Song of the day: The Hummingbirds – "Sister Golden Hair"

January 2, 2013

My friend Scott (Hi, Scotty!) recently posed this question on Facebook:

“Better than the original?”

The Hummingbirds – “Sister Golden Hair (1991)

Not for me.

I adore the original:

America – “Sister Golden Hair (1975)

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Musical coincidences # 178

February 21, 2012

Today’s coincidence appears courtesy of my friend Mr. Fabulous (aka Dr. Keating). Thanks, Mr. F!

The Hummingbirds – “Blush” (1989) (excerpt)

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Nushu – “Spill” (2007) (excerpt)

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Now that’s what I call blatant.

Here are the full versions:

The Hummingbirds – “Blush” (1989)

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Nushu – “Spill” (2007) (excerpt)

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Incidentally, when Mr. Fabulous told me about that coincidence he also told me about a heap more. So for the next few days on this blog there’s gonna be a storm* of coincidences, all from the wonderfully observant Mr. Fabulous. (Much obliged, O Provider Of Coincidences.)

(*Is there a name for a group of coincidences? Would it be an “irony”?)


Song of the day: The Hummingbirds – "Two Weeks With A Good Man In Niagara Falls"

June 8, 2011

Here are The Hummingbirds with the wonderfully-titled “Two Weeks With A Good Man In Niagara Falls”* (1991), which appeared on the equally-wonderfully-titled Va Va Voom (a great name for an album):

The Hummingbirds – “Two Weeks With A Good Man In Niagara Falls” (1991)

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As a bonus, here’s another track from the album:

The Hummingbirds– “If A Vow” (1991)

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(*Trivia time: The Hummingbirds pinched that phrase from the Alfred Hitchcock movie, To Catch A Thief:

John: You’re an insecure, pampered woman accustomed to attracting men. But you’re not quite sure whether they’re attracted to you or to your money. You may never know.
Francie: Anything else?
John: What you need is something I have neither the time nor the inclination to give you.
Francie: Oh, and just what is that?
John: Two weeks with a good man at Niagara Falls.”

And there’s more dialogue where that came from here.)


Song of the day: The Hummingbirds – "Let Your Freak Flag Fly"

December 1, 2010

My friend stonefish55 (Hi, stoney!) was the inspiration behind today’s song. He mentioned that a recent Song of the day by The Someloves reminded him of The Hummingbirds. I’d completely forgotten about The Hummingbirds, so I had a quick listen to their second album, Va Va Voom (1991), to remind myself what I’d missed since the last time I listened to them. This song sounded eminently suitable for the blog:

The Hummingbirds– “Let Your Freak Flag Fly” (1991)

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Incidentally, I’ve just discovered that there’s another group called The Hummingbirds. The Australian Hummingbirds featured here broke up in 1993, so I guess the name was up for grabs. Anyway, the new Hummingbirds are American and, as far as I can tell, have nothing to do with the Australian group.

I haven’t had a listen to the American group’s music, so I couldn’t tell you exactly what kind of music they play, but I reckon it isn’t jangly, fey power pop. Their website’s home page proclaims that at the Detroit Music Awards 2008 they won “Outstanding Country Instrumentalist” and “Outstanding Country Group”, so my guess is: Country.