Its all-request Autumn in Aeon Wanderers land – many thanks to all our listeners who made suggestions for songs! We’re hoping to work through several more in the next few months, but here’s the first, from a thoughtful listener who wishes to remain nameless, in the form of this classic from The Mamas and The Papas. We chose not to deviate too far from the original – and it’s Andrea’s first outing on percussion too!
This was our entry for Mike Viola’s “The American Egypt” covers competition. We didn’t win, but had a great time turning his subtle original song into a dramatic AW piece! It didn’t actually snow during the making of the video! 😉
What do Connery, Moore, Dalton, Brosnan and Craig have in common? They’re far better at running around looking serious than Owen is! 😉
So back in March last year, Andrew Curry from CurryCuts approached us to record a bonus track for his “Songs Bond Songs” covers project, and gave us one of the unused James Bond theme songs to tackle. Although Sheena Easton’s track made the final rushes, Blondie also wrote a song for “For Your Eyes Only” – one of their classic guitar-driven post-punk pop tracks.
So we took it and Bondified it to the extreme! Andrea took on the vocals, while Owen pulled as many Bond-Thematic tricks as he could from the book for the music. And nearly 18 months on, we’ve finally made a video to go with it! Filmed on two continents and in three countries (I’m sure we could have done better with a bit more time), and with a few easter eggs for the eagle-eyed, here’s our slightly tongue-in-cheek homage to Bond films past and present! We hope it will leave you a little stirred, not shaken. 🙂
During Andrea’s 2018 visit to the UK, we heard this song live, and decided to give it our own flavour. It’s a “traditional” Scottish song, based on The Ballad of Balquhidder (Tannahill) and with words roughly similar to those written by McPeake and McPeake. With some traditional Scottish scenery to match!
A few years ago, Owen was asked to create a backing for a cover of this song for a weekly song challenge. He rose to the occasion with the full Owen treatment.
As it happens, Belly are currently touring the UK and US, so he figured it was high time to dust off that old backing track, convince Andrea to help throw some new vocals at it, and give it the Aeon Wanderers treatment!
Written, recorded and videographed (?) in under two weeks, this is a “two week challenge” song. Owen chose the title, handed it to Andrea, who created lyrics for a verse and chorus, and handed them back to Owen (with a snippet of suggested melody), who took that to create the music and make a demo, around which the rest of the lyrics were crafted. We opted for a fairly low-key video this time. 🙂
No sooner did we mention our first original song “Magpie” (see below) than we made a video to go with it! 🙂 There’s definitely a bird theme going on just now!
We were invited to do a song for a tribute remake of The Cardigans 1996 album, “First Band On The Moon”. Here’s our adaptation of the opening track, “Your New Cuckoo”, with a little video of our own invention added for fun! 🙂 Andrea sings lead, and created all the green-screen video segments, while Owen created the musical backdrop and animated video segments.
You can hear the full tribute album, recreated by a plethora of talented types, here: https://thememusictribute.bandcamp.com/album/first-band-on-the-moon
Magpie is an original song recorded last year for our in-progress album. It’s also the first song we co-wrote! We’re very pleased to post it on our new Bandcamp page: http://aeonwanderers.bandcamp.com where a small selection of originals are available to listen to.
This Kate Bush song originally featured in the 1988 film “She’s Having A Baby”, and was released on album and as a single in 1989. It’s sung from the viewpoint of a father-to-be waiting to hear news from the emergency room – we took inspiration for the video from the original music video for the song, which was itself inspired by the film.
A little bit of acting and a little bit of photoshop help us along the way!
Say Something (cover – A Great Big World)
- All The Leaves Are Brown (and the sky is grey) October 16, 2018
- Dr Frankenstein on Viola September 12, 2018
- This one is For Your Eyes Only, Mr Bond. August 27, 2018
- Will Ye Go, Lassie, Go? Wild Mountain Thyme for the picking. August 22, 2018
- So he’s lying on top again … just like Gepetto … June 12, 2018
- Pedestal – it’s a long way down! May 27, 2018
- Fill your nest – the Magpie is back already! May 17, 2018
- Of Cardigans and Cuckoos… May 12, 2018
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