As Monty (Python) was want to say, now for something a bit different. Well, something like that anyway. From the Melbourne outfit Eagle and the Worm we have a look at two of their singles from last year. Interestingly they are both available on CD and 7 inch vinyl, though I haven’t given the latter a spin on the old turntable as yet. Perhaps something for a future blog. This band is very different musically from the others I’ve reviewed here.

The first single All I Know has just the two tracks, that title track and the cover of It’s Not Unusual. If the latter song title sounds familiar, it was originally recorded by one Tom Jones, who took it to the number one position (the first of 3 number ones for him), in the first half of 1965. The Eagle and the Worm do the song justice too, even though sung and played in a similar vein. I think it is better than the original. In both tracks the brass section just make it happen, so much so one is quickly tapping along with the melody. The castanets, tambourine, guitar, the understated backing vocals, all add brilliantly to the mix in both songs and soon had me dancing on the inside, while sitting and listening to the songs. The male lead vocals is very distinctive and he adds a lot of gusto to each of the songs. After listening several times with both systems, I just couldn’t get the melody out of my mind. Bit addictive really. Loved the brass section. What more can I say — loved their pop/funk sound.

The second single Futureman has four tracks, two copies of the title track, one extended version and the other a radio edit which is some 50 seconds shorter than the former. This format is repeated with the second song Goodtimes, with again the radio edit being some 65 seconds shorter than the extended version. Go with the extended versions in both cases as it prolongs the ecstasy. With Futureman, from the low-fi intro till the piano filled end, if your foot or body isn’t tapping or swaying to the music then my friend you are a musical zombie or deaf. There is some great piano, trumpet, drums and distorted guitar woven into that simple but effective melody. One of their trademarks I believe. Some of the lyrics transported me back to the 1960s when they thought our future would be people flying around with their own personal rocket packs. With lines like

“…I strap a rocket to my side, to take a look from clearer skies…”,

how could you think otherwise. While the lyrics did become a little repetitive towards the end of the song the piano kept the interest alive. So how would our future be without Futureman?

The instrumentation on Goodtimes is different again. Now there are acoustic guitars in the mix with the drums, electric guitars and brass section, though the latter is much more understated, which is a pity. So I’m for “bringing back the good times…” but also for bringing back the brass section to prominence. Again lyrically it is simple and not meant to be profound, but just good fun (times). Again a good hook of a melody is there. You can hear some laughter on this track, so it sounds like they had fun recording this song. That is the whole purpose of this single. Put it in the CD player, then turn up the volume and have some fun. Good light hearted stuff. Bit addictive too, just as music should be.

Sonics: 3.9/5  Music: 4.3/5