Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Great Bands Steal, Mediocre Bands Borrow!

Last massive self-indulgence of the month, I promise.

Okay, first of all, please enjoy "Second Choice," pretty much my favorite song from the wonderful Any Trouble's 1979 skinny tie classic Where Are All the Nice Girls. A Stiff Records product, of course.





And now compare and contrast Greenwich Village's finest, The Floor Models, and their winsome "She'll Make Up Her Mind," featuring vocals and bass by somebody whose name rhymes with Sleeve Nimels. Recorded mostly live at WBAI-FM in 1982.





The same song? All signs point to yes. A coincidence? I think not!!!

Theirs is better, of course.

Incidentally, ours was written by the great Andy "Folk Rock" Pasternack, who is also playing the cool Rickenbacker 12-string stuff. I've totally lost touch with Andy, who was one of the funniest guys I've ever had the pleasure of hanging with as well as the greatest 12-string player of all time (I'm not kidding about this). So if you're out there, buddy....

10 comments:

Brooklyn Girl said...

:-)

NYMary said...

You really are the most adorable thing, steve.

Anonymous said...

Tony is the king of 12 string, Andy is just damn good.

Didn't Ed Haber produce this?

ROT(Plumber)

steve simels said...

Yeah, Haber did that. Seriously -- he did us and then Richard Thompson. Obviously, his career had a better trajectory than ours...
:-)

steves said...

It should also be known that Pasternack penned the greatest-ever Yiddish-themed country-rock song, "Excuses, Excuses."

TMink said...

Very nice new wave vocal Steve. Outstanding in fact.

Trey

Anonymous said...

The Floor Models were great!

ROTP(lumber)

Anonymous said...

the Flo-Mo's drummer sounds all hopped-up on the goofballs !

Dave said...

What do I know? I think I like your song better. And Esprit de Floor is a great title.

Anonymous said...

This track should have been our hit! "Here here" on Anonymous's comment re: Tony. When he joined us at gigs, we had 34 strings going at once. Talk about the strength of strings. In your face, Rhys Chatham. - AP