Song of the day: William Shakespeare – "Can’t Stop Myself From Loving You"

July 25, 2013

Glam!

William ShakespeareCan’t Stop Myself From Loving You (1974)


Song of the day: The La De Da’s – "The Place"

July 24, 2013

Boogie!

The La De Da’s – “The Place” (1973)


Song of the day: Miss Linda George – "Our Day Will Come"

July 23, 2013

Today’s song is a request, and it was requested by my friend David. Yay!

Miss Linda George – “Our Day Will Come (1973)

For those of you who don’t know who this Linda George person is, she was a popular Australian singer in the 1970s.

I must admit that I’m a little annoyed at the affectation of her stage name, “Miss Linda George”. On the record label for the song, you don’t see that it was produced by Mister John Sayers, or arranged by Mister Peter Jones. Grrr.

Anyway, here’s the original:

Ruby & The Romantics – “Our Day Will Come (1963)

Thanks for the suggestion, David!


Musical coincidences # 404

July 22, 2013

This coincidence involves only four notes, but they’re four notes doing pretty much the same thing in two different songs:

10cc – “The Hospital Song (1973) (excerpt)

Argent – “Hold Your Head Up (1972) (excerpt)

Here are the full versions:

10cc – “The Hospital Song (1973)

Argent – “Hold Your Head Up (1972)


Song of the day: Little River Band – "Curiosity (Killed The Cat)"

July 22, 2013

Today’s post starts with a sigh.

Sigh.

I was all set to play you a video of a track from Supertramp’s Live In Paris ’79 Blu-ray, because I bought it and wanted to give you an idea of why I think it’s a mighty good Blu-ray, and why I’d suggest you go out and buy if you’re a Supertramp fan, but when I uploaded it to YouTube something rather unopportune happened…

Once I’d uploaded the video, YouTube told me that what I’d done was an absolute no-no. I wasn’t allowed to play you a track from the Supertramp Blu-ray that I had hoped would pique your interest. No part of it. Not even a snippet.

I was duly sent to Copyright School (yes, YouTube has a Copyright School for miscreant uploaders), and then deleted the video – which left me with a Supertramp-sized gap to be filled by something else today.

At least I can show you the cover:

“OK,” I thought to myself, “I can’t show anyone any part of that Supertramp Blu-ray. I hadn’t thought of anything else. Think, Peter, think.”

So I thought.

Maybe this will do…

Little River Band – “Curiosity (Killed The Cat) (1975)

By the way, there’s a video of “Curiosity (Killed The Cat)”, but I haven’t been able to find it anywhere. Which may be just as well.


Educating Peter # 57

July 21, 2013

This week Michael has reached into his bag of ’80s songs and pulled out “Please Stand By” by The Shivvers, a Milwaukee power pop band. (I know they’re a power pop band from Milwaukee because their compilation album is rather helpfully called Lost Hits From Milwaukee’s First Family Of Powerpop: 1979-1982.)

Before I listen to the song, I feel compelled to comment on the band name. I think it’s dreadful. I can think of two reasons the band wanted to call themselves The Shivvers:

1. It’s normally so cold in Milwaukee that it doesn’t do justice to the temperature by simply saying it gives you “the shivers” – it gives you “the shivvers”.

…or…

2. It has something to do with “shiv“, the word used for a weapon used in prison. Maybe the band considered themselves so tough that they went around shivving people – because they’re “shivvers”.

But whatever the reason, I think the band name is dreadful.

By the way, Michael reminded me that I posted a song by The Shivvers ages and ages ago. It was their version of Eric Carmen‘s “Hey Deanie“, and I posted it as part of a “Hey Deanie” extravaganza. (The post contained five versions of the song.)

OK. Now for “Please Stand By”…

The Shivvers – “Please Stand By” (1981)

0:00-0:12 – Oh yeah. I like this introduction.

0:12-0:24 – This verse, not so much. It’s all a bit too staccato for my liking – especially the 2/4 bar (at 0:17) dividing the verse in two.

I’m afraid this verse is way too jumpy for me. It reminds me of one of the skinny-tie dance moves popular back in the day: pogoing. Now I’m picturing a lot of people pogoing in a sweaty venue, with this song being played very loudly.

0:24-0:30 – Wow. That part of the song passed by very quickly. Was it the chorus? I’m not sure, but I like how the last part of it (0:27-0:30) harked back to the introduction.

0:30-0:42 – Another verse. Pogo, pogo, pogo, pogo…

I do like the little fancy guitar frill at 0:40-0:41, though.

0:42-0:54 – The chorus again. I think.

Ding!

My brain just notified me of this:

The Shivvers – “Please Stand By” (1981) (excerpt)

Bobby Darin – “Dream Lover (1959) (excerpt)

0:54-1:06 – A key change, which means one thing: the middle eight.

Boy oh boy that was a short middle eight. This band doesn’t mess about with anything lengthy. Considering the brevity of this song, instead of “The Shivvers” I think it’d be more suitable to call them “The Brevities”.

This song’s probably going to finish sooner than I imagine, so I think I’d better start pay attention.

The singer is a little flat.

1:06-1:19 – Here’s another verse, and the singer is still singing a little flat.

I liked the guitarist’s frilly bit at 1:17-1:18. Unfortunately, it was obscured by the singer’s “please, please…”.

1:19-1:40 – And another chorus. This song is whizzing by.

“I want, a girl, to call, my own…”

Oh, here’s something different. The band are extending the end of this chorus (from 1:28). Fair enough. But I don’t hear the extension doing anything for the song except making it longer.

1:40-1:53 – Ah, here’s another middle eight. It sounds like it was shipped in from another song. (Or, putting it another way: it sounds like it belongs in another song.)

1:53-2:21 – A guitar solo. In two parts.

The first part is melodic, and I like how the guitarist made the effort to play something with a melody, instead of just a pile of phrases he’s learnt over the years.

After all that melodic playing, the guitarist chucks in a weird, fast thing (2:06-2:07).

And after the weird, fast thing, it’s the second part of the solo, where the guitarist goes into a different style of playing, with some bent notes (unfortunately, there’s a badly bent note at 2:12), and a couple of semi-successful attempts at pinching notes (2:14-2:16).

All in all, I enjoyed the solo.

2:21-2:33 – Another verse. And the singer sounds as she if she’s getting a cold. (Must be that Milwaukee weather.)

2:33-2:46 – And another chorus. Where did that acoustic guitar come from?

2:46-2:58 – Here’s another extension of the chorus, but this time with tricky singing.

Ding!

The Shivvers – “Please Stand By” (1981) (excerpt 2)

The Cars – “Just What Needed (1978) (excerpt)

2:58-3:13 – Yet another extension of the chorus, but a little different from the previous one. This one features a really flat note from the singer (3:01). It made me wince.

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I didn’t mind “Please Stand By”.

Oh, and here are the full versions of the songs that were excerpted earlier in the post:

Bobby Darin – “Dream Lover (1959) (stereo)

Or, if you’re a ’50s purist:

Bobby Darin – “Dream Lover (1959) (mono)

The Cars – “Just What Needed (1978)


Song of the day: Paul McCartney and Wings – "No Words"

July 21, 2013

And speaking of songs I’ve always adored…

Paul McCartney and Wings – “No Words (1973)