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Larry Franz

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Two familiar ones from Randy Newman

"I'm Different", Trouble in Paradise, 1983



"Lonely at the Top", Sail Away, 1972




Two unfamiliar ones not from Randy Newman

The Autumn Stones, "In with the Out Crowd", Escapists, 2015



The Queers, "In with the Out Crowd", Beyond the Valley Revisited, 2015




Off topic from Randy Newman in honor of our President-elect and the crackerjack team that helped him get where he is today:

"Putin", 2016 



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D.A.N. "Strandjungen" - I looked it up, but I'm not telling.


Just a bit of wordplay.   Might be my new favourite.

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Darren J. Ray

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Strandjungen. 

Yeah, I had to look up my German dictionary I still have from Grade 7. 

Not exactly 'Das wetter ist warm und windig'. 

Good one, DAN. 

I wonder if they knew Les Garcon de la Plage. 

According to Wiki, their members were: 

  • Michel L'Amour - lead vocals.
  • Claude Wilsoneaux - lead guitar, vocals
  • Alain Jardiné - rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Denis Wilsoneaux - drums
  • Bruno Wilsoneaux - bass, keyboard, vocals and songwriting.
  • David Lemarque - rhythm guitar (for a while)
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Nice to get back to why we’re here.


Simon and Garfunkel have an excellent history in the Battle.

They’ve had three entries before this week. Each have made play-offs.

‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ won a Silver, and came 4th in the Silver Play-Off (Season I).

‘The Sound of Silence’ won a Gold, came 2nd in the Preliminary Final and finished 6th in the Gold Play-Off (Season III).

‘Homeward Bound’ won a Silver, came 2nd in the Silver Play-Off and finished 7th in the Preliminary Final (Season V).

That’s a great history BUT get this…

They have only received, from their three weeks, a total of two Tin votes EVER (both for ‘Homeward Bound’, from Roy Rogers and snoops71) and have never been given an outright 10th place by any voter in the five play-offs.

Roy Orbison has a great record too (six entries - five Golds and a Silver; two Gold play-offs), but has received, overall, nine Tin votes and three outright 10th places in those two play-offs.

Brian aside (whose Battle record includes many Gold wins but also a couple of Tin medals), stats suggest that our favourite acts are The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel and Roy Orbison, in that order.


For those unaware, ‘I Am a Rock’ was originally recorded by Paul Simon, solo.

It appears on The Paul Simon Songbook from 1965.




‘Ganz Allein’ was recorded by the Boys in March 1964 for the German market, but was not officially released until 1983 on Rarities.

Maybe the original planned cover was vetoed by the German distribution company.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_0ttT7oDZWi8/TJ9qZn9izbI/AAAAAAAACHc/c0npiYUtcwk/s1600/the-beach-boys.jpg

I’ve read that Dennis isn’t on it.

That third voice is apparently Al. 

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Darren J. Ray

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Gold - I Am a Rock (Simon and Garfunkel - 1966)
Hadn’t dug into the history of this before. Yep, originally recorded by Paul, solo, as was ‘The Sound of Silence’. Given the same electrified treatment as that song too. The original is pretty darn good. Uncle Garfunkel, as his nieces and nephews call him, had an easy ride considering these songs were already Paul’s. But I guess putting up with Paul wouldn’t have been that easy. (Gotta love the Paul Simon story in the May Pang book, Loving John… “But I’m Paul Simon!”) Both have worn silly looking rugs in their time.

Silver - Ganz Allein (The Beach Boys - 1964/1983)
It misses Dennis, but it’s still lovely. Maybe the Beatles releasing 'Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand' and 'Sie Liebt Dich' in Germany a month earlier was the inspiration behind this recording. (Any Beatles aficionados out there? Ever noticed on the B chord at the end of the second last line of the song, on the word 'hand', McCartney sings a B on 'I Want to Hold Your Hand' but an F# on 'Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand'? Wish I could post clips of the two recordings but you know the deal. Thanks, UMG.) 

Bronze - I’m Not Like Everybody Else (The Kinks - 1966)
I kept thinking, hang on, I know this. Where do I know this from? Listened to some of the covers – it’s not from those. Dug it, but got tired of it too. Nice to hear Dave on the lead of a Kinks song. About a minute too long.

Participant - Bottom of the Soul (The Bonniwell Music Machine - 1967)
Bottom of the barrel. 

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A couple from the slightly non-conformist Blondie.





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Larry Franz

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Nice to get back to why we’re here.

As always, it's nice of you to explain why we are here; how much attention we should give the songs; whether we're posting too many songs; whether the songs we post are sufficiently connected to the theme; and so on.

Well done, Darren. The scores are in the book.

More from the Queers:

"Brian Wilson", Munki Brain, 2007 (in honor of a true non-conformist)



"See You Later <expletive deleted>", Pleasant Screams, 2002 (it's pithy, but probably inappropriate for weddings, funerals, inaugural balls and the BOTB)




PS -- An instrumental version of "Break Away" by somebody with a YouTube channel



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They sure are, Larry. 

