Educating Peter # 41

March 31, 2013

This week Michael has sent me an exceedingly obscure song. Despite Michael’s mightily impressive knowledge of 1980s songs, he told me knew nothing about it apart from its name.

The song is “Cos You’re Not”, and it’s by The White Lines.

This is the only information I could find about the elusive “Cos You’re Not”:

“From Dearborn- Michigan, The White Lines was a quartet combo featuring Joe Kidd, recorded this single on Automotive Records (Roseville, Michigan). Marvelous fractured pop song, 60’s voices-tradition, a sunny familiar tune.”

[From BEATFORTWO]

The White Lines – “Cos You’re Not” (1980)

Link

I had a listen to the song, and was underwhelmed in a major way. Then I had another listen to it.

Unfortunately, after listening to it twice I couldn’t think of much to say about it, because I found it all so… ordinary.

Instead of delving into every audible nook and cranny, I’m just going to jot down some random notes as I listen to it for a third time.

(Disclaimer: In an effort to remind you that I’m not The Arbiter Of All Music And Everything I Say Is Music Law, every comment in the list should be prefaced with “I think…”)

  • A couple of the tunes are mildly catchy.
  • The singing’s ordinary.
  • The drumming’s too busy.
  • That’s an anaemic guitar solo (1:37-2:06).
  • This song is very ordinary. (I already used the word “ordinary” earlier. Sorry about repeating myself. I hate repeating myself.)

I can’t really think of much else to say.

I think I can see why Michael likes it, though. I think the song is likeable, and has elements (e.g., a couple of hummable tunes, singing with conviction, guitars galore etc.) that would be appealing to someone who is attracted to those elements.

Unfortunately, I didn’t find any of those elements strong enough.

Ah well.

Thanks anyway, Michael, for increasing my knowledge of pop music by one song.


Song of the day: Salerno/Hosford/Bekker – "Tower Of Inspiration"

March 31, 2013

I’m in the mood for music with some muscle.

Power trio time!

Salerno/Hosford/Bekker – “Tower Of Inspiration (2012)

Salerno/Hosford/Bekker – “Milk Bone (2012)


Musical coincidences # 380

March 30, 2013

This is A Tale of Two Coincidences, whereby my friend Steven found a coincidence in a song, and I found another.

First up, the coincidence Steven found.

Steven sent me a message saying that when he listened to the start of an obscure Australian song from 1980, he distinctly heard a bit of Electric Light Orchestra in it.

Moscos & Stone – “Over And Over” (1980) (excerpt)

Link

Electric Light Orchestra – “Eldorado Overture (1974) (excerpt 1)

Link

Yep.

Here are the full versions:

Moscos & Stone – “Over And Over” (1980)

Link

Electric Light Orchestra – “Eldorado Overture (1974)

Link

And now for what I heard.

When I listened all of the “Eldorado Overture” I noticed this:

Electric Light Orchestra – “Eldorado Overture (1974) (excerpt 2)

Link

It took me a while to figure where I’d heard that before, but I eventually figured it out:

Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 – first movement (1868) (excerpt)
(Ronan O’Hora, piano; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by James Judd)

Link

Here’s the full version:

Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 – first movement (1868)
(Ronan O’Hora, piano; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by James Judd)

Link


Song of the day: David Werner – "What’s Right"

March 30, 2013

And speaking of songs I had completely forgotten about until people posted them on Facebook and reminded me that I like them…

David Werner – “What’s Right” (1975)

Link


Musical coincidences # 379

March 29, 2013

This could be easily be called Musical coincidences # 378 Part 2, because it involves the same Jellyfish song that appeared in the previous coincidence. Admittedly this particular coincidence is not huge, but I absolutely adore the song that Jellyfish borrow from, so that’s why this tiny, tiny coincidence is being presented to you.

Jellyfish – “Glutton Of Sympathy” (1993) (excerpt)

Link

Seals And Crofts – “Summer Breeze (1972) (excerpt)

Link

Here are the full versions:

Jellyfish – “Glutton Of Sympathy” (1993)

Link

Seals And Crofts – “Summer Breeze (1972)

Link


Song of the day: Keith Klingensmith And The TM Collective – "The World Spins Madly On"

March 29, 2013

American chappy Keith Klingensmith (Hi, Keith!) has recorded an album of cover versions and is offering it free to anyone who wants it.

Keith didn’t do anything radical to the songs he chose. It looks like he just chose a bunch of his favourite songs and recorded them fairly faithfully.

I’m usually allergic to “straight” readings of songs (I could never see the point of recording a song if it’s simply going to sound like it did in the first place), but I enjoyed the album because of the songs Keith decided to record.

And any album that begins with a cover of The Weepies’ “The World Spins Madly On”* is alright by me.

Keith Klingensmith and the TM CollectiveKK + TM (2013)

(*Which reminds me: I haven’t have my heart broken lately. Time to listen to The Weepies’ Say I Am You again.)


Musical coincidences # 378

March 28, 2013

On my most recent Jellyfish binge I noticed something in one of their songs that I hadn’t noticed before in all the times I’d heard it.

I had just finished listening to “Glutton Of Sympathy”, and the guitar solo decided to stay in my brain for a while. As I repeatedly heard the start of the solo in my head…

Jellyfish – “Glutton Of Sympathy” (1993) (excerpt)

Link

…I had a vague feeling that I’d heard that melody somewhere before.

I kept singing it to myself, and a few words eventually appeared. Those words were “I took my baby…”.

And then I realised what the other song was. I was gobsmacked. I was so surprised by the realisation that I actually said “Wow” out loud.

I was surprised because the other song is very well-known. So well-known that you’re guaranteed to know it, no matter what your taste in music. In 1991 it went to number one in 19 countries. That’s how well-known it is. And in all the times I’d listen to the Jellyfish song, I’d never noticed the similarity before. (Ah, the mysteries of the human mind.)

I’d love to tell you the identity of the singer of that other song, but his name is so popular in the music industry, and his record company so powerful, that the legal forces behind him tend to shut down anyone playing even parts of his music. And I really don’t want this blog to be deleted because I played you three seconds of his music.

I’ll leave the song title intact, but I’ll give him a slightly modified name (I’d like to keep this blog):

Ezekial Hackton – “Black Or White (1991) (excerpt)

Link

Here are the full versions:

Jellyfish – “Glutton Of Sympathy” (1993)

Link

Ezekial Hackton – “Black Or White (1991)
Nothing to see here. Please move away.