February 22, 2010
Here’s one of Australia’s most successful bands ever with, er, a jingle for a familiar cola beverage:
The Easybeats – “Coke Jingle #1” (1966)
And if you’re still thirsty, here are two more jingles for the aforementioned concoction:
The Easybeats – “Coke Ads #2 and 3” (1969)
I have just one question:
Those jingly ads appeared on a 1977 album of Easybeats rarities entitled The Shame Just Drained.*
(*Considering that the band seemed to have no compunction about recording jingles for a company, I’m sure it did…)
February 21, 2010
I have a love/hate relationship with this particular band (I love the music / hate the name), and the last time I mentioned them it was with the song “Whole World Reminds Me Of You” which contained an f-bomb for no particular reason that I could see (or hear).
I’m pleased to say that not every song from this band contains swearing. Here’s one of their clean* ditties:
A band – “Katie Q” (2006)
(*It’s A Song The Whole Family Can Play!™)
February 20, 2010
It’s time to put on your skinny tie, because Loaded Dice are here to ask you out for the evening and…
Loaded Dice – “Come And Take Me Tonight” (1979)
Update: I’ve been notified by the owners of the song that they’re not especially keen on “Come And Take Me Tonight” appearing here. They’d much rather it appear on your CD shelf.
“Come And Take Me Tonight” is just one of the many frisky tracks on their 1979 album, No Sweat, which was recently reissued after being remastered/rejigged/re-whatever-it-is-independent-companies-do-to-albums by Australian Power Pop 1975-1995, a blog that’s performed a valuable public service here (thanks, Australian Power Pop 1975~1995!).
If you’re so inclined (for example, if you’re a card-carrying skinny tie wearer), you’ll want to let your electronic fingers do the walking and zoom on over to Zero Hour Records and buy the little critter. You know you want to.
February 19, 2010
I’ve just discovered that I haven’t played you a Wellingtons song in over a month. That’s totally unacceptable.
The following ditty, “Freak Out,” answers the question: how much power pop goodness can you pack into one-and-a-half minutes?
The answer is: a lot.
So, strap yourself in and prepare for a 1:30 blast of powerpoposity:
The Wellingtons – “Freak Out” (2008)
As the band says on its MySpace page: “Life’s too short to listen to bad power pop.”
The Wellingtons on MySpace
February 18, 2010
Today’s song was originally a well-known Australian band and their rip-roaring raver “Hey Little Boy” (1988), but alas I’ve been told three times now that whatever was on this page was naughty – not in an “Oo la la!” way, but in a “We’re gonna get the lawyers on to you” way.
So, until I can figure out just what was bothersome about this post you’re going to have to be content with these words. Many apologies, folks.
February 17, 2010
It took some time, but I finally found an Australian song from the 1970s that wasn’t written or produced by Harry Vanda and George Young.
Here’s Marty Rhone with “Denim And Lace” (1975):
I’ve been pestering songs from the ’70s mercilessly these past few days, so for a little while at least I’ll do my best to find you some songs that aren’t from my favourite musical decade.
February 16, 2010
Here’s singer/TV presenter (or was that the other way ’round?) Ray Burgess* with the glamorific “Love Fever” (1975):
“Love Fever” was yet another song in the never-ending stream of 1970s’ compositions/productions by the unstoppable force that was Harry Vanda and George Young.
Oh, speaking of Vanda and Young: I forgot to mention yesterday who wrote and produced “Can’t Wait For September” (yesterday’s Song of the day). Yep, you guessed it. Harry and George wrote and produced that, too.
But back to Ray. As a bonus for those of you who can’t enough of Ray (you know who you are), here he is again with “Lover Boy” (1979):
(*I just noticed that the “Wednesday Night Rock ‘n’ Rage” poster at the top of this post unhelpfully misspelled Ray’s last name.)