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Darren J. Ray

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Well done, Jenny.

21 voters is the biggest voter turnout since Larry’s Week 25, also with 21.

Those scores have been recorded in the ‘Season VIII’ post, currently sitting halfway down on page 2 of this forum.


It was the first time ‘I’m Waiting for the Day’ has been used in the Battle.

It is a chance to make the play-offs in its own right (3rd highest points and 9th highest percentage, with 11 weeks to go).


13 of the 16 songs associated with Pet Sounds have been used, four of them multiple times.

It’s only the three bonus tracks – ‘Unreleased Backgrounds’, ‘Hang On to Your Ego’ and ‘Trombone Dixie’ – that haven’t been used.

The two instrumentals have been used but only as live versions by Brian’s band (a Gold and 8th place in last year’s Preliminary Final for ‘Pet Sounds’, and a Silver for ‘Let’s Go Away for Awhile’).

The record in normal competition for the remaining 11 actual album tracks used is 17 appearances for 15 Golds and two Silvers.

Other than ‘I’m Waiting for the Day’ (a Gold and still in contention this year), ‘That’s Not Me’ (a Silver) and ‘I Know There’s an Answer’ (a Gold) are the only tracks of those 11 not to have made play-offs so far.

Of the eight tracks that have made play-offs, this is how they’ve fared at the end of seasons:

- two 1st places (‘God Only Knows’ in Season II and ‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice’ in Season III),
- two 2nd places (‘Don’t Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder)’ in Season VI and again in Season VII),
- a 3rd place (‘You Still Believe in Me’ in Season VII),
- a 4th (‘I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times’ in Season II),
- a 7th(‘Here Today’ in Season V),
- an 8th (‘Caroline, No’ in Season I),
- a 10th (‘Sloop John B’ in Season I),
- a 5th in a Prelim (‘Don’t Talk’ again, in Season I),
- a 6th in a Prelim (‘Caroline, No’ again, in Season III)

‘God Only Knows’ was also the winner of the Ultimate Battle, to commemorate five completed seasons of the Battle at the end of 2014.

‘Caroline, No’, despite the finishes of only an 8th in a Gold Play-Off, a 6th in a Prelim, and a Gold in Week 10 last season but no play-off, is one of only two songs to ever receive unanimous Golds in a week (Week 11 of Season III - Al Forsyth). (The other song to receive unanimous Golds is ‘California Girls’ from Week 1 of Season VIII - Cindy Hood.)


The Pet Sounds record:

Wouldn't It Be Nice (a Gold in Week 24 of Season III, 1st (annual Gold) in Gold Play-Off3rd in the Ultimate Battle - Cindy Hood),

You Still Believe in Me (a Gold in Week 9 of Season IV - Verden McCutcheon; a Gold in Week 14 of Season VII, 1st in Preliminary Final, 3rd (annual Bronze) in Gold Play-Off - Larry Franz),

That’s Not Me (a Silver in Week 36 of Season VII - Larry Franz),

Don't Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder) (a Gold in Week 2 of Season I, 5th in Preliminary Final - Wow! Great Concert; a Gold in Week 35 of Season VI, 2nd (annual Silver) in Gold Play-Off - Deb#1; a Gold in Week 40 of Season VII, 2nd in Preliminary Final, 2nd (annual Silver) in Gold Play-Off - Peter Simpson),

I’m Waiting for the Day (a Gold in Week 34 of Season VIII - GGH),

Sloop John B (a Gold in Week 32 of Season I, 10th in Gold Play-Off - Prodigal Son),

God Only Knows (a Gold in Week 7 of Season II, 1st (annual Gold) in Gold Play-Off1st in the Ultimate Battle - Cynthia D. Hood),

I Know There's an Answer (a Gold in Week 29 of Season I - Al Forsyth),

Here Today (a Gold in Week 15 of Season V, 7th in Gold Play-Off - Roy Rogers),

I Just Wasn't Made for These Times (a Gold in Week 31 of Season II, 4th in Gold Play-Off - Al Forsyth; a Silver in Week 40 of Season V - Tom Tobben),

Caroline, No (a Gold in Week 33 of Season I, 8th in Gold Play-Off - Joy B; a Gold in Week 11 of Season III (unanimous Golds in a week), 6th in Preliminary Final - Al Forsyth; a Gold in Week 10 of Season VII - Deb#1)


A cover of 'Caroline, No' by Tony Clef won a Gold in Week 5 of Season II and finished 10th in the Preliminary Final (John Potter).

That live version of 'Let's Go Away for Awhile', performed by Brian Wilson in 2000 (and featured on Live at the Roxy Theatre), won its Silver in Week 22 of Season II (Deborah O'Neill).

And the live version of 'Pet Sounds', performed by Brian Wilson in 2002, won its Gold in Week 6 of Season VII and finished 8th in the Preliminary Final (Lisa G/TS).

Put simply, Pet Sounds is easily the most popular album ever, according to the Battle.


‘Somebody to Love’ was the sixth Queen song to be used.

Their record:

Bohemian Rhapsody (a Silver in Week 8 of Season II - Cynthia D. Hood),
Love of My Life (a Tin in Week 31 of Season II - Al Forsyth),
Under Pressure (with David Bowie) (a Silver in Week 27 of Season V - Deb#1),  
We Are the Champions (a Silver in Week 38 of Season V - Roy Rogers),
Bicycle Race (a Bronze in Week 45 of Season V - Darren J. Ray),
Somebody to Love (a Silver in Week 34 of Season VIII - GGH)

Queen polarise opinion here.

