Musical coincidences # 258

June 9, 2012

This coincidence stems from Scott McCarl‘s song, “In Love Without You”, and it involves not one, but four five other artists. (The fifth one is thanks to my friend Steve after this post was first published. Hi, Steve!)

It totals three coincidences, and they all occur within the first 30 seconds of Scott’s song. This is a doozy of a coincidence, and it’s all thanks to two three people: blog commenter “side3” (Hi, side3!) and Scott McCarl, the chap who recorded it in the first place. (And my friend Steve. See Coincidence 1 below.) But I’ll back up a little and start at the start.

I posted a song by the Raspberries called “Play On”. Commenter side3 mentioned that one-time Raspberry Scott McCarl had released a solo album, and that one of the songs on it was “In Love Without A Girl”. Side3 called the song a “fantastic piece of power pop”.

I had a listen to “In Love Without A Girl” and… here we are.

Because this may get messy I’ll try not to interject with cumbersome comments and just let the excerpts speak for themselves:

COINCIDENCE 1

Scott McCarl – “In Love Without A Girl” (1998) (excerpt 1)

The Cars – “Just What I Needed (1978) (excerpt)

(My friend Steve reminded me of “Stacy’s Mom”. Thanks, Steve!)

Fountains Of Wayne – “Stacy’s Mom (2003) (excerpt)

COINCIDENCE 2

Scott McCarl – “In Love Without A Girl” (1998) (excerpt 2)

The Beatles – “Ticket To Ride (1965) (excerpt)

and

Jellyfish – “The King Is Half-Undressed” (1990) (excerpt)

COINCIDENCE 3

Actually, I will interject just for this coincidence. I want to point out that the coincidence in this excerpt occurs at the end, when the band crashes into E minor then A major:

Scott McCarl – “In Love Without A Girl” (1998) (excerpt 3)

A band I get into trouble for mentioning by name (here I’ll call them ‘Left-Right Boil’) – “No Time For Games” (1980) (excerpt)

Here are shorter excerpts where you can hear the specific coincidence:

Scott McCarl – “In Love Without A Girl” (1998) (excerpt 3 – shorter)

Left-Right Boil – “No Time For Games” (1980) (excerpt – shorter)

Here are the full versions of everything above:

Scott McCarl – “In Love Without A Girl” (1998)

The Cars – “Just What I Needed (1978)

Fountains Of Wayne – “Stacy’s Mom (2003)

The Beatles – “Ticket To Ride (1965)

Jellyfish – “The King Is Half-Undressed” (1990)

Left-Right Boil – “No Time For Games” (1980)


Phew.


Song of the day: Fountains Of Wayne – "Little Red Light"

January 6, 2012

And the “red” theme continues…

Fountains Of Wayne – “Little Red Light” (2003)

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Incidentally, here’s a little coincidence:

Todd Rundgren – “Little Red Lights” (1972)

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I’m fairly sure that’s coincidental. Or it may have been a deliberate homage to Todd by those Fountains lads.

Oh, and speaking of coincidences…

Today’s “red” song by Fountains Of Wayne was originally going to be “Red Dragon Tattoo”. I had written this post last week (well, just the first sentence and the choice of song) and scheduled it for today, but – and you won’t believe this – about a day or two after I scheduled it, fellow blogger Steve Simels* (Hi, Steve!) posted “Red Dragon Tattoo” on the PowerPop blog. How’s that for a coincidence?

At least Fountains Of Wayne had another “red” song (see above).

Actually, because I love “Red Dragon Tattoo” I might as well play you that anyway:

Fountains Of Wayne – “Red Dragon Tattoo” (1999)

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I’ll present you with another “red” song tomorrow, but this time it’ll be Australian. (And it’ll be “little” as well.)

Fountains Of Wayne official website
Fountains Of Wayne on Facebook
Fountains Of Wayne on Twitter
Fountains Of Wayne on MySpace

(*Courtesy of my poor typing skills, I first typed Steve’s last name as “Smiles”. Now I really want to call my fellow blogger “Steve Smiles” whenever I mention him.)


