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Al Forsyth

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Reply with quote  #16 
Larry, fish version:

A diamond necklace played the pawn...
Larry Franz

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Reply with quote  #17 
It's simply undeniable that more bands should do fish versions.

I can vote now, but instead, as threatened:

Hank Williams -- "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" (one of two from Hank that were in the running this week, but I'm not sure how he'd do)

Wilco -- "Impossible Germany"

This was still new to me, I wouldn't understand

"Outta Mind (Outta Sight)" (which is not "Outtasite (Outta Mind)", confusing as that can be)

I know that we should take a walk, but you're such a fast walker

The Rolling Stones -- "My Obsession"

My obsessions are your possessions, one that you should give away
I could almost be your son

"Something Happened To Me Yesterday"

He don't know if it's right or wrong, maybe he should tell someone

Larry Franz

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Reply with quote  #18 
All winners here.

Gold -- G. Jules & M. Andrews -- "Mad World" -- Beautiful and sad.

Silver -- Fleet Foxes -- "White Winter Hymnal" -- Beautiful and surprising.

Bronze -- The Clash -- Socially conscious and extraordinarily enjoyable, including the helicopters and other noises.

Pewter -- The Beach Boys -- "Our Sweet Love" -- Beautifully done except for that sugary "pretty things like incense and flowers". 

Two from their eponymous 1985 album I no longer own.

The Beach Boys -- "Where I Belong"

I would have wandered forever
And you just could be my anchor

"It's Just a Matter of Time" (this should have shown up two weeks ago)

I was sure that it would be the last time

Two from their excellent Country Life (1974):

Roxy Music -- "Out of the Blue"

I could see through your twisted smile

"Prairie Rose"

Oh prairie rose, how happy I should be


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Reply with quote  #19 
G Beach Boys
S Gary Jules
B Fleet Foxes.  I've probably played it too much.  Seen them live a few times.
T Clash.  My prediction came true but it's a lot better than I thought it would be.

Thought I had followed the instruction for how to not embed them, but never mind.

I wouldn't have known many of the Beach Boys songs until about the same time these next three came out in the late 80s.  (I was 11-12 and it wasn't an easy time.  It has been quite a ride from there.) 

#4 here in 1927, I mean, '88.  Nominated for 'Highest Selling Single' at the ARIA Music Awards of 1989 but lost to, well, this:

Al Forsyth

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Reply with quote  #20 
D.A.N. - - ALWAYS loved that Kylie song. That chorus - simple, but ohhhhh. 
A diamond necklace played the pawn...
John B

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4 very good but slightly less than profound songs.   Tempted to wait til tomorrow, to give fleet foxes, the only new one for me another few listenings, but dont' think it will change anything.  So, here goes. 

1. 'Our Sweet Love' by the Beach Boys

rises to the top out of beauty of composition.  one of the most Beatles sounding Beach Boys songs.  and yes, from one of the Boys' best albums. 

2. 'Charlie Don't Surf' by the Clash

one of my very favorite groups, but not one of the their best songs.  Musically, it's almost 'My Boyfriend's Back' innit?  'Sandinista' could have been one great album, or pushing it, one great album with a very good EP extra.  (like 'Holland').   Because people overrate 'Apocalypse Now' so very much, this probably would have been a wise choice for single in America, something to play on Tom Snyder's show or whatnot.  Alas, didn't happen.  but the lyrics, just don't cut it for me next to the Clash's best.  'Charlie don't surf for his hamburger mama, Charlie gonna be a napalm star'.  that's a ...B- student in history trying to sound clever, Joe.  Sounds like someone not quite smart enough to choose Mick over Cosmo...

3.    'I was following, I was following, I was following, I was following' (White Winter Hymnal) by Fleet Foxes

one of the very best Crosby, Stills, and Nash songs I ever heard!   really pretty singing and melody.  but almost sounds more like a Smile fragment than a full song.  Open to interpretation I suppose, the lyrics.  a mild rebuke of conformity, is mine.  very mild, though, even with the strawberry blood line.  gains by the video which makes it seem more meaningful than it is.  but is that cheating?  

4. 'Mad World' by Gary Jules and M. Andrews

Tears for Fears were solid lyricists, but this is less than their best.  Still very good.  These two guys seem to have thought, 'this is an REM song!'  and patterned it thusly.   again, stops short of truly penetrating social criticism such as say a Ray Davies would have done.  but solid song.
Darren J. Ray

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Reply with quote  #22 
How 'If I Could' could have 'lost' anything - even highest selling single - to that Kylie rubbish is an absolute joke. A sad indictment on what pop music had become by that time and remains in the mainstream today. 
Larry Franz

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Reply with quote  #23 
Thanks for your votes, D.A.N. and John B!  We're up to six voters now and it's not much of a contest.

As host, I will remain neutral in the Kylie vs. 1927 battle, except to say I've heard of Kylie but had no idea who she is or was. I hadn't heard of 1927. Although they did pretty well in the 1989 A.R.I.A. awards. They were in the running for Highest Selling Single and Highest Selling Album, nominated for Single of the Year and Album of the Year, and won Breakthrough Artist -- Single and tied for Breakthrough Artist - Album. 

Although I think the voters made the right choice when they picked this as the Single of the Year instead of 1927's "That's When I Think of You" (sorry, there is no could, should or would in it).

The Church -- "Under the Milky Way"

Wish I knew what you were looking for. Might have known what you would find.

D.A.N. -- To not embed a video, paste in the full address (, save your post, then go back and edit your post by removing the https://www. just leaving youtube.... and what follows it. If 30 seconds have elapsed, save your edited post. That should work.

