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Larry Franz

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Miscellaneous monsters who don't live in the White House.

Arctic Monkeys -- "Perhaps Vampires Is a Bit Strong But..."

Phish -- "Wolfman's Brother" (maybe he was never bitten)

Bigfoot (Sasquatch) may not be a monster, simply misunderstood.

Mt. Joy -- "Bigfoot" (starts quietly and might not play)

Bela Fleck & the Flectones -- "Bigfoot" (might not play)

Al Forsyth

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You don't have to answer back on this.  First, a piece of music that can keep you out of the shower, and second the boy-band, 5SOS,who I actually listened to for a few songs.

Good sharing some Trent and Atticus talk.  

A diamond necklace played the pawn...
Larry Franz

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Al --  Thanks for the Psycho themes. When you see "Music by Bernard Hermann" in the opening credits, you know you're in good hands. Another thing he wrote was the theme for the Twilight Zone's first season (not the famous theme that arrived in the second season).

Metaphorical monsters:

The Cranberries -- "Zombie"

Imagine Dragons -- "Demons"

Two from the Cramps:

"I Was a Teenage Werewolf"

"God Monster" 

hide the virgins say your prayers here come trouble from the cosmic sea gouts of blood! kill all the squares1 it's the aztec mummy vs. murderous me! I'm the god monster from the end of the world I'm the hothead intruder I'm the phantom on fire switchblade enforcer of the astral swirl god monsterman god damn atomic vampire god monster for your doomsday destination god monster for your damaged life god monster for your ruined hallucination god monster spider in your beehive I'm the spaceprobe from venus to the screaming unknown top eliminator on a mission for kicks boss action guy a psychedelic cyclone a big hunk of love with a bag full of tricks god monster for the end of the world.....

bonnie bella

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My votes.

GOLD - Talking Heads. Not only because he's just toured here with a brilliant stage-art concert. Interesting to see elements of his new show in this performance. Recently discovered the French part he was singing translates to;  "What I did, that evening, what she said, that evening fulfilling my hope I throw myself towards glory." That's a bit deep.

SILVER - Michael Jackson. This is such a grudging silver and all week i had it pegged for Tin and never played it until this morning. I do not want to like the song, or the video, but just can't help myself. Can't stand the talkie bit, never been into Michael's oohs and aahs, but there you go, it rests here. Conceptually speaking, this is one monster. Ow!

BRONZE - TBB. Why is this performance of Mike's not better known? It's a song played few times and avoided many, but it has a lot going for it, namely, the great harmonies. Better than I expected. Great footage of Brian at this time in his life.

TIN - Warren Zevon. I'm another to be thankful it's not Kid Rock's silly stoner "hit". Excuse any unintentional pun. This is the ultimate misheard lyric song for me. For too many years I thought he was singing "where is the thunder", not "werewolves of London". Knowing he's not looking out for stormy weather makes much more sense.  It's an okay song, I'm not adverse.

Tom, the Song "Man in a Box" is exactly about that; one she keeps under her bed. In a box. I don't think she lets him out much.

Be careful not to let this happen. Might pay to meet the family first.

This is lovely.

Thanks Tom.


Clowns divorce: custardy battle.     Simon Munnery

t bedford

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I saw this fine double feature at the theater when I was 7 or 8:

"I Married a Monster from Outer Space" trailer

"The Blob" trailer:

The 5 Blobs (Burt Bacharach & Mack David) - "The Blob" theme song

I'm not a real billionaire, but I play one on TV!
Tom Tobben

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Plenty of creepy monsters in this last batch of songs from Larry, Al, bonnie, and t.

Larry, hooray for Twilight Zone, perhaps my favorite weekly TV show as a young kid. In fact, a couple years ago, I purchased the complete Twilight Zone TV series DVD box set. Lots of old favorite episodes to view again. Regarding Bela Fleck, I got to see him perform live for the first time last spring at the Merlefest in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, along with other bluegrass and Americana legends like Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Jim Lauderdale, and plenty of other artists. Those Cramps were something else. Those characters in the "God Monster" video looked like they were right in line with Zappa's "Cheepnis" characters.

Al, Hitchcock's Psycho definitely was super creepy, and the theme music was a perfect fit for the movie.

bonnie, thanks for your votes, including yet another gold for Talking Heads' "Psycho Killer". For a song from their debut album, those lyrics were quite something (especially if one understands French)! Byrne himself is something unusual -- he was born in his parents' home country of Scotland, then they moved to Canada when he was two, before finally settling in Maryland 6-7 years later. Talking Heads bassist Tina Weymouth once disclosed and Byrne himself acknowledged that he had Asperger's Syndrome, which in part may attribute for his sometimes quirky behavior and lyrics, but what a talent he is!  

t, how I remember those cheesy monster movies when I was a kid going to Saturday double features and matinees at our local movie theater, including The Blob. Interesting that early Bacharach and David penned "The Blob" theme song. I don't think that one made it to Bacharach's greatest hits box set, did it? Another of those cheesy monster movies I recall watching back then was The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad, which featured the one-eyed monster Cyclops and various other monsters:

Finally, to take this week's musical theme a bit further, here's another well-known scary monster from Blue Oyster Cult and another super creep compliments of Eminem:

Verden McCutcheon

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   Season 9 Week 43..Scary Monsters

                  1)Werewolves of London...I guess this is my all time fav Halloween song

                 2)Psycho Killers..... Creepy video and disturbing which makes it scary !!

