July 10, 2012
A recent Musical coincidence involved the unlikely pairing of the Jethro Tull and the Eagles, and thinking of Jethro Tull after a long time of not thinking about Jethro Tull took me back [cue misty reminiscences…] to when I first heard them on the radio.
‘Twas 1974, I was 13, and I heard this:
Jethro Tull – “Bungle In The Jungle” (1974)
I haven’t heard that in years. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m in the mood to catch up on some Jethro Tull.
July 6, 2012
My friend Stephen (No, not my other friend Steve who suggests coincidences – this is a Stephen I’ve known since before the Internet*. Hi, Stephen!) recently asked me if I knew about the Jethro Tull / Eagles coincidence. My response was “Jethro Tull? Eagles? Huh?”
Stephen told me to look it up, so I did. And this is what I found:
Jethro Tull – “We Used To Know” (1969)
Eagles – “Hotel California“ (1977)
Well, there’s something I never knew.
(*Stephen and I went to high school together.)
September 17, 2011
Today’s song – and revelation – appears courtesy of my favourite Adelaide radio station, Three D Radio.
I was out with the family the other day, and as they went off to do some shopping that I don’t engage in*, I sat cheerfully in the car listening to the Three D Radio’s “Obscured By…” program which highlights rock music rarely heard anywhere, let alone on a radio. One of the songs played during my time in the car intrigued me. It was a prog rock track that had very poppy tunes. (Now, that’s what I’d call rare.) When the announcer said what it was, and who was in the band, I said “Wow”.
The announcer mentioned that the band was Flaming Youth (no relation to the Kiss song), an English prog rock band that released one album (Ark 2) in 1969 and then promptly disappeared. The announcer also mentioned that the person who played drums and sang on it was Phil Collins, who was 18 when the band recorded the album. Phil Collins. 18.
Flaming Youth – “Changes” (1969)
By the way, the distinctly prog-rock rhythms in the first section of “Changes” reminded me of another prog ditty:
(*They were shopping for stuff that doesn’t interest me because it wasn’t music or books or DVDs.)