Song of the day: Teen Machine – "I’m Gonna Steal Your Boyfriend"

April 3, 2013

I’m in a Teen Machine mood today.

Excuse me while I turn this up…

Teen Machine – “I’m Gonna Steal Your Boyfriend (2000)


Musical coincidences # 145

November 14, 2011

Teen Machine’s After School Special is a rock/power-pop/bubblegum/glam album full of non-serious rock/power-pop/bubblegum/glam tracks. It has a very high fun quotient. (As a huge ABBA fan, I’m pleased to say that the album has a splendid cover of “Does Your Mother Know” on it. Admittedly, it’s not radically different from the original, but it has loud guitars. And it’s fun.)

After School Special is a real magpie of a record, as it grabs musical influences from all over the place. It cheerfully steals from The Cars, Cheap Trick, Gary Glitter, Brownsville Station, even Elton John. Part of the enjoyment of listening to the record (well, for me anyway) is playing spot-the-rip-off. Most of the influences are fairly subtle, but there was one bit in a song where the similarity to something else was quite marked:

Teen Machine – “Sissies” (2000) (excerpt)


I reckon that melody sounds awfully, awfully close to:

Joe Jackson – “Is She Really Going Out With Him? (1979) (excerpt)


Here are the full versions:

Teen Machine – “Sissies” (2000)


Joe Jackson – “Is She Really Going Out With Him? (1979)


Song of the day: Teen Machine – "Hot Mom"

September 30, 2011

Fountains Of Wayne weren’t the only band to write a song about teenagers lusting after other people’s mothers…

Teen Machine – “Hot Mom (2000)


And here’s the Fountains Of Wayne song:

Fountains Of Wayne – “Stacy’s Mom (2003)


By the way, I didn’t think those two songs were enough for a Musical coincidence. For me, they’re more of a conceptual coincidence rather than a musical one.

Song of the day: Teen Machine – "Yummy, Yummy, Yummy"

December 15, 2010

I stumbled across a compilation album the other day and ended up loving it. It’s called Right To Chews: Bubblegum Classics Revisited, and as you can tell by the title it’s one of those ‘tribute’ albums – the kind that are sometimes hit-and-miss affairs (depending on who contributes to them).

In the case of Right To Chews, however, it’s all hit. (For me it is, anyway.) The main reason for its success is that it’s a gaggle of bubblegum tunes played by power pop bands. If you know anything about my taste in music, you’d guess quite correctly that I consider this to be a win-win situation. (Bubblegum + Power Pop = Yes!) This album appears to have been made especially for me. Yay!

Here’s just one of the gems on display in Right To Chews:

Teen Machine – “Yummy, Yummy, Yummy (2000)


I like how, at the beginning of the song, the band gets you thinking that you’re going to hear a different song (specifically, this one) until that sweet, sweet tune comes in to let you know you’re going on a wonderful bubblegum ride.

Here’s the original:

The Ohio Express – “Yummy, Yummy, Yummy (1968)