Still living in the 70’s

Hello!

As most of my posts show, I’m older than my dad, musically speaking. He was a entered the twenties in the late seventies, and I live mostly since the late sixties. So, I’m fond of those bands that today, and with modern knowledge and technology, try to revive the spirit of the 70’s.
One of those bands is definitely Wolfmother. Comparing them to Blue Cheer, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath or even The Doors is somewhat of a cliché nowadays, but, as most clichés, it is true!

Here’s one of their very good songs White Unicorn, preceded by a cover of Dear Prudence (another great Beatles‘ tune) and interluded by Riders On The Storm by The Doors (not the Snoop Dog version that appeared on Need For Speed Underground 2, great memories though :D)

One of my favourite songs by them is Cosmic Egg, it  carries so much energy and electricity!

See you next time, I’ll probably pull the electricity plug on the next post…

Musical enigmas

Hello yet again!

It’s hard to compete with the last two posts: sex and boobs are pretty much the most searched things in the internet (and rightfully so, I’m not contesting that :P). However I’ll try to bring something interesting today and no, this time I have a shorter post (I promise I won’t post 2 hours of music again haha).

Probably most of you have heard about subliminal messages in music, hidden meanings, unraveled when played backwards – mostly satanic stuff and whatever. I must tell you I’m pretty skeptical with those things, most of the times people extract meanings they want to hear, or that vaguely sound like reality (in the vein of misheard lyrics). Who hasn’t heard the backwards version of Stairway to Heaven and all that stuff about loving Satan?

If you really believe in subliminal messages here’s a real one (taken from the movie Little Nicky with the great Adam Sandler posing as one of Beelzebub’s sons):

(If you like hard rock/metal and you love to laugh, I definitely recommend watching this movie – even Ozzy appears! :P)

Ok, that one’s a spoof, I know.. In the early 80’s, Iron Maiden were also accused of satanism (with songs like The Number Of The Beast, I wonder why…). To show people that it was all a lie, they intentionally recorded a phrase backwards on their album Piece of Mind. When you hear the song properly, it doesn’t mean anything (except for the burp, that’s recognizable even backwards), but try playing it backwards! You’ll hear Nicko McBrain imitating the Ugandan dictator Idi Amin saying “What ho said the t’ing with the three ‘bonce’, do not meddle with things you don’t understand…

I think you get my point: most of the times there’s nothing there to extract, when there is, it’s a joke!

Unless you’re Tool! Tool is a alternative/progressive metal band who use odd tempos, complex sounds and also incorporates visual experimentation on their videos (see Parabola and you’ll get what I mean). Someone once said that they’re “the thinking person’s metal band. Cerebral and visceral, soft and heavy, melodic and abrasive, tender and brutal, familiar and strange, western and eastern, beautiful and ugly, taut yet sprawling and epic, they are a tangle of contradictions.”

Their connection with this topic is because they do leave enigmas for the fans! Their song Lateralus is based on the Fibonacci sequence, both rhythmically and in the verses length. The first time Maynard sings is also at 1.618 minutes, which is the golden ratio, also related to the Fibonacci sequence. Do watch this video if you doubt me:

But that’s not the only thing. You probably have heard about hidden tracks in cds, no? Usually the album is advertised as having X songs and when you play it you notice there’s X+1 instead. Big deal! Tool also have a hidden track in their 10,000 days album, but it’s not a regular hidden track. You have to build it! If you take the song Wings For Marie (Part 1) and put it in front of Viginti Tres, you’ll see that together they have 11:17 minutes, which is exactly the duration of the song 10,000 days (Wings Part 2)! Furthermore, overlap them and they sync together! Isn’t that amazing? Here’s the total overlapped version of the 3 songs (notice the doubled riff at 9:14 – 9+14=23 – viginti tres in latin):

I’ll leave you appreciating the awesomeness that is Tool with this playlist (for the playlist of the post click here).

Animal Instinct

Music is undoubtedly one of the best ways to express feelings (and perhaps even to actually feel feelings, if you pardon me the pleonasm). Songs, bring you reminiscences, ideas, they arouse feelings, etc. That’s why no two people have the same musical taste – as different human beings, we have different emotions and we express them in different ways.

One basic emotion that we have (sorry if you’re a prudish person) is sex. And song-writers and musicians have of course not ignored this feeling, writing about it many and many times.

From the funny and cheerful Inner Circle‘s Sweat (A La La Long) to the melodic and “begging” Rolling StonesBeast of Burden, going through the quite explicit nr. 1 Staple SingersLet’s Do It Again or the recent Kings of Leon Sex on Fire, you can see that there is a great amount of good songs on the topic (there are some not so good songs, either).

But regarding the topic I have two that I really like and that I hope you’ll like to, as this is what I bring you today.

Let’s start with Ben Harper‘s cover of Marvin Gaye‘s (perhaps the king of this subject, with songs like You Sure Love to Ball and Let’s Get It On):

And I finish with a song that, despite not being as explicit as the previous ones (or even explicit at all), is sung in a very sexual way, in my opinion. This is probably my Led Zeppelin‘s favourite song, D’yer Mak’er (by the way, if you did not read the wikipedia article, the title is pronounced almost like “Jamaica”):

PS – well, I thought that the post was completed, but then I remembered this song and I had to leave it here, as it is perhaps the most explicit sexual songs that I know. So much that it was banned in our country (Portugal), as well as in many other,  and quite criticized by the Vatican.

PPS – Sorry if I misled you into thinking that this post would be about The Cranberries, but I remembered the name of their song and I thought it would be a good title for this post (I promise I’ll make it up to you later, Cranberries fans, and I’ll make a post about them 😉 ).

Astounding Songs, Amazing Covers

With Pedro’s last few posts containing covers by himself or his friends (and also David’s), I decided to show him what real covers are like. No, I’m not making them myself, maybe another time 😛

It is obvious that I’m just messing with him, the covers he posted are very well done, especially considering that they’re home-made. But, when I listen to a cover by a proven artist, I expect to hear something of his own in the version. So, don’t expect to hear here copies note by note, but rather very personal interpretations of some good songs. Some are even better than the originals! But I’ll leave that assessment to you..

I’ll start with a song I thought no one could or would cover, Starless by King Crimson. I came across this version by the Unthanks in Pete Sinfield’s (KC’s old lyricist) facebook page, and I was instantly blown away.
(Covers on the left, originals or most known version on the right) Enjoy 🙂

   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

If any of you wants more information regarding the bands on the left, just leave a comment! Most of them have more amazing covers 🙂