Here’s You Am I with a wonderfully poignant song about growing up:
Now that we’ve finished our whirlwind tour of new, non-Australian, and non-power-pop music, it’s time for something that’s a) Australian and b) power pop:
By the way, in the interview preceding the song in the video above, You Am I’s Tim Rogers mentioned that he lifted the opening guitar bit in “Cathy’s Clown” from the Hoodoo Gurus‘ live version of The Beatles‘ “Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey“.
If you’re curious as to what the Hoodoo Gurus version sounded like (I know was), here it is:
And the original:
Speaking of cover versions…
And it looks like this has turned into a post about “Everybody’s Got Something To Hide…” instead of You Am I’s song. Many apologies, You Am I fans. What was their song called again? Oh yeah…
I thought You Am I did such a
splendid1 marvellous job on that song that I want to play you another cover version they recorded live (at the same gig). This time they chose a song from obscure2 English 60’s band The Creation:
Here’s the original:
The Creation – “Making Time” (1965)
Unnecessary Text Formatting Aside: I’m toying with using numbers instead of asterisks for my pointless footnotes. If you feel strongly either way – and there’s absolutely no reason why you would, unless you were a pedant like me – then let those feelings be known and tell me why either method is totally right or totally wrong.
(1I’ve just noticed that I’ve been using the word “splendid” way too often in the last few days. I guess “splendid” was Word of the Week in the Peter household. I think I’ll make “flibbertigibbet” next week’s overused word.)
(2I’d never heard of The Creation before, but if you have then feel free to ignore the word “obscure” in that sentence.)
What do you get when you mix the best Australian rock band of the 90’s with the best Australian rock band of the 60’s?
You get this:
Excuse me while I play that again, but louder this time.
Here’s the original:
The Easybeats – “She’s So Fine” (1965)
Today’s song is dedicated to Mr. Suave:
As a bonus, here’s You Am I with guest drummer/vocalist Kram (from Spiderbait) playing a live version that’s pretty rowdy, complete with an introduction that leads you to think you’re going to hear a completely different song (if you’re a Kiss fan you’ll recognise that other song immediately):
I’ve noticed that some of my posts have strayed into, shall we say, ‘long-winded’ territory.
Now, I’m a reasonable man, and I understand that your time is precious, and that you don’t want to waste it by reading the ramblings of an opinionated Australian. So, in lieu of another long-winded post, I’ll just offer you today’s song without a preamble (if you don’t count the preamble above, of course). Here’s You Am I with “Purple Sneakers” (1995):
In my (almost) humble opinion: great band, great song.
Whenever I’m listening to music and want to get the adrenaline pumping, the Australian band I usually turn to is You Am I…
Here’s Australia’s best live band of the 90’s with “Jewels And Bullets” – but first, a suggestion: as this is a You Am I song, please turn the volume up as much as possible. Thank you.