A number one hit you probably never heard (Unless you’re Australian)

So by this point, I think most people would agree that movies offer great opportunities to discover new music.  In this blog entry, I want to share my latest such discovery.

I was watching the movie “The Dish” (2000) with Sam Neil.  It’s based on real events, and is about a small town in Australia that happens to have a large radio telescope. NASA asked to use it during the moon landing in 1969, to relay television footage of the actual moon walk.  Great movie if you ask me.

The Dish (2000)

 

The movie opens with a montage and a soundtrack that immediately caught my attention.  It’s a track by Australian Artist: Russell Morris, called “The Real Thing”

 

 

This was a hit in Australia in 1969, it reached number one there.  What immediately got me was the opening guitar riff.  Its a simple little thing, going between two chords on a acoustic guitar, but it’s beautiful.  Also, the way it was recorded makes it extra special. I can’t explain it.  It just sounds vintage, crunchy.  I think music bloggers would call this style “Psychedelic Rock” (I’m not a big fan of categorizing music, personally, but that’s a whole other blog post) in any case, there is a overwhelming sound effect throughout this song, called “Flanger” popular in those days.

 

 

I’m surprised I had never heard this song before, but it’s one of those.  Those songs I like on the FIRST listen. In in this case, the first few bars.   I’m listening to it as I type.  The piano (comes in later) gives it a “boogie” vibe.  I think the 60’s hippies would say “Groovy Man”

If a song is from 1950 and I never heard it, then as far as I’m concerned, it’s a NEW RELEASE.

For example, when I was watching Davis Guggenheim‘s documentary it might get loud I heard Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin, Guitar) talking about one of his early influences as he put on a great track (IMO) by Link Wray, called “Rumble”:

Well, that was the first time I heard it, and I loved it immediately, so on it came into my regular rotation, like any other recent release.

Another example that happened years ago, was when I discovered the song “Born on The Bayou” from Creedence Clearwater Revival.   I was watching Jean Claude Van Dam’s 1993 movie Hard Tagret when the song came on, during (If I remember correctly) a motorcycle chase scene.  (Someone made a tribute video on Youtube)

 

To be honest, what immediately drew me to that song was the “Vibrato” (Or is is tremolo? I always mix those two up) effect on the guitar riff, but that’s a whole other post.

I became a die hard fan of CCR after I started researching their music a little bit more.

There are a lot of different ways to discover good music, no matter how old it is.  You don’t have to (only) wait for your favorite band’s next album,  or listen to the coolest radio station, or read the most current music blog.  The world is full of (old) music you never heard of, look back sometimes, you’ll make new discoveries.