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paul g adsett

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Originally Posted by paul g adsett

gold: 'somebody to love'
- so what if she turned out to be a little rich girl?
doesn't mean that the great society weren't a fresh kick in the balls
and what the early airplane achieved wasn't phenomenal.
so what if they turned into a bloated, corporate starship?
ah, bother - they did!
whither the alternative love generation?
certainly withered in that department!
a distinct fall from grace in my eyes
(did you notice the gratuitous play on words there?).
but, by golly, this is still a fine recording!
a more daring chioice than pulling the obvious 'white rabbit' out of the hat.

silver: 'lay down (candles in the rain)'
- haven't heard this for a long time,
possibly decades.
i used to really, really like it.
took a while to enjoy it this week.
maybe i'm now better acquainted with toppermost quality gospel.
maybe i had to reappreciate melanie's delivery.
maybe it was all overblown / overrated in the first place...
but it didn't ring true at first.
tonight, after a weekend of raw, live country / roots music,
this fits back into context and it's upped a place.

bronze: 'stay awhile'
- oh deary, it slips down to this position.
not that i dislike dusty's voice (far from it),
but the song's not strong enough
and the production is too run of the mill.

tin: 'don't worry baby'
- overarticulated vocals?
the mix lacks that tower of sound.
all the elements there, but turns out incohesive, stark and cold.

boy (girl?), that wasn't easy.
and here's an act we saw during the weekend
- a sort of anglo-americana supergroup,
the savannahs,
including our dear pal hannah rose platt

Larry Franz

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Originally Posted by Deb#1
DWB is in the BOTB 'Hall of Fame'. Is it acceptable then for one to use covers of these 8 Greats?

I don't see why not. It's being done and the entry in Darren's list says who the performer was & when it was released, not just the song title, e.g. Gold - ‘Til I Die (The Beach Boys - 1971) 

Originally Posted by Al Forsyth
There was a great master list kept up by Pete or someone that we could refer back to. [It was mostly Kevin Witts -- his lists are still here] It gets tougher to be clever here instead of retreading the same songs over and over. Darren must have everything compiled with his stats that he gives us every week.

Darren does indeed keep lists of all the songs and results. If you look at "all topics started by Darren" on his profile, you'll see them with titles like "Season IX".

I combined all his season lists into one document to make it easier to search (although it's in reverse chronological order). <Control-F> brings up a search window, or you can download the file to your computer and look at it there. This is the combined list:

Paul -- You quoted your last post but don't seem to have added anything, so you've now got two of the same.

Popeye (not the sailor)

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My votes:

Gold: Don't Worry Baby - Ronnie Spector

Silver: Somebody to Love - Jefferson Airplane

Bronze: Stay Awhile - Dusty Springfield

Tin: Lay Down (Candles in the Rain) - Melanie

Here's a favorite from Dusty.

Thanks t!
Al Forsyth

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Ronnie and Brian:

A diamond necklace played the pawn...

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GOLD Ronnie 
BRONZE Jefferson - ouch my eyes
TIN Melanie

t bedford

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Thanks to our second wave of voters: David W, Al, bonnie, Tom, Cindy Graciegirl, paul “quote’n’vote” adsett & Popeye. Thanks to everybody for their video contributions.

I’ll be closing this out in about 2 more hours, so feel free to drop by & vote until then

Here’s my order:

GOLD for Jefferson Airplane. So what if Grace’s folks were well-to-do? She could have grown up as vapid as Ivanka.

SILVER to Melanie.

BRONZE for Dusty

Leaving the coveted TIN for Ronnie.

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t bedford

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This week is officially closed.

GOLD to Jefferson Airplane/Somebody to Love with 59 points (8G, 6S, 4B, 1T)

SILVER goes to Dusty Springfield/Stay Awhile with 48 points (3G, 1S, 10B, 1T)

BRONZE award for Ronnie Spector/Don’t Worry, Baby with 47 points (6G, 4S, 2B, 7T)

TIN for Melanie/Lay Down (Candles in the Rain) with 36 points (2G, 4S, 3B, 10T)

Aggregate: 190

And on to paul’s week...

