This may sound like a disclaimer, but I’m afraid that today’s song won’t be Australian. I was all set to play you an Australian song on this (supposedly) Australian blog, but I got sidetracked*. (Getting sidetracked is something I do regularly. Curse this short attention span!)
The reason for today’s non-Australian-ness is Power Pop blog contributor Steve Simels (hi, Steve!). A couple of days ago Steve posted a track by Procol Harum, and that reminded me of my favourite Procol Harum track. The first time I ever heard it was on a jukebox in a pub. In amongst all the pleasant Top 40 songs on that jukebox was this:
It blew my mind.
Here’s the studio version:
And a couple of filmed performances:
2006 (with orchestra)
1977 (no orchestra)
(*Pun fully intended.)