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t bedford

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Thanks to Cindy. The polls are now closed in her "Vacation" week.

Well, it had to happen....because there's just never enough punk rock around here. In the late seventies, punk rock showed up just in time to save rock'n'roll. The punks didn't have kind things to say about many bands that preceded them, but they also did a fair share of rock'n'roll covers. This weeks contenders:

The Ramones - 1993 - Surf City (written by Brian Wilson & Jan Berry)
(original hit by Jan & Dean, 1963, peaked @ #1)


The Rezillos - 1978 - Glad All Over (written by Mike Smith & Dave Clark)
(original hit by the Dave Clark Five, 1964, peaked @ #1)


The Clash - 1978 - I Fought the Law (written by Sonny Curtis of Buddy Holly & the Crickets)
(original hit by the Bobby Fuller Four, 1966, peaked @ #9)


The Dickies - 1978 - Paranoid (written by Geezer Butler, Tommy Iommi, Ozzy Osborne & Bill Ward)
(original hit by Black Sabbath, 1970, peaked @ #61)



For copy & paste purposes:
The Ramones - Surf City
The Rezillos - Glad All Over
The Clash - I Fought the Law
The Dickies - Paranoid

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Gold - The Ramones - Proof that punk wasn't all bad.  

Silver - The Clash - I'm not a huge fan of their originals, but this is a good cover

Bronze - Rezillos 

Tin - Dickies 


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In spite of the performances the song still matters I guess is the bottom line t,  Pretty sure I'd take the original over any of 'these'...although

Gold ... The Clash do a fine job on Bobby Fuller's original tip of the hat to the sound of Buddy Holly and the Crickets.  The law always seems to win...no matter what.  Hence the taking of the knee.  And THAT hurts when typing.  [comp] The Clash were so much more than somehow being pigeon-holed by 'punk' and its posers.  The Ramones did did this one too right?

Silver ... Gonna go with the Rezillos.  I looked at the pic of the young lassie belting it out and two things came to mind immediately.  Some young girl looking at it and exclaiming rather boisterously..."GRAMMA!?!?!"  [eek] and 2 how much better the DC5 drums sounded even back in '64.  Much of the 'stuff' from punk sounded, sadly, similar.  Like...not quite good enough to be taken seriously.

Bronze ... Ramones.  I 'get' that the Travelling Ramones were in it for the fun...first and foremost.  They laid ground work and paved roads for a genre ... and all of that.  That generally a good time was had by all.  etc. etc.  But I do take offense to them whizzing on this song.  Sorry.  But I do.  I know.  I know.  They were fans...and they do it better than we likely could.  BUT.  They have better tunes. [angel]

Last...a bunch of Dickies...with a song I didn't care for much to begin with at any rate.  The musicality factor has always been short shifted on this one and these poor folks weren't ever gonna be able to fix THAT.  The least of less... ... ...after the Clash.  I wonder what they finally ended up doing in order to make a living?  Certainly not 'THIS'. [nono]

When I first got into radio I worked in a pretty small town.  Isolated too.  We had to be more things to more people.  We used to play what we referred to as standards.  IE:  A different version of a well known song usually by people like Ray Conniff and other M.O.R. [middle of the road] artists who would soften the sound down for the older listeners.  Pretty sure these ones wouldn't have 'flown' t. [biggrin]
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I am going to go home and try hard not to parrot Lee's votes (which may be futile...)...  gabba gabba they were supposedly one of us, but doggone, if the Ramones were already finished to me by that Graham (10CC) Goldman album about wanting the airwaves, baby, and the KKK taking their baby away.  It's not like I have thin skin in these matters, but, we look like so easy of targets, don't we?...so, just give me a day to make sure I don't have to tell Lee he's right about everything...  ps the Surf Punks did 'ride the wild surf' even worse.
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After listening to all of these songs, I've come to the conclusion that the originals were all way better.  But, I'll go with these rankings on the punk'd covers.


Gold:The Dickies - Paranoid.  
A pumped up tempo, but still pretty good.

Silver:  The Clash.  I Fought the Law.  

Another good one.

Bronze:  The Ramones - Surf City.  
Nothing is as good as the original on this one.

Tin/Pewter:  The Rezillos - Glad All Over.
Way too fast for this gem of a song.

My final answer.

Sometimes re-working a popular song works and sometimes it doesn't.  This is only my opinion, but an example would be The Ronette's Be My Baby is one that is untouchable in it's greatness.  Beach Boys did not do it justice at all by covering it.  On the flipside, The Ronette's I Can Hear Music was very good, but the Boys made it great in their cover of it, by jazzing it up.  The Ronette's version, to me, was too slow.  It just seemed like it dragged.

