Musical coincidences # 281

August 6, 2012

A couple of days ago I pestered you with a track from the soundtrack CD to the Scottish musical comedy TV series The Young Person’s Guide To Becoming A Rock Star.

Courtesy of another track on the CD, here’s one fairly obvious coincidence (especially for fans of the Bee Gees):

The Young Person’s Guide To Becoming A Rock Star – “I Want To Die” (1998) (excerpt)

Bee Gees – “Run To Me (1972) (excerpt)

Here are the full versions:

The Young Person’s Guide To Becoming A Rock Star – “I Want To Die” (1998)

Bee Gees – “Run To Me (1972)

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Song of the day: The Young Person’s Guide To Becoming A Rock Star – "Why Won’t You Shag Me?"

August 4, 2012

Hooray! Zipadeedoodah! O frabjous day! I finally found it! Woohoo!

Sorry. I’ll back up a bit here.

Many, many years ago (1998 to be precise) I watched a six-part Scottish TV series called The Young Person’s Guide To Becoming A Rock Star. It was a comedy about the misadventures of a young man as he formed a band and discovered the, er, uniqueness of the music industry. I loved it.

I’d put to the back of my mind as an enjoyable memory, and there it stayed until a couple of months ago when I read British bass player Guy Pratt‘s fun autobiography My Bass And Other Animals. As well as it being a mighty entertaining read, I was reminded by Guy in the book that he was responsible for almost all of the music in the aforementioned TV series. That prompted me to see if the show had ever been released on DVD. It hasn’t. (Grrr. And: Why not?) However, a soundtrack CD was available on eBay, and I pounced on it. (Thanks, eBay seller who had the CD.)

For me, the musical highlight of the series was the song I’m going to play you. The back story for it is the unrequited lust the band’s lead singer has for the band’s keyboardist:

The Young Person’s Guide To Becoming A Rock Star – “Why Won’t You Shag Me?” (1998)

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And here’s where it appears in the series:

By the way, there’s a scene in the series that contains one of my all-time favourite puns. The band sign their first contract, get an advance, and immediately go out and buy a fancy car. They’re driving their fancy car on the highway, get stopped by a police officer, and…