Song of the day: Matt Finish – "Always Another"

January 15, 2013

The most recent instalment of Educating Peter on this blog (here) has prompted a vigorous debate lively conversation in the Comments section.

I’ve been enjoying everyone’s views on the matter – the matter being my revulsion at the thought of listening to music from the 1980s – and one comment has led to today’s song.

The talk moved from “Peter doesn’t like the ’80s songs we like” to the always-contentious “greatest 80s band you never heard of”, courtesy of PowerPop‘s Steve Smiles (Hi, Steve!).

Steve stated quite unequivocally that the best unknown 80s band was New York busking four-piece Street The Beat:

As charming and tuneful as Street The Beat were, my vote goes for Australian band Matt Finish.

This is one reason why. It was recorded live in the studio:

Matt Finish – “Always Another” (1984)

No matter how many times I see it, I find that stunning.

Here’s the same video with worse picture quality. But the start of this one has a mini-interview (27 seconds) with Matt Finish leader Matt Moffitt:

Here’s another reason why I think of Matt Finish whenever the topic of great unheralded bands comes up:

Matt Finish – “Fade Away” (1981)

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Musical coincidences # 301

September 17, 2012

Another coincidence involving the busy Jeff Lynne:

Electric Light Orchestra – “No Way Out” (1983) (excerpt)

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Matt Finish – “Mancini Shuffle” (1981) (excerpt)

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Here are the full versions:

Electric Light Orchestra – “No Way Out” (1983)

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Matt Finish – “Mancini Shuffle” (1981)

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Song of the day: Matt Finish – "Tai Ming Money"

June 9, 2012

It’s been ages since I played you a song from my second-favourite Australian live band from the 1980s. I’ll play you one of the band’s more rhythmically disorienting tracks:

Matt Finish – “Tai Ming Money” (1984)

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Song of the day: Matt Finish – "Hot Cover"

January 1, 2012

I tried to think of a New-Year’s-Day-related song to bring in the year, but I couldn’t think of one (apart from George Harrison‘s “Ding Dong, Ding Dong” – but I’d already used that to welcome 2011).

So I thought I’d just play you a Matt Finish song instead. (Peter’s Motto: When in doubt, play Matt Finish.)

Matt Finish – “Hot Cover” (1981)

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Song of the day: Matt Finish – "Ganmain Brain"

December 15, 2011

Here’s one of my most favouritest-ever live bands doing enjoyable things with an A chord:

Matt Finish – “Ganmain Brain” (1981)

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Song of the day: Matt Finish – "You Get So"

March 27, 2011

The title of yesterday’s song reminded me of this:

Matt Finish – “You Get So” (1981)

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Thanks, Research Turtles, for reminding me of that Matt Finish track. The thing I like most about “You Get So” is the instrumental break in the middle (2:20 – 2:48). It’s a drone – I love drones – and it reappears near the end of the song to fade it out (from 3:26 onwards). Magnificent.

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Song of the day: Matt Finish – "Mancini Shuffle"

September 19, 2010

After all the snarkiness of the last few days, it’s time to relax a little. Here’s Matt Finish with the hypnotic* “Mancini Shuffle”:

Matt Finish – “Mancini Shuffle” (1981)

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“Mancini Shuffle” appears on Matt Finish’s debut album, Short Note (1981).

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(*I find it hypnotic. You might find it boring. À chacun son goût, my good fellow/fellowette.)