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Larry Franz

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Have to agree with John B that 7 is much better than 8. Seventh Son, Seven Sisters, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, lucky 7, Seven Wonders of the World, seven days of the week, Seven Deadly Sins, 7-11, Seven of Nine, the Seven Dwarfs, The Seven Samurai, The Seventh Seal, The Magnificent Seven, Seven Pillars of Wisdom, rugby sevens, 7th Heaven, the seven days of creation and the seven words you can't say on television. It's also the number most often selected by people around the world as their favorite.

What is there for 8? Behind the 8-ball?

I made my own combined Shut Down Vol 2 and All Summer Long, but cheated and made it 14 instead of 12. Replaced "We'll Run Away" with "Don't Back Down" and added "In the Parkin' Lot" and "This Car of Mine" (two songs I've used in the battle to mixed results).

The last four songs in the running for this week:

Weezer -- "Too Many Thoughts In My Head" (formed in L.A. in 1992)
youtube.com/watch?v=MDlOv778PC0

Blink-182 -- "First Date" (they started in Poway (pronounced "pau - way"), near San Diego; they were Blink until a Blink from Ireland complained, so they added a random number, 182)
youtube.com/watch?v=_FCoUBEJAVg

Beck -- "Go It Alone" (born in L.A. as Bek (no "c") David Campbell; lived in a rooming house downtown as a child; dropped out of school and used a fake ID to sit in on classes at L.A. City College)


The Beach Boys -- "Little Deuce Coupe" (although this is live with Mike's extended introduction)
youtube.com/watch?v=F4yqWPVjA80

My fingers are tired. Be back on Sunday.... [smile]

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Eight Days A Week
youtube.com/watch?time_continue=41&v=zGnTjKwNtw8
Eight Arms To Hold You
youtube.com/watch?time_continue=23&v=PgnC4eadovw
youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=wuFId1RYSZE

youtube.com/watch?time_continue=19&v=wuFId1RYSZE
youtube.com/watch?time_continue=25&v=OJnGeJ_kHpI

A few ^^^^^

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Larry, I hope you know I spend several hours each week, mulling over the choices. These were no exception.

Gold - One Summer Night (Ariel Pink - 2014)
Kim Fowley co-wrote five of the songs on the album this comes from. This wasn’t one of them. It probably should have been. (And Fowley died just two months after its release.) I wanted to like it more because the sound is appealing, but it’s repetitive and wouldn’t have missed a minute less. The album would want to come with a lyrics sheet.

Silver - A Thing or Two (The Beach Boys - 1967)
It’s the only one here that is in my collection, and it’s taking up space. That guitar riff would later be better employed as the vocal line in ‘Do It Again’.

Bronze - A Matter of Time (Los Lobos - 1984)
I’ve never heard anything from this band that captured my attention. Memories long since locked away of audiences requesting ‘La Bamba’, which I refused to learn. When I got Frank – the Spanish/Italian drummer who liked to party – into the band, I let him sing it, along with ‘Mustang Sally’, ‘The Twist’ and all the other stuff I wouldn’t do even if I thought it would cure cancer. Anyway… back to the song. Points for what I perceive as its good intentions. But dull. 

Participant - 7 and 7 Is (Love - 1966)
I knew John E would vote for this. I tried getting into Forever Changes about 12 years ago when John was espousing it on the board and tried again this week, listening to the whole album. Maybe you had to be there. I suppose it does have some inventiveness about it in a ‘Psychotic Reaction’ kind of way. Respect but lead balloon stuff to me. Great album cover. On ‘7 and 7 Is’, Arthur Lee sounds like Alice Bowie on this… 



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Hi Larry.

Almost a metal sound to your Love song this week. Those lyrics belong in last week. Speaking of a metal sound, does this one count, so to speak?



And how about the Bel-Airs? Groovy little cover they must have done when they reunited.



That was a really enjoyable little version of Little Red Book, thanks JohnE. Indeed, what a little red book is is a mystery. Red hot?



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Larry Franz

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Is it Sunday yet?

Thanks for your votes, Darren, and for spending several hours mulling music once considered by some cultural observers to be a fad.

bonnie -- "Too Many Puppies" with that insistent beat certainly does count. The band's birthplace, El Sobrante, California, which is north of San Francisco, might even be an L.A. suburb one day, if L.A. keeps spreading.

The Bel-Airs (of "Mr. Moto" fame) give you the coveted extra credit, since they're from the South Bay. I bet they bumped into Brian and the guys at some point.


Elvis Presley -- "Too Much" (he didn't start out in L.A. but his movie career did)
youtube.com/watch?v=GPc8XNtlDk4

Eddie Cochran -- "C'mon Everybody" (born in Minnesota but when he was 14 his family moved to an L.A. suburb -- Bell Gardens -- around the same time mine migrated out there)
youtube.com/watch?v=ncbdW9bI27o

Grizzly Bear -- "Three Rings" (they're from Brooklyn, an East Coast suburb of L.A.)
youtube.com/watch?v=PZ8LB6KHHMs

Lord Huron -- "Ancient Names (Part 1)" (they started out in Michigan but have moved to L.A. since)
youtube.com/watch?v=KdPbwKmbvhI

The Chimes -- "Once In A While" (also from Brooklyn, but check out the cool red '61 Chevy in the video -- that was a great car)


Let's assume good looks were not a requirement for being in the Chimes, but good singing was.

PS:  Five voters and everyone already has a gold (even if awarded grudingly).

PPS:  Primus included "Too Many Puppies" on a combination DVD/EP called Animals Should Not Try To Act Like People, advice all of us animals should keep in mind.

Plus:  Al -- I'm sticking with 7.