John B -- It sounds like we need a week with the Beatles; the Angels or Chiffons; Crosby, Stills & Nash; and R.E.M. But I don't think any of them ever really covered Brian or the Beach Boys. 

Four singer/songwriters plus one:

Neil Young -- "I Believe In You" (without those other characters, C, S or N)

Maybe in a year or two, we could laugh and let it all out

Sufjan Stevens -- "Should Have Known Better"

I should have known better to see what I could see

Elliott Smith -- "Between the Bars"

Stay up all night, with the things you could do, you won't but you might

Harry Nilsson -- "Maybe"

Maybe you wouldn't believe it if only I'd change
I could learn to love your mother and your mother's sister

Elvis Presley -- "Trying To Get To You" (very nice guitar on this one)

I would travel night and day and I'd still run all the way
Well, there's nothing that could hold me or that could keep me away from you
When my way was dark as night, He would shine His brightest light

Elvis was credited on some songs, apparently always as a co-writer, possibly on slender grounds.

Larry Franz

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Reply with quote  #24 
While we wait for a few more votes to trickle in, it's a Sixties Weekend on Boss Radio 93 KHJ, Los Angeles *.

The Beach Boys -- "The Little Girl I Once Knew" -- How could I ever have known that she'd be what she is today

The Beau Brummels -- "Laugh, Laugh" -- Wouldn't believe me when I gave advice

The Modern Folk Quartet -- "This Could Be The Night" (but probably not)

The Animals -- "See See Rider" -- There isn't one thing darlin' I would not do for you

The Hollies -- "Bus Stop" -- Every morning I would see her waiting at the stop, sometimes she'd shop and she would show me what she'd bought

The Bobby Fuller Four -- "Let Her Dance" -- Well who would've known that just yesterday she danced with me the very same way
(featuring many 60s crushes in faded color and black & white)

The Rolling Stones -- "Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadow?" -- The have-nots would have tried to freeze you in ice (say what???)

The Safaris -- "Image of a Girl" -- Oh, I couldn't sleep, for on my mind, was the image of the girl I hope to find, etc.

* Brought to you by Q. Tarantino's Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, a good movie and an extended tribute to defunct rock radio KHJ, 93 on your AM dial.

Larry Franz

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Reply with quote  #25 
They weren't the Beach Boys. Or the Beau Brummels. Or the Beastie Boys. They were the Beta Band.

Half of these are on topic.
Larry Franz

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Reply with quote  #26 
It's Saturday morning in some cities. From this decade:

Weezer -- "(Girl We Got A) Good Thing"  
We could self-publish a book of our philosophy and hand it to tourists 
Puerto Rico would be perfect for a destination wedding 

The Shins -- "Fantasy Island" 
Wishing I could fly, fantasy Island

Arctic Monkeys -- "Do I Wanna Know?"
But we could be together if you wanted to

Beck -- "Morning" 
We've worn it all down Into something that couldn't be said 
Won't you show me the way it could've been? 

Lord Huron -- "The World Ender"
Lord knows I should be pushing daisies  (usually "pushing up daisies", not an expression one hears these days)

The New Pornographers -- "Champions of Red Wine"
I think we could save lives
Larry Franz

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Reply with quote  #27 
From Los Angeles:

Jackson Browne -- "Late For The Sky"
How long have I been dreaming I could make it right?

"For A Dancer"
And just as easily it could all disappear

Lana Del Rey -- "The Greatest"

I miss the bar where the Beach Boys would go
Dennis's last stop before Kokomo

Seen so much, you could get the blues (ending nicely with "don't worry baby")

The sublime "Don't Worry Baby"

I guess I should've kept my mouth shut
Baby, nothing could go wrong with you

Back further on with the scores....

bonnie bella

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Reply with quote  #28 
Lana Del Ray - very cool lyrics.

GOLD - Fleet Foxes. Gorgeous, although the clay animations take a bit of getting used to. (I don't get it, did he turn back time?) 

SILVER - Michael Andrews ft. Gary Jules. Such a sad tune. I'd never read the lyrics to this before. A positive little message right at the end in an otherwise depressing song lyrically "enlarge your world". Right on.

BRONZE - TBB. Great song and exceptional album, but it's lacking the depth of the other two.

TIN - The Clash.  Unexpected sound from these guys. Even so, it never grew on me. Charlie, you can surf or not, I don't care.

Billie Eilish uses "should" more than she ... should. ("Should" apparently being a guilt word.) Very strange videos best not watched.

I might even find some "could" songs, Larry. That's the hopeful one!


Clowns divorce: custardy battle.     Simon Munnery

Lisa G/TS

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Reply with quote  #29 
GOLD -- Fleet Foxes, White Winter Hymnal

SILVER -- Beach Boys, Our Sweet Love

BRONZE -- The Clash, Charlie Don't Surf

PEWTER -- G. Jules & M. Andrews, Mad World -- Nice unplugged version of a Tears For Fears tune that's more ingrained in my brain. [wink]

DAN beat me to it for "El Condor Pasa", oh well..

Thanks, Larry!

Darren J. Ray

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Reply with quote  #30 
'Under the Milky Way' is the Church's most popular song. For some reason. I've never liked it. I think it's fashionable to like it. Fashionably groovy. I reckon they had (have) much better songs. 

This is the only Church song that has been in the Battle from they were young and not so (yawn) 'respected'. It's my favourite, and I've spent a few nights going to sleep with this on repeat (despite the snare drum sounding like a machine gun). It won the Silver in Week 18 of Season IV (yours truly). 

I made the clip, so you know I'm a fan....

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