Monday, April 30, 2012
Today's coincidence revolves around Disney tween, Miley "I don't wanna be a Disney tween anymore! I'm all grown up and sexeh!" Cyrus. I happened upon a song of hers called "Start All Over". As soon as Miley (or her Auto-Tune) starting singing the verse, the melody reminded me of something from the Sixties. This is the bit:
Miley Cyrus - "Start All Over" (2007) (excerpt)
A recent article on Popdose has prompted today's song. It was a concert review of Squeeze's recent appearance in New Jersey (they're currently roaming around the United States of Americans). The set list for that night was provided at the end of the post, and I noticed that among all the "I'd love to hear that Squeeze song played live" songs on that list, the following wasn't one of them:
Squeeze - "I've Returned" (1982)
Sunday, April 29, 2012
I recently heard an obscure song from 1968 called "Fogbound" by a band called The Smoke over at the very enjoyable A Bit Like You And Me blog. (The specific post is here.) The song is typical of 1968 in that it's influenced by The Beatles (what wasn't in 1968?) – so much so that the song even quotes "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" as it fades out.
We'll get to that bit of Beatles-pilfering later, but first the coincidence:
The Smoke - "Fogbound" (1968) (excerpt)
I was debating with myself whether or not to play you today's song. When I first listened to it I thought "Hmm, this is a pretty ordinary song", but then the vocal harmonies in the chorus hit me and I thought "Wow, they're gorgeous".
So, courtesy of gorgeous vocal harmonies* here's New Zealand band Mother Goose:
Mother Goose - "You Love Me" (1977)
(*And Ozzie Music Man, who had the song. Thanks, Ozzie!)
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Friday, April 27, 2012
I'm afraid that this is going to be convoluted. I must admit that I'm slightly reluctant to call what you're going to hear "coincidences", because for me the music in this post is more about influences than coincidences – but I can't really think of anywhere else I can put these on the blog.
OK, first things first (where first things usually are): This post was prompted by my coincidence-detective friend Michael (Hi, Michael!).
I asked Michael if he didn't mind me pinching a bit of his email text for this post, and he didn't. I'm extremely glad, because it'll make the post much more comprehendible. I also hope Michael doesn't mind me editing his text a little.
Here's Michael's (slightly modified) text, with my responses:
Michael: "I was reading your post on Run Run Run by Jo Jo Gunne [here], and the reference to Run Run Run by the Flying Circus on Stonefish's Music Blog [here]. It then occurred to me there's another Run, Run, Run released in the late 60s by a bunch of studio musos called The Third Rail. It was a type of protest song and it included Joey Levine who went on to sing with The Ohio Express. It performed moderately in the US. I then played it and noticed around the 15 sec mark that it sounded a hell of a lot like part of Life Is A Rock But The Radio Rolled Me (from the 10 sec mark) by Reunion from 1974 - also a bunch of studio muso’s, and the lead vocal? Yep, Joey Levine!"
Me: As Ned Flanders says: "Well, if that don't put the 'dink' in 'coinkidink'!"
Michael: "Wikipedia states that the latter part of this song is based on the tune Soothe Me by Sam & Dave."
Me: I've just listened to "Soothe Me" and I must admit I can't pick it. I don't know what they're on about.
Michael: "Then I discovered that part of the tune from Life Is A Rock (the 10 seconds onwards bit) was used for a promotion by McDonalds in the late 80s. Talk about milking it for all its worth!
Me: Yes sirree. And that McDonalds jingle is about as deliberate a rip-off as you'll ever hear. (Michael told me later that McDonalds had full permission to ransack the tune.)
Michael: "The McDonalds file attached is very scratchy."
Me: It sure is. But I've pestered it and it's now less scratchy than it was.
Here are the songs:
The Third Rail - "Run, Run, Run" (1967)
There I was, having breakfast and minding my own business, when this popped into my head:
Alice Cooper - "Ubangi Stomp" (1977)
I haven't heard that song in years (decades even), and I hadn't even been thinking of Alice Cooper lately at all. The last time I actually heard some Alice Cooper was when I listened to the remastered edition of Welcome To My Nightmare about eight months ago. So why the "Ubangi Stomp"? It's not on Welcome To My Nightmare, it's on Lace And Whisky. Huh?
The more I think about it, the more I think the human brain is an incredible thing. Baffling, but incredible.
By the way, now that I've heard the song again after not hearing it for a couple of decades I must admit that I don't think it's a very good effort from Monsieur Coupiere.
