Song of the day: The New Mendicants – "This Time"

December 19, 2012

Hooray! A cover version that doesn’t just sound like a copy of the original:

The New Mendicants – “This Time” (2012)

If you’re a fan of the Pernice Brothers and/or Teenage Fanclub, you may be interested in the following blurb on the page I pinched that song from. If you’re not a fan of either of those bands, then feel free to ignore the next five paragraphs:

Taken from The New Mendicants’ first EP, ‘Australia, 2013’, to be released digitally on Friday January 18 + available at all shows on the band’s January/February tour of Australia.

The New Mendicants are Joe Pernice (Scud Mountain Boys, Pernice Brothers) and Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub, BMX Bandits).

Touring Australia in January & February 2013 –

Sun 20 – The Famous Spiegeltent, Sydney Festival
Tue 22 – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
Wed 23 – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
Thu 24 – Blackbear Lodge, Brisbane
Fri 25 – The Famous Spiegeltent, Sydney Festival
Sat 26 – The Idolise Spiegeltent, Parramatta
Sun 27 – The Idolise Spiegeltent, Parramatta
Thu 7 – The Grace Emily, Adelaide
Fri 8 – Perth International Arts Festival, Perth

Adelaide & Brisbane tix via
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Melbourne tix via
Perth Festival tix via

Here’s the original:

INXS – “This Time (1985)


I’d like to thanks Lauree from the Audities mailing list for bringing The New Mendicants song to the attention of the gourp

Song of the day: The Loved Ones – "The Loved One"

May 20, 2011

I want to point out three things about today’s song:

1. For the kind of song it is (i.e., R&B-ish, bluesy rock à la The Animals), the verses have a very odd time signature. Depending on who you talk to, each verse is in either 9/8 or three lots of 3/8. (I go with 9/8.) But whatever you call it, that time signature is extremely rare for a mid-60’s rock song. (You’re more likely to hear it in prog rock a few years later.)

2. The vocal phrasing is pretty unusual for a rock song from 1966.

3. INXS covered this song – not once, but three times. They recorded it as a single in 1981, then a shiny new version on their 1987 album Kick, and then it appeared on their 1991 live album Live Baby Live. Unfortunately, in all of INXS’s versions they played it safe, time-signature-wise, by having the whole song plod along in 4/4. (If you want to get pedantic, it’s actually 12/8 – but that’s still four main beats to the bar.) Ah, well.

The Loved Ones – “The Loved One (1966)



(The quality isn’t as good, but it has less INXS in it.)

And here are INXS’s three recorded versions:

1. INXS – “The Loved One (1981)

2. INXS – “The Loved One (1987) (Embedding disabled. Why?)

3. INXS – “The Loved One” (live) (1991)

I have a feeling INXS liked the song.

Musical coincidences # 33

November 5, 2009

This coincidence has been stuck in my head ever since I first noticed it in 1999 when the newer song was released. I’m glad to be able to now have it somewhere other than just my head.

(I had originally typed “I’m glad to be able to get it into your head” but then realised you may not want it there.)

Here’s the end of the chorus to the Foo Fighters‘ “Learn To Fly” (1999):


And here’s the end of the chorus to INXS‘ “Original Sin” (1984):


That’s probably a coincidence. Maybe.

Here are the full versions:

Foo Fighters – “Learn To Fly” (1999)


INXS – “Original Sin” (1984)