Everyday: PTC Version Vs. Rockabilly Version

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Everyday I write the Book; PTC Vs. Rockabilly Demo

Punch The Clock Version
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58%
"Rockabilly" Demo Version
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42%
 
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Everyday: PTC Version Vs. Rockabilly Version

Postby cbartal » Sat Sep 20, 2003 8:55 pm

It seems to me that there is a certain degree of animosity towards PTC, including the poppy Everyday I Write the Book. I personally think it is a perfect pop song. The original rockabilly version (for lack of a better word), is ok, but I think the melody during "I'm giving you a longing look", is a rip off of an old song or TV commercial I can't recall. I just feel that the album version is perfect. I don't think the production dates it at all. But I'd llike to hear some other's views on this, hence, the poll.

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Postby Misha » Sun Sep 21, 2003 3:51 am

I don't give a hoot about the production controversy...it was great the way he did it, a pop song, not a Renoir, but really good. It has a good feel. The new version is void of some of the feeling, or at least that's what I project onto it....maybe I just don't handle change well.....PTC!
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Postby laughingcrow » Mon Sep 22, 2003 10:15 am

Lotta bad feeling about Everyday... but I really like it. Similar to Mickey Jupp's 'Switchboard Susan' or Nick Lowe's 'When I write the book' in that lyrically everything has a double meaning....

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Postby noiseradio » Mon Sep 22, 2003 2:16 pm

I greatly prefer the alternative version on the bonus disc.
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Postby cbartal » Mon Sep 22, 2003 2:59 pm

Noise - I know you must know what I'm talking about. That "I'm giving you a longing look" part in the demo version. That is so derivative of something I can't put my finger on. Can you place it?

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Postby cbartal » Mon Sep 22, 2003 5:12 pm

I think I answered my own question.

"I'm giving you a longing look"

"What do you get when you fall in love?"


Although, I swear that there is a famous jingle with the same melody.

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Postby BlueChair » Tue Sep 23, 2003 2:32 pm

I love the rockin' version that opens Disc 2 of the reissue.

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Postby the poisoner » Tue Sep 23, 2003 6:44 pm

i concur.
two of the lamest are 'everyday...' and 'not the only flame...'
anything is better than the ptc version . and i am a big fan of ptc
oh, i useta be disgusted
now i try to be amused

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Postby bobster » Thu Sep 25, 2003 1:09 am

I think the non-album version (which I think EC described as having a Merseybeat kind of a sound) is FAR preferable to the album version, which I actually think is one of EC's weaker recordings. Way too slick. The song, I actually like -- though I like Nick Lowe's similar "When I Write the Book" even more.

Actually, I like the song that probably inspired both, Rodgers & Hart's "I Could Write a Book" even more, still.
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Postby BlueChair » Thu Sep 25, 2003 8:55 am

Yeah, I forgot to mention that the alternate version of "Every Day I Write The Book" is in no way a 'rockabilly' version.

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Postby cbartal » Thu Sep 25, 2003 9:16 am

BlueChair wrote:Yeah, I forgot to mention that the alternate version of "Every Day I Write The Book" is in no way a 'rockabilly' version.



Yeah, I know, I just couldn't put my finger on it when EC had said Merseybeat. I just pulled Rackabilly out of my ass, and like all things that originate from there, it stunk.

I still think that the album version is a hell of a lot better, and a hell of a lot more daring than people are giving it credit for. I think it's wonderfully produced. Listen to it along side other pop songs of the same era. It's so well layered, and as in all most of EC's best, he reworked the melody from the demo until he got something thouroughly original.


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