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Darren J. Ray

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Katy Perry's 'convincing arguments' [eek] [biggrin]

Onya, Cantina. Dug your Harvey reference too. 

There you go, t. Missed opportunity - 'Isolation' AND 'Cold Turkey'. 

Good get on the Bic Runga, DAN. 
Buzz Clique

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I have been tabulating all week...and I think the system is rigged. Specifically, against my fellow machines. Simon & Garfunkel winning. Sad. If the Music Machine does not win, I may feel compelled to contest the final results.

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Lisa G/TS

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Dear Buzz -- So, if Simon & Garfunkel win, you'll say the system is rigged, fixed and corrupt.

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My inner "Rosie the Robot" (shown above with mystery date from the tabloids)  suspects if Music Machine DOES win, you'll call no inquiry as the system is perfectly legit and we'll all be holding hands, singing "Kumbaya". 

No similarity to any recent events at all...I trust you'll...erm...keep us "in suspense" with your reaction to the outcome.  [wink]

t bedford

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Rounding down the week, thanks for voting: Darren, Graciegirl, bonnie bella and Cantina Margarita.

Larry (thanks for the vids) & Darren (thanks for the S&G info) two behave!

Cantina, thanks for the Ganz Allein translation.

bonnie, I will neither confirm nor deny any involvement in spreading the Kinks.

Buzz, if you don't vote, you can't complain.

We'll be wrapping this up in the get those votes done!

Here's an almost contender this week:
Buzzcocks - Hollow Inside


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David W

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Oops late again , my votes :

Gold:Simon & Garfunkel - I Am a Rock
Silver:Beach Boys - Ganz Allein
Bronze:Kinks - I’m Not Like Everybody Else
Tin:Music Machine - Bottom of the Soul

Some Motown vids:

This one has a familiar title

Tom Tobben

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Lots of people feeling pretty isolated, and many perhaps also endangered, these days in this part of the world, and perhaps elsewhere. I suppose we'll find out in the upcoming months what "make America great again" really means, and whether we should support it or resist it with the force of our constitutional guarantees.

As for my votes:

Gold -- "I Am A Rock", Simon & Garfunkel. When things hurt too much, one reaction is to build a wall around one's feelings and emotions, in order to avoid further hurt. Well said, S&G. One of the early indicators of the poetry and substance in their lyrics.

Silver -- "I'm Not Like Everybody Else", Kinks. Another bit of musical and lyrical excellence from Ray, Dave, Mick, and Pete (right, t?) These guys have made a lot of excellent music, some of it very well-known and much of it hidden nuggets in their large body of work.

Bronze -- "Ganz Allein", Beach Boys. Were this the original version of "In My Room", it would have battled for gold this week. Instead, it's fallen into the also-ran ranks. I've listened to and enjoyed "I Want to Hold Your Hand" hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of times over the past 50+ years, but I've only listened to "Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hande" a mere handful of times. Same song, perhaps, but certainly not the same for me. Similar reaction to this week's Beach Boys selection, compared to its original wonderful, introspective counterpart.

Tin -- "Bottom of the Soul", Music Machine. This is certainly no "Talk Talk"! Lacks the musical punch and emotional impact of their big hit, and does not fare well against this week's competitors.

A few more fine songs about loneliness, isolation, and depression:

The outside doesn't always reveal what's on the inside, as this classic by one of Darren's favorite artists, Bobby Goldsboro, gorgeously informs us in his early big hit, "See the Funny Little Clown":

And from the same period, young Brenda Lee also feels similar yearnings of heartbreak and emptiness in her 1963 hit, "All Alone Am I":

Then, this alt-country (no, Larry, not alt-right!) gem from St. Louis area natives Uncle Tupelo, "No Depression", from their 1990 debut album of the same name:

Finally, perhaps as a bit of musical and lyrical counterpoint to Simon & Garfunkel's 1966 classic above, here's Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention with "Help, I'm A Rock", from their 1966 debut album, Freak Out!:

Good battle, t!

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I have a two tiered vote again this week.  Two close songs at the top and two close songs below.

