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Larry Franz

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John B -- I bet if you wanted to host, someone would be happy to post your four songs. 

Lisa -- I miss Edith. She was much better company than Archie. As for Robert Hazard, born Robert Rimato, probably in Philadelphia, I hope he made a bundle from his big song. From Wikipedia:

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"... [he] started out as a Dylan-era folkie, then spent eight years singing country & western. 'I just love country music,' he explains — which of course explains nothing, least of all the two years he subsequently spent with a reggae band ... or his current [1981] electro-pop approach, which owes little to any of the above."

t -- I thought you might put the Spoonful even higher, but as usual our votes are unpredictable.

Deb -- If American Bandstand was on today, there'd be a website where you could see all the ratings, which, as we remember, were on a scale from 35 to 98 (35 because no songs were worse than 35 and 98 because no song was perfect).

Thanks for your votes, t and Deb. Seven voters so far and 14 of the 16 slots are already filled in (no gold for one song and no bronze for another).

Here's a song I thought about using -- it's one of my new favorites -- until I saw that Verden used it back in Season 3, Week 9 (it came in 3rd): 

The Bobby Fuller Four, "Let Her Dance", from the same year as "California Girls"



And a bit of singing from the beautiful and talented Betty, whose name came up earlier:

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Lisa, brilliant commentary, as usual.  I always thought Cindi and Helena Bonham Carter were twins separated at birth, or at least both escaped the Stanley knife factory wearing Victorian costumes, followed by a backwards slide through a hedge or two.

t, Michael was incredible to watch, thanks for posting.  

(Squeezing in) two kiwi classics for anyone interested, both of which are great to dance to.  





John B, You should definitely host a week!  

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Talk about dance music... how 'bout these?



Hey!  I saw CARL WILSON carrying a surfboard to the ocean!

or





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Did someone say Arthur Brown!?! Here's the title track from "Dance", released on Gull Records, a subsidiary of Motown:


And here's a Christmas tune by Arthur called Lord of the Dance (correct title):


Larry, if I judged by song, Spoonful may have gone gold, but in dance-able order....

I didn't do anything to my links....how do I post without them linking themselves? If our use of bandwidth (or whatever it is) here is "in the way", I'll post 'em that way (like bonnie).

(edited) Thanks for the info, Larry.

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Thanks for the additional videos, everyone. If I had dancing shoes, I'd put them on.

t -- The only way I know how to do it is this:

1) Copy the URL address at the top of your browser as if you were emailing someone a link to an article:

So I just selected https://www.youtu...........b7GYDg -- the address that appeared when I picked a YouTube video (EXCEPT I just put a bunch of dots in the middle so it wouldn't pop up here as a video).

Then use the Paste function to insert the address you copied into the text of your post:

https://www.you............acb7GYDg

But then -- this is the key step -- remove the "https://" from what you just pasted, so what you now have is some text that begins with "www.".

When you preview or publish your post, your link will automatically appear as it does below. (This happens to be a link to "Baby Please Don't Go" by Them (1964), a song that has a good beat, whether or not anyone could dance to it)



Or an even easier method:

2) When you select the address you want to Copy, don't select the "https://" at the beginning. Just use your mouse to copy the stuff that starts with "www". Then simply Paste what you copied into your post. This works just the same.

I hope this helps. Anyone who wants more help, please email me through this site. Or we can discuss further here. It's not as if I'm going dancing.

PS -- I haven't been reading the discussion on the Main Forum, and don't know enough about websites to say whether the Admin could make this process easier. Cantina Margarita asked that question a little while ago. But the two methods above definitely work.
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Okay here's my vote, was a bit difficult.

1. Good to My Baby, by a nose. Not my favorite BB song, but that doesn't mean it's not good. A great arrangement, those chord changes that always make even their more mediocre songs interesting.
2. School Day. Gets props for "Hail, hail rock and roll" lyric and a wonderful guitar solo in the middle. Guess I should just rate the song on its own but unfortunately can't get past the fact that this same melody was used in at least one other Chuck Berry recording.
3. Girls Just Want to Have Fun. A song I loved when it came out and that I'd listen to today. The most danceable of the four.
4. You Didn't Have to be So Nice. Might be my favorite Lovin Spoonful song, gorgeous harmonies. But too much tough competition.

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Hi Gentizzy -- Thanks for voting this week! I'm glad it was difficult but not too difficult. [smile]

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this same melody was used in at least one other Chuck Berry recording.
 