Here's the original version:
Warren Smith - "Ubangi Stomp" (1956)
That's much better.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
My coincidence-spotting friend Michael (Hi, Michael!) is on a roll – he found another one. This time it involves Buddy Holly and a band I'd never heard of before (and neither had Michael until he stumbled upon them on Facebook the other day):
Cement Trampoline - "Lifeline" (1989) (excerpt)
I was going to launch into a huge spiel about how I arrived at finding this song, but then realised you won't be interested.
I'll simply say that I found this song the other day and liked it.
The Handcuffs - "Can't Get The Girl (Without The Good Stuff, Baby)" (2006)
I'm extremely glad they ditched that drum machine before the song started properly. But where have I heard that guitar riff before?
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
My coincidence-finding friend Michael (Hi, Michael!) supplied today's coincidence. I've known both those songs for years and years – why didn't I ever notice the similarity?*
Wizzard - "See My Baby Jive" (1973) (excerpt)
Today's song comes from an album I like eeeeeenormously, Jason Falkner's All Quiet On The Noise Floor. (If I ever got around to making a Top 10 Power Pop Albums of the 2000s list, this album would probably be on it.)
Jason Falkner - "My Home Is Not A House" (2009)
Link Incidentally, I had a bit of trouble deciding which song from the album I wanted to play you. (Of the 11 songs on the album, I'd say about nine would have been eminently suitable.) I ended up going with "My Home Is Not A House" mainly because of a line that Jason sings from 1:45 to 1:51 ("I've got a secret"). The way Jason sings that line reminds me of this: Doris Day - "Secret Love" (1953) (excerpt) Link I didn't think the connection between the songs was strong enough to be considered a Musical coincidence (for me it's more an association), so I didn't make it one. I just wanted to mention it. Besides, there are plenty* of proper coincidences to go around. Here's the full version of the wonderful "Secret Love": Doris Day - "Secret Love" (1953) Link (*An exchange that occurred between the eldest daughter and me last year when I was adding a Musical coincidence to the blog: Celeste: "Do you think you'll ever run out of coincidences?" Dad: "It's pop music. No.")
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Why didn't anybody tell me it was Glen Campbell's birthday the other day?
Happy Birthday, Glen!
Here's Mr. Campbell with some mighty good advice:
Glen Campbell - "Try A Little Kindness" (1970)
Monday, April 23, 2012
I'm extremely keen on playing you today's song ('cos I love it), but mentioning the band will be a bit tricky. Unfortunately, the band (or its record company) is probably the most alert and litigious of all the bands I've ever posted on this blog. (I've seen it happen on other blogs, too. Any hint of this band's music on a blog will receive a swift and sinister message from Blogger.)
But I'm still a huge fan of this particular band, despite their lawyer-happy proclivities – and I do want to play you this song.
I can't keep calling them "this particular band", so from now on I'll call them what one dictionary describes as "move with urgent haste".
That's the name of the band taken care of.
As for the song, it's just one word, and I can use the American term for it: "Trailer".
You might think that all of this palaver, skullduggery, and general underhanded-osity is silly and pointless – but I think this track is magnificent and I really really want you to hear it. (Really.)
So, here's Move With Urgent Haste and "Trailer", a song from their upcoming album (which still hasn't been released, even though today's song was released in 2010):
Move With Urgent Haste - "Trailer" (2010)
Yesterday's Song of the day was "The Clown" by Japanese band Scott Goes For. The vocal melody begins
Scott Goes For - "The Clown" (2012) (excerpt)
Sunday, April 22, 2012
A couple of weeks ago I enthused about a song by Scott Goes For, a fabulous new band from Japan. I had only heard two songs (courtesy of YouTube), but they both make me go "Yeah!" whenever I hear them. Both songs are on the band's self-titled debut album.
There is now a third video for another one of the songs on the album:
Scott Goes For - "The Clown" (2012)
Buy Scott Goes For at This Time Records
I was listening a "rock'n'roll" radio program the other day (i.e., "We play all the hits from the 50's, the 50's, and the 50's!") when a song called "Pistol Packin' Mama" came on. I'd never heard it before, but as soon as it started...
