Song of the day: Cymbals – "The Kids Are Alright"

March 13, 2013

If you’re a fan of both The Who and The Beach Boys, then steel yourself for 35 seconds of bliss.


That was Japanese band Cymbals, and that song appeared on a mini-album of covers called Respects.

Here’s the original for comparison:

The Who – “The Kids Are Alright (1965)


In a shameless* bit of self-promotion, I’d like to mention that “The Kids Are Alright” featured in a Musical coincidence on this very blog, right here.

(*I’m hoping that somewhere there’s a movie Western with a baddie called “Shameless Pete”.)

Song of the day: Cymbals – "8am Escape Plan"

August 26, 2011

By now you’re probably aware that, courtesy of the lover of most things Japanese – and soon to be in Japan* – Celeste (Hi, Celeste!), I’ve been exposed to a variety of Japanese pop and rock music. And because I have a blog, you have, too.

Believe it or not, I stumbled across this Japanese band without the aid of Celeste. I have no idea how, when, or where I saw them on the Intertubes, but I did, liked what I heard, and thought “Hmm – I wonder if I can put some of their songs on the blog and not have people running away screaming.”

So here’s Japanese rock band Cymbals. If you’re wondering whether or not it’s worth your time pressing “play” and listening to something you’ve never heard before for a few minutes, then I’ll give you a short description and leave it up to you:

Cymbals sound like a cross between Jellyfish and Ben Folds Five.

Over to you, dear reader.

Cymbals – “8am Escape Plan” (2003)


I like that. It’s fun.

And I like this, too:

Cymbals – “Rally” (2003)


And this:

Cymbals – “Do You Believe In Magic?” (2003)



(*Celeste will be studying there.)