Musical coincidences # 285

August 18, 2012

As I was listening to a compilation album by various artists entitled Agony Aunts & Friends 2011 Single Of The Month Club I heard something familiar in one of its songs:

A band I’d rather not mention by name here
A song I’d rather not mention by name as well
(2011) (excerpt)

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[Excerpt deleted August 20, 2012.]

[Update: Excerpt reinstated November 13, 2012. See below for details.]

This is what it reminded me of:

Cheap Trick – “Dream Police (1979) (excerpt)

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November 13, 2012:

I’ve adjusted elements of this post to hopefully counter the weirdness. And I’ve kept the information below detailing the original weirdness. It’s there for historical purposes. I’d like to point out that all this malarkey about modifying the post was to appease Blogger, who thought I was infringing on the band’s copyright. If you read below, you’ll see I did no such thing. I contacted the band in question, and they’re just as bemused as I am by Blogger’s attitude. The band has been incredibly supportive. Thanks, band!]

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August 20, 2012:

This has to be the most bizarre Blogger copyright infringement notice I’ve ever received, and it has left me flabbergasted. (Warning: one moan coming up.)

The “No, you can’t post that” notice I received was for one of the tracks in this post. Usually, Blogger doesn’t tell you what you’ve infringed in the copyright department, but this time they let me know. The email I received said this:

Copyright work description
VARIOUS ARTISTS FRIEND

Now, I can surmise from that slightly vague description that it’s got to be the Preoccupied Pipers track from the Agony Aunts & Friends… album. (It’s a various-artists album.) So I’ve removed the full-length, copyright-offending MP3 of the Preoccupied Pipers track and replaced it with the one from Bandcamp (which is where I first found it).

However – and this is the bit that puzzles me no end – that Preoccupied Pipers track (as well as the entire album) is a free download on the Bandcamp page. Free. I don’t get it. I’m infringing on the copyright of something that’s given away free. And what makes this it’s-free-to-download-at-Bandcamp-but-not-here scenario even weirder is that, although the album is available as a free download, I paid $10 for it. (I’m a fan of the Agony Aunts and their musical brethren The Corner Laughers, and recently bought everything both bands have released. “Support your struggling artist” and all that.)

I’m bemused, befuddled, and bepuzzled.

Anyway, below is the hopefully non-bothersome version of the Preoccupied Pipers track, along with the Cheap Track one that apparently has no problem appearing here.

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Here are the full versions:

Preoccupied Pipers – “Daddy’s A Love Farm (2011)

Cheap Trick – “Dream Police (1979)

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Song of the day: Preoccupied Pipers – "Implication Dogs"

August 18, 2012

I’m a bit of a fan of American psychedelic/baroque-pop/twee-pop band the Agony Aunts, and after finding as much of their music as I could, I found out that last year they had released a free-to-download album entitled Single Of The Month Club. It’s a compendium of songs by the Agony Aunts and 11 other bands, all contributing two songs per month (an A-side and a B-side).

Although Single Of The Month Club was a bit hit-and-miss for me (I found the enterprise admirable but the results variable in song quality), there was a non-Agony Aunts song that I liked a lot. Here ’tis:

Preoccupied Pipers – “Implication Dogs” (October A-Side) (2011)

By the way, the band’s accompanying B-Side (“Daddy’s A Love Farm“) also appears on the blog, but as part of this Musical coincidence.

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