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t bedford

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Good week Larry! Hard to rate songs this strong & familiar. But I'll do it....later.

Meanwhile, here's a few that fit the theme:

Kinks - Rock'n'Roll Cities


Ray Davies - London Song


XTC - Towers of London


XTC - (The Everyday Story of) Smalltown



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I wonder if Jan Berry is even on it!

People on that thread on the Jan & Dean board indicate Jan wasn't there, which affected the vocals. That was my first thought listening to the 1977 version. The singing didn't sound like Jan and Dean.

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Now this is the version that I grew up with (minus the annoying sounds of the beach)

That was a surprise! I never noticed the ocean sounds before, which I assume is the background noise that first appears at around 29 seconds in the original. 


Ocean noise from the Kinks, "Holiday in Waikiki", Face to Face, 1966



While we're in Honolulu:

Jon and the Nightriders, "Rumble at Waikiki", Surf Beat '80



Jan and Dean, "Honolulu Lulu", Surf City and Other Swingin' Cities, 1963



A beach town (?) with less surfing:

Super Furry Animals, "Cardiff in the Sun", Dark Days/Light Years, 2009



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You're right, bonnie, let's get the hell outta here.

The Animals, "We Gotta Get Out of This Place", 1965



John Hiatt, "Damn This Town", Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns, 2011




On the other hand:

Frank Sinatra, "My Kind of Town", 1964 (?)



The Go Go's, "This Town", Beauty and the Beat, 1981 (of course, it's about LA, not NYC)



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I never noticed the ocean sounds before, which I assume is the background noise that first appears at around 29 seconds in the original.


Thanks, Larry. Nah, they're unique to that clip. Maybe the guy who posted it is a surfer. 


Here's a groovy Bobby Vee clip. Who the hell choreographed this baby?

A host should use this clip. It has Gold written all over it!



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Darren -- I guessed your hearing is better than mine.


A few more recent ones from L.A., also known locally as the City of Angels:

The Head and the Heart, "City of Angels", Signs of Light, 2016



The Bird and the Bee, "Los Angeles", Recreational Love, 2015



Lower Dens, "To Die in L.A.", Escape from Evil, 2015



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Larry, cool Kinks contribution.

Now let's see...  

Not sure where to look.  The Village People making 1978 camper than a holiday resort mid-summer.




Bronski Beat "Smalltown Boy", (1984).




Carley Simon.  "Love Out on the Streets", (1975).




And finally, Little Big Town. "Girl Crush", (2015).  









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GOLD for the  Byrds - One of the great all time singles.

SILVER to Jan and Dean - this deserves better than second place.

BRONZE to Beach Boys - Pet Sounds songs generally work better as a whole is my only complaint.

(An undeserved) TIN shamefully awarded to Stevie Wonder - the competition is just too tough.

The Jam - In the City


Gentle Giant - Empty City


The Kinks - Scrapheap City (sung by Belle and The Floosies)

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bonnie -- I'd forgotten all about "Macho Man". The link doesn't work so here's one that might:



Never heard of the country group Little Big Town, but I definitely had (have) a crush on Carly.

t -- Thanks for your votes. Unfortunately, Stevie is lagging behind in the early voting. Probably would have been the same for the Crystals song I didn't use. 

Another one from the Jam: "A Town Called Malice", The Gift, 1982



Gene Pitney, "A Town Without Pity", 1961



Mitski, "Townie", Bury Me At Makeout Creek, 2014 (this rocks)



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thanks very much, Bedford and Larry, for the Jam and XTC, etc.  !    Made me think of the Clash's 'Up in Heaven (not only here)'.  

Bedford, my Cleveland friend attended the ring ceremony, then got to the series opener by first pitch.  Surprisingly he loves the Cubs almost as much as he does the Indians, so I'm picking the Tribe stronger than him. But it's a classic matchup.  You got the great pitching of the Indians who handcuffed the powerful RedSox, vs. the great hitting of the Cubs who clobbered the SF Giants.  I'm looking at it like defense (Ali) beat offense (Frazier) 2 of 3.  Kluber is this season's Mad Bum.  Right?
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Thanks John...you reminded me that I owe *t* a 'whoop whoop' as his team knocked off 'mine'.  [0 dollars invested anymore by the way.]  Now?  After 108 years?  I really  H A V E  to pull for the 'Cubbies' as I did a number of years ago for Boston's Red [blood-soaked] Socks.

There comes a time when... ... ...years of stupid, fanatical, addle-brained and truly misguided and misdirected loyalty deserves a temporary, if insignificant, reward.  For all YOU invested 'they' [ownership] finally and
purely accidentally provided this.
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Edward Meeker, "Take Me Out to the Ball Game", 1908 (with more lyrics than most of us realize)
 




And a jaunty instrumental:  Belle & Sebastian, "Olympic Village 6 AM", 2016



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Pee nuts.  Larry.  You  R O C K. [tongue]
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This is a tough one to vote/call, Mr. Franz, but here come some city votes:

Gold - Two Girls For Ev-ry Boy  This was where Brian was going to go as an arranger and I still believe that he learned as much from Jan as he did from Phil when directing the session players.  It was also an R and B hit.  This was a key period in the development of the Beach Boys and Brian protected Surfin USA only to "give a hand" to Jan (and Dean).  I like the driving piano on it.  Is it Leon?  It's a thick arrangement and track for it's time. 

Silver - Eight Miles High -  The janglers meet Coltrane and Ravi Shankar?  A song that is strangely cool, especially for it's time.  Not really a hit either.  I always loved the Chris Hillman bass lines.  Close to Gold but giving it the S.

Bronze - a boy is born in in hard time Mississippi.  Innervisions baby!  A time when Stevie was the man!  Great track and song from a GREAT album.  Again, could have gone vote higher here but...

Tin to Pet Sounds track and song, That's Not Me - the first song written for Pet Sounds.  I am so sad to cast this particular vote, but it IS an album song.  The others were hits of some degree. 

Larry, this was a TOUGH vote and you got me out of doing a tie up (which I almost did).  It's razor thin voting for me this week. 

A lot of city and town songs but I'll spare you.

Well done, sir, and may everyone's vote REALLY matter in seeing where this one goes. 

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The Bonzo Dog Band.  "Urban Spaceman" (1968).


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