The Originals: from The La’s to Al Green

Black coffee, dark chocolate, sugar-topping doughnut, and the like.  I call them the originals, the irreplaceable-s. I always think that there’s something in the original version of which any new invention (in flavor or such) could never replace. Unsurprisingly it also happens to my music preference, when speaking of those cover songs that at some points, over time, become more popular than the original ones.

Well, listed below some of them which, perhaps, some people just don’t realise that the songs are actually the covers of the less-popular ones of some great musicians that were sung initially many years earlier. So, through this random post, I’d love to give credits to those musicians.

*drumroll*

1. “There She Goes” by The La’s

Name some of other musicians covering the song like The Boo Radleys (1993), The Wombats (2008), Robbie Williams (1998), “There She Goes” became a hit again around the year 2000 when the cover version by Sixpence None the Richer was listed on the OST of Snow Day movie. This cover version was actually released in 1999 on their self-titled album, just about 9 or 10 years later after its original version. Yes, it was one of the hits of The La’s back then in 1990. And, I really love how Lee Mavers (The La’s‘ vocalist) sang the song originally with his unique vocal character. Well, Sixpence None the Richer is one of those bands who succeeded at the recycle.

2. “Don’t Dream It’s Over” by Crowded House

I’ll be still mentioning Sixpence None the Richer here, as the band was the one who has resurrected the song and made it to the billboard once again in 2003. The song was originally written and sung by an Australian rock band, Crowded House. The song was released in 1986 as one of the tracks from their self-titled debut, and succeeded to the top of international billboard a year later.

3. “Come On Eileen” by Dexys Midnight Runners

I guess most of those growing up around 90s will likely to relate the song with the ska band Save Ferris. It is undeniable that “Come On Eileen” has become Save Ferris‘ most successful single to date. No wonder if many people still don’t have idea that it wasn’t originally sung by the band. Yes, honey. It actually belongs to an English band, named Dexys Midnight Runners. “Come On Eileen” was a single from their album Too-Rye-Ay. It was released in UK around 1982.

4. “Bizarre Loves Triangle” by New Order

There will be this kind of talk, “Hey, do you know “Bizarre Loves Triangle”?” And there is this answer, “Oh yeah, Frente!‘s song?” Few that usually directly recall the original band who wrote the song.

So, long story short, it is one of the hits of New Order, an 80s English rock band popular with their new wave or synth pop dance music. The song was initially released in 1986 and was one of the contents of their album, Brotherhood.

In 1994, Frente! covered the song in acoustic format. The cover actually has brought up the sweetness of the song that does not really show up in the original version. It was said to be Frente!‘s only major overseas success.

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Tame Impala, Jakarta: a reunion with an old ‘long-distance’ crush

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I am now listening to “Sundown Syndrome”, one of the earliest tracks of Tame Impala back then in 2008 when the band were just established and compiling the initial EP, one of my favorite tracks.  It has been 4 days since their Jakarta concert last Friday, 29 April 2016. And, I’m still shivering to listen to their songs again. Count me in if you started listing those who are having hard time moving on from the concert that was held around an hour and a half.

I remember 5 years ago, when I bought the ticket of their first Indonesian concert. I told my self that I really had to see the concert. Really had to. Even though at that time I could hardly think of any companion to come to Bengkel Night Park with, and ended up going alone and run into another girl I knew to love Tame Impala as much too. (Hello, Feb! If you read this. =D)

This year, when they announced their Asian tour, I told my self the same that I had to see them again, no matter how far (when Indonesian schedule hasn’t been announced, I picked Singapore as the nearest one to catch up, thank god I shouldn’t come that far! And I saved the extra fund! Lol). If 5 years ago I thought I had to come because the band was great, and they were rare; this year I had to come because it’s Tame Impala. It is like you had a long-distance friend who came along to visit your country. You just gotta meet them. And I grew up listening to them and following their journey. And, they have become the part of my youth. It just sounded terrible if I missed their concert.

So, I came. And, last Friday was a terrific night for me! Forget all the torture I suffered from Jakarta’s INSANE traffic to reach Senayan, Tame Impala had paid it off. Even though I didn’t succeed to stand at the front row to see them close, still, the concert paid off.

I saw them growing big. I remember that night in 2011, they were just a group of shy and quirky folks playing great music. I remember I was seeing Nick Allbrook (now no longer the part of Tame Impala) standing at the stage like the strangest strange creature. So skinny, pale and odd. I saw Kevin like a grumpy geek. How he just stood there not saying much but only singing and playing his guitar. As well as Dom, and the youngest Jay at that time. Last Friday, they were different. I’m not talking about the new formation. But they were a different Tame Impala. They are the BIGGER Tame Impala. The band who has been around the world, and making an even greater and greater music. Same old band, new Tame Impala.

I love how Kevin was being more cheerful. How he was being more talkative (The quirk stayed, tho. Lol). How he was being sooo relax, and to be frank, how he sang live much better. Haha..

They are really improving. The sound was monster. In the simple outdoor stage, they succeeded to present us a majestic visual in various colors that were contrasted in high saturation and dancing with every song they played. They brought the crowd in Parkir Selatan Senayan to another dimension. And I was in awe the whole concert.

I really wish I could meet the gang in person. Iga Massardi is a lucky bastard, having a chance TWICE to meet them in person. He said in 2011 he succeeded to get Kevin signing his guitar, and this year his band, Barasuara, opened the concert. Even Kevin praised them during the performance. I wonder how happy Iga could be, as he stated that he is also a great fan of Tame Impala. Really envy him and those fortunate enough to have that access.

Tame Impala’s Jakarta concert that night has blown me away. Everything was set up in a great finesse. The stage, the visual, the sound. Thank to the “doctor” crew of Tame Impala: Shiny Joe Ryan, cs. And, not forgetting the promoter of the event, two thumbs up for KiosPLAY. The event was well-arranged and very punctual. And, without their effort, surely the fans could not see the ‘current’ Tame Impala.

Thanks for the great experience! Thanks, Tame Impala! Thanks, KiosPLAY!

5 Favorite Longest Songs (Part 2)

Last year, I made a listing of my 5 favorite longest songs and posted it here where I’ve got The La’s until Pink Floyd. If that day I did it spontaneously by randomly  recalling any unusual long duration songs that came up in mind, now I have made the listing on purpose by collecting the long song I happened to listen (or listen again) these days and not on the previous list. Starting from the ‘shortest’ of 6 minute duration until the longest 23 minute song! Here they are.

“I talk to the wind” – King Crimson (6:06)

The song starts with the sound of the flute’s and a little cymbal’s playing. Soon the baritone vocal of Judy Dyble follows and will drag you to that low ambiance.

“Said the straight man…

to the late man…

Where have you been?”

The song always brings me to that mood of contemplation. The mood is low and tranquil. And, it floats my mind to somewhere else thinking  until I realize that this sixteen-minute song stops or the next song is already playing, even before I know it.

This one is from “In the Court of the Crimson King” album that was produced around 1969. The album is actually one from the only two albums of KC that I listened to (the other one is Red) since years ago.

If you need a lullaby or just a song to play in rainy days, you may try this one out.

“Doesn’t the moon look good tonight?” – Mink Mussel Creek (7:30)

The song is my favorite one from “Mink Mussel Manticore” album, which is Mink Mussel Creek*’s debut in 2014 after active since 2007 and no longer played as a group (am I right?). It stars with ethnic touch from the percussion that is beat repeatedly in harmony, and then the lonely guitar picking, to be soon traced with Nick Allbrook’s hopeless vocal. Until after the first minute, Nick is screaming, the guitar starts to get coarser,  and the chorus is played in full band, then it goes like how it starts again, and on and on. And, since the minute 3 or 4, the song gets louder and more experimental. You’ll find it so ‘jammy’ and original. Don’t mind the duration, you’ll like the song if you like experiment, underground or psychedelic music.

