Thursday, July 26, 2012

Feel Good Almost Friday - "A Girl Like You" by Edwyn Collins

Crawling out of my cave for a quick minute to say hello.  Between work, issues with the town I live in, and an overall lack of time to do fun things like update this blog, I just haven't been able to post much.  To make matters a little more tricky, has completely revised the way you compose posts and add pictures and video.  I don't like change (sorry Obama) so I'm adjusting to this slowly.
Anyway, with Friday almost here I thought I'd throw in a classic performance of a sort of hidden gem.  I remember around 1995, I'd hear this song that had some 1960's vibe (or maybe it was the tubular bell sound at the beginning of the song) but definitely had a 90's guitar sound.  The song? "A Girl Like You" but Edwyn no no, NOT Edwin McCain, the singer of that terrible 90's song "I'll Be".

Anyway, I heard this song not too long ago and decided to see what the video for the song looked like.  Needless to say, it was classic mid 90's MTV video that was sort of cutting edge at the time but just looks like garbage now.  HOWEVER, due to the beauty of Youtube, I found a rare live version of the song from the Conan O'Brien Show.

Now I dabble in the bass guitar so I know a little bit about guitar effects.  This man puts on a CLINIC with what he does with the guitar here.  It's a simple riff and simple melody but the phased sound he gets out of the guitar PLUS a rare good use of the whammy bar takes this song over the top.

So for music nerds, enjoy.  For children of the 90's check out a young Conan O'Brien and Andy Richter. For me, I just love the awesome hand motions he makes while singing.

P.S.  Check out the gang vocals at the 2:57 mark.

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