Musical coincidences # 128

September 25, 2011

I can’t take any credit at all for this coincidence. I discovered it in “Music Weekly: John Lennon remembered“, a podcast aired on The Guardian‘s website last year. In amongst the discussion about John’s legacy, music journalist Alex Petridis talks about Yoko Ono‘s contributions to John’s oeuvre:

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“There’s a song on Fly called ‘Mrs. Lennon‘ which, no doubt about it, Alex Chilton from Big Star totally ripped off for ‘Holocaust’ off the third Big Star album – it sounds exactly… it’s exactly the same tune, it’s exactly the same riff, there’s no… he was a Beatles obsessive, he would have heard it.”

Here they are:

Yoko Ono – “Mrs. Lennon (1971)

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Big Star – “Holocaust” (1974)

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Yep.

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Song of the day: Cold Chisel – "Houndog"

September 25, 2011

Here’s a song by Cold Chisel that I’d consider to be a spiritual cousin / musical first cousin to The Beatles‘ “Hey Bulldog“:

Cold Chisel – “Houndog” (1982)

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And if you want to compare riffs…

The Beatles – “Hey Bulldog (1969)

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I didn’t want to make today’s escapade involving those two songs a Musical coincidence because “Houndog” would have ended up not being Song of the day – and I reckon with that driving riff, “Houndog” is definitely Song of the day material.


Song of the day: Me First and the Gimme Gimmes – "I’ll Be There"

September 24, 2011

Have you always wanted to hear The Jackson 5‘s “I’ll Be There” played as if it was The Cars‘ “Just What I Needed“? Yep, me too.

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes – “I’ll Be There (2003)

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The first time I heard it I was grinning throughout, but I laughed out loud when they started shouting “Hey!”.

Here are the originals for an instructive comparison on how you can merge two unbelievably unrelated songs:

The Jackson 5 – “I’ll Be There (1970)

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The Cars – “Just What I Needed (1978)

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Musical coincidences # 127

September 24, 2011

This is admittedly a fairly small coincidence, but whenever I hear it I can’t help thinking “That’s pretty obvious, isn’t it?”, and nobody else seems to have mentioned it (well, online anyway), so I thought I might as well present it to you.

As you may or may not know, I’m a fan of Sunshine Pop. Sunny melodies, sunny harmonies, sunny outlook. What’s not to like? (Everything, if you’re a perpetual moper.)

One of the heavyweights in the non-grumpy world of Sunshine Pop is The Association. (“Never My Love” is one of my all-time favourite songs. Ever.) I’d recently been listening to Just The Right Sound, The Association’s splendid 2-disc album of their hits, when I came across a song I hadn’t heard before. The song is “Pegasus”, and it’s credited to Association member Russ Giguere. There’s a little orchestral bit at the start that pilfers quite shamelessly the start of a well-known piece of classical music:

Russ Giguere – “Pegasus” (1971) (excerpt)

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Wagner – “Ride of the Valkyries (1856) (excerpt)
(Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, conducted by Riccardo Chailly)

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It may be entirely coincidental, but that bit in “Pegasus” reminds me way too much of the Valkyries’ noisy ride.

Here are the full versions:

Russ Giguere – “Pegasus” (1971)

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Wagner – “Ride of the Valkyries (1856)
(Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, conducted by Riccardo Chailly)

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Song of the day: The Sharks – "Jimmy"

September 23, 2011

I recently received an enlightening email from a chap called Paul (Hi, Paul!) about a band from London called The Sharks. The email was enlightening because I learnt that Paul is a member of The Sharks, and that The Sharks have recorded and released three EPs. I didn’t know any of those things before Paul emailed me. Thanks, Paul. Oh, and the band is actually a duo:

The Sharks.
One of these individuals may be Paul.

I also discovered that there’s an English band called Sharks, but they’re not The Sharks. The Sharks that aren’t The Sharks are from a punk band from Leamington Spa. Now I’m in the mood for a lamington:

Mmm.

Anyway, Paul from The Sharks pointed me in the direction of the band’s Bandcamp page which is chock full o’ songs. That page contains the contents of their three EPs each containing four songs which, if you’re counting, amounts to 12 songs.

By the way, all the songs are free. Bargain!

