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bonnie bella

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Hi Larry.

Inanimate objects?  There goes the song I had lined up about a rabbit.  

It's either a bed, fry, or swarm of Eels. (Googling the collective noun for eels made this discovery).

So, here's my fry.









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Nice to see the Beach Boys’ only real competition make another appearance. Just hope we’re not standing on a landmine.

Gold - Paperback Writer (The Beatles - 1966)
Paul with chipped tooth and fat lip. There’s some contention over who plays the guitar riff, be it McCartney or Harrison. There’s strong evidence it’s Paul.

Silver - The Warmth of the Sun (The Beach Boys - 1964)
Melancholic and beautiful. But just gets into my Top 25 Beach Boys tracks. I have fond memories of it being on the first Beach Boys cassette that our American boarder loaned me, The Best of The Beach Boys Vol II. Brian’s falsetto at its zenith. This is my favourite Beach Boys period.

Bronze - Gimme Shelter (The Rolling Stones - 1969)
I wasn’t much into this until Week 2 of Season I when I listened to it for the week. It was Don Everly who taught Keith Richards to open tune his guitar.

Participant - All Along the Watchtower (The Jimi Hendrix Experience - 1968)
His music never connected with me. 

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Thanks for your votes, Al & Darren. But so much for beautifully-organized results!

And thanks to Al for the brief "Paperback Writer" article, although I'm still troubled by that one line: "It's based on a novel by a man named Lear". The article says that's a reference to King Lear or to the Spanish word for "read". Another explanation is that it refers to Edward Lear, the 19th century English painter best known for his humorous writings and the popularization of limericks. For example, he wrote "The owl and the pussycat went to sea in a beautiful pea-green boat...".

Whoever or whatever "Lear" refers to, however, the thing that's always bothered me is that it would be odd to base a paperback novel on another novel, rather than on a story, or a movie, or an event, or someone's life. This has bothered me for a long time.

bonnie -- Thanks for sharing your bed, swarm or fry of Eels. I hope you also share your rabbit song with us one day (but not this week, of course).


On a less serious note, check out the weighty introduction given the Rolling Stones by the host of Shindig! in January 1965: 

The Rolling Stones, "Heart of Stone"


One more: The Cranberries, "Dreams" (I'm taking dreams to be inanimate patterns of activity in the sleeping brain, but who knows)


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I decided how to vote weeks ago, so why wait?

Gold -- The Beach Boys -- A wonderful track from one of their best album sides, Shut Down Volume 2, side 1 (even with the presence of "Sonny" vs. "Cassius"). There used to be an annoying bit of sibilance from the background singers on the word "sun" at 0:45, but it's been cleaned up along the way.

Silver -- The Rolling Stones -- So powerful, both the singing and the instruments. I bet Merry Clayton didn't get paid enough. (The internet says she had a miscarriage later that night and was unable to listen to the song for years.)

Bronze -- The Jimi Hendrix Experience -- This classic is played so often on "classic" rock stations that it would be understandable if people got tired of it. But it's one of those tracks that sound even better when you pay attention to it, even if you've heard it over and over in the background.

Pewter -- The Beatles -- This was one of my favorite Beatles songs when it came out. It doesn't have the same fascination for me now, although the brief a cappella moments are still quite cool.


A few more inanimates:

(American) Spring, "Sweet Mountain"


Nat King Cole, "Stardust"


San Fermin, "Perfume"


The Beach Boys, "In the Parkin' Lot" (from that same album side and much more underrated than "Paperback Writer" ever was)


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Pity about the bunny, but there are always ways to make it less animate.



Lee, that Merry Clayton clip needs a warning. [frown]

Larry, some sibilance from your very own self in your opening post this week?  




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Quote:
Originally Posted by bonnie bella

Larry, some sibilance from your very own self in your opening post this week?  

Like here?
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We living things think we're so great. Some of us even claim that all life is sacred. But what about the things around us that aren't living? You'll never hear them say so...

Yeah, but it really depends on the delivery. On "Warmth of the Sun", it sound like the singer was lisping.

Inanimate love objects:

Ronny & the Daytonas, "G.T.O." (not "Little G.T.O.")


Beck, "Rental Car"


Neil Young, "Coupe de Ville"


Arcade Fire, "Keep the Car Running"


Jan and Dean, "Three Window Coupe"


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Larry, I was thinking of your cost-conscious consumerism, actually. [smile]
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It is rather a 'statement' video isn't it?  Badly, sadly amazing how much evil has been perpetrated on the young and innocent over these many, many decades... "Shelter" has been necessary for such a long time.  Shelter from guns?  Sure.  But more so...shelter from the awful fools who hold 'em and use em.

