Back when I was a kid in the 70’s and 80’s, you never admitted to liking your parents music. In fact you usually forced yourself to not like it, despite how good it was. We were probably too immature to recognise the quality. We were strictly pop chart top 20.
Simon & Garfunkel were one of those artists that in my group were considered ultra daggy. As we grew we learned to recognise great music. Then soon we were game enough to admit it. We could say we like the Sound of Silence and not fear being ridiculed.
A few years ago (Yeah, I’m late to the party!) I happened to hear a song blaring out of my son’s bedroom. It was an angry version of The Sound of Silence I’d never heard before playing on the radio. I’d come along midway through to witness the rising of the vocals and I had to stop whatever the hell I was doing and look this up. By Disturbed, Son said. Who are they? A metal band. This is a metal band? Geez this guy, David Draiman, can freakin’ sing! His voice had feeling. It gave the song a whole new dimension. Several of them, in fact.
I immediately looked it up on Youtube and played it from the start. Man, that song glued me to the screen. I bought it from Google Play and I don’t easily buy music. This song literally did grab me.
Then I came across a reaction video. I was so happy to see other people reacting to it in the same way I did. In fact I’ve watched so many reaction videos to this song and of the live version they performed on Conan. It’s even really satisfying to see reactions from vocal coaches who are equally impressed with it. I love hearing that Paul Simon endorsed this version. It’s just a freaking amazing version of an already fantastic song.
Official Music Video:
Live on Conan:
And also search for the reaction videos. You will enjoy the inclusion you feel as you realise many other people react in a similar way.
Typically in this series I’ve talked about songs that have stuck with me over the years for various reasons. Today will be a little different. It’s a very recent song and it’s by my daughter’s favourite band. Yes, it’s a teeny bopper song. There. I said it. 44 year old dude likes a teeny bopper song.Continue reading →
Gotta love this. It’s an oldie but a goodie (you can tell because Adam looks about half his current age in this vid!). Much loved Aussie comedian Adam Hills mashes our rather solemn national anthem with a well known Aussie rock song, Jimmy Barnes’s Working Class Man, complete with Barnesy mannerisms. Classic.
I’ve loved this song since the day I first heard it. The beautiful haunting lyrics written by Hunters & Collectors lead singer Mark Seymour in the mid-1980’s Human Frailty album, apparently are about a one night stand. Hmm. I completely missed that when I was 15. Continue reading →
There are lots of writing blogs telling us to get our book covers just right. I’ve also written a couple of posts about the mistreatment of indigenous people recently. Today they come together.
No, The Sapphires are not an obscure backing group for a slick and horrid in-your-face white dude dancing
The Sapphires is an Australian movie based on a true story about four talented aboriginal girls, played by Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Shari Sebbens and Miranda Tapsell, who, in the 1960’s, fight racism and discrimination to become recognised as the great singers they were. Continue reading →
The lead singer of Australian band Yothu Yindi was 56 and was suffering from kidney failure. Far too young.
He is best known for the song Treaty which was written by Yothu Yindi and Paul Kelly and Midnight Oil front man Peter Garret, around the time the then prime minister Bob Hawke promised to form a treaty between the Indigenous Australians and the Australian government by 1990. And then failed to do so. Treaty was originally intended to raise public awareness of the promise made and then became a protest song when the promise was broken. Continue reading →
This is a protest song about the treatment of the Australian indigenous people during the time of the first European settlement and the whole invading-the-country thing. It’s suggesting the accepted history is inaccurate and that it wasn’t the relatively peaceful encounter many are led to believe. Continue reading →
I remember hearing this on the radio when I was a young tacker and loved it. Back then it was the rolling rhythm that sucked me in but later I began to appreciate the lyrics. Come on, what red blooded boy doesn’t like the imagery of a hot girl? Often exaggerated imagery projected by an over-excited mate describing a girl he can’t have but wishes he could. Continue reading →
Surfin’ USA by the Beach Boys (music by Chuck Berry), isn’t this the best surfing song? The Wilson brothers were said to have liked the Chuck Berry song Sweet Little Sixteen so much they thought it’d be a great idea to put some surfing lyrics to the music. That led to listing all the popular surfing locations in America, throw in a simple but clever little rhyming story about having no excuses for not surfing if there was an ocean nearby, and the rest is this very catchy song. Continue reading →