Musical coincidences # 364

February 15, 2013

My friend Michael spotted this one. Thanks, O Michael!

By the way, I had to slightly rename one of the artists because their record company doesn’t take too kindly to bloggers mentioning them on blogs.

Andy Kim – “I Forgot To Mention” (2004) (excerpt)

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Paul Jelly and The Colourful Curls – “To Her Moor (1987) (excerpt)

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Here are the full versions:

Andy Kim – “I Forgot To Mention” (2004)

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Paul Jelly and The Colourful Curls – “To Her Moor (1987)

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Frank’s Faves on Fridays

April 30, 2010

Here are some more recommendations from Frank (and some more unwanted comments from me):

Adam Schmitt – “Just Listen” (1993)

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I liked this song, although I wouldn’t have minded it being a little less repetitive (A major, B major, A major, B major, A major etc etc). The guitars and especially the drums shouted “80’s Rock” to me.

Adam Schmitt – “Can’t Get You On My Mind” (1991)
LinkThis was even more 80’s Rock, but I liked it – sort of (I was musically scarred by the 80’s). I’m pretty keen on finding some more Adam Schmitt to listen to. I’ve enjoyed what I’ve heard so far. America – “Today’s The Day” (1976) LinkThis sounds like a record America made when no-one was listening to America anymore. It was nice when it was on, but when it finished I couldn’t remember what I had just heard. But I’m glad you presented me with a song by America – it’s inspired me to make “Sister Golden Hair” Song of the day sometime*. “Sister Golden Hair” is one of my all-time favourite songs from the 70’s. I can’t tell you how much I adore it. (And George Martin‘s production of “Sister Golden Hair” is immaculate.) Incidentally, the melody of the background vocals in the chorus of “Today’s The Day” (“I’ve got this feeling that today’s the day” starting at 0:47) reminded me of the melody that starts the chorus of Huey Lewis and the News‘ “Do You Believe In Love” (starting at – believe it or not – 0:47 in this video). The two melodies may not be that similar, but when I hear one I hear the other. Actually, you can sing the line “Do you believe in love?” over the top of those background vocals in the America song. I don’t know if you’d want to, but you can, and it fits… Any Trouble – “Second Choice” (1997) LinkEven before the singing started I was singing along with it: “Haaa-aang on Sloopy, Sloopy hang on…“. Although I’d heard of Any Trouble, I’d never got around to hearing any of their music. I have no idea how representative this song is of them, but judging by what I heard I’d say that they’re a bar band (in Australia and England they’d be known as a pub band). Hang on… Any Trouble’s MySpace page says they’re from England, so that’d make ’em a pub band. Bonus song! One of the four songs Frank suggested last week was a cute little ditty from 1974, the gently rocking “Rock Me Gently” by Andy Kim. After listening to the song, I mentioned to Frank that I thought Andy sounded like Neil Diamond. In return, Frank sent me a song where AK apparently doesn’t sound like ND: Andy Kim – “Baby, I Love You (1969) LinkUseless Sidenote: There’s a later video of Andy singing this song which, judging by Andy’s mullet, was probably made sometime in the 80’s – but I think that one video of Andy Kim singing “Baby, I Love You” is more than enough. When I first played the song I wasn’t paying much attention and thought that it was nice and pleasant and, well, nice. It sounded vaguely familiar, but when the chorus kicked I went, “Oh, it’s that song.” I think “Baby, I Love You” is a great song but Andy’s performance is unremarkable. For me, it certainly doesn’t erase memories of the original: The Ronettes– “Baby, I Love You (1963) Link (*Which I did on 24 March.)


Frank’s Faves on Fridays

April 23, 2010

Alive And Kicking – “Tighter, Tighter” (1970)

Slightly anonymous soul from an act I’ve never heard of before. It sounds vaguely familiar, but I don’t remember ever hearing it until now. I have a feeling that this song means much more to you than it does to me. I liked how awful the guitar sounded. You can always count on a soul song to contain at least one bad guitar sound.

Gary Charlson – “Hey Deanie (1981)

Another song I haven’t heard before – and don’t have much intention of hearing again. No doubt you have an emotional attachment to this song (otherwise you wouldn’t have suggested it), but for me I guess it’s one of those songs where “you had to be there” in a particular time and place when you first heard it. I have no idea who Gary Charlson is, but I like what he promises on his album cover – “Real Live Gary!”:

Andrew Gold – “Lonely Boy (1976)

That is a great chorus. Musically, the whole band playing on the off-beat in the verses had a tendency to mess with my mind, but I’m used to it now (at least the cowbell stays on the beat). I find the lyrics slightly bothersome, though, because the chap in the song sounds ungrateful. (He gets a sister but still considers himself an only child? Then he gets married, has a kiddy, and teaches that kiddy to be a “lonely boy”? What kind of parent is he?). Despite my misgivings about the lyrics (I guess AG wanted to keep the “lonely boy” theme going throughout the song – but how about this: by the end of the song he’s no longer a “lonely boy”?), I think it’s a mighty good song. With a great chorus.

There are good live versions of it:

Andy Kim – “Rock Me Gently (1974)

Very mild, but very enjoyable. It looks like you’ve figured out one of my weak spots: anything played on AM radio in the early 70’s. Andy Kim’s vocal phrasing reminds me a little of Neil Diamond but I’m guessing that’s unintentional (I don’t know of any artist who ever wanted to sound like Neil Diamond). Wikipedia reckons that “Rock Me Gently” is bubblegum, but I don’t. I consider it pretend-Diamond. I call it “Cubic Zirconian”.

Thanks for reminding me about both “Lonely Boy” and “Rock Me Gently”. I hadn’t heard either of them in ages and had completely forgotten about them.

If at some point I find myself in the mood to post a mid-70’s soft rock song, “Lonely Boy” will be near the top of the list – and “Rock Me Gently” will be sitting right there next to it.