Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Platinum Weird - new-old George Harrison

There is a new band named platinum weird (or maybe it's an old band) that seems to include Dave Stewart from the Eurythmics. I'm generally not a big Eurythmics fan but on their website they feature a new recording of an old George Harrison song, "This Guitar" with a never-before-released George Harrison vocal. It's a sparse arrangement with a very nice George vocal and you can download an mp3 of the song here. (There is another nice song here.)

The website claims that it's from 1974 but it's pretty clear from some of the sounds that much of the track was recorded recently and George's voice sounds more like his last album than it did in '74 so there might be some tomfoolery afoot here. The video on the website also has a Rutles-like quality to it so it could be that Platinum Wierd will only exist in order to spoof other bands. It could be that this really is a new band and Stewart is trying to generate interest. Either way, it's good to hear some new George!

EDIT: Apparently, this is a new band featuring Kara DioGuiardi, who is best known (if at all) as the songwriter behind hits by people who don't write - like Ashlee Simpson, Kelly Clarkson, GWen Stefani, etc. She and Dave Stewart were put together by their management to write some material for the Pussycat Dolls and they did this instead.

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