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Darren J. Ray

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Gold - Do It Again (The Beach Boys - 1968)
How many songs use the word ‘automatic’? There are parts of this that I like – that intro and first verse – and then there are parts that wash over me – the wordless chorus and that indecipherable bridge. Still, it was a good song to kick off the C50 concerts in preference to ‘California Girls’.

Silver - Lola (album version) (The Kinks - 1970)
Yeah, I liked it when I was about 17 and thought how naughty I was to be listening to it. So I bought the 1980 live version single. Sure, it is a clever song. And I think most musos here have probably done this in a covers band or busking. I know I did! But it’s like a funny joke told by a comedian. Once you’ve heard it a few times…. Any time I meet a real girl named Lola now, I feel sorry for her. Seriously, who would date a chick named Lola after that song? Hey guys, meet my new girlfriend, Lola. Snigger, snigger. There was a ‘60s night club called Lulu’s back in the mid ‘80s here in Brisbane. Go-go girls in cages, the full bit. Loved it. Was the inspiration for my own group. Anyway, I remember this guy requesting ‘Lola’ from the deejay. The deejay refused as “’Lola’ was 1970 and we only play songs from the ‘60s”. That won me.

(the live version, recorded in ’79, released in ’80)

Bronze - It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll (But I Like It) (The Rolling Stones - 1974)
Well, I don’t dislike it. But within a couple of seconds of hitting the play button, I wanted to start singing, ”Get it on, bang a gong, get it on”. It’s a one-trick pony. The chorus is good, and then it has nowhere to go. But keeps going for five minutes. The Stones could never compete with the Beatles.

Participant - Suite: Judy Blue Eyes (album version) (Crosby, Stills & Nash - 1969)
I put this on, went and had a meal, came back and it was still playing. I’ve never heard anything by this act, with or without Neil Young, that I enjoyed. What is so good about them? Their songs suck. Their harmonies aren’t a patch on some other harmony groups. Every time I hear Graham Nash speak, it’s like listening to fingernails up a chalk board. Crosby and Nash should’ve stayed with their original bands.

You can’t get a bigger comeback than one televised on prime time by the biggest band ever, after 25 years….


and this one after 10 blood-denying years….


I waited five years for this comeback. When you’re a kid, that is a long time….


And another 25 year wait….

 

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Because apart from the over-represented America, there are other places in the world that have this music thing, and I'm still exploring them.


Kraftwerk. (Germany) First active in 1969, and still techno-funking things up.

"2009’s Bestival headline slot was a legendary comeback, due to forty thousand fans dressed as laser-drenched spaceships going stratospheric."




Bjork (Iceland) who was first in the Sugarcubes, reinventing herself as ... herself.




Whispers are in the air that Snow Patrol (Ireland) have an album coming out any day now, after a six-year break.  








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Thanks Jenny and Darren for the votes and additions from Larry, t and Bonnie.  Larry, that Elvis Comeback was big and then he went Vegas - which I saw and heard live - incredible.  Darren, the Beatles songs were a part of the Anthology release and powerful but that video still creeps me out.  Thanks all.  Keep come-backing.

The BB's and Kinks are battling now. 

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I found this cool video on YouTube a while ago and thought you guys might like to see it if you haven't seen it already. The same footage is also on YouTube in B&W but I was lucky enough to find a color version!

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Of course, none of us would probably be here if it wasn't for these two comebacks...


(OK, Elvis rocks the leather a little better)


(not the greatest lip syncing)
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Darren, despite the wardrobe and lip-syncing issues, those are two excellent songs!
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Yes, yes, Darren!  The REAL Comeback Kid, er Beach Boy/Guy - okay just Brian Wilson.  One of the GREAT comeback stories that there is/was/will be!!!
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Come back:

They've been here before:

And:


Okay, wrong come backs, but THIS was a come-back!

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Creedence Clearwater Revival broke up in 1972 after releasing six albums that went Platinum and one that went Gold (their last one, Mardi Gras).

John Fogerty released two albums shortly thereafter that didn't do well. Almost a decade later, his third album, Centerfield, went to #1 and Platinum again.

