Educating Peter # 47

May 12, 2013

This week’s suggestion by Michael is “Baby Baby Baby” by Rebel. It’s a song from 1982, and The Michael told me two things about the band:

  1. They were from the Netherlands; and
  2. From the late 1970s to 1982 they were known as Rotjoch.

That was all I knew about it until I went looking for more information. (I like to know what I’m up against with these obscure songs Michael sends me.)

Unfortunately, the Interwebs didn’t tell me much. According to “this page, “rotjoch” mean “little pest”. I also found out that in addition to the song being released in 1982, for some reason it was reissued the following year with different artwork, and was credited to “Rebel (featuring Waldo)”.

And that’s everything I know about Rebel’s “Baby Baby Baby”.

Now that I’ve flaunted my total knowledge of Rebel and their song, I’ll have a listen to the little critter.

Rebel – “Baby Baby Baby” (1982)

0:00-0:19 – Yum. This is a very promising start. This introduction instantly reminded me of two things:

  1. Songs from the late-1950s/early-1960s. “Baby Baby Baby” uses a chord progression that was rampant in the ’50s/’60s. The progression – C major, A minor, F major, G major – was used in the overwhelming majority of Rock ‘n’ Roll ballads of the time. (If you can’t picture that chord progression in your head, just start singing “Duke Of Earl“. Or “Earth Angel“. Or “Stand By Me“. That’s the chord progression.)
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  3. Puffy’s “Koi no Etude”. The combination of the bass line and the chord progression at the start of “Baby Baby Baby” immediately made me think of this Puffy song:

Puffy – “Koi no Etude (2006)

I think that song is sublime.

But back to “Baby Baby Baby”.

0:19-0:34 – I’m not entirely sure what the singer is singing in this verse, but I really like the melody. And I really like the little doodly guitar filigree/riff/lick/thing at 0:25/0:26.

I’m liking this song.

Now that the verse’s vocal melody is getting stuck in my head, it’s reminding me of something else. Unfortunately, I don’t know what that something else is at the moment. Hopefully, I’ll think of it soon.

Hang on…

Nope. Can’t think of it.

0:34-0:49 – Here’s the chorus, and I think it’s cute. It’s not all that different from the verse, so I’m slightly disappointed that it doesn’t distinguish itself from the verse by containing… well, containing something other than music resembling the verse.

0:49-1:03 – Another enjoyable verse. And there’s that guitar bit again (0:56/0:57). I don’t know why, but the tiny guitar bit here is quieter than the first time it was played. Odd.

Very nice singing from 0:57-1:00. Unusually, though, when the singer sings “several” at 1:03, his phrasing on the last syllable sounds like he was Auto-Tuned. Considering this record was released in 1982, that blows my mind a little.

There’s a nice drum fill leading into the next chorus (1:03-1:04) – although the high tom-toms (the first drums played in the fill) sound to me like bongos.

1:03-1:20 – This chorus has a weird vocal interjection. The singer begins the choruses with “Baby baby baby”, but in this chorus the third “baby” is accompanied by background vocalists singing a harmonised “baby” fairly loudly. The net effect for me is “Baby baby BABY!

Despite the startling “BABY!“, I still like the chorus.

1:20-1:50 – A two-part guitar solo, and I think it suits the song admirably – although I’m not entirely sure why the guitar solo had to be in two parts. (Unless it was two guitarists sharing the time allotted for a solo, with the first guitarist playing from 1:20-1:34, and the other guitarist taking over solo duties from 1:34-1:50.) Whether it’s one or two guitarists playing that solo, it’s well-played, well-recorded, and doesn’t outstay its welcome. My favourite part of the solo was the note-bend from 1:29-1:30. Very nice.

1:50-2:06 – Another chorus with that extra “BABY!” thrown in, but it didn’t bother me as much as the first time I heard it.

2:06-2:19 – A little breather before the band launches into the chorus repeating until the song’s finished. This part of the song is not much of anything, so I can’t really comment on it. (There’s nothing to comment on.)

2:06-2:19 – The chorus repeats, and the song finishes.

And that’s the song.

Thanks, Michael. I liked that one.

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Song of the day: Puffy – "Koi no Etude"

March 24, 2013

It’s been a long, long time since I last played you a song by the wondrous Puffy.

Here’s Puffy in dreamy girl group mode:

Puffy – “Koi no Etude” (2006)

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I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: I adore Puffy.

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Song of the day: Puffy – "December"

December 26, 2012

This post is for anyone living in the Northern Hemisphere:

Merry Christmas!

