I’m a fan of American twee-pop band The Corner Laughers, so when they have a new song it tends to end up here.
They have a new song:
This here’s the new song by Australian singin’/songwritin’ guy Bob Evans:
I’d call that bright ‘n’ breezy.
If you have trouble with either of those videos for any reason (see comments below), try the song courtesy of SoundCloud:
Here’s another, not-as-new ditty from Mr. Bob:
I don’t mind both of those.
When I played Andy James’ guitar gymnastics (see yesterday’s post) to the 16-year-old of the household who has become a recent convert to power metal (why, Natalie, why?), she suggested I listen to a Swedish metal band called HammerFall. (Yes, they really are called HammerFall.)
The aforementioned 16-year-old power metal fan suggested a particular video of one of their songs called “Blood Bound”. (Yes, it’s actually called “Blood Bound”.)
I duly obliged, and spent the next four minutes laughing. I loved it.
HammerFall – “Blood Bound” (2005)
As I was experiencing “Blood Bound”, the young power metal fan offered the following appraisal:
“It’s just that awesome.”
I was going to go with “epic and mighty”, but that’s a bit of a cliché.
Incidentally, there’s a bit of “Blood Bound” that sounded familiar to me…
I know it’s not much of a coincidence, but it was there, and I heard it.
This photo was taken on Tuesday 25 February 1964:
On that day, those four musicians worked on these four songs in 6½ hours (with a one-hour lunch break):
At the end of the session they celebrated the lead guitarist‘s 21st birthday.
Although The Beatles had taped much of “Can’t Buy Be Love” while in Paris on 29 January 1964, the first scheduled recording sessions for the A Hard Day’s Night LP took place on this day. It was also George Harrison‘s 21st birthday, which was celebrated in the evening.
The Beatles were due to begin shooting their first feature film on 2 March, leaving them with little time for recording. There were two sessions on this day: the first began at 10am and ended at 1.30pm, and the second from 2.30-5.30pm, both in Studio Two at EMI Studios.
The first song to be tackled was “Can’t Buy Me Love”. Vocals and guitar parts were overdubbed onto the backing track recorded in Paris, after which the song was complete and ready to be The Beatles’ next single.
The group then turned their attentions to the song’s future b-side, John Lennon‘s “You Can’t Do That“. The Beatles finished the song in nine takes, only four of which were complete. The previously-unreleased take six was included on 1995’s Anthology 1.
In the afternoon session they worked on two songs which ended up on the A Hard Day’s Night soundtrack. “And I Love Her” was the first to be tackled. The Beatles recorded just two takes on this day; the second of these, the only complete run-through, was also released on Anthology 1. The group remade the song on the following day.
Also begun on this day was “I Should Have Known Better“. Three takes were recorded, but only one was complete. As with “And I Love Her”, the song was remade on 26 February.
From the sublime to…
I will say this: he certainly knows his scales.
Andy James’ playing reminds me of….
And if you want to know how that’s played:
By the way, the section of “Tumeni Notes” from 3:39-3:55 reminds me of the chorus of “Radar Love”.
In other words…
A couple of weeks ago for this series Michael suggested a song by American band The Pursuit Of Happiness called “She’s So Young”. I was thrilled, and inwardly shouted “Hallelujah!” (in a non-Christian way).
It’s because, for the first time in ages, Michael had suggested a song by a band I not only knew, but also liked a lot way back in that musically murky decade we call The Eighties.
Back then I really, really liked the band’s best-known song, “I’m An Adult Now”. I thought it was wizzo.
Unfortunately, and as is typical with my memory, “I’m An Adult Now” was the only song of theirs I remembered. “She’s So Young” was a bit of a mystery to me. Because I was interested in the band, I would have been interested in whatever they released. I’m sure I must have heard “She’s So Young” at some time. But I didn’t remember it at all.
Ah well. As I said to a friend the other day, one of the advantages of a poor memory is that you get to hear something for the first time more than once.
And so, with memory askew, let us rediscover something I probably heard in 1988:
The Pursuit Of Happiness – “She’s So Young” (1988)
0:00-0:30 – I think I remember this. Maybe.
What’s unusual for me about this opening verse is that it doesn’t sound like a verse. With its jazzy chords, it sounds more like a middle eight, and as I listen to it I’m convinced the band has started this song with the middle eight.
0:30-0:59 – Nope. I still don’t remember it.
Those background vocals at 0:33-0:34 are lovely. And there they are again at 0:47-0:48. Lovely.
Come to think of it, this section sounds like a middle eight as well. Whatever it is, it’s catchy.
(Note to self: It’s the chorus, Peter. Choruses are supposed to be catchy.)
0:59-1:28 – Another
middle eight verse. Nothing to mention here, because I’m sitting back and enjoying it, not noticing little things that might annoy me. (“It’s not annoying me.” How’s that for damning with faint praise?)
1:28-1:57 – Another chorus, with an enjoyable bass line from the bass player. Thanks, bass player! And sorry about not noticing the bass line when you played it in the first chorus.
1:57-2:29 – A flanged guitar solo – as a lot of guitar solos were in the 1980s. (Producers sure did love sound effects in the ’80s.) It’s not fancy or anything, so there’s not much for me to say about it.
2:29-3:36 – Another chorus (or two, because we’re getting to the end of the song).
At 2:56 there’s a fancy guitar chord, and that signals a repeat of the chorus. OK. Two choruses at the end of the song. I’m fine with that. Because this song is very pleasant, I’m guessing it’s going to fade out very slowly.
3:34-3:36 –Nope. It didn’t fade slowly. At 3:34-3:26 the band played a couple of jazzy chords, and then they all stopped.
3:37 – The band’s not playing anymore, because they all stopped.
I can’t let this post go without playing you “I’m An Adult Now”, the one song by The Pursuit Of Happiness that I remember. I must admit that I don’t think it’s as monumentally fabulous as I did way back when I first heard it, but I’ve enjoyed hearing it again after all these decades.
The Pursuit Of Happiness – “She’s So Young” (1988)
The Pursuit Of Happiness – “She’s So Young” (original version) (1986)
By the way, when Michael suggested “She’s So Young”, I didn’t remember the song he had chosen. I immediately remembered this instead:
I think that is a great, great song. Why did I remember that “She’s So Young” but not the other one?
(I know why: because I think the Myracle Brah song is magnificent, and magnificent songs tend to stay in my head.)
I haven’t been heard singing that mesmerising since the last time I played Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares:
Or hearing Kathleen Battle singing a couple of the greatest tunes ever written: