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D.A.N

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I was going to abstain, so to speak, this week.
 
Partly 'on principle' (I don't mind a drink occasionally but see my earlier post - was nothing major, by the way, but something I normally wouldn't do and it could've had a messy aftermath).  Not too happy about it but it seems to have turned out okay.
 
I also had trouble splitting them.

Anywho...

GOLD  Tennesee Whisky

SILVER Chug A Lug

BRONZE Spill The Wine / One Bourbon


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Tom Tobben

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Great old 60s party hit, t. Loved that one back in the day and still sounds good!

Buzz, now I understand. A Star Trek episode with Spock/Nimoy singing a song about wine. Were there many more episodes where he sang? Seems a bit contradictory for a Vulcan who is all intellect and no emotion to be singing. Good clip and search through your memory bank to find it! One real plus for robots, and computers in general, is total recall, which we humans definitely lack.

D.A.N., thanks for your votes (yet another gold for "Tennessee Whiskey!) and your friendly reminder about moderation!

And to any of the ladies here who are celebrating Mothers' Day today (all but the UK, I believe, which celebrates earlier), Happy Mothers' Day!
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Darren J. Ray

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Tom, thanks a lot for the compliment. 

To be honest, I was not aware of 'Brandy is My True Love's Name'. 

Checking, it was released in 1964 on Gene Pitney Meets the Fair Young Ladies of Folkland, his sixth LP. 

Wiki says there were no singles from the album and it didn't chart. 

It's one that's not in my collection. 

I had a late friend named Lindsay whom Gene befriended back in the 1960s. 

He never missed a Gene concert here, of which there were many. (I went to 10 over the years. I met Lindsay at my first, in 1987.)
 
Gene would ring him from overseas and they'd always meet up when he was in Queensland.  

It was an unusual friendship and hard to fathom; a world superstar and a local fisherman (who didn't mind a drink or two). Even Pitney's touring party were perplexed by the relationship between the two; something I witnessed a few times.

I heard Pitney say in concert once, "Lindsay, I can't see you but I can hear you laughing!"

It was my sad task to ring Lindsay late at night back in April 2006 to inform him that Gene had passed after a concert in Wales. 

A friend who worked in radio who'd seen it on Reuters had rung me and I immediately thought of Lindsay.   
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Larry Franz

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Think I'll call it a night....

Frank Sinatra, "One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)", 1958



Surfer Blood, "Drinking Problem", Tarot Classics, 2011



X, "Painting the Town Blue", More Fun in the New World, 1983

The bartender's eyes are full of pity
As he tells her, "You're alone, and it's 2:30
All the chairs are on the tables, and it's time to close"
She said, "A minute ago, they were staring at me. Where the hell did they go?"
Then she went out to paint the town

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Tom Tobben

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Darren, that was quite a poignant story about your good friend who also became a friend of Gene Pitney, and your shared appreciation of Pitney and his music. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Larry, quite a musical range in your last trio of songs, going from an old Mercer/Arlen classic as performed by Sinatra all the way to Surfer Blood and X.


While we're waiting for our final voters and commenters to weigh in, I might as well go ahead and cast my votes for the week. Though I liked all the songs, here's how they came out for me:

Gold -- "Tennessee Whiskey", Chris Stapleton. This song caught my attention right away a few months ago after I first purchased Stapleton's multiple award-winning album, Traveler, and it continued to grow on me the more I heard it. I love the slow, bluesy interpretation of this ballad, Stapleton's sincere, raspy vocals, and the stripped down blues guitar and drums accompaniment. His rootsy sound is also refreshingly different than a lot of contemporary country music, which increasingly has tended more towards a pop sound among a number of country artists.

By contrast, here's country legend George Jones' traditional country interpretation of the song from some years ago, which I don't like anywhere nearly as well, because it sounds like traditional twangy country. I hardly recognize it as the same song as Chris Stapleton's current interpretation. David Allen Coe's early version of the song was equally as twangy as Jones.

 

Silver -- "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer", George Thorogood & The Destroyers. OK, I like blues-inflected rock songs, and that is George Thorogood's strong suit. This old blues classic, first recorded in 1953 and made more widely popular among blues audiences by John Lee Hooker in the mid-late 1960s, became a perfect song for Thorogood's blues rock style a decade later. Yes, the song does go on for a long time, but that further helps his interpretation to feel like an extended bar band song and long-form piece in concert, with plenty of room for jamming and guitar solos. For those not already familiar with it, here's John Lee Hooker's earlier, shorter straight-up blues version from a decade earlier than Thorogood:


Bronze -- "Spill the Wine", Eric Burdon & War. A distinctive blending of British blues rock singer Burdon and LA funk/soul group War. War's distinctive instrumental backing gives Burdon's talk/sung lyrics a distinctive vibe, rarely heard on popular radio at that time. And the seemingly abstract or disjointed lyrics give us something to wonder about the actual meaning of the song. 