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Darren J. Ray

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I was hoping Darren could give some info regarding songs not to be used. This week is an example. DWB is in the BOTB 'Hall of Fame'. Is it acceptable then for one to use covers of these 8 Greats? 

Hi Deb. 

As I commented in my votes (post #18 on page 2 of this week): 

Well, we’ve obviously gone past worrying about using cover versions of retired songs. It’s the second cover of ‘Don’t Worry Baby’ used since the Beach Boys’ classic won Season VI. David Bowie’s cover of ‘God Only Knows’ will probably be next.

The Zed version of 'Don't Worry Baby' was used last year. It won Week 19 (bonnie bella) but didn't qualify for play-offs. 

The songs to not use are the eight previous season winners, noted in the Battle Guidelines posted and updated at the start of each season, and the records already used in the current season. 

And, yes, as Larry says, all results from the nine plus years of competition are listed in this forum. That's a great reason to keep the weeks in reverse chronological order, for easy location. 

Results are usually updated every week.

Please feel free to contact me at to ask about songs, to get clips checked internationally, or any other aspect of the Battle. Or feel free to simply ask away here. Let's keep hosting easy for all.  

Larry, I just saw that list. Good stuff. (Everyone, the bolded songs are the ones that made the play-offs that season. Larry, I hadn't applied that to every season when you copied the lists. Can do so now if requested.)

Also, thank you very much to Larry for posting this (post #29 on page 2 of this week). Definitely worth repeating and remembering for all participants....  

A new, somewhat more complicated way to post links to videos (as shown above) without making these pages very slow to load because of all the videos being posted:

1) Include the full link(s) to the video(s) you want to post, e.g. ( you can leave out the https:// [wink]

2) Post your comment. You'll see the video(s) fully displayed.

3) Then use the "Edit" button in the lower-right hand corner to remove the "https://www." or "www." from each video link, leaving "youtube.yyy"

4) Save your edited post. The links should now look like the four above. This will allow people to click on them but make your comment and these pages quicker to load.

Larry, Paul's second post was an edit to note that 'Lay Down' was indeed his Silver. 

Darren J. Ray

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Well done, t. 

A close week is a great week.

And thanks very much to t and some others of late who have been punctual in opening and closing their weeks.

It keeps it a fair competition for all when weeks actually go for… a week! [biggrin]

It was the third appearance for Dusty Springfield in the Battle. 

Her record:

Son of a Preacher Man (a Gold in Week 4 of Season IV, 4th in Preliminary Final - Peter Simpson),
I Only Want to Be With You (a Gold in Week 10 of Season VIII - Cindy Hood),
Stay Awhile (a Silver in Week 7 of Season IX - t Bedford)

It was the first entry for Ronnie Spector as a solo act.

The Ronettes have had six appearances.

Their record:

(The Best Part of) Breakin' Up (a Tin in Week 21 of Season II - David Wilson),

Be My Baby (a Gold in Week 35 of Season III, 4
th in Gold Play-Off - Sue Schlichter), 

So Young (a Bronze in Week 35 of Season III - Sue Schlichter),

I Wonder (a Tin in Week 14 of Season VII - Larry Franz),

Be My Baby (a Bronze in Week 18 of Season VII, 1
st in Bronze Play-Off, 6th in Preliminary Final - Cindy Hood),

I Can Hear Music (a Tin in Week 16 of Season VIII - GGH)

‘Don’t Worry Baby’ is borderline of making the Bronze Play-Off.

Paul, you’re up. 


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Reply with quote  #55 
Thanks, Darren, I missed that in your post.
I try hard to be strong
But sometimes I fail myself
And after all I've promised you
So faithfully
You still believe in me
I wanna cry . . .”

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