Thursday, October 25, 2007

Today's Noise is Tomorrow's Hootenanny

I can't imagine a more amazing demonstration of the folk music process at work than the difference between The Easybeats bashing out their subversive Australian working class protest hymn "Friday on my Mind" on TV in 1967 --

-- and this bunch of regular joes having a Down Under living room singalong of the same song for somebody with a camcorder forty years later.

I'm a huge fan of Easybeats auteurs Vanda and Young, as longtime readers are aware, but this is just remarkable. Obviously, the Aussies should just go ahead and make the damn song their national anthem already....

[h/t Gilly Gonzylon]


Anonymous said...

One of my all time faves and one of the most original songs of the era!

Anonymous said...

I love these guys!

TMink said...

I expect my folk music to be folky and something I could play and/or sing after three beers. I am not an accomplished guitarist (or a frequent drinker,) that is the point!

For me, rock groups can do a folk song, but then it is usually rock or at least folk rock like much of the wonderful Byrds' covers of Bob. Bruce, to his credit, has done some real folk music. Guitar, harmonica, Bruce, that is the ticket for folk music.

Harry Belafonte thought of himself as a folk musician, but I always considered him a swell voiced entertainer who happened to sing folk songs, sometimes at Carnegie Hall.

For me, it is a categorical distinction rather than any comment or inference on the relative worth of the endeavor. A famous conductor whose name is on the tip of my tongue but will not make its way down to my fingers said that there are two types of music: Good and bad.


Anonymous said...

" You keep the curtains closed and you hide behind the newspaper
You got yourself some nicotine in the nick of time
And even though the weekend doesn’t really make much difference
You spent Thursday on your backside whistling “Friday On My Mind”

-The Lucksmiths "Smokers in Love"