Gene Vincent and The Beat Boys - "Pistol Packin' Mama" (1960) (excerpt)
...I thought, "Hmm – it looks like a rather famous drummer may have unconsciously lifted that for a rather famous rock song":
Led Zeppelin - "Rock And Roll" (1971) (excerpt)
I sauntered on over to Wikipedia's entry for the Led Zeppelin song to see if anyone noticed that coincidence / theft / homage (pick one), and was surprised to read this:
Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has said that this song came to be written as a spontaneous jam session, whilst the band were trying (and failing) to finish the track "Four Sticks". Drummer John Bonham played the introduction to Little Richard's "Keep a Knockin'" and Page added a guitar riff. The tapes were rolling and fifteen minutes later the basis of the song was down.
Here's the start of "Keep A-Knockin'":
Little Richard - "Keep A-Knockin'" (1957) (excerpt)
Even knowing what I know now (I didn't know any of that stuff before), I reckon the start of "Rock And Roll" still sounds more like "Pistol Packin' Mama" than "Keep A-Knockin'".
Update: Commenter Frank (Hi, Frank!) said this:
You can add one more to the list - Eddie Cochran's "Somethin' Else"
I certainly can, young man.
Eddie Cochran - "Somethin' Else" (1959) (excerpt)
Here are the full versions:
Led Zeppelin - "Rock And Roll" (1971)
Gene Vincent and The Beat Boys - "Pistol Packin' Mama" (1960)
Little Richard - "Keep A-Knockin'" (1957)
Eddie Cochran - "Somethin' Else" (1959)
In the interests of completeness (and because I like it a lot), here's the original version of "Pistol Packin' Mama":
Al Dexter and His Troopers - "Pistol Packin' Mama" (1943)
And I don't know if this brings this post round full circle, but Led Zeppelin recorded a version of Eddie Cochran's "Somethin' Else":
Led Zeppelin - "Somethin' Else" (1969)
Saturday, April 21, 2012
After the last few days involving a flurry of tracks requested by others, I've now officially run out of "Hey, can you play our song?" songs. It's time to choose a song for today.
Hmm. I'll have a look in the music collection and see what might be suitable. Hang on...
OK. Found something.
Here are the Kings of Seventies Australian Glam, Sherbet, with a possibly pointless – but vocally impressive (because it's live) – version of "Nowhere Man":
Sherbet - "Nowhere Man" (live) (1977)
Friday, April 20, 2012
And another coincidence submitted by my estimable friend, Gary (Hi, Gary!).
This coincidence involves Three Dog Night's "Never Been To Spain" and Diesel's "One More Time". Gary reckons that "you can almost sing 'Never Been To Spain' over 'One More Time'".
After hearing both tracks, I'm inclined to agree.
Although Diesel doesn't actually pinch any specific tunes from "Never Been To Spain" for "One More Time", his song certainly has a very strong "Never Been To Spain" vibe courtesy of his chord choices.
However, Mr. Diesel does get perilously close to outright thievery at the start of his guitar solo:
Three Dog Night - "Never Been To Spain" (1971) (excerpt)
Here's another song-I-didn't-need-to-choose-because-someone-asked-me-to-promote-an-artist post. (I tell ya, these posts are starting to write themselves.)
The email I received for today's artist is one of the oddest ones I've received so far. I'll itemise the oddities.
- The email's sender: Eddie (No other name given.)
- The email's subject header: Teen Vogue's "favorite new singer/songwriter"
- The email's contents: Hi Peter. Thought you might want to know about 16 year old singer/songwriter Jack Skuller.
Four things in that email struck me as distinctly bizarre:
- First of all, I don't know of anyone called "Eddie". Unfortunately for me, "Eddie" didn't elaborate on who he or she is.
- Secondly, the email was touting a musician who is "Teen Vogue's favorite new singer/songwriter." To me, that's a pretty bizarre thing to mention to an Australian power pop blogger. It also leads me to the next point.
- Thirdly, "Teen Vogue". Teen Vogue? ... [pause for bafflement] ... Now, because I'm a curious fellow I just had to find out if something called "Teen Vogue" was what I thought it was (i.e., a Vogue magazine for teenagers). I discovered that it was exactly what I thought it was: a Vogue magazine for teenagers.
- Fourth, the email mentioned that the artist in question, Jack Suller, is 16 years old. Considering Jack's age, for a moment I thought that the person who sent the email was asking if I'd be interested in adopting him.
For me, that all adds up to one weird email.
"Eddie" did, however, include this link:
I played it, and once I'd heard the snippets of the two songs in the background, I thought "That's not too bad. I don't mind putting that on the blog at all."
I found out that Jack has a Soundcloud page which has four of Jack's songs. Of the four, this was my favourite:
YOU'LL NEVER TAKE MY HOLIDAY by TEAM JACK (2012)
Oh, by the way: because I'm a complete Beatles nut I must tell you that one of the songs on Jack's Soundcloud page is a cover of "In Spite Of All The Danger". Yes indeedy:
Jack Skuller • In Spite of All the Danger by TEAM JACK (2012)
And the original from 1958:
Well, after ferreting about on the Internet for a little while I now know more about Jack Skuller. But I still don't know who Eddie is.
Bandcamp (but there are no tracks)
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Here's another coincidence suggested by my friend Gary (Hi, Gary!*), and it's another one that doesn't need much input from me.
David Cassidy - "Cherish" (1971) (excerpt)
Climax - "Precious And Few" (1971) (excerpt)
Here are the full vesions, as well as the original version of "Cherish":
David Cassidy - "Cherish" (1971)
Climax - "Precious And Few" (1971)
The Association - "Cherish" (1966)
(*I have a dreaful confession to make: whenever I say "Gary!" I always think of this.)
And the requests continue. (Which is fine by me, because it saves me having to think of a song to play you.)
Today's song has moderately special significance for me because it's the first solicitation – as in, "Hey, Peter – could you play our song on yer blog?" – I've received via Twitter. (It's also the only time someone's asked me via Twitter to play something.)
Although I'm not especially keen on the song (didn't love it, didn't hate it – it didn't do much for me either way), it does have two things going for it:
1. The guitarist is left-handed; and
2. The band asked me on Twitter. Woohoo!
Twit-ter! Twit-ter! Twit-ter! Twit-ter!*
Triple J Unearthed
Buy "Glorious Way" on iTunes
(*Sorry about that. I'm a little excited at the moment.)
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Today's coincidence comes from my new friend Gary (Hi, Gary!). It's pretty self-explanatory, so I won't need to say anything about it at all:
Gordon Lightfoot - "If You Could Read My Mind" (1970) (excerpt)
Whitney Houston - "Greatest Love Of All" (1986) (excerpt)
Here are the full versions, as well as the original version of "The Greatest Love Of All":
Gordon Lightfoot - "If You Could Read My Mind" (1970)
Whitney Houston - "Greatest Love Of All" (1986)
George Benson - "The Greatest Love Of All" (1977) (single version)
George Benson - "The Greatest Love Of All" (1977) (soundtrack version)
Quite a while ago I played you Max Merritt & The Meteors' version of the oft-covered "Hey, Western Union Man".
I'm glad I played it to you, and not just because it's my favourite version of the song. I'm glad because a chap by the name of Brian (Hi, Brian!) left a comment saying that he's about to release an album of a 1969 Max Merritt & The Meteors concert that was taped by two teenagers (one of them was Brian) then lost, forgotten about, remembered, found, digitised, mastered, and made ready for release.
The album, Been Away Too Long, is being released on 30 April. (Or April 30 if you're from the United States of Americans. But regardless of where you live – and how you display dates – the album will be available everywhere from the 30th day in April.)
Thanks to Brian (and Bandcamp), you can hear it here:
I like how raucous it is.
By the way, the LosTraxx Records website will give you more than everything you'll ever need to know about the album and the grand adventure of how it eventually came to be.
Update: The Thing I Completely Forgot About
Brian just informed me that the album will be available from April 30.
Why didn't I mention that in the post? [Insert emoticon of man slapping forehead here.]
Update II: You Can Ignore The First Update
I've just discovered that I did mention the album's release date. (It's in the third paragraph.) And it goes to show how much attention I pay to my own posts.
Max Merritt & The Meteors official website
Max Merritt & The Meteors on Bandcamp
LosTraxx Records website
LosTraxx Records on Facebook
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
The lovely Talia Miller (Hi, Talia!) from punk PR* company PRawr occasionally sends me emails about various punk bands the company promotes. I tend not to play them to you because the bands I've heard are resolutely punk, which means they're resolutely non-melodic.
However, one band Talia
Anyway, the EP's title track is the one I heard – and I liked it. Here 'tis:
Big Eyes - "Back From The Moon" (2012)
Incidentally, I nicked** the media player and photo from this page.
Also incidentally, I'd like to thank the band for naming themselves Big Eyes because it gives me an excuse to play you this:
Cheap Trick - "Big Eyes" (live) (1978)
(*The phrase "punk PR" sounds like an oxymoron to me.)
(**Is nickin' things still considered a 'punk' thing to do?)