Song of the day: Brand X – "Don’t Make Waves"

March 25, 2010

Today’s song is “Don’t Make Waves” by English jazz-rock outfit Brand X. Although you may be saying “Huh?” around about now, and wondering what on Earth I’m doing playing you something that’s neither Australian nor power pop in the slightest, I wanted to play it to you for four reasons:

1. It has Phil Collins doing what Phil Collins always did best: play drums. Brand X was Phil’s spare-time band when he had a break from Genesis duties, and before he went on to become a derided staple of FM radio stations everywhere (except maybe Ulan Bantor… maybe). And Phil Collins is a great drummer. Always has been. Oh, and Phil is singing on this track, too – but you didn’t need me to tell you that, because you’ll recognize him the instant he opens his mouth on the recording (anyone can pick that voice a mile kilometer away).

2. It has very frisky bass playing on it (courtesy of John Giblin), especially near the end.

3. It has a jangly drone at 0:13. (If you have no idea what I’m talking about here, another post explains the wonders of the jangly drone.)

4. It has another jangly drone at 4:13.

Brand X – “Don’t Make Waves” (1979)