Musical coincidences # 284

August 15, 2012

I’m going to have to be fairly discreet about this coincidence because one of the bands involved has an extremely litigious record company. Any sniff of their name, and Blogger’s legal people pounce on the blog and say “Uh-uh, no way, get rid of that RIGHT NOW” etc. So I’ll let you figure out who’s who and what’s what:

Lignite Foil – “Might Spin Back Hearth (1998) (excerpt)

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The Yardbirds – “Heart Full Of Soul (1965) (excerpt)

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Here are the full versions:

Biglight Toil – “Fight Shin Track Part (1998)

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The Yardbirds – “Heart Full Of Soul (1965)

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The Yardbirds – “Heart Full Of Soul (sitar version) (1965)

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Musical coincidences # 132

October 6, 2011

Today’s coincidence comes courtesy of my friend Stonefish (Hi, Stonewashed!) and his music blog. A few days ago, Stoney posted an utterly dreadful* song by Ellen Foley called “Young Lust”. It starts with this guitar riff:

Ellen Foley – “Young Lust” (1979) (excerpt)

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As it kept being repeated, that riff sounded familiar to me but I couldn’t quite figure where I’d heard it – or something like it – before. It took me quite a while of having that riff tumbling about in my head until I remembered where I’d heard it before – it’s the “Get a hold of yourself now baby” bit in the middle eight of The Move‘s “I Can Hear The Grass Grow“:

The Move – “I Can Hear The Grass Grow (1967) (excerpt)

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But the more I heard that tune in my head, the more I thought “I’m sure I’ve heard it somewhere else as well.” And then it dawned on me:

The Yardbirds – “Heart Full Of Soul (1965) (excerpt)

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Here are the full versions:

Ellen Foley – “Young Lust” (1979)

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The Move – “I Can Hear The Grass Grow (1967)

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The Yardbirds – “Heart Full Of Soul (1965)

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OK. That’s it for the musical coincidences. There is one more coincidence involving Ellen Foley’s song, though. It reminded me of another song, but only because of the title. It reminded me of this:

Pink Floyd – “Young Lust (1979)

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(*That’s only my opinion. You, on the other hand, may think it’s a very good song.)


Musical coincidences # 122

August 21, 2011

Sometimes it’s just the phrasing in a song that makes you go “Hey, that sounds like…”

Here’s the chain of events:

1. I was over at the Power Pop Criminals blog (Hi, Angelo!), and downloaded the latest in the blog’s series of power pop cover version compilations, Tributes Or Not Tributes. (Thanks, Angelo!)

2. I was listening to the compilation, and enjoying most of it (some of those cover versions were… um, ah, um, well, er… let’s just say I’d rather not hear them again).

3. One of the songs on it was “Still I’m Sad”. I’d never heard the song before, and was amazed when I heard the opening phrase. I didn’t know if its similarity to another song was that noticeable in the original version by The Yardbirds, so I found it and had a listen to that as well. Yep, that phrasing was just as noticeable. The cover did it instrumentally, but The Yardbirds did it vocally, Gregorian Chant-style. (Why???) Either way, its similarity to another piece of music was glaringly obvious to my ears. This is the bit:

The Yardbirds – “Still I’m Sad” (1965) (excerpt)

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4. I was amazed at how much it reminded me of this:

The Tokens – “The Lion Sleeps Tonight (1961) (excerpt)

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And that’s the chain of events.

Yep, sometimes it’s just the phrasing in a song that gets one part of your brain talking to another.

Here are the full versions:

The Yardbirds – “Still I’m Sad” (1965)

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The Tokens – “The Lion Sleeps Tonight (1961)

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And in case you’re interested, here’s the cover of “Still I’m Sad” that sparked this post:

The Jigsaw Seen – “Still I’m Sad” (2002)

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Song of the day: The Chevelles – "Get It On"

November 4, 2009

It’s time to blow some dust out of your speakers.

Here are The Chevelles, a good solid meat-and-potatoes rock band hailing from Western Australian, with “Get It On” (2002) (no, not the T.Rex song):

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Steven Van Zandt (a.k.a. Little Steven, garage rock aficionado) provides a pretty accurate description of the band:

“It’s the Who meets the Ramones meets the Easybeats meets Beach Blanket Bingo! It’s the criminals Australia wants to ship back to England and call it even! It’s the High Priests of the Barbarella Girl God Love Cult! It’s the Chevelles!”

The band is signed to Little Steven’s record label, Wicked Cool Records. And it’s just occurred to me that if the band ever left that label, then Little Steven, if asked why he looks like he hasn’t slept in days, could legitimately say that it’s because he’s “dis-Chevelled.” (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)

“Get It On” appears on The Chevelles’ best-of, Barbarella Girl God (2008), as good an introduction to the band as you could want. (Little Steven compiled it). Even The All Music Guide enjoyed it a fair bit (that’s probably because it’s a good solid meat-and-potatoes rock album).

As a bonus, and also on Barbarella Girl God, here’s a well-known Yardbirds song given the Chevelles treatment:

The Chevelles – “For Your Love” (1995)

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Here’s the original to give you an idea of just how revved-up The Chevelles’ version is:

The Yardbirds – “For Your Love” (1965)

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The Chevelles on MySpace