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2 March 1950 - 4 February 1983

(written by Neil Sedaka)

Darren J. Ray

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Hope you're having a great one, young man. 

And thanks always for your help and contributions here.

I've just realised with whom you share your birthday!  

No wonder you're a fan.  
John B

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I liked the McGwinn, Clark, & Hillman record too, Darren.  Since I have a fairly good memory--never smoked pot, maybe you can clear up another mystery, voiced by RS magazine at the time.  In the album's 2nd best song, 'Little Mama', what does Gene mean when he says "everybody's talking about it but they just don't seem to understand'?   Talking about what?  Understand what?
Darren J. Ray

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Hi John B. 

I'd never heard the song nor the album before; only the single. 

I've listened to 'Little Mama' twice now. I'm none the wiser either. 

Here it is. Definitely not 'I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better' standard.....

Al Forsyth

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From last year.  If you are going to escape - go the space route. 

The Bryds were going that country route. 

A diamond necklace played the pawn...
Verden McCutcheon

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 Season 10 Week 2 Escape.....

                                  1)In My Room...very deep for an innocent sounding song

                                  2)Born to Run...Bombastic beauty...high energy

                                  3)Up on the Roof...Similar to In my Room theme wise

                                  4)Going Back....Way to good for the tin bin but …

                                                                    hard to choose Larry !!!

Larry Franz

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Verden -- Thanks for your votes! I felt the same way about "Goin' Back". Maybe David Crosby felt different after he heard the finished product.

Verden brings us to 10 voters. I don't want to go out on a limb, but there seems to be a favorite this week.

Snap judgments:

The Carpenters -- Pretty song.

McGuinn, Clarke & Hillman -- Not bad, but their real skills are in estate planning.

The ElderByrds -- Fun song.

Vamos, muchachos.

Hank Williams -- "Ramblin' Man" (any excuse to post this one)

Chuck Berry -- "You Can't Catch Me"

Queen -- "Leaving Home Ain't Easy"

The Beach Boys -- "Little Pad"

Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas -- "Trains and Boats and Planes"

David W

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My votes :

gold- The Beach Boys, "In My Room"

silver - The Drifters, "Up On The Roof"

bronze- Bruce Springsteen, "Born To Run"

tin - The Byrds, "Goin' Back"


Larry Franz

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David -- Thanks for your votes. You're voter 11.

We now have less than 24 hours remaining. It's not clear what the final order will be.

In other news:

Beach Fossils -- "Vacation"

Lindsey Buckingham -- "Holiday Road"

Brian Wilson -- "On a Holiday"

Maroon 5 -- "Leaving California"

Leonard Cohen and Sharon Robinson -- "Alexandra Leaving"

bonnie bella

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Okay, in the name of predictability ...

GOLD - On My Broom. Where all the magic happens. Where toast crumbs in the bed are okay as long as they are yours, and socks on the floor are an acceptable if not beloved occurrence.

SILVER - Have Some Fun. It's not that Bruce needs a shower, it's simply a case of New Jersy industrial dust, motorcycle oil, and pure animal magnetism in liquid form covering him in a light sheen. There's nothing he can do about it, Darren.

BRONZE - Not A Spoof. Judging by the band name, they didn't really climb up there, they landed. 

TIN - Scratch My Back. Nice Horse.

Great songs this week, Larry.

Speaking of fantasy ...

How about going somewhere nice?

Heck, you can even escape to New Jersey!

Thanks for a good week, Larry.


Clowns divorce: custardy battle.     Simon Munnery

Cantina Margarita

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Hi guys,

here's my gang of four:

1. The Beach Boys, "In My Room"

If you don't like this song, you've got no heart. Just the baby brother doing his best to play a fragile riff, the sporty brother rattling a drum, the tall one holding down the keys of his Bontempi organ, and somebody else plonking a triangle. A simple melody, adolescent lyrics - but choir harmonies going right through the ceiling. If it takes just one song to describe the magic of the Beach Boys, it will be this one. It's the art of creating a universe out of nothing and a toy box. And if it's Brian Wilson who brought the structure and the ideas - well, then he's a teenage genius, quite simply.

