Song of the day: Silver Sun – "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late"

June 21, 2011

Today’s song has a bit of a back-story to it, but I’ll try not to take too long telling it…

A chap by the name of Rushbo (hi, Rushbo!) has an ineffable, ineluctable, and inedible* blog entitled Big Plans For Everybody. One of his recent posts was Silver Sun’s version of Rush’s “Xanadu”.

I love the music of both Rush and Silver Sun, and I had no idea that a song combining the talents of those two very odd bedfellows even existed (why would it?), so I was looking forward to hearing it in a big way. After wasting a couple of seconds saying to myself “Oh, man, this is gonna be great, this is gonna be great, this is gonna be GREAT!”, I finally got around to listening to Silver Sun’s version of “Xanadu”. As I was listening, I thought to myself “Oh, man, this IS great. I gotta get the CD.”

By the time the track had finished, I’d found the CD (a four-track EP from 1998), bought it, and started my wait by the letterbox. I bought it from someone in England, so I only had to wait a couple of weeks.

Well, it arrived the other day. (Note to self: Yay!)

Because Rushbo’s already played you that sterling, sterling version of “Xanadu”, I’ll play you the EP’s title track instead:

Silver Sun – “Too Much, Too Little, Too Late” (1998)

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And here’s the original:

Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams – “Too Much, Too Little, Too Late (1978)

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Incidentally, on a related (but totally uninteresting) note…

As you may or may not know, I’m a CD fiend. I buy them semi-regularly (i.e., when the money’s available). But something very odd happened with the last few CDs I bought. This was purely unconscious and completely unintentional, and I didn’t even realise I’d done it until I saw them all sitting next to each other, but the latest batch was by artists all beginning with “S”. They were:

Strange.

I have no idea why this would be so, because I buy CDs with no method or system at all. It’s simply a case of “Oh yeah, I really like that band – and the CD’s cheap… I think I’ll buy it” or “Ooh, that looks interesting – and it’s cheap… I think I’ll buy it” etc. There’s never been any grand scheme such as “I think I’ll just buy CDs from artists beginning with ‘S’ this month…”, so I’m completely puzzled.

Why “S”?

Weird.

(*Have you ever tried to eat a blog?)

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Song of the day: Silver Sun – "Bubblegum"

August 13, 2010

Before you play today’s song by British band Silver Sun, I’d like to describe their style to you so I can put you in the mood for it.

Picture this: Buddy Holly writes songs for the Beach Boys, and the Beach Boys are happy to sing them as long as Weezer are the backing band.

OK, now press “play”:

Silver Sun – “Bubblegum” (2005)

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“Bubblegum” is track 1 on Silver Sun’s third album, Disappear Here (2005). If you’re in the mood for their audacious Buddy-Holly-meets-Beach-Boys-meets-Weezer-ness, it’s an amazing album. It’s amazing because “Lies” isn’t the only good track on it – the whole album is full of great bubblegum-in-overdrive songs.

As a bonus, here’s track 2:

Silver Sun – “Lies” (2005)

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Trust me: that’s what the entire album sounds like. And I love it.