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Deb#1

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bonnie, thanks for a refreshingly different week.  And a chance to delve into music I might not otherwise.
Except for “Don’t Worry Baby” the songs were all new to me.  And the bands all were, too.  I thought they were all pretty good.  They all had a good style and were all harmonious.
Here’s my votes:

   Gold - Zed, covering "Don't Worry Baby"

    Silver - The Swingers "Counting the Beat"

   Bronze – The Angels "Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again?"

   Tin - Jet with "Are You Going To Be My Girl"

I really liked Darren’s video of Johnny O'Keefe‘s "Real Wild Child" and the video from Popeye, “Under The Milky Way” by The Church.
Now for some “Amazing” and “Green” antipodean music from Alex Lloyd:


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GOLD: Are You Gonna Be My Girl-Jet
The first time I heard this song it was love at first bite.....still in love....each band member gives a great performance in this rockin little ditty....driving bass, gritty guitar, get-up-and-dance drum beat and wailin' vocals....cha-ching!!!!

SILVER: Counting The Beat-The Swingers
My minds eye sees Johnny Rotten from the Sex Pistols entering puberty and writing his first punk song....love the slightly out of tune vocals, catchy inane hooks and some attitude shining through.....sticks in my head!

BRONZE: Don't Worry Baby-Zed
Really close behind Silver on this one...not a bad rendition except for the mundane guitar strumming....typical cheap pop makeover designed for the Neanderthal 's of the Top 40 genre...

TIN: Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again-The Angels
About halfway through this excuse for music I was asking a similar question....Am I ever gonna listen to this crap again?

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Nice to hear so many, and such a wide range of antipodean artists and songs this past week.

Sorry for not being more connected this past week, and for being brief in my comments. We're still wrapping up our beach vacation and site-seeing trip on the way home, so now I'm checking in from my iPhone.

My votes:

Gold -- "Are You Going to Be My Girl?", Jet. Familiar with this song and have always enjoyed this fun tune with its driving beat and catchy melody.

Silver -- "Counting the Beat", Swingers. Like the early MTV-styled song and video. So of its period, and fun. Reminded me a bit of Talking Heads.

Bronze -- "Don't Worry Baby", Zed. Familiar with this one from a Brian Wilson covers CD or mix some years ago. Interesting to hear a modern rocked-up version of this old BW/BB ballad.

Tin -- "Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again?", Angels. Had an early New Wave sound to me and decent enough, but not as compelling as my top picks above.

Thanks, bonnie and others, for an interesting and entertaining week of Australian and Kiwi artists and music. Though I was familiar with quite a few who got airplay here in the US, or who were previously introduced in our weekly BOTBs over the years, quite a few were new to me, and that's a good thing from my perspective.
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Thanks to the last voters, David, Deb, Tom, and in wobbled an egg!  Welcome, Egg!  

Deb, I agree "Under The Milky Way Tonight" is a good song.  I'd never heard of Alex Lloyd.  Thanks for the introduction, very nice.

David, Tina Arena sure can sing!

An interesting spread of votes.  This is how it panned out.



GOLD - Zed  "Don't Worry Baby"  (6 Gold, 7 Silver, 2 Bronze, 0 Tin)  Winning with a total of 49.

SILVER - Jet  "Are You Gonna Be My Girl"  (7 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze, 5 Tin)  Second with a total of 41.

BRONZE - The Swingers "Counting the Beat"  (0 Gold, 5 Silver, 7 Bronze, 3 Tin)  Taking third place with a total of 32.

TIN - The Angels  "Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again?"  (2 Gold, 1 Silver, 5 Bronze, 7 Tin)  Doesn't look that way for the Angels, with a total of 28.



It was a case of loving or hating "Are You Gonna Be My Girl", while the Swingers sat in the middle ground all the way through, and quite a number of people felt the Angels should just firetruck off (no way!).  

