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John E

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Hats off to Larry!

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When you're sleeping.




When you're not.  (warning, she sounds very innocent but, very sweetly, she drops the F bomb.)




I love these lyrics.  A creepy but interesting little clip.  (Cost?  One camera, one cage, one bag of rags.)






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t. -- For me, the Kinks are one of those bands that I was open to becoming a fan of, based on a few of their great songs familiar from the radio. So I eventually bought the three CD's I mentioned, and enjoyed them enough, but not enough to pursue further. Why one band grabs us and another doesn't is a mystery for the ages, like why we're attracted to one person and not another (I'd compare it to why we support one politician and not another, but that may be more tribal than personal).

You mention Ray Davies writing all the lyrics, and I wonder if a big part of what appeals so much to heavy Kinks fans is what he says in his lyrics and how he says it. With Brian, I think it's mostly about the music. With Ray, maybe it's mostly about the words?


John -- I kind of doubt that Larry "Wild Man" Fischer was ever "pronounced normal". That is, until he started taking the medication that apparently caused him to lose his "pep" (his creative drive). 

bonnie -- Was it a coincidence that you posted a song from TOPS after outsider artist Wild Man Fischer's "In My Room"? Spotify says TOPS are a "weirdo-pop band" from Montreal and their first album was praised for "its strange blend of outsider pop perspectives and AM pop songcraft".

Here's the first track from their second album: "Way to be Loved", Picture You Staring, 2014



I didn't know who was singing your second song, but the name of the band is Cigarettes After Sex and the song is "Affection". They're from Brooklyn and the person who does the vocals is a "he": Greg Gonzalez (I'm sure he welcomes the publicity as long as we get the names right). 

"Keep on Loving You" was released with "Affection" last year:




Lastly, a link to the last song seriously considered for this week. One I've posted before by an outsider in a way:  

Leslie Gore, "Maybe I Know", 1965

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Larry, I had no idea the two were "connected", but now that you mention it.  Just pure genius on my part. [wink]  Great REO Speedwagon cover from Cigarettes After Sex. (Thanks for pointing out that is a guy too.)

With lesser known or indie bands, I should probably cobble together some kind of introduction.



Anyway, my votes.

GOLD - TBB.  Well it's Pet Sounds, Brian doing that cry thing in his voice, the Ruining Crew, and somewhere in the background I reckon there's a horse clomping round in there. 


SILVER - Buddy Holly.  Funky.  Smooth.  Moreish.  Old.  If I were Mr Holly, I'd tell that guy faffing away on the sax to "shut it" or perhaps even "stop blowing", depending on how well I knew the guy.  That is the only thing that irks in an otherwise excellent song.  Where Brian cries, Buddy croons.  Play it again, Sam! (But send the sax guy out for an early lunch).

BRONZE - The Ronettes.  New to me.  How do you know it's a Ronettes song?  Because it sounds like all the others.  However, like all the Ronettes songs, it's pretty damn cool.  I wonder ... how long that hair took...


TIN - The Temptations.  I'm not much of a Motowner, in fact apart from maybe The Supremes, I find this kind of sugary stuff generally makes me want to reach for a barf bag.  When am I going to learn to carry one for such instances?  I could be in an elevator or mall or ANYWHERE and some Motown could start up.  What saves it starts at around 2.40, and the fact that I passed out briefly in the middle.  


Two kiwi bands.

When you suffer from Groundhogdayitis.  (The Mockers, led by Andrew Fagan.)




The Straightjacket Fits.  Don't try this at home.






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OK, here are my votes.  Gold was easy, but it was tough to sort out the rest, but I've got the same order as Bonnie B.  

Gold - The Beach Boys - Might be my favorite all time intro to a Beach Boys song.  Magical.

Silver - Buddy Holly

Bronze - The Ronettes

Tin - The Temptations 

Here's Iron Maiden with The Thin Line Between Love & Hate

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Thanks for your votes and videos, bonnie and kds! You've brought us up to 10 voters.

kds -- Lots of people agree with bonnie. She often demonstrates pure genius.

bonnie -- Although one might be tempted to say it tends toward impure genius. [smile]

Personally, I like the sax on Buddy's song, which contrasts nicely with the strings, and dislike the harpsichord imitation on Brian's, because I dislike the harpsichord.  

Speaking of Motown, here's a couple from their first successful recording act, released as a single on the Tamla label in 1962. (By then, Tamla had been incorporated as the Motown Record Corporation.) They unwisely chose the first song as the A-side. Disk jockeys corrected their mistake.

The Miracles, "Happy Landings" 



"You've Really Got a Hold on Me"



Something from Wikipedia regarding "You Still Believe In Me".

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The song is in the key B Mayor, and features frequent use of the ii-V-I turnaround (six uninterrupted repeats of B-C♯m-F♯7). The chorus is composed of slash chords, such as G♯m/C♯, C♯m/B, and G♯m/F♯, resolving unusually to the vi, G major, before beginning again on B.

You won't get an argument from me.

