Older song discoveries: August

 

 

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Bring a Little Lovin’ by Los Bravos (1968)
(Once Upon a Time in Hollywood soundtrack)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All Together Now by The Farm (1990)
(A powerful anti-war anthem. Wouldn’t have been out of place on a U2 album. I read has been used by numerous football teams since, as well as by the Labour Party (UK) for their 2017 General Election campaign)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feel A Pain by Hydra (1974)
(Lesser known southern rock)

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s a Beautiful Day by White Bird (1969)
(We’ve all got to fly, or we will die)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Knowing You From Today by Sideway Look (1984)
(Arguably Echo & the Bunnymen clones. Beautiful guitars)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Live It Up by Mental as Anything (1985)
(Appears in the 1986 film Crocodile Dundee. Thanks Alyson)

 

 

 

 

 

Constant Craving by KD Lang (1992)
(Stumbled upon an article on BBC Entertainment which mentioned this was a #1 single in the 90s)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nothin’ But A Good Time by Poison (1988)
(Sure the lyrics are clichéed, hair metal rockers singing about a good time with women and wine. The lyric is still effective because addresses the daily “same old, same old” we all go through)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Getting Away With It by Electronic (1991)
(Thanks Rol. Didn’t know there was a Bernard Sumner and Johnny Marr supergroup! On this track Pet Shop Boys also contributed)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Psycho (cover) by Jack Kittel (1974)
(A twisted country song for the time it was made, the 1968 original is sung by Eddie Noack, and covered by various artists. Thanks Maya Hawke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Look Sharp! by Joe Jackson (1978)
(Thanks moulty58 at The Future is Past)

 

 

 

 

 

 

They Don’t Know by Kirsty MacColl (1979)
(Kirsty MacColl’s original has more feeling than Tracey Ullman’s sweet, poppy 80s version. Both good though)

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do you think? As always, comments are welcome

14 thoughts on “Older song discoveries: August

  1. Great how we all make new discoveries via each other’s blogs and no history attached to the record so a fresh (and totally unbiased) response to it. I’m still humming Key Largo to myself all these weeks later.

    Yes, All Together Now – It was decades later until I realised what the lyrics were actually about but so obvious now.

    KD Lang – loved that era, but also love the music she made with two others as supergroup case/land/viers – Their Supermoon was perfect for my Moon Series.

    Still haven’t been to see Once Upon A Time…. but now pencilled in for next week. Will report back.

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    1. @Alyson: All Together Now could work for any generation, great song

      According to the BBC article I linked to here, KD Lang has “semi-retired” from music. I look forward to hearing the supergroup album which we talked about once before.

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  2. Poison for me is kind of a guilty pleasure as I kind have a love/hate thing towards the glam-metal bands of the time but it’s still better than a lot of today’s music. kd lang is someone I heard of back in the day as the song “Miss Chatelaine” is a song of hers that I like a lot. The music from Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is something I love. The only older music that I’ve been listening to have been some live clips of the Grateful Dead that I’ve been watching on YouTube as I’m also re-listening to stuff from the Cure including material from Wild Mood Swings as I think they were better heard live than in the studio. The only new song (that isn’t Tool) that I’ve been liking only because of my nephew is…. “Baby Shark”.

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    1. @ninvoid99: Haven’t listened to much 80s Hair Metal/Glam Metal besides Guns n Roses, Bon Jovi. Any recommendations?

      Thanks for the tip about Miss Chatelaine

      Glad the Tool album is finally available for the fans even if don’t usually listen to prog-metal.

      Baby Shark is incredibly catchy. I see it as kind of a spiritual sequel to Baby Beluga (1980) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjTnENSYAcM)

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      1. I wouldn’t call GNR hair/glam metal. If anything, GNR was the band that brought the first nail in that scene’s coffin. They didn’t treat their music kindly nor did they really play up the world of glam. They were meaner and angrier as opposed to the hair bands that were nicer and more pop friendly in comparison to GNR.

        A lot of those bands in that scene don’t like to be called glam/pop/hair metal. Motley Crue were a bit more theatrical but they had elements of glam in songs like “Home Sweet Home” and “Without You” as their first 5 albums are considered their quintessential recordings.

        Quiet Riot is often considered the band that brought the L.A. scene to the masses with their Metal Health album. I have mixed opinions of Bon Jovi during their glam days but Slipppery When Wet and New Jersey are considered essential. Poison’s first 3 albums are staples in the world of glam. Cinderella is actually a good band as they had a more blues element to their music in albums like Night Songs and Long Cold Winter. Whitesnake’s 1987 release is considered glam though I really think more akin to some of the music of Thin Lizzy but the videos only added to their glam image unfortunately while it’s easy to forget that none of the people in the band shown on their videos played on the record.

        I never considered Def Leppard a glam/hair band at all. I considered them to be a hard rock band with pop elements. That’s all I can say about glam/hair metal though it’s not meant to be taken seriously. I’d rather take glam metal over today’s music any day. Plus, I’d rather listen to someone screaming “Do you people like rock n’ roll out there!?” instead of someone saying “this is about people dying in Nicaragua… STOP SMILING!”

        I got that last quote from Henry Rollins.

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    2. @ninvoid99: Thanks, I’ll use your comment as a roadmap. Besides Guns n Roses nail in that scene’s coffin, there’s an article which claims Penelope Spheeris’ The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years (1988) accidently killed Hair Metal ( https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/59qay5/decline-of-western-civilization-part-ii-30th-anniversary-penelope-spheeris)
      Noticed a podcast on YouTube with the title Did Grunge Kill Hair Metal Or Did It Kill Itself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oz_nJQySTLk

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      1. I would say that documentary is the other nail in the coffin of the glam metal scene. Other nails I would cite for that scene include the 1989 Moscow Peace Festival as that was a music festival meant to support rehabilitation and sobriety in Moscow yet the only band that was straight/sober for the entire thing was… Motley Crue believe it or not. The fourth nail in the coffin I felt was how the music industry signed everyone and the formula it brought where a band releases a rock single and then a power ballad as it became common. The fifth nail in the coffin was Poison’s infamous 1991 MTV Video Music Awards performance as it was just a fucking trainwreck. The final nail was Nirvana’s Nevermind reaching #1 in the album charts in the 2nd week of January in 1992.

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