WXPN’s Dan Reed hosts latest episode of The Greatest Year In Music on Slacker, 1978.
Musically, 1978 was a year that had something for everyone.
The Village Voice named Elvis Costello’s This Year’s Model the best album of the year, Kate Bush made her debut with The Kick Inside and Dire Straits introduced themselves with a self-titled LP. The bands that would go on to define the 80s hair metal trend started to gain traction in ’78 with debuts from Van Halen and Iron Maiden. Just when you thought it was over, disco wasn’t dead. The Saturday Night Fever soundtrack topped the sales lists at the end of the year followed closely by Grease. We lost one of the great rock drummers when Keith Moon passed away, however The Who released Who Are You. With releases like Some Girls by the Rolling Stones Warren Zevon’s Excitable Boy, Patti Smith’s commercial hit Easter, and The Boss’s Darkness on the Edge of Town, to many, rock was still king.
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