                 3)Monster Mash...Mike does a good version of Boris Picketts hit.I could see this being popular in its day.

                4)Thriller...….I don't hate it as much as I used to.

                                                                 very scary Tom
Lisa G/TS

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GOLD -- Warren Zevon, Werewolves of London -- Always enjoyed this, even with it's cheesy lyrics like "You better stay away from him/He'll rip your lungs out, Jim".

SILVER --Beach Boys, Monster Mash

BRONZE -- Talking Heads, Psycho Killer

TIN -- MJ, Thriller -- Nah. 

Since Al brought up the movie "Psycho" earlier, I remember reading Hitch and his people had experimented with many different fluids, trying to find one with the right texture and viscosity for the blood down the drain and elsewhere.  They settled on...Hershey's Chocolate Syrup (the beauty of filming in black & white, huh?).

Here's something scary, a 70s disco throwback:

Thanks, Tom!

"Stay-cation for the Nation", "Crush that Curve"
David W

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My votes : An easy gold for me .


Gold - “Thriller”, Michael Jackson

Silver - “Werewolves of London”, Warren Zevon

Bronze - “Psycho Killer”, Talking Heads

Tin- “Monster Mash”, Beach Boys


Cantina Margarita

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Hi all,

so it's about bad vibrations this week.

... my elder brother used to feature these two when I was 10 and he was 13. Very influential to me.

Another one:

I'm sitting in front of my screen, sharing that massive applause.

I can't help imagining . ..

... are we quite sure there isn't any unfinished epic SMiLE movie from 1967, among all those audio tapes ? Mr. Linett, please have another look.

Why Ennio Morricone in this context ? It's due to my local "C'Era Una Volta Il West" translation which reads "Spiel mir das Lied vom Tod" = "Play the song of death for me".

And for paying another great applause, and belated congrats for his 90th birthday in November, too.
Cantina Margarita

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What did I come for ?

Right, for voting.

So here we go:

1. (best) Michael … everything else seems absurd to me.

2. Talking Heads … in 1977, they already knew well about Orlando, Vegas, San Bernardino to come, and every country has its own synonyms. But there's a significant concentration in NRA land where happiness still is a warm gun. Shame !

3. Werewolves of London … at least I can switch over to Kid Rock, right next thing, feeling better.

4. (worst) Boris Love … shocking … that happens when f*cking with the formula !


Cheers, and have a nice rest-weekend

Tom Tobben

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The weekend votes have been rolling in since yesterday. Thanks to Verden, Lisa, David, and Cantina for your votes, and also to Cantina and Lisa for your added songs and comments. Michael's "Thriller" appears to continue to be our biggest polarizer this week, garnering a number of both first and last place votes, including among our most recent voters. Love it or hate it, I suppose. 

Verden, you're sure right about the video for "Psycho Killer". A creepy guy video to go along with a creepy character song. I thought both that video and Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video were excellently done to complement the lyrics and music of each song, regardless of what one might think of the song itself or the artist.

Lisa, you're sure right about the cheesy, or perhaps unusual, lyrics to Zevon's "Werewolves". When it came out, before Zevon was well known, the song came across as a sort of novelty song. Interesting tidbit you provided about what Hitchcock used for blood in Psycho. Probably popular with the actors and crew too -- a matter of taste, I suppose. And, when we were all very young, who wasn't afraid of the "boogie man", only to learn that he was a good disco dancer. Taken in small doses, KC & The Sunshine Band are always fun to hear. I love those punchy horns and the choreographed dance steps by the horn section in your video.

David, sounds like you're solidly in the "Thriller" camp. Nothing wrong with that; it's a classic, both the song and the video, in addition to the album overall. 

Cantina, thanks for the added songs and videos. I particularly enjoyed hearing Pink Floyd's "Careful with That Axe, Eugene" from their fascinating Ummagumma album. I bought it as a double LP when it first came out while I was in college. Those early Pink Floyd albums were certainly not your typical radio fare. Ennio Morricone certainly is legendary, and his music is distinctive. Like many, I first learned of him and his music in connection with those early Clint Eastwood "spaghetti westerns", most notably The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, my personal favorite.

