Howard Jones’ new song “New Song” is the first single from his album “Songs From The Treehouse.” The song reached number one in the UK Singles Charts, going straight into the album at number two. The single remained in the Top 75 for over two weeks. On the UK single, the words of the single are printed on a black spiral on the A Side of the B Side, with the credits on the B Side. The song was recorded by a string orchestra, which included a brass section and woodwind. In the US, the single went to #2 on the US Singles Charts.
“New Song,” also known as the ‘Butterfly Effect,’ is the third single from the band Steely Dan’s second album Fingersmith. An original song, it doesn’t feature any original musicians; instead it features the classic backing tracks which have become standards when covering new music. As with the previous single “My Old School,” the Butterflies vocal sample is repeated several times in the background during this song. Other than that, the track has no other guitar work.
The first and only song from the band’s career, which doesn’t feature any of their usual backing musicians is “Where Has My Heart Been?” From their appearance on American TV talk shows (where they were routinely called “The Steely Dads”), the band became instantly popular. The single had several radio hits, including the memorable “Reelin’ In The Years” and “Hail To The Wedding Band.” The chart-topping single also featured the now-famous “oodle Dog,” one of their more famous songs (as well as a huge hit single by The Who).
The band’s version of “Where Have All The Flowers Gone?” is notable for being their only song to feature the band playing the piano. They also wrote and sang the backup for this track, “I’m Lost Without You.”
The last new song from Fingersmith, “Hear My Song,” was written by David Gray (guitar). It was originally recorded by The Who and was very popular toward the end of their career. The song was a number one hit in the United Kingdom and the United States. “Hear My Song” went on to be recorded by everyone from The Rolling Stones to David Bowie and David Gilmour.
All of these new songs from Fingersmith are well worth looking into if you enjoy vintage music or if you enjoy listening to new songs. If you’ve never heard them before, you’ll find that Fingersmith puts out some excellent albums. They are easily accessible on CD, and the quality of the songs is often better than many bands who try to get famous off of old songs. Consider checking out Fingersmith’s latest release, A Boy Brushed Red Living in Black, on CD or via download. You’ll be glad you did!