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Larry Franz

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I'm with stupid.

The Wavves, "Stupid In Love"


Elliott Smith, "Stupidity Tries"



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Poor Al.  Nice to see t vote in stereo.  [angel]

Now wait a minute, Mr. Marshall. I was referring to the "stupid" songs, of course, both of which are quite good. And is it still stereo if what comes out of the speakers is the same?

Ok, back to dumbness.

Frou Frou, "The Dumbing Down of Love" (nice song, prize-winning video)


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okay.

1) "Guess I'm Dumb" by Glen Campbell

great chords and song-structure, might have fit onto 'Today'.  It has that orchestral rock sound like...Gene Pitney/doing Bacharach, Quincy Jones producing Lesley Gore, and Nelson Riddle on the Batman show.  and the singing by glen is GREAT!   not sure about the lyrics, 'I guess I'm dumb but I don't care'.  Reminds me of a country and western parody I heard once "I don't know nothin' and I don't care, good country music, I'm gettin' my share."   maybe a forefather of 'Basket Case' by Green Day.

2) Abba, 'Dum Dum Diddle'.

 think I'm crazy if you want, but I interpret these lyrics as the feeling one gets when watching someone you love play a musical instrument.   I don't think the narrator is literally a violin--like that Kate Bush song, and I don't think it's just a groupie song to a rock star.  But I think of watching my kids play the instruments they are forced to play (after getting yelled at by the strict Chinese piano teacher worse than the Russian teachers did)...and they hate it, but they practice every day (as well as various horns from school)...and yet, one day, I hear one of them, carefully playing the melody of 'Despacito'...first with only one hand, then with chords, just playing for himself by ear...and I don't want to spoil it (but this was not an assigned song by the teacher!), and I'm proud how much further they went in music then I ever did (and they are not yet teenagers).  That's what I think of with this song.  So, I don't think it's silly and I don't think it's dumb. Solid 2nd place.

3) Dum Dum, the Happy Song, by Otis Redding, which is not even close to being as good as his 'Fa Fa Fa Sad Song'. 

4) The Dummy Song by Louis Armstrong

hey, how come this guy is so revered as a singer, and Joe Strummer gets criticized ?    that's what I want to know.    just not a big fan of the predictable blues pattern song.  Boring. 

I like 'Foolish Little Girl' by the Shirrells 


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XTC - Stupidly Happy

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Larry Franz

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Donovan, "Epistle to Dippy"  According to Google, the relevant lyrics are spelled with a "b":
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dumb dumb dumb, dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb
dumb dumb dumb, dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb
dumb dumb dumb, dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb
dumb dumb dumb, dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb
dumb dumb dumb, dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb



The Beach Boys, "Sunshine"
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Dum dum dum be dum be doo
Dum dum dum be dum be doo
Dum dum dum be dum be doo
Dum dum dum be dum be doo



Roy Orbison, "Only the Lonely"
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Dum-dum-dum-dumdy-doo-wah



In a different vein:

Between the versions of "Stupid Cupid" by Connie Francis, Neil Sedaka and Wanda Jackson, I prefer Wanda's:


Although Neil's has one of those old-fashioned intros like you'd hear on Broadway:


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Time to vote on Lisa and Lloyd and Harry's week.

GOLD - Glen Campbell.  Very lovely, I'd only ever heard Brian on this one.  I didn't even know Glen could sound so lovely like this!  An easy Gold, but I would be inclined to say there are too many tooting instruments in the background to enjoy this one fully.

SILVER - Otis Redding.  A funky old beat and smokin' hot vocals. Still a bit of tooting going on, but nobody has stuck their tongue to an icy pole, IOU'ed a million bucks, let a busload of bikini-clad girls drive by, or anything like that.  

BRONZE - Louis Armstrong - I saw Mr Armstrong's piano a few years ago in a museum.  This is a very cool little song, even if it kind of reminds me of the circus coming to town mixed with a very jolly second-line.  Below is a great clip of Dr John (who is he anyway/?) on said piano.             



TIN - ABBA - We had this album when I was small, and the picture on the front was often admired by my small self; those exotic Swedes with their swishy looking hairdos and blue eye makeup, all serious behind the cockpit of the helicopter.  These days, the whole thing just looks a little crowded.  Perhaps I can't remember this song because it was so essentially and eternally dumb.


The Mint Chicks "Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No!"



A Canadian song for our Canadian host; Hollerado "Dumb Like Me".  




