Musical coincidences # 397

June 10, 2013

My friend Arkansas Allen supplied this coincidence. Thanks, AA!

When Tom Jones performed a cover version of the Arctic Monkeys‘ “I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor“, it looks like he decided to use another song to do it.

First up, here’s a bit of the Arctic Monkeys song:

Arctic Monkeys – “I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor (2006) (excerpt)

And here’s how Tom Jones interpreted it:

Tom Jones – “I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor (2007) (excerpt)

Allen reckons the inspiration for Tom’s version came from…

Eddie Floyd – “Big Bird” (1968) (excerpt)

I’m inclined to agree.

Here are the full versions:

Arctic Monkeys – “I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor (2006)

Tom Jones – “I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor (2007)

Eddie Floyd – “Big Bird” (1968)


Song of the day: Alex Chilton with Teenage Fanclub – “I’ve Never Found A Girl (To Love Me Like You Do)”

January 19, 2013

I know there are people who would go into paroxysms of ecstasy with the pairing of Alex Chilton and Teenage Fanclub, but I’m not a huge fan of the music of either. (Please send your strongly worded letters of complaint to pmrscott@tpg.com.au.)

Despite my lack of strong feelings about Teenage Fanclub, Alex Chilton, and Big Star (that email address again is pmrscott@tpg.com.au), I liked the two songs they played in the video.

The main reason I’m playing them here is because of what Alex plays during his guitar solo in the first song. If you want to be surprised, I won’t tell you what Alex plays. But if you hate surprises, he plays this. Or if you want to bypass all that pesky “song” stuff and go straight to what Alex plays, he plays it at the 2:43 mark.

Alex Chilton with Teenage Fanclub – “I’ve Never Found A Girl (To Love Me Like You Do) / My Heart Stood Still (date unknown)

The original versions:

Eddie Floyd – “I’ve Never Found A Girl (To Love Me Like You Do)” (1968)

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As for “My Heart Stood Still“, it was written by Rodgers and Hart for their 1927 musical A Connecticut Yankee, and was recorded three times in 1928. Here they are:

Ben Selvin & His Orchestra – “My Heart Stood Still (1928)

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George Olsen & His Orchestra – “My Heart Stood Still (1928)

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Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra – “My Heart Stood Still” (1928)

I have no idea which one was the first. Are there any music historians out there?

Update: It looks like we have a winner in the “Who came first?” department. The George Olsen recording is actually from 1927: