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bonnie bella

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Larry, excellent choice with Bic Runga, and that little slice of paradise she comes from. [smile]  Summer here .... just saying. 

My votes (after long and careful deliberation, this was a tight one.)

GOLD - The Jimi Hendrix Experience.  Yes indeed.  Once experienced, never forgotten.  Three chords of totally good shit.  Something about that velvet and red wine voice. (I'll give you your first gold this week, Jimi, you deserve it.)  

SILVER - TBB.  I love these kind of beautiful melodies from the Boys.  This is what it's all about when we talk about harmony.  Something superbly simple yet scintillating, soothing, sonorous and sorrowful in spades.  Chuck in a few sea-shore sea shells, and we'll be just sssuper.

BRONZE - The Beatles.  This is a great song, full of bounce and joy, with a desperately depressed lyrical bent.  I've often wondered what the Beatles sounded like when they first released songs and they were new to everyone's ears at once.  Did any Beatles song stop any of you in your tracks on first listen?  Pretty sure somebody here mentioned having to pull over to the side of the road the first time they heard Good Vibrations. 

TIN - Those Stones.  One of their better songs in my (completely irrelevant) opinion.  I'm not the biggest Rolling Stones fan; tend to love the first half of the song and find myself doing something else mentally during the second half. In this case I catch myself seeing how much longer the song has to run, which is better than formulating square roots or memorising prime numbers or remembering that I forgot to feed the rabbit.  In part it's because their songs are overplayed.  They do make for a great t-shirt though, especially the tongue one.

Two vital inanimate things to sustain the internal life-support system.   


Clowns divorce: custardy battle.     Simon Munnery

Larry Franz

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bonnie -- Thanks for your votes & commentary. You're our 12th voter this week. Who will be lucky 13?

Regarding the Beatles, I don't remember ever being stopped in my tracks by one of their songs. "Strawberry Fields Forever" might have had that effect, but the biggest impact I remember them having was their American debut in early 1964. They showed up on the radio in Los Angeles in January with "I Want To Hold Your Hand", which was quickly followed by "She Loves You". Those songs ("yeah yeah yeah") primed us all to watch Ed Sullivan's variety show from New York City on Sunday night, February 9th. The whole thing - their sound, their look -- was new and exciting.

Here are their two performances on the Ed Sullivan Show that night. I haven't watched this since then. Check out the helpful labels the TV people put on the screen during the second song. That's Paul! Isn't he cute? And John! (sorry, girls, he's married) It's their third, better-known song that really gave the audience what they (and us at home) were waiting for.

David W

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Sacrilege really that the BBs and Jimi are 3rd and 4th...... but in the order I would be likely to play them :

GOLD. Stones
SILVER. Beatles
BRONZE. Beach Boys
TIN. Jimi Hendrix

When I'm stuck for a video Kate Bush normally seems to have something that fits . Don't think I have seen this strange video of the Red Shoes before and they fit !


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GOLD  BBs.  No contest.
SILVER Beatles
TIN Stones.

Speaking of inanimate...or are they? (we're getting into horror movie territory here)... it's been fascinating this week discovering my family connection to a ventriloquist who performed around 100+ years ago.  He's certainly not a household name but was reportedly quite famous at the time.

Great arriving back home just now in the middle of "Wouldn't It Be Nice" on the neighbour's radio.
Larry Franz

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Thanks for your votes, David W and D.A.N.

The 8-minute long Kate Bush "Red Shoes" video didn't play. This is a 4-minute version and is probably at least half as weird. 

The 1948 movie, The Red Shoes, directed by Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, with Moira Shearer as the doomed ballerina, is a classic. The trailer:

As for ventriloquist dummies, I sure hope they're inanimate. Living ones would be creepier than clowns.

Some 21st century inanimate objects:

Weezer, "Photograph"

Braids, "Lemonade"

Future Islands, "Ancient Water"

Gem Club, "Acid and Everything"

Alvvays, "Atop a Cake"


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it's been fascinating this week discovering my family connection to a ventriloquist who performed around 100+ years ago. 

He also did impressions and I love this newspaper quote:

"The next item was, "Character Impersonations,".... these were well received, and may probably incite that one of our local youths, who, for several nights in succession, disturbed the slumbers of one of our respected poultry owners by his lifelike imitations of squawking fowls and barking foxes, to try his powers on the public platform""

Pet Sounds indeed.
t bedford

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It's down to a coin toss.....and the winner is...

GOLD for the lucky Beatles
SILVER for the Beach Boys
BRONZE for Jimi Hendrix Experience
TIN for the Rolling Stones

Soup is generally inanimate, except the bacon?
Robert Wyatt - Soup Song

kds , I used to defend poor Mike, but the sycophancy here is incredible (back when we could also 'dislike' posts, I actually had a negative number!). Frankly, I don't bother go to other forums here anymore, not even to read.

I'm not a real billionaire, but I play one on TV!
Larry Franz

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t. -- Thanks for flipping and voting. You've brought us to 15 voters & created a two-way tie. And not just any kind of tie, but a real tie: two songs now have the same number of gold, silver, bronze and tin votes. That doesn't happen very often.