Thanks for pointing that out. According to the internet, Mr. Berry reused the "School Day" melody twice, both times in 1964.

"No Particular Place to Go" (his last Top 10 hit in the US until that song about his ding-a-ling)



"Big Ben Blues" (a rare track first released on a Pye Records album in the UK)



This reminds me of the time I extolled the brilliance of Chuck Berry to my daughter. Her response: "Ok, but his songs all sound the same". Youth is wasted on the young.
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Gold - School Day (Ring! Ring! Goes the Bell) (Chuck Berry - 1957)
I take it this is the original recording. I grew up on a version of this (on Pickwick Records) which I now understand is a re-recording, but I prefer to this. Love it though. Chuck knows how to tell a story. An artist.

Silver - Girls Just Want to Have Fun (Cyndi Lauper - 1983)
I bought the She’s So Unusual LP in January, ‘84. This was not one of my fave tracks on it. Overplayed? Yes. Eighties? Iconically. Better idea than Madonna? Definitely! A palatable Yoko Ono with a whiny New York accent! Saw Cyndi live in concert circa ’87. Strong voice and great legs!

Bronze - Good to My Baby (The Beach Boys - 1965)
Motors along with average lyrics. Probably my favourite era Beach Boys.

Participant - You Didn’t Have to Be So Nice (The Lovin’ Spoonful - 1965)
Nothing against this but something has to be fourth in line. Pleasant sounding, jolly even, but no emotional attachment for me. I laughed when I read up about the drug bust and subsequent fall-out from naming the supplier.

Wiki: The incident resulted in a public backlash from the counterculture against the band, with a full-page ad in the Los Angeles Free Press (according to music critic Ralph Gleason) "urging people not to buy Spoonful records and not to attend their concerts and, to the girls, not to ball them."

LOL! That last bit – no, no, anything but that!

 

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Hi Darren -- Since I'm still awake, I'll thank you for your votes now. With nine voters so far, only one of the 16 slots is unfilled (no gold for one song). 

For those who are interested, there's more discussion on the Main Forum of the hot topic of the day (or night): posting lots of videos. If only the Middle East were this simple to deal with.

A song that was in the early running for this week's battle, but seemed too weird:

The Cramps, "The Way I Walk", 1979

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The Paper Dolls.  Go Tiger!




Nice live performance from the lovely Linda Ronstadt.




Hey Larry, don't all Chuck Berry songs sound the same??





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A few more dancing songs:

"Freaky Dancing", an early Happy Mondays single:


3 by the Kinks:
Come Dancing


Don't Forget to Dance


Jack, the Idiot Dunce


Boomtown Rats....Do the Rat


Should I post Ran-Dells/The Martian Hop again?

Well, how about a cover version by The Newcomers:


Or a French version (Le Martien) by Henri Salvador:

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Hi all,

They are all excellent.  It is too hard to choose. 
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I'm about as puzzled when I hear people criticize Cyndi's voice as I am about a certain female presidential candidate.  Let's put it this way.  Why say is (critics darling) Chrissie Hynde better?   Let's have Chrissie sing Girls Just Wanna or 'Money Changes Everything'.   to borrow the words from another political candidate with less experience, 'what a disaster' that would be...
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bonnie -- There's something unsettling about that Paper Dolls video. It could have been those outfits and that hair. Or maybe it was the 1968 camera work on a moving train?

Not 100% of them!  Chuck Berry, "Havana Moon", After School Session, 1957



t -- do you suddenly feel aurally and historically liberated? Now I'm embarrassed I didn't think of using "The Martian Hop" this week.

MaryNYS -- As Darren often suggests, you can try listening to them a lot and see what preference develops. (And nobody will know if you flip a coin.)

John B -- Interesting point about some singers not being able to sing someone else's song. But maybe they'd make it their own? Also, thanks for bringing up Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate. I assume that's who you're referring to. [smile]


Here's another I thought of using. But it seemed like an easy Gold winner (like "The Martian Hop"):

The Everly Brothers, "When Will I Be Loved", 1957




PS -- I think the Newcomers version is out of this world.

PPS -- Little known fact: Henri Salvador's "Le Martien" video has repeatedly been used as a torture device, hence banned in much of the civilized world.
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do you suddenly feel aurally and historically liberated?

Well, no, but I did work some Kinks out...this is Holiday Romance, from "Soap Opera"

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