And the original:
This may appear to be double-dipping, but I’ve already played you today’s song (shhh – don’t tell anyone). However, it wasn’t Song of the day in that post (that’s my rationalisation, and I’m sticking to it), so today I’d like to bring it front and centre, and highlight it in as big a way as I can (like making it Song of the day).
Here’s my second-favourite Australian power pop band with a riff-tastic track that demands to be played loudly as possible:
Neon – “Hit Me Again” (2005)
“Hit Me Again” appears on Neon’s 2005 self-titled album, a long-player I’ve gone on and on about in the past. I guess that I don’t need to go on and on about it anymore. (Unless you’re a masochist and want to hear me rave about a particular album ad nauseum.)
Speaking of volume, I believe that the entire album benefits from being played as loudly as humanly possible. (And it might sound better if you can play it louder than that.) It’s one of those albums that, for me, can’t be played loud enough. You probably have one of those kinds of albums sitting at home, too.
Today I want to play you a song by the magnificent* Neon, but I’ve had a Dickens of a time trying to decide which one. The trouble is that all 12 songs on Neon’s incredibly* magnificent self-titled album (2005) are excellent*. I’ve already played you six tracks from the album at various times in the past (“A Man“, “Happy Going Nowhere“, “Friend“, “Hit Me Again“, “Dizziness“, “New Direction“), so that means there are six more to choose from. But which one?
The band could have made things a whole lot easier by recording an album with just one good song on it and the rest just filler. But no, they had to go and record an album where every song is magnificent*. Grrr.
Anyway, I’ve decided to go with the ballady “Summer Rain”:
Neon – “Summer Rain” (2005)
But that may not have been suitable. Too soft for your tastes, perhaps?
How about “Lapse In Conversation” then?
Neon – “Lapse In Conversation” (2005)
(*I must admit that that’s only my opinion. If you ask someone else – especially someone who doesn’t care for Neon’s music – they may use an entirely different adjective.)
Here’s the difficult-to-Google Neon with “New Direction” (2005):
Although I’ve already played you songs from their only* album on four separate occasions, I think it’s a great album and have no trouble at all pestering you relentlessly with yet another track from it. Honestly, I could play you pretty much any song from it, as each song is an album highlight. (Love that album.)
(*So far. Although the band have broken up, I’m really hoping they release another album. Really, really, really.)
Here’s Neon* with “Friend”:
Neon – “Friend” (2005)
And who said people don’t write decent tunes anymore?
If “Friend” was a little too low-key for you, try “Hit Me Again”, which does a fairly good job of hitting you in the solar plexus (as long as you have it turned way up):
Neon – “Hit Me Again” (2005)
Both “Friend” and “Hit Me Again” appear on Neon’s 2005 self-titled album, a mighty good collection of solid tracks (see above) and still my second-favourite Australian power pop album released this century.
(*Or is that “Here are Neon” because it’s a group of musicians? I can never tell with collective nouns and all that nonsense. Curse you, English language!)