Musical coincidences # 384

April 6, 2013

Michael, frequent contributor of ’80s songs for this blog (See Educating Peter), heard a tune in a long-forgotten song from the 1960s and wondered if he’d heard it somewhere else.

Birds Of Paradise – “Our Hearts Will Never Hurt Again” (1967) (excerpt)

He had:

Owen Brady and RTÉ Cór na nÓg – “Angels We Have Heard On High (1999) (excerpt)

Here are the full versions:

Birds Of Paradise – “Our Hearts Will Never Hurt Again” (1967)

Owen Brady and RTÉ Cór na nÓg – “Angels We Have Heard On High (1999)

Song of the day: Darren Percival – "This Christmas"

January 4, 2013

This post has a little story attached leading up to it, but telling it won’t take long.

Every year on Christmas Eve we (i.e., the family) watch Carols By Candlelight on television. It’s on every year, and we watch it every year. (It’s a tradition in our household.) We put up with the relentlessly cheerful hosts, the occasionally dodgy singers, and the surreptitious advertising (I can do without hearing the hosts tell us how the singers are currently appearing elsewhere in musicals, movies, or television programs that just happen to on the very network broadcasting the Carols – grrr). Despite all of that, it’s a very enjoyable night of Christmassy entertainment.

Anyway, in amongst the cavalcade of singers I didn’t find terribly appealing (most of them sounded as if they were in a musical) was one chap I thought was great. When he was singing he prompted me to say “Wow, he’s an actual, real live, good singer. I really like his voice. And he has so much enthusiasm. He’s Mr. Enthusiastic.”

I found out that his name is Darren Percival, and I was surprised to discover that he was contestant on The Voice, one of those American Idol-type ultra-glossy TV singing competitions (or as I prefer to call them, “Televised Karaoke”).

I’m extremely glad I recorded Carols by Candlelight on Christmas Eve, because I can show you Mr. Percival’s super-enthusiastic performance – the one that made me exclaim “I like his singing!”:

Darren Percival – “This Christmas” / “Jesus, Oh What A Wonderful Child (2012)

And here he is on that TV singing competition:

Darren Percival – “A Song For You” (2012)

Yep. I like his singing.

Song of the day: RubberBand – "Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree"

December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas, y’all!

RubberBand – “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” (1994)


RubberBand – “White Christmas” (1994)


RubberBand – “Silent Night” (1994)


(All of the above songs appear on Xmas! The Beatmas)

Song of the day: Billy May – "Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer Mambo"

December 24, 2010

Aaargh! I can’t restrain myself any longer! I’m going to have to play you a Christmas song. (I love Christmas songs so much!)

I’ll just play you one…

Billy May – “Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer Mambo (1953)


Maybe another one…

Peggy Lee – “Winter Wonderland (1965)


And maybe one more…

Al Caiola & Riz Ortolani / Jimmy McGriff – “Sleigh Ride / Jingle Bells (1967)


Song of the day: The Crystals – "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town"

December 24, 2009

Here’s a splendid fabulous marvellous magnificent just listen to it wonderful Wall of Sound to let you know exactly who’s coming to town:

The Crystals – “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” (1963)


And Phil Spector‘s 1963 Christmas album – or, to give it its proper title, A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector [or here] – is still my favourite Christmas album after all these years (with Xmas! The Beatmas [or here] coming a very close second).

Just one more sleep…

Song of the day: RubberBand – "Jinglebell Rock"

December 23, 2009

To celebrate Christmas Eve Eve*, here’s RubberBand with their fab version of “Jinglebell Rock” (1994):


RubberBand is a Beatles tribute band from Denmark that recorded Xmas! The Beatmas, an album of popular Christmas ditties all given Beatles makeovers. Although the album had the potential to be as disastrous as you could imagine, it turned out to be the exact opposite – it’s actually more fun than you could imagine. It’s excellent. But don’t take my word for it – you can get an idea of its excellent-ness at Dale Chan’s BEATLES World,, and at

(*Now, I’m fairly sure that there ain’t no such thing as yesterday’s Christmas Eve Eve Eve, but I’d like there to be a Christmas Eve Eve. Well, why not?)

Song of the day: The Wellingtons – "I Guess It’s Christmas"

December 22, 2009

The Wellingtons have recorded a seasonal ditty for anyone who wants to download it from Dust Devil Music (yep, it’s a free download).

It’s a pretty simple equation as far as I’m concerned:

The Wellingtons + Christmas + free download = bargain

So, here to celebrate the day before the day before Christmas Eve – which I guess would make it Christmas Eve Eve Eve* – is yet again an Australian power pop band I can’t say away from (even at Christmas time):

The Wellingtons – “I Guess It’s Christmas” (2009)


The Wellingtons on MySpace

(*Is there such a thing?)