Up and running (almost)

May 26, 2011

Howdy, folks!

Hopefully, it won’t be too long before this blog is up and running properly. At the moment I’m frantically (well, as frantic as a relaxed man can be) messing about with old posts and formatting and all that time-consuming stuff. So, from time to time you’ll see posts below this one filling up the blog.

Incidentally, if you see errors in some of those posts (e.g., links that no longer work) let me know and I’ll update accordingly.

Blog-gone blogs!

May 25, 2011

Unfortunately, Blogger decided that I’d been naughty with some of the music I’d posted on my old blog one too many times, and deleted the critter.

(“And we’ll have fun, fun, fun ’til old Blogger takes the nice blog aw-a-a-a-y…”)

Time to fix.

Song of the day: Jo Jo Gunne – "Run Run Run"

May 24, 2011

Of all the hundreds of so-called “classic rock” songs that are considered worthy of being played repeatedly ad nauseam* on FM radio stations, this isn’t one of them:

Jo Jo Gunne – “Run Run Run” (1972)


Why? What’s wrong with it? I think it’s one of those great forgotten songs that, with a bit of airplay, doesn’t have to remain a great forgotten song. (Note to self: you don’t program radio playlists, Peter. Someone else does. That’s one big reason why it’s not played on the radio.)

And while I’m at it, why isn’t this played on radio either? I don’t get FM radio.

Jo Jo Gunne official website

(*”Your favourite songs from the 70s! The 80s! The 90s! And now! And the 80s! As well as the 80s! All the hits! From the 80s!” etc.)

Song of the day: Eurogliders – "Heaven (Must Be There)"

May 23, 2011

Today’s song has already appeared on this ‘ere blog, but back then it was tucked away at the end of a rambling post. Today I want to highlight it because I think it’s a superb piece of slick, slick pop:

Eurogliders – “Heaven (Must Be There) (1984)


Song of the day: 78 Saab – "Never Gonna Be"

May 22, 2011

Here’s Australian band 78 Saab with something moderately moody:

78 Saab – “Never Gonna Be” (2010)


78 Saab official website
78 Saab on Facebook
78 Saab on Myspace

Song of the day: Tsar – "I Don’t Wanna Break-Up"

May 21, 2011

I know that today’s song is not from Australia, but dagnabit* I’m really in the mood to listen to it – and very loudly:

Tsar – “I Don’t Wanna Break-Up” (2000)

That splendid piece of oomph appears on Tsar’s self-titled debut album (2000), something well worth buying for about 67c at Amazon.com. Admittedly that’s secondhand, but you can buy it new for $4.49. Either way, you certainly get your money’s worth.

Tsar on MySpace

(*Sorry about swearing there.)

Song of the day: The Loved Ones – "The Loved One"

May 20, 2011

I want to point out three things about today’s song:

1. For the kind of song it is (i.e., R&B-ish, bluesy rock à la The Animals), the verses have a very odd time signature. Depending on who you talk to, each verse is in either 9/8 or three lots of 3/8. (I go with 9/8.) But whatever you call it, that time signature is extremely rare for a mid-60’s rock song. (You’re more likely to hear it in prog rock a few years later.)

2. The vocal phrasing is pretty unusual for a rock song from 1966.

3. INXS covered this song – not once, but three times. They recorded it as a single in 1981, then a shiny new version on their 1987 album Kick, and then it appeared on their 1991 live album Live Baby Live. Unfortunately, in all of INXS’s versions they played it safe, time-signature-wise, by having the whole song plod along in 4/4. (If you want to get pedantic, it’s actually 12/8 – but that’s still four main beats to the bar.) Ah, well.

The Loved Ones – “The Loved One (1966)



(The quality isn’t as good, but it has less INXS in it.)

And here are INXS’s three recorded versions:

1. INXS – “The Loved One (1981)

2. INXS – “The Loved One (1987)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFzNhImSngQ (Embedding disabled. Why?)

3. INXS – “The Loved One” (live) (1991)

I have a feeling INXS liked the song.