Song of the day: Teen Machine – "Hot Mom"

September 30, 2011

Fountains Of Wayne weren’t the only band to write a song about teenagers lusting after other people’s mothers…

Teen Machine – “Hot Mom (2000)

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And here’s the Fountains Of Wayne song:

Fountains Of Wayne – “Stacy’s Mom (2003)

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By the way, I didn’t think those two songs were enough for a Musical coincidence. For me, they’re more of a conceptual coincidence rather than a musical one.


Song of the day: Fountains Of Wayne – "The Summer Place"

September 29, 2011

Fountains Of Wayne have made a video for “The Summer Place”, the opening song on their latest album, Sky Full Of Holes.

Beware: the video is very cinematic, which may mean one of two things to you…

1) It’s wonderfully artistic
or
2) It’s terribly pretentious

Fountains Of Wayne – “The Summer Place” (2011)

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By the way, I went looking for a photo of the band to show at the top of this post (I like you to have something to look at while you’re listening to the music), so I toodled off to the band’s website. I didn’t like the three official photos there because the chaps looks incredibly serious:

Don’t they enjoy playing music anymore?

Anyway, I went with the album cover instead. (I’d much rather see that than a bunch of sourpusses.)

Sidenote: That middle photo reminded me of this.

Fountains Of Wayne official website
Fountains Of Wayne on MySpace
Fountains Of Wayne on Facebook
Fountains Of Wayne on Twitter
Fountains Of Wayne at the All Music Guide


Song of the day: Fountains Of Wayne – "Someone’s Gonna Break Your Heart"

July 27, 2011

Fountains Of Wayne have made their upcoming album, Sky Full Of Holes, available for anyone who wants to have a listen before buying it. It’s on their Facebook Music page.

My favourite song on the album so far is this one:

Fountains Of Wayne – “Someone’s Gonna Break Your Heart (2011)

Whoah-oh-oh.

Fountains Of Wayne official website
Fountains Of Wayne on Facebook
Fountains Of Wayne on MySpace
Fountains Of Wayne at Soundcloud


Musical coincidences # 120

July 19, 2011

Today’s coincidence is small, but I noticed it, and I have a blog, so…

Here’s a bit of one of Fountains Of Wayne’s new songs from their forthcoming* album, Sky Full Of Holes:

Fountains Of Wayne – Richie & Ruben” (2011) (excerpt)

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That reminds me of:

Ringo Starr – “Photograph (1973) (excerpt)

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Here are the full versions:

Fountains Of Wayne – Richie & Ruben” (2011)

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Ringo Starr – “Photograph (1973)

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(*If you don’t count Out Of State Plates, their 2005 compilation of B-sides, then Sky Full Of Holes will actually be the band’s fifthcoming album.)


Musical coincidences # 117

July 4, 2011

Today’s coincidence is purely lyrical. It’s not actually about specific lyrics (not like “Both songs have the word ‘octopus’ in them!”), but the lyrical theme in both songs is remarkably similar (read: virtually identical). I don’t need to play you bits of each track – I’ll just play you both songs in their entirety and you’ll hear for yourself:

The Red Button – “I Can’t Forget” (2011)

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Fountains Of Wayne – “The Girl I Can’t Forget” (2005)

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Bonus coincidence involving another song on
As Far As Yesterday Goes

The first track on As Far As Yesterday Goes is “Caught In The Middle”, and this bit of its verse…

The Red Button – “Caught In The Middle” (2011) (excerpt)

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…reminds me of the first song that John Lennon ever wrote:

Gerry & The Pacemakers – “Hello Little Girl (1963) (excerpt)

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I know it’s not a strong coincidence at all, but I noticed it, and it’s here because of that other song on As Far As Yesterday Goes.

Here the full versions:

The Red Button – “Caught In The Middle” (2011)

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Gerry & The Pacemakers – “Hello Little Girl (1963)

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And the first commercial recording of Hello Little Girl”, recorded two weeks earlier than the above Pacemakin’ Gerry version:

The Fourmost – “Hello Little Girl” (1963)

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