February 21, 2012
Way back (well, two years) before Bon Scott was a hairy hippy in Fraternity (see yesterday’s post), he was in a bubblegum band called The Valentines. Bon shared co-lead vocal duties with a chap called Vince Lovegrove (that’s a great name for a bubblegum singer). Here’s one of their ditties:
The Valentines – “My Old Man’s A Groovy Old Man” (1968) (instrumental)
The reason I chose this particular song over any of the others that The Valentines recorded (they’re all very similar in their bubblegumminess) is that it was written by Australian songwriting stalwarts Vanda and Young, and that means it has some history to it – specifically, Easybeats history.
There are two versions of “My Old Man…” by The Easybeats, and they both have the same backing track, but one has vocals and the other one doesn’t. I think they’re both interesting, but for different reasons (1. I find it fascinating to hear 1960’s tracks without the singing on them; and 2. when The Easybeats did get around to adding vocals to this song – three years later – they decided to add weird vocals):
The Easybeats – “My Old Man’s A Groovy Old Man” (1966) (instrumental)
The Easybeats – “My Old Man’s A Groovy Old Man” (1969)
May 12, 2011
It just occurred to me that yesterday’s musical apology was from America. That’s not good enough. Here’s an Australian apology:
The Easybeats – “Sorry“ (1966)
“Sorry” is track 1 on The Easybeats’ third album, Volume 3 (1966), which was re-released in 2006 with 11 (!) bonus tracks. That sounds like a bargain to me.
March 8, 2011
What do you get when you mix the best Australian rock band of the 90’s with the best Australian rock band of the 60’s?
You get this:
You Am I – “She’s So Fine” (Live At Wiseold’s) (1996)
Excuse me while I play that again, but louder this time.
Here’s the original:
The Easybeats – “She’s So Fine” (1965)
September 10, 2010
I know, I know: I played you a song by this band only two days ago – but I’ve been listening to their debut album at maximum volume, and I just have to play you their pummelling version of The Easybeats‘ “I’ll Make You Happy”:
A band – “I’ll Make You Happy” (1983)
Here’s the original:
The Easybeats – “I’ll Make You Happy” (1966)
And, because this is an Australian power pop blog, I’m gonna have to play you Rick Springfield‘s version, too:
Rick Springfield – “I’ll Make You Happy” (2004)
April 4, 2010
Here’s Scottish band Marmalade with their version of a not-terribly-well-known Easybeats song:
Marmalade – “Station On Third Avenue” (1968)
And here’s the original:
The Easybeats – “Station On The Third Avenue” (1967)
This may be unpatriotic of me (would it be considered musical treason?), but I prefer the Scottish cover version to the Australian original because it brings out more of the bubblegum flavour that was probably hiding in the original song until the Marmaladers came along and gave it the goody-goody-gumdrops treatment.
Marmalade’s version first appeared on their 1968 debut album, There’s A Lot Of It About, and then on various Marmalade compilations, so it’s been in circulation for quite a while, but the Easybeats original is hardly known. It was recorded at Olympic Studios in England for an album that was never released, and eventually popped up on The Shame Just Drained (1993), an album of Easybeats rarities.
One thing I like in the song (either version) is the little riff (at 0:52 in The Easybeats’ version) that reminds me of the Batman TV theme. And The Easybeats reinforce the Batman reference by singing “Cab man!” straight after the riff (at 0:56). But Marmalade go one better than The Easybeats by playing the little riff not exactly as The Easybeats played it, but much more like the Batman riff (at 0:45 in the Marmalade version).
I love music trivia. It’s so… trivial. And that makes it a whole heap o’ fun.
February 22, 2010
Here’s one of Australia’s most successful bands ever with, er, a jingle for a familiar cola beverage:
The Easybeats – “Coke Jingle #1” (1966)
And if you’re still thirsty, here are two more jingles for the aforementioned concoction:
The Easybeats – “Coke Ads #2 and 3” (1969)
I have just one question:
Those jingly ads appeared on a 1977 album of Easybeats rarities entitled The Shame Just Drained.*
(*Considering that the band seemed to have no compunction about recording jingles for a company, I’m sure it did…)
January 17, 2010
It’s been a while since I played you a song from the unbelievably productive pens of Vanda & Young, so I started thinking about something suitable. For no discernible reason (other than the majority of Vanda & Young songs are never too far away from my subconscious), The Easybeats‘ “St. Louis” popped in my head. And stayed there. All afternoon.
“Yep – that’s suitable” I thought to myself:
The Easybeats – St. Louis” (1969)
As a half-bonus, here’s a version of “St. Louis” by the Little River Band that, as far as I can tell, serves no purpose whatsoever. I think that – partly because of the ’80s production, and partly because it’s the Little River Band playing it – they manage to suck out every last ounce of grit the song originally had:
Little River Band – “St. Louis” (1982)