Look at the great singles spawned by the collaboration of Elton John and Bernie Taupin during these years:
Your Song– Brilliant, Classic, Simple.
Levon- I have mixed feelings on this- Shades of Citizen Kane.
Tiny Dancer – Another instant classic-Goes great on a warm Sunday night with a Mosul Valley Riesling.
Rocket Man – Even before “Big Bang Theory” stamped it a cool classic-it was a cool classic.
Honkey Cat – A redneck song by a flamboyant gay Englishman that works (yes, I know, not exactly the theme song for Duck Dynasty). This was before NASCAR turned Redneckism into an official religion in these United States.
Crocodile Rock – Light, fun and nostalgic, for those that frequent car hop burger joints that won’t go away – Were the 50’s that much fun? Was James Dean that cool? Maybe-Good song.
Daniel – My sentimental favorite on this list.
Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting –Goodbye Yellow Brick Road kicks in. A good ol’ beer swilling song.
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – This double album is their signature work and this the signature song.
Candle in the Wind – Marilyn Monroe and the obsession for Marilyn Monroe neatly packaged in another timeless gem from GBYBR. And strong enough to take a re-tread for a Princess and come back in the late 1990’s.
Bennie and the Jets – Seriously? Another one from this album,…eh….yeah.
Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me- Another masterpiece that Live Aid and George Michael took over the top.
The Bitch Is Back – Nothing wrong with a little steam out of the tea kettle once in a while.
Philadelphia Freedom – Great American “Land of the Free” anthem.
Someone Saved My Life Tonight – Intense brooding coupled with emotional honesty- they leave it all on the table for us to dig in and feast on-this is the peak that song writer and piano player would not hit again.
Island Girl- Who does not love a spry little ditty with strong gay prostitution overtones. We can see the end of the run as the boys are starting to over reach and get a little too clever for us.
Then the decline starts:
By the time we get to “Sorry seems to be the Hardest Word” in 1976 – It is a sad, sad situation and these tunes are getting more and more absurd—-it is over—-thank you for the ride!
Bernie wrote the words and then Elton made the music.
The words went bad; Elton was adding action to B movies instead of block busters. Bernie started the fall but how do you keep this level of timeless inspiration going?
It was bound to end—They rode the unicorn of creativity in the wonderland of pop without being thrown off longer than most mortals.
So I thank them for that.
All you kids out there— remember to check for a vintage of the early to mid-1970’s when dusting off an Elton John bottle from the music cellar.
There is really little to talk about after this: A knighting, so we have to go the extra pompous bit of calling him Sir Elton….some songs in a movie about the circle of life with some friendly and evil lions and a stint with Eminem on the fanboy-from-hell ballad called “Stan.”
And I almost forgot the train wreck of the movie “Gnomeo and Juliet” which I suffered through in 3-D with my youngest child at the theatre, and that was only by dunking my head in the super large diet coke from time to time to keep me from going completely berserk.
BUT…he must know something because my son loved every minute of it!
And part of why he still respects and plays the songs from this era is his love for us fans that have a difficult time accepting anything new—
These songs made and sustain a great career.
He is one of the good ones.
Cheers from the cave and I will leave you with my sentimental favorite.