Song of the day: Josh Pyke – "Make You Happy"

November 9, 2011

Today’s song, like yesterday’s, is also a video-driven selection (i.e., I chose it because of the video). But unlike yesterday’s song, this one is Australian. Woohoo!

Before you play the video (you are going to play the video, aren’t you?), I have a request to make: if you start watching it and get bored, please don’t turn it off until at least 0:45. (If you’ve seen the video you’ll know why, but if you haven’t, please watch at least the first minute.)

Josh Pyke – “Make You Happy” (2008)


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Song of the day: Josh Pyke – "Middle Of The Hill"

September 18, 2009

OK, this song has absolutely nothing to do with power pop, but I just have to share it with you. Here’s folky troubadour Josh Pyke with the distinctly unique* “Middle Of The Hill” (2007):


The first time I heard this song was on TV. I was watching one of those Top 40 music video shows (you know the ones: they’re full of bands pretending to be other bands, rappers pretending to be pimps, or skimpily-dressed, gyrating women pretending to be recording artists – Top 40, in other words). Amongst all of that, “Middle Of The Hill” just appeared, and I was hypnotised for two-and-a-half minutes.

I don’t know what it is about this song, but whenever it plays I stop whatever I’m doing, fall silent and simply listen, and then think that was a special moment in time.

I’m very pleased to let you know that Josh isn’t a one-amazing-song wonder. So far, he’s made two albums and a few EPs, and it’s all good. I think Josh Pyke is a fine songwriter. Highly unusual, but fine. It may not be your cup of whatever you enjoy drinking, but when I’m in the mood for turning down the guitars, I often look to Josh Pyke.

As a bonus, here’s the equally wonderful “Lines On Palms” (2007):


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(*I know, I know: “distinctly unique.” Sorry about the redundancy.)