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Larry Franz

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Last week, we had songs by the Beach Boys and Brian that sometimes get skipped. This week, we have four of Brian's songs that sometimes get covered.


Keith Green -- "Girl Don't Tell Me" (1965) -- Produced by Gary Usher. Keith Green was 13 when he released what was his second single. It wasn't a hit and he didn't become a teen idol, but his life could be made into a movie. He became a minister, was a successful singer and composer of Christian music, and died in a plane crash at the age of 28. He is still remembered. Capitol released "The Best of Keith Green" in 2015.

 

Kirsty MacColl -- "You Still Believe In Me" (1981) -- She was an English singer and songwriter, active in the 80s and 90s. She was killed in 2000 while swimming in Mexico. She was hit by a speedboat, apparently piloted by a Mexican multi-millionaire. This led to a "Justice for Kirsty" campaign. Nine compilation albums have been released since her death, including one last year.

 

Timothy B. Schmit -- "Caroline No" (1996) -- Raised in Sacramento, California, he began performing in 1960. He was a member of Poco and the Eagles, replacing original member Randy Meisner both times. "Caroline No" is from Stars and Stripes, the collection of Beach Boys covers that featured country-oriented singers. (Beach Boys sang in the background.)

 

Randy Stonehill -- "Love and Mercy" (2002) -- Also raised in California, he began performing in 1971. He has released more than twenty albums in various styles. "Love and Mercy" is from the Brian Wilson tribute album, Making God Smile, which featured covers performed by (coincidentally, like Keith Green) contemporary Christian musicians.

 

To reiterate:

Keith Green -- "Girl Don't Tell Me"
Kirsty MacColl -- "You Still Believe In Me"
Timothy B. Schmit -- "Caroline No"
Randy Stonehill -- "Love and Mercy"

 

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Larry Franz

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One day gone, six to go.

I posted this a few weeks ago. It was in the running for this week. 

Christine Bougie -- "I Just Wasn't Made For These Times" (gorgeous, poignant music to vote by)
youtube.com/watch?v=WW6Oeirr4x4

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Hi Larry. You picked some beautiful covers. 


This must be a popular one.



From The Walking Dead. A fabulous cover.





And this, from Sonic Youth.




That makes two of us 'round here.



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Darren J. Ray

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Some very good choices, Larry. I was really torn between the top two. 

Gold - Girl Don’t Tell Me (Keith Green - 1965)
I've always known of Keith as the composer of ‘(Until) Your Love Broke Through’, first recorded by Australia’s Marcia Hines. Turns out it was co-written by Green and two others, one of whom is Randy Stonehill. ‘Girl Don’t Tell Me’ is my favourite of the four actual songs which helps. Good voice. No auto-tune here. Produced by Gary Usher. The riff isn’t quite the same as the original. I wonder if that was intentional or laziness. Either way, it seems inspired by ‘When You Walk in the Room’ (Jackie DeShannon/The Searchers) and ‘What You’re Doing’ (The Beatles). Alas, Keith was yet another singer killed in a plane crash. 

Silver - Caroline, No (The Beach Boys featuring Timothy B. Schmit - 1996)
It’s not a song I love, but he certainly sings it very well and faithfully to the original, with a lovely string arrangement by Jimmy Webb. Nice coda from the Boys too. I expect this will win by a fair way this week. 

Bronze - You Still Believe in Me (Kirsty MacColl - 1981)
Respect. I read about her death when Al Forsyth used ‘They Don’t Know’ a few years back. It just makes me extremely angry. 

Participant - Love and Mercy (Randy Stonehill - 2002)
Nice but irrelevant. Brian has done this in the same fashion but better on a couple of occasions. It chugs along at the end like a slow paddle steamer, taking at least 40 seconds longer than needed to reach its destination. 



 

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Larry Franz

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Darren -- Thanks for your early votes and the American-Australian Marcia Hines video. I'd never heard of her. For those of us who aren't familiar with her, Wikipedia says she was born in Boston (Colin Powell and Grace Jones are her cousins). At the age of 16, she was selected in a talent hunt in the US to appear in an Australian production of Hair. Her role in Jesus Christ Superstar made her a big star in Australia, where she has had a long career and is still active at the age of 65.

bonnie -- I'd hoped this week would turn up some very good covers we hadn't heard before, so thanks for the videos, especially the Gazelle Twins, the one that was new to me. That is a great version of "Love and Mercy". Would it have been too distinctive to do well this week?

Sonic Youth aren't for everyone, but I have some of their albums, partly because Thurston Moore appeared in Brian's I Just Wasn't Made For These Times documentary. Here he is doing "Here Today" from the Smiling Pets tribute album. I guess you could say "he makes it his own".

youtube.com/watch?v=lo4ZDy7dFvo

Another take on "I Know There's An Answer" by Aaron Sprinkle (from that Making God Smile album).
youtube.com/watch?v=AMrA8zMZ390
 
And the question is whether some of the original sold any shirts at The Gap. Dennis Hopper and Christina Ricci look oh so cool (although he's rather old for her).
youtube.com/watch?v=x9-bFMgsJiU


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Lisa G/TS

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I guess you could say "he makes it his own".


Understatement of the century, Larry! 

I just stumbled across another that has a rightful place in the "What The....?!?!?" category. Looks like Flo & Eddie missed their calling as backup dancers. Extraordinary choreography...Bob Fosse would be proud (koff):



I'll be back later with my ballot on your much more challenging choices week.

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Darren J. Ray

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This must be a popular one.


Gee, Paul. Thanks for singing a Beach Boys song.