And now to the songs…

THE SONGS – PART 1: JUDGING A BOOK BY ITS COVER
I shimmied on over to The Sharks’ Bandcamp page, but I have to say that before listening to any of the songs I was slightly fearful of what I saw. I looked aghast at some of the song titles. “Everybody Just Rapes Me”? “Dirty Horrible Jesus”? “Sinners Song”? “Bloodlust”? “Give It Up”? “Rock Is Dead”? They’re not the cheeriest song titles I’ve ever come across. Judging by those titles, my guess was that there may be a bit of self-loathing, Grunge-style, going on here. Oh dear. (Or, putting it another way: Oh-oh.)

THE SONGS – PART 2: ACTUALLY LISTENING TO THE SONGS INSTEAD OF MOANING ABOUT THE SONG TITLES
I’ve now listened to all the songs, and I’m happy to say that listening to them wasn’t anywhere near the ordeal I thought it was going to be.

THE SONGS – PART 3: REVIEWIN’ THE BEASTIES
Now, because you don’t want to waste your time reading the extended ramblings of an Antipodean blogger, I’ll try to review each song as briefly as possible. (This post is already long enough.) I’m going to set myself a goal of reviewing each song using no more than six words.

BLOODLUST (EP) (1 August 2011)

What I reckon: EP with DIY garage/punk feel.

1. “Friends Of The Revolution”
Garage pop. Fun fake-sax solo.
RECOMMENDED.

2. “Rock Is Dead”
2/4 beat. Sings like Elvis Costello.
RECOMMENDED.

3. “Desire”
Thrashy, early-punk-esque. Skinny-tie vocals.

4. “It’s Happening Again!”
50’s-ish. Rockabilly-ish.

STOCKWELL LOVE (EP) (1 August 2011)

What I reckon: More like power pop than Bloodlust.

1. “Jimmy”
Noisy guitars. Like it.
RECOMMENDED.

2. “Stories”
Traditional songwriting. Passionate singing. Weird falsetto.

3. “Test Drive”
70’s skinny tie with punk ethos.

4. “Butterflies”
50’s song structure. Dodgy singing.

EVERYBODY JUST RAPES ME (EP) (13 September 2011)

What I reckon: Poppier than both Bloodlust and Stockwell Love.

1. “Give It Up”
Reminds me of The Cure’s “Inbetween Days”.
RECOMMENDED.

2. “Everybody Just Rapes Me”
Punk and rockabilly. Punkabilly? Rockapunk?

3. “Horrible Dirty Jesus”
Staccato beat. Reminds me of Britpop.

4. “Sinners Song”
Enjoyable. Missing an apostrophe.
RECOMMENDED.


Song of the day: Michael Holm – "I Will Return"

September 22, 2011

Today’s song by German singer Michael Holm is one I have a love/hate relationship with. I think it’s one of the dreariest songs I’ve ever heard – but I also think it’s horrendously catchy. Aaargh!

Michael Holm – “I Will Return” (1972)

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If you’re wondering why a German ballad is on an Australian power pop blog, it’s because it was on an Australian K-Tel album, 20 Solid Hits Vol. 3, and that’s where I heard it. Over and over again. (I loved those K-Tel albums when I was a nipper.)

As a bonus, here’s the original version. It was an instrumental written and recorded single-handedly* by British musician Phil Cordell under the pseudonym Springwater:

(*He probably used both his hands.)

Springwater – “I Will Return” (1971)

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Phil re-recorded the song in 1985 under his own name, this time with vocals:

Phil Cordell – “I Will Return” (1985)

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But back to German singer Michael Holm…

Herr Holm released a song in 1975 called “I’ll Return”, but it’s not “I Will Return”. I think the 1975 song is even drearier – and nowhere near as catchy:

Michael Holm – “I’ll Return” (1975)

By the way, here’s a photo of Michael:

That’s one of the nicest haircuts I’ve ever seen.

Michael Holm official website


Song of the day: Kate Bush – "Sat In Your Lap"

September 21, 2011

Have I told you that I love Kate Bush?

Kate Bush – “Sat In Your Lap (1982)

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Incidentally, although I think Kate Bush is tremendously original – and all kinds of wonderful – “Sat In Your Lap” did appear in a Musical coincidence some time ago. At least the coincidence involved XTC.

Kate Bush official website
Kate Bush on MySpace
Kate Bush on Facebook
Kate Bush on Twitter
Kate Bush YouTube channel