Musical coincidences # 342

November 30, 2012

My friend Michael, the chap who suggests songs from the 1980s for this blog’s Educating Peter series (Hi, Michael!), spotted this coincidence involving a not-so-well-known French band and a better-known non-French band.

In both excerpts there is a verse comprising two melodies, like so:

Verse melody: first half (two bars)
Verse melody: second half (two bars)

In the coincidence, the first-half melody isn’t all that similar – although they both share a fairly similar rhythm. The melody in the second-half, however, is where we hit the coincidence jackpot.

I mentioned that in case you started listening and thought “They’re not alike at all. Michael and Peter don’t know what they’re talking about. Pah!”

Choc with Richard Kennings – “I Want You To Be My Girl” (1970) (excerpt)

The Beatles – “Paperback Writer (1966) (excerpt)

And…

Michael recently spotted another song containing the melody:

Rumble – “Rich Man, Poor Man (1970) (excerpt)

Here are the full versions:

Choc with Richard Kennings – “I Want You To Be My Girl” (1970)

Rumble – “Rich Man, Poor Man (1970)

The Beatles – “Paperback Writer (1966)


Song of the day: Hey Geronimo – "Dreamboat Jack"

November 30, 2012

My friend Scott (Hi, Scotty!) posted today’s song on Facebook and called it “catchy”.

You’re not wrong there, Scotty.

Hey Geronimo – “Dreamboat Jack (2012)

“Dreamboat Jack” appears on Hey Geronimo’s self-titled EP. (See below.) When I listened to it I thought: “Yep, I’m buying that.” Not just for the irresistible “Dreamboat Jack”, but also for early-ABBA vibe of “Why Don’t We Do Something?“, the wonderful vocal harmonies in “Carbon Affair“, the energy in “I Got No Money“, the glam of “Co-Op Bookshop“, and the Sixties psychedelia vibe that pervades pretty much every song.


Musical coincidences # 341

November 29, 2012

I’m in a full-on King Crimson phase at the moment. I don’t know how it started, and I don’t know why it started, but it started. I’m now listening to as much King Crimson as I can, but I fear it’s going to take a while because they have an enormous discography. (13 studio albums, 25 live albums, 8 compilation albums, and 3 EPs. Eek!)

I’m currently diggin’ the 80’s incarnation of King Crimson (the band’s been through a few line-up changes since it began in 1968), and during my 80’s-model KC listening travels I came across a bit of music that immediately reminded me of the start of a very well-known number 1 song that’s also from the 1980s.

Rather than waste your time with a few more paragraphs about King Crimson (I’d like to, but I’m picturing you yawning right now), I’ll get to the point. Otherwise this post may end up a little longer than I had originally planned. (I had originally planned it to be short.)

Okey dokey.

As I was listening to King Crimson’s live album, Absent Lovers: Live In Montreal 1984, I heard this:

King Crimson – “Sleepless (1984) (live) (excerpt)

That sounded very familiar. It reminded me of this:

Eurythmics – “Would I Lie To You?” (1985) (excerpt)

I wonder if the Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart had been listening to King Crimson at all when he was in the process of writing “Would I Lie To You?”.

Anyway, here are the full versions:

King Crimson – “Sleepless (1984) (live)

Eurythmics – “Would I Lie To You?” (1985)

And here’s the studio version of “Sleepless”:

King Crimson – “Sleepless (1984)

Nerd Note: DivShare is being difficult at the moment, so I’ve had to revert to using Box.


Song of the day: The CRY! – "Discoteque"

November 29, 2012

The CRY! is an American band that I’ve mentioned in the past – but I’m not here to tell you that. I’m here to tell you that they have themselves a new song.

It’s called “Discoteque”*, and unlike the late-70s/early-80s new wave/power pop flavour of the band’s previous efforts, this new one is redolent of glam.

No, not redolent – it’s positively soaked in glam. To me, “Discoteque” sounds like almost every glam song ever recorded.

If you’re in a glam mood, then The CRY! can help you out in a major way:

The CRY! – “Discoteque” (2012)

Incidentally, according to the band there’ll be a new album in “Spring 2013”. Unfortunately for me, I can’t tell you exactly when that is. I live in the Southern Hemisphere, and Spring for me is September to November. Wikipedia says that Spring for the Northern-Hemispherically-inclined is March to May. Given that Wikipedia has been known to occasionally contain factual errors, that may not be right. For all I know, Spring Up North could be in December, when people have Christmas with their snow-covered Christmas trees, and Snowmen and on their snow-covered front lawns.

Gee, you Northern Hemisphere people sure have a cold Spring.

