Musical coincidences # 224

April 23, 2012

Yesterday’s Song of the day was “The Clown” by Japanese band Scott Goes For. The vocal melody begins thusly* like this:

Scott Goes For – “The Clown” (2012) (excerpt)

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After hearing it a few times, I wondered where I’d heard that melody before. Then I remembered:

Whitney Houston – “Saving All My Love For You (1984) (excerpt)

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Here are the full versions:

Scott Goes For – “The Clown” (2012)

Whitney Houston – “Saving All My Love For You (1984)

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And in case you’re interested, here’s the original version of “Saving All My Love For You”:

Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. – “Saving All My Love For You (1978)

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(*Note to self: Isn’t “thusly” just a little precious, Peter?)

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Song of the day: Scott Goes For – "The Clown"

April 22, 2012

A couple of weeks ago I enthused about a song by Scott Goes For, a fabulous new band from Japan. I had only heard two songs (courtesy of YouTube), but they both make me go “Yeah!” whenever I hear them. Both songs are on the band’s self-titled debut album.

There is now a third video for another one of the songs on the album:

Scott Goes For – “The Clown” (2012)

More please.

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Song of the day: Scott Goes For – "Take Enough Time"

April 1, 2012

I have a new pop hero:

Scott Goes For – “Take Enough Time” (2012)

And not because the band name contains my last name (that’s purely coincidental).

Everything about that song (and the band) ticks all my power pop boxes:

  • Immaculate songcraft
  • Fabulous melodies
  • Quality singing
  • Superb (and tastefully restrained) vocal harmonies
  • Wonderfully appropriate instrumental backing
  • Perfectly chosen musical instruments*

Excellent!

Now to buy the album.

Oh, by the way: I want to give a thoroughly huge thanks to Powerpopaholic for alerting me to this band, because I didn’t know about them until I paid my daily visit to PPA’s blog. As people in Australia (and elsewhere) like to say: you’re a scholar and a gentleman!

As a bonus, here’s the band’s only other video:

I’ve heard just those two songs, but I’m ready to state the following: this band can do no wrong.

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(*The bass guitar is a Rickenbacker which is my favourite for power pop, and the six-strings are Gibson Les Pauls – yum.)