Musical coincidences # 136

October 29, 2011

Today’s coincidence involves a Swedish power pop band called The Mop Tops and an Australian band I get into trouble (from Blogger) whenever I mention their name.

During the course of listening to a power-pop compilation album the song by The Mop Tops popped up*. It starts like this:

The Mop Tops – “Two Green Eyes” (2007) (excerpt)


That reminded me of how the other song starts:

An Australian band I’d rather not mention by name – “Dreamworld” (1988) (excerpt)


Here are the full versions I don’t want to supply you with the full version of the song by The Mop Tops because it appears on a charity album. The album is Sweet Relief, and the proceeds go to victims of Hurricane Katrina.

The makers of the compilation, however, have provided the full song on their MySpace page:

The Mop Tops – “Two Green Eyes” (2007)
Two Green Eyes THE MOP TOPS
Buy Sweet Relief from Jam Records
Buy Sweet Relief from Not Lame

An Australian band I’d rather not mention by name – “Dreamworld” (1988)


Incidentally, with that track by The Mop Tops I wasn’t terribly keen on the singer’s “I’ll try to sound like Nick Lowe” vocals. (Unless that is the singer’s actual singing voice – in which case I apologise to the singer and say “Hey, did you know your singing reminds me of Nick Lowe?”) Now, because the vocal delivery was in that Lowe-esque, relaxed kind of drawl, I thought that when he sang the first line of the song instead of it being the correct “two green eyes is…” my brain heard it as “two green asses”. That prompted me to picture two nudists sitting on a lawn. I didn’t want to picture that.

(*The last few words of that sentence sound rather awkward. Sorry about that. Please don’t try to say “the mop tops popped up” out loud.)