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Larry Franz

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Isn't the phrase "pretty good" odd? You'd think adding "pretty" would make good even better, but it makes it worse. Maybe it's because "pretty" pales beside "beautiful", so to say something is pretty can be taken to mean it's not beautiful, merely pretty. And why do we pronounce it "pritty"?

Three pretty good songs that aren't pretty:

Arctic Monkeys, "Pretty Visitors"


blink-182, "Pretty Little Girl"


Randy Newman, "Pretty Boy"


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Gold - Pretty Flamingo (Manfred Mann - 1966)
It was a big hit for a reason. Great song. My band do it in a medley with ‘Love is All Around’ (The Troggs). Audiences love it. Mark Barkan also wrote the theme to The Banana Splits. I prefer the Everlys’ cover of ‘Pretty Flamingo’ from Two Yanks in England (1966) which a very kind Blueboarder sent me a CD copy of a few years back.

Silver - Pretty Ballerina (The Left Banke - 1966)
It sure isn’t ‘She May Call You Up Tonight’ quality. Interesting arrangement.

Bronze - Only Pretty, What a Pity (The Lovin’ Spoonful - 1967)
It was a B-side for a reason. That middle bit wasn’t the wisest decision. Tried to like it but, nah, it’s a pretender. From their No Balling period.

Participant - Funky Pretty (The Beach Boys - 1973)
Neither funky nor pretty. I have no idea what the lyrics in the bridge are about and, gee, I wonder who came up with the term ‘Pisces Lady’. From the Beach Boys’ Really Boring period. Carl’s voice doesn’t save it from the tin bin. 

Some pretty songs in my collection (in order of preference)….

Oh, Pretty Woman (Roy Orbison)
Who Loves You, Pretty Baby (Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons)
Pretty Blue Eyes (Steve Lawrence)
Pretty Flamingo (The Everly Brothers)
Pretty Flamingo (Manfred Mann)
Pretty in Pink (The Psychedelic Furs)
Pretty Paper (Roy Orbison)
Nina, Pretty Ballerina (ABBA)
Pretty Girl (The Easybeats) (features Harry Vanda as lead vocalist)
Pretty Paper (Don McLean)
It’s Such a Pretty World Today (Wynn Stewart)
Something Pretty (Wynn Stewart)
All The Pretty Little Horses (Judy Collins)
Pretty Fly for a White Guy (Offspring)


 

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Thanks to the early voters, Al, Lee, John E, Larry, Cindy, kds, and Darren.

Al, splittin' votes gives a splittin' headache[confused]! BTW, Renee also inspired She May Call You Up Tonight, which I featured in a BotB contest some time ago.

Lee, Joe Butler sang a lot on Spoonful LP's (including 3 vocals on Everything Playing). Why should you question him singing a song that he co-wrote?

John E, thanks for the Love.

Larry, please don't dismiss Jerry Yester's distorted vocals until you see for yourself the amazing tek-nickel eek-wipment used to bring you such a modern achievement! (BTW, Pretty As You Feel was on my short list)


Cindy, thanks for giving the beleaguered Spoonful their highest placing so far!

kds, yep, the Big O. Nice catch with Pretty Paper.

Thanks to Al, Lee, John E, Larry, kds, Darren and bonnie for a bunch of pretty music.

Here's a Kinky one:

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He sang through a hair dryer to distort his voice? I should reconsider my vote. [smile]

Two from Elliott Smith, who was not pretty but sang that way.

"Pretty Mary Kay"


"Pretty (Ugly Before)"


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I count three (3) solid songs this time...and then one by the Beach Boys.

Great extra songs as usual by Bedford, Darren, Larry, and Bonnie.  (please tell me I didn't confuse Bonnie and Cindy again--I'm doddering at 55 I think, I'm not doing this on purpose).  I never heard the Everlys sing "Pretty Flamingo" before---really great!

that's my number 1: gold for Manfred Mann "Pretty Flamingo."  I always liked this song, but yes, now I hear Bruce Springsteen's version from 1978 bootlegs, including the long story about Steve & Bruce on the front porch looking at the time over and over again because a local beauty walked to work.  and daring each other to ask her name, "just go up to her and ask!"  "no you!" and so forth. 