How about I just say The CRY!’s new album will be available sometime before The Laughing Goat God sings his praises to The Enchanted Shrubbery when The Sun shines on The Fourth Quadrant of The Sea Snail’s Secret Ocean?

Nerd Note: I had to use Box for the MP3 today because DivShare is playing up. (It won’t let me upload anything.)

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(*I’m not entirely sure that spelling was deliberate.)


Musical coincidences # 340

November 28, 2012

Although my friend Steve suggested this particular coincidence (Hi, Steve!), he did so wondering if it was a strong enough one to go on the blog, and if I’d reject it.

Reject? A friend? Never!

I had a listen and thought “Well, both songs are sharing only a slow foot stomp, but what the hey – that’s enough for me.”

So, throwing caution to wherever gets thrown, here are Elton John and Billy Joel slowing things down and stomping their feet in a fairly similar fashion:

Elton John – “Bennie And The Jets (1974) (excerpt)

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Billy Joel – “Big Shot (1979) (excerpt)

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Oh, and Ben Folds Five added a bit of a slow foot-stomper to the end of one of their songs that sounds suspiciously similar to “Bennie And The Jets” or “Big Shot”. I don’t know if it was intended to be an “ironic statement” or anything (it’s hard to tell with Mr. Folds), but the band certainly seems to be referencing at least one of those songs:

Ben Folds Five – “The Last Polka” (1995) (excerpt)

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Here are the full versions:

Elton John – “Bennie And The Jets (1974)

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Billy Joel – “Big Shot (1979)

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Ben Folds Five – “The Last Polka” (1995)

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Song of the day: 10cc – "Reds In My Bed"

November 28, 2012

The enjoyable / informative / enlightening / illuminating / remarkable (that’s enough, Peter) blogger Rushbo has an enjoyable / informative / enlightening (stop it) blog called Big Plans For Everybody.

Rushbo recently posted his views on a new 10cc box set, Tenology. Rushbo is a bigger fan of 10cc than I am, and he was terribly enthusiastic about the set. I got the impression that he couldn’t get enough of it, whereas from what I’ve seen of it, I, er, could. (I voiced my irritations on Facebook. But I’m definitely interested in the DVD that’s included in it.)

Anyway, Rushbo’s unbridled enthusiasm for Tenology reminded me that I haven’t played you a 10cc song in ages. (“Thank goodness”, I hear non-fans of 10cc exclaim.)

To make up for the recent lack of 10cc in the general vicinity of this blog, I’ll play you three of my favourite post-Godley/Creme tracks. (If you have no idea what the phrase “post-Godley/Creme” means, then you are definitely not a 10cc fan – and you’d probably be better off reading a different blog today.)

I’ll start with “Reds In My Bed”. I think it’s a gorgeous pop song:

10cc – “Reds In My Bed (1978)

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Now here’s 10cc gettin’ a bit raunchier (well, as raunchy a 10cc could get) with a song that’s like a dirtier version of “I’m Mandy I’m Fly” in which a chap has a bit of a liaison with a woman who is not what she seems. (Hint: she seems real.) This song is one of 10cc’s specialties: it’s a multi-part, mini-opera. This has six distinct sections:

10cc – “Shock On The Tube (Don’t Want Love) (1978)

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By the way, the other two tracks in today’s post are in that box set, but “Shock On The Tube (Don’t Want Love)” isn’t. Grrr.

And here’s 10cc “in the groove” (sort of), as they head out to the dancefloor. This one has seven different parts to it (maybe the band don’t want to bore the listener):

10cc – “One-Two-Five (1980)

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Song of the day: The Yellow Dazies – "Free"

November 27, 2012

This post is a request from a musician named John (Hi, John!) who holds the distinction of being the very first musician to contact me via YouTube.

John sent me a message through the YouTubes (which was a surprise, because I didn’t know YouTube users could send messages to each other) letting me know about one of his songs. It’s called “Free”, and John released it under the moniker of The Yellow Dazies. He thought I might enjoy it. He was right. I enjoyed it.

One of the reasons I enjoyed it is that it reminded me of two power pop songs I like enormously. I’ll mention those other two songs after I play you John’s song.

The Yellow Dazies – “Free (2012)

OK, now for the (minor) coincidences:

1. The start of “Free” uses the same the chord progression as the chorus of Cheap Trick‘s “Surrender“. Because “Free” starts without any vocals (0:00-0:17), you can cheerfully sing the chorus of “Surrender” over the top of it before John starts his singing. It’s a heap o’ fun:

Cheap Trick – “Surrender (1978) (excerpt)

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2. The last part of “Free”, from 3:40 onwards, reminds me of Rooney‘s “I’m A Terrible Person”. It’s not a huge coincidence, but it was “Free”‘s melodic guitar lines that made me think of the Rooney song:

Rooney – “I’m A Terrible Person (2003) (excerpt)

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But back to John and The Yellow Dazies.

