Rocktober channel in the Fawm slack. Amanda used it for poetry month.

Basically anywhere you can post a new thread/topic and have responses will work. It would require hosting capabilities. I'd suggest a free soundcloud account and a link to it. Works for GYAWS (private FB group for weekly prompts) and a lot of FiNiners/Fawmers use it. Or a direct link to hosting (Fawm hosting/personal hosting etc.,)

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@Eric Distad, All the best. I know we all need a break..even from the things we all love to do. Thanks for keeping up with the 50/90 site this year. Rest up for FAWN 2022.

Doesn't this page work? I see it does for me, though I've not posted any songs yet so I don't know if it will let me post after today. Perhaps we could search for hashtag "Rocktober" to find the songs?

@corinne54 Eric sets it up and maintains it at the end of 50/90. He'll be unable to do so this year.

50/90 managed for many years on a yahoo mailing list, just saying.

@Eric Distad - enjoy your well deserved break. I think the fact that you do so well at keeping things running smoothly means that sometimes it's not easy to see how much work you put in.

I’m in for 1975. Zeppelin had Kashmir, a favorite of mine. And Patti Smith released Horses in 1975, that’s a fantastic record that I’ve had on vinyl since high school.

Also 1975: Tom Waits, nighthawks at the diner.

Aerosmith: Walk this Way and Sweet Emotion.

Patti (@pfoo) says Abba came out with SOS that year.

If Rocktober were running, here were my ideas.
I thought of doing a song from Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here", because that's from 1975.
Another idea was maybe to cover King Crimson's "Starless"? It's actually from 1974, but close.
"Rhiannon" by Fleetwood Mac (I'd need a singer to do it though).

Here you go. If anyone wants something other than a Facebook group, feel free to create it.

Oh, bless you @helen.

The FB group is up and a few of us have joined.

I suggest using a free soundcloud account and posting a link to the FB group for any covers. Alternately you can direct link to your own hosting or other hosting sites, bandcamp etc.,

Think I'm gonna sit out this Roctober.
Have fun, though, folks!!!