2nd place, silver, "Pretty Ballerina" by Left Banke.  and the legendary super kid Mike Brown

3rd place, bronze, and I like this so much I really thought about placing it 2nd.  Had to play both over and over to decide, but finally, third "Only Pretty, What a Pity" by The Lovin Spoonfull.   If everything in 1967 was this good, I would have no complaints.

and very well-back,

4th place, tin, for "Funky Pretty."   This might be the worst song, in my opinion, on an officially released Beach Boys or Brian solo record that has his name on it.  Certainly, it's the worst Brian song that either opened or closed a side of an album.  I do sort of like part of the chorus, "Where's my spark in the dark?  Glow, glow, glow glow worm glow."  Isn't that it?   Don't know what that means, but I have two theories.   1: drug reference.  I am not familiar with such things, but a 'spark in the dark' is when a fabulous furry freak brother lights his bong?  and then of course, the 'glow worm glows'--that's the filament inside the bong?   2: it's about sexual dysfunction.   'WHERE's my spark in the dark?' means, the singer is having difficulties 'closing the deal'.  so his 'worm' cannot glow.   Did you see the picture of the Piece's lady?  in the video?   ummgh...I shiver like Sideshow Bob did when asked to massage Patty or Selma's feet, I cannot remember which one he married.  Darren, by the bridge section, you mean where Carl is seemingly mispronouncing a series of words?  I don't get that either.

I really don't hate 'Holland' as much as Lee & kds do "Love You."  In fact, I agree that it was a big improvement over their album right before: 'Carl & the Passions/So Tough.'  Take off 'Sailor' and the fairy tale, though...not much different.  Knowing how many great Brian & Dennis songs that had been left off Beach Boys albums since 'Sunflower', their Holland contributions are weak in comparison.  'Only with You' and 'Steamboat'?  'Funky Pretty'?  We're not talking the best quality songs available, are we?  But I do appreciate 'Sailor' and the fairy tale, and the 'California Saga' threesome, although I still grimace when they have to say kiss Country Joe's rear end and talk about incestuous eagle behavior...
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Here's something you don't see every day. The Avett Brothers, folk rock band from North Carolina, have released these songs on various albums:

Letter to a Pretty Girl
Pretty Girl at the Airport
Pretty Girl from Annapolis
Pretty Girl from Cedar Lane
Pretty Girl from Chile
Pretty Girl from Feltre
Pretty Girl from Locust
Pretty Girl from Matthews
Pretty Girl from Michigan
Pretty Girl from Raleigh
Pretty Girl from San Diego

Here's "Pretty Girl at the Airport"



The Dickies, "Pretty Please Me" and "Pretty Ballerina" (a version)





Julie Andrews, "I Feel Pretty"


XTC, "All You Pretty Girls"


Thurston Harris, "Little Bitty Pretty One"


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4th place, tin, for "Funky Pretty."   This might be the worst song, in my opinion, on an officially released Beach Boys or Brian solo record that has his name on it.  Certainly, it's the worst Brian song that either opened or closed a side of an album.  I do sort of like part of the chorus, "Where's my spark in the dark?  Glow, glow, glow glow worm glow."  Isn't that it?   Don't know what that means, but I have two theories.   1: drug reference.  I am not familiar with such things, but a 'spark in the dark' is when a fabulous furry freak brother lights his bong?  and then of course, the 'glow worm glows'--that's the filament inside the bong?   2: it's about sexual dysfunction.   'WHERE's my spark in the dark?' means, the singer is having difficulties 'closing the deal'.  so his 'worm' cannot glow.   Did you see the picture of the Piece's lady?  in the video?   ummgh...I shiver like Sideshow Bob did when asked to massage Patty or Selma's feet, I cannot remember which one he married.  Darren, by the bridge section, you mean where Carl is seemingly mispronouncing a series of words?  I don't get that either.



While I wouldn't go so far as to say that it's the worst officially released B. Wilson song, I too, don't get the fascination with Funky Pretty.  

I was actually happy when it got dropped from Brian's setlist last September in favor of Sail Away.  
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Here's an old Curtis Lee song produced by Spector



And a funny country novelty song I happened to hear for the first time this summer

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Yup, John B.  Last time I looked, I was still me. [cool]

Sex Pistols "Pretty Vacant".



Offspring "Pretty Fly for a White Guy".



Sugarcult "Pretty Girl". (Acoustic version.)



Al Stewart (Caution; being a good-looking guy has its downside.) "Pretty Golden Hair". 







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bonnie -- The Sex Pistols song was on my list, but it's just as well you posted it. I had doubts and have never been a fan. [smile]


The Animals cover Bo Diddley's "Pretty Thing" (which some of us may have heard earlier this week)


Cake, "Pretty Pink Ribbon"


The Cranberries, "Pretty"


Woody Guthrie, "Pretty Boy Floyd" (in which the bank robber is made to seem not bad at all, in fact a Depression-era Robin Hood, the real villains being bankers)

As through this world you travel, you'll meet some funny men;
Some will rob you with a six-gun, and some with a fountain pen.
And as through your life you travel, yes, as through your life you roam,
You won't never see an outlaw drive a family from their home.



