Song of the day: Ray Brown And The Whispers – "(Ain’t It) Strange"

May 31, 2012

I heard today’s song on the radio yesterday and thought:

“I like that. I’d like it on the blog so other people can like it, too. Or they may not like it. Never mind. Beat music from the Sixties isn’t to everyone’s taste. So there’s no guarantee that whoever listens to is going to think it’s as groovy as I do. But that’s OK. You can’t expect everyone to like what you put on the blog. And another thing: Why are you having this silly internal conversation?”

Ray Brown And The Whispers – “(Ain’t It) Strange (1966)


And here’s the original:

The Uniques – “Strange (1966)


I’d like to state for the record* that I think “The Uniques” is a great name for a 1960s band.

(*Pun unfortunately intended.)

Musical coincidences # 251

May 30, 2012

My friend Stonefish (Hi, Stoney!) recently posted on his blog a couple of songs by a band called Fools For Rowan.

One of the songs starts like this:

Fools For Rowan – “It’s Alright” (2009) (excerpt 1)

And it was the first four notes – these four notes…

Fools For Rowan – “It’s Alright” (2009) (excerpt 2)

…that piqued my interest, because they instantly reminded me of:

The Beatles – “Here Comes The Sun (1969) (excerpt)

Here are the full versions:

Fools For Rowan – “It’s Alright” (2009)

The Beatles – “Here Comes The Sun (1969)

I would like to thank both Stonefish and Fools For Rowan for reminding me of “Here Comes The Sun”.

Song of the day: The Corner Laughers – "Twice The Luck"

May 30, 2012

Speaking of psychedelic-neo-baroque-power-pop, I recently received the CD of The Corner LaughersPoppy Seeds in the mail. (It arrived here in Australia only a couple of weeks after I bought it. Thanks, band! I like it when you give musicians money and they give you music.)

To celebrate*, here’s one reason I bought the little critter:

(Beware: If you’re allergic to “twee”, you may want to visit a different blog today.)

The Corner Laughers – “Twice The Luck (2012)

Oh, I’ve just discovered that in a lovely bit of happenstance Powerpopaholic has posted a review of Poppy Seeds (and scored it 9 out of 10 – Woohoo!).

(*I was going to say “commemorate”, but that might be too official a word to use just to play a song on a blog.)

Musical coincidences # 250

May 29, 2012

Today’s Song of the day is the rather splendid “Prince Of Thieves” by Skeleton Staff. Its rhythm is based on this:

Skeleton Staff – “Prince Of Thieves (2011) (excerpt)

And the rhythm of “Like Wow – Wipeout!” by the Hoodoo Gurus is based on this:

Hoodoo Gurus – “Like Wow – Wipeout! (1985) (excerpt)

Yes indeedy.

Here are the full versions:

Skeleton Staff – “Prince Of Thieves (2011)

Hoodoo Gurus – “Like Wow – Wipeout! (1985)

Song of the day: Skeleton Staff – "Prince of Thieves"

May 29, 2012

It’s been aaaaages since I played you a Skeleton Staff song.

Time to rectify:

Skeleton Staff – “Prince Of Thieves (2011)


Incidentally – and this doesn’t have much to do with anything interesting – I was a bit late with today’s post because of a mishap that prevented me from having access to the Internet for a while. The modem cable broke yesterday so I had to nip off to a shop and get a new cable. (It may or may not have been pet-rabbit-related. I didn’t see the cable break, so I can’t really blame the rabbit. Unless it was the rabbit.*)

(*Even if it was, I can’t be angry at Alice. I mean, look at her:

How can I be angry at that?)

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Song of the day: Raspberries – "Play On"

May 28, 2012

There I was, enjoying my Sunday (Note to self: It’s not just your Sunday, Peter – it’s everyone else’s, too) when I suddenly realised: “Gah! I don’t have a song for the blog on Monday! Quick! Think of a song! And stop using exclamation marks!”

Here’s the first thing that came into my head:

Raspberries – “Play On” (1974)



Now to think of a song for tomorrow…

Song of the day: Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass – "A Taste Of Honey"

May 27, 2012

You know, sometimes I think I don’t have enough Herb Alpert in my life:

Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass – “A Taste Of Honey (1965)


Do you have enough Herb* in your life?

Here’s the familiar version by those Beatles:

The Beatles – “A Taste Of Honey (1963)


Here’s the version The Beatles based their version on:

Lenny Welch – “A Taste Of Honey (1962)


And here’s the original:

Bobby Scott – “A Taste Of Honey (1960)


Bobby Scott – “A Taste Of Honey (Refrain)” (1960)


Bobby Scott – “A Taste Of Honey (Closing Theme)” (1960)


(*Double entendre fully intended.)