Friday, October 29, 2010
Australian Oz Rock Classics as Interpreted By American Song Poem Companies
American Song/Poems companies have exisited for decades, basically song sharks who prey on amateur lyricists, exploiting their ambition to break into the music business. Under the guise of a co-writing ‘partnership’, they will hastily arrange accompanying music to basically any lyrics sent in, for a fee! pitting the naivety of aspiring song writers from across North America with bored overworked sweatshop musicians.
Although their heyday was throughout the 50's 60's and 70's Incredibly I discovered these companies still exist to this day so I decided to hear what they would come up with if i presented them with some of Australia's biggest hits that failed to chart in America. So i pretended these lyrics as my own sending them lyrics to two companies, Magic Key in Utah and The Nashville Song Service in Tennessee, asking them to compose music for them.
these are the results, enjoy!
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to celebrate dualpLOVER's first Free Digital Download release we are going to have a listening party for these and other song poem gems as well as a screening of the incredible documentary 'Off the Charts: The Song-Poem Story' which features appearances by David Fox at Magic Key who had a go at writing music for the Skyhooks - Ego, Radiators - Gimme head and Mondo Rocks - Come Said the Boy!!!.
Off the Charts: The Song-Poem Story (2003)
directed by Jamie Meltzer
Wednesday 3rd November
GRUB, 643 elisabeth st waterloo (entry via rear lane)
listening party from 7pm to 10pm, film screening at 8pm
entry and refreshments by donation