I don't much care for the title track. Three others: 

"The Old Man Down the Road"


"Rock and Roll Girls"


"I Can't Help Myself"


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What a great BOTB's week.....had to actually take time to mull this one over......lots of great memories attached to these tunes for The Egg!! From Tween to Teen this week covers some extremely formative oval sounds that definitely brought these bands back into The mainstream.

Going for the Gold.....I'm gonna have to go with Suite:Judy Blue Eyes.....now I'm looking at this week not just from my well rounded perspective but Brian's as well.....I believe Brian, as I, would conclude that this song contains many elements to tantalize the ears of the listener....4 different movements, lyrical beauty, angelic harmonies with non standard guitar tuning with creative percussion......yep....a true masterpiece!!


Stealing the Silver......our California boys nab it with the fuzzy bass line and heaping nostalgia of summer's past with great vocal hooks even an egg can dig!! It's America's Band! It's July!! It's Summertime!!! WHOA......easy now, don't want to go all Humpty Dumpty on y'all!!


Breaking for Bronze.....LOLA makes The Egg a little uneasy but Intotally dig her vibe. The Kinks came back big with this little ditty and after you hear the first two strums from the guitar intro you start smiling inside because you know what's coming next and you just can't help yourself to jump in and sing along. Hell, how easy can it be? He even spells it out for you!!!!


Tailing with Tin.....sorry lads, it was a good riff but really not much to it....Mick saved it with the clever lyrics and Keith with the familiar two string pickin solo but considering the other contenders, no chance but some times The Egg rolls in a direction that's least expected!!!

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In 1959, Chuck Berry's "Back in the USA" was a top 40 hit in the US. The flip side, "Memphis, Tennessee" was a top 10 hit in the UK.

But he was arrested later that year (the Mann Act is also known as the White-Slave Traffic Act of 1910). He had two trials and then spent most of 1962 and 1963 in jail. 

In 1964, he came back with three singles that made the top 40 and one that reached #41. They were "Nadine (Is That You?)", "No Particular Place to Go", "You Never Can Tell" and "Promised Land".

"Nadine"


It's said that his renewed popularity was partly the result of "Surfin' USA" and British Invasion bands playing his songs. The Rolling Stones made "Come On" their first single in 1963.



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Larry,  thanks for the additions.  There was Stevie Winwood - that had so many changes and comebacks and the like that where does one begin?  Spencer Davis to Traffic to Blind Faith and back to Traffic to solo - wow! 

The Egg has scrambled up the voting a bit as I kind of agree with the placings (stay tuned). 

Okay, final push weekend.  Don't forget to vote - including me! 

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John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, and Mike Love have all raved about the sophistication and meter of Chuck's lyrics, including Mike talking about 'Nadine' influencing 'Fun, Fun, Fun'.  However, unless they used the same studio--and I don't think they did, I doubt Mike's story because 'Nadine' and 'F,F,F' were recorded and released about almost exactly the same time.
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"Fun, Fun, Fun" released February 15, Nadine released March 7, both 1964. Good call, John.
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Mike talking about 'Nadine' influencing 'Fun, Fun, Fun'


Hi John. Where are you referencing this from?

All I've found is this....

Interviewer: Your lyrics can't be overlooked in the brilliance of the band.  As a kid growing up in Kentucky without a beach in sight, I still related to the picture you'd paint in the songs.

Mike: Yeah, I was always into the lyrics and the concepts. The style of writing that really impressed me was Chuck Berry. They call it alliteration. 

(repeats verse of "Nadine")
When I got a city bus and found a vacant seat
I thought I saw my future bride walkin' up the street
I shouted to the driver, "hey conductor you must slow down
I think I see her please let me off the bus"

When I did "Fun, Fun, Fun", it was like...

Well, she got her daddy's car and she cruised through the hamburger stand now
Seems she forgot all about the library like she told her old man now
And with the radio blasting goes cruisin' just as fast as she can now

It's the same type of syncopation and alliteration. I was always into lyrics.


Just from that, I'm not sure Mike is saying 'Nadine' influenced 'Fun, Fun, Fun' but more so Chuck Berry. 

No idea why Mike is noting alliteration, though. Neither song's lyrics contain any!
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