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Lisa G/TS

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bonnie -- Thanks for the earlier compliment on my commentary. Back at ya!  [thumb]

Deb #1 -- I would agree re: the late Ms. Stapleton. I actually prefer the earliest "All in the Family" episodes of Season 1 when she used her deeper, natural voice for talking. It's cool to stumble across her in other shows or movies ("Michael" that angel movie from the 90s, for one) again with that regular voice. Came across this taste of her as "Eleanor":



..along with this bizarre duet - where she actually sings nice: 




Getting back to Larry's theme, I've probably posted this a while back, but for anyone who missed it, it bears repeating:



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t bedford

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Another one for bonnie to try on....everybody's got a version of this (Elvis, Beatles, Yardbirds, Kinks, Leon Russell, Freddie Weller), but here's Chuck singing his own "Too Much Monkey Business":


As Larry is about to forget the 1st, 2nd and what then becomes the 5th verse in his post below, here they are:

Runnin' to & fro, hard workin' at the mill;
never fail in the mail, yeah, come a rotten bill.

Salesman talkin' to me, tryin' to run me up a creek;
Say you can buy it, gonna try it, you can pay me next week.

Pay phone, something wrong, dime gone, will mail
I oughta sue the operator for tellin' me a tale.


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t -- Another great one:

Blond have good looks - tryin' to get me hooked.
Want me to marry - get a home - settle down - write a book!

Same thing every day - gettin' up, goin' to school.
No need for me to complain - my objection's overruled, ahh!

Been to Yokohama - been fightin' in the war.
Army bunk - Army chow - Army clothes - Army car, aah! 

Workin' in the fillin' station - too many tasks.
Wipe the windows - check the tires - check the oil - dollar gas!

Of course, NASA has predicted that when an advanced civilization finally retrieves one of our Voyager space probes and makes first contact, their very first message will be: 

"Send more Chuck Berry".


The retro Madonna song I didn't use, my favorite of hers, as I've said before, except for her haircut: "True Blue", 1986




Note: Chuck Berry joke -- Steve Martin, Saturday Night Live, 1978
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My vote for best Madonna song is 'Into the Groove'.  I like that movie too.  Like Cyndi, she was anachronistic for the era, kind of a Brando in 'Wild Ones' character.   The era, the horrible 80's, to my memory was mostly robin leach screaming on TV about 'Wouldn't you like to be rich like these people?' But Cyndi sang about 'when the workin day is done' and 'I'm not the fortunate one'.  Madonna usually went in another direction, except for that cool movie with Roseanna from the toto song.
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My votes :

Gold-Chuck
Silver-Cyndi
Bronze-BBs
Tin-L.Spoonful

Going  back to Chuck's . Havana Moon it was on a compilation album of alternate versions of Louie Louie I have . Havana Moon was perhaps an inspiration to Richard Berry....."me catch the ship across the sea" etc. etc



This sound like it should be good to dance too but I suspect it may not be the case .

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All fine songs this week. Here's my votes:

Gold -- "School Days", Chuck Berry. The real granddaddy of rock and roll -- catchy up-tempo danceable melodies and rhythms, relatable narrative lyrics that resonated with young people, great vocals, and those catchy guitar riffs that influenced so many later great pop/rock guitarists, including young Carl Wilson and David Marks, as well as Lennon/McCartney, Keith Richards, and countless others. Coming from that amazing stable of Chess Records musicians, Chuck was a key artist who helped create the bridge between up-tempo R&B/blues and early rock and roll in the mid-50s. Besides, as a fellow lifelong St. Louisan, I have to give a shout-out to our greatest hometown musical legend from any musical category, with no offense to fellow hometowner, jazz legend Miles Davis.

Silver -- "Good to My Baby", Beach Boys. Delightful song from the excellent Today album. Fits the early classic Beach Boys mold, with shared lead vocals between Brian and Mike, complemented by those trademark group harmonies. Excellent lead guitar work, as well.

Bronze -- "You Didn't Have to Be So Nice", Lovin' Spoonful. I've been a big Spoonful fan from the very beginning, and this is one of their very best. Great lead vocals by John Sebastian excellent group harmonies, on a lovely song co-written by Sebastian and fellow band member Steve Boone. Excellent instrumental accompaniment by all band members. Perhaps not the most danceable tune, but a fine song nonetheless.

Tin -- "Girls Just Want to Have Fun", Cyndi Lauper. If my votes were just on danceability, this song would be right up there with Chuck Berry. What energy, excitement, and compelling lyrics to a generation of young girls back in the 80s. This is one of those weeks where there is little qualitative difference between my gold and tin picks -- an excellent battle, Larry! 


