“And I see the robins – perched in barren treetops.
Watching last-ditch racists marching across the floor.
But just like the peace sign that vanished in our dreams.
Never had a chance to grow. Never had a chance to grow.
And now it’s winter – it’s winter in America.
And all of the healers have been killed – or betrayed.
Yeah, but the people know, people know…”
Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson: ‘Winter In America’ (1975)
Florian ‘V-2’ Schneider and Kraftwerk performing ‘Autobahn,’ 1975
Here’s a fascinating find. A brief, futuristic clip featuring Kraftwerk performing “Autobahn” on UK TV program Tomorrow’s World in 1975.
Tapping out a melody on early drum machines.
The original version of “Autobahn,” appearing on the album of the same name, runs for nearly 23 minutes. A three and a half minute cut down was released as a single and hit the top 40 in numerous countries including the US, UK, and Germany.
Hard to believe something this forward-thinking was recorded in 1974. Glimpse the future in the clip.
Kraftwerk: ‘Autobahn’ On UK TV ‘Tomorrow’s World’ (1975)
The song, originally written for and rejected by Ford Motors, burned much rubber on its drive to #14 on the US Hot 100 and #4 in Canada. Watch the band performing on Germany’s Musik Laden in 1975 below.
Bachman-Turner Overdrive: ‘Roll On Down The Highway’ On ‘Musik Laden’ (1975)
“Love Don’t Live Here Anymore” (written by Miles Gregory and produced by Norman Whitfield) hit #32 in the US charts. It fared even better around the globe, reaching #2 in the UK and New Zealand and #10 in Australia.
Kiss, ‘Shout It Out Loud’ (‘Cash Box’ magazine, December 17, 1977). Click to enlarge.
Kiss originally released “Shout It Out Loud” as a single lifted from the Destroyer album in 1976. In December of 1977, the band let loose a live version of the tune from their Alive II L.P.
The original release of “Shout It Out Loud” made it to #31 on the US Hot 100 and went all the way to #1 in Canada. The live version didn’t fare quite as well, peaking at #54 in the US and #74 in Canada.