The Song In My Head

May or may not… and my absence…
June 30, 2008, 5:33 pm
Filed under: America, britain, britpop, britpop songs, indie, Music, polara, pop, rialto, rocknroll, space, supernaturals

First things first…SORRY, SORRY, SORRY! I know I have neglected this blog for a over a month. I was out on tour and the blog itself had some technical issues I had to fix. But all of these things have been resolved and we are back on track! yay!

I just wanted to post today on a few bands that you may or may not have heard of from the hey day of the mid-90’s britpop era. 97′ was the great and final year of britpop before it really died, and there were many bands that snuck in and said goodbye before you really knew who they were. While the U.S was busy with watered down versions of Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins and Pearl Jam bands, the Uk was busy with watered down versions of Oasis, Blur, and Pulp.

The first of these was Rialto. They completely sound like if Oasis and Pulp were mashed together to make James Bond theme music. The next is The Supernaturals (For some reason it seems like there were a million “super” bands in the 90’s). This band in particular was written off by the british press but they really write some amazing pop tunes and had quite a few hits. Then there is Space.. you probably remember them from the Austin Powers soundtrack. And finally, the band Polara isn’t british but I feel their sound fit well enough in that genre. Surprisingly all of these groups are still around in one way or another. Just go to wikipedia to find out what they are up to. I am too lazy today for links.. haha.

Rialto “When We’re Together”

Space “You And Me Against The World”

The Supernaturals “The Day Before Yesterdays Man”

Polara “Pantomime”


Apples and…. well, apples.
March 2, 2008, 9:57 pm
Filed under: 1, 90's, America, apples in stereo, indie, pop, rocknroll


Prior to the internet era, The Apples (In Stereo)  seemed like mythic pop Gods to many aspiring musicians.  What you knew about the band was completely built around Fanzine articles and college radio play. I used to lay awake in my dorm room dreaming about riding a bus out to Colorado to join the Elephant Six and have Rob of the apples produce my albums.  This was the first band that made me realize what record production was all about. 

Their first album Fun Trick Noisemaker was a startling debut of Velvet Underground heroin guitars mixed with Beach Boys melodies and themes.  What was really amazing was that this band recorded it all on a four track.  Now a days, do-it-yourself albums are the norm with computers making everyone think they are the next Rick Rubin.. but back in the early 90’s, no band I ever heard of was doing this.  They owned their own studio, produced all their own records, ran their own label, and played on their friends albums.  The best part was.. they actually sold lots of albums!

As the nineties were coming to a close, and the new millenium began, the Apples topped the college charts with every album that they released.  They still have some of their early dirty psych sound, but they have become more polished, using advanced recording gear, and writing songs that are more sophisticated and precise.

Here in order of the first four albums they put out, are my favorite tunes:

Green Machine Haley (b-side demo)About Your Fame The Bird That You Can’t See 

Oh Rufus.. you magnificent man!
February 26, 2008, 3:42 am
Filed under: 98, America, pop, Rufus, singer, trl


First off, I wanted to apologize for being inattentive to all my readers here at  The Song In My Head.  I have been away since New Years and I have had technical difficulties with the site and the music not playing.  This has all been fixed. I will have all the old songs working soon and I will have all new posts as well! YAY! 


In the fall of 1998 the greatest horror ever known to man fell to earth in the form of a TV show called “total request live”.  Eventually this mindless pop fest for 12 year olds became the king of the castle over at MTV.  I understood the shows appeal but I was completely thrown off guard when a young, fresh, piano master named Rufus Wainwright somehow sneaked his way onto TRL’s poop plate list of artists.  I really wasn’t sad at all when he ended up losing to Britney or Christina or whoever it was, because I knew that he was amazing and that “April Fools” was one of the best pop singles of the year.   “Oh well” I cried, “at least I know better than 12 year olds”.  My musical love affair with Rufus has only grown over the years although I tend to always fall back on his singles and more straightforward “pop” tunes.  

 Here are some of my personal favorites of Wainwright’s collection:  

April Fools California Going To A Town  One Man Guy

Fuzzy Logic (it’s the best kind to have)
December 9, 2007, 4:38 am
Filed under: 90's, Brit-Pop, britain, Music, pop, rocknroll


I wanted to throw out some tracks from one of my favorite Brit-Pop bands, Super Furry Animals.   Signed to Creation (the greatest label evah)  in the early 90’s, SFA released some of the most drug-induced, psychedelic pop/punk, electro whatever records on the planet.  They are a band that is constantly innovating and changing with the times, but still drawing from  the past for melodic, hook driven songs.Their first release, Fuzzy Logic, has less experimentation than more recent albums, but for some reason I still believe that this one is their best (Rings Around the World being a close second). So get fuzzed and sing along.. especially on the last song (for now and ever) which sounds like a missing link to the ending of GREASE, if it were made today.  

Something For The WeekendHometown UnicornFor Now And Ever

Sopranos And Altos
December 1, 2007, 5:06 am
Filed under: 60's, America, britain, Disney, female, Music, pop, singer


 If I had to chop off my manhood and become any female singer for a day, I think it would have to be either Julie Andrews or Karen Carpenter.  They easily have the cleanest and the purest vocals of anyone in the music biz.  I have never heard any woman out-sing these two.  They are the kind of singers that can lay it down in one take.. and if they have to  do another take, they make the speakers go out of phase cus their vocals are pretty much perfect every time.  There ain’t no computers fixing bad notes here, baby!  What I also love about each of them is not only are they GREAT singers, but they are so unique that you can instantly recognize them as soon as they hit their first notes. 

I decided to put on here my all-time favorite Julie Andrews song “Feed The Birds” from Marry Poppins.  What I love about this tune is not only her voice, but the actual song construction itself.  It starts out minor, but somehow has  a light quality to it with Julie singing.  When it finally reaches the chorus the whole song drops down a key and goes major!  Normally a song going from minor to major would go UP a key giving it lift and becoming “happy”.  This does the opposite but still retains the same effect. The other song I put on is the Carpenters “For All We Know”.  Karen has a very “alto” voice and her range dips into almost male tenor from time to time.  She can still sing quite high, but she never really needs to.  Karen was known to be overly perfectionist about how she sounded, and that suits me just fine.

Feed The BirdsFor All We Know