Come to Daddy

January 12, 2011

In a previous post I’ve mentioned my fondness for a number of Aphex Twin covers. So you can imagine how intruiged I was when I heard something familiar on an ad for SMA Progress Milk.

Yes, it was indeed a nice acoustic reworking of one of my favorite tracks from Richard D. James: To Cure A Weakling Child (Girl/Boy Song) by Adem.

Clearly a great way to target Aphex Twin fans who are parents, coupled with a delicious in-joke in the song title for good measure.

I’m looking forward to hearing an acoustic version of ‘Windowlicker’ on the next Mr Muscle advert.


Jape – Graveyard

June 2, 2009

This is simultaneously one of the funniest and more spooky promos I’ve seen recently…Richie’s expression of ‘sketchiness’ perhaps indicates they weren’t actually meant to be sitting on a grave in the middle of the day recording this….

….brilliant, brilliant track though

Wilkommen 2009, Auf Weidersehen Florian Schneider

January 7, 2009

Florian Schneider has left Kraftwerk, bringing one of the most influential partnerships in modern music to an end. Here are two classic Kraftwerk clips:

The beautiful ‘Tanzmuzik’ from Ralph and Florian

And a nice Autobahn clip from Tommorrow’s World in 1975

Performing Radioactivity at Sellafield


June 20, 2008

I was as shocked as anyone to learn of recent accusations of plagiarism levelled against Coldplay. After all, this is a band who came up with an album title as meaningful and imaginative as X+Y. Their bland reworking of ‘Computer Love’ ruined one of my all-time favourite Kraftwerk tracks, but that wasn’t plagiarism it was ‘sampling’.  The singer from the the Creaky Boards posted the video below outlining the similarities between his band’s ‘Songs I didn’t write’ and Coldplay’s recent Apple ad soundtrack.

 For some strange reason these tunes are so similar, yet I like the Creaky Boards one and hate the Coldplay one. I suppose I find lyics about teen angst a tad more compelling than some internalized Impreal nostaliga dirge.

Much as I’d love to add another reason to my extensive list of reasons to hate Coldplay, I’m not entirely convinced that they nicked this. Musical coincidences like this happen quite frequently.

The Flaming Lips and Cat Stevens

I think the Lips acknowleged that ‘Fight Test’ sounds like ‘Father and Son’ by Cat Stevens but I don’t think they ripped him off. It’s just a coincidence.

Also, Cat looks remakably like Wayne Coyne in that clip

Belle & Sebastian and Cliff Richard

As far as I know I’m the only person who’s noticed any similarity between the choruses for these tunes. But then nobody listens to Cliff so that’s not so surprising.

Silence vs. Silence

John Cage and Mike Batt went to court to settle a dispute over plagiarism of silence. The court heard performances of each silent workand in the end the composers managed to reach an amicable settlement. (I won’t waste your time with youtube clips of this.)

Newton vs. Leibniz

This isn’t music-related but it is another interesting case of synchronicity. Leibniz and Newton both invented calculus at the same time, independently of eachother. Newton set up a kangaroo court that stiched up poor old Liebniz, which resulted in him being ostricized from polite society until his death.

Karlheinz Stockhausen – Helikopter-Streichquartett, for string quartet and 4 helicopters

November 24, 2007

If you liked the metronome symphony then you’ll love this charming composition from Karlheinz Stockhausen.

Here’s a tip if you ever happen to go to a Stockhausen gig. You may find yourself in a situation where you want to sit beside your mates but there aren’t enough seats together. Solution: try to persuade a fellow Stockhausen fan in a seat with an inferor view to swap. They will be more than happy to get a better line of sight to the stage. Don’t worry you haven’t sacrificed your prime spot in vain! In fact the view of the stage is totally irrelevant as the performance will take place in complete and total darkness. Then you and your pals can trance out to Stockhausen’s abstract octophonic genius while your brains melt.  

György Ligeti – Poème Symphonique For 100 Metronomes

November 20, 2007

Haven’t done a music-related post in a while. I’m not entirely sure that this counts. Here’s a blast of György Ligeti’s  Symphony for 100 Metronomes. (It doesn’t really get going until around the 1:00 mark, then brace yourself for some serious excitement.)

It seems almost impossible to describe this piece without the use of ‘sarcastic quotation marks’, but I think it’s ‘great’. If you happen to have 100 metronomes lying around why not have a go yourself with the score.