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Lisa G/TS

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Oh brother, I'm back again...to temporarily derail things with a couple of fun clips:

1) I actually haven't seen either "Deadpool" yet and can gladly live the rest of my life without Celine. However, I had a good laugh coming across this clip on an entertainment news show a few months back:




2) Ashamed to admit it, but it was mere seconds after I heard Burt Reynolds passed away that I was remembering Norm MacDonald's impersonation in this hilarious skit:



I now return you to Larry's week, which is already in progress...
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Larry Franz

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Originally Posted by Lisa G/TS
Oh brother, I'm back again...to temporarily derail things with a couple of fun clips

That's ok, Lisa. We've reached that part of the week when the BOTB train rarely moves, so a minor derailment can add interest to the proceedings.


A few favorites unlikely to appear in the battle:

Randy Newman -- "Same Girl" and "God's Song (That's Why I Love Mankind)"
youtube.com/watch?v=ZdQO20eeWW0

youtube.com/watch?v=C0TvfqmWf4M

Gem Club -- "Polly" and "252"
youtube.com/watch?v=RbEHsgbflOs

youtube.com/watch?v=Vp9vq2QZjXQ



PS: a few moments with Burt Reynolds and Johnny Carson.
youtube.com/watch?v=KSXagne82ak

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ha!  points to them both--Ryan and Celine.  If you are paying attention to U.S. politics lately, we need more comedy.   btw, of course, the confusion of my childhood fave hero Spiderman w/Deadpool is well-understood.   Spidey was an adult anti-hero who wise-cracked a lot and was often self-deprecating.  His personal/love life was often more interesting than his crime-fighting life.  He was not only for children wearing PJ's with feet, he never genuflected to boring old iron man.  He was in fact married, and after long employment as a photog, even a college professor.  He was extremely smart and occasionally swore.  He was left-leaning--duh.  He was in no way an 'everyman', so of course, nowadays dullards made him 'change' to little kid forever.  horrible.  Ef Spidey, long live Deadpool!
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bonnie bella

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I'm glad to see you back, Lisa.  I miss your derailments around here.  And the SNL clip was very good.  That was a great Beiber.

My votes.

GOLD - Patsy Cline.  This was tough because this song didn't initially appeal, but it's a creeper.  It's a great song and I had no idea Patsy Cline died so young. 

SILVER - Lesley Gore.  Because it's more fun than the next one and I like her voice.

BRONZE - Peter and Gordon.  This is the song I initially liked best, but after a while, it got to become a bit whiny and long, which is quite a feat at only two minutes and twenty-four seconds.  A bit of a Beatles sound going on there.  These two need to go out and pick up the pieces.  Maybe that will help.

TIN - TBB.  If the competition was based on the first sixteen seconds of this song, The boys would have it in the bag. 

Nice to see such a robust week.

What I've been listening to this week.  Listen to this great Roy Orbison sound.







Thanks Larry. [smile]




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Larry Franz

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Spidey was an adult anti-hero who wise-cracked a lot and was often self-deprecating.  His personal/love life was often more interesting than his crime-fighting life.  He was not only for children wearing PJ's with feet, he never genuflected to boring old iron man.  He was in fact married, and after long employment as a photog, even a college professor.....

Thanks. I had no idea Spiderman was ever a grownup. This helps explain why the character has so many fans. 


bonnie -- thanks for your votes and the videos. He does sound kind of like Roy Orbison, although I question his choice in beach attire.


Anyone besides bonnie have a few favorites they'd like to share that might or might not be battle-worthy? (which makes it kind of easy)


More 60s favorites I've thought about using:

Buffalo Springfield (all written by Neil Young) -- "Mr. Soul"
youtube.com/watch?v=XEMpIrC6OQA

"Do I have To Come Right Out And Say It"
youtube.com/watch?v=Jijdla3Il3o

"Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing"
youtube.com/watch?v=7SmxEw3b1qg


The Rolling Stones -- "Mona (I Need You Baby)"
youtube.com/watch?v=4BtWCDjK28Q

The Righteous Brothers -- "Just Once In My Life"
youtube.com/watch?v=7pfnVS0T-f0

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Bonnie always puts on some cool things that you haven't heard before so NOW, I get that opportunity. We heard Patty Griffin play this summer but the gift was the opener, Rose Cousins.  I'll post a picture of doing a selfie with her.  I wouldn't even recognize her from this video but here she is from 2013:


From her latest album, this one stopped you in your tracks:

Plays piano, guitar and good uke as well. 
She's funny and irreverent but can sing the lights out.
Canadian from PEI, but records in Halifax
Since I'm her pitchman here:

And here's Patty (who may as well be Canadian - from Down East, Maine)

Some Larkin Poe:

Some Ruthie:



Take that Bonnie and Lisa, I like cool stuff as well [cool]
I could never use these in Battle, so here they all are!!!!! ^


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bonnie bella

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Thanks, Al.  Nice to know you enjoy some of the things I post.  

Listening through your stellar list of songs now and up to Larkin Poe. Hot sound. [cool]



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Larry Franz

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Al -- Thanks for all the videos. I especially enjoyed Patty Griffin, Larkin Poe and Ruthie Foster. I'm guessing you wouldn't use them in the battle because they're contemporary and not famous. (And my non-statistical impression is that women don't do as well as men.)


Something discordant and political from Randy Newman -- "A Piece of the Pie" (it might not play)

The rich are getting richer
I should know
While we're going up
You're going down
And no one gives a s--- but Jackson Browne
Jackson Browne

youtube.com/watch?v=PusmGLrDQFs


Speaking of whom, a few from Jackson Browne's excellent album Late for the Sky:

"The Late Show"
youtube.com/watch?v=lF7pMqCZWio

"For a Dancer" 
youtube.com/watch?v=KSC-yBawshQ

"Fountain of Sorrow"
youtube.com/watch?v=dVi4udrM2Sw

"Before the Deluge"
youtube.com/watch?v=GqfDpNymGSE


By the way, 1st and 2nd place are separated by one point. So are 3rd and 4th place.

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Might as well get this over with. I think all four of them are excellent, so I might vote differently later tonight.

Gold -- Peter and Gordon -- I grew tremendously attached to this song a few years ago. I think it was during the first week I hosted: "So Nice To See You Again" in season 4. The song, the singing and the production continue to impress me. I should have used it that week. It would have given Skeeter Davis ("The End of the World") some competition. 

Silver -- Lesley Gore -- This is another song I grew tremendously attached to in recent years. I don't remember hearing it on the radio, although it reached #14 in the US. Again, the song, the singing and the production continue to impress me.

Bronze -- The Beach Boys -- Earlier today, I was going to give bronze to Patsy Cline, but I've always loved this song because of Roger Christian's clever lyrics, the harmonizing at the beginning and end, and Mike's lead. It all evokes arriving at school in the morning so well. Plus, I think Shut Down Vol. 2 was my first Beach Boys album, so there's a sentimental attachment.

Pewter -- Patsy Cline -- Great singing and that cool guitar on a classic song. I wasn't aware of her when she was alive. Participating in the battle helped me appreciate her. Somebody has to come in fourth.


Elliott Smith's "Waltz #1" came in last that week in season 4. Here are three of his I've thought of using:

"Somebody That I Used To Know"
youtube.com/watch?v=X7hUnDiz-K4

"Everything Reminds Me of Her"
youtube.com/watch?v=5p2-gjUuwy0

"Waltz #2"
youtube.com/watch?v=dLb33LZX4dc

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D.A.N

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G Patsy Cline
S Peter & Gordon
B BBs - could've recycled that intro.
T Lesley Gore
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Larry Franz

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D.A.N. -- thanks for your votes. We're now up to 13 with about 13 hours left.


It's time to begin emptying the queue:

Sissel -- "Shenandoah"
youtube.com/watch?v=W1EG_4IBzbA

Sam Cooke -- "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair"
youtube.com/watch?v=eHSTjJ977jQ

The Chantels -- "Maybe"
youtube.com/watch?v=bx3sK47TThg

Dion & the Belmonts -- "Where or When"
youtube.com/watch?v=4rCwxghXOds

Fleet Foxes -- "I Am All That I Need / Arroyo Seco / Thumbprint Scar" (be the first on your block to see an artistic video published only two days ago)
youtube.com/watch?v=N5-HmSF9vtQ


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I know lots & lots of obscure 1960's 45's. Like this:
When the Good Sun Shines by Elmo & Almo.
youtube.com/watch?v=Rywo8-WbRDA
In actuality, "Elmo & Almo" were Alan Gordon and Gary Bonner (from The Magicians), who wrote Happy Together & She's Rather Be with Me for the Turtles.

