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Han’s Worst Hits of the 70’s today visits one of the bigger stars of that decade-Rod Stewart. Rod Stewart has always been a frustrating artist to me. Rod was great back with The Faces and in his early solo career but in the mid-70’s he certainly showed signs at least of wavering towards being more interested in being famous than great. He jumped the shark with Do Ya Think I’m Sexy.

Rock musicians doing the disco influenced sounds- didn’t work very well in the late 70’s- this is certainly one of the worst examples but there was also I Was Made For Loving You- by Kiss, Goodnight Tonight by Wings, Shakedown Street by The Grateful Dead, One Of These Nights by The Eagles. One that worked well in my opinion was Miss You by The Rolling Stones.

Do Ya Think I”m Sexy is one of my most hated songs from the late 70’s- of course it went to #1 in the US in early 1979- spending four weeks at the top. There are some who say that Rod was spoofing disco here- I don’t know about that. I think he was a sell out.  I do know that Rod by this time was more interested in hanging out with the rich and famous than seriously being a rock musician.  Mick Jagger did that balancing act a little better than Rod did. I can’t say Rod has never recorded anything since Do Ya Think I’m Sexy- that is not worth hearing but those moments have been few and far between.



  1. I have to admit I really liked “Do Ya Thing I’m Sexy” at the time – obviously, I was a lot younger then and disco was all the rage. As you pointed out, it even influenced the mighty Rolling Stones. I think it was Keith who afterwards used an expletive to describe “Miss You,” though I believe it was also during a period when he was at war with his Glimmer Twin Mick Jagger.

    From today’s perspective, I completely agree Rod Stewart has done much better music, especially in his early career. His scratchy smokey voice is just perfect for rock and blues. But similar perhaps to Tina Turner and her music in the 80s, Stewart is blessed with a voice that pulls up songs that are otherwise not particularly compelling.

    I don’t hate “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy” or “Miss You” for that matter, but I also don’t love them.

    • Stewart no doubt has remained popular over the years but I still think he could have had a much greater career had he kept on his early course. I bet he hasn’t made a great album in 40 plus years.

    • I think Stewart has had songs here and then there that I find okay, but you’re definitely right in terms of albums. Nothing ever reached his recordings with the Faces or “Every Picture Tells A Story.”

      I saw him once in the late ’90s and thought he put on a pretty good performance, in part because some of his pop-oriented songs sounded a bit more rock-like live. But the clear highlights were the old tunes he played.

    • I saw him in the early 90’s and I can’t say he didn’t put on a good performance too- my experience much as you described yours.

  2. This is the point where things go dark for Rod the Mod. You could see it coming but this when it happened.
    I saw Rod live in 83-84 I believe…he was really good.

  3. I’m gonna have to break with you on this, as “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?” is one of my favorite songs of the entire 70s decade, along with “Maggie May.” I loved it from the moment I first heard it, and still love it to this day. As I’ve mentioned in another post of yours, I was a huge fan of disco back in the mid-to-late 70s (I used to go dancing 1-2 times a week back then), however, I don’t really consider this song disco, and I’ve never heard the Eagles’ “One of These Nights” described as disco before.

    One of Stewart’s other big hits of the 70s that I don’t much care for is “Tonight’s the Night”.

  4. It seems to me Rod was trying to draw the blonde bimbos in with this song. What better way than to come right out and ask for it? I love Maggie May and it triggers so many memories of that time I don’t want to forget. This one is ok, but I agree between these two songs is a world of difference. Another song I love that he does is the cover of “Reason to Believe” but I think that was another of his earlier tunes?

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