* Mink Mussel Creek is actually another band of Kevin Parker’s Tame Impala and POND’s Nick Allbrook. In the band, Kevin beats drum, while Nick sings and plays guitar.

“When the feeling’s in the core” – Tame Impala (7:41)

Looking at “Currents”, if you’re new to Tame Impala, you might be surprised for how their initial music mostly sounds like. Not that I don’t like their ‘current’ music (I always love their music), but if one asks me what’s my favorite song of Tame Impala, I will always answer it with any song from their early-earlier albums. And, to me, “When the feeling’s in the core” is my most favorite one (in spite the fact that it’s only one of their b-sides).

The song was produced almost ten years ago in Kevin’s early 20s. After The Dee Dee Dums era, perhaps? When Kevin still played drums while singing (Gosh!). This nearly eight-minute song always reminds me of 70s progressive rock scene like Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Hendrix, Jethro Tull, King Crimson, and many others. You’ll easily notice it even since the very first start of the song. In this song, I love the drum. I love the guitar riff. I love how Kevin sang. I love its tempo. I love everything about this song. I really don’t care about the duration when it comes listening to this song.

Listening to the song sometimes makes me feel bad for (I know that) it is almost utopia if someday Tame Impala will produce another one of this kind. What do you think?

“The Cinema Show” – Genesis (10:41)

The song was told to be the inspiration from T.S. Eliot’s poem “The Waste Land”. It is from one of the most-talked Genesis album, “Selling England by the Pound”. I love the entire album, and the song is one of my favorite tracks from the album.

Initiated with the beautiful section of 12-string guitar sound, the song features Peter Gabriel’s and Phil Collins’ vocal harmonies. The first 2 minutes of the song is melancholia. And, the mood is changed immediately and followed with the flute sound and Rutherford’s festal keyboard, then another vocal harmonies. Until, another solo keyboard and guitar rhythm is to conclude the rest five or four minutes of the song.

If you’re interested to try on the song, better try on the whole album. Progressive rock fans must love it, I bet.

“Supper’s ready” – Genesis (23:05)

Another one from Genesis to be my favorite song with the longest duration: “Supper’s ready.”

To be frank, I’m so unfortunate for just being moved to listen to this one, which was one of Genesis’ undisputed best tracks in Peter Gabriel era. And, thank to Dimas for ‘slipping’ it secretly into my music player so I accidentally listened to it until I really really like it.

As I included in the caption, it is twenty effing three minute duration song! Listening to the song is like listening to an album (at least a half of it). The song comprises seven different sections. But, every section’s fragments keep reappearing in other section(s) that make the seven sections as one full track. And that made it progressive, am I right?

I have started to like it at the second attempt of finishing listening to the entire track. I paid attention to almost every detail of the song. Every single section is always another new and wonderful experience for me. And, like any other progressive music, the song gives you numbers of change in every element, the lyric, the music instrument, the mood, and everything. What so amazed me is that all those elements were put together in a very smooth phase and flow.

Try this one. 23 minutes is nothing for a good song. The song is worth the effort. Trust me. 😀

 

 

Delorean Highway: Manic Space Ballad

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Once wondered how’d be like if member of Tame Impala independently makes music without Kevin Parker’s name hovering, Delorean Highway gave me the answer.

Imagine you are sitting in a spaceship that flies on track somewhere in another dimension where everything is a complete dark-blank, where you could see no end. Sometimes the dark are covered with thousands of shining stars. Sometimes they turn colors into colors in some wavy and layered cosmic patterns. Sometimes you want to fly fast. Sometimes you just want to slow down. That’s Delorean Highway to be like.

Delorean Highway is the solo project of Jay “Gumby” Watson aside his big bands’ (Tame Impala and Pond) hectic agenda. Like in his other bands, Jay created something that is not un-psychedelic. (Don’t insist me to change it into a positive sentence. Lol.) But it is not the same either. There’s fusion of influences from 80s dance pop, 70s psychedelic rock, even 90s shoegaze and such. It’s a psychedelic shoegazey layered dreamy spacepop. Yes, that’s the term I could best describe Gum’s music. (Hm, okay.)

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