And you are most certainly right that the NRA still believes that "happiness is a warm gun", even if most of the population the US now favors some forms of stricter gun legislation. And recently, our country has also learned of a young Russian female, posing as a graduate student, who was a covert Russian agent who got in tight with the NRA and some conservative Republicans before the 2016 presidential elections in the US, and who has recently pleaded guilty to her crime. I suspect we'll hear more about what's all behind that story before it's all over.  

As for my own votes this week:

Gold -- "Thriller", Michael Jackson. I'm in the camp that thinks Michael Jackson's early solo career was sensational, and that he hit an amazing creative peak that fit the times, with his Off the Wall, Thriller, and Bad albums, especially Thriller. That album was filled with so many great hits, and it certainly captured the popular music and dance mood of young people of that period. The song itself was an excellent combination of a catchy song, spooky lyrics, excellent and distinctive group dance choreography, and an exceptional accompanying video and special effects. In the height of the MTV video era in the 1980s, this was perhaps one of the best and most innovative music videos of its era. And the video also featured young model, actress, and Playboy playmate Ola Ray, who appeared in a number of movies in the 1980s. The accompanying narrative by Vincent Price (a native of St. Louis) certainly adds to the eerie mood of the song and video.  

Silver -- "Psycho Killer", Talking Heads. Almost all week, this song was the leading candidate for my gold vote, because of its musical appeal, its super creep lyrics, and because it was a launching pad for what became an exceptional (though too brief) musical career for the Talking Heads. David Byrne is a true musical innovator and a one-of-a-kind performer, and he was accompanied by an excellent, verstatile band with Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz, and Jerry Harrison. By the end of the week, however, I had to go with Michael Jackson's "Thriller" because it was so innovative and captivating in its time and still holds its appeal, even though Michael Jackson later proved to be a super creep himself.  

Bronze -- "Werewolves of London", Warren Zevon. An innovative and catchy song that effectively launched Warren Zevon into the public consciousness. He also proved to be an excellent songwriter, with a number of songs recorded by other artists, most notably by Linda Ronstadt.

Tin -- "Monster Mash", Beach Boys. This cover of the Bobby "Boris" Pickett novelty hit also demonstrated Mike Love's interest and ability as a showman. Not only did he have the voice for this song, he also knew how to ham it up on stage. Certainly not a Beach Boys classic, but one that gave Mike and the Boys a chance to do something different on stage during those early years. Does anyone know whether Mike ever performs this old song during his modern Beach Boys concert tours? I don't believe I've ever seen him perform the song when I've seen the original or latter day Beach Boys perform live over the years. 

And here's a live version of yet another well-known "scary monster" song which I think was featured in a past battle, followed by a powerful, captivating live performance of another "super creep" song (and perhaps based on a real life monster too, 1966 University of Texas mass murder Charles Whitman):

Voting ends later tonight (Sunday night US time), so to anyone who hasn't already voted, please don't forget to cast your votes soon. I'll be back with final voting results first thing Monday morning US time.

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G Michael Jackson
S BBs.  Never heard this version actually.
B Warren Zevon
T Talking Heads.  Yeah

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So sorry, this one got away. I was falling asleep last night when I remembered. I would have voted same as D.A.N (thanks for the cut’n’paste). For the record then.

G Michael Jackson
S BBs. Never heard this version actually.
B Warren Zevon
T Talking Heads.

I try hard to be strong
But sometimes I fail myself
And after all I've promised you
So faithfully
You still believe in me
I wanna cry . . .”

Tom Tobben

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D.A.N., thanks for your down-to-the-wire votes. 

Overall results in a light week with only 13 voters:

Gold -- "Psycho Killer", Talking Heads, 38 points (5 gold, 4 silver, 2 bronze, 2 tin)

Silver (tie):
"Thriller", Michael Jackson, 34 points (5 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze, 4 tin)
"Werewolves of London", Warren Zevon, 34 points (3 gold, 3 silver, 6 bronze, 1 tin)

Tin -- "Monster Mash", Beach Boys, 24 points (0 gold, 4 silver, 3 bronze, 6 tin)

Looks like Talking Heads won this past week in what proved to be a fairly close three-way race with Michael Jackson and Warren Zevon, with "Psycho Killer" and "Thriller" each garnering five first place votes. 

"Thriller" was the clear polarizer this week with 5 golds and 4 tins. 

"Monster Mash" brought up the rear, garnering no gold votes and 6 tins. 

So, with top honors going to Talking Heads, here's one of my favorite songs by them, "Life During Wartime", both in its recorded version with accompanying wartime images and its highly kinetic live performance from the Stop Making Sense concert film:

Thanks to everyone who participated this past week! Please support Al's new battle, featuring Rock & Roll Hall of Fame artists. 

Over to Darren for any final analysis and commentary.
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