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20 jul 2009, 05:31The last time I was moved to write in my last.fm journal, I was moved by '80s music. Well, it's happened again. The Ultravox song The Voice popped up in last.fm, which reminded me of my odd extrapolation...
A couple of years after hearing the song, when singer Sim Wilson joined the Christian punk band Undercover, I ended up referring to him as...the voice. And rightfully so.
2 maj 2009, 17:42OK, I may be a child of the '60s, inasmuch as I was literally a child during the '60s, but I'm heavily influenced by early '80s music, including the Go-Go's and Fun Boy Three.
Inasmuch as "Our Lips Are Sealed" (a Go-Go's hit) was co-written by members of both bands, it stands to reason that the Fun Boy Three would cover the song.
And when I first heard their cover back in the day, I *hated* it. Compared to the original, the Fun Boy Three "cover" of the song struck me as lackluster and uninspired. When they sang "It doesn't matter anyway" at the end of the song, they MEANT it.
Well, I was listening to songs in the library of djwudi (Michael Hanscom), and this song came up this morning. And I was forced to admit, in the words of Jim Bakker, "I was wrong." Our Lips Are Sealed is, upon further review, a nice little track.
Or maybe it's just because I'm a quarter century older.
P.S. If you want to check out djwudi's library, it's at http://www.last.fm/user/djwudi.
3 feb 2009, 15:47I am no expert on Australian music. And it's questionable whether you can sum up "Australian music" as a singular item, especially when you consider the country is fully or partially responsible for artists as varied as Helen Reddy, the Bee Gees, Midnight Oil, Steven Hodson's favorite Flash and the Pan, and countless others.
But if I were to pick out a distinctively Australian artist, I'd go with The Church. I go back a long way with them; back when I was writing a music 'zine, there was another music 'zine called From Ears and Mouth that featured the Church and its members frequently - so frequently that I was waiting for the 'zine to feature an Under the Milky Way candy bar.
Well, this morning on my drive to work, I was listening to the Midnight Juggernauts CD (as usual; I just bought it) and happened upon the song Aurora. I know it's not an exact match, but the song hits me as a Church-like song - and thus distinctively Australian.
21 jan 2009, 21:49
14 jan 2009, 00:11I don't recall Anywhere Under the Moon being on last.fm before...but it's there now. Probably somewhat atypical for the band, which seems to spend more time in a more acoustic bent. But it's still a nice shimmering song.
P.S. And this gives me one more opportunity to lament the takeover of IMF by Ovation, and the subsequent loss of quality music programming on the One World show. I wrote about it once before. Actually, twice. Would you believe thrice?
28 nov 2008, 03:19I've said it before, and I'll say it again - Total Devo is one of my favorite Devo albums. I'm listening to Disco Dancer right now - not the remix, unfortunately - and basking in its greatness. However, some believe that Total Devo is the point where they succumbed to their own theory of de-evolution and became ninnies and twits. But what's wrong with a good dance song?
12 jun 2008, 17:47
25 maj 2008, 22:25During my sophomore year of college (1980-1981), there was a guy in the room next door who was from Greece. He had brought an LP (kids, an LP is kinda like a CD but bigger and easier to scratch) of the soundtrack to the movie "Lemon Popsicle." The soundtrack was an eclectic collection of 50s songs, including the haunting melody "Greenfields" by the Brothers Four. Another song in the collection was "Chantilly Lace," but NOT by the Big Bopper (who presumably wouldn't say "You know what Jerry Lee likes."