Song of the day: Glen Campbell – "Country Boy (You’ve Got Your Feet In L.A.)"

July 10, 2013

Sorry about this.

I bought two Glen Campbell CDs the other week and have been playing them relentlessly. Because of this, you’re going to get some Glen Campbell coming your way too – again.

Glen Campbell – “Country Boy (You’ve Got Your Feet In L.A.) (1975)

It’s not always like this, but at the moment I can’t get enough Glen Campbell.


Song of the day: Glen Campbell – "Rhinestone Cowboy"

June 26, 2013

If you’re looking for power pop today, I’m afraid you’ve come to the wrong place, because I’m in a Glen Campbell phase at the moment. I was in a Glen Campbell phase last week, got out of it and listened to other stuff (like power pop), but now I’m in another Glen Campbell phase.

And I don’t mind at all.

Glen Campbell – “Rhinestone Cowboy (1975)


Alert commenter side3 (Hi, Sidey!) pointed out something I didn’t know at all: Glen Campbell’s “Rhinestone Cowboy” is a cover.

The song was written by Larry Weiss, who recorded it in 1974.

Here ’tis:

Larry Weiss – “Rhinestone Cowboy (1974)

By the way, Larry also wrote the music for these songs (with lyrics by Scott English):

Song of the day: Glen Campbell – "Galveston"

June 17, 2013

I woke up with this song in my head, and it’s decided not to leave anytime soon.

I ain’t complainin’.

Glen Campbell – “Galveston (1969)

Musical coincidences # 361

February 7, 2013

Courtesy of my friend Scott (Hi, Scotty!) enthusing about his record label‘s latest musical acquisition, Livingstone Daisies, I got to hear what Scotty was enthusing about. And I heard a musical coincidence.

Livingstone Daisies are being compared to Teenage Fanclub mercilessly at the moment (pretty much every review of the Livingstone Daisies debut album mentions that dreaded* Scottish band) but when I heard “Blue Solitude”, the Livingstone Daisies song being promoted as the album’s first single, I didn’t hear Teenage Fanclub – I heard Glen Campbell.

When I heard this…

Livingstone Daisies – “Blue Solitude (2013) (excerpt 1)


…I heard this…

Glen Campbell – “Galveston (1969) (excerpt)


Here are the full versions of those two tracks:

Livingstone Daisies – “Blue Solitude (2013)

Glen Campbell – “Galveston (1969)


I can see why some people everybody is comparing Livingstone Daisies to Teenage Fanclub. For example, “Blue Solitude” begins like this:

Livingstone Daisies – “Blue Solitude (2013) (excerpt 2)


And Teenage Fanclub’s “What You Do To Me” begins in a somewhat similar way:

Teenage Fanclub – “What You Do To Me” (1991) (excerpt)


Here’s the full Teenage Fanclub song:

Teenage Fanclub – “What You Do To Me” (1991) (excerpt)


It’s just occurred to me that, considering all the current buzz surrounding Livingstone Daisies’ debut album (it’s getting reviewed left, right, and centre), I hadn’t mentioned them at all on this blog up until now. I could have sworn I had.

Ah well.

Remind me to feature one of their other songs as a Song of the day some time. Any requests?

(*I say “dreaded” because I think the members of the Livingstone Daisies would dread the prospect of being compared to Teenage Fanclub yet again.)

Song of the day: Glen Campbell – "Try A Little Kindness"

April 24, 2012

Why didn’t anybody tell me it was Glen Campbell‘s birthday the other day?

Happy Birthday, Glen!

Here’s Mr. Campbell with some mighty good advice:

Glen Campbell – “Try A Little Kindness (1970)


Song of the day: King Harvest – "Wichita Lineman"

October 5, 2011

Today’s post was going to be a quick and easy one. It started off with just one song – a long-forgotten Australian cover version of an American song – but unfortunately it blossomed into a behemoth of a post featuring about six or seven songs. (I lost count after five.)

It started with a simple question…

Q: What do you get when a bunch of early-70’s Australian hairy rockers play the country ballad “Wichita Lineman“?

A: You get exactly what you think you’re gonna get when a bunch of early-70’s Australian hairy rockers play the country ballad “Wichita Lineman”.

King Harvest – “Wichita Lineman (1971)


If you want to compare that to the original, here’s the incomparable original:

Glen Campbell – “Wichita Lineman (1968)


Or, if you want to hear the man who wrote it…

Jimmy Webb – “Wichita Lineman (1996)


I might as well play you the version by the recently defunctified R.E.M. as well. After all, this is (theoretically) a power pop blog, and a lot of power pop fans apparently like this particular band:

R.E.M. – “Wichita Lineman (1996)


But back to King Harvest’s version. If you listened to it all the way through you would have noticed that the band also included a bit of “By The Time I Get To Phoenix“. So…

Glen Campbell – “By The Time I Get To Phoenix (1967)


Believe it or not, Glen Campbell’s version ain’t the original. This is:

Johnny Rivers – “By The Time I Get To Phoenix (1966)


And here (again) is the chap wrote it:

Jimmy Webb – “By The Time I Get To Phoenix (1996)


But this post is supposed to be about “Wichita Lineman”, so how about I finish this post with an ultra-groovy version of it?

Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66 – “Wichita Lineman (1969)


Well, this post ended up much longer than I thought it was going to be. Sorry about that.