Song of the day: Move With Urgent Haste – "Trailer"

April 23, 2012

I’m extremely keen on playing you today’s song (‘cos I love it), but mentioning the band will be a bit tricky. Unfortunately, the band (or its record company) is probably the most alert and litigious of all the bands I’ve ever posted on this blog. (I’ve seen it happen on other blogs, too. Any hint of this band’s music on a blog will receive a swift and sinister message from Blogger.)

But I’m still a huge fan of this particular band, despite their lawyer-happy proclivities – and I do want to play you this song.

I can’t keep calling them “this particular band”, so from now on I’ll call them what one dictionary describes as “move with urgent haste“.

That’s the name of the band taken care of.

As for the song, it’s just one word, and I can use the American term for it: “Trailer”.

You might think that all of this palaver, skullduggery, and general underhanded-osity is silly and pointless – but I think this track is magnificent and I really really want you to hear it. (Really.)

So, here’s Move With Urgent Haste and “Trailer“, a song from their upcoming album (which still hasn’t been released, even though today’s song was released in 2010):

Move With Urgent Haste – “Trailer (2010)


Musical coincidences # 215

April 9, 2012

Today’s coincidence has a bit of a back-story attached to it, but I’ll try to make it short.

I recently received a weird email from a music promotion company called ISL Public Relations about a band called Sweet Child. It’s a three-piece from America and the band members look like this:

The odd thing about the email was that it contained two things – that photo and the following question:

“Have You Met Sweet Child?”

I must admit that I hadn’t, and because the email (online version here) had no links in it to the band’s music – or even the band itself – it seemed likely that I wasn’t going to meet them anytime soon. But…

Because I’m a curious kind of fellow, I wanted to hear some music from this mystery band (whose photo reminded me of Josie and the Pussycats). I finally found Sweet Child’s website and listened to the three songs they had there. The first song is the reason for today’s coincidence.

The song is “Love Me Or Leave Me”, and it starts off like this:

Sweet Child – “Love Me Or Leave Me” (2012) (excerpt)


That reminds me of this:

Rush – “Xanadu (1977) (excerpt)


I know that they’re not all that similar, but it’s just one of those things: as soon as I heard the start of the Sweet Child song I remembered that bit of “Xanadu”.

Here are the full versions:

Sweet Child – “Love Me Or Leave Me” (2010)
You can hear it on the Sweet Child website – it’s in the Music section.

Rush – “Xanadu (1977)


Musical coincidences # 67

January 10, 2011

Yesterday I played you a few songs by Sharif Iman from his latest album, Shine (2010). (It was such a marathon post that you may be shaking your head and saying “No more Sharif Iman! For the love of mercy, no more!”)

The last track on Shine is a rocker called “Wake Up”. In the chorus amongst the pummelling drums, distorted guitars, Sharif’s impassioned vocals, and the fist-pumping shouts of “wake up!”, is this guitar riff:

Sharif Iman – “Wake Up” (2010) (excerpt)


As soon as I heard that, the part of my brain that is a huge fan of a particular band instantly perked up and squealed “That sounds just like one of the riffs in ‘Tom Sawyer‘! Oo-wee!”:

A band – “Tom Sawyer (1981) (excerpt)


Here are the full versions:

Sharif Iman – “Wake Up” (2010)


A band – “Tom Sawyer (1981)


Sharif Iman official website
Sharif Iman on MySpace
Sharif Iman on Facebook

Song of the day: A band – "The Spirit Of Radio"

June 15, 2010

Update (July 28, 2010): I’ve received one of those Blogger DMCA takedown notifications, where there’s apparently some degree of naughtiness in this post. According to Blogger, something is offensive to someone somewhere (Blogger never actually specifies exactly what’s bothersome to whomever is bothered by whatever it is that’s bothering them. Unfortunately, it’s all rather anonymous.)

In order to appease the aggrieved parties, I’ve removed the playable songs and will hope for the best. I’ve left the text of the post intact, so at least you have something to read while you’re here…

Update 2 (August 12, 2010): Blogger has sent me another takedown notification. I’m going to replace the remaining links with YouTube links to the songs I’ve mentioned in the post. Here’s hoping for the best yet again…

Recently, I’ve been pestering you with international bands who inexplicably want to be mentioned on an Australian power pop blog. However, I’m going to have to interrupt this blizzard of unfamiliar new artists because today is Tuesday, and Tuesdays are currently reserved for hotshot instrumentalists.

As well as being a fan of defiantly non-power-pop artists such as the proggy King Crimson and the jazz-fusiony Return To Forever, I’m also a huge fan of today’s band – ever since I discovered both the band’s music and, er, herbal cigarettes on the same night at a friend’s house way back when. (‘Twas many a year ago…)

This won’t be of much interest to anyone in particular, but the band I was in (back in the 80’s) played some covers of this band. We were all fans, so we tried to fit in as many of this band’s songs in our set before people realised that they couldn’t dance to what we were playing.

I’ll play you the songs we played (and I still love ’em).

First up, we have “The Spirit Of Radio” which at one point rather slyly paraphrases Simon and Garfunkel‘s “The Sounds Of Silence“:

A band – “The Spirit Of Radio (1980)

Next we have “Freewill”, which is basically one big riff. Being the bass player in the band, I used to love playing “Freewill”, especially the bit in the middle (starting at 3:04):

A band – “Freewill (1980)

Now we have the mighty “Tom Sawyer” which was another track I thoroughly enjoyed playing (love that bass part starting at 1:57):

A band – “Tom Sawyer (1981)

Video (embedding disabled. Grrr.)

And here’s “Red Barchetta” which is chock full o’ great riffs ‘n’ chords ‘n’ bass-playing ‘n’ drumming and all those other fabulous things that turned me into a fan of this band in the first place:

A band – “Red Barchetta (1981)

And finally, here’s “Limelight” which may appeal to you more than the other songs because it’s full of jangle:

A band – “Limelight (1981)

All those songs were great to play in the band I was in. I don’t know if they were great to listen to, but at least we tried to make up for our self-indulgence by also playing songs by The Beatles, Cheap Trick, Led Zeppelin, ZZ Top, The Master’s Apprentices, The Surfaris, Henry Mancini, et al.