This afternoon when I arrived at my second workplace, the blind was up and sunshine was streaming onto my desk. As I pulled down the blind, I said/semi-sang ‘Sunshine on my shoulders’ and a colleague (about 10 years younger than me, and the only other person in that office who grew up in Australia) ch ipped in with ‘makes me happy as it should’. Huh? Those last three words aren’t in the song that I know. I said ‘I’m surprised you know that song’. He said ‘Oh, Spiderbait. I know all of theirs.’ Double huh?
Some quick searching online revealed that there are two relevant songs: Sunshine on my shoulders by John Denver and ‘Sunshine on my window’ by Spiderbait. In fact, there are three relevant songs; the official title of Spiderbait’s song is Calypso, which immediately brings to mind John Denver’s song of the same name.
I find it hard to believe that calling a song Calypso and starting it with the words ‘Sunshine on my [noun] makes me happy’ isn’t a direct tribute to John Denver, except that Spiderbait’s song doesn’t sound anything like either of John Denver’s. Intiguingly, Spiderbait’s song was in the Australian charts in June 1997 and Denver was killed in a plane crash in October 1997. If those dates were reversed, it would strengthen the possibility/probability of a connection.
Although I have no memory of Spiderbait’s song, I have heard it before. It is used in the movie 10 things I hate about you, which I saw once a long time ago.
The sunshine didn’t last long – within minutes the clouds started coming over and the forecast is for rain (it hasn’t yet).
(PS Having listened to the three songs in the course of drafting this post, I have no doubt which one I prefer, which one is bearable but not my style and which one deserves to be expunged from the sound waves. Guess.)