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Larry Franz

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Thank you bonnie, Cantina & Popeye for your votes, comments and additional videos. 

bonnie -- That Savages song and the one by Krh@ub;ang\in are both excellent. More on the trio from Texas:
When asked to play their first gig, Laura Lee, who was learning to speak Thai at the time, decided they should use her favorite Thai word "khruangbin" (เครื่องบิน), which means "flying engine" or "aeroplane", as their name. Speer admits that, had they had the foresight to predict the band's success, they may not have chosen a name that was so difficult to pronounce. Though the band's name is notoriously challenging to say, it symbolizes the international set of influences that shaped the band's formation. (Wikipedia) 

As I understand it, their second choice for a name was "Pete Buttigieg". 

Cantina -- The story I heard was that Brian was driving in his car when "Strawberry Fields" came on. He was still embroiled in Smile and sadly said or thought "they got there first". Listening to it several times recently, I don't know why it would do so well in the battle from a strictly musical perspective, but I think you're right, it definitely would. (Its companion piece, "Penny Lane", came in second to "Surfer Girl" in the 2013 playoffs.)

Popeye -- You're right. Adjusting the cowbell might have helped the Righteous Brothers climb out of the cellar. They're way down in the dark now.

A few more we haven't used.

The Police -- "Roxanne" (oddly, they've never had a song used)

Elvis Costello -- "Radio, Radio"

R.E.M. -- "Everybody Hurts" (I almost used this one for the "Escape" week)

X -- "Johnny Hit and Run Paulene" (not oddly, they've never had a song used either)

PS:  Thanks, Tom, for sneaking in with your votes too. [smile]

PPS:  With 13 voters so far, the order seems locked in stone, but if we get another 13 voters, who knows?

PPPS:  Every song has now received at least one gold, silver, bronze or tin, except for those poor, poor Righteous Brothers.

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paul g adsett

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Reply with quote  #32 
well, with a bit of jiggery pokery,
i've settled on:

gold: The Rolling Stones, "Paint It Black"
- essential gold colour for essential early rollingwhatsits.

joint silver: The Beach Boys, "Can't Wait Too Long"
- can't split the difference.

joint silver: Judy Garland, "Over the Rainbow"
- can't get under the other one.

tin: The Righteous Brothers, "Just Once In My Life"
- one point once only.


Lisa G/TS

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Reply with quote  #33 
GOLD -- Judy Garland, Over the Rainbow -- Small wonder this became her signature song for her career -- simply "killin' it" vocally, as today's whippersnappers might say. (I don't mind the Eva Cassidy rendition - think I first heard that after my brother passed away 18 years ago this week, and it actually was a comfort. Strange coincidence to later learn they(my brother & Eva, to clarify) were born the same year and had same cause of death albeit 5 years apart there). Good to offer up the original. Hadn't realized the political tie-ins, was only familiar with that Pink Floyd "Dark Side of the Moon" tie-in when watching the movie. I'm enough of a movie geek I knew Terry the Cairn played Toto, but didn't realize it was a she-Terry. Aww, always loved how she'd reach a paw out to her after Judy would turn away from caressing. 

SILVER -- Beach Boys, Can't Wait Too Long -- Okay, the long version maybe does seem a little meandering and lost compared to the short TLOS era version, but it still seems like a lost little gem. Funny how the shorter one still leaves you hungry for a little more, yet the longer seems like a work-in-progress since it wasn't filled out better. 

BRONZE -- Righteous Bros., Just Once in My Life -- Vocally pretty well "killin' it"....another Goffin-King killer diller. Cool demo version there...

TIN -- Rolling Stones, Paint It Black -- Not a clunker, would've probably scored a bit higher with other competitors. Glad Mick's apparently on the mend from his heart surgery. 

bonnie -- Thanks for taking over the reins, humour wise, with the singing horse from "Top Secret!" Love the silliness from the end where he's singing "A Hard Day's Night" ("...I've been working like a dog...").  As for that Savages suggestion, funny how this automatically popped in my noggin:

Thanks, Larry! 

