Song of the day: The Beatles – "And Your Bird Can Sing"

March 31, 2010

I was trying to think of a reason to play today’s song, but then I realised it’s The Beatles. Who needs a reason?

The Beatles – “And Your Bird Can Sing (1966)

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Have I ever told you* that I think The Beatles are the greatest creators of popular music in the history of pretty much everything?

(*Yes, Peter, you have. So shut up about it already.)


Song of the day: Adrian Whitehead – "Better Man"

March 30, 2010

Here’s Adrian Whitehead with “Better Man”, a song that I’m pleased to say has absolutely nothing to do with Robbie Williams:

Adrian Whitehead – “Better Man” (2008)

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“Better Man” appears on Adrian’s 2008 debut album, One Small Stepping Man (cute title). The whole album has that kind of vibe, so if you like “Better Man” you’ll like the album. Adrian’s voice – and the way it’s recorded – reminds me of Linus Of Hollywood, so I reckon if you like Linus then you’ll like this album, too. (Now that’s what I call useless information.)

I was originally going to describe “Better Man”* as “gorgeous”, or perhaps “moderately gorgeous”, or maybe “somewhat gorgeous”, but then realised that exactly how gorgeous you think it is depends entirely on how much you tolerate Beatlesque, Lennonesque, or Wilsonesque songs – especially ones not performed by The Beatles, John Lennon, or Brian Wilson.

As a bonus, here’s another track from the album:

Adrian Whitehead – “Radio One” (2008)

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(*Adrian’s that is, not Robbie’s.)


Song of the day: A band – "Temperamental"

March 29, 2010

Here’s one of my favourite Australian bands with the title track from their third (and splendid) album, Temperamental (1988):

A band – “Temperamental” (1988)

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Song of the day: Hoodoo Gurus – "Let Me In"

March 28, 2010

Regular reader FD13NYC has bemoaned the lack of loud’n’energetic, head-noddin’, foot-tappin’, floor-shakin’, temperature-raising, dental-filling-loosening songs on this blog in the last few days. FD13NYC wants to raawwwk.

So, to issue an immediate corrective – and to banish any thoughts of this blog becoming more and more mellow* as time goes by – here are the ever-reliable Hoodoo Gurus with a track from their new album Purity Of Essence:

Hoodoo Gurus – “Let Me In” (2010)

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It’s been a while since their last album (six years in fact), so for Hoodoo Gurus fans it’s a cause for great rejoicing across the land.

(But I guess for the three people in Australia who don’t like the Hoodoo Gurus, it’d be “What, them? I thought they broke up…”)

As a bonus, here are two more tracks from the album:

Hoodoo Gurus – “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming” (2010)

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Hoodoo Gurus – “1968” (2010)

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Welcome back, lads.

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Hoodoo Gurus on MySpace

(*Roger Joseph Manning Jr. has a song called “The Quickening”, and it made me think that if the songs here kept getting wimpier I could call this blog The Softening.)


Musical coincidences # 46

March 27, 2010

There’s a song by The Strokes/The Killers/The Hives/The Kooks/Kaiser Chiefs clones The Libertines called “Boys In The Band” that starts off with a riff that’s shared by the bass, guitars, and then finally by the vocals:

The Libertines – “Boys In The Band” (2002) (excerpt)

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It instantly reminded me of the riff that starts off The Mojos‘ “Everything’s Alright“. This riff, to be precise:

The Mojos – “Everything’s Alright” (1964) (excerpt)

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Incidentally, when I had a quick look at The Libertines’ discography I laughed out loud. (I couldn’t help it.) There was their first album Up The Bracket, their second and final album The Libertines – and quite mystifyingly, something called Time for Heroes – The Best of The Libertines. Yep, a best-of from a band that released two albums. Two albums.

Anyway, here are the full versions of both riff-happy tracks:

The Libertines – “Boys In The Band” (2002)

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The Mojos – “Everything’s Alright” (1964)

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If you’re like me, you may be much more familiar with David Bowie‘s version of “Everything’s Alright” on Pin Ups. It’s the one I grew up with, so I thought I might as well play you that, too:

David Bowie – “Everything’s Alright” (1972)

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The Libertines on MySpace


Song of the day: Bryan Estepa – "Western Tale"

March 27, 2010

Here’s Australian singin’/songwritin’ guy Bryan Estepa with the long-but-not-boring “Western Tale”:

Bryan Estepa – “Western Tale” (2006)

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The ‘long’ part is that it goes six minutes. “Recipe for disaster,” I hear you say. Not so. The reason for the song’s six minutes, and one reason I like it, is that while it’s cruising along in its lovely laidback way, Bryan drops an entirely different song right in the middle of it. And when that other song’s finished he just goes back to the first song as if nothing ever happened.

The ‘not-boring’ part is that “Western Tale” is full of nice tunes and sunshine-filled harmonies.

Plus it’s two songs for the price of one. I can live with that.

Bryan Estepa on MySpace


Musical coincidences # 45

March 26, 2010

Episodes of The Partridge Family are currently being rerun on TV here, and I’m loving them. (Shirley, Keith, Laurie, Danny, Chris, Tracy, their manager Reuben Kincaid, and Sunshine Pop. Who can resist that?)

And apart from the theme tune (“Hello world, hear the song that we’re singin’, c’mon get happy!”), each episode featured a song. Bargain!

Anyway, an episode I watched a couple of days ago had Shirley realising their house may be too small, and it looked like they had to sell up and find a bigger house. What resulted in the next 20 minutes was the nerve-wracking possibility of the family moving (they didn’t want to move!).

In this episode the song was “As Long As You’re There”. The start of its chorus sounded very familiar:

The Partridge Family – “As Long As You’re There” (1972) (excerpt)

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To me, that sounded an awful lot like the start of the chorus of an exceedingly well-known Paul Simon song:

Paul Simon – “Mother And Child Reunion” (1972) (excerpt)

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Both tracks were released in 1972, but “Mother And Child Reunion” appeared first. It was on Mr. Simon’s debut solo album, Paul Simon, which was released January 14 and then appeared as a single in February. “As Long As You’re There” was first heard on The Partridge Family Notebook LP which was released in November, and first seen on TV in that moving-house episode which aired December 29.

The similarity may have just been a complete coincidence. But if you’re the kind of person who likes to draw conclusions, then grab yourself a pencil and draw to your heart’s content.

Here are the full versions:

The Partridge Family – “As Long As You’re There” (1972)

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Paul Simon – “Mother And Child Reunion” (1972)

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