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.