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)
June 30, 2009
Here’s Deadstar with the dreamy “Don’t It Get You Down”:
Deadstar – “Don’t It Get You Down” (1997)
As a bonus, here’s Deadstar’s biggest single,
“Union City Blue” by Blondie:
Deadstar – “Deeper Water” (1999)
June 29, 2009
Ladies and gentlemen, the funniest interview ever shown on Australian television:
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:
June 28, 2009
Here are the Hoodoo Gurus with the biting “Less Than A Feeling” (1994):
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.
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)
(*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?)
June 26, 2009
Here are the Falling Joys with “Jennifer” from the splendid Wish List (1990):
Falling Joys – “Jennifer” (1990)
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”.)