Song of the day: Field Music – "Give It Take It Lose It"

June 21, 2013

Years and years and years ago (Note to self: Back up a little there, Peter – it was only seven years), I heard my first Field Music song. This was it:

Field Music – “Give It Take It Lose It” (2006)

I was definitely intrigued, and wanted to hear more. So I did. And the more I heard, the more I enjoyed what I heard.

Many songs later, and I’m a card*-carrying Field Music fanboy.

Message to David and Peter Brewis: More Field Music please.

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(*If there was such a thing as a Field Music card, I’d have one.)

Song of the day: Electronic Eye Machine – "Alternating Current"

December 14, 2012

Today’s post is a lazy one, because all I’ve done is pick a couple of tracks by my favorite active band, Field Music.

The reason for this laziness is that I’m currently ensconced in listening to some new music that I’ll be writing about when I can. In the last week or so I’ve had emails from bands coming at me from left, right, and centre. That means I’ve had three emails. (Left, right, and centre.)

So I’ll get around to posting those when I can.

In the meantime, here are a couple of Field Music tracks.

Potentially Dull Note About The First Track: The first song, “Alternating Current”, is by Field Music. It’s a very early song by them when they were called Electronic Eye Machine. (They were also known as the New Tellers way back when.)

I chose this particular track because I’m fascinated by it. It’s an oddity in the Field Music oeuvre because it sounds (to me anyway) a little like country-and-western. It’s the only song they ever did that could be called anything remotely like a country song.

Electronic Eye Machine – “Alternating Current (2002)


The next song, “Tell Me Keep Me”, is a much more typical Field Music track, in that it features a standard element of their songs: rhythms all over the place. I thoroughly enjoy the rhythmic variety, but I’d say it’s probably one of the reasons why there are people who don’t like Field Music at all. (As somebody once said, Field Music seems to be allergic to 4/4.)

Nevertheless, I think “Tell Me Keep Me” has enough good tunes in it to keep you interested, even if you don’t like the rhythmic restlessness. (And because I’m a bass player, that ultra-distorted bass is a big plus for me.)

Field Music – “Tell Me Keep Me” (2005)


Song of the day: Field Music – "Terrapin"

October 13, 2012

My favourite active band of the 21st century, Field Music, recently released an album of covers entitled Field Music Play…. Like any music fan getting unnaturally excited about their favourite band releasing new music, I pounced on it when I found out about the little beastie. I discovered only later that the album was a limited-edition thing – it was limited to 1,000 pressings. (I was glad that I bought mine when I did because there were 97 left at the time. Phew. The band says on their website that “we are sad to say that it has sold out”. I’d prefer them to say “we are happy to say we sold all the copies we had.”)

Anyway, this rambling about Field Music isn’t getting you to hear the track I want you to hear.

One of the songs the band tackled is Syd Barrett‘s “Terrapin“. I think it’s a splendid version (I may be biased):

Field Music – “Terrapin (2012)

Here’s the original for comparison in case you’re in a comparisonin’ mood:

Syd Barrett – “Terrapin (1969)


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Song of the day: Field Music – "Effortlessly"

July 15, 2012

I’ve just discovered that it’s been more than a month since I played you a Field Music song.


The following song has been stuck in my brain for a while, so I’ll hand it over to you:

Field Music – “Effortlessly” (2009)


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(*If you’re not a fan of Field Music, then you’d probably find the recent lack of Field Music on this blog thoroughly acceptable.)

Song of the day: Field Music – "The Rest Is Noise"

June 7, 2012

I’ve been on a bit of a Field Music bender recently (my brain told me to go back and listen to their entire discography an unhelpfully* large amount of times), and probably – no, make that definitely – because of this I woke up with today’s song in my head. Actually, it wasn’t the entire song – it was just the song’s main riff that was swirling around in me noggin when I awoke. (The riff first appears at 1:26.)

Because I’ve already done this thing (i.e., 1. Wake up with song in head, 2. Put on blog) quite a few times, I’m guessing that around about now you’re thinking to yourself: “Stop playing the first thing that pops into your head in the morning, Peter. We don’t need to know what’s in that head of yours.”

I suppose I could do that, but there’s a simple explanation as to why I wanted to play you the Field Music song:

I love this band.

Field Music – “The Rest Is Noise” (2009)


Incidentally, there’s an earlier Field Music song that starts almost identically to “The Rest Is Noise”:

Field Music – “You Can Decide” (2005)


I guess some people might consider that a musical coincidence, but I don’t see it as one because it doesn’t involve anyone else but Field Music, and they can steal from themselves as much as they like (but mercifully don’t).

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(*It’s unhelpful because it’s stopping me from listening to other music.)

Musical coincidences # 245

May 18, 2012

This coincidence comes to you courtesy of Pitchfork‘s review of Field Music‘s ineffably splendid album, Tones Of Town.

(Pitchfork didn’t find it ineffably spendid. They considered it only moderately splendid, and thought it a bit effable.)

The reviewer said this:

“The bracing first single “In Context”, which is even more invigorating out of context, kicks off with a heavy drum loop that could practically have been sampled from Nelly Furtado‘s ‘Maneater‘.”