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Okay Larry but 8 Days vanquishes 7 and 7https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=12&v=kle2xHhRHg4
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Larry Franz

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Al -- In the battle, definitely. But not on my ballot!

Wavves -- "Million Enemies" (from San Diego -- I thought they were Swedish or something -- give it some time -- or maybe not)


The Yardbirds -- "Happenings Ten Years Time Ago" (London, the one in England)
youtube.com/watch?v=OJZHnZrUoQ0

Duane Eddy -- "Forty Miles of Bad Road" (began playing in Arizona, might as well be So. California)
youtube.com/watch?v=1ufDKSM_60M

Surfer Blood -- "Twin Peaks" ("Surfer Blood", but not from Huntington Beach, from Florida of all places)
youtube.com/watch?v=xIiwraf8FUQ

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Gold: Love, "7 and 7 Is"
Silver: Los Lobos, "A Matter Of Time"
Bronze: Ariel Pink, "One Summer Night"
Tin: The Beach Boys, "A Thing Or Two"

 

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Thanks for your votes, st. kilda forever. I'm voting too and in similar fashion. I like all of these a lot, but:

Gold -- Love -- A truly great performance. I think the obscure lyrics add to the impact. Terrific vocal by Arthur Lee, wonderful propulsive music, leading to an explosion and a gorgeous coda, all packed into 2 1/2 minutes. Like John E said earlier this week, it's "one of the greatest rock tracks ever".

Silver -- Ariel Pink -- Excellent. Reminds me a little of "All I Wanna Do", which is described elsewhere as "dreamy", "psychedelic" and "beautiful". As someone said about Brian's productions, it's like the tape was saturated with music. 

Bronze -- Los Lobos -- A very pretty song with an especially fine lead vocal and a touching emotional tone. The whole How Will The Wolf Survive? album is excellent.

Participant -- The Beach Boys -- I thought of using it because nobody ever had. I enjoy the whole Wild Honey album (just played it today -- although I'm never been crazy about "Wild Honey"). This is a fun track and the vocals are all fine, including Mike's. But my favorite moment is when the instrumental part surprisingly keeps going around 2:20, when you think the singing is going to resume. The ending could have gone on longer from my point of view.

A few more measured songs:

Milo Greene -- "1957" ("a self-described cinematic indie pop band that formed in Los Angeles" and has three members, none of whom are named "Milo")



The Neighbourhood -- "Baby Came Home 2" (they started in Newbury Park, in Ventura County, about 35 miles from downtown L.A.)
youtube.com/watch?v=wIZioz2PRuk

Len Barry -- "1 - 2 - 3" (originally Leonard Borisoff, an original member of the Dovells -- "The Bristol Stomp" -- from West Philadelphia, unfortunately 2,400 miles from L.A. even in a straight line)
youtube.com/watch?v=_tm_-7JpcWI

Tom Waits -- "Ol '55" (born in Pomona, about 30 miles east of Los Angeles, he sang in San Diego before becoming successful back in L.A.)
youtube.com/watch?v=PejBkU4-1fk

The Rolling Stones -- "Out of Time" (the London in England again)
youtube.com/watch?v=pXP1MSFwMnc

I don't know about you, but I can't wait for the rush of voters in the last 20 minutes on Sunday night in this time zone.

PS: That's funny. I cast the third gold, third silver, third bronze and third tin for the various songs. With seven voters, the songs are now separated by three points, with 16, 17, 18 and 19.

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Larry, you have created a battle!
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Hi, Al. I hope it stays close. Always good to make the Tin playoff. [smile]

Here are two from Lana Del Rey, born Elizabeth Grant in New York City, where she also began her career. It's said she lives in Venice Beach now, which is part of the city of Los Angeles.

"13 Beaches"
youtube.com/watch?v=y6O16oWzD-s

"24"
youtube.com/watch?v=pkIYYpAjsjo

She has a new album coming out later this month called Norman F@@@ing Rockwell (Norman Rockwell being the beloved 20th century American painter). One of the songs that was just released is "The Greatest". The opening lines are:

I miss Long Beach and I miss you, babe
I miss dancing with you the most of all
I miss the bar where the Beach Boys would go
Dennis's last stop before Kokomo

I captured a moment from the video (which features that song and another from the album):

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She knows Dennis was gone by the time of "Kokomo".


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G Los Lobos
S BBs.   Pretty good, but not up there with my favourite songs of theirs.  Not quite gold this week.
B Ariel Pink
T Love (not Mike)

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Larry Franz

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D.A.N. -- Thanks for your votes. Although if you had voted differently, you could have made the score 20-20-20-20. (There's still time to reconsider.)


The School -- "He's Gonna Break Your Heart One Day" (straight outta Cardiff)
youtube.com/watch?v=4bP1qhqZynw

The Danleers -- "One Summer Night" (but not this week's. From that East Coast suburb again)
youtube.com/watch?v=1PhRerkCKU4

Glen Campbell -- "It's Just a Matter of Time" (not "A Matter of Time". His career got going in L.A. recording studios)
youtube.com/watch?v=D_2_3QIWQl4

The Doors -- "Twentieth Century Fox" (L.A. of course)
youtube.com/watch?v=fJgy9LCNRHs

The Byrds -- "Eight Miles High" (of course)
youtube.com/watch?v=J74ttSR8lEg

This radio show needs to end soon. A lack of sponsors and the pledge drive has been anemic.

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Listening to your tunes now, Larry, both in the Battle and out of it, and taking my time, just as this sweet song does.



Back to vote tomorrow.



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Larry - that 8 Miles High has something to it, doesn't it?  

To keep things balanced (but not from LA):



Home moviues ^^^^^

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