PS -- And speaking of crooning:

Harry Nilsson, "Nevertheless (I'm in Love with You)", A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night, 1973

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This one would likely be played before "Cigarettes After Sex."  

Bad Company's Feel Like Making Love 



The Rolling Stones have Keith feeling all Happy



Here's a rare Keith Moon lead vocal on I Need You from the eclectic A Quick One album



Keith Richards is feeling happy, but Brian Wilson is feeling sad




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It's definitely about Ray, his powers of observation, and maybe his feelings of isolation. Many of his songs are autobiographical.

This one's on Kronikles (originally on Lola vs Powerman & the Money-go-round)....it was inspired by Ray seeing his Dad in the dole (welfare) line, and until that happened, he hadn't known his family were on the dole:


And this was inspired by his eldest sister Irene, who bought him his very first guitar on his 13th birthday. That evening, he went to bed, she went out dancing. When Ray got up the next morning, he found out that she had died (bad heart) in the arms of a stranger on the dance floor:


Also can't forget the very underrated Dave Davies lead guitar work. He invented distortion. Thanks to him, the spiritual descendants of the Kinks are heavy metal & punk.

Interesting to note that the last time I saw their solo shows, each one opened with "I Need You".


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You may have noticed a 'storytellers' show on cable, where artists go on, usually acoustic, and explain what they were thinking of when they wrote this or that song.  Some people believe Bruce Springsteen 'invented' this concept for (usually, dumb-az) rock...but it was Ray.  I don't mind the Paul and John comparison because I know if they went on such a show, what would they say about their songs?  People in the world disproportionately bought them the most because they got played on the radio the most?  Naw, they wouldn't be that self-aware.  So, how would a head to head competition shape up in such a venue?  Say, Ray does 'Muswell Hillbilly' or 'Celluloid Heroes' of even 'Lola' and what...Paul ?  Penny Lane was where I grew up. and uh, I've got lots of songs like "Jet" and "Silly Love Songs" that rhyme.  uh, thanks, Macca.  John?  'Norwegian Wood' was ...about an affair I didn't want my wife to find out about.  and, you know, I am very political when I 'imagine' what a millionaire thinks about the world having no possessions.   okay, John.  thanks, for playing.  You both get parting gifts...
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Dare I say that the spiritual descendants of the Beatles are One Direction?
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ha. 

just so we're clear, I am not agent provocateur on this site...Bedford is.
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John B -- I think we're all clear. Very clear. [smile]

kds and t. -- thanks for the new videos. I might have used "Happy" if I'd thought of it. As for "Come Dancing", it's surprising that such a fun, pleasantly nostalgic song was inspired by a family tragedy.

Two great songs about expectations:

Buffalo Springfield, "Expecting to Fly", 1967 (preceded by a few words from Johnny Depp pretending to be Hunter S. Thompson)



The Rolling Stones, "No Expectations", Beggars Banquet, 1968

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Quickly, I'll go with:

GOLD;  Beach Boys.

SILVER:  Buddy Holly,

BRONZE:  Temptations.

TIN/PEWTER:  Ronettes.

My final answer.

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Cindy -- Thanks for your vote!

As we enter America's long Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer, we're now up to 11 voters and a tie for one of the medals.

Like much of the country, we're expecting a high today around 90 (that's 32 C). Will this be the hottest summer on record in the Northern Hemisphere?

Arctic Monkeys, "Do I Wanna Know?", AM, 2013 (310 million views on YouTube)



Elvis Costello, "I'm Not Angry", My Aim Is True, 1977 (He sounds angry and should be)

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"Those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind"

For you weekend reading, an article on that quote's possible origin (not Dr. Seuss?):


http://quoteinvestigator.com/2012/12/04/those-who-mind/


Now, putting mind over matter, my ballot:

GOLD -- You Still Believe in Me, BBs -- When I first played Pet Sounds (on its original vinyl salvaged from a used vinyl shoppe) nearly 20 years ago, this of course was the first proof of just how different an album it was. It still holds that nice feeling of discovery. Deconstructed in the 30th anniversary box set (or probably on the soon to be released 50th), it sounds calming and hypnotic like a child's lullaby...maybe another hint from its original status as "In My Childhood". A distinct beauty.

SILVER -- True Love Ways, Buddy Holly -- Another simple beauty, but in this case as bonnie said, it's marred by that goosey sax upstaging the pristine string section. Maybe some other instrument could have blended better if they really needed a counter melody. One thing's for sure -- that Texan would've been mighty proud of MMJ's version. 

BRONZE -- Just My Imagination (Running Away with me), Temptations -- A great song I'd be more than tempted to place a notch or two higher on the podium if there were weaker competitors. 

TIN -- I Wonder, The Ronettes -- Run of the mill, routine Ronettes with the extraordinary Hal Blaine and the Wrecking Crew (presumably) putting in another day at the office. The closest you came to anything sub-par this week, Larry...which ain't half bad! 

We'll save Brian's "Your Imagination" for someone else to post. 

Here's another retro track for Larry's emo week:





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