Tin -- "Chug A Lug", Beach Boys. This slice of LA teen life song, certainly captures an element of what teen life might have been like for the Boys in the years before they became famous. In my opinion, it's one of the more mundane early songs by the Beach Boys, especially musically. To me, they were more appealing when singing about surfing, girls, Hawaii, etc., and once Brian took over the controls in the studio on later albums. Reflective of a new group finding its way with songwriting and in the studio, but with nowhere nearly the impact of songs from the same album like "Surfin' USA" and "409".


While we're waiting for our final voters to weigh in, here's an old British folk classic based on the stuff of certain traditional alcoholic beverages that Traffic updated and turned into a 1970s classic FM/rock song and album:



I'll be back sometime Monday morning with the final results of this past week's battle.
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I was going to come back earlier this week and thank bonnie for "Deb's Night Out" (thanks[wave]), and also confess to being a Dr Pepper-aholic (diet cherry if you have).  The week's news kind of sobered me up a bit, tho, and posting drinking videos just didn't seem the fun it was earlier this week.  Too many flashbacks of taking it to the limit one more time for me. Just everybody be careful out there.
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paul g adsett

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gold: 'spilt the wine on the carpet'
- oops, eric'n'co were just great together
(had the good fortune to have seen 'em play live, too).

silver: 'one bourbon, one guillotine, one revolution...'
maybe i got the wrong interpretation, there...
(though if it were by john lee hooker or amos milburn,
it'd be gold).

bronze: 'chugging glugs'
- ah, youth... hic...

tin: 'ten cents to the dollar whus, qui?'
- that's not soulful.
that's not blues.
that's not country.
that's not a voice i like
(give him some 'tupelo honey'
, maaan),
though i quite like the intro deep geetar twang,
not the solo segment.

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Tom Tobben

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Well, another razor-thin battle that went down to the final voter. Before the last vote, the top three songs were within one point and the fourth place song was only 2.5 points behind the leader, so any of the four songs could have taken first place, right up to the last voter. Here are the final results, based on 18 voters and a total of 180 available points:

Gold -- "Spill the Wine", Eric Burdon & War -- 47.5 points (6 gold, 3 silver, 5.5 bronze, 3.5 tin)
Silver -- "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer", George Thorogood & The Destroyers -- 46 points (3 gold, 7.5 silver, 4 bronze, 3.5 tin)
Bronze -- "Chug A Lug", Beach Boys -- 44.5 points (4 gold, 3.5 silver, 7.5 bronze, 3 tin)
Tin -- "Tennessee Whiskey", Chris Stapleton -- 42 points (5 gold, 4 silver, 1 bronze, 8 tin)

As you can see, the votes were very evenly distributed, with no runaway winner or loser, but "Spill the Wine" took first on the strength of its 7.5 silver votes. The last place song, "Tennessee Whiskey", had the second highest number of gold votes (5) and silver votes (4), but also it easily had the largest number of tin votes (8), which dropped it to a strong fourth place finish with 23.3% of the total points, only 5.5 points and 3.1% behind "Spill the Wine", which had 26.4% of the total points. A tight race, indeed.

paul adsett also mentioned the original version of "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" by Amos Milburn, so here it is for anyone who may be interested. Quite different than the later versions we've heard above by John Lee Hooker and George Thorogood:


Several of you also commented in one way or another about the possible dangers of drinking to excess, which is a good reminder to us all to drink responsibly and to avoid driving if intoxicated, if we choose to drink alcoholic beverages. And, we also know that a small portion of the population struggles with alcoholism, a further reminder of the potential risks of consuming alcohol to excess.

In that regard, in the US at least, all alcoholic beverages contain the following printed warning from the US Surgeon General:

GOVERNMENT WARNING:
(1) According to the Surgeon General, women should not drink alcoholic beverages during pregnancy because of the risk of birth defects. (2) Consumption of alcoholic beverages impairs your ability to drive a car or

operate machinery, and may cause health problems.

That's also why we should try to avoid being like this guy that George Thorogood famously sings about:


Thanks to all of you who voted, and all who contributed to our large number of additional themed songs and/or provided interesting/entertaining comments during the week.

Time for my morning glass of ice cold milk! 
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Darren J. Ray

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Well done, Tom. 

The scores are in my book and I'll update them on the Season VII post once Admin sorts out an editing issue we're having. 

Congratulations on having the equal closest week ever; just 5.5 points between first and last. 

You share that record now with Paul Adsett's Week 30 from last year. 

Accordingly, your Bronze and Tin songs, particular 'Tennessee Whiskey', are very likely for play-offs. 

That was a fine recovery for 'Tennessee Whiskey' - just 18 points from the first 11 voters and then five Golds from the last seven voters!

'Chug-A-Lug' was only the fourth song from Surfin' Safari to be selected. 

Others have been: 

Surfin' Safari (a Gold in Season III - D.A.N),
409 (a Gold in Season III - Deb#1; a Bronze in Season V - Peter Simpson), 
Summertime Blues (a Silver in Season VI - paul g adsett)

If 'Chug-A-Lug' does make the Bronze Play-Off and wins, it will progress to the Preliminary Final, along with the two songs that beat it this week, neither of which have the scores to qualify for their play-offs in their own right. 
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