Anyone who grew up in the ’70s will tell you that the decade gave us some of the greatest music humanity has ever produced. And few shows captured the hazy, hard rockin’ vibe of the Me Decade better than That ’70s Show. (Heck, the show even named episodes after songs by Led Zeppelin, The Who and more.) Before you catch That ’70s Show on IFC, check out some moments where the gang turned things up to 11.
1. The Theme Song
Of course That ’70s Show starts with a classic rock track, and a particularly catchy one at that. The gang can be seen rocking out to Big Star’s “In the Street” as covered by Cheap Trick. (Todd Griffin sang the theme during the first season before Cheap Trick’s version was used for the rest of the show’s run.) And every time you find yourself singing along, take heart in the knowledge that Big Star’s Alex Chilton got an apropos $70 payment every time it was aired.
2. ‘Who’ Was That Guest Star?
Who better to play Fez’s music teacher than Roger Daltrey, the man who gave us some of the greatest teen anthems of all time? The Who frontman also joined the gang in “The Circle” to profess his love for cheeseburgers.
3. Alice Cooper Plays D&D
Another rocker changed the meaning of “play” by appearing in the show to roll dice and slay dragons. Who wouldn’t want Alice Cooper in their Dungeons & Dragons game?
4. The gang sings “The Joker”
That ’70s Show‘s musical episode — cunningly called “That ’70s Musical” — was a treat for fans of the decade. The gang (sans Jackie and Fez) performed the Steve Miller classic complete with trippy light effects and Hyde singing the “midnight toker” line.
5. That Disco Episode
A web of jealousy and confusion entraps the characters, but the glitter and glee of disco keeps them boogie-ing in “That Disco Episode.” And Eric’s later revelation of roller disco mastery is a real blast from the past.
6. (Still) Stayin’ Alive
Disco never dies, and “That Velvet Rope” saw Eric Foreman definitely “Stayin’ Alive” to the most strut-able beat ever laid down in his shag-carpeted tribute to Saturday Night Fever. It’s just a shame the bouncer wouldn’t let him into the club.
7. Charo Brings the Coochie Coochie
8. Isaac Hayes Serenades Fez
Who is the man, who will help Fez when no one can? Someone even better than Shaft — Shaft theme song singer, Isaac Hayes. The smooth crooner and South Park star provided the soundtrack for the cool cat ladies man known as “Work Fez.”
9. Hyde Loves Zeppelin
Good music can get you through anything, and Hyde had to go through more than most. Luckily he had excellent taste to see him through those trying times.
10. Eric Goes Full Kiss
Red’s vision of what an undisciplined Eric would be like was every ’70s parent’s worst nightmare.