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Larry Franz

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bonnie -- Your song by Brightblack Morning Light (quite a handle) from Northern California is one of the most interesting songs posted this week. I shall try their first album. We look forward to your votes and perceptive comments tomorrow, should you choose to comment.

Al -- Roseanne Cash has a good strong voice. The brilliant "Eight Miles High" edged "That's Not Me" for gold by one point three years ago.


The Crests -- "Once In A While" (a group from New York City; a beautiful song from 1937)
youtube.com/watch?v=S3MUj23CG4I

Two from Johnny Mathis. He was a tremendous athlete in school in San Francisco, where he also debuted as a singer. He is said to have sold 360 million records, making him the 3rd biggest selling artist of the 20th century. He's now 83.

"Once In A While" (a modernized doo wop version from 1988)
youtube.com/watch?v=WUKZAtqyqOY

"The Twelfth of Never" (1957)
youtube.com/watch?v=nNNRGa3pKyw 


Led Zeppelin -- "Ten Years Gone"
youtube.com/watch?v=kWbO9a1_Z3U

Pink Floyd -- "Summer '68"


By the way, the government subsidy for this program also sucks.

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Darren J. Ray

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He is said to have sold 360 million records, making him the 3rd biggest selling artist of the 20th century.


Where's the evidence of this claim, Larry?
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D.A.N

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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.)



20/20 hindsight and all that, Larry.

Oh, okay then.  Classic kids show from the 80s/90s.  I was someone who 'got' maths and this was aimed at a younger aged group, but I still enjoyed it.  From the makers of Sesame Street.  It was partly filmed in LA, but mostly New York I guess.

That's the late Reg E Cathey who was on House of Cards and other things.



(PS Doesn't work for 0... oh, yes it does but in another way)

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Larry Franz

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D.A.N. -- Yeah, hindsight is 20/20 until your memory goes, and then it's more like 50/50.

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Originally Posted by Darren J. Ray
Where's the evidence of this claim, Larry?

The internet attributes this claim to Paul Gambaccini, who has had a long career in the UK as an expert on popular music for the BBC. Whether he ever said it and whether it's true (with Elvis and Sinatra being #1 and #2) are both mysteries. I'm guessing "artist" wouldn't have referred to groups.

Leonard Cohen -- "Everybody Knows" (or do they?)
youtube.com/watch?v=Lin-a2lTelg

Tears For Fears -- "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" (likewise)
youtube.com/watch?v=U4zA0xnBEJU

XTC -- "All You Pretty Girls"
youtube.com/watch?v=H-QmWy22mM8

Beach Fossils -- "Sometimes" (Brooklyn again)
youtube.com/watch?v=xKURBmeWOO8

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Darren J. Ray

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Thanks, Larry. 

I was aware of the reference to Gambaccini on Johnny Mathis's Wikipedia page. 

I wonder how many records Gambaccini thinks Bing Crosby sold. 

Or Michael Jackson, for that matter. 
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Larry Franz

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It looks like one of those internet things that someone posted and then it's been posted again and again on other sites, without an original citation, even on Wikipedia. Maybe I'll add a "citation needed" note to the Johnny Mathis article if I can see how to do it. 

Some quantitative singing without words:

The Lively Ones -- "Forty Miles of Bad Surf" (somewhere in Southern California)
youtube.com/watch?v=8WakvK-uLY4

Belle and Sebastian -- "Olympic Village, 6 AM"
youtube.com/watch?v=fKThRcjXPJY

Ed Harcourt -- "Duet For Ghosts"
youtube.com/watch?v=dR-Dln3qQ0o

The Beach Boys -- "The Nearest, Faraway Place"
youtube.com/watch?v=fGRzw3jaG2E

Neil Young -- "Guitar Solo, No. 1" (only the first 10 minutes)(which are outstanding)



PS: Johnny Mathis "Citation needed" added.

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bonnie bella

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My votes.

GOLD - Los Lobos. Not even a contender at the start of the week, but a beautiful song that grew on me, so I'll join its legions of fans here and vote it up.

SILVER - TBB. Because I have a soft spot for this entire album, which was a real discovery for me. Nice to see it in the Battle this week, Larry. Love it.

BRONZE - Love. Speaking of love, this is an unfortunate placing for such a brilliant song. Would have probably made my gold on first impressions. That drumming just blows me away. 

TIN - Ariel Pink. Well and truly not into this. Reminds me of the day I spent three and a half minutes in a daycare centre; a lot of clanging and unnecessary noise. I may never return to either.


Here's a couple of songs from a band that is not only Californian, but they also quantify that coast in their band name.







Thanks, Larry. I hope you get more than twelve this week.

