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Darren J. Ray

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Sorry, t. To be honest, I preferred Cindy’s selections last week!

Gold - Don’t Worry, Bill (The Flame - 1970)
The least annoying of all four, but if someone had told me this was the last, unreleased Beatles LP, I would’ve been grateful they’d split up! Respect for Carl.

Silver - I Just Want to Touch You (Utopia - 1980)
But that doesn’t mean I like it. Semi-catchy melody, ruined by lyrics that lack the innocence of those early Beatles records it’s imitating. Have seen the promo clip for it, too. Todd Rundgren was always such an unattractive dude.

Bronze - Please Let Me Come Back (Raspberries - circa 1973/2000)
An admirer, more so than a fan, of the Raspberries. But there is a reason why a release of this wasn’t sanctioned - it’s rubbish! The worst Raspberries song I’ve heard. Eric Carmen – obviously so talented but I get the feeling he would have been a diva to work with.

Participant - Collideascope (The Dukes of Stratosphear - 1987)
Just confirms what I’ve always suspected about XTC – Sgt Pepper taught the band to play.

There are very few instances of Beatles copycats that I like.

But why settle for imitators when you can have the originals?

I think The Rutles had it down best.

(Lies - The Knickerbockers)
(The vocals are obviously very Lennon, but it’s still a groovy song. Gorgeous girls juxtaposed with very unsexy guys, especially Buddy ‘Lennon voice’ Randell, whose instrument of choice, the saxophone, cannot be heard in the mix! And looks like T.B. Player from The Wonders had a stint with these guys in between his stint as a US Marine! What a rarity – a hit by an American group from the ‘60s that the Wrecking Crew didn’t play on!)

(Juicy Lucy - Klaatu)
(The influence is there – people even thought they were the real deal recording under a pseudonym – but it’s not blatant. And great records.)

(I Must Be in Love - The Rutles)
(If you’re going to imitate the Beatles, expect to not be taken seriously!)

(Believe It When I See It - Ron Sexsmith)
(Just gorgeous. Do yourself a favour.)

(If You Want My Love - Cheap Trick)
(Just enough of the melody of ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ to raise a smile but not a lawsuit. And ‘woooh’s thrown in to drive the point home!)

(Good Girls Don’t - The Knack)
(The creepy Doug Fieger singing about little girls again; the cleaned-up version this time!)

(Sooner or Later - The Innocents)
(From Season I, and still one of the biggest polarisers we’ve had in the Battle.)

(Pop Muzik - M)
(When Lennon wasn’t recording, Beatles tragic like myself had to make do with guys who sounded like him.)

 

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Darren - whoops!  I knew he was credited with something!

Emitt Rhodes was introduced to me through my brother, but again here on the battle by Larry.  "Fresh as a Daisy" is a dang good song.  [cool]



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I was just rolling by, and noticed the "stinking Beatles" had no noticeable fragrance? Here is a favourite from my younger days, when my spring was wound a bit tighter.

Written by Mr. McCartney, but credited to Lennon-McCartney.
Mary Hopkin - Goodbye



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How much of the British Invasion was Beatle-based-influenced?  How much sound here in the States was a direct result of that "sound"? 


A song by Bernard Webb:

Cilla from Paul:

Yep, Knickerbockers to Marmalade, to Badfinger and the Byrds go electric:



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Thanks to Darren for the overnight votes/videos, and thanks for videos from Larry, Buzz & Al.

Darren, being Wrecking Crew free isn't that rare. The Knickerbockers were a New Jersey band who, along with fellow Jersey boys the Four Seasons & the Rascals, did not use LA musicians, and more than likely recorded on the East Coast, probably NYC (possibly Philadelphia). And there was the admittedly rare LA group (like the Turtles) who played on their own records. Let's not forget Motown & Detroit.

Larry, great call on Badfinger. I had to go look..."Produced by Mal Evans", the Beatles roadie, seen in HELP! as the uncredited channel swimmer.

Buzz, that's a blast from my past, your wind-up brain is functioning.

Al, Peter Asher's sister Jane was engaged to Paul....it didn't hurt Peter & Gordon's career.


Liverpool...it's in the water?

Here's a rarity, a tune penned by one of the Searchers (in this case, drummer Chris Curtis). This was the B-side to "Don't Throw Your Love Away", titled "I Pretend I'm with You":


Tommy Quickly sings Lennon-McCartney's "Tip of My Tongue":


The Fourmost covering Lennon-McCartney with "Hello, Little Girl":

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Yep T, and always a fave album of mine:


Braun Kirchherr Tapes

Rockin early on

Jane was his early muse (after Dot)

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Okay, cool, I think this will be relatively easy...

