April 30, 2012
Today’s coincidence revolves around Disney tween, Miley “I don’t wanna be a Disney tween anymore! I’m all grown up and sexeh!” Cyrus. I happened upon a song of hers called “Start All Over“. As soon as Miley (or her Auto-Tune) starting singing the verse, the melody reminded me of something from the Sixties. This is the bit:
Miley Cyrus – “Start All Over“ (2007) (excerpt)
Exactly what that tune reminded me of, I wasn’t entirely sure. At first I thought it might have been The Move‘s “I Can Hear The Grass Grow“:
The Move – “I Can Hear The Grass Grow“ (1967) (excerpt)
But that wasn’t quite it. It took a little more humming to myself and a little more brain-wracking before I got it. That Miley Cyrus verse reminds me of this:
The Zombies – “If It Don’t Work Out” (1969) (excerpt)
Yep. That’s it.
Here are the full versions:
Miley Cyrus – “Start All Over“ (2007)
The Move – “I Can Hear The Grass Grow“ (1967)
The Zombies – “If It Don’t Work Out” (1969)
March 28, 2011
It is with a great deal of reluctance that I present today’s song to you. The 14-year-old in the household (Hi, Natalie!) insisted on me putting it on this blog. I told her that I wasn’t interested in putting a Miley Cyrus song – any Miley Cyrus song – on the blog, as Miss Cyrus and her music aren’t what I’d call power pop. (And it’s not what I’d call Australian, either.) I also appealed to the youngster’s sense of decency by stating: “But people who read this blog are going to hate it.”
Unfortunately, the 14-year-old in the household wouldn’t have any of it. She employed pester power for a couple of weeks, and I resisted as long as I could, but as the pester power increased I thought to myself “Well, maybe if I put it on the blog she’ll stop pestering me to put it on the blog,” and “Maybe people reading this blog won’t even notice it. It’s only one song out of a few hundred on the blog. And you never know – maybe nobody will visit the blog that day.”
So, it is with great reluctance that I present to you today’s ditty:
Disclaimer: I haven’t heard it. And you don’t have to either. You’re under no obligation whatsoever to play it. At all. Ever.
Miley Cyrus – “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun“ (2008)
And here’s the original:
Cyndi Lauper – “Girls Just Want To Have Fun“ (1983)
I was trying to think of something positive to say about Miley’s version, but the only thing I could think of was that Miley Cyrus’ name has two “y”s in it, one more than Cyndi Lauper. I can’t think of anything else.
By the way, Wikipedia reckons that the song “gained recognition as a feminist anthem”. Whenever I listen to it I must admit that I don’t think of feminism at all. I just think of Cyndi Lauper running around in her video dressed in clothes that hurt my eyes.