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When first seeing these titles , apart from Lesley G. didn't really recognise any tunes but sensed that I would put Peter and Gordon in last place ! ....and so it proved ! Funny how it seems popular with voters from the USA .

Gold-Lesley Gore -- "Maybe I Know"

Silver-Patsy Cline -- "Walkin' After Midnight"
Bronze-The Beach Boys -- "In the Parkin' Lot"
Tin-Peter and Gordon -- "I Go To Pieces"

Think this creeps into the 50 year old bracket . How this was never a hit I don't know....a stunning song by Randy Newman and one of Cilla's best performances



Ok maybe Dusty's slower version is better ?


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I know lots & lots of obscure 1960's 45's. Like this:
When the Good Sun Shines by Elmo & Almo.
youtube.com/watch?v=Rywo8-WbRDA
In actuality, "Elmo & Almo" were Alan Gordon and Gary Bonner (from The Magicians), who wrote Happy Together & She's Rather Be with Me for the Turtles.

We could have used more of your obscurities this week, not necessarily from the 60s. To me, this sounds like something the Turtles might have recorded, except for the conversation with Elmo.


David W -- Thanks for your votes. You have the honor of finally giving Lesley her first gold and P&G their first tin. That fills in all 16 possible votes and tightens the battles for 1st and 3rd places to one point again. 

Earlier in the week, it was suggested that Americans who were around in the mid-60s have too much affection for performers like Peter, Gordon, Chad, Jeremy, Freddie and "Herman". I wonder if that's partly because we were exposed to their big hits, which sounded new and exciting, but after that they kind of disappeared as far as we were concerned. They didn't outstay their welcome from our perspective.

Anyway, two favorites from two performers who did or have rather outstayed their welcomes: Elvis #2 and Elvis #1. 

Elvis Costello -- "This Year's Girl"
youtube.com/watch?v=2lamyY_8iwE

Elvis Presley -- "One Night"
youtube.com/watch?v=8o74j7t1tKs

(Spotify says that's 40 songs from me, which empties my queue. For now.)


PS: Thanks for the songs, David W. We didn't have to limit submissions to the 60s. There was fine print that said otherwise.

PPS: Maybe Dusty with the slower but longer version.


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Tom Tobben

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All very familiar oldies and easy for me to rank this week:

Gold -- "I Go to Pieces", Peter and Gordon. One of my favorite British Invasion pop groups, and this is one of their best. Growing up as a teenage in the mid-60s, the British Invasion groups had a major impact on my pop/rock music education, whether it was the primarily blues/rock groups (like the Animals, Kinks, DC5, Yardbirds, Stones, Who, Spencer Davis Group, early Kinks, Cream, etc.) or the pop groups (P&G, Hermann's Hermits, Chad & Jeremy, Gerry & The Pacemakers, Searchers, etc.) The Beatles were, of course, in their own category above all the rest!

And for anyone who's curious, here's a recent live version of "I Go to Pieces" from a few years ago: 


Silver -- "Walking After Midnight", Patsy Cline. A very pop-friendly country artist who had several songs that crossed over to the upper reaches of the Billboard Top 40 charts. My personal favorite was her biggest hit, "Crazy", written by that rejected "outlaw" country singer/songwriter, Willie Nelson when he was still a young guy trying to make it in Nashville:


And young Willie's own original version:


Bronze -- "Maybe I Know", Leslie Gore. Just one of her numerous fine hits, but not her very best in my opinion. Just a shade behind my silver vote. A strong bronze this week.

Tin -- "In the Parking Lot", Beach Boys. Definitely not the "leader of the pack" in this week's battle but rather stuck in the parking lot with a dead engine. The song roams around looking for its niche musically and lyrically but never finds it. I've always seen this song as nothing more than a filler song using the Boys overworked cars/girls formula theme on the so-so Shut Down Volume 2 album, which to me has a number of filler songs, led by "Cassius Love vs Sonny Wilson". Quantity does not equal quality.

Some more favorite songs and artists that I haven't used yet in any battles. A number of them also have some poignant lyrics worth paying attention to.




















So many good songs and artists to possibly choose over so many years, so few to actually use!
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