Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Song of the day: A band - "Only Lonely"
Here's one of my favourite Australian bands from the 80's with a song I've already raved about in a previous post (it was a bonus track there) but have no compunction about playing again:
A band - "Only Lonely" (1983)
"Only Lonely" appeared on the US version of the band's debut album, Desperate (1983).
By the way, there's an earlier version of the song. It appeared a year earlier on the band's mini-LP, Music From Monkey Grip (1982), a collection of six tracks used in the film Monkey Grip. The only major difference that I can spot between the two versions is the bass playing (well I would, I suppose, considering I'm a bass player). In between their mini-LP and debut album the Divinyls recruited Rick Grossman for bass duties, so that would explain the difference in the track's bass-ness. If nothing else was different about the two versions of the song*, then I guess when the band went into the studio to record the album, they took Rick aside and said "Rick, baby – we've got a song already recorded and we want to put it on the album, so how about we scrub the original bass part and you record yours? Maaaaate... it won't take you long. Waddyareckon? Rick? Baby? [Pause] You can? Great! Maaaaate... we knew we could count on ya."
Here's the earlier version:
A band - "Only Lonely" (1982)
And here's a live version (I can't stay away from this song):
(*Having had another listen to the tracks, I can hear that the drums are different, too. So maybe it was completely re-recorded.)