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Larry Franz

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And you can dance to it.

Apparently, nobody knows who first spoke those immortal words. However, in a 1966 episode of American Bandstand, a teenage girl named June told Dick Clark: "I rated it 85 and I thought the tambourine came out real good and you can dance to it. It has a nice beat to it." 

The song in question was "You're Gonna Make Me" by the WordD. It did not become a hit, despite a solid 87.5 on Rate-a-Record that day (a boy named Mike gave it a 90).

Here are four better-known songs that haven't been in the Battle yet. They all have a good beat. You might even dance to them (although I'd define "dance" very loosely for voting purposes, as moving around while seated for example). 

Chuck Berry, "School Day (Ring! Ring! Goes the Bell)", 1957 (also known as "School Days")

The Lovin' Spoonful, "You Didn't Have To Be So Nice", 1965

Cyndi Lauper, "Girls Just Want To Have Fun", 1983 (it's the first time in the Battle for Cyndi)

The Beach Boys, "Good To My Baby", 1965

Welcome to the second half of Season 7. For any newcomers who want to vote, all you have to do is rank the four songs above from 1st to 4th place. It's basically Rate-a-Record with four songs instead of two and no Dick Clark to comment on your shoes.

For the historians among us: 

Darren J. Ray

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Just want to say, great battle, Larry. 

Will be listening to these all week, although I fear for poor Cyndi that those '80s are going to cop another spanking!

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Gold - The Beach Boys - To me, this Today deep track just narrowly beats Chuck Berry.  Glad to hear Mike and Bruce have been playing this one a lot in the last two years.

Silver - Chuck Berry 

Bronze - Lovin Spoonful

Tin - Cyndi Lauper - Compared to today's dreck, 80s pop is a breath of fresh air.  But, it can't compete with the other three songs. 
Lee Marshall

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Gold - Chuck Berry...The guy had a way of telling a story...then set it to music with a driving that folks could easily and happily dance to.  So they did hit after hit after Chuck Berry hit.  [hits which other musicians would pay tribute to for decades to come.]

Silver - The Boys in the Sand Trap...A great song from a very good album.  Not quite a gold tune though.  The "she's my girl and I''m good to my baby" chant never quite measured up to the rest of the song.  The rest of it, though, is totally solid.

Bronze - An OK song from John and the boys but not their very best.'s a nice memory from a talented little quartet which found itself embroiled in a drug 'thing' that chased one member into hiding and the rest of the boys from the 'cool' view.  Replacement member Jerry Yester was the brother of the Association's oh-so-talented Jim Yester.

Rusted tin - Merely a novelty-like 'anthem' from the video era.  Music never was about the eyes.  It still shouldn't be.  The odd thing?  More and more in the 21st century TV is NOT playing nearly as many music videos. ['cause people by and large don't wanna hear or see them]  The problem?  Top 40 radio is still playing the questionable soundtracks from the very videos folks don't wanna watch or especially even listen to.  When it comes to  M U S I C  looks are entirely deceiving.  As was the case with Lauper's little ditty ... that material should be seen and not heard... ... ...ever.

Wanna dance?  Then bust it loose.

Remember...The originator, the Grandfather of Rock 'n' Roll, Chuck Berry was both an R 'n' B and a R 'n' R artist...and that he was a really BIG influence on those guys in the bunker.  When it comes to dancin' R 'n' B [not disco or hip hop] is where it's at.
Cindy Hood

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Hey, Larry!  Love the theme!

They're all good, but I'll vote this way:

GOLD:  Cyndi Lauper for Girl Just Want to Have Fun.  By a landslide!  Old enough to be rated a classic, but still has that up to date sound.

SILVER:  Chuck Berry for School Days.  Classic Chuck with that rockin' guitar action.

BRONZE:  Lovin' Spoonful for You Didn't Have To Be So Nice.  Always loved this one.  It does have a good rhythm to it.

TIN/PEWTER:  Beach Boys for Good To My Baby.  Excellent early BB's fare, but I wouldn't want to dance to it.

My final answer.

"They're not gonna catch us. We're on a mission from God".
Larry Franz

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Thanks, Darren, and thanks kds, Lee and Cindy (with an "i" and "y", like my sister) for your votes and analysis.

Could Cyndi (spelled that other way) be a cause for polarization this week? It was the 80s after all, although I didn't think of that as a danger zone when I picked her song.

And I agree with you about dancing to "Good To My Baby". Maybe it would be best for what people call "modern dance"? 

For anyone who's never had the pleasure of hearing the "Good To My Baby" backing track:

John B

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1. 'Good to My Baby' by the 'Boys

spectacular musically and vocally, although I've never even thought of dancing to it.

2. 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun'.

I admit I have a soft spot for this song.  I even put myself up to sing it at karaoke one time.  True, the 80's were mostly horrible and Cyndi's importance is below Chuck Berry. Still, this is my firm second choice here.

3. 'School Days' by Chuck Berry

4. 'You Didn't Have to Be So Nice' by the Lovin' Spoonful.

easy choice for 4th, even though Larry never has a bad song.
bonnie bella

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Nice week Larry.  All familiar songs.  

Some songs that have a good beat and very danceable, but to the best of my knowledge, no tambourines.  Sorry.

Amy Winehouse, one of my favorites from her.

Katrina and the Waves.  A GREAT song to expend some energy on, and from the awkward eighties!