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Here's what Wikipedia says about Mac Rebennack, bka Dr. John, the Night Tripper.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._John

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Gold - Glenn

Silver - otIs

Bronze - lOiue

Tin - abba
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Poor Abba!  Who wrote songs like "Fernando" back then, I ask you?   too 'quirky' for the fans of Foreigner and toto. 
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Poor Abba!  Who wrote songs like "Fernando" back then, I ask you?   too 'quirky' for the fans of Foreigner and toto. 


I like some Abba.  I really like their vocal harmonies, and melodies.  SOS, Fernando, Take a Change on Me, Waterloo, Money Money Money, Knowing Me Knowing You are all great songs.  
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You forgot "Dancing Queen".

That was the one, that Little Stephen decided he liked so much, he took the melody for his guitar solo on "Check Point Charlie".   Stephen wore a leather jacket and uh, sang songs about wanting justice.  So...that must mean that Abba is 'hip'.   I rest my case. 
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You forgot "Dancing Queen".

That was the one, that Little Stephen decided he liked so much, he took the melody for his guitar solo on "Check Point Charlie".   Stephen wore a leather jacket and uh, sang songs about wanting justice.  So...that must mean that Abba is 'hip'.   I rest my case. 


Like I told you before John, I think you're way way too caught up with what's "hip."  At the end of the day, you like what you like.  

Especially since what's hip changes with the tide.  When I was a teenager, it was hip to hate Phil Collins.  Now, it's hip to like him.  

And, you're right, Dancing Queen was the first ABBA song I ever heard, so I'm not sure how I forgot it.  
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This afternoon I was stuck in traffic on the New Jersey Turnpike but in no rush because I was going to play the unofficial Wilson-Paley Sessions CD. The second track, "You're Still a Mystery", came on and when I heard the "dum dum dum" background vocal, I decided to post it when I got home. 

About a half hour later, I bring up YouTube at home and there are two rows of Recommended videos at the top of the page. The first video in the second row is this one:



This would be less coincidental if I'd been playing many Wilson-Paley or Brian Wilson tracks on YouTube lately, but I haven't. Since it would be dumb to attach any significance to this coincidence, I won't, but it did feel weird.

They shouldn't have included Mike's face in the video. And Brian should keep the sound of the Wilson-Paley Sessions in mind if he really wants to make a rock 'n roll album.

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Cindy -- Good to see you back! Now that you mentioned it, Louis' song does sound like it belongs in a soundtrack or two. I've seen a couple of Nora Ephron flicks years ago, but not "You've Got Mail". I don't mind Tom Hanks, but some of Meg Ryan's expressions or mannerisms remind me (uncomfortably) of a co-worker I had back around that time...call it Freudian, I guess? 

dkmh -- A second Gold for ABBA! Glad GC was new to you and Cindy. Goes to show how extensive and versatile a career he had. For some real trivia, you can still dig up on YouTube a rare promo record of A & W Root Beer jingles he did around the mid-60's, too (search Campbell root beer). 

t Bedford -- Glen Campbell "Mmm mm good". Ah ha ha...I get it! Campbell is chicky soup for your soul. Speaking of chirpy choruses, ABBA's got nothin' on these previous BOTB contestants:

(CAUTION: you fellas be careful as the camera pans from the rear between 0:45 - 0:50)  [eek]


Coincidentally, they have one that fits this week...in case you didn't get enough hot pants the first time around:



John B -- Way to take a stand on ABBA, you fearless fella! I enjoy these banters you get into with kds. How about some fun facts (and one possible fable with a Mexican) re: "Fernando"?:

http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=5501

bonnie -- I've actually never heard of Hollerado, but thanks for the heads up. (How the heck do you know of 'em way over there before I do?)
What's this about Glen and Otis tooting?  "I'd say you've had enough":

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Larry Franz

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Lisa -- No reaction to my coincidence anecdote? Perhaps you were dumbfounded, as I was.

But maybe YouTube's software followed the path from the Beach Boys' "Sunshine" (which I posted yesterday) to "Old Man Sunshine" (which is on the Made in California box set) to "You're Still a Mystery" (which is also on Made in California). That's only two degrees of separation. No telepathy or telekinesis or cosmic link required.

Summing up this week: Tired Lion, "Dumb Days"


(or maybe I said something dumb)

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t, thanks for the link to the REAL Dr John ... still never heard of him.

Lisa, it's easy to find a lot of cool indie music if you just pick one song and let Youtube roll on. Indie music is (almost) the only good new music left these days.

Larry, at least your coincidence was a happy one. 

Paul Kelly and the Coloured Girls "Dumb Things."





 


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