Musical coincidences # 388

April 12, 2013

A recent Song of the day on this very blog was Flash and the Pan’s “Down Among The Dead Men”.

As I listened to it (yes, I do listen to the songs I put on the blog), I ended up with the opening piano melody stuck in me noggin. It was there in my head for quite a while, and as it sat there I started hearing another song.

For me, this…

Flash and the Pan – “Down Among The Dead Men (1978) (excerpt)

…slowed itself down, changed key, and became this:

The Hollies – “The Air That I Breathe (1974) (excerpt)

Here are the full versions:

Flash and the Pan – “Down Among The Dead Men (1978)

The Hollies – “The Air That I Breathe (1974)

And the completist in me wants to play you the original version of “The Air That I Breathe” as well:

Albert Hammond – “The Air That I Breathe (1972)

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Song of the day: Flash and the Pan – "Down Among The Dead Men"

April 12, 2013

A couple of days ago, BB Steve Smiles over at the PowerPop blog (Hi, Steve!) posted “Natural Man” by Marcus Hook Roll Band, the alias of Harry Vanda and George Young, Australia’s songwriting force to be reckoned with in the 1970s.

It reminded me of how many hits Vanda and Young wrote, mostly for other people. Here’s a quick primer if you’re not familiar with them (or a reminder if you are):

Anyway, Steve’s post prompted me to remember a Vanda and Young song they recorded for themselves:

Flash and the Pan – “Down Among The Dead Men (1978)


Song of the day: Flash and the Pan – "Hey, St. Peter"

June 10, 2009

Here’s the two-man hit factory of Vanda and Young as Flash and the Pan with their 1976 debut single, “Hey, St. Peter”:

Given that Harry and George were so productive in the Seventies writing and producing for a myriad of other artists, I’m only slightly amazed that they were able to find the time to recorded something for themselves to release (maybe they had a free week).