232 to 290.

Time to move on. 
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Yeah, I had to look up my German dictionary I still have from Grade 7.


I had to translate it but now that I know it, I won't forget it.  So that's what 'Strand' means.

Technically, my grandmother was half-German.  

'Jardine' is ultimately from jardin = garden. 
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Hi guys,

guess what this might be:

 

There‘s a place where I go to,

whispering joy and woe

quite alone

quite alone

lock and key close out from here fear and worries

quite alone

I‘m dreaming here, making plans,

without begging for sleep (this verse is very hard to understand !)

through my crying and my sighing

I‘m looking back, laughing

 

It‘s dark and I‘m alone but I‘m not afraid

quite alone

quite alone

allein, allein (falsetto)

 

It‘s not as bad as I thought it would be. But it‘s clearly not the way kids would talk.

My votes will still take a bit of time.

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Gold - I Am a Rock - Simon & Garfunkel

Silver - Ganz Allein - Beach Boys

Bronze - Bottom of the Soul - Music Machine

Tin - I’m Not Like Everybody Else – Kinks

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Album due out tomorrow I think  (yes, it's *that* song)




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My votes.

GOLD - The Kinks.  An easy gold.  I heard this for the first time this year (t, I'm sure you had something to do with it!) What a powerful sound, and I love the lead vocals.  This is one of those songs I really enjoyed from the first listen.  Best turned up to high volume.

SILVER - Simon and Garf.  I must admit I've never known what these chaps were talking about with this song, and after looking up the lyrics I immediately thought of the main character in the novel "The Secret History" by Donna Tartt.  Super creepy.  Anyway, it does sound as though somebody got left in the dorms over winter.  I hope they left the heating on for him.

BRONZE - The Music Machine.  Never heard it before.  It's prety trippy funkadelic clappy organy, isen't it?  Every now and then the circus turns up too.  Blessedly brief.

ZINN - Zorry.  Thanks for the lyrics, Cantina.  



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DAN, I heard that she was going to cover this!  How exciting!  

Thanks for finding this.

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Hi folks,

here‘s my votes for this week:

(1) I Am A Rock (S&G)

ironic, but I‘ll never get any different out of it but beautiful feelings. That‘s what your first love‘s favourite artists can do with you.

(2) Ganz Allein

What‘s the goodie about Katie Perry, besides her „convincing arguments“ ? It‘s her idiom which is the same as The Great Man‘s. To me, this accent is part of the blend, or to say it with Michele d‘Amore[rofl], it‘s a parameter of the formula, or to say it with Denny Dougherty, it‘s „Harvey, suddenly being in the studio“. If you take that away, the blend won‘t be the same. I don‘t get the reasons for translating for foreign markets because people won‘t like it anyway (their grandparents, maybe, a little bit). And the German translation is as far out as anything can be, as well as a young man singing falsetto in the early sixties. I‘m sure this didn‘t convince anybody. But in spite of all this: not even a failed experiment like this can destroy this great song completely.

(3) Bottom Of The Soul

I just like that punky style of psychedelic organ. I‘ll dig out my Stranglers vinyls as quickly as possible, it‘s the right day for Aural Sculpture at full length and volume. Although the song can‘t keep up with it by length. It‘s actually NOT beyond the garage.

(4) I‘m Not Like Everybody Else

I‘m sure it has something in it which I just don‘t get. Might be due to this accent which I don‘t understand by more than 20 percent. It‘s a fact that for people from here, American English can be understood a lot easier than Brit or Aussie language. Sorry. The music is not mine, either.


My own favourite song about depression, pain and despair is this one:

GREAT: Klaus Voormann‘s bass part. He‘s a jewel to me because he can tell stories about popular music‘s greatest band authentically, in the local accent I‘ve been used to since I was born.

*** START of latent reaction to politics these days ***

What is German language really good for in music ? Please listen to this example of claustrophobia blues (a kind of anti-In-My-Room). Apart, it‘s dealing with pathetic frustration, too.

 

I'd never want it to be performed in a different language. I so, it would read like this:

I'm squinting my eyes
I'm squinting my eyes and see
see you and see myself
we‘re standing in a pit
and don't get any forward.

I'm squinting my eyes
I'm opening the bottle
I'm laying my legs high and walk
walk here, walk there
where the wind‘s still blowing
and don't get any forward.

I'm squinting my eyes
I'm laying my legs high
I'm biting my lips raw and scream
scream at you, scream at the child,
the poor child
we don't get any forward.

I'm squinting my eyes
I'm biting my lips raw
I'm pressing my ears closed and hear
hear the wind and hear the child
it‘s falling, a white field,
we don't get any forward.


*** END of latent reaction to politics these days ***

 

Cheers, and try to have nice weekend despite it all

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