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Larry Franz

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kds, John B, bonnie and Al -- Thanks for the additional videos and comments.

And Al -- Thanks for your votes. I thought you might go for a tie this week. [smile] You're only the fifth voter so far and only the fourth not to cast a tie vote.

My Morning Jacket's "True Love Ways" was cool. That's from the Rave On Buddy Holly tribute album from 2011, not the Listen To Me tribute album from the same year that Brian sang on (and which includes Jackson Browne doing "True Love Ways").

Back to bonnie's puppies and tiger cub dream:

The Cranberries, "Dreams", Everybody Else Is Doing It, 1993 (by the way, they've never been in the Battle)



Van Morrison, "These Dreams of You", Moondance, 1970 (he has)



Beach Fossils, "Daydream", Beach Fossils, 2010 (they haven't)

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Larry, this is a very hard battle. Whilst, personally, I don’t love any of them, there’s something for everyone. Well picked.

Gold - I Wonder (The Ronettes - 1964)
Didn’t think I’d heard it before but there it is in my collection. Not a great sign! Regulation Ronettes, and the tune isn’t memorable or very original, and it’s not iconic like the others (and it will definitely come last this week), but I still like the sound.

Silver - True Love Ways (Buddy Holly - 1958/1960)
I should love this. I’m a big Buddy fan. But I couldn’t care less if I never hear it again. Still, it does hold special significance in the legend. (Peter & Gordon wouldn’t want me on the jury, Larry. It’s a great example of how we have attachment to songs we heard in our youth. Fortunately for me, their version wasn’t in mine! But hearing it since and the Sir Cluff version has tarnished the song for me.)

Bronze - Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me) (The Temptations - 1971)
I think I’ve only ever heard this in The Wonder Years in a Miss White episode. A bit pedestrian but sweet, and pleasant enough for me to put on high rotation this week.

Participant - You Still Believe in Me (The Beach Boys - 1966)
Another track off Pet Sounds that I have no emotional connection to beyond it being Brian and I often use the melody to do my scales before I sing! (An indication of the standard this week is I gave this my Gold the other time it was selected.)

 

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Larry, I just couldn't tie this week.  Yet they are all amazing songs and artists. Well, four great artists and three great songs this week!   

Back to your P and G murdering a song.  They did that to TLW, but they never did that to Lennon and McCartney. On Sullivan:

Paulo gave them their BIG.  Asher connection:

My feeling it song - they'll get you:

Hearing an acoustic in here - but it's still great!
Feelings in a story:

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Darren -- Thanks for your vote and your interesting comments. I'd have bet that you'd put Buddy in first place. 

As you know, "You Believe in Me" handily beat these three in season IV, but didn't make the playoffs:

Mixed Emotions (The Rolling Stones)
Trouble (Lindsey Buckingham)
Don’t Leave Me On My Own (Chris Isaak)

I don't get the feeling it will make the playoffs this season either, even if it wins this week.


Al -- Thanks for the videos. I especially enjoyed "I'll Get You" and the "Beatles Rock Band". I was wondering if there are many people who don't know the Beatles were a rock band, but see it's a reference to some kind of YouTube online game. There are 53 animated videos in the "Beatles Rock Band" playlist, "She's Leaving Home" being one of them. 


This song was almost in the Battle this week but I figured the Stones are here enough already: "19th Nervous Breakdown" (1966)



This one wasn't on the short list but could have been:

Count Five, "Psychotic Reaction". It was a local success in Northern California in 1965 and then released again in 1966, rising to #5 in the US. 

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Thanks, Larry. 

Plenty of BH songs would've gotten my Gold. He has plenty of other fans here, including Paul. 

'You Still Believe in Me', from Verden's week, was ranked 11th of the Gold Winners in Season IV so it was next cab off the rank for the Preliminary. (A Tin, a couple of Bronzes and a low voter turnout didn't help it.)

As you'd know, if scores remain close this week, your Gold is unlikely to make the play-offs off its own score. 

But, rest assured, if enough people vote, your Silver or Bronze could. Then if either of them is popular enough to win their play-off, your Gold gets re-entered. 

'Psychotic Reaction' was another of Verden's. Won Silver in Week 26 of Season II. But creamed by 'The Little Girl I Once Knew', which came 3rd place in the year overall. 
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Hello Everyone!

Please forgive my "greenness", I don't know the unwritten rules of this site so I'm going in blind!

I'm already lost with what the different ranks are with "tin" etc - so I'm going with old faithful "1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th" - I'm sure you'll all be able to follow [smile]


First things first (1st):
Buddy Holly - True Love Ways
How could I possibly put this anywhere other than No. 1!? Admittedly I have a huge soft spot for Buddy after performing as his wife, Maria Elena, in a play. Easily one of my favourite Buddy songs!

First loser (2nd):
The Temptations - Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)
There's something so soothing about this song. It makes me want to blow dandelions in a field. Don't judge me.

The 3 pointer (3rd):
The Ronettes - I Wonder
I've never heard this one before, but I really liked it. More than likely it's because it sounds like every other Ronettes song... If you've found your "sound", why change.

