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Hello everyone! I haven't been posting much because of school and all, but I'm glad to be back and hosting another battle! This week's theme is Brians, which seems appropriate since there are so many and I'm going to see the best one this week!!!

1. Somebody To Love by Queen (featuring Brian May)
This is one of my all-time favorite songs by one of my favorite bands! Freddie Mercury, not surprisingly, executes a fabulous vocal performance, and Brian May tops it off with one of his signature solos. Brian's guitar tone always stands out in a crowd due to his amazing homemade guitar and virtuoso ability to make that guitar sing!


2. Stray Cat Strut by The Stray Cats (featuring Brian Setzer)
Another one of my favorite guitarists! Brian Setzer's style is like Stevie Ray Vaughan meets jazz guitarist. He incorporates his awesome guitar work into 50's rockabilly revival (Stray Cats) and 40's swing revival (Brian Setzer Orchestra). Not only is this one of my favorite songs, but it's also one of my favorites to play.


3. For Those About To Rock by AC/DC (featuring Brian Johnson)
I had a feeling that this week's theme would bring up a lot of different styles of music, so here's one from the hard rock end of the spectrum. Brian Johnson took over Bon Scott's job as lead singer if AC/DC with a whole lot of charisma! This is one of the most famous and quotable AC/DC songs featuring Brian Johnson.


4. I'm Waiting For The Day by The Beach Boys (featuring Brian Wilson)
Best for last! The brilliant BRIAN WILSON!!! It was especially tough for me to decide what song to use for this Brian, since so many of his have been used in previous battles. I decided to go with one that has never been used before, and that features Brian on lead vocals. This was one of the first sobgs I discovered upon becoming a fan. I still love it and I hope you do to!


Let the battle begin!

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Gold - Somebody to Love (Queen - 1976) 
This takes me back. Loved it when it came out. Queen were the first band I bought records of that weren’t anything to do with the ‘60s. These days I’d probably switch stations. Why are they trying to make us think John Deacon sang on this? We know he didn’t. 

Silver - I’m Waiting for the Day (The Beach Boys - 1966)
One of my least favourite tracks off an album that has never done it for me. Pet Sounds is not why I’m a Brian Wilson fan.

Bronze - Stray Cat Strut (Stray Cats - 1981)
I wasn’t into them. Too many tatts, etc for me. The music was unoriginal then. ‘Sixteen Tons’, anyone? Respect for Seltzer though.

Participant - For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) (album version) (AC/DC - 1981)
This was going to be interesting for me because, although I’m an Aussie, I can’t ever recall listening to this before. Looking at the album listing, I don’t know one song off it. And Wiki says it went to #3 on the album charts here. What was I doing? Probably more interested in Sarah Whidburn at the time. And then Lindy Thompson. And then Lana Dillon. Anyway…. Okay, on first listen…. There’s Brian Johnson’s voice. Not sure what he’s screeching. I think it’s ‘Satan! Satan! Satan!’. Gee, he’s no Bon Scott, is he? Yeah, too heavy metal. Should’ve stuck with George Young as producer and given Shania’s ex the flick. I respect the group and laud the Youngs’ phenomenal pedigree and legacy, but when Bon died, so did the tongue-firmly-in-cheek image that made this band so entertaining. Angus was always an amusing sideshow but he’s no front man. I included ‘It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ’n’ Roll)’ in Season III and it won the Gold that week. I can guarantee this will not win the Gold this week. 

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Hi Jenny.

A good idea! Brian is a prestigious name. [cool]

Brian Jones in 1964 with Peter Gordon.  (And without the Rolling Stones.)  "Love Me, Baby".



And another Brian Jones, just much less famous one, and in an even less famous band.  Brian joins in with lead vocalist Jordan Luck (barely) in this steaming pile of 90's turd.  At the time ... The Dance Exponents "Why Does Love Do This To Me". 











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GOLD for Beach Boys. Of course.

SILVER to Stray Cats. As for the tatts, I wouldn't have one personally, but if they want to...it doesn't affect my liking (or not) what they do.

BRONZE for Queen. Never heard this one, but I just don't like them, and thought this would be last, but...

...after the vocal onslaught, a well deserved TIN for AC/DC, and another song I've not heard.