Guns aren't the problem.  It's selling them to human beings which doesn't work.  For the most part...Homosapiens don't have a clue why, where or when to load 'em let alone use 'em.  Sales should be rescinded just on the off chance that the 'gun'  [war weapon] falls into the wrongs hands.  [ie: human hands]   Time to amend the 2nd amendment and retroactively recall the damn things so that the barrels can be tied in a friggin' knot.  Folks would then have the right to bear those.  The right to bare arms would be OK in warm weather.

Don't want to see the ramifications of allowing the NRA to 'run things'?  Don't watch the Merry Clayton video...or the news. [or send your kids out the front door for that matter.]

How's THAT Bonnie?
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Okay Darren and Larry - the moped:
https://www.beatlesbible.com/1965/12/26/paul-mccartney-moped-accident-liverpool/
Which leads to this:
https://playback.fm/charts/top-100-songs/video/1966/The-Beatles-Paperback-Writer
Larry, more for you:
http://www.beatlesebooks.com/paperback-writer
Beach Boys of course mentioned ^ and the guitar parts fully explained, Darren.

Another inanimate (door):
https://playback.fm/charts/top-100-songs/video/1966/The-Rolling-Stones-Paint-it-Black

Some more Jenny (with Rilo) for Bonnie:
https://consequenceofsound.net/2014/07/jenny-lewis-top-10-songs/11/
01. “THE EXECUTION OF ALL THINGS”


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Lee -- One point: There is disagreement about the exact meaning of the US Constitution's Second Amendment, but it isn't necessary to change or repeal that amendment in order for the government to regulate gun ownership. The issues are: What kind of regulation would be legal? And what kind would be sensible? The answers are somewhere between (1) nobody can own a gun of any kind and (2) everyone can own any kind of gun they want. That's where the disagreements are.

Al -- I confess I didn't notice Paul's chipped tooth. even with the extraordinary clarity of that video. But then the British aren't known for the regularity of their teeth, are they? See exaggerated fictional example:

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The Fleetwoods, "Outside My Window"


The Beach Boys, "At My Window"


The Ronettes, "Walking In The Rain"


Sufjan Stevens, "Oh God Where Are You Now? (In Pickerel Lake? Pigeon? Marquette? Mackinaw?)"


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Happy Birthday, D.A.N. Have a great day. [thumb]
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Thanks mate.
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It's quiet here but the weather map shows blue, pink, yellow and green, which is kind of impressive.

Impressively inanimate:

Johnnie & Joe, "Over the Mountain, Across the Sea"


Dick & Dee Dee, "The Mountain's High"


Angus & Julia Stone, "Chateau"


Camera Obscura, "Houseboat"


The Beach Boys, "Steamboat" & "No-Go Showboat"




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so, something's got to give.
i can't make each and every one of 'em my gold choice.
by golly, it's difficult, but...


gold: 'paperback writer'

- gosh, how i loved this single with the double 'a' sides!

in truth, i prefer 'rain', but, by jove, it was a rush of excitement and deep joy.

it emerged before 'revolver' and by now i was totally smitten with beatleband.

much much more than a mere pop group.

as someone who's sometimes prone to knock macca,

here's a fine example of a performance that features his paulness full on

(musically, but not the smug mug on the diveo!).

i particularly like the bass line, cranked up loud and dirty upfront, where it deserves to be.

the backing vocals, with that whooshy (over-)engineered phasey-wazing.

where would the monkees've been if not for this sound?

 

silver: 'warmth of the sun'

- a fabulous song.

lovely lead vocals.

lovely harmony vocals.

probably doesn't need more intricate instruments than it's given,

but, gawd'elpme, amongst these contenders,

i find the arrangement's a bit plodding.

i eventually find m'self unexpectedly plumping for them liverpudlians.

 

bronze: 'all along the watchtower'

- it's impossible.

i can't listen to this dispassionately.

i can't listen to this without involuntarily adding air guitar licks.

crikey, it's bloomin' good.

what a chap can do with a bunch of oblique dylan lyrics

and a phaser.

it's nearly gained silver spot.

let me vote now, before i change my mind...

 

tin: 'gimme shelter'

- ah,

that twangy, rhythm guitar intro.

that insistent, scraping, percussive crickety scrape.

that bellowing jagger.

those shrill, icicle, backing vocals.

that sinuous lead guitar intrusion.

those urgent piano tinkles.

it builds magnificently and chugs along.

then it just sort of ends.

blimey, it's a great recording.

but, it's not a great song.

and something's got to be bottom of this excellent heap.

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Paul -- Thanks for analyzing and choosing. I, on the other hand, am thinking of changing my vote, switching my numbers 1 and 2. Decisions, decisions.

Meanwhile:

Bic Runga, "The Lonely Sea" (all the way from the Land of the Long White Cloud)


Beck, "Wave"


The Platters, "Harbor Lights"


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