Musical coincidences # 111

June 16, 2011

Today’s coincidence is a double-header, with two Australian songs unconsciously borrowing from one American song.

Last week there was a Song of the day by Australian musician Bryan Estepa. The song was “Tongue Tied”, and a bit of it reminded me of a part of Del Shannon’s “Runaway”.

Well, today’s Song of the day musician (see above) is also Australian, and a bit of one of his songs (not today’s) also reminds me of a part of “Runaway”.

Here are them coincidences:

Bryan Estepa – “Tongue Tied” (2011) (excerpt)

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Del Shannon – “Runaway (1961) (excerpt 1)

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Today’s Song of the day musician – “Pasha Bulker (Where Did I Go Wrong?)” (2009) (excerpt)

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Del Shannon – “Runaway (1961) (excerpt 2)

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And the full versions:

Bryan Estepa – “Tongue Tied” (2011)

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Today’s Song of the day musician – “Pasha Bulker (Where Did I Go Wrong?)” (2009)

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Del Shannon – “Runaway (1961)

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What is it with Australian musicians and “Runaway”?

Oh, before I finish this post I want to mention the video for “Pasha Bulker”. It appears that he’s either a) trying to catch some fish for his girlfriend to win her back; or b) he’s given up the idea of winning back his girlfriend and has gone off to what might be the Australian maritime version of the French Foreign Legion…

And by the way (yes, I will get around to finishing this post), the Pashsa Bulker is an actual ship. It’s a bulk carrier, it’s enormous, and it ran aground off the coast off new South Wales in 2007. But my favourite factoid about the ship is the name of the company that owns it: Japanese Disponent Owners.

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Song of the day: Bryan Estepa – "Tongue Tied"

June 10, 2011

Here’s Bryan Estepa with a song from his new album, Vessels:

Bryan Estepa – “Tongue Tied” (2011)

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I don’t know about you, but the opening vocal melody of “Tongue Tied” reminds me of the chorus in Del Shannon‘s “Runaway” (from 0:32 onwards):

Del Shannon – “Runaway (1961)

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I also don’t want to make a big deal out of it, because if I did then it’d end up being a Musical coincidence, which means “Tongue Tied” wouldn’t have been Song of the day.

But back to Vessels. If you want to know more about young Bryan’s album, there’s a review of it over at Powerpopaholic’s blog (Hi, PPA!). I’m glad Powerpopaholic took the time to write about it, because reviewing albums is something I’m not good at. Thanks, PPA.

Buy Vessels from this list o’ places
Bryan Estepa official website
Bryan Estepa on Facebook
Bryan Estepa on MySpace


Song of the day: Bryan Estepa – "Western Tale"

March 27, 2010

Here’s Australian singin’/songwritin’ guy Bryan Estepa with the long-but-not-boring “Western Tale”:

Bryan Estepa – “Western Tale” (2006)

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The ‘long’ part is that it goes six minutes. “Recipe for disaster,” I hear you say. Not so. The reason for the song’s six minutes, and one reason I like it, is that while it’s cruising along in its lovely laidback way, Bryan drops an entirely different song right in the middle of it. And when that other song’s finished he just goes back to the first song as if nothing ever happened.

The ‘not-boring’ part is that “Western Tale” is full of nice tunes and sunshine-filled harmonies.

Plus it’s two songs for the price of one. I can live with that.

Bryan Estepa on MySpace