Wednesday, 23 February 2011

A Musical Interlude

I don't know about you, but sometimes I hear a piece of music - normally on an advert - and think "Blimey, I KNOW that....but I don't know what it's called, or who it's by." This is, naturally, a bit frustrating. Most of the time, for me, it's classical music, as I wouldn't know my Ludwig van Beethoven from my Ludwig Wittgenstein.

So, I thought I would try and remedy this - to try and expand my musical library a little. After doing a lot of Shazaming (ignore that if you don't have an iPhone), a bit of digging, a bit of Googling and Youtubing, I found quite a few of these pieces that had annoyed me for years, and bookmarked them. However, as I have nothing else to blog about, I thought I'd share them with you all.

If you're a nerd like Dan, chances are you'll look at all of these videos and think "Well, I knew that." Well, bully for you, but I didn't, and it may be that others don't either. If I've helped out one reader by doing this, I'll be delighted. And if you don't recognise any of these at all (I'd be surprised) then don't despair - Val Duncan will write another stupid letter soon and I'll go back to my usual bloggyness.

Until then however, let's have some music!

Good luck getting that last one out of your head!


  1. I thought not knowing Booker T & the MG's was bad and then I scrolled down and saw you didn't know Peter Bjorn and John did Young Folks. Where were you in 2006?

    For further nerdism have Nena (her of 99 Red Balloons fame) covering Young Folks in German.

  2. I'd forgotten How great Hot Butter is.
    The ELP Fanfare for the Common Man is just a horrible 70s prog rock version of the original American Classical piece, by Aaron Copland. It's much better.