John also suggested I have a listen to “Girl On A Train”. I did. And that’s all I’ll say about that. (My mother’s advice is ringing in my ears.)

But I do like “Free”. (“Surrender, surrender, but don’t give yourself away-ay-ay-ay…”)

Oh, and here are the full versions of those non-Yellow Dazies songs:

Cheap Trick – “Surrender (1978)

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Rooney – “I’m A Terrible Person (2003)

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Song of the day: Raspberries – "On The Beach"

November 26, 2012

To make up for yesterday’s ghastliness (i.e., Eric Carmen being not much of a rocker in the Raspberries’ “I’m A Rocker”), here’s a lesser-known Raspberries song that I think is magnificent:

Raspberries – “On The Beach” (1973)

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Educating Peter # 23

November 25, 2012

This is the easiest Educating Peter post I think I’m ever going to write.

This week young Michael (Hi, Michael!) suggested an obscure Power Pop / New Wave song from 1981 called “I Don’t Wanna Cry” by The Keys.

Unbeknownst to Michael, “I Don’t Wanna Cry” has already appeared on the blog. Easy.

The song made its first appearance in amongst four other songs in an instalment of another, much older series on this blog called Frank’s Faves on Fridays. That series was instigated by my friend Frank (Hi, Frank!) who, every Friday, would send me four or five of his favourite songs. And, like the Educating Peter series, Frank handed the songs over to me, and I would offer my thoughts on them.

When I received “I Don’t Wanna Cry” from Michael, the names of both the song and the band didn’t look familiar at all. And when I started listening to the song it didn’t sound familiar. But then the singing started and BAM!, I remembered it. I also remembered that I had put it on the blog at some point in time.

I found that it appeared in the 29th instalment of Frank’s Faves on Friday. (The series ran for 47 weeks. Thanks, Frank!)

So I’m just going to copy and paste what I wrote about back then.

Easy.

This is what I said*:

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The Keys – “I Don’t Wanna Cry” (1981)

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Although I’m usually mildly allergic to skinny-tie songs, I liked this. And the more I played it the more I liked it. (I’ve played it five times now – in a row.) And I like the lyrics, too. There are only two things I wasn’t keen on:

1) The melody in the verse has an octave jump (e.g., at 0:08: “…our last GOOD night…”) that I find a little disconcerting. I sounds a little like a yelp instead of being part of a natural and flowing melody. It’s a very minor thing, and doesn’t stop me from enjoying the song, but it’s just slightly jarring;

2) One of the song’s recurring riffs has a passing note that made me screw up my face the first couple of times I heard it. (One example is at 1:21.) I’m used to it now, but I thought it just a tad sour in amongst the rest of the song.

But I like this song a little more every time I play it. (I think I’ve already said that.)

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I’ve just listened to “I Don’t Wanna Cry” again, and I’d say that pretty much everything I said earlier still applies.

However, I would add one thing:

I didn’t notice it before, but this time I can hear a little musical coincidence:

The Keys – “I Don’t Wanna Cry” (1981) (excerpt)

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Dave Edmunds – “Girls Talk” (1979) (excerpt)

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Here’s the full version of “Girls Talk”:

Dave Edmunds – “Girls Talk” (1979)

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Incidentally, “Girls Talk” contains what might be my all-time favourite pun-based rhyming couplet in any pop song:

“You might be an old-fashioned girl but you’re gonna get dated.”

But I’ll finish this post by swivelling back to talking about The Keys. and I’ll do it effortlessly.

Hey you!

If you’re in the mood to hear some more music by The Keys, here’s their only album, The Keys Album, plus a couple of extra non-album tracks:

Thanks to the PVAc to 44.1 kHz blog’s Blog Kihn for the album. And I dare say Blog Kihn thanks the Power Pop Lovers Blog, which is where it came from originally.

(*That sounds horribly pretentious. It sounds as if I’m in Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait: “That is what he said. That is what Peter said. He said what he said when he said the thing he said because that is what he said” etc.)


Song of the day: Raspberries – "I’m A Rocker"

November 25, 2012

Mysteries of the Human Mind # 435

I haven’t heard any Raspberries songs in ages, so why did this pop into my head yesterday?

Raspberries – “I’m A Rocker” (1973)

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Of all the Rasberries songs I could have remembered, why that one?

It’s way down on my list of favourite Raspberries songs. I think it’s one of their worst songs. (“Cheesy” doesn’t begin to describe it.)

So why?