Musical coincidences # 166

January 2, 2012

Today’s Song of the day (see above) is Bleu‘s “B.O.S.T.O.N.”. Before I put it on this blog, I listened to it a few times to make sure that it was suitable. (It was.) And as I listened to it, I noticed a couple of bits in it that brought to mind two other songs.

Here’s the first bit:

Bleu – “B.O.S.T.O.N.” (2010) (excerpt 1)

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It reminded me of:

Squeeze – “Funny How It Goes” (1980) (excerpt)

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And here’s the second bit:

Bleu – “B.O.S.T.O.N.” (2010) (excerpt 2)

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That reminded me of:

Kate Bush – “Hounds Of Love (1985) (excerpt)

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Here are the full versions:

Bleu – “B.O.S.T.O.N.” (2010)

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Squeeze – “Funny How It Goes” (1980)

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Kate Bush – “Hounds Of Love (1985)

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Song of the day: Kate Bush – "Sat In Your Lap"

September 21, 2011

Have I told you that I love Kate Bush?

Kate Bush – “Sat In Your Lap (1982)

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Incidentally, although I think Kate Bush is tremendously original – and all kinds of wonderful – “Sat In Your Lap” did appear in a Musical coincidence some time ago. At least the coincidence involved XTC.

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Song of the day: Kate Bush – "James And The Cold Gun"

September 20, 2011

Before I get to today’s song I want to make the following statement:

I am in love with Kate Bush – and always have been.

Now that I have that out of the way, here’s a song by Kate Bush:

Kate Bush – “James And The Cold Gun” (1978)

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And here’s a ripper live version, recorded during Kate’s one and only tour:

Kate Bush – “James And The Cold Gun” (live) (1979)

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I was 18 in 1979. I wouldn’t have minded living in England then, because at that time I would have been ready, able, and incredibly willing to attend at least one of those concerts. Sigh.

Kate Bush.

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Song of the day: Michael Carpenter – "Rolling Ball"

November 16, 2010

Here’s Michael Carpenter with a jaunty ditty:

Michael Carpenter – “Rolling Ball” (2004)

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“Rolling Ball” is the opening track on Michael’s 2004 album, Rolling Ball.

All this talk about rolling balls has reminded me of…

Kate Bush – “Them Heavy People (1978)

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Weird version (well, weirder than usual for Kate):

I’m happy to admit that I’ll use any excuse to play a Kate Bush track.

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Musical coincidences # 47

April 15, 2010

Today’s coincidence involves an Australian power pop band and an Australian pair of pantyhose. (No, the band didn’t rob a bank.)

Yesterday’s Song of the day was a catchy little ditty that I’ve been listening to a fair bit recently. However, it was only during the most recent hearing of it that prompted my brain to switch on a light bulb and shout “Hey! That sounds like…”.

But first: because today’s coincidence is all-Australian, I’ll have to fill in the blanks for non-Australians (i.e., foreign devils):

In 1978 there was a highly successful TV ad campaign in Australia for a brand of pantyhose called Razzamatazz. That ad campaign was highly successful due to three things: a) an incredibly catchy jingle; b) a memorable catchphrase; and c) attractive females wearing the product. As a result, most Australians of a certain vintage will have no trouble remembering the ad or the jingle:

That’s the first part of the coincidence.

Now, if you’d care to remember the start of that jingle (“Oh, oh, Razzamatazz…”), permit me to play you the start of yesterday’s Song of the day:

The Finkers – “Down South” (1999) (excerpt)

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Yes, indeedy.

As for “Razzamatazz” in other parts of the world, I reckon people might think of other things…

For example, English readers of a certain vintage will probably remember a kids’ TV show called Razzamatazz that ran in the 80’s.

Kate Bush was interviewed on Razzamatazz, and I’m very pleased about that because it gives me an excuse to show you a clip of the wonderful, wonderful Kate:

I love Kate Bush.

Over in the US, though, the word “Razzamatazz” might conjure up something a lot less enjoyable. Unfortunately, American readers of a certain vintage may be reminded of this:

That’s horrible. I’m trying to look at it for kitsch value, or view it as ‘ironic’, or see it from some other kind of angle that post-modernists like to do so they can justify liking what they like, but I can’t. It’s horrible.


Musical coincidences # 8

June 25, 2009

It is my melancholy duty* to inform you of a musical coincidence involving the wonderful, wonderful, wonderful, wonderful, wonderful (I can’t tell you how wonderful I think she is) Kate Bush and “Sat In Your Lap“. Here’s how it starts:

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“Sat In Your Lap” was recorded and released as a single in 1981 and was used as the opening track on her 1982 album, The Dreaming.

A year earlier, XTC had released the Black Sea album which contained the track “Paper And Iron (Notes And Coins”). The main rhythm of the song starts at the 26-second mark, like so:

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And I’d always thought that Kate Bush was utterly original…

Nevertheless, I want to think that Kate had never heard of XTC, and that it’s all a horrible coincidence. I really, really want to think that.

All of the above doesn’t stop me from marvelling at how amazing “Sat In Your Lap” is, though. It is amazing – as is all of The Dreaming, which I still think is one of the best albums of the 80’s. (I also think it’s Kate best album, although most critics tend to proclaim Hounds Of Love to be her pièce de resistence.)

Anyway, enough with the sadness. Enjoy some marvellousness from both Kate and XTC:

Kate Bush – “Sat In Your Lap (1982)

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XTC – “Paper And Iron (Notes And Coins)” (1980)

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Oh, and speaking of XTC, I chanced upon a little guitar bit in their first single “Science Friction” (1978) at the 1:55 mark here:

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That reminded me of a little guitar bit in Billy Swan‘s hit from 1973, the Ringo-esque “I Can Help” (at 1:42):

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Pure coincidence.

Here are the full tracks – and as a bonus (yep, there’s more) I’ve included two versions of “I Can Help”:

XTC – “Science Friction” (1978)

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Billy Swan – “I Can Help (single version) (1974)

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Billy Swan – “I Can Help (album version) (1974)

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(*Anyone over 80 will know that phrase also means something far more important than a musical coincidence.)