Song of the day: John Paul Young – "I Hate The Music"

April 16, 2010

I heard today’s song by chance yesterday (part of it was in a short interview with the singer on a five-minute program about the Australian King of Pop Awards in the 70’s). As soon as I heard it I thought, “Oh, yeah – that’s gotta go on the blog.”

So, without further ado*, here’s 1978’s King Of Pop with yet another song from the just-try-and-stop-us-writing-256-songs-a-day production team of Vanda and Young (it’s Australia, it’s the 70’s – what else would you expect?):

John Paul Young – “I Hate The Music” (1976)


“I Hate The Music” was one of two singles released from JPY’s 1976 album, J.P.Y..

As a bonus, here’s the other single from the album:

John Paul Young – “Keep On Smilin'” (1976)


(*Not “adieu”, as some people write. “Adieu” is French for “goodbye”, and “ado” is not-French for “fuss”, so it makes sense to me that you’d do something without more fuss, not more goodbyes – and advice about doing something without more fuss is something I usually ignore by blathering on about whatever it is I’m blathering on about.)

Song of the day: Stevie Wright – "Evie"

June 6, 2009

Let’s get back to the rock.

Today’s effort is “Evie” by ex-Easybeats singer Stevie Wright.

“Evie” was a monster hit in 1974, reaching #1 in the Australian charts. This isn’t particularly surprising, because it’s excellent. What is surprising is the song’s structure and length – it’s in three parts and lasts 11 minutes. (According to Wikipedia, it’s the only 11-minute song to have ever charted at #1 anywhere in the world.). Parts 1 and 2 were originally released as the A-side, with Part 3 on the B-side.

“Evie” was written and produced by Vanda and Young, that amazingly productive pair of ex-Easybeats who were responsible for virtually every Australian hit single in the Seventies.

So, without further ado, turn up the volume ‘cos it’s time to rawwwk: