Song of the day: Pugwash

September 14, 2012

Here’s Pugwash with an enjoyable song from their mighty enjoyable sort-of-greatest-hits compilation album Giddy:

Pugwash – “My Genius” (2008)

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By the way, when I paid attention to the songs lyrics (something I rarely do) I found myself with a smile on face.

The lyrics begin with:

You fell for my genius
but my genius is out of a bottle.
You begged for more serious
but not influenced I’m no Aristotle.

Those words reminded me of this:

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Musical coincidences # 291

August 28, 2012

As I was listening* to today’s Song of the day, Pugwash‘s “This Could Be Good”, a melody popped up at the 16-second mark that prompted me to wonder, “Now where have I heard that before?”

Pugwash – “This Could Be Good” (2005) (excerpt)

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And then I remembered…

The Beatles – “All My Loving (1963) (excerpt)

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That seems to be a fairly popular melody, because it was also used by The Who in their song “The Kids Are Alright“. (See Musical coincidences # 286.)

Here are the full versions:

Pugwash – “This Could Be Good” (2005)

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The Beatles – “All My Loving (1963)

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(*Yes, I listen to the songs I play you on the blog.)


Song of the day: Pugwash – "This Could Be Good"

August 28, 2012

A couple of months ago on this blog there was a slight brouhaha regarding Irish band Pugwash. I posted a lovely song of theirs entitled “It’s Nice To Be Nice”. (And I wholeheartedly agree with the sentiment in the title.) Because it’s a lovely song it prompted a commenter to ask about the album it came from. I supplied the album to the commenter, thinking it was out-of-print. (You can see where this is going…)

Anyway, I received a deservedly firm message from the author of the song, one Thomas Walsh (Hi, Thomas!) who informed me that the album, Jollity, is definitely still in print. (Here.) Oops.

To make up for my enormous faux pas, I bought two Pugwash CDs (Jollity and Giddy – I do like the names Pugwash give to their albums.) A little bit more money and I’ll be buying more.

In the meantime, the CD arrived in the post. And because the last few days here have focussed on my recent CD purchases, I’m going to add a rather enjoyable track from Jollity as well (and hope that Thomas doesn’t mind me playing it):

Pugwash – “This Could Be Good” (2005)

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And I think that’s about it for letting you know what CDs I’ve been buying lately. (I’ve bought some other ones, but they have’t arrived in the mail yet.) I shan’t bother you again with what shiny plastic and aluminium discs I have. Well, not for a while.

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Musical coincidences # 273

July 7, 2012

I was cheerfully humming to myself the opening vocal melody of Pugwash‘s “It’s Nice To Be Nice“, and was doing so repeatedly until it morphed into something else. I was a bit surprised…

Pugwash – “It’s Nice To Be Nice (2005) (excerpt)

Glenn Miller and his Orchestra – “Chattanooga Choo Choo (1941) (excerpt)

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Here are the full versions:

Pugwash – “It’s Nice To Be Nice (2005)

Glenn Miller and his Orchestra – “Chattanooga Choo Choo (1941)

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Song of the day: Pugwash – "It’s Nice To Be Nice"

May 17, 2012

After my rudeness yesterday, it’s time to remind myself:

Pugwash – “It’s Nice To Be Nice (2005)

Addendum: I’ve been told by Pugwash’s main chap Thomas Walsh (Hi, Thomas!) that Jollity, the album “It’s Nice To Be Nice” comes from, and the album I thought was unavailable anywhere (see comments below), is actually available at 1969 Records.

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Musical coincidences # 195

March 12, 2012

I recently heard* a song called “Take Me Away” by Irish band Pugwash. I thoroughly enjoyed it (see below), and it reminded me that I haven’t heard much by Pugwash and it might be time for me to investigate some more of their music. (Advice to self: listen to some more Pugwash.)

Anyway, when the vocal melody of “Take Me Away” began I thought to myself “Hey, that sounds a lot like something else.” Unfortunately, I couldn’t think of what that something else was. My next thought was a frustrated “What is it?” It took a while, but finally the synapses were firing and the neurons made the connection:

Pugwash – “Take Me Away” (2008) (excerpt)

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Daniel Boone – “Beautiful Sunday” (1972) (excerpt)

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Here are the full versions:

Pugwash – “Take Me Away” (2008)

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Daniel Boone – “Beautiful Sunday” (1972)

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(*Thanks, Facebook Friend Egidio!)