Musical coincidences # 65

January 2, 2011

I’ve been listening relentlessly to Solipsism (try saying that drunk), a new album by Sydney band Skeleton Staff. It’s been one of those albums where you keep coming back to it again and again. I’d play it, and a little while later I’d think to myself “Hmm… What shall I listen to now? While I’m deciding, how about I put Solipsism on again? I’ll listen to it just one more time…”. At the moment I am occasionally playing other music, but as soon as I’ve done that I tend to go back to Solipsism and sneak in another listen.

Whilst listening to the album, I’ve spotted little bits of music here and there that remind me of other things. (If you want me to get really predantic, I can give you some more, albeit smaller, coincidences – but I don’t want to give the impression that Skeleton Staff are just a bunch of plagiarists, because they’re not).

One track in particular, “She’s So Rude”, has the most glaringly obvious example of “Hey, that reminds me of…”

Here’s how “She’s So Rude” begins:

Skeleton Staff – “She’s So Rude” (2010) (excerpt)

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That reminds me (and probably you) of this:

Rick Springfield – “Jessie’s Girl (1981) (excerpt)

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I’m guessing that was an unconscious ‘lift’ on the part of Skeleton Staff. Pretty much anyone who’s ever listened to 80’s music on the radio – especially in Australia – has heard “Jessie’s Girl”. And more than once, too. No-one with a radio in this country is immune from having had “Jessie’s Girl” firmly implanted in their brain at some point, so I think the chances are fairly high that any part of Rick Springfield’s ear-worm will (unintentionally) pop up in someone’s else song. I’m glad that it popped up in “She’s So Rude” because I think it’s a splendid song (on a splendid album).

Here are the full versions:

Skeleton Staff – “She’s So Rude” (2010)

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Rick Springfield – “Jessie’s Girl (1981)

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Skeleton Staff official website
Skeleton Staff at Bandcamp (where you can buy Solipsism – do it right now!)
Skeleton Staff on MySpace
Skeleton Staff on Facebook

Rick Springfield official website
Rick Springfield on Facebook
Rick Springfield on MySpace

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Song of the day: A band – "I’ll Make You Happy"

September 10, 2010

I know, I know: I played you a song by this band only two days ago – but I’ve been listening to their debut album at maximum volume, and I just have to play you their pummelling version of The Easybeats‘ “I’ll Make You Happy”:

A band – “I’ll Make You Happy” (1983)

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Here’s the original:

The Easybeats – “I’ll Make You Happy” (1966)

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And, because this is an Australian power pop blog, I’m gonna have to play you Rick Springfield‘s version, too:

Rick Springfield – “I’ll Make You Happy” (2004)

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Song of the day: Rick Springfield – "What’s Victoria’s Secret?"

May 28, 2010

Here’s everyone’s favourite singing-and-guitar-playing-ex-TV-doctor with “Jessie’s Girl Revisited” his 2008* single that may or may not be about a lady and her undergarments:

Rick Springfield – “What’s Victoria’s Secret?” (2008)

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As a bonus – and for reference – here’s an earlier song of Rick’s that was possibly the inspiration for the newer song:

Rick Springfield – “Jessie’s Girl” (1981)

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Great song.

(*As opposed to his 2,008th single.)

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Song of the day: Rick Springfield – "Speak To The Sky"

December 15, 2009

Here’s a very early single from Rick Springfield, way before he flew off to America to become a hunky 80’s actor/singer/pinup. It’s the mystifying “Speak To The Sky” (1971), a song that went to number one here in Australia:

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What I find mystifying is that Rick chose to launch his solo career with this, a song that sounds as if it belongs more in a revivalist’s tent (“Roll up! Roll up! Sing your praises to The Lord! With a really cheesy tune!”) than on the record charts. I don’t know what possessed Rick to release it as a single (or to even record it in the first place), but I’m flummoxed as to why he chose “Speak To The Sky” specifically to represent his new career as a solo artist. “Hi, I’m Rick Springfield and this is the kind of music I now want to play for you as a solo artist.” Pardon?

Listening to the song, I continually ask myself: What audience was he aiming for? Hippies? Christians? Hippy Christians?

Whoever he made it for, and considering his previous work in heavy rock band Zoot and subsequent singles released in the US, it’s probably the oddest thing Rick Springfield ever recorded. (It is catchy, though.)