‘Bicycle Race’ scored 64 points in Season V (the equal most points ever for a Bronze) but couldn’t make play-offs on account of its relatively low percentage.

‘Somebody to Love’ looks likely to break Queen’s duck, currently sitting 1st in points and 3rd in percentage (30.48%) for a Silver.

In fact, its percentage was a staggering 33.75% after 16 voters this week. Deb#1 and Paul then gave it its only Tins. (The highest ever for a Silver is 33.05 for ‘Penny Lane’ back in Season IV, which went on to finish overall 2nd for the whole year, just missing the annual Gold spot to ‘Surfer Girl’ by 4.5 points. This is easily the best result for a non-Beach Boys record, although in the Ultimate Battle, ‘In My Life’ finished in 10th spot to ‘Penny Lane’ in 12th; the only non-Beach Boys songs that have finished in the Top 3 in a year.)

Its 10 Golds this week (‘I’m Waiting for the Day’ received 11) is the equal 2nd highest number of Golds for a Silver ever.


Most Golds in a week for a Silver

12 – My Old School (Steely Dan - 1973) (Week 26, Season V - Tom Tobben) (finished 6th in Silver Play-Off)

10 – La primavera (Spring) (Vivaldi - 1725) (Week 19, Season IV - Tom Tobben) (finished 4th in Silver Play-Off)

10 – Getcha Back (The Beach Boys - 1985) (Week 14, Season V - snoops71) (didn’t make play-offs)

10 – Get Off of My Cloud (The Rolling Stones - 1965) (Week 7, Season VI - Deb#1) (finished 4th in Silver Play-Off)

10 – Whip It (Devo - 1980) (Week 22, Season VII - Tom Tobben) (finished 9th in Silver Play-Off)

10 – Somebody to Love (Queen - 1976) (Week 34, Season VIII - GGH) (still in contention)


‘Stray Cat Strut’ was the second Stray Cats song to be used.

‘Runaway Boys’ won the Tin in Week 6 of Season V (Deb#1).


‘For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)’ was the second AC/DC song to be used.

‘It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ’n’ Roll)’ won the Gold in Week 37 of Season III (Darren J. Ray, from a week I dubbed ‘For Those About to Vote, I Salute You’).

It’s a small study sample but from that result and a lot of the comments this week, we seem to prefer Bon Scott to Brian Johnson.

Its 17 Tins is the second most ever in a week, equal with ‘22’ by Taylor Swift (Week 13, Season VI - Peter Simpson). The record still stands at 18 for ‘Mary Ann Regrets’ by Burl Ives (Week 12, Season V - Darren J. Ray). ‘Mary Ann Regrets’ did score three Golds, however.

Its 25 points is the fourth lowest score for the year. ‘Abra-Ca-Dabra’ by DeFranco Family featuring Tony DeFranco (Week 3 - t Bedford) scored 19.

But its 11.90% is the third lowest percentage ever, just ahead of ‘Love Keep Us Together’ by Martin Sexton with 11.11 (and 20 points) in Week 45 of Season III (Al Forsyth) and ‘Die Trompeten Von Mexiko' by good ol’ Helge Schneider with 10.00 (yep, everyone voted it last – the only time that’s happened) back in Week 38 of Season II (Cantina Margarita). Its 15 points from 15 voters remains the lowest score ever in both points and percentage.

This week’s 48 points between Gold and Tin is the biggest margin so far this season and up there.

The widest gulf between Gold and Tin remains at 51 points from three weeks - 'God Only Knows' (81) and Eric Clapton's 'Forever Man' (30) (Week 7, Season II - Cynthia D. Hood), 'Forever' by The Beach Boys (74) and 'Forever' by Jesse and The Rippers (AKA John Stamos) (23) (Week 3, Season III - Cynthia D. Hood), and ‘Love and Mercy’ (86) and ‘Pretty in Pink’ by The Psychedelic Furs (35) (Week 17, Season VI - Kevin Witts).

Then comes 49 points between 'I Get Around' (89) and Lorde’s 'Royals' (40) (Week 35, Season V, bonnie bella), and 'Wouldn't It Be Nice' (79) and 'Don't Cha' (Pussycat Dolls featuring Busta Rhymes) (30) (Week 24, Season III, Cindy Hood).


These songs did not pick up a single Gold or Silver vote in their weeks:

Season I
nil

Season II
Crocodile Rock (The Beach Boys - 1991) (Week 36 - Cynthia D. Hood)
Die Trompeten Von Mexiko (Helge Schneider - 2007) (Week 38 - Cantina Margarita)

Season III
Forever (Jesse and The Rippers - 1992) (Week 3 - Cynthia D. Hood)
Glad You Came (The Wanted - 2011) (Week 27 - Al Forsyth)
Love Keep Us Together (Martin Sexton - 1996) (Week 45 - Al Forsyth)

Season IV
nil

Season V
nil

Season VI
Sweet Emotion (Aerosmith - 1975) (Week 41 - Al Forsyth)                                              

Season VII
Bottom of the Soul (The Bonniwell Music Machine - 1967) (Week 39 - t Bedford)
Bleeding Heart (Regina Spektor - 2016) (Week 42 - Al Forsyth)

Season VIII
Abra-Ca-Dabra (DeFranco Family featuring Tony DeFranco - 1973) (Week 3 - t Bedford)
For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) (album version) (AC/DC - 1981) (Week 34 - GGH)

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