Remember yesterday when I posted about having a record label with an unreasonable licensing expectation?
This is the situation that led me to discover the Australian power-punk-pop band The Pink Tiles and their 2-minute-ish piece of happiness that is Ordinary Girl.
So here’s the deal. I was looking for music to include in a section about Miss Emilie and her “other” passion: roller derby. So I searched for roller skating songs (naturally) and came across Melanie’s 1971 hit Brand New Key.
Roller skates. Keys. Perfect, right?
Uhm, no. Try they wanted something along the lines of $2,500 per side. Or $5,000 for the song. That would have been more expensive (by more than double) of anyone else in the film. (yeah, sue me for posting it above – talk to TheVideoJukebox on YouTube if you have a problem with it, Sony).
I was looking for something with a female vocalist that would go with women slamming each other across the rink in derby. It needed to start out sort of slow but then pick up a pace as the song, and bout, progressed. I also kind of wanted something with a message that meshed with Miss Emilie.
Ordinary Girl fits on all levels. And I love it SO MUCH MORE than the Melanie song which would have been, I don’t know, almost a cliché.
Here’s the deets on the Pink Tiles (they can tell you so much better than I can):
They just finished a US tour but DIDN’T COME TO DENVER (I’m still holding a grudge). And while I found them via the Free Music Archive, I want to make sure that this charming sextet can have a formal licensing deal for their song.