Clowns divorce: custardy battle.     Simon Munnery

Lisa G/TS

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One step, two step, think about a new step...whoops!
Never mind's my ballot:

GOLD -- Beach Boys w/The Wrecking Crew, Good to my Baby -- Yup, I gotta say that backing track rocks and doesn't let up. Was ready to post it but you beat me to it! The only way it could get any better was to add those harmonies to complement it. Have I lost my marbles or could that backing track pass for a hip TV the vein of something like this (which hopefully cooperates for most):

SILVER -- Loving Spoonful, You Didn't Have to Be So Nice -- (Psst, John B. -- sure you were listening to the right tune, or did you just mix the titles up?). Anyhow, I really dig the riffs and the harmonies later on. My feet are still happy. 

BRONZE -- Chuck Berry, School Days -- Tappity tappity tappa...shuffle shuffle...tappity tappa...

PEWTER/TIN -- Cyndi Lauper, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun -- 1983? Coulda sworn it was early '84 when she burst on the scene. Either way, I was a high schooler at the time, and the scene was around Easter. For some completely whacked out reason, I kinda associate this with Cadbury creme eggs and lop-earred bunnies (what my cartoony mind initially thought hearing the name "Lauper". Sorry, Cyndi). Of course at the time, she seemed more like Woody Woodpecker blown through a thrift shop:


A fun song in its day and time...but time goes on and I enjoyed the others a little more. Thanks, Larry!
P.S. -- One fun fact I remember reading a few years back was that "Girls..." was originally written as a man's perspective, to be sung by a man. It gets curiouser and curiouser, huh?

John B

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thanks for correction, GTS.  Truthfully, I like 'You Didn't Have to be so Nice' better.  So, I'll have to correct that.

2 of my 3 brothers live in Los Angeles, and they have personalities about music kind of like Guitar Fool and Hal.  That is, they gave me so much grief for liking Cyndi Lauper, accusing me of liking 'that Betty Boop style of vocalizing.'   Can You believe that?   Years later, I heard Betty Boop cartoons, and you know?  He had a point.  But, Betty Boop was cool too! 

I cannot see the link at work for Amy Winehouse.  So I'm going to assume that Bonnie Bella posted 'Ef Me Pumps.'  I like that one, too!
Larry Franz

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John B -- It's nice being on the same musical wavelength. Maybe you want to host a week this year? And thanks for your votes.

bonnie -- It seems like less well-known songs almost always do poorly against well-known songs, so lately I haven't been including any unfamiliar ones. One way to get around that, of course, is to use four songs few people have heard. That can work well too.

If you want to post your songs with minimal impact on anyone's computer processing, but still make the links clickable, you can copy and paste the URL and then remove the "https://". Your link to Katrina & the Waves would then look like this:

Unfortunately, I don't know how to make this other URL format "" clickable without displaying the video. That's the format you get if you right-click on the video and select "Copy video URL" -- instead of copying the URL address that's shown at the top of your browser.

Lisa -- Thanks for your votes and that startling picture of Ms. Lauper. I wonder if that would have been "Guys" or "Boys" or "Young Men" Just Want to Have Fun?

PS for John B: bonnie posted "Valerie". Here it is in all its glory:

PS for Lisa: Wikipedia says the "Girls Just Want To" release date was September 6, 1983, and it got popular in late 1983 and early 1984. [smile]

John B

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thanks.  From watching British videos, I can tell it's okay to be 'smoked out' or to 'spend your night getting caned,' but they draw the line at doing too much 'E'...   thanks for the 'Valerie'.  Larry, I don't have the tech. ability to be host, but I'm a fan who likes to vote.!

Lisa G/TS

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John B -- Betty Boop vocalizing? Cyndi sounded more like a younger Edith Bunker to me (and here I go with oddball OT clips):

Archie: Ain't you dying for a drink?
Pianist: Yeah.
Archie: Then go over to the bar and live.  [biggrin]

Based on Wiki, I tracked down the original, apparently a demo from 1979 according to one of the YT comments:

Just don't confuse it for Cyndi's when voting now, folks.  

t bedford

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Man, what a bunch of good contenders, each one a GOLD in another week.....but it's this week so,these votes are for most dance-able to least, not necessarily by favorite song. I predict a tight race & a close week.

GOLD for Cyndi Lauper, who back in the day, seemed like a MUCH better idea than Madonna. She still does.

SILVER for the Lovin' Spoonful. I believe in magic.

BRONZE for Chuck Berry. No Fabs.

TIN for the Beach Boys. While it's not too dance-able, I gained a whole new appreciation for this song upon hearing the acoustic version featured in the first set of the SMiLE shows back in '04.

Jackson 5 - "Dancing Machine". Anyone that thinks they can dance should watch this. Note Michael's original face:

Manchester's own Happy Mondays taught white men to dance. Their only entry into the American charts - "Step On":

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Memories, Larry.
I remember.  Every day after school: run home, turn on Bandstand.
Interesting…at 00:06s into this video I can see where “California Girls” once competed on Rate a Record.  It looks like it’s from 1965, but I couldn’t find a clip of the actual contest.  I’d love to know who it competed against and what kind of a rating it got. I think I see a 92. That would be hard to beat.

You don’t have to look too hard to find some Beach Boys dance music:
From the T.A.M.I. show in 1964:

Brian at the Hollywood Bowl just recently:

One I like from GIOMH:

Here are my votes for this week.  I love them all so it was hard, but I got it done.
      Gold – The Beach Boys, "Good To My Baby"
      Silver – The Lovin' Spoonful, "You Didn't Have To Be So Nice"
     Bronze – Cyndi Lauper, "Girls Just Want To Have Fun"  (By the way, count me in the ones that really like this.)
     Tin – Chuck Berry, "School Day (Ring! Ring! Goes the Bell)"
Now, you’ve got me dancing, right on out of here.  

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 . . .”

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