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David W

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My votes:


Gold - The Beach Boys 
Silver - Ronnie & the Daytonas
Bronze -Rip Chords
Tin - Jan and Dean

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Lee Marshall

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Thanks for taking the time to vote David.  Makes the math look more impressive.  And yes Al...it was a brand new, shiny red, super stock Dodge.  And everybody knows that there's nobody meaner...than Darren. [tongue]   Did I say that out loud?  Darren? [wink]  Yup!!! [biggrin]
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Popeye (not the sailor)

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My vintage votes:

Gold: Car Crazy Cutie - Beach Boys

Silver: Little GTO - Ronnie & The Daytonas

Bronze: Drag City - Jan and Dean

Tin: Three Window Coupe - Rip Chords

This hot rod song was all over the radio back in the early 70's.



Thanks Lee!!!
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Lee Marshall

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You're welcome Popeye.  Cody also did this one...



Problem is you can't do both simultaneously much anymore.  I can't smoke even when I'm not driving.  COPD.  Used to drive a Lincoln.  Had 2 of 'em...A Mark VII and then a Mark VIII.  Used to smoke...all manner of leafy things.  Now they're gonna 'legalize it'  [thank you Peter Tosh/UB40].  But I'm gonna have to pass.  DANG IT!!!

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Larry Franz

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Gary Usher and Roger Christian wrote "Hot Rod High". The Knights, Surfaris, Hondells and Super Stocks all had versions of it in late 1964. None met with much success. Maybe if the Beatles had recorded it?

The Knights' single, arranged by Steve Douglas, was performed by:
  • Backing Vocals – Gary Usher, Glen Campbell
  • Drums – Hal Blaine
  • Guitar – Glen Campbell, Jerry Cole, Tommy Tedesco
  • Lead Vocal – Chuck Girard
  • Piano – Leon Russell
  • Saxophone – Jay Migliori, Steve Douglas
These four records should definitely compete in a future battle if they aren't exactly the same:



The Surfaris  youtube.com/watch?v=h-aobP-dy8g

The Hondells   youtube.com/watch?v=h-aobP-dy8g

The Super Stocks  youtube.com/watch?v=5nh6S2MJhZM

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t bedford

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GOLD for Jan & Dean (I was a fan before the Beach Boys existed)

SILVER to The Rip Chords (altho' I prefer Jan & Dean's version)

BRONZE for Ronnie & The Daytonas

TIN to the Beach Boys. Brian is better than this.

Here's one, sort of:







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Lee Marshall

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You and I must have looked at that Rambler through the same Lenz t.  And I'm also gonna vote now.

Gold...Beach Boys...Cause I like it...a LOT!!!  With Brian on lead their sound was brilliant.  BIG!!!  FULL!!!  I still fully love the entire LDC l.p.  It was the first rock 'n' roll album I ever heard on a true 'hi-fi'.  What a glorious sound!!!

Silver...Jan and Dean...'Cause I've always liked it too.  It was in the 2nd group of 4 45's I bought with my paper route money...along with Um Um Um, Um Um Um by Major Lance, There I've Said it Again by Bobby Vinton and Surfer Bird...The Trashmen.  [Is that the same revving car sfx to kick start Drag City, but tampered with/added to, which Brian used with 409?]

Bronze...Rip Chords.  I always liked their sound with Bruce and Terry.  W/O them?  Not so much.  Sure Hey Little Cobra is even better but they recorded a bunch of really good songs in that California 'myth' vein which Brian and the Boys established.

and last...Ronnie and the Boys from Nashville.  They sounded like they weren't committed but rather kind of copying the sound and subject matter with not a real feel for the deal.  [with less in the way of zeal and not quite the same appeal.]
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paul g adsett

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immensely difficult.
partly, i've had minimal access to sufficient internet time
as we float up the norwegian coast,
way above the arctic circle
(currently up a fjord,
watching snow that whited out narvik dissipate)
and, of course, plenty else to do.
but mostly because each of these has its own merits and drawbacks.

as we were moored up in alta (farthest north we've travelled) yesterday,
a bright blue pt cruiser turned up and parked alongside
(we had a silver one for 10 years, so its arrival was both nostalgic and prospicious)
anyway, i'll go with:

gold: 'drag city’ 
- oh, that stereo ‘va-va-voom’ engine intro!  
oh, that derivative tune 
(a favourite in its other guise)! and not great lyrics. 
but, has it got the most excitement and best instrumentals of the lot? 
quite probably. 
with an insistent guitar jangle and those piano chords and vocals during the outro, 
places this recording above its initial station as i overcame the drawbacks.

silver: ‘car crazy cutie’
– a strange balance, but i really love this stereo mix.
it opens up the recording and really emphasises the quality of the lead and harmony vocals,
even as it downplays the rudimentary instrumentals.
overall a more full sound.
but, is it the best song?
oh me, oh my…

bronze: 'three window coupe’
-  better vocal / instrumental balance here.  
better instrumentals than the beach boys platter,
to be truthful, but vocals not as interesting.
a luvverly warm sound, even if the song’s ‘not the sharpest around…’….

tin: 'little gto’
– love the backing track,
with that sir douglas quintet stylee organ and the chuck berry guitar break.
not so keen on the backing wah wah vocals.
not too keen on the song in the end, either.
but the bits i like i like very much.

there, i surprised m'self in the end!
typign this as cliff richard's magnificent 'miss you nights'
with that gorgeous tony rivers vocal arrangement
plays over the pa.
cheers
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paul g adsett

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and,
here we are with a bit of jolly english pop magnificence
from north london's magnificent seven,
madness:
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Lee Marshall

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"Up a fjord"...without a paddle?  Thanks for voting before the 'pining' part kicked into gear Paul.  Merci.  Bon voyage.
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Lee Marshall

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As the 'battles' are now going to run from Sunday...'til Sunday...by all that's right and holy...like Swiss Cheese and or netting for example...I should be shutting this 'rude bwoy' down in another 4 hours or so.  But as this is an international panel of experts who weigh in here and as someone has actually requested to be given 'til 2:00AM my time to vote...I will close this up and supply some mathematical wizardry early tomorrow morning EDT.  Our next battle with GGH may well be operating full steam ahead many hours before I officially 'announce' the obvious.  [POUND 'EM  B R I A N !!!] [thumb]
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Bringing up the rear of the convoy, then...

Gold-Beach Boys...'Car Crazy Cutie'...this is a great song, music, vocals, my kind of music.
The rest of these are almost too generic. They are good but I don't see much daylight between them.
Silver-Ronnie and the Daytonas...'Little GTO'
Bronze-Rip Chords...'3 Window Coupe'
Tin-Jan and Dean...'Drag City' 

I saw a few of my favorites posted this. I was glad to see Popeyes' Hot Rod Lincoln. And the Little Nash Rambler. We had a Rambler station wagon when I was a kid.

So, here's one I still can relate to :



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Lee Marshall

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Thanks Deb...That Janis 'car song' still ROCKS!!!  "Great social and political 'import'." [biggrin]  I was in high school when I got the Pearl album.  She died way, WAY too soon.

Thanks for the votes too. [cool]
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Quote:
You and I must have looked at that Rambler through the same Lenz t


Now, Lee, don't crowd the Mike....

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GOLD: Car Crazy Cutie

SILVER: Little GTO

BRONZE: Drag City

TIN: Three Window Coupe

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