2. The Byrds, "Goin' Back“

Nice harmonies, too, but rather stoned than adolescent. And I love the octaved guitar effect. I can listen to them for quite a while without getting bored. But no genius on the rise.

3. The Drifters, "Up On The Roof"

Miss the Platters. Seems to me they were like these boys, but much more gifted. My dad, a WW2 refugee and formerly abused Hitler boy, used to love groups like them a lot. There's racism, and there's heart and brain. He decided to prefer the latter. Me, too.
And a record with Goffin/King written on it is always a treasure.

4. Bruce Springsteen, "Born To Run"

Well, The Boss. Also, somebody who invents simple tunes with pretty good and heartfelt lyrics. But what does he make of it ? Some singalong mumbling of his limited voice, with no choir. A drummer, free to do everything he likes. 2-3 notes on the e-bass and some distorted guitar chords will do. Another guitar riff, a simple solo or two or three, some saxes always nice, and a surprisingly embedded second tune always welcome. Hopelessly overloaded, but never really embarrassing, for 40 years meanwhile. And that's a big quality, too.
I like “I'm on fire“ and “Philadelphia“. No idea where he took that from.

Thanks, Larry. An interesting selection, but with a very clear favourite for me. At least, I wanted to take the effort of explaining why.

Larry Franz

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bonnie bella & Cantina Margarita -- Thanks for your votes and thoughtful comments. I especially like the Wolf Alice song about a wonderful place to escape to.

Nicole Atkins was born in Neptune City, New Jersey, which isn't as well known as other towns along the Jersey Shore, since it doesn't quite reach the Atlantic. But it does overlook the Shark River. Wikipedia says she "eschewed more popular acts of the day for [artists] her parents listened to, such as the Ronettes, Johnny Cash and the Beach Boys".

An old one from the Platters -- "My Prayer"

My prayer is a rapture in blue, with the world far away

Newer ones from newer people:

Florence + the Machine -- "Hiding"

Weezer -- "In the Garage" and "Do You Wanna Get High"

Bowling For Soup -- "I Ran (So Far Away)"

The Shins -- "Gone For Good"

There are a few stalwarts still to be heard from before we escape this week. The doors close less than 12 hours from now and then it's Al's turn. 

PS: You know, bonnie, parts of the Garden State are quite verdant and relatively dust-free (like where Bruce lives now). Or rather the dust is garden variety, not industrial. Granted, we probably lead the country in total toxic waste sites and toxic waste sites per capita, having been an important participant in the Industrial Revolution. As states go, it's a mixed bag. You gotta problem with that? [smile]

paul g adsett

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'not fair' he cried!
y'can't compare and list in order these 4 candidates.
but, i'll not chicken out and share the gold.
so, after due consideration:

gold: ' in my room'
- love it.
'nuff said.

silver: 'born to run'
- the sheer exhilaration still applies.
but, mr springsteen proved to be an even better, varied songwriter and performer
as his career progressed
and his shows don't just rely on what became a trademark whoosh
of that great e st sound
(maybe some of the greatest live shows ever)
so, this may be grand guignol supershowbiz glorious,
set in a fab context, but dated.

bronze: 'goin' back'
- a longtime favourite song of mine
recorded by allsorts of artists
and my preference changes constantly depending on my own mood
(dustymarianne faithfull / the one below).
i do live the cello line that pops through
and the drum break.
the byrds manage to sweeten it with their jangles and harmonies,
but it's sort of soulless
and i can see why crosby wasn't enamoured.
the phrasing isn't hot and it's formula rather than inspired.
hate to drop it in the order, but this doesn't match other contenders here.
oh, dear, i hated doing that.

tin: 'up on the roof'
- much as i love the song,
this arrangement hasn't aged as well as i'd hope.
not one of the drifters' best singles.
the strings are too syrupy.
the lead vocal is too precise,
the vocals altogether don't gel and swing as they ought.
too poppy ather than doo-woppy.