Here's a Bryan...does that count? There's also a Brian....but he goes by his last name only on this record.
Roxy Music - Do the Strand


After he left Roxy, last name guy had his biggest hit, and you've all probably heard it, whether you know it, or not...
Brian Eno - The Microsoft 95 Sound:

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All great songs.  Like them a bunch

Beach Boys..Clearly the winner.  Sorry but to vote against this one suggests something ever-so odd.
Stray Cats...Brian can REALLY play the guitar.  Sensationally.  Just keeps gettin' better.
Queen...Bohemian Rhapsody was such a tough act to follow.  A valiant attempt nonetheless.
AC/DC...One of the smartest, tightest, versatile and  F U N  rockin' bands ever.  [kinda nutty in reality though]
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Here are a couple more Brians!



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It's the Lives of Brian.

Gold -- The Beach Boys -- An excellent choice for this week's battle. A mixture of the hard and soft that comes across as a little jarring, especially compared to the tracks that precede ("Don't Talk") and follow ("Let's Go Away ..."). Listening made me want to hear the extraordinary backing track:


Silver -- Queen -- Never became a fan for some reason, but this is one of theirs I enjoy.

Bronze -- The Stray Cats -- Nice one.

Tin, a low, low grade of tin -- AC/DC -- Maybe I should try listening to hard rock and heavy metal without what passes for "vocals".


More Brian Eno (and Bryan Ferry). Both songs are from Eno's last album with Roxy Music, on which he played the "VCS 3 (or VCS3), the Voltage Controlled Studio, version #3), a portable analog synthesizer with a flexible semi-modular voice architecture" (every kid should have one):

"In Every Dream Home a Heartache" (especially the last two minutes)


"For Your Pleasure" (especially the final minutes)


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Was pleasantly surprised to see our Brian listed at #3 of a list of 100 famous Brians. 

It's a pity they don't know what he does, though. 

https://www.ranker.com/list/famous-people-named-brian/reference


Here are a couple of famous musical Brians. 

This band should've been much bigger. Unfortunately, alcohol caused the demise and, ultimately, the premature death of Brian Connolly, the owner of one of the greatest heads of hair in rock music....



Speaking of hair, here's a track I'd love to see in a Battle, by the immensely talented Brian Cadd....

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I had the three Brians and their songs relatively quickly, but it was hard for me to come up with another and Brian Johnson was the only other I could think of besides Brian Epstein.
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Brian Eno and his Microsoft royalties.  t, I was wondering who would be the first to point that out.

Here it is slowed right down.  I made it to almost a minute, it's a strangely compelling sound.



Okay, that's enough Brian Eno for my lifetime.

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Brian Fallon released his first solo album, Painkillers, last year. He's from New Jersey and sounds like one of our more famous musicians, which isn't a bad thing.

"A Wonderful Life"


"Among Other Foolish Things"


"Steve McQueen"


"Long Drives"


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No need to worry GGH.  ALL 4 Brians here are worthy opponents.  Don't let the bullies chase you out of the yard.  As a hard rockin' outfit AC/DC is one of the very best ever and anyone with an open mind would consider them in that regard.  Melodic ain't their claim to fame yet they've managed to sell more records/units than Queen, The Beach Boys or The Stray Cats/Brian Setzer/Brian Setzer Orchestra combination combined.  Sales ain't everything, by any stretch or measure, but it's a HECK of a lot more than just nothing 'cept opinion.

other "Brians"

Brian Ferry-Roxy Music
Brian Jones-Rolling Stones
Bryan Adams
Brian Poole-Tremeloes
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I had the three Brians and their songs relatively quickly, but it was hard for me to come up with another and Brian Johnson was the only other I could think of besides Brian Epstein.
 


Precisely why I avoid themes in preference to a Brian related song and three non related songs that I think will give it a run for its money.

But, as Lee says, AC/DC are worthy. And I anticipate this week being closer than some others over the years. 
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I like the diversity a theme brings. [smile]

And AC/DC cannot be sniffed at.  Before Brian, with Bon Scott on lead, "Let There Be Rock".





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I like the diversity a theme brings. [smile]

And AC/DC cannot be sniffed at.  Before Brian, with Bon Scott on lead, "Let There Be Rock".





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