Song of the day: Cheetah – "Walking In The Rain"

July 30, 2013

The 1970s music phase I’m in at the moment continues unabated, but today’s song won’t just be retro, it’ll be retro-retro.

Here’s a song from the ’70s that is a cover of a song from the decade before that:

Cheetah – “Walking In The Rain (1978)

And here’s the original:

The Ronettes – “Walking In The Rain (1964)


Song of the day: Darlene Love – "White Christmas"

December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

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Musical coincidences # 320

October 22, 2012

Here’s a quick ‘n’ easy coincidence that was supplied by coincidence-spotter Michael (Hi, Michael!).

The Youngsters – “Candyapple” (1969) (excerpt)

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The Ronettes – “Baby, I Love You (1963) (excerpt)

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Here are the full versions:

The Youngsters – “Candyapple” (1969)

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The Ronettes – “Baby, I Love You (1963)

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Musical coincidences # 211

April 3, 2012

Today’s coincidence appears here as a result of a recent post on my friend Stonefish’s blog. Stonecrafter posted a song by Swedish singer Charlotte Nilsson, and a bit of it did what little bits of music sometimes do – it reminded me of something else. (Cause and effect, baby.)

OK. This…

Charlotte Nilsson – “I Write You A Lovesong (1999) (excerpt)

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…reminds me of this:

The Ronettes – “Be My Baby (1963) (excerpt)

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Here are the full versions:

Charlotte Nilsson – “I Write You A Lovesong (1999)

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The Ronettes – “Be My Baby (1963)

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Song of the day: The Crystals – "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town"

December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

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Frank’s Faves on Fridays

April 30, 2010

Here are some more recommendations from Frank (and some more unwanted comments from me):

Adam Schmitt – “Just Listen” (1993)

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I liked this song, although I wouldn’t have minded it being a little less repetitive (A major, B major, A major, B major, A major etc etc). The guitars and especially the drums shouted “80’s Rock” to me.

Adam Schmitt – “Can’t Get You On My Mind” (1991)
LinkThis was even more 80’s Rock, but I liked it – sort of (I was musically scarred by the 80’s). I’m pretty keen on finding some more Adam Schmitt to listen to. I’ve enjoyed what I’ve heard so far. America – “Today’s The Day” (1976) LinkThis sounds like a record America made when no-one was listening to America anymore. It was nice when it was on, but when it finished I couldn’t remember what I had just heard. But I’m glad you presented me with a song by America – it’s inspired me to make “Sister Golden Hair” Song of the day sometime*. “Sister Golden Hair” is one of my all-time favourite songs from the 70’s. I can’t tell you how much I adore it. (And George Martin‘s production of “Sister Golden Hair” is immaculate.) Incidentally, the melody of the background vocals in the chorus of “Today’s The Day” (“I’ve got this feeling that today’s the day” starting at 0:47) reminded me of the melody that starts the chorus of Huey Lewis and the News‘ “Do You Believe In Love” (starting at – believe it or not – 0:47 in this video). The two melodies may not be that similar, but when I hear one I hear the other. Actually, you can sing the line “Do you believe in love?” over the top of those background vocals in the America song. I don’t know if you’d want to, but you can, and it fits… Any Trouble – “Second Choice” (1997) LinkEven before the singing started I was singing along with it: “Haaa-aang on Sloopy, Sloopy hang on…“. Although I’d heard of Any Trouble, I’d never got around to hearing any of their music. I have no idea how representative this song is of them, but judging by what I heard I’d say that they’re a bar band (in Australia and England they’d be known as a pub band). Hang on… Any Trouble’s MySpace page says they’re from England, so that’d make ’em a pub band. Bonus song! One of the four songs Frank suggested last week was a cute little ditty from 1974, the gently rocking “Rock Me Gently” by Andy Kim. After listening to the song, I mentioned to Frank that I thought Andy sounded like Neil Diamond. In return, Frank sent me a song where AK apparently doesn’t sound like ND: Andy Kim – “Baby, I Love You (1969) LinkUseless Sidenote: There’s a later video of Andy singing this song which, judging by Andy’s mullet, was probably made sometime in the 80’s – but I think that one video of Andy Kim singing “Baby, I Love You” is more than enough. When I first played the song I wasn’t paying much attention and thought that it was nice and pleasant and, well, nice. It sounded vaguely familiar, but when the chorus kicked I went, “Oh, it’s that song.” I think “Baby, I Love You” is a great song but Andy’s performance is unremarkable. For me, it certainly doesn’t erase memories of the original: The Ronettes– “Baby, I Love You (1963) Link (*Which I did on 24 March.)