Song of the day: Beathoven – "Darlin’"

May 17, 2011

As suggested by loyal reader Anonymous (Hi, Anon!), I’m posting another song from the highly enjoyable Beatles homage, Beatlesque Again (Thanks, Angelo!). In amongst all those American tracks is this one from Australia which, I’m glad to say, starts off proceedings (i.e., it’s track 1):

Beathoven – “Darlin'” (1976)


Yep. Very Beatlesque.

The Innocents/Beathoven official website

Song of the day: Beathoven – "Shy Girl"

January 20, 2011

Here’s Beathoven with a very cute song:

Beathoven – “Shy Girl” (1978)


By the way, the estimable John Borack, a music critic and power pop nerd extraordinaire, reckons “Shy Girl” was a great single:

25 essential indie power pop 45s

By John M. Borack

With the advent of the do-it-yourself movement (“do” ofen meaning write, perform, record and release) during the mid-70s, a brave new world was unleashed upon consumers of popular music. No longer were record buyers forced to rely upon major labels and Rolling Stone to be their musical eyes and earsl independent imprints with curious names such as Bomp, Stiff and Ork sprng up semingly from out of nowhere, while fanzines and magazines that championed the musical underdog came fast and furious.

Nowhere was the DIY/indie boom more prevalent than in the world of pop and power pop. With visions of the Fab Four, Badfinger and Raspberries dancing in their heads, many artists pumped out two-and-a-half-minute bits of pop heaven like there was no tomorrow. The following list is one writer’s opinion of 25 of the best independent pop 45s that have ever graced a turntable (remember turntables?) {Yup, they still make ’em; 45s too! – Ed.}, along with a few relatively unknown European issues that were lucky enough to see major label release across the pond (yes, that’s cheating).

1. Beathoven – “Shy Girl”/”Does It Matter As Much To You” (Australian EMI, 1978). One of the great, lost pop acts of the late ’70s, Beathoven (who later changed their moniker to The Innocents) released a few great Aussie-only singles that combined lush harmonies with perky melodies. “Shy Girl” was very good teeny-pop, but the sublime “Does It Matter As Much To You” is even better, a beautifully stirring, string-laden ballad with echoes of prime Paul McCartney material.


Here’s the flip-side:

Beathoven – “Does It Matter As Much To You?” (1978)


The Innocents/Beathoven official website

Song of the day: The Innocents – "Sooner Or Later"

September 5, 2009

Here are The Innocents with “Sooner Or Later” (1980):


I’ve been reliably informed (well, as reliable as Wikipedia can be) that The Innocents are one of only two bands from Tasmania to have ever had chart success in Australia (or anywhere else, for that matter). To celebrate that fact, the other Tasmanian band, MEO 245, will feature on tomorrow’s Song of the day.

Incidentally, before they changed their name and became skinny-tie merchants, The Innocents were originally called Beathoven, who, as the name would suggest, were heavily influenced by four gentlemen from Liverpool. They were influenced not only by the music, but sartorially, too – Beathoven wore matching suits and, believe it or not, top hats.

You can read much, much more about the history of Beathoven / The Innocents on their official website, plus on this informative Lost in the Grooves post.

(“Plus on”? What kind of grammar is that? Bad grammar, Peter, that’s what kind…)

Anyway, as a bonus here’s Beathoven with an earlier version of “Sooner Or Later,” in which the band’s Fab Four influences are much more pronounced:

Beathoven – “Sooner Or Later” (1979)


The Innocents/Beathoven official website