Song of the day: Elton John – "All The Girls Love Alice"

April 14, 2013

I was going to play you something hip’n’happening (i.e., modern) today, but I was waylaid when I read a review of Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road over at The Hits Just Keep Comin’ blog. (Hi, JB!)

The review reminded me that I liked the album a lot way back when, but hadn’t heard it in a long, long time. I remembered my favourite track was “Funeral For A Friend / Love Lies Bleeding” (as far as I’m concerned, that’s one track). Then I remembered my second-favourite:

Elton John – “All The Girls Love Alice (1973)

By the way, reviewer JB called “All The Girls Love Alice” a “nasty” song. I always thought of it as desperately sad.

Musical coincidences # 340

November 28, 2012

Although my friend Steve suggested this particular coincidence (Hi, Steve!), he did so wondering if it was a strong enough one to go on the blog, and if I’d reject it.

Reject? A friend? Never!

I had a listen and thought “Well, both songs are sharing only a slow foot stomp, but what the hey – that’s enough for me.”

So, throwing caution to wherever gets thrown, here are Elton John and Billy Joel slowing things down and stomping their feet in a fairly similar fashion:

Elton John – “Bennie And The Jets (1974) (excerpt)


Billy Joel – “Big Shot (1979) (excerpt)


Oh, and Ben Folds Five added a bit of a slow foot-stomper to the end of one of their songs that sounds suspiciously similar to “Bennie And The Jets” or “Big Shot”. I don’t know if it was intended to be an “ironic statement” or anything (it’s hard to tell with Mr. Folds), but the band certainly seems to be referencing at least one of those songs:

Ben Folds Five – “The Last Polka” (1995) (excerpt)


Here are the full versions:

Elton John – “Bennie And The Jets (1974)


Billy Joel – “Big Shot (1979)


Ben Folds Five – “The Last Polka” (1995)


Student-Teacher Songs

September 27, 2012

This is a collection of songs that emanated from something I mentioned in a post a while ago. At the time, I said that I was concerned at the amount of parentheses I use in my text (something I still do with alarming frequency).

My friend Michael emailed me to say that my concern reminded him of a song by American singer Dan Baird called “I Love You Period”.

(Sidenote: Dan Baird was the lead singer of the Georgia Satellites who had a huge hit with “Keep Your Hands To Yourself“, which just happened to be Michael’s suggestion for Educating Peter # 14 on this blog.)

Michael remembered the song had the word “parentheses” in it lyrics. (Now there’s a word you don’t see often in a song. Oops – there I go again. Sorry about that.)

Michael told me that “I Love You Period” is a song about a student who falls in love with his teacher, he writes her a letter, and she sends it back with corrections. (Tee hee.)

That got me thinking of other teacher-student/student-teacher songs. I thought of a couple, and Michael thought of a couple more. Then I thought of some more, and so did Michael. The next thing we knew, we had ourselves a list of student-teacher songs.

After looking at the list and sorting out what was suitable and what wasn’t (one of Michael’s suggestions was a dreadful song by a boy band, and one of my suggestions was way too serious in amongst the light-heartedness of the other songs), I settled on ten tunes to tickle your tummy earbuds.

And here they are:

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Details I couldn’t fit in the playlist:

1. Doris Day – “Teacher’s Pet (1958)

2. Lulu – “To Sir With Love (1967)

3. Elton John – “Teacher I Need You (1973)

4. ABBA – “When I Kissed The Teacher (1976)

5. Rockpile – “Teacher Teacher (1980)

6. The Police – “Don’t Stand So Close To Me (1980)

7. 38 Special – “Teacher, Teacher (1984)

8. Van Halen – “Hot For Teacher (1984)

9. Ruth McKenny – “She’s In Love With Her Teacher” (1987)
(I thought it was cute how the playlist shortened the song title to “She’s In Love With Her Tea”. It made me think of this.)

10. Dan Baird – “I Love You Period” (1991)

By the way, I’m happy to add to that list if you can think of any other songs that’d be suitable.

(Please note:Teach Your Children Well” is not suitable. In any way.)

Musical coincidences # 260

June 14, 2012

This coincidence is brought to you by Elton John who, in a 1979 episode of Australian cultural institution TV music show Countdown, quite cheerfully spilled some beans* on friend/verbal sparring partner Rod Stewart.

When I recently watched (and thoroughly enjoyed) that 1979 episode of Countdown, Elton appeared in a mini-interview with the show’s host, Ian “Molly” Meldrum. The interview was preceded by a cameo from Mr. Stewart, then Elton appeared and started talking about…

I think it’d be better if Elton did the talking:

And away we go…

Rod Stewart – “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy? (1978) (excerpt)


Jorge Ben – “Taj Mahal” (1976) (excerpt)


Oh yeah.

Here are the full versions:

Rod Stewart – “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy? (1978)


Jorge Ben – “Taj Mahal” (1976)


That version of “Taj Mahal” was a remake of the same song from 1972.

Here’s Jorge Ben’s earlier version:

Jorge Ben – “Taj Mahal” (1972)


(*Not literally.)

Musical coincidences # 193

March 9, 2012

Yesterday’s coincidence involved Boston‘s “More Than A Feeling“. Thanks to Wikipedia, “More Than A Feeling” will be mercilessly pestered yet again.

In the entry for “More Than A Feeling”, Wikipedia says:

It is also very much similar (same descending pattern) to the opening riff of Elton John‘s “Screw You (Young Man’s Blues)”.

Here we go:

Boston – “More Than A Feeling (1976) (excerpt)


Elton John – “Screw You (Young Man’s Blues)” (1972) (excerpt)


Here are the full versions:

Boston – “More Than A Feeling (1976)


Elton John – “Screw You (Young Man’s Blues)” (1972)


Incidentally, Wikipedia’s entry for “More Than A Feeling” also listed some other tiny resemblances to other songs, but I thought that they were very nitpicky. (Well, more nitpicky than usual round here.)

Musical coincidences # 81

February 16, 2011

I was merrily listening to The Sherbet Collection, and one of those collected songs was credited to Sherbet‘s lead singer Daryl Braithwaite (there are two Daryl Braithwaite songs on The Sherbet Collection, but they sound just like Sherbet songs to me). When this Daryl Braithwaite song began, I exclaimed in no uncertain terms: “Wait a minute – I know that guitar part from another song!”

Here’s how “Cavalry” begins:

Daryl Braithwaite – “Cavalry” (1975) (excerpt)


I’m sure you recognise that guitar part, too. From a year earlier:

Elton John – “The Bitch Is Back” (1974) (excerpt)


Here are the full versions:

Daryl Braithwaite – “Cavalry” (1975)


Elton John – “The Bitch Is Back” (1974)


Daryl Braithwaite official website

Elton John official website

Song of the day: Warumpi Band – "Blackfella/Whitefella"

October 11, 2009

Here’s the Warumpi Band with “Blackfella/Whitefella” (1984):


Musically, to me it sounds like it could qualify as an Antipodean “Love Lies Bleeding,” as it shares the sound of A minor, C, G, and F played around an open G string, which is a sound I love. (As well as the actual sound of the guitar in “Blackfella/Whitefella.”)

Here’s Elton John‘s epic “Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding” (1973) for comparison. The open G string marvellousness happens at 5:39 (and I love the sound of that guitar, too):


I reckon there’s not enough of a similarity between the two songs to warrant whisking “Blackfella/Whitefella” away from Song of the day and putting it in a soon-to-be-forgotten Musical coincidence. No, “Blackfella/Whitefella” deserves to stand proudly as today’s Song of the day. ‘Cause it’s a good song.