Musical coincidences # 9

June 30, 2009

This coincidence has bothered me ever since I first heard it in 1989.

It involves “Tucker’s Daughter” by Ian Moss. At the end of the chorus is this little tune:

Which is, pretty much note-for-note, the first part of the main tune in Bacharach/David‘s “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again” with the wonderful Dionne Warwick warbling away:

It’s the main tune. And Ian Moss puts it at the end of the chorus of his song. Couldn’t Mr Moss have used the tune a little more subtly than that? Like buried in a guitar solo or something?

Anyway, here are the full versions of both:

Dionne Warwick – “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again (1970)

Ian Moss – “Tucker’s Daughter (1989)


Song of the day: Deadstar – "Don’t It Get You Down"

June 30, 2009

Here’s Deadstar with the dreamy “Don’t It Get You Down”:

Deadstar – “Don’t It Get You Down” (1997)

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As a bonus, here’s Deadstar’s biggest single, Union City Blue” by Blondie:

Deadstar – “Deeper Water” (1999)

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Great moments on Australian television

June 29, 2009

Ladies and gentlemen, the funniest interview ever shown on Australian television:


Song of the day: Richard Clapton – "Girls On The Avenue"

June 29, 2009

If you’re hearing this song for the first time, you’re in for a treat. It’s the superb “Girls On The Avenue” (1975) by Richard Clapton, one of Australia’s finest songwriters. I love, love, love this song:

If you find “Girls On The Avenue” too wussy (rhymes with “pussy”), try “I Am An Island” (1982) – and turn it up:


Song of the day: Hoodoo Gurus – "Less Than A Feeling"

June 28, 2009

Here are the Hoodoo Gurus with the biting “Less Than A Feeling” (1994):

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It first appeared on the band’s heavy-duty album from 1994, Crank, and then was used on the 2000’s 2-CD best-of, Ampology.

I like how Dave Faulkner uses a very familiar chord progression as well as the lyrics to let everyone know exactly how he feels about “Classic Hits” radio stations…

Don’t look to the future – you don’t want to know
What’s wrong with this picture: “The future is in radio”?

A.M., F.M., what’s in a name?
To me, they’re one and the same
(It drives me insane).

I need a sound that ain’t found six feet underground,
It’s driving me to despair.
I search your dial for a smile like it’s going out of style.
Is there anyone there?

Don’t tell me the weather is gonna be cold.
You know you should never commit yourself
To statements so bold.
Golden oldies, tired and true,
In ten years what will you do?
(I’m talking to you!)

What about superstars
Surrounded by bodyguards,
Champagne and caviar?
You’re gonna need some Anusol,
When Hollywood meets Rock’n’ Roll.

Incidentally, the Hoodoo Gurus are mentioned on my A History of Power Pop in Australia post.


Song of the day: Clouds – "Hieronymus"

June 27, 2009

Here are the Clouds from 1991 with the intriguing “Hieronymus”, a song that travels through quite a few key changes on its way to where it’s going*:

Clouds – “Hieronymus” (1991)

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(*Wherever that is. I’ve read the lyrics, and they may be about the painter Hieronymus Bosch – but then again they may not. And the video doesn’t help, I’m afraid. What are these people singing about?)


Song of the day: Falling Joys – "Jennifer"

June 26, 2009

Here are the Falling Joys with “Jennifer” from the splendid Wish List (1990):

Falling Joys – “Jennifer” (1990)

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As a bonus, here’s the album. Despite the late-80’s-early-90’s production, I reckon the whole thing is well worth hearing*:

Incidentally, it was a toss-up as to which song was going to be Song of the day, “Jennifer” or “Lock It,” which has gorgeous cascading vocal harmonies in the chorus plus a guitar track that chases itself from left to right during each verse (it sounds great on headphones). “Jennifer” won out because it’s poppier. As compensation, here’s the video for “Lock It”:

(*That’s not strictly true – for me, there’s one dud track on it: “Puppy Drink”.)


Musical coincidences # 8

June 25, 2009

It is my melancholy duty* to inform you of a musical coincidence involving the wonderful, wonderful, wonderful, wonderful, wonderful (I can’t tell you how wonderful I think she is) Kate Bush and “Sat In Your Lap“. Here’s how it starts:

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“Sat In Your Lap” was recorded and released as a single in 1981 and was used as the opening track on her 1982 album, The Dreaming.

A year earlier, XTC had released the Black Sea album which contained the track “Paper And Iron (Notes And Coins”). The main rhythm of the song starts at the 26-second mark, like so:

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And I’d always thought that Kate Bush was utterly original…

Nevertheless, I want to think that Kate had never heard of XTC, and that it’s all a horrible coincidence. I really, really want to think that.

All of the above doesn’t stop me from marvelling at how amazing “Sat In Your Lap” is, though. It is amazing – as is all of The Dreaming, which I still think is one of the best albums of the 80’s. (I also think it’s Kate best album, although most critics tend to proclaim Hounds Of Love to be her pièce de resistence.)

Anyway, enough with the sadness. Enjoy some marvellousness from both Kate and XTC:

Kate Bush – “Sat In Your Lap (1982)

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XTC – “Paper And Iron (Notes And Coins)” (1980)

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Oh, and speaking of XTC, I chanced upon a little guitar bit in their first single “Science Friction” (1978) at the 1:55 mark here:

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That reminded me of a little guitar bit in Billy Swan‘s hit from 1973, the Ringo-esque “I Can Help” (at 1:42):

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Pure coincidence.

Here are the full tracks – and as a bonus (yep, there’s more) I’ve included two versions of “I Can Help”:

XTC – “Science Friction” (1978)

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Billy Swan – “I Can Help (single version) (1974)

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Billy Swan – “I Can Help (album version) (1974)

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(*Anyone over 80 will know that phrase also means something far more important than a musical coincidence.)


Song of the day: Schnell Fenster – "Whisper"

June 25, 2009

Here’s the now-forgotten Schnell Fenster with the wonderfully atmospheric “Whisper” from 1988:

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Schnell Fenster rose from the ashes of Split Enz in the late 80’s and sank without a trace a couple of years later*. “Whisper” was their first single and it reached #58 in the Australian charts.

As a bonus, here are two of their other singles (well, the ones that charted, anyway) plus a mini-documentary on the band:

Schnell Fenster – “Love-Hate Relationship” (1988) (highest position: a dismal #81)

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Schnell Fenster – “OK Alright A Huh O Yeah” (1990) (a not-much-better #71)

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(*Sorry about mangling metaphors there.)


Song of the day: The Easybeats – "She’s So Fine (live)"

June 24, 2009

This is a live version of The Easybeats‘ “She’s So Fine” (complete with false start) that’ll give you a good idea of just how popular they were in Australia in the 1960’s (Screaming Teenagers Down Under, Unite!):

That was recorded in the mid-60’s. You can’t even buy excitement like that anymore, let alone generate it naturally, as people used to quite effortlessly. Where has all the mass hysteria gone? Did Grunge take it away in the 90’s? Why am I asking rhetorical questions? Why???

Incidentally, The Easybeats are mentioned on my A History of Power Pop in Australia post.