Zed picked up a credible 13 out of 15 Gold or Silver placings, indicating that they must have done a half decent cover of the boys at least. 

NZ took the top spot (and how often does that happen, huh?) then it went AU/NZ/AU.

Just fifteen voters this week.  Fifteen quality voters, nonetheless. [cool]

Thanks, folks. Over and out.


 

 


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Well done, bonnie. 

They're in the book. 


It's the third form of 'Don't Worry Baby' to appear here.

And the first time a cover of a retired record has been used. The precedent has been set!

Its record: 

The Beach Boys version (a Gold in Week 6 of Season III, 2nd (annual Silver) in Gold Play-Off, 5th in the Ultimate Battle - Teenage Symphony; a Gold in Week 16 of Season VI, 1st (annual Gold) in Gold Play-Off - Cindy Hood), 

The Everly Brothers version (a Tin in Week 5 of Season V, 3rd in Tin Play-Off - t Bedford), 

Zed version (a Gold in Week 19 of Season VIII - bonnie bella)


So, how have antipodean acts fared in the Battle thus far?


Season I

Tojo (Hoodoo Gurus - 1983) (a Bronze in Week 4 - Darren J. Ray),

Sooner or Later (The Innocents - 1980) (a Tin in Week 4, 5th in Tin Play-Off - Darren J. Ray),

Cool Change (Little River Band - 1979) (a Bronze in Week 18 - Cynthia D Hood),

Great Southern Land (Icehouse - 1982) (a Tin in Week 21 - Domestic Animal Noises),

I'll Never Find Another You (The Seekers - 1964) (a Silver in Week 25 - John Potter) 


Season II


Here Comes a City (The Go-Betweens - 2005) (a Tin in Week 10 - Gordon Higgins), 

A World Of Our Own (The Seekers - 1965) (a Silver in Week 17 - Domestic Animal Noises), 

World (Bee Gees - 1967) (a Tin in Week 17 - Domestic Animal Noises)*, 

Dear Prudence (Doug Parkinson In Focus - 1969) (a Gold in Week 20 - Darren J. Ray), 

Eleanor Rigby (Zoot - 1970) (a Bronze in Week 20 - Darren J. Ray), 

Help! (John Farnham - 1980) (a Tin in Week 20 - Darren J. Ray),

New York Mining Disaster 1941 (Bee Gees - 1967) (a Silver in Week 39 - Al Forsyth)*


Season III 


Who Listens to the Radio (The Sports - 1978) (a Bronze in Week 12 - Darren J. Ray),

Friday On My Mind (live) (The Easybeats - 1966) (a Gold in Week 17 - t Bedford), 

Skippy
theme (a Silver in Week 20 - Darren J. Ray), 

It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ’n’ Roll) (AC/DC - 1975) (a Gold in Week 37 - Darren J. Ray),

Eagle Rock (Daddy Cool - 1971) (a Silver in Week 37 - Darren J. Ray), 

Rock and Roll (I Gave You the Best Years of My Life) (Kevin Johnson - 1973) (a Tin in Week 37, 6th in Tin Play-Off - Darren J. Ray)


Season IV


She’s Country (Adam Brand - 2004) (a Silver in Week 12 - Darren J. Ray),

I Wouldn’t Have It Any Other Way (The Innocents - 2005) (a Gold in Week 18 - Darren J. Ray),

One Day (The Church - 1983) (a Silver in Week 18 - Darren J. Ray),

Hollywood Seven (Jon English - 1976) (a Bronze in Week 18 - Darren J. Ray),

Stayin’ Alive (Bee Gees - 1977) (a Silver in Week 37 - Darren J. Ray)*,

Good Morning (How Are You) (Moir Sisters - 1974) (a Tin in Week 37 - Darren J. Ray)


Season V


The Lord’s Prayer (Sister Janet Mead - 1973) (a Bronze in Week 20, 10th in Bronze Play-Off - Darren J. Ray), 

