Educating Peter # 52

June 16, 2013

I’m both surprised and pleased (in equal amounts) that the weekly series of songs from the 1980s you and I know as Educating Peter has been going one year. A year.

I’d like to thank my friend Michael for supplying all those songs over the past 12 months. I’m mighty glad that a year ago he responded to a statement I made about the music of the ’80s being the most loathsome in history. Michael responded in a constructive way: by hurling his favourite ’80s songs at me.

To celebrate the startling longevity of this series, Michael is going to have a rest from suggesting songs. (Sit back and relax, young Michael.)

I’m going to choose this week’s music.

For week 52 of Educating Peter, I’m going to play you a birthday song from the ’80s.

Actually, I’m going to play you two.

Concrete Blonde – “Happy Birthday (1989)

I’m a bit of a fan of Concrete Blonde (“God Is A Bullet” is one of one of my favourite songs of the ’80s), so I was glad that they had a song I could play to celebrate one year of Educating Peter.

Admittedly, if you listen to the lyrics of “Happy Birthday” you’ll realise it’s not the most celebratory of songs. But it’s Concrete Blonde, and the song’s called “Happy Birthday”, and that’s good enough for me.

The Sugarcubes – “Birthday (1988)



I love it.


“Eek!” Moment of Realisation

It’s just occurred to me that because I chose the songs this week, this particular post may seem a tad self-congratulatory. Sorry about that. I’ll try to be more humble next week when Michael comes back with a song that he’s chosen.

Song of the day: Concrete Blonde – "God Is A Bullet"

November 22, 2011

I was all set to post an Australian song today to get this blog back into Australian power pop territory, but the following song just popped into my head and I remembered how much I loved its main riff:

Concrete Blonde – “God Is A Bullet” (1989)


What a riff*.

And because it’s unlikely I’m going to post another Concrete Blonde song on this Australian power pop blog, I might as well sneak in another one of their songs that I like a lot:

Concrete Blonde – “Happy Birthday” (1989)


Conjecture Time: The combination of cats and Johnette Napolitano’s appearance in the “Happy Birthday” video makes me think that the director of the video (or whoever came up with the idea in the first place) may have seen this video from 1983:

Concrete Blonde official website

(*As you can tell by yesterday’s post which featured a bass guitar sound – and now today’s featuring a guitar riff – I’m very easily impressed.)