Musical coincidences # 354

January 4, 2013

This coincidence is a reader’s suggestion. The reader in question is Steve, and he spotted this:

Cyndi Lauper – “All Through The Night (1984) (excerpt)

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Freiheit – “Keeping The Dream Alive (1988) (excerpt)

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Thanks, Steve!

Here are the full versions:

Cyndi Lauper – “All Through The Night (1984)

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Freiheit – “Keeping The Dream Alive (1988)

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Song of the day: Miley Cyrus – "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun"

March 28, 2011

It is with a great deal of reluctance that I present today’s song to you. The 14-year-old in the household (Hi, Natalie!) insisted on me putting it on this blog. I told her that I wasn’t interested in putting a Miley Cyrus song – any Miley Cyrus song – on the blog, as Miss Cyrus and her music aren’t what I’d call power pop. (And it’s not what I’d call Australian, either.) I also appealed to the youngster’s sense of decency by stating: “But people who read this blog are going to hate it.”

Unfortunately, the 14-year-old in the household wouldn’t have any of it. She employed pester power for a couple of weeks, and I resisted as long as I could, but as the pester power increased I thought to myself “Well, maybe if I put it on the blog she’ll stop pestering me to put it on the blog,” and “Maybe people reading this blog won’t even notice it. It’s only one song out of a few hundred on the blog. And you never know – maybe nobody will visit the blog that day.”

So, it is with great reluctance that I present to you today’s ditty:

Disclaimer: I haven’t heard it. And you don’t have to either. You’re under no obligation whatsoever to play it. At all. Ever.

Miley Cyrus – “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (2008)

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And here’s the original:

Cyndi Lauper – “Girls Just Want To Have Fun (1983)

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I was trying to think of something positive to say about Miley’s version, but the only thing I could think of was that Miley Cyrus’ name has two “y”s in it, one more than Cyndi Lauper. I can’t think of anything else.

By the way, Wikipedia reckons that the song “gained recognition as a feminist anthem”. Whenever I listen to it I must admit that I don’t think of feminism at all. I just think of Cyndi Lauper running around in her video dressed in clothes that hurt my eyes.


Frank’s Faves on Fridays

May 21, 2010

Bobby Sherman – “Easy Come, Easy Go” (1970)

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I don’t remember hearing this before. I don’t think Bobby Sherman was big here when I was growing up (I think the girls in Australia went more for David Cassidy in the early 70’s). The only song of Bobby Sherman’s that I was familiar with is “Julie (Do Ya Love Me)” which I really like. But now I’ve heard “Easy Come, Easy Go” and like it a lot, too. (It’s good bubblegum – what’s not to like?) I also like the wrong note the bass player plays at 1:06. I love little things like that. They’re the kinds of things that add personality to some songs. Mistakes are taken out of most songs nowadays, and I miss them.

Edison Lighthouse – “Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) (1970)

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I’ve always adored this song. It’s quite possibly my all-time favourite bubblegum song. It’s definitely one of my favourite songs ever. Love, love, love this song. And I won’t hear anyone say a bad word about it. I’ve put two videos of it here because as far as I’m concerned there’s no such thing as too much of this song.

Blue Angel – “Maybe He’ll Know (1980)

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Liked it. It sounded similar to what Kelly Jones was probably aiming for with her album SheBANG! (“Maybe He’ll Know” reminds me a lot of Kelly’s “There Goes My Baby” which has been mentioned elsewhere on this blog.) I’d never heard this song before, and I thought I’d never heard of Blue Angel before until the song had been going a minute-and-a-half and I realised who was singing – and then I remembered that she was in a band called Blue Angel. Ain’t trivia grand?

And the artiste in question re-recorded the song for her debut album:

Cyndi Lauper – “Maybe He’ll Know (1986)

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Boz Scaggs – “A Clue” (1977)

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Smoooooth. I don’t remember any of the tunes, I just remember it was smoooooth. (I’ve heard it about five times now, and I still can’t remember any of the tunes.)

The Valentinos – “It’s All Over Now (1964)

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This is the original version of the song, and I’d never heard it before. I much prefer it to The Rolling Stones remake because it has more of a New Orleans, gumbo ya-ya flavour to it. It’s more Professor Longhair than Muddy Waters, and I like that.


Unexpected power poppers: Cyndi Lauper

August 18, 2009

Cyndi Lauper, the girl who just wanted to have fun in the 80’s, wasn’t having an awful lot of fun towards the end of her pop career (she’s recently reinvented herself as a chanteuse, believe it or not).

Back in the twilight of her pop phase, one of her unsuccessful efforts was this pumping tune, “Hole In My Heart (All The Way To China).” It was recorded for the not-entirely-successful 1998 movie Vibes starring Jeff Goldblum, Peter Falk, and, er, Cyndi Lauper:

“Hole In My Heart (All The Way To China)” (1988)

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Incidentally, I thoroughly recommend not listening to this song on headphones – Cyndi’s voice keeps moving in the stereo picture throughout the song and just won’t sit still in the middle. It’s very unsettling. I can tolerate it in Electric Ladyland (the most stereo-panning album of all time), because, well, those were the days, man, but I have an extremely tough time trying to follow Cyndi’s voice all over the soundstage for three minutes and 58 seconds.