Wooden Spooner (4th):
The Beach Boys - You Still believe In Me.
Another song I haven't heard before (maybe this is showing my age). Some beautiful harmonies in this but it was a little "mopey" for me. Granted, I really enjoy all the goats on the album cover!

It seems like it's customary to post another clip at the end of your.. score? (is that what it's called? a score? vote? I don't know) but I won't be doing that. Maybe next time when I get a better feel for what I'm doing! [smile]

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Welcome to the Brian Wilson board and the BOTB, NotJermia, and thank you for your vote!

As this week's host, I picked the four songs and will announce the results roughly five days from now. There's no need for you to post any additional songs, although part of the fun for some of us (some more than others) is sharing music we like that fits the week's theme (if there happens to be a theme).

Ranking the four songs is all that's required to participate (you don't even have to explain your preferences). But if you'd like to know more, written rules are indeed available:

http://brianwilson.websitetoolbox.com/post/battle-of-the-bands-guidelines-including-how-playoffs-work-updated-7943945?highlight=guidelines&pid=1291003024

While I'm here this morning, two songs that didn't get used this week but were considered, and which seem appropriate under the circumstances:

Spanky and Our Gang, "Like to Get to Know You", 1968 (seriously considered)



Conway Twitty, "It's Only Make Believe", 1958 (not as seriously considered although it's great in its own peculiar way)




PS -- "You Still Believe In Me" is the second track from the Beach Boys' classic Pet Sounds album, which is 50 years old this month and often cited as the best rock album ever made. If you've never heard it, there's no time like the present, although YouTube isn't the ideal source. (By the way, the last track on the video below is a bonus track.)

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Welcome NotJermia!  [biggrin]



Yes, Gnarls, it makes you totally mad.




Blondie makes a wee admission.




My friend introduced me to this Canadian girl and her music a few months ago.  She's pretty good.  I especially like her song "Swan" but that's for another day. [smile]


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Some Spirit, with feeling:


More Kinks, this was the B-side to "Set Me Free":



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Tough to order

Gold - Temptations
Silver BB's (Brian introduced this in B'ham as "this is a ballad.....well, it's got some rhythm, but it's mainly a ballad")
Bronze - Buddy Holly
Tin - Ronettes
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Larry Franz

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Peter -- Thanks for your vote. With eight voters so far, the top three are pretty close and the song in 3rd place is surprising (to me anyway). PS -- Further confirmation that nobody introduces songs at concerts like Brian.

bonnie -- Thanks for the videos. I tried to interpret the ink blots but they were moving too fast. Or maybe that was part of the test?

t. -- "I Need You" sounded very familiar, but I didn't know why. My Kinks collections is sparse, so I investigated. As you no doubt know, it's not on the Something Else album or the Kinks Kronikles compilation. But it is on Rhino's Greatest Hits. That's where I knew it from.

So I'm playing "I Need You" on Spotify and decide to look on YouTube for "Everybody's Gonna Be Happy", also from the Rhino CD. It starts playing and I'm thinking, wow, this sounds really avant garde, not the way I remember it at all. Then I realized that Spotify had proceeded to another one of their songs ("I Don't Need You Anymore"). It's probably not advisable to listen to multiple Kinks songs at the same time.

The Kinks, "Everybody's Gonna Be Happy", 1965

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Larry - I didn't know "I Don't Need You Anymore" (and I'm shocked!) but here's another unreleased-at-the-time Kinks track (with a REALLY familiar riff):


John E - A local record, detailing the next step?:


Feelings? I feel like, I mean...........Gimme an "F"!!!

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John -- That song sounds like what it would feel like to leave your body and go somewhere else. I didn't know who was singing until Grace Slick started wailing. For those of us who didn't recognize it or the album cover: it's from Baron von Tollbooth & the Chrome Nun, a 1973 album by Paul Kantner, Grace Slick and David Freiberg. This particular track features four members of the Jefferson Airplane.

Coincidentally, I'm in the middle of a movie called Self/Less, in which billionaire Ben Kingsley has his mind put in Ryan Reynolds' body. It's not much of a movie, but an idea philosophers love to discuss. Who are we really? (I wish Sir Ben was still in the movie, but he took his paycheck and ran.)


t. -- I'm also shocked that you didn't know that obscure Kinks song. I don't want to put you on the spot, and please ignore the question if you want, but do you prefer them to Brian's former band? 

Meanwhile, one more seriously considered for this week:

The Righteous Brothers, "(You're My) Soul and Inspiration", 1966



Less seriously:

Best Coast, "Feeling OK", California Nights, 2015

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Larry, I basically consider them as equals, really. Brian & Ray both write, arrange, perform and produce their band's musical output. Brian often uses a lyricist, while Ray writes alone. Brian suffers from schizo-effective disorder, Ray from bipolar disorder. Brian's birthday is 20 June, Ray's is 21 June (but 2 years later). Brian is stronger on melody, chords & structure, Ray is the superior lyricist. And they share a middle name. Both are superior to Lennon/McCartney.

Discuss.

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