Nice week and selection of songs, t!

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Hi t. 

A very sad day for Australian music. 

RIP George Young (legendary performer/writer/producer) 

http://thefix.nine.com.au/2017/10/23/16/29/george-young-dead-at-70


Friday on My Mind (The Easybeats - 1966) (a Gold in Week 17 of Season III - t Bedford)


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


Hey, St Peter (Flash and the Pan - 1976) (a Gold in Week 20 of Season VIII - Darren J. Ray)


(three entries for three Golds)


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Sad indeed.  The Young family has hit a bit of a rough patch with Malcolm being diagnosed with dementia a few years ago, and now the passing of George.

To keep with this week's theme, I'd think that AC/DC are a band that could be appreciated by fans of both punk and hard rock / metal.  
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That's some really sad news.

Kursall Flyers covered Friday On My Mind in 1977...(go to the 4 minute mark if this doesn't start there):



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Gold -- The Dickies - Paranoid -- It was hard to choose between this and #2, but this is the one I'd especially want to revisit.

Silver -- The Ramones - Surf City -- Just the way the Go-Go's did it at Radio City some years later.

Bronze -- The Clash - I Fought the Law -- We're no longer a punk band.

Pewter -- The Rezillos - Glad All Over -- Made me want to enjoy the proto-punkish original again.


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"This Place Sucks"


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I'm not really much of a punk fan, but without punk, the New Wave of British Heavy Metal never would've occurred.  The NWOBHM bands took the DIY nature and speed of punk, and infused the musicianship of hard rock, early metal, and even a little prog.  The NWOBHM respect for prog is shown in this Iron Maiden cover of Jethro Tull's Cross Eyed Mary 

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a brilliant selection.
i shall endeavour to listen totafully over the next days and vote when we get home
(about to leave barbados v shortly and other distractions will doubtless get in the way).

meanwhile ,
though they were never really 'punk',
here's a very exciting band that emerged,
with live tv takes on numbers from their first album,
yes, it's botb favourites (well, frequent exhibitants) xtc

(and an intor by the mega-comic-genius peter cooke)
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My favorite tracks from X's debut album Los Angeles (1980), all of which are probably already ensconced somewhere on the BOTB:

"Johnny Hit and Run Paulene"


"Los Angeles"


"Sex and Dying in High Society"


"The Unheard Music"


"The World's a Mess; It's in My Kiss" (note the use of a semicolon in the song's title. How punk is that?)


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Okay T-bird, this one is solid tough.

Gold to the Clash - always a great band.
Silver - surfin with those Ramones.
Tie for the Bronze - they both get it done.

Out-punking Elvis:

No cover - but hey, punky good time:

Covering themselves?  More garage than punk:




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al - sorry to say,
but,
if you're talking waitresses,
(not pure punk, by a long chalk, but i'll forgive you)
this transcends your choice  by any chalk
(a trifle early for yuletide, but)...


and, larry,
x were never a band i'd really heard of ,
other than the odd conconnatibulation, 'til i came to california.
but, we took our good chum stevie kalinich
to a gig at mccabes guitar shop (small, influential venue) in santa monica
where peter case was playing.a superb singer-songwriter, we know and wanted to see,
a man i'd happily hug every day,
a luvverly chap, who'd stayed with us when i promoted a gig at home in brighton
(roger mcguinn and van dyke parkes play on his first solo album).
anyway, we bump into nelson bragg and annie celsi,
quite by chance, who've turned up for the gig.
as it opens, stevie suddenly says ' i know the drummer'
and, after, we're introduced to donald j. bonebrake
- drummer from x,
who's happily guesting that night as percussionist.
'what a tiny world' methinks...
and, larry, you've just proved that everything connects
- for, if we disregard the path peter c's ploughed since then
and head back beyond the plimsouls to the nerves,
we get the original version (as written by peter case for the nerves)
of 'hangin' on the telephone'
which was a definite hit for some outfit called bondie.

and, if you know the plimsouls from the 'valley girl' movie
(where' s jeanniegeanious when you need her?)

and




and here's a distinctly non-punk peter case, how he metomoprphosed...



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Paulo-o - You are correcto, sir  - post-punk .  I consider The W-tresses "post punk" but there was a punkiness to them.  No, not the driving beat attack at full throttle.  And of course they were both original - here and gone.  Is Siouxsie  post punk as well? 
http://www.popmatters.com/feature/the-50-best-post-punk-albums-ever-part-2-the-b-52s-to-magazine/

And are the Clash truly punk?  Or just a great rock band? "Phoney Beatlemania has bitten the dust".
Punk, or their own?

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