1)  'I Just Want to Touch You' by Utopia   (by the way, this was an excellent album all the way around.  Maybe Todd's best, even better than the Ruttles with Ricky F.

2)  'Don't Worry, Bill' by the Flame

really great song, until about 1/2 half someone noticed that it needed a chorus.  THEN, it sinks into improve/jam of a cliche'd late 60's/early 70's variety.   Still, 2nd place here, and no, it doesn't sound like 'Leaving This Town' or 'We Got Love' at all...

3) The Raspberries 'Please let me Come Back'

love the Raspberries and until I heard this--thanks Bedford, believed I had all of their songs.  Reminds though that on just about every single Raspberries album, perhaps the 2nd one excepted, they had at least one too many non-descript boogey songs, usually more.  Eric sings here, but it could be Dave Smalley for all that it matters. 

4) XTC: 'Collidescope'--the most clichéd of the 4.   
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Darren J. Ray

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America's answer to the Beatles covering the Beatles, starting at 6:18. 

But I invite everyone to sit back and watch the whole 26 minutes.

Or at least make sure you check out 2:47 to 6:18 for some comedy gold.

I'm not sure why this wasn't shown on Australian television. 

Right up there with A Hard Day's Night

And clearly demonstrates just where the Fab Four went wrong - no accordion.

And the audience.....shades of early Beatles concerts.  





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I have a Todd Ruddgren memory.  I should say he was always a big star in Oklahoma City.  the theory was not every big music act goes there, so the ones that do, become disproportionately big and loved.  Anyway, Todd always came to OKC, and at one of these shows--at the Zoo amphitheater circa 1980, he told this story to the crowd about Brian Wilson, going to a massage parlor.  It was kind of or very much like the song "Marcella."  I should add that he did not call it a massage parlor--such changed times, huh?   Anyway, he told this story--and thinking back, I'm suspecting that he told the same story at every concert on that tour, that the masseuse identified a series of options and their costs.  Brian thought about it for awhile, and then answered (Todd singing in Brian-like voice) 'Wouldn't it be Nice if I could afford the deluxe-bleep'?  

Todd Ruddgren fans: how is my memory?  [smile]
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I played the Neil Young compilation album Decade in the car today and these three tracks struck me as somewhat Beatle-esque.

I imagined John Lennon singing this one: "The Loner", Neil Young, 1968



And Paul McCartney singing this: "I Believe in You", After the Gold Rush, 1970



And for general Beatle-esque-ness, including the crowd noise, the snippet of "Mr. Soul" at the beginning, the orchestration, the jumping around and the jazzy instrumental coda: 

"Broken Arrow", Buffalo Springfield Again, 1967



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Yo *t*!!!  Whazzup?  Thanks for adding this...

The Flame - Don’t Worry, Bill
Utopia - I Just Wanna Touch You
Raspberries - Please Let Me Come Home
Dukes of Stratosphear - Collideascope


THAT's the exact order of my own preferences.  What a coincidence!!!!!

Thanks to the Golden Flames...who had to re-jig their name 'cause James Brown had already spoken for it with his crew...and to a lesser degree 'thanks' as well to Jim Stafford and his tune 'My Girl Bill'...  As a result we now know what "Baby"s actual name was.  [you know ... on that GOLDEN side 'B']

I'll give Todd a close Silver

Eric has even better tunes.  So?  Bronze

And then there's the other one...not quite there...but close.
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Then there's Toronto vs Cleveland in this year's ALCS.

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T and John B, the Runt is someone that I have never heard live.  Got to seek him out sometime.  I caught Arlo this summer and that was one of those have to see people. I had Something/Anything back in the day. 

Darren, right where you left off:

Still love that intro to Green Grass.

Voting late in the week this time to sort things out. 

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Thought I heard the squeak of shopping trolley wheels ...  that seventies bot is back!  How's C-P30, Buzzy?

Something suspiciously Beatles-like about this (less than a week old) clip with 429,889 views already.   


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Gold - rasps
Silver - dukes
Bronze - utopia
Tin - flame

Sorry to be brief, I'm travelling....
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Darren, I made it ten whole minutes through the Playboys.

Crazy audience alright.  At 9.50 there is an excellent example of crowd control.  I'm sure she never forgot Gary's bony butt landing on her lap - no matter how hard she tried.


Julian Lennon.




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