Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Three Songs for Liar's

Many songs have been written and sung about that despicable person who cannot tell the truth - yes that's him (or her), the liar. The one who cannot keep on the straight and narrow as it were and if bulls**t bounced, would be in orbit!

Here is a selection of a few interesting examples.

We start off with Charles and Eddie asking the age old question, "Would I Lie to You?".

Charles Pettigrew (with the long hair) and Eddie Chacon had 4 UK top 40 hits in the 1990's, this being by far the most memorable and a worldwide hit.  

Sadly Charles left us in 2001 at the young age of 37 after suffering cancer, Eddie remains musically active however, last known with Electronic duo The Polyamorous Affair, based out of Los Angeles.

Next up is maybe one of the most unexpected music stars of recent years, actor Jimmy Nail, best remembered for playing the iconic role of bricklayer "Oz" in the UK "Auf Wiedersehen Pet" TV series.

Jimmy (real name James Michael Aloysius Bradford - no wonder he changed it) has had a few hits throughout the years. He took this one "Ain't No Doubt" to the UK No.1 back in 1992. Much of the vocal is spoken, but he does prove to have an excellent singing voice later on in the song. 

The female part is sung by Sylvia Mason-James to which Jimmy often answers, stating she's lying. No way to talk to a telephone operator if you want to remain connected I'd have thought!

Lastly we come to California based mega group The Eagles with their massive hit "L'yin Eyes".

This version was recorded live on their tour in New Zealand back in 1995 and you do wonder if they are actually awake during the performance (I'm sure I could hear the audience snoring at times). 

Written by Don Henley and Glenn Frey with the latter performing lead vocal, the song originated after the pair visited an Los Angeles restaurant and witnessed the meeting of a man and a woman at a nearby table.

I was always a great fan of the band, but mainly with their more rocky numbers than this C&W influenced output (it is tempting to use the word drivel). 

It was often considered that many of their lyrics were somewhat "desolate" and it was hard to actually understand what the hell they were singing about on occasion. 

This cut was maybe a little more upfront than many others though, but the line "I guess every form of refuge has it's price" taints of despair.

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