Musical coincidences # 270

June 30, 2012

This particular coincidence emanated from a post on the PowerPop blog. One of the blog’s contributors, Steve Smiles Simels (Hi, Steve!), posted a song he liked called “All Things Retro” by Dave Birk.

The post resulted in a few comments, the first of which was from Blue Ash Fan:

“Isn’t that the chorus from FoW‘s “It Must Be Summer?” And, hell, even the verses employ the same motif. Or am I imagining things?”

A few other people mentioned the similarity, and then the embattled songwriter Dave Birk (hi, Dave!) left a comment stating in a heartfelt manner that the coincidence was entirely coincidental.

This is what got people going “Hey, that’s…”:

Dave Birk – “All Things Retro (2012) (excerpt)

Fountains of Wayne – “It Must be Summer” (1999) (excerpt)

Here are the full versions:

Dave Birk – “All Things Retro (2012)

Fountains of Wayne – “It Must be Summer” (1999)


Song of the day: The T-Bones – "No Matter What Shape (You’re Stomach’s In)"

June 30, 2012


The T-Bones – “No Matter What Shape (You’re Stomach’s In) (1966)


(I love those matching Mosrite guitars. I wonder if the band got a discount for buying three of them at the same time.)

Naturally enough, the song was used in an ad for Alka-Seltzer:

Song of the day: Henry Mancini – "The Magnificent Seven"

June 29, 2012

When Elmer Bernstein was commissioned to write the theme for The Magnificent Seven, he may have taken the title literally and thought his brief was to write seven magnificent tunes for it:

Henry Mancini – “The Magnificent Seven (1972)


Well, maybe there aren’t seven magnificent tunes in that piece of music. I’m probably imagining it. But however many tunes there actually are (I haven’t counted), I think they’re all utterly magnificent.

If you didn’t care for Henry’s version (i.e., “I’m a rock music fan – where’s the guitar?”), you might prefer one that features a guitar:

Al Caiola & His Orchestra – “The Magnificent Seven (1961)


Either way, it’s a win-win situation for lovers of instrumentals, easy listening, movie scores, great tunes etc.

Musical coincidences # 269

June 28, 2012

My friend Steve (Hi, Steve!) suggested this coincidence, but expressed some doubt as to the strength of the similarities the two songs possess.

(Sorry about the second half of that previous sentence. It looks way too pretentious to me.)

Well, I’m here to tell Steve and you that because this coincidence contains one of my all-time favourite XTC songs I have no absolutely hesitation whatsoever in puttin’ this coincidence on the blog.

Steve noticed a few little things (things the guitars were doing, the backing vocals), but for me there is one major, unmistakeable coincidence: both songs have the same chord progression in the verses. Although they’re in different keys, it’s the same progression. (Santigold‘s chord progression is C sharp major / B flat minor / F minor, whereas XTC’s is G major / E minor / B minor – but they’re the same progression.) In the case of the non-XTC song, its chord progression is also used for the chorus. Unfortunately, like every other dance track I’ve heard in the last few years, the same chord progression is used throughout the entire song.

Update: It looks like Blogger didn’t appreciate me putting the Santigold song on this here blog, because it just sent me a Blogger Takedown Notice, whereby they converted this post into you-can’t-see-it mode (“you” being the reader) and left it up to me to decide which of the tracks I’ve posted here is a no-no to post. Blogger told me that if I don’t removing the offending content – and I’m guessing it’s the newish Santigold track that is doing the offending – you’ll keep on not seeing this post. So I’ll remove the Santigold thing and leave you with the video for it. (That seems to have no problem being on the Internet, being as it’s on YouTube an all.)

If you still don’t see this post, then you’ll know it’s the XTC song that’s causing conniptions.

Typing-fingers crossed…

Santigold – “Disparate Youth” (2012)

XTC – “Making Plans For Nigel (1979)


Thanks, Steve, for letting me know about that coincidence. I don’t listen to dance music, so it’s extremely likely I would never have known about Santigolid’s apparent fondness for “Making Plans For Nigel”.

Song of the day: The Shadows – "The Rise And Fall Of Flingel Bunt"

June 28, 2012


The Shadows – “The Rise And Fall Of Flingle Bunt (1964)


And I have absolutely no idea who Flingle Bunt is. Thanks for not asking. (Note to self: find out who Flingle Bunt is.)

Trivia to make this post longer than it should be

Reissues of this song misspelled the title as “The Rise And Fall Of Flingel Bunt”:



Even the MP3 I used was originally tagged as “Flingel”. But that is wrong, wrong, wrong. Wrong. So I did the decent thing and changed “Flingel” to “Flingle”. It seems only right.

Song of the day: Henry Mancini – "Peter Gunn Theme"

June 27, 2012

Oh yeah…

Henry Mancini – “Peter Gunn Theme (1972)


I was going to leave this post as it is (i.e., mercifully short), but then I discovered the following version of “Peter Gunn” and it blew my tiny mind:

Sarah Vaughan – “Peter Gunn (1965)



Song of the day: The Bob Crewe Generation – "Music To Watch Girls By"

June 26, 2012

Today’s instrumental is a groovy little number (dig that tune, baby):

The Bob Crewe Generation – “Music To Watch Girls By (1967)


Or if you prefer a singin’ version, here’s Andy Williams to satisfy your vocal needs:

Andy Williams – “Music To Watch Girls By (1967)


Incidentally, I found out that I’d already posted both versions of “Music To Watch Girls By” (a couple of years ago). It was part of a selection of songs in an instalment of the Frank’s Faves on Fridays series. But I love this track so much that for this week of instrumentals I’m more than happy to extract it from Frank’s Faves and place it centre stage. (Or, as Americans like to say: “center stage”.)

Also incidentally, I found a video of Andy Williams performing the song on one those 1960’s TV variety shows. Although I think it’s fabulous, I must warn you that it contains an utterly bizarre middle section (starting at 1:04) – Andy stops singing, the orchestra goes off on a wild tangent, and the dancers start dancing like pixies. It’s very strange (and very typical of TV variety shows from the 1960s):

I think the weirdest thing about that video is the background vocals when Andy comes back on after the middle section and resumes his singing (from 2:29). Andy sings “Guys talk…”, and the background vocals do something indescribable the background vocals sound… well, I can’t really describe those background vocals.