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t bedford

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Naturally Stoned went to #21 on KHJ in Los Angeles.

Wikipedia (and Moulty himself) says the Hawks (minus Levon Helm) back up Moulty on the record....but Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles says it's members of The Elegants (of "Little Star" fame), with no mention of the the Hawks/the Band.

My favorite bubblegum song....Captain Groovy & His Bubblegum Army by Captain Groovy & His Bubblegum Army. Resistance is futile!

Favorite Donny Osmond-type knock-off single, Tony DeFranco - Abra Cadabra:

Another "singing" future game show host....Wink Martindale - Deck of Cards

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Larry Franz

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I was sure "Naturally Stoned" had been a hit of sorts so was surprised I had trouble finding it in that ARSA database you introduced me to. Which is available here:

Now I'm wondering why Moulty didn't want "Moulty" released as a single, since he recorded it. Maybe he correctly thought it lacked hit potential.

There's no need to wait any longer, so:

Gold -- Brian Wilson -- I think it's a terrific song. It's beautiful and also has emotional impact. For me anyway, John B. [smile]

Silver -- The Who -- As I said, I think it's gorgeous and it's never come near to putting me to sleep. But it comes in second because it doesn't have the emotional impact of "The Last Song".

Bronze -- The Jim Carroll Band -- I hadn't heard this in years and was surprised when my friend, who's even older than me, named it as his favorite. I think it's brilliantly done and would have been gold many weeks for me. But it's my friend's very favorite, not mine.

Pewter -- k. d. lang -- "Hallelujah" is a well-known song, especially the Tim Buckley version, but I wasn't familiar with it. This is the version a friend picked and I think it's excellent.

A couple more favorite odds and ends:

Dick Dale, "Nitro", 1993 (still my favorite song about dragster fuel)

Love, "Maybe the People Would Be the Times or Between Clark and Hilldale", Forever Changes, 1967 (favorite song by Love with a title that long)

David W

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My votes:

Gold - KD Lang
Bronze - The Who
Tin - Jim Carroll Band
Darren J. Ray

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Larry, yes, Eminence Front is one of the few highlights on the otherwise poor 1982 album It's Hard, which proved to be the final Who studio album until 2006.  

It's also a song that actually sounds very little like The Who IMO.  Great song though.  

Have to speak up for It's Hard here. 

I got that album when it came out in '82 and I love it. 

Rolling Stone gave it five stars!

'Eminence Front' is one of my least fave sounds on it. I know it's popular. kds and Cindy have mentioned it before, but I don't get the rave. 

Best tracks on it, I think, are:

(It's Your Turn)

(It's Hard)

(Why Did I Fall for That)

(One at a Time)

(Cry If You Want)
t bedford

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Larry, the info is it is at #21.

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Al Forsyth

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T and Larry, when the charts mattered!  LOVE seeing these. 
A diamond necklace played the pawn...
Larry Franz

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David W -- thanks for your votes, which make you the 10th voter. One might say a pattern is beginning to emerge. But will it last through the weekend?

Darren -- It looks like "It's Hard" is a polarizer. AllMusic gives it 2 out of 5 stars and the 2004 Rolling Stone Album Guide gives it 2 1/2. Personally, the Who's vocals stopped appealing to me around the release of Tommy and I lost interest.

Although I chose "Sunrise" from The Who Sell Out, "Rael" is the track that's been playing in my head the past day or so:

Speaking of Who favorites, it was "My Generation" that first made a big impression on some of us. Even though it only reached #74 on the Billboard national chart, it did well in Los Angeles, reaching #17 on one station in January 1966.

t & Al -- Yes, back when the charts mattered (to us)! Although looking at that chart from KHJ also brings back bad memories. I'm so glad I never have to hear "Little Green Apples" again. 

Some years before AM radio, Stephen Foster was cranking out the hits. My three favorite songs of his, all written circa 1860:

"Beautiful Dreamer" (Lisa Redfern)

"Slumber My Darling (for violin and accordion, Duo Askou / Andersen)

"Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair" (Sam Cooke)

PS -- KHJ, 93 on your AM dial, Boss Radio, where the hits just keep on comin'.... If I remember correctly, that's the station Brian took "Heroes and Villains" to one night. (The other two popular stations were KRLA and KFWB, where "My Generation" did especially well.)
Verden McCutcheon

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   Season 7 Week 29..Playing Favorites...

          1)Brian Wilson.......Very tough to choose a gold this week but hard to deny this fab track from my fav solo lp

         2)The Who........Actually new to me and it is awesome !

         3)Jim Carroll Band.......Kinda catchy with good lyrisc's sounds a bit like George Thorogoode to moi

         4)K.D Lang........Its great and everything but not my kinda music.

                                              very enjoyable tracks Larry
Lisa G/TS

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These are a few of my favourite things? 
Well, we'll see:

GOLD -- K.D. Lang, Hallelujah -- IMO, she does seem to  sing with meaning, rather than ramble absentmindedly thru the lyrics. In case anyone's interested, here's former Barenaked Ladies frontman, Steven Page, with same at a respected politician's funeral 5 years ago:

SILVER -- The Who, Sunrise -- Wasn't familiar with it, and certainly different from what you'd expect from Pete, Roger et al. 

BRONZE -- Brian Wilson, The Last Song -- You can probably interpret this eight ways from Sunday (in other words, several possible meanings). Nice and soothing -- problem is, I might doze off before Brian does!

PEWTER/TIN -- Jim Carroll Band, People Who Died -- I might have said somewhere before that this was popular back in the day at a couple of my junior high dances. Heck, I remember even a hip geography teacher, who was supervising, was shaking a leg to this! [cool] 
Ahh, good memories...but someone had to pull the short straw this week. 

