Musical coincidences # 400

July 8, 2013

This coincidence may be a tricky one to present to you. It involves a very new song by an artist on a major label.

As I’ve found in the past, the major labels that these artists are on don’t take too kindly to bloggers putting even tiny amounts of the artists’ music on blogs. When a blogger does attempt to put said music on their blog, the major labels tend to wield big legal sticks and say sorts of unpleasant things.

But as Dragnet used to say, “Ladies and gentlemen: the story you are about to hear is true. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent.”

So I’m going to change the name of the major label artist, but you’ll be able to discover the identity through the links.

OK. Here we go…

Rob Tick – “Bird Vines (2013) (excerpt)

Starclock – “K’Mawm” (2002) (excerpt)

Here are the full versions:

Rob Tick – “Bird Vines (2013)

Starclock – “K’Mawm” (2002)


Musical coincidences # 313

October 4, 2012

This coincidence stems from a song by Australian band Splendid. Within the first 15 seconds of hearing it I was reminded of two other songs.

I’ll be the first to admit that these coincidences aren’t all that strong, but I really like the two songs I was reminded of. So on the blog they go…

Splendid – “Hello Dear” (1999) (excerpt 1)

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Jill Sobule – “Bitter (2000) (excerpt)

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Splendid – “Hello Dear” (1999) (excerpt 2)

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Starclock – “Potion” (2002) (excerpt)

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Here are the full versions:

Splendid – “Hello Dear” (1999)

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Jill Sobule – “Bitter (2000)

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Starclock – “Potion” (2002)

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Musical coincidences # 252

June 1, 2012

A few coincidences ago it appeared that somebody borrowed from power popper Starclock. Well, it looks like Starclock may have done a bit o’ borrowing himself:

Stevie Wonder – “I Wish (1976) (excerpt)

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Starclock – “K’mawm” (2002) (excerpt)

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Here are the full versions:

Stevie Wonder – “I Wish (1976)

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Starclock – “K’mawm” (2002)

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Musical coincidences # 249

May 23, 2012

Here’s another Facebook-conversation-inspired coincidence. And this one, like the earlier one, was initiated by Facebook Fiend Friend Scotty (Hi, Scottster!).

Scotty posted a song by Australian troubadour Tim Reid called “Love With You“. When I heard it, one of the song’s melodies reminded me of a melody in a song from a year before.

Let the coincidencing begin…

Tim Reid – “Love With You (2003) (excerpt)

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Starclock – “Yo Pussycat” (2002) (excerpt)

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Considering the Starclock track has never been readily available anywhere (i.e. hardly anyone’s heard it), I’m 93.219% sure that’s a coincidence.

Here are the full versions:

Tim Reid – “Love With You (2003)

Starclock – “Yo Pussycat” (2002)

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Song of the day: Starclock – "Girlfriend"

May 16, 2012

It’s been a while since I pestered you with a song from the astonishing power pop album that apparently no-one’s ever heard of (Starclock’s self-titled album from 2002).

I think it’s time for another song from the album to prompt you to wonder, “Why haven’t I heard this before?”:

Starclock – “Girlfriend” (2002)

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Song of the day: Starclock – "Potion"

April 10, 2011

My undying love intense enjoyment healthy respect for Starclock continues unabated. This tune from the album popped into me noggin yesterday:

Starclock – “Potion” (2002)

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I’ve said this plenty of times to anyone silly enough to listen, but if you’re a power pop fan and you haven’t heard Starclock yet, I’d say it’s the best album you’ve never heard. And this is without me even knowing just what kind of power pop you like.

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Song of the day: Starclock – "Glasses"

March 5, 2011

Here’s a song from an album that apparently nobody’s ever heard of:

Starclock – “Glasses” (2002)

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I’ve pestered you before about Starclock who released only one incredible – and incredibly unknown – album in 2002 before disappearing into the ether, never to be heard from again. I won’t repeat what I said in my previous post (which entered into the realm of fanboy gushing), but I will go down on my knees and plead with you: please, please, please, please, please listen to the album.

Starclock on MySpace


Song of the day: Starclock – "Yo Pussycat"

August 24, 2009

Here’s Starclock with “Yo Pussycat” (2002):

Starclock – “Yo Pussycat” (2002)

“Yo Pussycat” appears on Starclock’s self-titled album from 2002. I’ve been playing the album relentlessly since I found it last week. And until last week, I’d never even heard of Starclock.

Starclock is the alter-ego of Christopher Bradley, bass player for US prog-punk-metal band Look What I Did. Christopher recorded Starclock in 2002 and hasn’t released anything else since, which is a pity, because I gotta tell ya: this album is something else. There’s nothing quite like it. Anywhere.

The closest I can get to describing it is to ask you to imagine XTC, Jellyfish, Sugarbomb, Roger Joseph Manning Jr, Frank Zappa (yes, Frank Zappa) – and more – all colliding together in a supernova. Honestly, if you like any of the artists listed in the previous sentence, there’s an extremely high probability that you’ll like this album. A lot. As another blog put it: “The most incredible album by the most incredible band you never heard of…”

At the risk of overhyping Starclock, I can safely say that, apart from “Chetchoaess” (which is just plain weird and takes a bit of getting used to), pretty much every song is a highlight. Christopher is even brave enough to include a cover version of one of Frank Zappa’s most difficult pieces, “The Black Page.”

I tried finding out more about Christopher Bradley but, as far as the Internet’s concerned, he’s rather elusive. Even his name appears to be a pseudonym. And the album itself is elusive, too: it isn’t available on eBay, but it’s available (update: not anymore) at CD Baby, which is where I bought it. Thank you, CD Baby.

(Update II: there’s one used copy at Amazon.com.)

What an album.