here's nils lofgren on the bbc's 'old grey whistle test' in 1975.
with a great piano arrangement,
showing he's not just a trampoline guitar man
(some very exciting solo / band live shows i've seen over the years)
or guitar for hire with mr springsteen.
i'd not really noticed the similarity with the waterboys' 'the whole of the moon'
and mike scott borrowing this sound until now) .
plus the album version, which woul've got silver place from me.

ta and cheers

Al Forsyth

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Per Mr. Adsett,  I resemble those remarks:  "'not fair' he cried!
y'can't compare and list in order these 4 candidates.
but, i'll not chicken out and share the gold.
so, after due consideration.''

And I wanted to sing praisiations of an earlier post:
"taking the theme of escape / getting away from somewhere
and its concomitant, striving to get somewhere,
with all the obstacles that may intervene,
allows the whole of 'smile' to be seen as a parable, an allegory, 
a journey to some desired destination,
like tamino in mozart's 'the magic flute'  (seeking truth / reason / enlightenment)"

Sent it a love never-the-less.  ^^^^^

I stay with my original vote - Equal and Opposite.  It can happen.

Bonnie, I got to hear Nicole A live last fall opening for The Wood Brothers.  She was acoustic all by herself.  I like her better with a band:
She was great when she joined the WB in the concert.

A diamond necklace played the pawn...
Tom Tobben

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It's been a busy week, so just now getting in my votes as we approach the finish line. 

This was a difficult battle, Larry, with three very well-known classics and a lovely album cut from the Byrds. Interestingly, in recent weeks I've just been playing The Notorious Byrd Brothers album, along with their earlier albums, revisiting more of their early catalogue beyond their handful of chart hits. 

Like some others here, my gold pick is a real toss-up between excellent songs by a couple of my longtime favorite artists. But, I will force myself not to sit on the fence, so here goes:

Gold -- "Born to Run", Bruce Springsteen. Though I hate to not vote "In My Room" as my gold pick this week, I have always absolutely loved this powerful song and the album it comes from. I have followed Springsteen ever since his earliest albums before this one and the many that followed in subsequent years and decades. But this song and its album put him into the rock spotlight and he has stayed there ever since. Young Bruce and his E-Street Band were pure energy, and they performed genuine rock with a real soul, straight from the streets of Jersey. Bruce can do it all, from writing and arranging compelling music to heartfelt personal lyrics to playing excellent guitar. 

"Will you walk with me out on the wire,
`Cause baby I'm just a scared and lonely rider.
But I gotta know how it feels.
I want to know if love is wild,
Babe, I want to know if love is real...

The highway's jammed with broken heroes on a last chance power drive.
Everybody's out on the run tonight,
But there's no place left to hide.
Together, Wendy, we can live with the sadness,
I'll love you with all the madness in my soul..."

Powerful stuff, both lyrically and musically!

Silver -- "In My Room", Beach Boys. Young Brian revealing his inner soul to us in a lovely and tender manner, accompanied by a gorgeous melody that belies his melancholy and deep insecurities as a sensitive young person. Gorgeous and deeply touching. Easily gold in many weeks. 

Bronze -- "Up on the Roof", Drifters. What a gorgeous song by Goffin/King and what lovely vocals by the Drifters. What puts it over the top, however, is the spectacular instrumental arrangement by Atlantic's musical maestros, Jerry Wexler and Ahmet Ertegun and brother Nesuhi Ertegun. The epitome of Brill Building pop matched with the R&B magic of early Atlantic Records. 

Tin -- "Going Back", Byrds. A lovely song, with a lovely arrangement and patented vocal harmonies, at a time when the Byrds were about to make the move from folk/rock to the emerging country rock movement of the late '60s and early 70s. A really nice song, but it doesn't quite reach the heights of the three songs above. 

A few more escape songs to help one get far from the madding crowd:

and one more, in remembrance of our late compatriot from Cleveland, t Bedford:

Excellent battle week and song choices, Larry!

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