Puffy – “December” (2004)

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Song of the day: Spitz – "Ai No Shirushi"

September 30, 2012

As you may know, I’m a huge fan of Japanese girl duo Puffy. I discovered – thanks to The 21-year-old Japanophile of the household (Hi, Celeste!) telling me – that one of Puffy’s songs, “Ai No Shirushi” (“Sign Of Love”), is actually a cover of a song by a very popular Japanese band from the 1990s.

The band is Spitz, and Celeste played me that song of theirs. I thought “That’s much better than the Puffy version! I gotta put it on the blog! Now!”

So here I am putting it on the blog:

Spitz – “Ai No Shirushi (“Sign Of Love”) (1999)

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And here’s Puffy’s version:

Puffy – “Ai No Shirushi (“Sign Of Love”) (1998)

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Song of the day: David Myhr – "Boom Boom Beat"

December 14, 2011

This post is slightly complicated, so I’ll let the artist himself explain what’s what (and what’s not) involving a couple of bonus tracks on his new album, Soundshine:

[Posted December 5]

Video from the recording of the Japan-only bonus track “Boom Boom Beat”

With only two days left to the world premiere release of my album Soundshine in Japan [N.B.: it was released on December 7] I am happy to share with you a glimpse from the recording of an exclusive Japan-only bonus track called “Boom Boom Beat”.

It was originally written for Puffy [see below] so this is my “cover version”. (First time ever I make a cover of my own song!)

The basic tracks were recorded at the drummer Andreas Dahlbäck‘s Durango Recording in Stockholm together with Rikard Lidhamn on bass and Anders Pettersson on guitar, and vocal overdubs and mix were made at Marcus Black’s Jelly Road Studio also in Stockholm. On this track I am fortunate enough to have Puffy themselves contributing background vocals (thank you so much Puffy!!!). Their vocals were recorded in Tokyo and unfortunately I didn’t have the possibility to ‘stop by’ and capture that moment with my iPhone (which is the case with the rest of the material). So the video will be somewhat male-dominated. Anyway – hope you like it!

The only place that you can get hold of “Boom Boom Beat” is on the Japanese version of Soundshine which will be released on Dec 7, 2011, on Thistime Records.

More about the Japanese release, the original version of Boom Boom Beat, and links to an interview about my songwriting for Puffy in this previous blog post.

[From: http://davidmyhr.com/2011/12/05/video-from-the-recording-of-the-japan-only-bonus-track-boom-boom-beat/]

And from the post that David mentioned (i.e., “this previous blog post”):

The Japanese version of the album will have of two bonus tracks. Both are songs that I originally wrote for the phenomenal and famous Japanese artist duo called Puffy (a.k.a. PuffyAmiYumi). The first one is an exclusive “for Japan only” song called “Boom Boom Beat” [see above].

The second bonus track is called “Record Collection” and it’s a song I’ve written together with the extremely talented and succesful Swedish songwriter Peter Kvint who I had the pleasure to get to know during a songwriting camp in Tokyo a couple of years ago. Puffy released it earlier this year as their 15th anniversary song which was kind of logical since in their version it was called “Happy Birthday”.

So in some funny way my new versions will by “covers” of my own songs. Confusing indeed! I had a lot of fun returning to the songs again, and recording them in my own way and the best thing is that Ami and Yumi from Puffy were kind enough to lend their vocal services adding some background vocals to these versions so the two bonus tracks will be “David Myhr feat. Puffy”.

More about my songwriting for Puffy in an interview from 2009 in a Puffy fan site called PuffyAmiYumiWorld.

For those in the rest of the world who are very eager to hear the album, or are in desperate need for the ultimate Christimas gift – please feel free to investigate the possibilities of international orders either from Thistime Records Onlinestore or here at CD Japan. But rest assured that there will be a European release in the spring of 2012. To stay tuned for updates, just subscribe to this blog and “like” my Facebook page.

[From: http://davidmyhr.com/2011/11/24/soundshine-due-for-release-in-japan-on-dec-7/]

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Song of the day: Puffy – "Tararan"

November 14, 2011

REASONS WHY I LOVE PUFFY

# 963 – Andy Sturmer writes songs for them.

Puffy – “Tararan (1999)

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Andy also wrote this:

Puffy – “This Is The Song Of Sweet Sweet Season When Cherry Garcia Blossoms Bloom” (2000)

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Song of the day: Puffy – "Invisible Tomorrow"

May 2, 2011

I have a burning desire to play you “Invisible Tomorrow” by Japanese girl duo Puffy. This song has so much energy that it seems as though it’s bursting out of the speakers. Incidentally, this song achieves maximum impact at maximum volume:

Puffy – “Invisible Tomorrow” (2003)

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