Song of the day: Jellyfish – "Now She Knows She’s Wrong"

May 11, 2013

A few weeks ago I went on a bit of a Jellyfish jag (i.e., I couldn’t get enough of ’em), and at the end of it I found myself in possession of a few Jellyfish CDs. (Thank you, eBay!)

This was one of them:

And this is the first track on it:

Jellyfish – “Now She Knows She’s Wrong” (1991)


Song of the day: Fountains Of Wayne – "Barbara H."

April 22, 2013

Here’s the sequence of events leading up to today’s song:

  1. I received an email from Bandcamp suggesting I listen to an album (Live In Concert by The Late Show)
  2. I began listening to it
  3. As soon as I heard the vocal melody in the verse of the first track I thought it sounded like the vocal melody in the chorus of Fountains Of Wayne‘s “Barbara H.”
  4. “Barbara H.” then proceeded to get stuck in my head
  5. I found myself with wanting to play you “Barbara H.”

And here it is:

Fountains Of Wayne – “Barbara H. (1996)


Musical coincidences # 384

April 6, 2013

Michael, frequent contributor of ’80s songs for this blog (See Educating Peter), heard a tune in a long-forgotten song from the 1960s and wondered if he’d heard it somewhere else.

Birds Of Paradise – “Our Hearts Will Never Hurt Again” (1967) (excerpt)

He had:

Owen Brady and RTÉ Cór na nÓg – “Angels We Have Heard On High (1999) (excerpt)

Here are the full versions:

Birds Of Paradise – “Our Hearts Will Never Hurt Again” (1967)

Owen Brady and RTÉ Cór na nÓg – “Angels We Have Heard On High (1999)


Musical coincidences # 382

April 4, 2013

The Bynars, an American band I’ve mentioned before on this blog, has released a new song entitled “All I Wanna Do Is Have Some Fun Tonight”. It’s a dance-y ind of thing that goes nearly 12 minutes. Yes, 12. (Confession time: I didn’t listen to all 12 minutes of it.)

As I was listening to the song – and being bombarded by the sound (it’s very loud) – I noticed something familiar at 1:03. I noticed this:

The Bynars – “All I Wanna Do Is Have Some Fun Tonight (2013) (excerpt)

Which reminded me of this:

Sheryl Crow – “All I Wanna Do (1994) (excerpt)

Here are the full versions:

The Bynars – “All I Wanna Do Is Have Some Fun Tonight (2013)

Sheryl Crow – “All I Wanna Do (1994)


Song of the day: Jellyfish – "No Matter What" (acoustic)

April 4, 2013

O Jellyfish: How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…

Jellyfish – “No Matter What (1993)

And the original:

Badfinger – “No Matter What (1970)

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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)

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

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Here are the full versions:

Jellyfish – “Glutton Of Sympathy” (1993)

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Seals And Crofts – “Summer Breeze (1972)

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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)

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…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)

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Here are the full versions:

Jellyfish – “Glutton Of Sympathy” (1993)

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Ezekial Hackton – “Black Or White (1991)
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