Here are The Richies not giving in:
The Richies – “I Won’t Give In” (2003)
“Fallen Stars” opens The Richies’ only album, Forever & Today (2003), which is available in a few places (see the end of this post).
When I first heard “Fallen Stars” I was amazed at how much the background singer sounded like my brother (Hi, Anthony!). I was convinced that he had darted off to Melbourne at some stage to record with them. (When the singing starts, the background vocal sounds exactly like my brother.) I’ve now come to realise that it wasn’t my brother (Hey, Anthony, how’s it goin’?), but in all probability an actual member of The Richies instead. I have to admit that I’m still not entirely convinced, though, because it sure does sound like that brother of mine (love your Facebook picture, brother).
I’m afraid that during the last few Songs of the day I strayed somewhat from this blog’s raison d’être (which is to present you with Australian power pop) by focusing on songs by English and American artists.
So, to stop this ol’ blog turning into the Anglo-American House Of Wax*, here’s Australian band The Richies:
The Richies – “Up & Out” (2003)
I’ve mentioned the band before, so to avoid repeating myself (more than I usually do) you can read about them there.
As a bonus, here’s another track:
The Richies – “Every Little Thing” (2003)
(*Because vinyl LPs replaced wax cylinders some time back, I suppose I should call it the Anglo-Australian House Of Vinyl**.)
(**Because CDs replaced vinyl LPs, I suppose I should call it the Anglo-American House Of Plastic And Aluminium***.)
(***Because nobody’s buying CDs nowadays and downloading instead, I suppose I should call it the Anglo-American House Of Digits.)
The Richies – “I Wanna Make It With You” (2003)
“I Wanna Make It With You” appears on their 2003 album, Forever And Today. I had a bit of trouble deciding which track from the album to choose, as the album is uniform in its quality (no one track is weaker than the other), and all the songs are pleasant and Teenage Fanclubesque (the band even have the cheek to call one of their songs “Fanclubesque”).
Nevertheless, “I Wanna Make It With You” is fairly representative, but the main reason I chose it because it has a cute little middle eight that absolutely has nothing to do with the rest of the song (it starts at 1:38). It sounds to me like the chap(s) who wrote the song had a very Beatles-ish tune tune lying around, and decided to plonk it in the middle of one of their very Teenage Fanclub-ish songs (e.g., “Which song?” “It doesn’t matter. Try that one.” etc). It sounds like they also decided to give their Teenage Fanclub-ish song a very Beatles-ish end. Weird but fun.
The more I listen to the album, the more I think: this is an enjoyable little album. It doesn’t aspire to conquer the world, just get you smiling for 40 minutes.
So, if you’re wondering what an Australian Teenage Fanclub album sounds like, here’s one right here:
Incidentally, I have a minor criticism with one of the lyrics. I reckon the boys missed a golden opportunity in “Oh No, Okay.” At the 1:04 mark they sing “I won’t do no harm / And I won’t break your heart,” but I much prefer “I won’t do no harm / And I won’t break your arm“:
The Richies – “Oh No, Okay” (2003)
Buy Forever & Today at Bandcamp ($5 digital download, or $7 for the CD: magnificent bargain)
Buy Forever & Today at Popboomerang Records ($10: bargain)
Buy Forever & Today at CD Baby ($12: almost a bargain)
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