Song of the day: Little River Band – "Curiosity (Killed The Cat)"

July 22, 2013

Today’s post starts with a sigh.


I was all set to play you a video of a track from Supertramp’s Live In Paris ’79 Blu-ray, because I bought it and wanted to give you an idea of why I think it’s a mighty good Blu-ray, and why I’d suggest you go out and buy if you’re a Supertramp fan, but when I uploaded it to YouTube something rather unopportune happened…

Once I’d uploaded the video, YouTube told me that what I’d done was an absolute no-no. I wasn’t allowed to play you a track from the Supertramp Blu-ray that I had hoped would pique your interest. No part of it. Not even a snippet.

I was duly sent to Copyright School (yes, YouTube has a Copyright School for miscreant uploaders), and then deleted the video – which left me with a Supertramp-sized gap to be filled by something else today.

At least I can show you the cover:

“OK,” I thought to myself, “I can’t show anyone any part of that Supertramp Blu-ray. I hadn’t thought of anything else. Think, Peter, think.”

So I thought.

Maybe this will do…

Little River Band – “Curiosity (Killed The Cat) (1975)

By the way, there’s a video of “Curiosity (Killed The Cat)”, but I haven’t been able to find it anywhere. Which may be just as well.

Musical coincidences # 296

September 10, 2012

A recent post over at the PowerPop blog (Hi, Steve!) featured an ultra-rare song I’d never heard before. I thought the song was pretty dreary, but it did remind me of something else.

Off we go…

The Enfields – “In The Eyes Of The World” (1966) (excerpt)


Little River Band – “Help Is On Its Way (1977) (excerpt)


Hmm. I wonder if Glenn Shorrock (the author and lead singer of “Help Is On Its Way”) had ever heard that Enfields track.

Here are the full versions:

The Enfields – “In The Eyes Of The World” (1966)


Little River Band – “Help Is On Its Way (1977)

Official video (with Glenn Shorrock and his best George Harrison beard):


Song of the day: The Easybeats – "St. Louis"

January 17, 2010

It’s been a while since I played you a song from the unbelievably productive pens of Vanda & Young, so I started thinking about something suitable. For no discernible reason (other than the majority of Vanda & Young songs are never too far away from my subconscious), The Easybeats‘ “St. Louis” popped in my head. And stayed there. All afternoon.

“Yep – that’s suitable” I thought to myself:

The Easybeats – St. Louis” (1969)


As a half-bonus, here’s a version of “St. Louis” by the Little River Band that, as far as I can tell, serves no purpose whatsoever. I think that – partly because of the ’80s production, and partly because it’s the Little River Band playing it – they manage to suck out every last ounce of grit the song originally had:

Little River Band – “St. Louis” (1982)


Song of the day: Little River Band – "Meanwhile…"

September 23, 2009

Still not convinced that Little River Band are worth listening to? Here’s “Meanwhile…” (1975):


“Meanwhile…”, along with yesterday’s Song of the day (“Emma”), appears on the band’s self-titled 1975 debut album. (Yep, I like that album.) In addition to the swampy groove and the twin lead guitar (ever since Thin Lizzy, I’ve been a sucker for twin guitar work in a song), I like Glenn Shorrock‘s philosophising: “The nearer you get / The closer you’ll be”. It reminds me of the invaluable insight provided by Buckaroo Banzai in The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension: “Remember: no matter where you go… there you are.”

I promise I’ll not pester you with another Little River Band song tomorrow. Considering that the first LRB album was released in 1975, and punk was just around the corner (the very next year) to obliterate any traces of music like that of the Little River Band, I’ll try to find you something raucous for tomorrow.

Song of the day: Little River Band – "Emma"

September 22, 2009

Here’s the Little River Band with “Emma” (1975):


“Emma” appears on Little River Band’s 1975 debut album which is, believe it or not, a fine album. You may be thinking to yourself, “Yeah, but the Little River Band were just an Australian version of the Eagles.” Be that as it may, there was a time when they had their own identity. On that 1975 debut album, to be specific. It’s full of good songs, including the epic “It’s A Long Way There,” one of my all-time favourite Australian songs. (One bonus song comin’ up…)

If you’ve ever heard “It’s A Long Way There,” it was probably the ghastly radio edit which shortened the song inexcusably from 8:39 down to 3:27 (!). I thoroughly recommend you take the time to listen to the whole thing. It’s worth hearing the song just for Rick Formosa’s guitar playing alone, which I think is some of the best guitar playing ever recorded on an Australian album:

Little River Band – “It’s A Long Way There” (1975)


There’s a video of “It’s A Long Way There” but it’s the short version. Grrr: