Musical coincidences # 208

March 29, 2012

Sal Nunziato (Hi, Sal!) over at his Burning Wood blog posted a groovy 60’s song called “Shake” a couple of days ago. I hadn’t heard it before, but in its introduction I heard two other songs…

Pintura Fresca – “Shake” (1968) (excerpt 1)

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Los Bravos – “Black Is Black (1966) (excerpt, left channel)

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And…

Pintura Fresca – “Shake” (1968) (excerpt 2)

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Ohio Express – “Yummy Yummy Yummy (1968) (excerpt)

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Here are the full versions:

Pintura Fresca – “Shake” (1968)

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Los Bravos – “Black Is Black (1966)

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Ohio Express – “Yummy Yummy Yummy (1968)

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By the way, that song by Pintura Fresca isn’t the original version. This is:

Shadows Of Knight – “Shake” (1968)

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Song of the day: Teen Machine – "Yummy, Yummy, Yummy"

December 15, 2010

I stumbled across a compilation album the other day and ended up loving it. It’s called Right To Chews: Bubblegum Classics Revisited, and as you can tell by the title it’s one of those ‘tribute’ albums – the kind that are sometimes hit-and-miss affairs (depending on who contributes to them).

In the case of Right To Chews, however, it’s all hit. (For me it is, anyway.) The main reason for its success is that it’s a gaggle of bubblegum tunes played by power pop bands. If you know anything about my taste in music, you’d guess quite correctly that I consider this to be a win-win situation. (Bubblegum + Power Pop = Yes!) This album appears to have been made especially for me. Yay!

Here’s just one of the gems on display in Right To Chews:

Teen Machine – “Yummy, Yummy, Yummy (2000)

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I like how, at the beginning of the song, the band gets you thinking that you’re going to hear a different song (specifically, this one) until that sweet, sweet tune comes in to let you know you’re going on a wonderful bubblegum ride.

Here’s the original:

The Ohio Express – “Yummy, Yummy, Yummy (1968)

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Song of the day: New World – "Cowboy Convention"

June 17, 2010

Here’s Australian pop band New World with a song about Wild West cowboys which, as far as I’m aware, didn’t exist in Australia:

New World – “Cowboy Convention” (1971)

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No, I don’t know why either. But I do like the 12-sting acoustic guitars. They were my favourite part of the recording.

Incidentally, “Cowboy Convention” was suggested by my friend Col who may or may not have a warped sense of humour. (“Hey, Peter, I’ve got a song by an Australian band singing about American cowboys. Tee hee!”)

The main reason that New World was singing about cowboys and not stockmen (the Australian equivalent of cowboys in ye olde days) is that they didn’t write it. Here’s the original version by the more appropriately American* band Ohio Express:

Ohio Express – “Cowboy Convention” (1969)

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Apart from the pretty dire singing, it’s a nice little bit of bubblegum.

I’m guessing that “Cowboy Convention” came about as a result of “Indian Giver” by the 1910 Fruitgum Company, because the rhythms of each song sure are similar.

(Both songs were released in 1969 – “Indian Giver” in January and “Cowboy Convention” in November.)

As well as the two versions above, there’s only one other version that Col and I are aware of. It’s by country singers Buddy Alan and Don Rich, and it’s possibly my favourite version (they make it a country song which makes more sense to me, considering the lyrics) except for that dreadful trumpet part:

Buddy Alan and Don Rich – “Cowboy Convention” (1970)

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(*Well, if you’re going to sing about the Wild West and cowboys, I think it helps to be American.)