A good challenging week, Larry! ...even without the raindrops on roses, whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens. Hmmm...sounds like a good song. I'll get to work on that. 

PS: A very HAPPY BIRTHDAY on Sunday to the one, the only....PETE SIMPSON[thumb]

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Larry Franz

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Verden & Lisa -- Thanks very much for your votes. And you keep working on those lyrics, Lisa. That "kittens" and "mittens" rhyme is quite good, although I'm not too sure about the "whiskers". 

Since "Sunrise" seems unfamiliar to some of us, I highly recommend giving the entire album, The Who Sell Out (1967), a listen. For example, right here:

Comments from some critics:

In a contemporary review, Rolling Stone called The Who Sell Out "fantastic" and praised its "exquisite" sense of humor and the Who's "consummate" musicianship, which includes "wholly original" instrumentation and cleverly placed electronic sounds. Robert Christgau said the album establishes the band as "the third best not just in Britain but the world", while citing "Tattoo" as the best song Townshend has "ever written, worth the price of the album". In a retrospective review for AllMusic, Richie Unterberger said that, "on strictly musical merits, it's a terrific set of songs that ultimately stands as one of the group's greatest achievements." Simon Frith referred to it as a "pop masterpiece". 

In 1995, Dave Marsh called it "the greatest rock and roll album of its era" and "the Who's consummate masterpiece, the work that holds together most tightly as concept and realization".  Christgau called it the Who's "only great album", feeling they had yet to "take their pretensions seriously", with nothing but good songs throughout. Melody Maker said the record was a masterpiece because of its "glorious celebration of pop as useless commodity and a commercially corrupted art form" without degrading itself. Rolling Stone called it "the most successful concept album ever" in a 1999 review.

It probably wasn't an influence on The Who Sell Out, but here's my favorite song by Randy and the Rainbows and also my favorite about a girl named "Denise" (1963):


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Hi Larry
Here is my pick for the week.

Gold - The Last Song – Brian Wilson

Silver - Hallelujah – KD Lang

Bronze - Sunrise – The Who

Tin - People Who Died – The Jim Carroll Band

Graciegirl [smile]
Larry Franz

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Thanks for your votes, Graciegirl. Thirteen voters so far and the Jim Carroll Band has yet to find its champion!

Here are four laid-back favorites for a melancholy-ish Sunday afternoon from the justly celebrated, 7 hours and 15 minutes-long Spotify playlist "Other Music Chosen by a Brian Wilson Fan". [smile]

The Beta Band, "Gone", Hot Shots II, 2001

Wilco, "Impossible Germany", Sky Blue Sky, 2007

Beck, "Morning", Morning Phase, 2014

The Rolling Stones, "Moonlight Mile", Sticky Fingers, 1971

Cantina Margarita

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Hi Larry F. and all,

GOLD: The Last Song
Oh Larry, how could you ... this song isn't often mentioned when talk comes to NPP. No wonder - the bare idea that this could be the last Brian-written song ever published makes people keep in distance to it. But after all, it's only a great sentimental song. When I first heard it, I was waiting for John Lennon to join in the vocals (as one more guest musician). To me, TLS is typical Lennon, as if it were taken directly from my favourite JL album. But JL appearing on NPP was impossible, wasn't it ?
Here's the one I'm feeling especially reminded of:

(sorry for turning your weekend sad in the end)

SILVER: Hallelujah
This iconic song from another close-to-genius songwriter sets the bar very high this week. But seriously, Brian's deep catalogue album title can even compete to this one.

BRONZE: Sunrise
High respect to Pete, Roger and the rest of the Who - but this one sounds like a very promising draft, not much more.

TIN: People Who Died
interesting, but no challenge to the three others.

Thank you Larry, very nice picks - with exception of the GOLDen one.
bonnie bella

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My votes.

GOLD - Brian.  The first time I heard this I thought it was going to be an instrumental, so was very happy to hear such sweet vocals, lyrics, and I like the la la la's.  Who is it to?  Sounds like he's singing to the past Beach Boys, and perhaps his fans, and that's us.  [smile]

SILVER - The Who.  Very hard to pick between these last three, but I like the acoustic sound of this, and it was different enough to hold my interest.  Who's it to?  Unrequited love?  A peskily frequent ghost?  Or maybe that big old orb in the sky?

BRONZE - KD Lang.  Lovely song and I should appreciate it's depth a bit more.  Until now I'd never read the lyrics.  For a song called "Hallelujah," it's rather depressing and maybe a tad too repetitive, but thankfully KD keeps it rolling.  A beautiful, heartfelt cover.  Too's it who?  I thought it was directed at some greater force, but now that I've read the lyrics ... beats me. 

TIN - The Jim Carol Band.  I tried (tried).  The beat was very cool (and I say "was" because I'm never going to listen to this song again).  Didn't enjoy the negative vibe (vibe).  Lose a shoe? This song must be for all Jim's friend's, who died.  Don't become a friend of Jim's - it probably won't work out in your favour. 

My favourite Hallelujah.

And a long time favourite.


Clowns divorce: custardy battle.     Simon Munnery

Larry Franz

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Bonnie & Cantina, thank you for your votes!  You've brought us to 15 voters so far and unless there's a change in the pattern, this will be the least competitive battle I've ever hosted. But consensus isn't necessarily a bad thing, even here.

Bonnie -- It doesn't sound like you had a lot of trouble picking between all three of the last three. Poor Jim Carroll and his band! 

Cantina -- The weekend still has some life in it, and maybe Jan and Dean, those fun guys, can lighten our mood...

Jan and Dean, "Popsicle" and "Summer Means Fun", Popsicle, 1966

With some help from these other fun guys:

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