Songs You May Have Missed #718

Maddy Prior: “Gutter Geese” (1978)

From Maddy Prior’s 1978 Ian Anderson-produced solo album Woman in the Wings comes this cheery Britfolk-flavoured ditty.

And yes, that’s Ian Anderson taking the flute solo here, making the instrumental bit sound very much like a Songs From the Wood-era Jethro Tull outtake–and that’s a good thing indeed.

If Maddy’s distinctive voice and Olde English folk sound appeal to you but you’ve never heard Steeleye Span, the links below will turn the key to a whole new world for you.

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Songs You May Have Missed #717

ABBA: “Just a Notion” (2021)

ABBA are back with their first studio album in 40 years.

“Just a Notion” features vocals originally recorded in 1978 with a new backing track, drums and guitars.

Co-writer Björn Ulvaeus, who couldn’t recall why the tune was originally left off the band’s Voulez-Vous LP, says ‘Just a Notion’ is a ridiculously happy song and hopefully, it will cheer you up in these dark times!”

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On a Lighter Note…

Songs You May Have Missed #716

Nektar: “Lonely Roads” (1973)

In 1973 underrated English prog rockers Nektar produced what many consider to be their masterwork, Remember the Future.

Comprised of two album-side length epics, it was suited to FM rock radio, but difficult to shoehorn onto AM–think Tales from Topographic Oceans.

The forlorn, atmospheric “Lonely Roads”, an excerpt from the album’s second side, was used as a radio promo, and it nicely shows off the guitar textures, vocals and songwriting of one Roye Albrighton, the band’s creative beacon.

Side one of RTF is highly recommended.

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Spinal Tap–The Forgotten Sequel

(via zrockr)

If you are a rock and roll fan, there is a good bet that This is Spinal Tap is one of your all-time favorite films. The mockumentary (if you will, rockumentary) has been winning audiences over for years, and is viewed by many, including people who are not even music fans, as a brilliant satire of the music industry. It is a bona fide classic and rightfully so.

But, did you know that there is a sequel of sorts?

Read more: The Return of Spinal Tap – Looking Back at This Long Forgotten Follow-Up! – ZRockR Magazine

Songs You May Have Missed #715

Saint Motel: “Sisters” (2019)

The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack shows off the variety of flavors of ear candy the ambitious Los Angeles indie pop band produces.

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Songs You May Have Missed #714

The Merrymakers: “Saltwater Drinks” (1997)

Joyous, effervescent and melodic power pop from Sweden.

There are a bunch of songs on the Merrymakers’ Bubblegun LP that would likely have been hits in the era of the music that inspired them.

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On a Lighter Note…

Video of the Week: Some Comments on Punk from December 1979

Quora: In the ELO Song “Don’t Bring Me Down” Why Do They Say “Groos” at the End of Each Line in the Chorus?

(via Quora) Answered by Tom Peracchio

When I first heard the song back in the 1970s I thought they were singing about some guy named Bruce. For years I sang along screaming “Don’t bring me down… Bruce.”

As ELO’s song writer Jeff Lynne explained below in an interview, it was simply a made up word, “Grooss.” Because so many people started singing it as “Bruce” he often just went with the common thought and sang it as Bruce when doing it live…

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