Musical coincidences # 361

February 7, 2013

Courtesy of my friend Scott (Hi, Scotty!) enthusing about his record label‘s latest musical acquisition, Livingstone Daisies, I got to hear what Scotty was enthusing about. And I heard a musical coincidence.

Livingstone Daisies are being compared to Teenage Fanclub mercilessly at the moment (pretty much every review of the Livingstone Daisies debut album mentions that dreaded* Scottish band) but when I heard “Blue Solitude”, the Livingstone Daisies song being promoted as the album’s first single, I didn’t hear Teenage Fanclub – I heard Glen Campbell.

When I heard this…

Livingstone Daisies – “Blue Solitude (2013) (excerpt 1)

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…I heard this…

Glen Campbell – “Galveston (1969) (excerpt)

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Here are the full versions of those two tracks:

Livingstone Daisies – “Blue Solitude (2013)

Glen Campbell – “Galveston (1969)

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I can see why some people everybody is comparing Livingstone Daisies to Teenage Fanclub. For example, “Blue Solitude” begins like this:

Livingstone Daisies – “Blue Solitude (2013) (excerpt 2)

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And Teenage Fanclub’s “What You Do To Me” begins in a somewhat similar way:

Teenage Fanclub – “What You Do To Me” (1991) (excerpt)

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Here’s the full Teenage Fanclub song:

Teenage Fanclub – “What You Do To Me” (1991) (excerpt)

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It’s just occurred to me that, considering all the current buzz surrounding Livingstone Daisies’ debut album (it’s getting reviewed left, right, and centre), I hadn’t mentioned them at all on this blog up until now. I could have sworn I had.

Ah well.

Remind me to feature one of their other songs as a Song of the day some time. Any requests?

(*I say “dreaded” because I think the members of the Livingstone Daisies would dread the prospect of being compared to Teenage Fanclub yet again.)

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Song of the day: Alex Chilton with Teenage Fanclub – “I’ve Never Found A Girl (To Love Me Like You Do)”

January 19, 2013

I know there are people who would go into paroxysms of ecstasy with the pairing of Alex Chilton and Teenage Fanclub, but I’m not a huge fan of the music of either. (Please send your strongly worded letters of complaint to pmrscott@tpg.com.au.)

Despite my lack of strong feelings about Teenage Fanclub, Alex Chilton, and Big Star (that email address again is pmrscott@tpg.com.au), I liked the two songs they played in the video.

The main reason I’m playing them here is because of what Alex plays during his guitar solo in the first song. If you want to be surprised, I won’t tell you what Alex plays. But if you hate surprises, he plays this. Or if you want to bypass all that pesky “song” stuff and go straight to what Alex plays, he plays it at the 2:43 mark.

Alex Chilton with Teenage Fanclub – “I’ve Never Found A Girl (To Love Me Like You Do) / My Heart Stood Still (date unknown)

The original versions:

Eddie Floyd – “I’ve Never Found A Girl (To Love Me Like You Do)” (1968)

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As for “My Heart Stood Still“, it was written by Rodgers and Hart for their 1927 musical A Connecticut Yankee, and was recorded three times in 1928. Here they are:

Ben Selvin & His Orchestra – “My Heart Stood Still (1928)

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George Olsen & His Orchestra – “My Heart Stood Still (1928)

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Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra – “My Heart Stood Still” (1928)

I have no idea which one was the first. Are there any music historians out there?

Update: It looks like we have a winner in the “Who came first?” department. The George Olsen recording is actually from 1927:


Musical coincidences # 147

November 20, 2011

Today’s coincidence appears courtesy of Mr. Fabulous (Hi, F!), and it’s a doozy.

Here’s a case of a chord progression spanning three decades:

The Who – “Pictures Of Lily (1967) (excerpt)

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Brian Wilson – “Love And Mercy (1988) (excerpt)

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Teenage Fanclub – “Sparky’s Dream” (1995) (excerpt)

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Talk about identical. Well spotted, Mr. Fabulous. Thanks.

Oh, and Mr. Fabulous mentioned another song…

“And add the verse from Yazoo‘s ‘Only You‘ if you like…”

I was almost going to not include that because the chord progression in “Only You”‘s isn’t as identical as the songs above (it uses different chords at the end) – but it is one of my favourite synth-pop songs from the 80’s, so I might as well throw it in as well:

Yazoo – “Only You (1982) (excerpt)

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Here are the full versions:

The Who – “Pictures Of Lily (1967)

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Brian Wilson – “Love And Mercy (1988)

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Brian Wilson – “Love And Mercy (1995)

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Teenage Fanclub – “Sparky’s Dream” (1995)

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Yazoo – “Only You (1982)

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