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My votes :

Gold : The Beach Boys, "A Thing Or Two"

Silver : Love, "7 and 7 Is"

Bronze : Los Lobos, "A Matter Of Time"

Tin : Ariel Pink, "One Summer Night"

Maybe not from L.A. but a few numbers here :



Some more numbers :





 

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Larry Franz

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Thanks for your votes, bonnie and David. You've brought us to ten voters and made it less likely the whole thing will end in a gigantic tie.

And thank you for adding to our rather sparse non-host-supplied musical selections! [smile]

Two more good ones from artists you chose:

Best Coast -- "Something in the Way"
youtube.com/watch?v=YMmfUf2mzPU

Willie Mitchell -- "20 - 75"
youtube.com/watch?v=9Wp8U6_2i-c

Two more from the L.A. Byrds:

"I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better"
youtube.com/watch?v=pT636OI11MM

"5D (Fifth Dimension)" (according to Roger McGuinn, not about LSD)
youtube.com/watch?v=D5XuMWRHGU8


For those of us in the Southern Hemisphere (one of Earth's very best halves):

R. Stevie Moore -- "Here Comes Summer Again"
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Larry Franz

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Don't mind me. Just emptying out the queue. Also, it's fittingly late at night.

Gary U.S. Bonds -- "Quarter To Three" (featuring white people not dancing well)
youtube.com/watch?v=C7cAZhW-WGs

Wilson Pickett -- "In the Midnight Hour"
youtube.com/watch?v=FGVGFfj7POA

The Rolling Stones -- "Moonlight Mile"
youtube.com/watch?v=Bq4Q69_mdZw

The Everly Brothers -- "Sleepless Nights" (i.e. nights with no sleep)


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Larry - the numbers are ALL within, on my favorite Ike and Tina song:
25 speed-limit, one horse-town, off of highway 19. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=36&v=1eedJBiFyhk

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Larry Franz

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Al -- What impresses me most is how you've got that YouTube "time_continue" parameter down cold. It's almost as if you were:

(Ed Harcourt) -- "Born in the 70's" (or much, much later) [smile]
youtube.com/watch?v=b83FHoCy8DA


While we wait for the rush of voters in the battle's final moments (coincidentally a little less than 14 hours from now):

Beck -- "Fourteen Rivers, Fourteen Floods"
youtube.com/watch?v=O92QAzGJ10k

I've wondered why Beck Hansen made a track that sounds like he was born in the Mississippi Delta in 1906, not Los Angeles in 1970. He was paying homage to a classic:

Mississippi Fred McDowell -- "You Gotta Move"


The Everly Brothers -- "Oh, So Many Years" (how long the Battle has lasted)
youtube.com/watch?v=jypqSEQEmgM

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Lisa G/TS

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Well, I'll at least add to your quantity of ballots, Larry:

GOLD -- Los Lobos, A Matter of Time -- Nice laid back "cruise-y" tune, nice listening for late summer in this hemisphere. It might have wound up a smidge lower, but I'll give 'em a little credit for the versatility, showing they're much more than the "La Bamba" cover that had them leap into the general public. Actually, I haven't associated that with them since I came across a way better, cooler cover on this CD about 30 years ago. Their track is one of a few highlights on it. Press "Play" only if you're craving something mucho Southwestern/East L.A....and say "gracias" to me later:



(A word of caution, they did a redux of this on their "Los Lobos Does Disney", but if you ask me, they got it right the first time here).  [cool]

SILVER -- Beach Boys, A Thing or Two -- More of a filler track to me...pretty much with John B., particularly re: the "drama queen" lines.  [biggrin]

BRONZE -- Love, 7 and 7 is -- Loud and lively at first listen, but afterwards - borrowing slightly from John B's observations - sounds like a Buddy Holly rhythmic riff blended with thrash punk. Wha-a-a-a?!?

TIN -- Ariel Pink, One Summer Night -- Sorry, too 80's electro synth pop for my liking - and this was from 2014?!?  Couldn't be bothered listening right to the end either. 

Thanks, Larry! I'll get out my abacus if you need more number crunching..
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Cantina Margarita

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Having been absent from the board for a short while during the summer, I'm still completely devastated from reading the news about Nicky's passing. My God what happened to the guy, always standing on stage like an oak tree. Anything that might happen to me, getting 56 next January ?

My reply to Darren's link test still was cheerful and funny. Half an hour later, fun has gone.

My votes, therefore, have to be very straightforward and spontanous.

1. (best) Los Lobos
2. Ariel
3. Beach Boys
4. (worst) Da Capo

Read you all next week.
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Cantina Margarita

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Don't really know how many farewells are allowed, but here's one coming to my mind today:
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