Song of the day: Nushu – "My Best Friend’s Girl"

May 12, 2012

American two-girl power pop band Nushu has released a five-track EP of cover versions entitled Joystick. I know this because one half of the band (the Lisa half – Hi, Lisa!) told me via Facebook that Joystick is now available.

When I saw the track listing for the EP I noticed that I’d already played you one of its songs (a mighty fine cover of Phil Seymour’s “Precious To Me”) on this very blog (in July last year). So I’m not going to play you that today.

Instead, I’m going to play you what I think is a splendid cover of a splendid song:

Nushu – “My Best Friend’s Girl (2012)

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In case you’re interested, here’s the original for comparison:

The Cars – “My Best Friend’s Girl (1978)

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If you’re interested in hearing more (as opposed to less), you can preview the entire EP on Nushu’s website.

Incidentally, when I went looking for Nushu links on the Internet I found a British band called Nushu. Unfortunately, that Nushu has songs with titles such as “March Of The Idiots” and “Kill All The Brutes“, which I find fairly off-putting. I’d much rather listen to the American two-girl version instead, thank you.

Oh, and “My Best Friend’s Girl” reminds me: there’ll be a musical coincidence tomorrow featuring a part of it.

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Musical coincidences # 178

February 21, 2012

Today’s coincidence appears courtesy of my friend Mr. Fabulous (aka Dr. Keating). Thanks, Mr. F!

The Hummingbirds – “Blush” (1989) (excerpt)

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Nushu – “Spill” (2007) (excerpt)

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Now that’s what I call blatant.

Here are the full versions:

The Hummingbirds – “Blush” (1989)

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Nushu – “Spill” (2007) (excerpt)

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Incidentally, when Mr. Fabulous told me about that coincidence he also told me about a heap more. So for the next few days on this blog there’s gonna be a storm* of coincidences, all from the wonderfully observant Mr. Fabulous. (Much obliged, O Provider Of Coincidences.)

(*Is there a name for a group of coincidences? Would it be an “irony”?)


Song of the day: Nushu – "Precious To Me"

July 29, 2011

Back when Blogger deleted the previous incarnation of this blog, I received a wonderfully consolatory email from my friend, the redoubtable Dr. Keats. When I had told him earlier that Blogger deleted my blog, the good doctor gave me one of those “Chin up, old chap!” pep talks, and recommended a song to lighten my presumably dark mood. I must admit that I don’t have dark moods (I was born an optimist), but I was grateful nevertheless that the Special K thought enough to say “Howdy!”.

This is the song Dr. Keats recommended:

Nushu – “Precious To Me” (2011)

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I’m very glad he recommended that particular song, because: a) I think it’s a splendid version; and b) I’d never heard of Nushu before. (I like what I’ve heard.)

By the way, I’ve just found out that Dr. Keats has created a brand new shiny blog of his own. I’m pleased to report that Dr. Keats’ blog focuses on music. Yay! (Beware: In addition to music, it has cats.) I’ve also discovered that the first in his series of “Music You Should Check Out” posts is… Nushu’s “Precious To Me”. Oops.

Ah well. I’ve already typed this post, and I don’t want to untype it.

Anyway, here’s the original:

Phil Seymour – “Precious To Me” (1980)

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