Song of the day: Thin Lizzy – "Do Anything You Want To"

April 13, 2013

For some reason completely unknown to me, this song was stuck in my head all day yesterday:

Thin Lizzy – “Do Anything You Want To (1979)

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That particular ditty appears on Thin Lizzy’s underrated (but not by Thin Lizzy fans) album, Black Rose: A Rock Legend (1979).

I love how it’s a combination of “The Boys Are Back In Town” in the verses and power pop/bubblegum in the choruses. Yum.

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Song of the day: Thin Lizzy – "The Warrior" (BBC Session)

April 28, 2012

After yesterday’s wimpiness, I feel the need to play you something with a bit of muscle:

Thin Lizzy – “The Warrior” (BBC Session) (1976)

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Song of the day: Thin Lizzy – "Angel From The Coast"

April 9, 2012

Sorry about this, but I’ve had today’s song stuck in my head for the last few days and I figure that the only way I can get it out of my head is to pass it over to you:

Thin Lizzy – “Angel From The Coast” (1976)

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Nope. It’s still there.


Musical coincidences # 144

November 12, 2011

Slight back-story to today’s coincidence:
I was recently looking for some information about an Australian power pop band called The Breakers who were active between 1979 and 1982 but couldn’t find nothin’. However, I found an American power pop band called The Breakers who apparently were active in the 80’s. (I found them on MySpace – along with squillions of other bands called “The Breakers”.) Seeing as I was on their page, I thought I might as well have a listen to their music (well, why not?). Unfortunately, their MySpace page didn’t have any songs on it. (Grrr.) That set me off on a hunt for this elusive music, and I ended up at CD Baby which is selling the band’s only album, Past And Way Past. CD Baby which rather handily had samples of each track. One of the songs on the album is “Temperatures Rising” (no apostrophe apparently, so I guess the song involves more than one temperature), and it starts off like this:

The Breakers – “Temperatures Rising” (2007) (excerpt)

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That instantly reminded me of:

Thin Lizzy – “Rosalie” (1978) (excerpt)

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The full versions:

The Breakers – “Temperatures Rising” (2007)

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Thin Lizzy – “Rosalie / Cowgirl’s Song” (1978)

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Postscript:
If you thought that coincidence was a bit weak (as in: “But there are plenty of songs like that!”), don’t worry – the next coincidence will be stronger.


Song of the day: Thin Lizzy – "Waiting For An Alibi"

December 23, 2010

Speaking of killer heavy rock riffs (well, I was last week – and the week before), here’s Thin Lizzy with a ripper:

Thin Lizzy – “Waiting For An Alibi (1979)

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Great stuff.


Frank’s Faves on Fridays

September 3, 2010

Thin Lizzy – “Cowboy Song” (1976)

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I don’t even need to listen to this song – it’s hard-wired in my brain, along with the rest of Jailbreak, one of my all-time favourite hard rock albums. Love it, love it, love it. Seeing “The Cowboy Song” in your list of suggestions has prompted me to listen to Jailbreak again for the umpteenth time. Liz-zy! Liz-zy! Liz-zy! Liz-zy!

Tammi Terrell – “I Can’t Believe You Love Me” (1966)

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That’s some nice Motown you suggested there, Frank. And that Motown bass is fabulous. (It always is.) However, as soon as Tammi started singing, I was reminded (a lot) of “Goin’ Out Of My Head“. And the staccato instrumental backing (starting at 0:33) reminded me of “My Girl“. (Incidentally, I’m now listening to “My Girl” again and have come to the conclusion that it’s as close to a perfect pop song as anyone could write.) But despite any possible similarities to other songs, I think “I Can’t Believe You Love Me” is a very nice song in its own right.

Earth, Wind & Fire – “Can’t Let Go” (1979)

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Funky! I’ve heard very little Earth, Wind & Fire, and this track sounded pretty much like the other tracks I’ve heard (I guess Earth, Wind & Fire have an identifiable sound). I liked it. I really liked the horn arrangement and how it was spread out in the stereo picture, but I really didn’t like how quiet the horns were in the mix. I hope there’s a remastered version somewhere where those horns are much, much louder and bursting out of the mix. (And if there is a remastered version somewhere, I hope they lowered the volume of the shaker in the left channel. (During one of my listens to the song, I was focusing on that shaker for a couple of minutes didn’t notice anything else in the song. It became very annoying. But then the next time I listened to it, I was concentrating on those horns again – and enjoying them enormously.)

Eels – “Novocaine For The Soul (1996)

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For something that seemed intent on being deliberately “alternative”, I found it only mildly interesting. To me, this track sounds like the work of an artist who is resolute in his attempt to be “unique” (like plenty of other artists who try to be “unique”) by offering unorthodox or unexpected auditory elements in the soundscape (for example, the weird clash of musical elements in the introduction). Instead of revelling in its uniqueness, “Novocaine For The Soul” got me thinking about another deliberately (and irritatingly) “unique” artist: Beck, a chap whose music I just don’t get at all. (Why does Beck have such a following?) With “Novocaine For The Soul”, however, I dived into the track to see if there was an actual song in there, or if it was just a collection of sounds (“Look, ma! I’m being arty!”). Unfortunately, I didn’t find much. I liked the chord progression in the middle section (1:23-1:46), but I think that’s been used more effectively in other songs. And I wasn’t especially keen on the swearing at 1:38. How about singing “…it’s messing with my head” instead? Or even “…it’s obfuscating my head”? This is a message to all artistes who insist on swearing in songs: How about expanding your vocabulary? Overall, I thought it was a decent enough song – with an awful lot of “arty” trimmings that didn’t make it a better song. Despite my blahs about “Novocaine For The Soul”, it did do one positive thing for me: it reminded me of Len’s “Steal My Sunshine“, a song I liked in 1999.

Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass – “Casino Royale (1967)

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That’s more like it. You can keep your drum samples, world-weary vocals, and chic posturing (see above) – give me some easy-listenin’ and I’m a happy camper. Great artist, great tune, great arrangement. What more could you want?

Like every other week, it was an adventurous selection of tracks. I knew only two of them (“The Cowboy Song” and “Casino Royale”), and had never heard the others but I was glad to make their acquaintance (even “Novocaine For The Soul”).

Keep ’em comin, Frank.