A big batch of inanimate sounds (no soup for you):

Brian Eno & David Byrne, "Solo Guitar With Tin Foil"

Fountains of Wayne, "Utopia Parkway" and "Trains and Boats and Planes"

X, "Adult Books"

Beach House, "Sparks"

Elvis Presley, "Blue Moon of Kentucky" and "Blue Moon"


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Paperback Writer – The Beatles

 The Warmth of the Sun – The Beach Boys

Gimme Shelter - The Rolling Stones

 All Along the Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix 

Graciegirl [smile]


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Hi all,

Gold    The Warmth of the Sun

Silver    Paperback Writer

Bronze    Gimme Shelter

Tin        Jimmy Hendrix
Al Forsyth

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Larry - the initial Beatle impact was HUGE here, of course - instant - as in what was this/that?    Remembering the performance  well (where I was and how astounded everyone was of all ages.  So everything became Beatle and in April they had the top five on the charts - never happened before or after.  Then it was films and concerts that kept things going but it was always about the records/songs/singles/albums - the music.  Everything was changing and rapidly.  Every single mattered and I had all of the albums.  Rubber Soul (American) did knock me out.  It's as if they never slept - they just kept on going.  It was an out-of-the blue - gotta listen to this every single song and album.  There was talk of a break up as Pepper took forever to come out it seemed.  Strawberry Fields and Penny Lane of course whetted our whistle - but it was more of a "what is going on now"?  Everything grew exponentially with the Beatles and it was a high mark to begin with.  The Stones gave them some run but the Beatles were always in the lead. The Beach Boys were the early competition. 
A diamond necklace played the pawn...
Tom Tobben

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Four really excellent songs and artists this week, so probably more of a matter of personal taste than quality of the individual songs. It appears that the rock classics here this week aren't getting as much love as the pop classics, so I'll take my preferred rock-y road with my votes this week:

Gold -- "Gimme Shelter", Rolling Stones. One of the all-time classic Stones cuts, and from their stellar Let It Bleed album from 1969. The Stones were at a creative, rebellious peak at the end of the 60s, and this song so well captured the turbulent mood of the times: Vietnam War at its peak, draft resistance, urban riots and protests all over, Altamont Festival turned riotous and deadly, racial protests, student demonstrations, Weather Underground, SDS, hippies and yippies ("and rabbis and Popeye, and bye-bye, bye-byes"), ROTC buildings burned or bombed, law-and-order Nixon the new US president, the counter-culture becoming a major phenomenon, MLK's passive resistance to racism turning to militant Black Panthers, etc.. Both the direct lyrics and the cacophonous music of this evocative classic capture that unsettled time so well:

"Ooh, a storm is threatnin'
My very life today.
If I don't get some shelter,
Oh yeah, I'm gonna fade away.

War, children,
It's just a shot away, it's just a shot away.
War, children,
It's just a shot away, it's just a shot away. (Yeah)

Ooh, see the fire is sweepin'
Our very streets today,
Burns like a red coal carpet,
Mad bull, lost its way.

War, children, yes,
It's just a shot away, it's just a shot away.
War, children,
It's just a shot away, it's just a shot away. (Yeah)"

Silver -- "All Along The Watchtower", Jimi Hendrix. What a powerful, distinctive cover of a classic Dylan song. While Hendrix had previously had some lesser hits and established his reputation with some excellent music on his first two solo albums, this became his biggest hit and his signature song, and demonstrating that he could do amazing things with his guitar that others had not done.  Unfortunately, as a member of the infamous "27" club in rock, he didn't stick around much longer to give us more of his guitar magic. An iconic rock classic by one of the all-time guitar masters. Hendrix played a pivotal role in moving rock to its harder, more progressive sound that emerged from the late 60s into the 70s. 

Bronze -- "The Warmth of the Sun", Beach Boys. One of their all-time classics. Others here have already described its poignant beauty and timely lyrics, so I'll not bother repeating those well-deserved accolades. 

Tin -- "Paperback Writer", Beatles. Just one of many Beatles classics, in other weeks it could easily get my gold. Certainly a catchy, pop-oriented tune, it was a big hit with fans. Personally, I liked Paul's "Lady Madonna" and other of his pop-oriented tunes more than this one, but it's still a classic. 

Excellent battle, Larry, and a fine collection of 60s classic songs and artists this week. 


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"You think you own whatever land you land on
The Earth is just a dead thing you can claim
But I know every rock and tree and creature
Has a life, has a spirit, has a name."
My votes:
GOLD - The Beach Boys - The Warmth of the Sun
SILVER - The Beatles - Paperback Writer
BRONZE - Jimi Hendrix - All Along The Watchtower
TIN - The Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter
Righteous music all around.

What a field-day for the heat 
A thousand people in the street 
Singing songs and carrying signs 
Mostly say, hooray for our side 
It's time we stop, hey, what's that sound 
Everybody look what's going down”
— FWIW, Buffalo Springfield 
Larry Franz

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Thanks to the late voters, Mary, Graciegirl, Deb and Tom. In case voter #20 or anyone else shows up, the polls will remain open for another 11 hours or so. Meanwhile, Al has kicked off week 3 by laying down for our delectation what he takes to be a set of All-American Trash!

For your further listening pleasure, a batch of inanimate objects from Mr. Elvis Costello (with or without the Attractions):

"Radio, Radio"

"Lipstick Vogue"

"Five Gears In Reverse"

"Green Shirt"

"New Lace Sleeves"

"(The Angeles Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes"

Popeye (not the sailor)

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Reply with quote  #45 
My inanimate votes:

Gold: Warmth of the Sun - Beach Boys

Silver: All Along The Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix

Bronze: Gimme Shelter - Rolling Stones

Tin: Paperback Writer - Beatles

Thanks Larry!
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