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So, Larry, the Sex Pistols anything vs "A Man Who Never Sees A Pretty Girl That He Doesn't Love Her A Little", that clanging, bashing instrumental extraordinaire?   What am I missing here?

The Smiths "Pretty Girls Make Graves".  (Sounds promising, huh?.)





Some pretty bands.

The Pretty Reckless, lead by an also none-too-happy Taylor Momson, "Make Me Wanna Die".  



Fly My Pretties "Apple Heart".








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So, Larry, the Sex Pistols anything vs "A Man Who Never Sees A Pretty Girl That He Doesn't Love Her A Little", that clanging, bashing instrumental extraordinaire?   What am I missing here?

I wouldn't say "the Sex Pistols anything", but I thought the lyrics to "A Man Who Never Sees a Pretty Girl That He Doesn't Love Her a Little" were better than "We're so pretty, pretty vacant". And John Lydon's voice is irritating, which certainly can't be said of the lead vocal in "A Man Who Never Sees a Pretty Girl That He Doesn't Love Her a Little", as there is none!

"Pretty Girls Make Graves" was also on my list, which is rapidly disappearing.

Two from the Trust album by Elvis Costello & the Attractions, "Pretty Words" and "New Lace Sleeves" ("you look so pretty in your new lace sleeves"):




Red Nichols & His Five Pennies, "A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody"


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My last batch. It could have included "pretty" songs by Everclear, Warren Zevon, Belle & Sebastien, Marty Robbins and Dean Martin, but doesn't.

Instead: 

The Blasters, "Marie, Marie" ("Hey, pretty girl, don't you understand?")


Plus a few from Neil Young:

"Wrecking Ball" ("Wear something pretty and white")


"Country Home" ("But pretty soon it wears me out")


And here's the live, 19-minute version of "Crime in the City" or "Sixty To Zero" (not the abridged "Crime in the City (Sixty to Zero Part 1)" on the Freedom album).

It's so long, it was uploaded in two pieces. That's 19 minutes, one "pretty good with the gavel" and one "pretty good track" (which is "perfect track" in the version on Freedom).





Thank you, Mr. Bedford.

(I hope I'm not wrong about what the "t" stands for)

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Now, don't you worry your pretty l'il head, t Bedford. I've come to cast my ballot:

GOLD -- Manfred Mann, Pretty Flamingo

SILVER -- The Left Banke, Pretty Ballerina

BRONZE -- Beach Boys, Funky Pretty (I must be feeling really retro to put the other two ahead)

TIN -- Lovin' Spoonful, Only Pretty, What A Pity (For me, there have been tastier spoonfuls)

That's pretty well it...except for another couple of options:

The Northern Pikes, "She Ain't Pretty" (She Just Looks That Way):




and okay....I'll dare to go there:



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My votes.

GOLD - THe Beach Boys.  Nothing screams "I've been drinking" like the delivery of those first two lines of Funky Pretty.  Stupid lyrics, but a cool song.  They played this at the first concert of the Pet Sounds tour, but I've recently read they have swapped it out for something else (Sail on Sailor? Wild Honey?).  Anyway, it's cooler than the others and I loved hearing it live, so it easily takes my number one spot.

SILVER - The Left Bank. "Walk Away Renee" was a great song, and this is a very pretty accompaniment.  I'd never heard it before, despite the title seeming familiar. Is there another pretty ballerina out there? After a few listens, I liked it. 

BRONZE - Manfred Mann.  I hear this song a lot on the radio.  It's a great song, except the point being flamingoes are not the most graceful movers, and in this case, they complicate the situation by encasing the poor bird in a tight pink dress (some lyrics just screw with my mental imagery).  I bet it's a pink flamingo, too.  Best left stabbed into old people's lawns and poking out at odd angles in concrete ponds.

TIN - Lovin' Spoonful.  Rather sad lyrics, the lady who relied on her looks until she found they had slipped under her chin or something.  Reminds me somewhat of Larry's rather average instrumental; clangy.  Still, it's okay, because it ends before I hit the stop button every time.

On the other hand, can you be pretty ugly?  Or is that a contradiction?

Band of Skulls.  "You're Not Pretty But You've Got It Going On".



Jimmy Soul "Get An Ugly Girl To Marry You".  (Umm, there's something wrong with that thinking, Jimmy.)



Kasey Chambers "Not Pretty Enough".  (Give Jimmy a call, Kase.)



Limp Biscuit and Staind "Ugly Like Me".



Thanks, t.





 



 



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