November 21, 2012
I know today’s song has already been posted on at least two other power pop blogs (Powerpopaholic and Power Pop Overdose – hi, chaps!), but I found an excuse to play it here as well. I thought: “Well, those two are American power pop blogs. It hasn’t appeared on an Antipodean power pop blog yet.”
Now that I’ve offered my woeful excuse to present to you a song that’s already been played elsewhere, I’ll present it to you.
It’s Michael Carpenter‘s cover of Cliff Richard‘s “We Don’t Talk Anymore“. Michael’s version will be appearing on an album full of light-rock covers called Drink A Toast To Innocence: A Tribute To Lite Rock. (Hipsters beware: there’s no irony in that title whatsoever. It’s exactly what you think it is.)
The album is apparently going to be released early next year, but in the meantime there’s a Facebook page for it to keep you up to date.
Michael Carpenter – “We Don’t Talk Anymore“ (2012)
And here’s the original:
Cliff Richard – “We Don’t Talk Anymore“ (1979)
Cliff Richard – We Don't Talk Anymore by CliffRichard-Official
By the way, last week I played you Swedish powerpopper David Myhr recording the guitar solo for his version of 10cc’s “The Things We Do For Love”, That’ll be on the album too.
And another contributor to the album is Eytan Mirsky. Here’s his track:
A chap by the name of Andy Reed, who goes by the alias of An American Underdog, will be appearing on the album as well. Here’s a snippet of Andy doing whatever it is he’s doing (I don’t know what he was doing, because I felt dizzy watching him):
Michael Carpenter official website
Drink A Toast To Innocence Facebook page
October 18, 2012
The frighteningly productive Michael Carpenter has released* a sampler of his gargantuan Songs Of Other People series.
(Michael hasn’t been content to make an album of covers – as in “one album of covers”. He’s made five of them so far. And it looks like he’s not going to stop making these things either. Quick, somebody grab the keys and lock him out of his recording studio.)
Of all the eminently worthy songs Michael recorded for the compilation, I’ve chosen to pester you with “Super Tuesday”, originally by The Shazam. It has a particular mood that I find very affecting. I can’t really pinpoint the mood that Michael brings out of it. It’s similar to melancholy, but not quite. It’s possibly nostalgia. Or regret.
Whatever it is, it affects me emotionally in a way that no other power pop song does:
Michael Carpenter – “Super Tuesday“ (2006)
Here’s the original version of “Super Tuesday”:
The Shazam – “Super Tuesday” (1996)
Thanks to the wonders of the Internet, here’s the entire SOOP Sampler for your aural perusal:
And if you have a spare few hours:
Love Hz Studios
(*It’s not a recent release however. It appeared on ye Internets in July this year, but I only found out about it recently. Ah well. As I always like to say: “Better late than later.” Thanks, Keith!)
July 20, 2012
I’m going to be terribly unoriginal here (i.e., no thinking involved) and pinch a song from another blog for today’s Song of the day.
It’s a cover of Fleetwood Mac “Think About Me“, and I found it on Sal Nunziato’s Burning Wood blog (Hi, Sal!):
The New Pornographers – “Think About Me“ (2012)
Think About Me | The New Pornographers by concordmusicgroup
That appears on a Fleetwood Mac tribute album, Just Tell Me That You Want Me.
On Sal’s post, regular commenter FD13NYC (Hi, FD!) said that he preferred Michael Carpenter‘s version:
Michael Carpenter – “Think About Me“ (2011)
Here’s the original:
Fleetwood Mac – “Think About Me“ (1979)
I’ll try to think of an original post tomorrow, one that involves a song you won’t find just by going to another blog.
The New Pornographers official website
July 3, 2012
The exhaustingly prolific Michael Carpenter, an Australian power-popper who apparently needs no sleep at all (just look at his discography), has released yet another album. This time it’s a collection of cover versions of some of his favourite songs. And in keeping with Michael’s I-never-stop ethic, this is his fifth album of covers. It’s called S.O.O.P #5 – Songs Of Other People, and you can hear it over at Bandcamp. For this particular album of covers, Michael brought a different guest musician on board for each song.
When I listened to the songs Michael had chosen for his fifth album of covers (Michael, have you ever heard of the term “I think I’ll have a day off”?), this one took my fancy:
Michael Carpenter & Rob Smith – “Look Through Any Window“ (2012)
Here’s the original:
The Hollies – “Look Through Any Window“ (1965)
April 4, 2012
This coincidence is what I might call A Tale of Two Michaels (if I was looking for a really bad pun). It was supplied by my friend Steve (Hi, Steve!).
Steve told me that he reckoned the start of Australian power pop balladeer Michael Carpenter‘s “Faith” sounded like the start of Michael Jackson‘s “Black Or White“. I must admit that I didn’t think the coincidence was all that strong. But then I wondered if it might sound a bit stronger if I joined the two bits of music together, mashup-style. I thoroughly enjoyed the results:
Michael Carpenter – “Faith” (2000) & Michael Jackson – “Black Or White“ (1991) (smooshed up mashy thing)
That was fun.
Here are the full versions:
By the way…
Call To All Coincidence Spotters
At the very start of Mr. Carpenter’s song is a little introduction before the full band kicks in. It reminds me very much of something, but I can’t for the life of me think of what that something is. My brain’s telling me that the coincidence is extremely similar, but it’s bothering me enormously that I can’t figure out what it is.
If you can help out a frustrated blogger by letting me know what the following snippet is reminiscent of, I’d be much obliged.
Michael Carpenter – “Faith” (2000) (2000) (excerpt)
October 4, 2011
Indefatigable Australian power-popper Michael Carpenter has released his latest covers album entitled SOOP # 4.
(The SOOP stands for “Songs Of Other People”.)
Throughout the SOOP series I’ve found the songs that Michael has chosen to be obscure, varied, and enjoyable. With this latest one I got terribly excited when I saw that one of the songs Michael chose was Steely Dan‘s “FM (No Static At All)“. It’s one of my favourite Steely Dan songs, and Michael’s recording of it gives me the perfect excuse to play you both versions. (But mainly to play you Steely Dan’s.)
Michael Carpenter – “FM (No Static At All)“ (2011)
Steely Dan – “FM (No Static At All)“ (1978)
By the way, you can hear all of SOOP #4 either at Bandcamp or here:
Michael Carpenter official website
Michael Carpenter on Facebook
Michael Carpenter at LinkedIn
Michael Carpenter at Flickr
Michael Carpenter on YouTube
Michael Carpenter at Bandcamp
Michael Carpenter on Twitter
Michael Carpenter on MySpace