Musical coincidences # 396

June 7, 2013

Enormously helpful blog visitor Michael has not only suggested this coincidence, but also edited the audio files for fabulous listenability (as in “Wow, I can really hear the coincidence!”).

Firstly, Michael messed about with his audio editing program and “tuned up” one of the pieces of music so that both pieces match. Each excerpt is four seconds in length*:

Joe Jackson – “Is She Really Going Out With Him? (1978) (excerpt) /
The Raconteurs – “Steady, As She Goes (2006) (excerpt)

Here are the excerpts au naturel(or “untuned”):

Joe Jackson – “Is She Really Going Out With Him? (1978) (excerpt) /
The Raconteurs – “Steady, As She Goes” (2006) (excerpt)

Thanks for all of that, young Michael.

Here are the full versions:

Joe Jackson – “Is She Really Going Out With Him? (1978)

The Raconteurs – “Steady, As She Goes (2006)

(*As opposed to height or width.)

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Musical coincidences # 186

March 2, 2012

Today’s coincidence is a fabulous three-for-one deal, because a brand new Field Music (hi, guys!) song from their latest album, Plumb, is chock full o’ little snippets of music that made me perk up and say to myself “Hey, that bit sounds like…”, “And that bit sounds like…”, and “Ooh, there’s another bit that sounds like something else…”.

This may get messy, but I’ll try to make these coincidences as straightforward as possible.

Before I go on (and on), I’d like to say that these coincidences are, in The Grand Scheme Of Things, extremely small and inconsequential. I’d also like to state unequivocably that I think these are all are entirely unintentional. (Maybe.)

Okey dokey.

Coincidence 1

Field Music’s “Just Like Everyone Else” starts off very low-key and moody, like this:

Field Music – “Just Like Everyone Else” (2012) (excerpt 1)

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That reminds me of the start of a Jason Falkner song:

Jason Falkner – “Don’t Show Me Heaven” (1996) (excerpt)

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Coincidence 2

Next up, there’s a little riff in the middle of that moody introduction…

Field Music – “Just Like Everyone Else” (2012) (excerpt 2)

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…and it reminds me of the riff in Joe Jackson‘s “Is She Really Going Out With Him?” that leads into the verse:

Joe Jackson – “Is She Really Going Out With Him? (1979) (excerpt)

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Coincidence 3

And finally, one of the song’s vocal melodies…

Field Music – “Just Like Everyone Else” (2012) (excerpt 3)

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…reminds me of a part of the vocal melody in “Pure Imagination” from Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory:

Gene Wilder – “Pure Imagination” (1971) (excerpt)

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The full versions

Here are the full versions for y’all:

Field Music – “Just Like Everyone Else” (2012)

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Jason Falkner – “Don’t Show Me Heaven” (1996)

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Joe Jackson – “Is She Really Going Out With Him? (1979)

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Gene Wilder – “Pure Imagination” (1971)

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Phew.


Musical coincidences # 145

November 14, 2011

Teen Machine’s After School Special is a rock/power-pop/bubblegum/glam album full of non-serious rock/power-pop/bubblegum/glam tracks. It has a very high fun quotient. (As a huge ABBA fan, I’m pleased to say that the album has a splendid cover of “Does Your Mother Know” on it. Admittedly, it’s not radically different from the original, but it has loud guitars. And it’s fun.)

After School Special is a real magpie of a record, as it grabs musical influences from all over the place. It cheerfully steals from The Cars, Cheap Trick, Gary Glitter, Brownsville Station, even Elton John. Part of the enjoyment of listening to the record (well, for me anyway) is playing spot-the-rip-off. Most of the influences are fairly subtle, but there was one bit in a song where the similarity to something else was quite marked:

Teen Machine – “Sissies” (2000) (excerpt)

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I reckon that melody sounds awfully, awfully close to:

Joe Jackson – “Is She Really Going Out With Him? (1979) (excerpt)

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Here are the full versions:

Teen Machine – “Sissies” (2000)

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Joe Jackson – “Is She Really Going Out With Him? (1979)

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Frank’s Faves on Fridays

September 17, 2010

Gene McDaniels – “Tower Of Strength” (1961)

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I sometimes think that this is the greatest thing ever recorded in the history of everything. I love it more than words. (I’m going to try very, very hard not to overuse the word “love” here, because my natural urge is to simply describe the various aspects of this song with an excited “Yeah! And I love that bit too!”) Now, let’s break this song down into the individual components that I think contribute to this possibly being the greatest thing ever recorded in the history of everything:

  1. The spoken introduction: “[Take] 22. Swingin’ 22…” I can dig it, cat.
  2. That drunken trombone. Excellent.
  3. Those sharp intakes of breath at the end of each chorus make me laugh every time. Every single time. By the way, is that a chorus? Does this song have choruses? And verses? Does it actually have a traditional song structure? But when this song is so over-the-top in every way, does it matter? (Note to self: no, it doesn’t.)
  4. The Gene Pitney-style staccato singing. Beyond magnificent.
  5. That falsetto “me-eeeeee!”.
  6. The musical backing. It’s groovy, baby.
  7. The little instrumental break that appears at 1:34 for no particular reason. Is it a solo? A middle eight? What is it? Well, whatever it is, it lasts precisely eight seconds. Genius.
  8. The song was released in 1961, the year I was born. Destiny.

It could go on and on (and in excruciating detail) about many other aspects of this song, but then I probably wouldn’t get around to the other songs you’ve suggested (or even not get around to finishing this post).

Micheal Smotherman – “Crazy In Love” (1982)

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This was a disappointment. (But then anything after “Tower Of Strength” would have been a disappointment). It’s a nice song. I didn’t think the rhythm suited the song. It sounded like a sort of gumbo-ya-ya, New Orleans-ish, Mardi Gras-esque track. (It put me in the mood for Professor Longhair‘s Crawfish Fiesta. I love that album.) I’d have preferred it be treated like a Hudson Brothers song such as “If You Really Need Me“, or “Lonely School Year“, or even “With Somebody Else” – those kinds of styles. But despite how “Crazy In Love” was recorded, I liked it. I thought Mr Smotherman’s voice was a little weak, especially in the higher register (I know that I’m in no position to criticise anyone’s voice, because my own singing voice is awful), but it suits the song. I’m mighty glad you suggested this, because I was completely unaware of both Micheal* Smotherman and “Crazy In Love”. Incidentally, I liked it more the second time I heard it. And a little more the third time. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to hear it.

(*It took me a while to find out that Micheal Smotherman’s first name is actually Micheal, not Michael.)

Joe Jackson – “Hit Single” (1991)

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I can’t really think of any comments – positive or otherwise – to make about this song. It just is what it is. It’s Joe Jackson being his usual sneering self. (Or maybe not. In the YouTube video above, Joe introduces the song by saying that it’s about being single, not about having a hit song.) The tunes are OK, the lyrics are OK, and the instrumental backing was typical of Joe’s backing band at the time (clean and punchy). However, I couldn’t quite see the point of the drums starting out fast and then slowing down before the song begins properly. I must admit that whenever I see the name of Joe Jackson I instantly think of “Happy Ending” which is probably my favourite Joe Jackson song of all (despite considering his debut album great all the way through). As far as I’m concerned, “Happy Ending” is pretty close to a perfect song.

(A non-Frank suggestion)
Joe Jackson – “Happy Ending” (1984)

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Robin Ward – “Wonderful Summer” (1963)

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Very nice. Robin Ward has a lovely voice. Sort of like Annette Funicello, but even sweeter. Lovely. And the song’s lovely, too. I’m guessing that Robin Ward was a one-hit wonder (assuming that “Wonderful Summer” was a hit). If so, I wonder how many other one-hit wonders-with-wonderful-voices there are out there. I dare say you’d have a fairly good idea, because I never got to hear these forgotten artists in Australia.

Bonus instrumental:

Paul Mauriat – “L’amour est bleu” (Love Is Blue) (1967)

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The main tune of this was one of the first things I ever learned to play on a guitar. It’s a great tune. It’s a great song. Great! The version you sent me sounded suspiciously newish (the bass and drums sound distinctly modern and un-60’s), so I have a feeling that it wasn’t the original. I just found out that Paul Mauriat re-recorded “Love Is Blue” (along with a number of other tracks) in 1994. The version you sent me sounds like it’s the re-recording from 1994. Yuk. The YouTube video here is the far better original.

Incidentally, there have been plenty of different versions of “Love Is Blue” but this particular one may interest readers of the blog:

(Another non-Frank suggestion)
Jeff Beck – “Love Is Blue” (L’Amour est bleu) (1968)

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I don’t know about you, but I think this is weird. It’s an easy-listening song, but with Jeff Beck playing over the top of it. Jeff Beck.

Thanks again for the suggestions, O Frank. Apart from the “it doesn’t do anything for me” song by Joe Jackson, this week’s tracks have been absolutely magnificent. I like those songs!

More, please.

Yours gratitudinously,

Peter.