Massachusetts (Bee Gees - 1967) (a Silver in Week 21, 9th in Preliminary Final - Jo McGuire)*, 

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Sarah Blasko - 2006) (a Tin in Week 44, 9th in Tin Play-Off - brent mcmullen),

Ego Is Not a Dirty Word (Skyhooks - 1975) (a Tin in Week 45 - Darren J. Ray)


Season VI
 

Northern Lights (Goldenhorse - 2002) (a Bronze in Week 6 - bonnie bella), 

Grizzly Bear (Angus & Julia Stone - 2014) (a Silver in Week 8 - Lisa G/TS), 

I Was a Kamikaze Pilot (Hoodoo Gurus - 1984) (a Bronze in Week 26 - Darren J. Ray),

You Pick Me Up (Pete Murray - 2008) (a Silver in Week 32 - Graciegirl),

Pick Me Up On Your Way Down (Lionel Rose - 1969) (a Bronze in Week 32 - Graciegirl),

Wandering Eye (Fat Freddy’s Drop - 2005) (a Tin in Week 42 - bonnie bella),

I Touch Myself (Divinyls - 1990) (a Bronze in Week 44 - Cindy Hood)


Season VII


Leaps and Bounds (Paul Kelly and the Coloured Girls - 1986) (a Tin in Week 2 - D.A.N),

Holy Man (Allison Durbin - 1971) (a Tin in Week 12 - Darren J. Ray), 

Set Me on Fire (Missy Higgins - 2012) (a Bronze in Week 13, 7th in Bronze Play-Off - Darren J. Ray), 

Morningtown Ride (The Seekers - 1964) (a Silver in Week 16, 6th in Silver Play-Off - Verden McCutcheon),  

Pony (Kasey Chambers - 2004) (a Silver in Week 37 - Darren J. Ray),

I am Pegasus (Ross Ryan - 1974) (a Bronze in Week 37 - Darren J. Ray)


Season VIII
 

Don’t Worry Baby (Zed - 2003) (a Gold in Week 19 - bonnie bella),

Are You Gonna Be My Girl (Jet - 2003) (a Silver in Week 19 - bonnie bella), 

Counting the Beat (The Swingers - 1981) (a Bronze in Week 19 - bonnie bella),

Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again (The Angels - 1976) (a Tin in Week 19 - bonnie bella)


*very disputably Australian!


45 from 1308 Battle selections so far have been acts from either Australia or New Zealand. That's 3.44%. 

There have been 5 Golds, 14 Silvers, 13 Bronzes and 13 Tins. 

The five Gold winners have been:
 
Dear Prudence (Doug Parkinson In Focus - 1969)



Friday On My Mind (live) (The Easybeats - 1966)

 
It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ’n’ Roll) (AC/DC - 1975)


I Wouldn’t Have It Any Other Way (The Innocents - 2005)


Don’t Worry Baby (Zed - 2003) 



None of those made play-offs. 

Only six of the 45 selections have made play-offs. 

They are: 

Sooner or Later (The Innocents - 1980) (5th in Tin Play-Off in Season I), 

Rock and Roll (I Gave You the Best Years of My Life) (Kevin Johnson - 1973) (6th in Tin Play-Off in Season III), 

The Lord’s Prayer (Sister Janet Mead - 1973) (10th in Bronze Play-Off in Season V),

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Sarah Blasko - 2006) (9th in Tin Play-Off in Season V), 

Set Me on Fire (Missy Higgins - 2012) (7th in Bronze Play-Off in Season VII),

Morningtown Ride (The Seekers - 1964) (6th in Silver Play-Off in Season VII)  

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Apologies to Bonnie Bella for spacing this week and forgetting to vote.  Here's how I would've

Gold - The Swingers 

    Silver - Zed

   Bronze – The Angels "Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again?"

   Tin - Jet with "Are You Going To Be My Girl" - I remember these guys were 2004's version of "the band that was going to save rock."  Eh, not really.  

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