Musical coincidences # 49

April 18, 2010

Today’s coincidence isn’t a note-for-note piece of pilfering – it’s more of a general vibe*.

GANGgajang is an Australian band who have been around since the 80’s and best known for basically one song, “The Sounds Of Then“, which almost always appears on Australian compilation CDs with names like Australia’s Best Barbecue Songs, or Songs For Down-Under Dads, or Aussie Songs You Can’t Escape etc. GANGgajang have released plenty of albums, had a sustained career, and as far as I know are still plugging away. In November 25, 1985 they appeared on the TV music program Rock Arena performing live in the studio. One of the songs they played that night, “Surfin’ Round The World”, was only ever played during encores and never put on a GANGgajang album until 2006 when they recorded it for a surfing movie called Delightful Rain:

GANGgajang – “Surfin’ Round The World” (2006)
Link The rhythm of the song, the chord progression (A minor to F major), and especially the twangy guitar riff, all reminded me rather strongly of… Elvis Costello – “Watching The Detectives” (1977) Link GANGgajang on MySpaceElvis Costello on MySpace (*Man.)