Song of the day: Kelly Jones – "Over Thinking"

April 28, 2013

The songs for the last few days on this ol’ blog have been uptempo ditties. Today being Sunday, I’m in the mood to bring the tempo down a little and get relaxed.

To do that, I’ve enlisted the help of the refulgent Kelly Jones and this song which just happened to appear in my brain a few minutes before I started typing this post, prompting me to think that it would be nice to have a relaxed song for Sunday.

Kelly Jones – “Over Thinking (2008)

My favourite part of the song: the descending riff from 1:19-1:21. Pure bliss.

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Song of the day: Kelly Jones – "Kissing Santa On Christmas Eve"

November 17, 2012

This may be the earliest brand new Christmas song you’re going to hear this year – because you’re going to hear it 38 days (that’s five weeks) before Christmas.

The reason you’re about to hear a brand new Christmas song way too early is that I received an email from US singer/songwriter, and all-round lovely person, Kelly Jones.

I’m pleased to say that, unlike most other times I receive emails from musicians, I’d actually heard of Kelly and her music. Ms. Jones made an album in 2008 called SheBANG!, and it’s a magnificent piece of power pop / girl group / Sixties retro. And I’m not just saying that because Kelly might be reading this post. (Hi, Kelly!) I think it’s a superbly splendid album. Or it could be splendidly superb – I’m not quite sure. Either way, I love that album.

So I was a teensy bit thrilled when Kelly emailed, asking me to pester this here blog with her new song. Woohoo!

Because Kelly’s ditty is a Christmas song, and because it’s nowhere near Christmas, I asked Kelly when she wanted me to post it, thinking maybe Christmas Eve. She said as early as I thought appropriate.

Unfortunately, that led to the two different parts of my brain – the enthusiastic part and the sensible part – wrestling with each other. After a short tussle, the enthusiastic part won out. As it usually does.

So if you don’t mind hearing a Christmas song way too soon, here’s the lovely Kelly Jones being all Christmassy:

Kelly Jones – “Kissing Santa On Christmas Eve” (2012)

Incidentally, Kelly told me the song will be available to download from iTunes and elsewhere from December 4. Because of this, I haven’t provided a download link to it. (In other words, you ain’t downloadin’ it here.)

By the way, Kelly appears in a video with her friend and fellow power popper Bleu. The video comes from Bleu’s PledgeMusic page, and it asks for help in funding his next album, To Hell With You. It does it in a mighty entertaining way:

I know this is Kelly’s post, not Bleu’s, but you might be interested to know that Bleu’s efforts to raise enough money for his album have been remarkably successful. Even with a deadline of late February next year, Bleu has already been pledged almost double his target.

Now back to Kelly:

In her email, Kelly also sent me a blurb about the song. I won’t reprint all of it here because this post is way too long already. (Sorry about that.) But I will copy-and-paste the recording details. I always find them fascinating, discovering who did what, where they did it etc:

Credits:

“Kissing Santa On Christmas Eve” (written by Kelly Jones)

Vocals, glockenspiel – Kelly Jones
Guitars, bass, keyboards – Mike Viola
Drums – Scott Seiver
Strings – Eric Summer

Produced by Mike Viola
Mixed by Ducky Carlisle
Mastered by Roger Seibel at SAE Mastering
Recorded at Alta Loma Studios and Barebones Studios, Los Angeles, CA

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Song of the day: Kelly Jones – "Same Songs"

August 22, 2012

I must apologise in advance for the Song of the day over the next few days. I’ve been in a bit of a CD-buying frenzy lately, and as a result I’m going to pester you with a pile of non-Australian songs from some non-Australian albums. (I bought some classical music CDs in amongst the pop ones, but don’t worry – I won’t play you any of those.)

We’ll start with Kelly Jones, an American lady who made an album in 2008 called SheBANG! which harked back to the sounds of the 1960s when female vocalists were called “girl singers”. It’s a real charmer of a “girl singer” album. (It’s also extremely short. With 10 songs and a total running time of 28 minutes, I’m not bothered at all by its brevity. For me it only adds to the album’s charm, as it reflects the days when albums didn’t outstay their welcome.)

This is one of SheBANG!‘s splendorous* songs:

Kelly Jones – “Same Songs” (2008)

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(*I was going to use “splendiferous”, but Blogger’s spell-checker didn’t like that and suggested “splendorous” instead.)


Song of the day: Kelly Jones – "There Goes My Baby"

July 21, 2012

Here’s the non-Stereophonics, non-male Kelly Jones with a delectable ditty:

Kelly Jones – “There Goes My Baby” (2008)

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If the start of that sounds familiar to you, it’s because it’s reminiscent of a very well-known song. They were both the subject of a Musical coincidence quite some time ago.

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Musical coincidences # 38

January 5, 2010

I’m still listening to the Kelly Jones album SheBANG! – and enjoying it more with each listen – but, gosh darn it, there’s another song on the album that reminds me of something else.

(Please see yesterday’s Musical coincidence if you have no idea what I’m on about.)

Here’s Kelly (you only need to hear about the first five seconds):

Kelly Jones – “Subway Song” (2008)

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Now change the guitar part a little bit, and voilà:

The New Pornographers – “Star Bodies” (2005)

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I’m happy to say that the songs aren’t entirely identical – from the verses onwards, both songs go off on their merry ways.

Here’s the video for “Subway Song”:


Musical coincidences # 37

January 4, 2010

Following on from yesterday’s coincidence involving songs that borrow aspects of other songs far too liberally for me to fully enjoy, here’s another one.

Kelly Jones is a peppy, perky, and pulchitrudinous popster who released a fun, fun, fun album in 2008 called SheBANG!. It’s a very enjoyable collection of upbeat songs that are reminiscent of 60’s girl singers and girl groups. Yum.

Here’s the opening track, “There Goes My Baby,” a wonderful slice of pure pop:

Kelly Jones – “There Goes My Baby” (2008)

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However, for me it borrows a little too much from:

The Pretenders – “Don’t Get Me Wrong (1986)

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Hmm.

Inspiration? Influence? Homage? Theft? I’ll leave that up to you to decide. I have my own thoughts (theft!), but I’ll keep them to myself (outright theft!) so as not to influence your opinion.

Well, whatever your verdict, I hope you don’t experience what I do when listening to that Kelly Jones song: whenever I’m listening to “There Goes My Baby” I’m also hearing “Don’t Get Me Wrong.” At the same time.

Grrr.