Musical coincidences # 15

August 4, 2009

Today’s musical coincidence involves Australia’s favourite troubadour, Paul Kelly, and power pop rockers the Flamin’ Groovies.

In 1986, Paul recorded and released Gossip, the best double album by anyone ever released in Australia*. Track 2 is “Leaps And Bounds,” which contains a little riff in the middle eight:

Paul Kelly and The Coloured Girls – “Leaps And Bounds” (1987)

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I don’t know about you, but the riff in that middle eight reminds me a lot of the main riff in the Groovies’ “Shake Some Action”:

Flamin’ Groovies – “Shake Some Action” (1976)

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I personally believe that this bit of riff-nickin’ is Paul Kelly’s tribute to the Groovies. Yes, I do.

Here are the full versions of both splendid songs:

Paul Kelly and The Coloured Girls – “Leaps And Bounds” (1987)

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Flamin’ Groovies – “Shake Some Action” (1976)

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(*Actually, it may be the only double album ever released in Australia, ’cause I can’t think of any others at the moment. I reckon there’s got to be a few early-70’s prog-rock bands that have released at least one double album. But I still stand by my statement that Gossip is the best. Paul followed up Gossip with the equally-excellent single album Under The Sun [Wikipedia] less than a year later.)

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