If you’re not a fan of 1990s power pop band Jellyfish, then this post may be tedious.
I’m a fan of Jellyfish, and I occasionally find myself having listening binges whereby for a few days I’ll listen to all the Jellyfish I can. And then I’ll listen to it again. And again etc. This continues until I’ve had enough Jellyfish and am satisfied. I’ll then move on to listening to other music.
The above is what’s known in Jellyfish circles as a “Jellyfix”.
I recently had a Jellyfix.
I’ve just come out of it, and at the end of my Jellyfix I discovered that I’d bought five more Jellyfish CDs. What’s unusual about buying five Jellyfish CDs is that the band officially released only two albums (Bellybutton and Spilt Milk).
Two of the CDs were CD singles, another was an EP, and another was a full-length compilation, Best!. (Yes, I know how weird it is for a band that released only two albums in its lifetime to have a “best-of” CD.)
The fifth CD, however, is a relatively new one (it was released about five months ago). It’s called Stack-a-Tracks, and it’s a two-CD set that comprises the band’s two officially released albums with most of the vocals removed. In other words, it’s two albums of backing tracks.
I was going to resist the urge to play you any Jellyfish at all, and keep my listening binge to myself, because I know that other people may not feel about Jellyfish the way I do (i.e., periodically rabid). But…
On Stack-a-Tracks I heard something that caused my brain to release an infinite amount of endorphins. It’s in the middle eight of “Calling Sarah” (the last track on the band’s first album, Bellybutton), and it’s something I’d never noticed before (mainly because they was a heap o’ singin’ on the original version that covered it).
From 2:02-2:05 in the please-take-the-vocals-away version of “Calling Sarah” is a guitar playing F sharp minor 7 with a chorus effect, and when I heard it I thought “I am so glad I bought this CD”.
I’ll present “Calling Sarah” to you in both vocal and backing-track versions, and depending on your level of Jellyfish fandom you can choose what you want to listen to (if any):
Jellyfish – “Calling Sarah” (1990)
Jellyfish – “Calling Sarah” (backing track) (1990)