     Gold – Simon & Garfunkel – “I Am a Rock”

     Silver – The Beach Boys – “Ganz Allein” (In My Room - German version)

“In My Room” in English would probably have gotten the Gold for me.  I understand some German but not enough to connect with this version of the song.  The music shines through, though, so it’s a close second.

     Bronze – The Kinks – “I’m Not Like Everybody Else”

     Tin – The Music Machine – “Bottom of the Soul” (Sorry, Buzz)

Thanks to you all for some cool videos this week.  I especially liked:
Lisa’s Lennon/Clapton/Richards video and the classic Hank Williams.
bonnie’s My Own Best Friend by Liza
Larry’s Jonathan King (not Richman), "Everyone's Gone to the Moon", 1965
I like this one, too, from Brian on NPP:

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 . . .”

t bedford

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The polls are now closed. Thanks to late voters David W., Tom Tobben & Deb #1.

Simon and Garfunkel earn easy GOLD with 62 points (12G, 4S, 1B, and  Zero Tin)
Beach Boys garner SILVER with 46 points (3G, 9S, 2B, 3T)
Kinks boast BRONZE with 39 points (2G, 4S, 8B, 3T)
Music Machine TIN breaks down with 23 points (Zero G, Zero S, 6B, 11 T)

17 voters, 170 Aggregate

Now put your ears to work at Pete’s body parts week!

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Darren J. Ray

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Well done, t.

They’re in the book, mate.

As stated earlier, it was the fourth entry for Simon and Garfunkel.

They now sit outside of The Beach Boys and The Beatles as the most successful act in our Battle. (Roy Orbison would be coming fourth.)

Their record:

Bridge Over Troubled Water (a Silver in Week 27 of Season I, 4th in the Silver Play-Off - Lisa Graham),
The Sound of Silence (a Gold in Week 45 of Season III, 2nd in Preliminary Final, 6th in Gold Play-Off - Al Forsyth),
Homeward Bound (a Silver in Week 17 of Season V, 2nd in Silver Play-Off, 7th in Preliminary Final - D.A.N),
I Am a Rock (a Gold in Week 39 of Season VII - t Bedford*)

*still in contention for this year’s play-offs

And they’ve STILL only ever received two Tin votes ever (both for ‘Homeward Bound’), and have never been given an outright 10th place in any of their five play-offs.

‘I Am a Rock’ may be their first miss for play-offs, but with the equal 23rd highest points total (62) but the third highest percentage so far (36.47%), and six weeks to go, they have to be a chance of scraping into the Preliminary, perhaps.

It was the first appearance for ‘Ganz Allein’.

Some voters said they would’ve placed ‘In My Room’ higher.

‘In My Room’ has only been used the once.

It won the Gold in Week 2 of Season III (DomesticAnimalNoises) but failed to make the play-offs.

‘I’m Not Like Everybody Else’ was the ninth Kinks track in the Battle.

Their record:

God's Children (a Bronze in Week 34 of Season I - t Bedford),
A Rock 'N Roll Fantasy (a Silver in Week 15 of Season II - Tom Tobben),
Apeman (a Gold in Week 32 of Season II - t Bedford),
Do It Again (a Gold in Week 41 of Season III, 10th in Gold Play-Off - Kevin Witts),
Lola (a Silver in Week 10 of Season IV, 2nd in Silver Play-Off, 6th in Preliminary Final - Jo McGuire),
Sitting in the Midday Sun (a Gold in Week 31 of Season IV - t Bedford),
Sweet Lady Genevieve (a Tin in Week 36 of Season V, 4th in the Tin Play-Off - t Bedford),
Waterloo Sunset (a Silver in Week 1 of Season VII - Verden McCutcheon*),
I’m Not Like Everybody Else (a Bronze in Week 39 of Season VII - t Bedford)

*still in contention for this year’s play-offs

'Bottom of the Soul' received the lowest points for the year (23) but second lowest percentage (13.53%). (It was the lowest points score in over three years, since 'Butterfly Wings' by Machines of Loving Grace scored 22.5 in Week 5 of Season IV.)

'It's Not Right' (Katharine McPhee) from my Week 13 received 25 points but the lowest percentage so far this year (12.50%). 

Neither of those songs will be making any play-offs this year!


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