Song of the day: Alice Cooper – "Ubangi Stomp"

April 27, 2012

There I was, having breakfast and minding my own business, when this popped into my head:

Alice Cooper – “Ubangi Stomp” (1977)

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Why?

I haven’t heard that song in years (decades even), and I hadn’t even been thinking of Alice Cooper lately at all. The last time I actually heard some Alice Cooper was when I listened to the remastered edition of Welcome To My Nightmare about eight months ago. So why the “Ubangi Stomp”? It’s not on Welcome To My Nightmare, it’s on Lace And Whisky. Huh?

The more I think about it, the more I think the human brain is an incredible thing. Baffling, but incredible.

By the way, now that I’ve heard the song again after not hearing it for a couple of decades I must admit that I don’t think it’s a very good effort from Monsieur Coupiere.

Here’s the original version:

Warren Smith – “Ubangi Stomp” (1956)

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That’s much better.


Musical coincidences # 151

November 27, 2011

After Steve Simels over at the Power Pop blog (Hi, Steve!) unwittingly prompted me to remember a Procol Harum song I hadn’t heard in years, it caused a bit of a chain reaction. As I listened to (and enjoyed) that song again after a long time of not listening to it, it prompted me to seek out a whole lot more Procol Harum to find out what I’d been missing in the last few decades. (I’d only ever heard a few songs here and there, and have never heard any of their albums.) As a result, I’m now in a moderately large Procol Harum phase and playing catch-up with their back catalogue. I’m also considering buying a Procol Harum DVD. (It looks good, and it has a great version of “Conquistador” on it, and the DVD’s only $10. Should I buy it?*)

At the end of my Procol Harum Quest™ I’ll be in a better position to say whether I’ll be thanking Mr. Simels, or shaking my head in disbelief and saying “Oh, Steve, why did I ever read that post of yours?”.

But in the meantime, one of the Procol Harum songs I hadn’t heard before but have now (thanks, Internet!) is “Homburg“. Here’s how the verse starts:

Procol Harum – “Homburg (1967) (excerpt)

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That sounded familiar to me. It sounded a lot like:

Alice Cooper – “Only Women Bleed” (1975) (excerpt)

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Here are the full versions:

Procol Harum – “Homburg (1967)

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Alice Cooper – “Only Women Bleed” (1975) (excerpt)

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(*Update: I just bought it.)