Friday, 22 May 2020

Monday, 18 May 2020

Monday long song: Anyway

I've written about The Church before - in fact, I opened my old Clandestine Classics series with one of their tracks (ten years ago, blimey). When they started out, in the early 80s, The Church, in their stronger moments, were a bit like an Australian REM, as in that track I've linked to above. As time went on, they became a different, darker, gothic animal, more like an Australian Mission. As the 80s gave way to the 90s, the songs got longer and longer, and arguably less melodic. My interest in them didn't last much beyond 1993. I understand that frontman Steve Kilbey had personal demons to deal with - others might be better placed to judge whether this was a factor in the gradual change in musical style, I don't know.

Anyway... this is from an EP released in 1998, well past my days of buying Church releases but discovered a couple of years ago via YouTube. It's not great, it's not terrible, but it is long enough to qualify for this series.

What do you reckon? Bobby-dazzler or bobbin-shite?

No band would call themselves The Church these days, not if they wanted to be Googlable...

Sunday, 17 May 2020

The greatest Smiths song they never recorded

I might have mentioned this before, I can't remember, but if I have I'm going to repeat myself because this is brilliant on so many levels: as a musical pastiche, as a literary history lesson, as comedy... Really, watch it all the way through, with the sound turned up. How many Smiths songs are referenced?

Wasted on the kids, I tell her.

Saturday, 16 May 2020

Separated at birth VIII - Maroon 5's Memories and Pachelbel's Canon

Memories by Maroon 5

I haven't done one of these for a while (five years, as it turns out, almost to the day!) but I heard Memories by anodyne pop rockers Maroon 5 yesterday, and I was really struck by the chord progression - it was so familiar. Now I'm not well versed in classical music, so it took me a while to find what it reminded me of; in the end, it took working out where I'd heard the piece (at weddings) to help me track down Pachelbel's Canon. People get excited about whether Lana Del Rey ripped off Radiohead, and then whether Radiohead ripped off The Hollies; similarly, hitting Oasis with the Beatles stick is a popular pastime. Clearly they've all been doing it wrong, and Adam Levine's got it right: if you're going to plagiarise someone, pick a dead person who can't sue you, and whose work is all out of copyright.

Canon in D by Pachelbel, popularly known as Pachelbel's Canon

Previous separations at birth

Footnote: I am a very, very long way from being the first person to spot this (example), so apologies if it's old news...

Friday, 15 May 2020

Songs for tomorrow: All Tomorrow's Parties

Can't help but wonder whether anyone has sped up or pitch-shifted Nico yet? In the same way Dolly Parton's Jolene was so effectively slowed down...

Thursday, 14 May 2020

The Unewsual II - the faded beauty of abandoned cars

I found much to like in this news story about a photographer who has been capturing old cars, as they are reclaimed by nature. You don't need to be a petrolhead to enjoy this either, just to know a good picture when you see one; it's really worth clicking through to...

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Rain Makes The Roses Grow

A public service announcement for all Gene fans, and anyone else who likes good music. At 8.30pm this Friday, the 15th of May, Martin Rossiter will be playing a mini gig online. The gig marks his 50th birthday, and is also a fundraiser for NHS Charities Together. You don't have to donate to watch, but you'll feel better about your life if you do. Here, let the man tell you himself:

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These are the links you'll be looking for:

Martin is promising the first airing of a new song too, Rain Makes The Roses Grow. Not bad for someone who was going to be playing his farewell gig next month...

And as if that isn't enough, straight after the gig Tim's Twitter Listening Party will be listening to Olympian from 10pm, look:

Do not miss this.