There’s not much of a theme this week, it’s just the stuff I’ve been listening to most over the last week or two. There may be some ridiculous movie soundtracks in here because I’ve been going running recently, consider yourself warned.
John Farnham – Thunder In Your Heart
Farnham is an accomplished musician but this song wasn’t released in any of his albums, it was made for the soundtrack of the movie Rad which came out in 1986 and was about a guy who wanted to win a BMX race called Helltrack.
I haven’t seen the movie, but it sounds fairly ridiculous, but if it had more music like this I would definitely be checking it out.
Yes – Roundabout
I’ll admit it, I only know this song because it was used as the credits song for JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. I’ve recently been learning to play the song on bass, and it’s kind of kicking my ass. It’s very different to anything I’ve tried to learn before, but I am hooked on listening to it.
THE PINBALLS – 冬のハンター
This is a Japanese band (obviously) that I’ve been really into since sometime around last September. I can’t remember now how I found them, but I do know I made a Japanese iTunes account and bought credit for it online to be able to buy their album.
The entire album is filled with class songs, but there are only two on YouTube which limited my picking. This is pretty near the top of songs I wanted to include though, so I’m happy.
Michael Mac (Covering Taylor Swift) – Shake It Off
Okay yeah this a bit of a weird choice, but I found this a few days ago and have been listening to it quite a bit. It’s a guitar cover of ‘Shake It Off’ by Taylor Swift, the guy behind it does a bunch of guitar covers. There’s a Fall Out Boy medley which is great as well as the brilliant opening track to Dragon Ball Super.
Something Rotten – Hard To Be The Bard
Another odd choice, this song is from the Broadway musical Something Rotten which is all about Shakespeare. The lead actor went out and made this official music video for the song, which although it has Shakespeare in the modern day the actual musical doesn’t. It’s a pretty good song all about how hard and annoying writing is.
Minority 905 – Green Day Medley
Another odd choice probably, are you sensing a theme here yet? If not it’s that I have unusual music habits. This is Canadian band Minority 905 doing a medley which contains at least one song from every Green Day album.
It’s a good listen, and a good watch as they change their instruments and clothes to match the Green Day of that era, even having a fourth member show up for around the time long time touring guitarist Jason White appeared for the real Green Day.
Marianas Trench – Stutter
Finally another Canadian band, this time it’s Marianas Trench. Even if you’ve never heard of them you’ll have heard their work, the lead singer and songwriter for the band wrote ‘Call Me Maybe’ for Carly Rae Jepson.
They have some very catchy songs, including one brilliant one that came after ‘Call Me Maybe’ all about how to write a catchy pop song titled ‘Pop 101’. Well worth checking that one out, but it’s not here because it’s not that similar to their usual style.