Song of the day: Falling Joys – "You’re In A Mess"

March 15, 2011

Here are the Falling Joys with the wonderful, wonderful “You’re In A Mess”:

Falling Joys – “You’re In A Mess” (1988)


I love a song that adds a completely new melody to the last lot of choruses and then reintroduces the original melody in the chorus so that you end up with overlapping melodies. When I hear overlapping melodies I swoon.

By the way, judging by the official video above I guess that Falling Joys’ record company wanted to get the band noticed in America, because that video sure does pander to the US. (White picket fence? Check. Gridiron? Check. Indie College-Radio-Kids Look? Check.)

Here’s the original video, looking much less Day-Glo and more down-to-Earth:

Song of the day: Falling Joys – "Lock It"

March 12, 2010

Here are the Falling Joys with “Lock It” (1990):


“Lock It” appeared on Wish List (1990). (You can hear the rest of the album in a previous Song of the day post.)

I love listening to this song on headphones because of a guitar in the mix. In the verses it moves steadily from one side of the soundstage to the other – left to right – and when it gets to the end it starts from the left all over again. Love it, love it, love it. I suppose for some people it might be infuriating, but I find it hypnotic (sort of like “follow the bouncing guitar”). The song also has wonderful layered vocals in the choruses, and towards the end of the song there’s an entirely new melody for the chorus. Great stuff.

Song of the day: Falling Joys – "Black Bandages"

September 7, 2009

Yesterday’s Song of the day, MEO 245’s “Marching Feet”, may have been about war (it’s hard to tell from the vague lyrics), but here’s a song that’s definitely about war – specifically, the first Gulf War. You’ll want to turn this one up:

Falling Joys – “Black Bandages” (1992)


As a bonus, here’s a remix (you’ll want to turn this one up, too):

Falling Joys – “Black Bandages (Slammin’ Siren Mix)” (1992)


Song of the day: Falling Joys – "Jennifer"

June 26, 2009

Here are the Falling Joys with “Jennifer” from the splendid Wish List (1990):

Falling Joys – “Jennifer” (1990)


As a bonus, here’s the album. Despite the late-80’s-early-90’s production, I reckon the whole thing is well worth hearing*:

Incidentally, it was a toss-up as to which song was going to be Song of the day, “Jennifer” or “Lock It,” which has gorgeous cascading vocal harmonies in the chorus plus a guitar track that chases itself from left to right during each verse (it sounds great on headphones). “Jennifer” won out because it’s poppier. As compensation, here’s the video for “Lock It”:

(*That’s not strictly true – for me, there’s one dud track on it: “Puppy Drink”.)