Give me a reason not to like this song. In a lot of cases, songs with electrical guitars in them, contain – for my personal taste – too much of it. But not in this Glory Box. Here it is an element that perfectly blends in with the mix of melancholy and restraint that unites the other musical instruments and lead singer Beth Gibbon’s voice. Definitely one of my favorites from the 90’s (also because it contains a sample of a Belgian classic from the 60’s : Daydream by Wallace Collection).
If you ask people to name a 60’s pop song from Belgium, they typically come up with Daydream (Wallace Collection), Seven Horses in the Sky (The Pebbles) or Dominique (Soeur Sourire) – some of which definitely also belong to my favorites (I leave it up to your deductive skills, gathered from my previous Song of the day posts, to figure out which ones).
But another marvelous song is often overlooked: Move by the duo Jess & James, 2 Belgian brothers with Portuguese roots. The song was originally released in 1967, the video I am linking to dates from 1968 – you will appreciate the flashy and hyper-professional camera work. Some of you might also know the song from the 80s cover version by The Trammps, but as is the case with most covers; nothing beats the original.
Another one from the decade of my musical awakening – I was 18 at the time this was released. In the 1980s Thomas Dolby was one of my personal favorites, and even today some of his songs are still just that. One of them is definitely Hyperactive!, not in the least because it contains a hilarious line that I am still able to use in various circumstances every now and then: “You’ll be safer at the back, when I’m having an attack.”
Wow. Amazing. Sometimes you come across a song that evokes this kind of reaction. Like Penelope from the Californian indie rockband Pinback. No further comment needed if you ask me.
Motown stands for fabulous sounding songs from black artists, right? Well, in fact the first part is right, but the second is not – as demonstrated by this 1967 song from the Canadian and definitely white R. Dean Taylor.
Another bold statement underlining the fact that music does not need lyrics to impress. A song almost everyone has already heard at some point (largely due to the fact that it was used in The Matrix trilogy), but hardly anyone knows what the title is or who the performer is. And more importantly: a song that makes almost evreryone take notice when it starts to play: Clubbed to Death by the Australian musician Rob Dougan.
Challenge of the day: click the play button of the video below and in the 3 minutes afterwards do not move your fingers, especially not to the rhythm of the piano sound. The song is über-catchy, although that might not have been intentional, as The Shirts actually began their career as a punk band in the late 70’s.