Song of the day: Michael Carpenter – "We Don’t Talk Anymore"

November 21, 2012

I know today’s song has already been posted on at least two other power pop blogs (Powerpopaholic and Power Pop Overdose – hi, chaps!), but I found an excuse to play it here as well. I thought: “Well, those two are American power pop blogs. It hasn’t appeared on an Antipodean power pop blog yet.”

Now that I’ve offered my woeful excuse to present to you a song that’s already been played elsewhere, I’ll present it to you.

It’s Michael Carpenter‘s cover of Cliff Richard‘s “We Don’t Talk Anymore“. Michael’s version will be appearing on an album full of light-rock covers called Drink A Toast To Innocence: A Tribute To Lite Rock. (Hipsters beware: there’s no irony in that title whatsoever. It’s exactly what you think it is.)

The album is apparently going to be released early next year, but in the meantime there’s a Facebook page for it to keep you up to date.

Michael Carpenter – “We Don’t Talk Anymore (2012)

And here’s the original:

Cliff Richard – “We Don’t Talk Anymore (1979)


Cliff Richard – We Don't Talk Anymore by CliffRichard-Official

By the way, last week I played you Swedish powerpopper David Myhr recording the guitar solo for his version of 10cc’s “The Things We Do For Love”, That’ll be on the album too.

And another contributor to the album is Eytan Mirsky. Here’s his track:


A chap by the name of Andy Reed, who goes by the alias of An American Underdog, will be appearing on the album as well. Here’s a snippet of Andy doing whatever it is he’s doing (I don’t know what he was doing, because I felt dizzy watching him):

Michael Carpenter official website
Drink A Toast To Innocence Facebook page

Musical coincidences # 262

June 17, 2012

This coincidence is a fairly noticeable one, and I only noticed it the other day when I heard Cliff Richard song from 1976 that I’d never heard before. (And I’m just quietly wondering to myself why no-one seems to have noticed this before. It’s pretty noticeable.)

Here’s how the chorus of Cliff Richard’s 1976 non-hit-single “Hey Mr. Dream Maker” begins:

Cliff Richard – “Hey Mr. Dream Maker” (1976)


And here’s a part of the exceedingly well-known Dr. Hook song, “Sylvia’s Mother“:

Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show – “Sylvia’s Mother (1972) (excerpt)


Yes indeed.

By the way, there’s another coincidence in the Cliff Richard song, but I don’t want to make too big a deal out of it because it’s tiny. This is how “Hey Mr. Dream Maker” starts:

Cliff Richard – “Hey Mr. Dream Maker” (1976) (excerpt 2)


That reminds me of:

The Beatles – “Here Comes The Sun (1969) (excerpt)


No biggie.

Here are the full versions:

Cliff Richard – “Hey Mr. Dream Maker” (1976)


Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show – “Sylvia’s Mother (1972)


The Beatles – “Here Comes The Sun (1969)


The Afternoons mystery melody – mystery solved!

January 6, 2011

You may or may not have been following the saga of a song by The Afternoons that’s been bothering me because a part of it has a melody that I’ve heard it somewhere before, but just couldn’t quite identify it.

Until this very moment, that is. I’m very pleased to say that I’m now in a position to shout out:


My friend Stonefish (Hi, Stonefish!) finally figured out the other song that’s been eluding me. A thousand thanks, fellow music lover. And a huge thank you to everyone else who offered suggestions. Much obliged for all the help, eagle-eared listeners.

So, without further delay, may I present to you – courtesy of Stonefish’s magnificent brain – two songs that share a chorus:

The Afternoons – “FM (Bys Ar Dy Ddeial)” (2007)


Cliff Richard & The Shadows – “In The Country” (1966)