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rileycat

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'Pop' on the Melodeon?
« on: December 30, 2018, 10:50:03 PM »

Just an idle holiday speculation - are there any modernish 'pop' type tunes/songs that can sound convincing when played on the melodeon?

 I remember Telstar from the Albions (I think) and dancing to Blue Suede Shoes with them at a ceilidh in the 80's - Butlins Bognor Festival - really good!  what else - well Everley Brothers' When Will I be Loved ( 14th Feb anybody!) doesn't sound too bad, but Shadows FBI sounds a bit naff, whilst The House of the Rising Sun is really convincing to my old lug 'oles.  Finally, Cliff's Living Doll is not too good, but raises a laugh.  How about Mad World or some other more modern stuff - any thoughts?  Go on, go on, go on - just for fun. ;)

PS Walk of Life - got that on tape by cajun player Charles Mann - the riff really is proper 'cajun' and I once heard JK play and sing it at Carinas at Sidmouth FF and that was definitely convincing!!
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Re: 'Pop' on the Melodeon?
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2018, 11:34:38 PM »

A Chuck Berry song from Johnnie Allan with Belton Richard on Cajun Accordion (that's a one row, four stop melodeon to English peeps).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHRg2nUtwQ4
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Re: 'Pop' on the Melodeon?
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2018, 12:23:50 AM »

Try Credence Clearwater Revival's Bad Mood Rising, which has been played on Cajun accordion by Queen Ida and the Bon Temps Zydeco Band. Elvis's Wooden Heart also works, but that is hardly surprising because it is based on a traditional German folk song.
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Re: 'Pop' on the Melodeon?
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2018, 04:49:57 AM »

Modern Pop (Popular) music? Are you sure?

Some off the top of my head:

P’s & Q’s - https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=x0fFzqX_Xgo

Despacito - https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ml_fvl5eOw4

Edward Maya - Stereo Love - https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=p-Z3YrHJ1sU

J-Lo - On the Floor (AKA Lambada) - https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=t4H_Zoh7G5A

Pitbull - Echa Pa’lla - https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tklk9WF_1rM

Michel Teló - Ai Se Eu Te Pego - https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hcm55lU9knw#searching

Most young people know at least 3 of these songs, so that’s about as modern as you can get.


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Re: 'Pop' on the Melodeon?
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2018, 04:42:33 PM »

This fellow (a melnet member, I believe) has done a few pop tune covers on various diatonic accordions and concertinas:
https://www.youtube.com/user/weltsauerstoff/videos

For example, this is a nice version of The Kinks' Sunny Afternoon:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bp6xR07kq0o

I'm not sure this would be playable without the accidentals half-row, though.

And the title theme from Star Wars on a Preciosa!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7TAidPaqgQ
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Re: 'Pop' on the Melodeon?
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2018, 05:08:30 PM »

Love that Sunny Afternoon, excellent!
Thanks for discovering and sharing  Jesse
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Re: 'Pop' on the Melodeon?
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Re: 'Pop' on the Melodeon?
« Reply #7 on: December 31, 2018, 05:27:01 PM »

Good stuff, Jesse  and very fine playing, too - quite a bit of very copyable chording on the right-hand on some of the vids.  That style does make the music 'work' for me.
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Re: 'Pop' on the Melodeon?
« Reply #8 on: December 31, 2018, 05:32:28 PM »

I’ve found all the notes for “All You Need Is Love” in G, but I am too shy and incompetent to record and share it.  The chromatic ornament after the line ‘All you need is love,’ requires the use of both topend accidentals on the G row.  I find it a lot of fun in private. :-)
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Re: 'Pop' on the Melodeon?
« Reply #9 on: December 31, 2018, 06:38:02 PM »


PS Walk of Life - got that on tape by cajun player Charles Mann - the riff really is proper 'cajun' and I once heard JK play and sing it at Carinas at Sidmouth FF and that was definitely convincing!!

We used to do Walk of Life in a folk dance band I played in some years back - I did the keyboard line on the melodeon. We also did Blueberry Hill, Chuck Berry's You Never Can Tell, Stuck In The Middle With You and A Horse With No Name. There must be loads more...

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(BTW I still do You Never Can Tell on a 1-row in the covers band I'm now working with in Cyprus!)
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Re: 'Pop' on the Melodeon?
« Reply #10 on: December 31, 2018, 08:28:31 PM »

Mr Tambourine man - I play it in G, mostly - but its easy.
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Re: 'Pop' on the Melodeon?
« Reply #11 on: December 31, 2018, 09:03:34 PM »

This fellow (a melnet member, I believe) has done a few pop tune covers on various diatonic accordions and concertinas:
I could provide the abc for the songs, if someone is interested. Yes, I play them mostly on a Club box, but most of them should be playable (at least in some way) on a two-row accordion, too.

If you are interested in Pop songs for melodeon, you should also visit Gubbinsville on Youtube (in case you haven't already done so).  8)

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Re: 'Pop' on the Melodeon?
« Reply #12 on: December 31, 2018, 11:10:37 PM »

Wow Sebastian, thanks for your contributions.  Mad World from gubbins, too!  Like Chris, it is 'fun at home' I was thinking about when I posted, so I'm delighted to hear that braver souls make this stuff work so well in the real world, too.  As for me, it'll still only be on the imaginary Glastonbury Pyramid Stage in my front room, but I like to think that in some way playing these pieces is not so different from Scan Tester playing a popular dance tune from his days. Thanks all so far.
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Re: 'Pop' on the Melodeon?
« Reply #13 on: December 31, 2018, 11:37:08 PM »

We used to do the instrumental bit from Status Quo's 'Burning Bridges' as part of a jig set - seemed to work really well.
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Re: 'Pop' on the Melodeon?
« Reply #14 on: December 31, 2018, 11:58:54 PM »

If we're going modern, there's this rendition of Shape of You by James R of this parish.
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Re: 'Pop' on the Melodeon?
« Reply #15 on: December 31, 2018, 11:59:24 PM »

Sebastian, if that's your Sunny Afternoon that is just so well played, I love it!
( Any abc's of would be great fully received )
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Re: 'Pop' on the Melodeon?
« Reply #16 on: January 01, 2019, 01:42:56 AM »

This guy has done a few, which I find impressive:   https://youtu.be/plSeTscofB0
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Re: 'Pop' on the Melodeon?
« Reply #17 on: January 01, 2019, 08:57:10 AM »

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Re: 'Pop' on the Melodeon?
« Reply #18 on: January 01, 2019, 10:56:46 AM »

In theory a large number of pop songs are possible on the melodeon if you think chord progressions rather than melodies. The most common chord progression in pop is I-V-vi-IV which equates to G-D-Em-C (or D-A-Bm-G) on a D/G melodeon.  Not a melodeon recording but here are some ideas:

4 Chords | Music Videos | The Axis Of Awesome
https://youtu.be/oOlDewpCfZQ
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Re: 'Pop' on the Melodeon?
« Reply #19 on: January 01, 2019, 12:04:09 PM »

I don't know if Where do You Go to My Lovely is recent enough to be called "pop", but it's one I have been known to play. The original has a bit of accordion in it.

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