Here's a few of my favorite old danceable tunes:

The Shadows of Knight made their cover of the early Van Morrison/Them song, "Gloria", a major US hit and a big dance tune in the mid/late 60s:


This big Jackie Wilson hit from 1967, "Higher and Higher", was also a great dance tune:


When it came to danceable funk, "Love Rollercoaster" by the Ohio Players was a mid-70s dance classic:


And when it came to disco, KC & the Sunshine Band packed the dance floors, with a string of hits like "That's the Way I Like It":


And from the 80s, it's hard to "Beat It" by Michael Jackson, with those iconic guitar licks by Eddie Van Halen:


Getting more contemporary, here's Daft Punk's catchy "Get Lucky", with help from contemporary  tunemaster Pharrell Williams:


And, of course, this recent offering from Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk", now with nearly 2 BILLION views on YouTube:


Finally, being the avid Frank Zappa fan that I am, how can I omit his classic "Dancin' Fool":



Fun battle, Larry!

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Here's Ohio Players live on The Midnight Special in 1975, with an upbeat version of Love Rollercoaster:



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Thanks for your votes, David & Tom. With 16 voters having spoken, the battle is getting tighter.

John B -- Here's your favorite from Madonna, "Into the Groove" (1984), with scenes from Desperately Seeking Susan (featuring the lovely and talented Rosanna Arquette):




David W -- I never noticed the similarity between "Havana Moon" and "Louie Louie". For anyone in the market, the compilation mentioned is "Love That Louie: The Louie Louie Files", which features 24 tracks, including "One For My Baby (And One More For The Road"). Frank Sinatra sings it on Sinatra at the Sands (1966):



Another compilation, The Best of Louie Louie, Vol. 2, includes "Surfin' Louie" by the Shockwaves. Here they are on the beach at Santa Cruz, Calif. in 1999:




Tom -- Don't know if it's a good or bad thing, but I can't listen to "Beat It" without thinking of Weird Al Yankovic's "Eat It". "Have a banana, have a light snack".

 

Almost 2 billion views! That's impressive (although still a billion behind "Gangnam Style").


I've got some momentum going, so two more from the 80s that were on the list for this week:

The lovely and talented Bruce Springsteen, "Dancing in the Dark", 1984 (featuring the lovely and talented Courtney Cox)



The lovely and talented Go-Go's, "We Got the Beat", 1981



And finally, Amy MacDonald, who is also lovely and talented, covering Bruce with the German Philharmonic:

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One more early 60s R&B ultimate dance classic that I forgot to include earlier -- "Shout" by the Isley Brothers:


Or, for those here who may be a bit younger, here's the fun cover version by Otis Day & the Knights and the related dance scene from the classic film Animal House, from 1978:


OK, Larry, you mentioned it, so here is Psy's goofy dance hit and video, "Gangnam Style" from a few years ago, with 2.6 BILLION views on YouTube:


And, for those who feel we don't feature enough Beach Boys' music on the weekly BOTBs, here's one of their most danceable up-tempo tunes, also featuring a Chuck Berry-influenced lead guitar intro., "Fun Fun Fun":
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Nobody has even considered a slow dance.  So running with the "almost Madonna" and eighties shoutouts, here she is.  Crazy for you!









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Larry Franz

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Excellent point, bonnie. Two from the queue:

The Miracles, "You've Really Got a Hold on Me", 1962



Beach House, "New Year", Bloom, 2012




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Almost forgot:

Tom -- Somehow I missed this other complaint you referred to: "for those who feel we don't feature enough Beach Boys' music on the weekly BOTB".

For those who are new to the Beach Boys catalog, the list of BB and BW-related songs that have participated in the BOTB now includes 249 entries:

https://bwbotb.wordpress.com/2016/07/04/bw-related-songs/

Most are available here on this humble sub-forum if you want to take a look.


Remember how Brian introduces "Back Home" talking about the great beat it has? The 15 Big Ones version has been in the battle. The early version included on Made in California, which I prefer, hasn't:


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Slow dance songs and Beach Boys?...here's one of my all-time favorites, "Surfer Girl", which was a past annual winner of our BOTBs and is now retired from future competition. It's also the first song that Brian Wilson says he wrote:

Original recorded version:


And 2012 studio update, with surviving long-time band members:
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t bedford

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May I cut in?

Bobby Freeman - Do You Wanna Dance (the original)


Beach Boys - Do You Wanna Dance (the version I prefer, personally speaking)


The Contours - Do You Love Me (the original)


Dave Clark Five - Do You Love Me (the version I prefer, personally speaking)


Chubby Checker - Pony Time (boogety-boogety-boogety-boogety-shoop!)


Cliff Richard & the Shadows - Put On Your Dancing Shoes


KC and the Sunshine Band - Boogie Shoes


XTC - Meccanik Dancing

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Larry Franz

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t -- I second your preferences on those two great "Do You" songs.


In honor of the other competition grabbing people's attention tonight, a few more with good beats that didn't make the cut:

The Clash, "Should I Stay Or Should I Go" (to Rio), Combat Rock, 1982



Bobby Darin, "Beyond the Sea" (the Games are waiting for me), 1959



Elvis Costello & the Attractions, "Pump It Up" (but avoid performance-enhancing chemicals), This Year's Model, 1978




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