Larry Franz

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paul & Lisa: Thanks for your votes as this week's battle is winding down. Toto putting out her paw in that scene has always bothered me. I guess because when someone offers you their paw, you should use your own paw to acknowledge the gesture. Unless you're being confronted by someone like the current occupant of the White House. But I digress.

Objectionable lyrics have kept some songs out of the battle (consider the lyrics to X's "Johnny Hit and Run Paulene", for example, which I won't quote here). Or availability on YouTube, of course, or because they didn't fit a theme we wanted to use. Or because we figured they would be too strong, like "Strawberry Fields Forever".

I expected more unused songs to be posted this week, in addition to my own voluminous playlist. Here are four more -- but I'll save the one I think has been most strangely ignored for later tonight, unless someone gets to it first.

Stevie Wonder -- "I Was Made To Love Her"

The Beach Boys -- "I Was Made To Love Her"

The Clash -- "London Calling"

Bob Dylan -- "Like a Rolling Stone"

We have 15 voters so far with about five hours to go.

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Larry Franz

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Reply with quote  #35 
Before I announce this week's results, Lee Marshall sends his regards to everyone. He is still very busy working at radio station 103.1 FM "The Train" in Temiskaming Shores, which is about 300 miles north of Toronto. You can read about Lee and listen to his morning show here:

Early on, it looked like there would be a close battle for 2nd place, but as the week progressed, the position of the four songs never varied. There were 15 voters. Subject to confirmation, the results are:

Gold -- Judy Garland, "Over the Rainbow -- 49.5 points (8-G, 4-S, 4-B, 1-T & 1 tie for Silver)

Silver -- The Rolling Stones, "Paint It Black" -- 41 points (6-G, 3-S, 2-B, 4-T)

Bronze -- The Beach Boys, "Can't Wait Too Long" -- 33.5 points (1-G, 4-S, 6-B, 3-T & 1 tie for Silver)

Tin -- The Righteous Brothers, "Just Once In My Life" -- 26 points (0-G, 3-S, 5-B, 7-T)

Finally, I think the Beach Boys version of "Soul Searchin'" is the song that has been most overlooked in the Battle. Solomon Burke's version has been used three times, in seasons 4, 7 and 9. But nobody has ever used the one with Carl singing lead that was first released on Brian's Gettin' Over My Head album. YouTube has at least five copies available.

Thanks to everyone who participated this week!

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Darren J. Ray

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Reply with quote  #36 

Well done, Larry.

They’re in the book.

‘Paint It Black’ was the thirteenth Battle entry for The Rolling Stones.

Their record:

Gimme Shelter (a Silver in Week 2 of Season I, 5th in Silver Play-Off - Wow! Great Concert!),
Harlem Shuffle (a Silver in Week 37 of Season I - Gordon Higgins),
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (a Bronze in Week 26 of Season III - Kevin Witts),
Mixed Emotions (a Silver in Week 9 of Season IV - Verden McCutcheon),
Angie (a Gold in Week 10 of Season IV, 7th in Preliminary Final - Jo McGuire),
Not Fade Away (a Bronze in Week 21 of Season IV - Al Forsyth),
Start Me Up (a Silver in Week 1 of Season V - Larry  Franz),
Get Off of My Cloud (a Silver in Week 7 of Season VI, 4th in Silver Play-Off - Deb #1),
Around and Around (live) (a Silver in Week 22 of Season VI - Rosemary l),
Honky Tonk Women (a Bronze in Week 28 of Season VII - Al Forsyth),
Gimme Shelter (a Bronze in Week 2 of Season IX - Larry Franz),
Miss You (a Silver in Week 39 of Season IX, 1st in Silver Play-Off, 6th in Preliminary Final - Cindy Hood),
Paint It Black (a Silver in Week 7 of Season X - Larry Franz)

It was the fourth appearance for the Righteous Brothers.

Their record:

(You’re My) Soul and Inspiration (a Silver in Week 12 of Season I - Prodigal Son),
You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ (a Silver in Week 39 of Season I - Roy Roger Bridge),
Rock and Roll Heaven (a Bronze in Week 35 of Season IV - Cindy Hood),
Just Once in My Life (a Tin in Week 7 of Season X - Larry Franz)

‘Over the Rainbow’ and ‘Paint It Black’ are borderline chances of making play-offs.

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