Let’s see…

Field Music – “In Context” (2006) (excerpt)


Nelly Furtado – “Maneater (2006) (excerpt)



Here are the full versions:

Field Music – “In Context” (2006)


Nelly Furtado – “Maneater (2006)


Musical coincidences # 204

March 23, 2012

One more coincidence involving Field Music and I’ll leave them alone. (Hi, guys!)

As I was listening to one of their early songs, a little piano lick popped up in the middle of it that reminded me of something else. Here’s that piano lick:

Field Music – “Feeding The Birds” (2003) (excerpt)


If you simplified that a little, I reckon you’d have something very similar to the horn lick in Kool & the Gang‘s “Celebration“:

Kool & The Gang – “Celebration (1980) (excerpt)


Here are the full versions:

Field Music – “Feeding The Birds” (2003)


Kool & The Gang – “Celebration (1980)


I would now like to reassure you that I won’t be posting any more coincidences involving Field Music. (Unless I find some.)

Musical coincidences # 203

March 22, 2012

This coincidence is tiny, tiny, tiny, but it involves my favourite band of the 21st century, Field Music – and any excuse I can find to play you some Field Music I’ll pounce on.

The coincidence contains no more than a four-note melody:

The rhythm of the melody is slightly different in each song, but the notes are the same. How about I stop trying to explain it and just let you hear them?

Field Music – “Alternating Current” (2002) (excerpt)


John Lennon – “Jealous Guy (1971) (excerpt)


I know all of that is vaguely incidental at best, but whenever I hear that part of the Field Music song it reminds me of that bit in “Jealous Guy”. So that’s why it’s here.

Here are the full versions:

Field Music – “Alternating Current” (2002)


John Lennon – “Jealous Guy (1971)


Be warned: the next coincidence in this series will also involved Field Music, and it will also be a small one – but, as with today’s coincidence, it gives me an excuse to play you a Field Music song.

Musical coincidences # 191

March 7, 2012

If you’ve been following the musical coincidences posted on this here blog, you may have noticed that Field Music have recently featured in a fair few of them. This may appear to be a bit of Field Music-bashing on my part, but it’s emphatically not. I love ’em. It’s just that on their new album (Plumb – please buy* it now) I’ve noticed a few little things that have reminded me of little things in non-Field Music songs.

I can’t claim any credit for this particular coincidence involving a Field Music song. It’s something I found whilst reading an article on NPR about them. The article’s author, Daniel Cook, had this to say about “Let’s Write A Book”, a song from the band’s previous album Field Music (Measure) (please buy that, too):

There’s no denying that the hook sounds suspiciously close to the “Underworld” theme from Super Mario Bros.

I was intrigued – mainly because it mentions something I don’t go anywhere near (i.e., a computer game) – so I found the music in question. It sounds like this:

Koji Kondo – “Underworld Theme” (from Super Mario Bros.) (1988) (excerpt)


And here’s how “Let’s Write A Book” starts:

Field Music – “Let’s Write A Book” (2009) (excerpt)


I don’t think that’s much of a coincidence at all. One melody goes up, the other goes down. It’s just the same rhythm, and that’s it.

Here are the full versions:

Field Music – “Let’s Write A Book” (2009)


(*Or not if you don’t like Field Music.)

Musical coincidences # 186

March 2, 2012

Today’s coincidence is a fabulous three-for-one deal, because a brand new Field Music (hi, guys!) song from their latest album, Plumb, is chock full o’ little snippets of music that made me perk up and say to myself “Hey, that bit sounds like…”, “And that bit sounds like…”, and “Ooh, there’s another bit that sounds like something else…”.

This may get messy, but I’ll try to make these coincidences as straightforward as possible.

Before I go on (and on), I’d like to say that these coincidences are, in The Grand Scheme Of Things, extremely small and inconsequential. I’d also like to state unequivocably that I think these are all are entirely unintentional. (Maybe.)

Okey dokey.

Coincidence 1

Field Music’s “Just Like Everyone Else” starts off very low-key and moody, like this:

Field Music – “Just Like Everyone Else” (2012) (excerpt 1)


That reminds me of the start of a Jason Falkner song:

Jason Falkner – “Don’t Show Me Heaven” (1996) (excerpt)


Coincidence 2

Next up, there’s a little riff in the middle of that moody introduction…

Field Music – “Just Like Everyone Else” (2012) (excerpt 2)


…and it reminds me of the riff in Joe Jackson‘s “Is She Really Going Out With Him?” that leads into the verse:

Joe Jackson – “Is She Really Going Out With Him? (1979) (excerpt)


Coincidence 3

And finally, one of the song’s vocal melodies…

Field Music – “Just Like Everyone Else” (2012) (excerpt 3)


…reminds me of a part of the vocal melody in “Pure Imagination” from Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory:

Gene Wilder – “Pure Imagination” (1971) (excerpt)


The full versions

Here are the full versions for y’all:

Field Music – “Just Like Everyone Else” (2012)


Jason Falkner – “Don’t Show Me Heaven” (1996)


Joe Jackson – “Is She Really Going Out With Him? (1979)


Gene Wilder – “Pure Imagination” (1971)