Song of the day: Axiom – "Arkansas Grass"

February 28, 2010

After a recent Song of the day featuring an American band pretending to be The Beatles, and another one featuring an American band singing about a Japanese pet, it’s time to get back to something Australian. Sort of.

Here’s “Arkansas Grass,” an Australian song by an Australian band about the American Civil War (yes, really) – complete with a video of the Australian members of that Australian band dressed up as 19th-century American soldiers (well, why not?):

Axiom – “Arkansas Grass” (1969)

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No matter how schizophrenic I find all of this, I still think it’s a mighty good song. Y’all.


Song of the day: Blue Öyster Cult – "Godzilla"

February 27, 2010

Yesterday’s Song of the day contained a Monster Guitar Riff, and that reminded me of today’s song which is not only full of magnificent Monster Guitar Riffs but is also actually about a monster (everyone’s favourite Japanese monster, to be exact). This song isn’t Australian, and it isn’t even power pop, but it is great*.

Oh, a small suggestion: before you press ‘play’, please turn the volume of your sound system up to, at the very least, absolute maximum…

Blue Öyster Cult – “Godzilla (live) (1978)

As a bonus, here’s the studio version:

Blue Öyster Cult – “Godzilla (1977)

(*The accuracy of that statement depends entirely upon how much you like Blue Öyster Cult.)


Musical coincidences # 44

February 26, 2010

This is a painful-for-me musical coincidence involving the hallowed Jellyfish* and a band called Walter Clevenger And The Dairy Kings. It’s painful for me because it adds fuel to the argument some people have about the amount of variety in power pop. (A standard comment: “Power Pop? It all sounds the same!”.) Unfortunately for people who do hear a great amount of variety in power pop – and champion the power pop cause – the following coincidence won’t help them one bit.

Both songs start with strumming guitars. Here’s the start of Walter’s “The Day I Found You”:

Walter Clevenger And The Dairy Kings – “The Day I Found You” (2007) (excerpt 1)

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And here’s the start of Jellyfish’s “Baby’s Coming Back”:

Jellyfish – “Baby’s Coming Back” (1990) (excerpt 1)

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Then the singing starts for both songs. Take it away, Walter:

Walter Clevenger And The Dairy Kings – “The Day I Found You” (2007) (excerpt 2)

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And now Jellyfish:

Jellyfish – “Baby’s Coming Back” (1990) (excerpt 2)

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Oh dear.

Here are the full versions. Now, if you don’t mind, I’d like to be alone for a little while…

Walter Clevenger And The Dairy Kings – “The Day I Found You” (2007)

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Jellyfish – “Baby’s Coming Back” (1990)

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Walter Clevenger And The Dairy Kings on MySpace
Jellyfish on MySpace

(*If you don’t know who Jellyfish are, then this may not be the blog for you…)


Song of the day: Jo Jo Zep And The Falcons – "So Young"

February 26, 2010

Today’s song is “So Young” by Jo Jo Zep And The Falcons. It has a slightly ska, slightly Elvis Costello vibe* until, at precisely the one-minute mark, you’re presented with a Monster Guitar Riff. For me, the best thing about this song is that Monster Guitar Riff:

Jo Jo Zep And The Falcons – “So Young” (1978)

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“So Young” originally appeared on a 1978 mini-album of the same name. The song was re-recorded for the band’s Screaming Targets album a year later. The 1979 version is much poppier but I’m not keen on it (the newer version, with its ‘poppier’ sounds, obscures the Monster Guitar Riff):

Jo Jo Zep And The Falcons – “So Young” (1979)

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And here’s a live version which puts the Monster Guitar Riff front and centre:

Jo Jo Zep And The Falcons – “So Young” (live) (1979)

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By the way, Elvis Costello liked “So Young” so much that he had a crack at it. I think it’s by far the worst version:

Elvis Costello And The Attractions – “So Young”

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(*Jo Jo Zep And The Falcons weren’t the only ones – plenty of other Australian bands at the end of the 1970’s were sounding a lot like Señor Costello.)


Song of the day: A band – "No Reaction"

February 25, 2010

Unfortunately, someone at Blogger, or the DMCA, or somewhere, has told me that this particular post was an unacceptable one legally. So…

Many apologies, folks, but this here’s all you’re gonna see for the time being until I figure out exactly which part of this post was unacceptable.


Song of the day: Utopia – "I Just Want To Touch You"

February 24, 2010

Here’s Utopia with the magnificent Beatles tribute/homage/rip-off, “I Just Want To Touch You” (1980):

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“I Just Want To Touch You” appears on Deface The Music, an album that cheerfully plunders the entire Beatles catalogue. Deface The Music is my second-favourite Beatles tribute/homage/rip-off ever.

As a bonus, and to let you know how good great I think the album is, here are some more tracks from it:

Utopia – “Where Does The World Go To Hide” (1980)

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Utopia – “That’s Not Right” (1980)

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Utopia – “Take It Home” (1980)

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Song of the day: The Radiators – "Comin’ Home"

February 23, 2010

Here’s Australian band The Radiators with a song I tried very very hard not to like (I kept telling myself things like “I don’t like it! It’s too simple! It’s built around one tune! And the singer’s trying to sound like a snotty punk!” etc) until I finally gave in and realised that it’s a horrendously catchy song whether you like it or not:

The Radiators – “Comin’ Home” (1980)

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By the way, I’ve just discovered that there’s a band from New Orleans called The Radiators, as well as an Irish band called The Radiators billed as “Philip Chevron’s Irish punk group” but the link to their website didn’t work. Ah, well. But then I found a link to Philip Chevron and learned that he was a member of The Pogues. I also learned that he created two bands with the phrase “The Radiators” in it: The Radiators From Space; and The Radiators (Plan 9). Boy, the Internet can be a time waster…