Ditto Thurston Moore. [confused]
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Larry Franz

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Originally Posted by Lisa G/TS

Understatement of the century, Larry! 

I just stumbled across another that has a rightful place in the "What The....?!?!?" category. 


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Originally Posted by Darren J. Ray

Gee, Paul. Thanks for singing a Beach Boys song.

Ditto Thurston Moore. [confused]

Maybe we should have a side contest to pick our least favorite cover this week?

Two days down and five to go. More music to vote by:

The eclectic Jim O'Rourke with vocalist Edith Frost -- "Fall Breaks and Back to Winter (Spring Breaks and Back to Winter)" (also from Smiling Pets)
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Larry Franz

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Three days gone and four to go, with one intrepid voter so far.

If only I knew how to vote.

More music to think about voting by:

Anne Sofie von Otter -- "Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)
youtube.com/watch?v=KgLZ8bboTLo

Linda Ronstadt -- "Don't Talk (etc.)"
youtube.com/watch?v=cNuOKu4XavM

And something different -- it starts our rather weak but picks up speed.

Kevin Max -- "Help Me, Rhonda" (yet another from Making God Smile)
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John B

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Feel alienated going into this Father's Day weekend--that non-conforming is better than good, it's pro-democratic (unlike advertising and religion, cellphone and alcohol use, the food pizza, and the group U2).  yes, you heard it here, all of these are overrated and I encourage boycotts!   I mean, why are all the would-be humanists like Bob Costas and Bryant Gumbell who are so 100% behind banning tackle football, where the athletes have an option to play and none are killed immediately after performing), so very silent on banning horse-racing, where the athletes have no option, are hit by sticks, and thousands die every year?  Morrissey, where are you on this?   why aren't your fans out at Santa Anita with fake blood smeared shirts and pictures of grappling hooks and whatnot? 

So, 1st place, and I realize it's not an official entry, but so what?

1.  'I Know There's an Answer' by Sonic Youth

seems very faithful to my ears.  (I excepted it to sound like terrible Kevin Max 'Help Me, Rhonda' cover, and it doesn't).

2. 'You Still Believe in Me' by Kirsty MacColl   (and I hope I got that spelling right).

3.  'Surfer Girl' by Paul Simon   and

4.  'I Just Wasn't Made For these Times' by Christine Bougie


p.s. fog came back today, so of course, all my local Bay Area moles dried their tears about our beastly 80's and 90's summer weather we were having for all of 4 days.   Love & Mercy, indeed!


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Larry Franz

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John B -- Why this feeling of alienation? Do you think you'll be able to vote for the actual entrants? We are rather short of voters so far (thanks, Darren).

Also, does putting that IJWMFTT instrumental last in your group of four mean you thought it was the worst of everything posted or the fourth best? I hope it was the fourth best because I love it.

It's terrible what's been happening at Santa Anita (famous Southern California racetrack). Twenty-nine dead horses since Christmas, and twenty-six during last year's season even though it didn't make the news. 

Some upbeat ones for these challenging times:

The G.T.O.'s -- "She Rides With Me"
youtube.com/watch?v=sKXG7QgE6hU

The Ramones -- "Surf City"
youtube.com/watch?v=6B-Nqmoxpis

Tatsuro Yamashita has had eight #1 albums in Japan. His soundtrack album for a 1984 movie called Big Wave had four Beach Boys covers on side 2, including:

"Girls on the Beach"


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John B

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yes, I meant 4th best, really good instrumental! 

If I can't go off grid, Larry... can't I just vote for Kirsty? 

I appreciate our senator and governor's calls to prematurely end the Santa Anita season.  However...if this is really a sport, why can't the same people who eventually stopped Ringling Bros. & B & B, demand, no use of riding crops?  at all.  why is it sport, if the athlete is being hit repeatedly with a stick?   I would even go with taking the metal out of their mouths and no reins.   Make the jockeys ride bareback.  If they can't bear the risk of falling off, don't race. 

this is what I worry.  we can't have those demands because the liquor industry is in control of summer time in the US.  Summer starts with green vomit in the urinals of Louisville, Hunter S. Thompson told us that long ago.   Go home and count the booze commercials.  Can't the green people at least complain about the glass bottles on beaches?    Yesterday, I was at a 7-11 in Palo Alto.  they were selling cellophane bags with red plastic cups and ping pong balls inside.  Truth in advertising should have demanded they call the product "alcohol abuse kit."    

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Larry Franz

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Sure, I'll put you down as gold for Kirsty and a 3-way tie for bronze (2 points each) for the other three, if that's ok (since you're far off the grid, I'll take silence as consent). 


From his 1993 album I Guess I Just Wasn't Made For These Times: David Garland Performs Brian Wilson:

David Garland (musician & long-time NY City radio person) and others -- "Sweet Mountain"
youtube.com/watch?v=2hKWIHWQJ94 

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John B

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hey that's a really good cover by Tatsuro Yamashita, too!  

wait a second, Larry, you almost got me!  If my silence was 'consent', that would end my non-conformity protest, wouldn't it.   Can't have that.  I'm going to start a non-conformity club.  throw away your cellphone, racing form, and alcoholic beverage and follow me.  that's my recruitment line.  but if you wanna try to get in, I'll really put you through the grind, I tell you what.
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Larry Franz

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John B -- Your non-conformity is pretty well established. A gold and three ties after picking your top four of the week won't put it at risk. [smile]


Four days gone and three to go. More music to participate by:

Tatsuro Yamashita -- "Please Let Me Wonder" (he has trouble with "what we've been through" and "this beautiful image of you" but how many of us can pronounce, let alone sing, Japanese like a native?)



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