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.
These Song of the day posts are somehow meant as digging up hidden treasures, exactly like the kid is doing in the video accompanying today’s discovery: The King by the Belgian band Amatorski.
The song was released in 2010, and despite being only 2 minutes long it can serve as an excellent way to quickly go into a relaxing mood. Make sure to select a comfortable chair before clicking the Play-button!
If you happen to live near the German city Frankfurt and need a pair of glasses, it might be a good idea to drop by at Markus Nikolai’s (http://www.markusnikolai.com/) – apparently the man who made the song I want to draw your attention to today is selling fancy glasses these days.
Should you decide to do so, give him my regards and tell him that he has made an absolutely gorgeous and enchanting song in the early 2000s: Bushes. As you will notice, the video is more about how to get rid of them.
Iconic. That word should not be used lightly to describe a song, but in this case it is absolutely justified. The energy. The vibe of happiness. The thingy taped to the microphone. Tip of the day: bookmark this page for occasions when you might need a shot of positivism.
And in case you wonder what a contemporary version would look and sound like, here’s a more recent recording.
Writing great, original songs is an amazing skill. The creative artist(s) at his/her/their peak. But making alternative versions of existing songs can lead to equally amazing results, especially if the new version is not simply a cover, aiming to replicate the original as closely as possible, but rather an individual interpretation.
In my experience, some of the best results are linked to a switch in genre between the original and the new version. Take for example Nouvelle Vague, a french band that has released some albums with bossa nova versions of new wave classics – some of them absolutely wonderful, like Blue Monday.
With some songs, everytime I hear them being played on the radio or presented to me by the coincidence of shuffle function on my iPod, I have no idea who the artist or band is, often no idea about the title of the song (until it pops up in the lyrics of course), but still they manage to bring about a positive vibe somewhere inside. And that’s really all that counts for me. Here’s one of them.