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"aroused primitive emotions in the natives as they move into weird ritualistic dances practiced by their ancestors hundreds of years in the past."
Thanks, Larry. That's from the surfing encyclopedia about the stomp. Shades of "Footloose".
Slow dances... They would strike fear into the awkward and those unspoken for at those school dances.
Kind of nice that my tablet isn't crashing on videos this time around.

What the world needs now is love, sweet love
It's the only thing that there's just too little of
What the world needs now is love, sweet love,
No, not just for some but for everyone.”


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Gold - Didn't Have To Be So Nice - The Lovin' Spoonful You

Silver - Good To My Baby - The Beach Boys

Bronze - School Day - Chuck Berry

Tin - Girls Just Want To Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper


Cantina Margarita

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Hi Larry & all,

Ok, for me there are two very strong songs, and the other two I would like to call „so-so“.  None of them is really unpleasant to me.


Lovin' Spoonful. A kind of enhanced rock 'n roll song with a remarkable stereo pan and some instrumentals that go clearly beyond traditional RNR (if something like that exists at all). Highly danceable, but – oh boy – the vocals. The lead is „just-try-it's-easy“ to me. The backings are not what I'm used to at all, to say it in the arrogant mode of a Brian Wilson fan speaking. But turn it loud, then it's very good for partying.

Beach Boys. Far better vocals, this is the way I can accept. (time for me to turn off the arrogant mode again). But my left leg doesn't really start swinging, and that's not because of the injury to the medial collateral which finished my 9th division football carreer. And I like Mike much better on the bariton lead then as the Platters style bass singer.

Very strong or even great:

Cyndi (whatever orthography lesson she missed, being forced to spell her name like this). An iconic song of the 1980s, which was the decade of the imfamous crashing snare drum. Imagining this out of it, I'm hearing a world class tune of enhanced rock'n roll, as I like to call it. The fly in the ointment is the keyboard solo, but after all, the girlie told us a million times that she just wants to have fun, and all postpunks of that period had elements like that in their songs. In a strange way, it reminds me of the British Queen.

ChuckieB. Him and Carl Perkings are modern pop music's grandparents to me (with Carl P. being the grandma due to hairstyling). Strangely, this is a ChuckieB song featuring a  CarlieP country shuffle. I dare to say they both invented electric guitar playing or, at least, made it sell all around the world. Macca mentioned Carl P. in an early interview, being asked who might be the boss of the Beatles. And if you asked me, I would say ChuckieB was the boss of the early Beach Boys. And the song ? It's what a Chuckie song usually is like. I just feel like posting this one as my favourite Carl Perkins song:

As my ranking the following results:

1. Chuck Berry
2. Cyndi Lepaur
3. Lovin' Spoonful
4. Beach Boys

I wish people would feature stronger BB songs, so that I could place them higher.

Hugh, I have spoken.
Larry Franz

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Graciegirl -- Thanks for your votes. I hope you had fun. [smile]

Cantina -- Thanks for your votes and sharing your thoughts (and "Cyndi Lepaur"). 

Your comment about people using more popular BB/BW songs gave me cause for self-reflection, although I didn't take what you wrote as criticism. I took it as an observation and an acknowledgment of the fact that giving Brian a low score often feels bad. 

So I looked at Darren's documentation and found the seven songs I've used when I hosted. It wasn't a surprise to see I've picked relatively obscure BB/BW songs. Here's the list and where they finished in their respective weeks:

This Car of Mine -- Bronze
Sweet Mountain -- Tin
Let Him Run Wild -- Gold
Just Like You and Me -- Silver
My Diane -- Bronze
You Still Believe In Me -- Gold
Good To My Baby -- probably Gold or Silver

Song selection, of course, is the key to the weekly battle and there's not a hit single in the bunch!

In addition to trying to make the battle competitive and choosing songs I personally enjoy, I've usually looked for BB/BW songs that haven't been used before. And I've sometimes enjoyed sharing songs by other people that aren't well-known. Put those four motivations together and it explains the seven songs above, which could have been chosen using a dartboard. But enough self-analysis.

As for Carl Perkins, his songs are much better known in the US than he is. Wikipedia says his first single, his own "Blue Suede Shoes", went to #2 on the Hot 100, but his four other singles never got higher than #67 (although he did much better in the Country category). Here's one he wrote with someone named J. Cash (who?) from 1957: "That's Right".

Also in a rockabilly style, one more from the queue:

The Blasters, "Marie Marie", 1981

paul g adsett

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thanks to mr leisure-suit larry
for bettering any in-battle music content.
for, in the whatever order i might place the four contestants,
the definite gold goes to jean-luc godard's 'bande à part',
one of my favourite films
from just about my very favouritest (vies with truffaut and chabrol,
though the elder jean renoir is probably the greatest) french movie makers
this is not a movie i saw on its original release
(not even i am old enough)
though i was already hooked on the french 'nouvelle vague' 
and after seeing 'weekend' on its release in ?1967?
a small bunch of us would use our school sports lessons
to sneak off to the local art house cinema
and try to catch see as many current movies
(and lap up the revolutionary politics
more than the wider inherent philosophy)
and seek out previous 60's output. 
'bande à part' was a definite 'find'.
but,to the task in hand.
and they end up not in the order i first anticipated.
tin: 'school days' / 'school day (ring! ring! goes the bell)'
- how could i give 4th place to chuck berry?
a great rock'n'roller.
al great lyricist.
i like this - i like it a lot.
but not as much as i like a later song using just about the same tune
(well,why not rip y'self off?)
'no particular place to go'.*
so, it doesn't rise higher amidst this week's competition.
bronze: 'girls just want to have fun'
- how could i etc etc...
i like this etc etc...
but not as much etc etc as
'time after time',
(which stands as an alltimeaftertime favourite
(- try one of the magnificent miles davis versions i've previously highlighted)
so, etc etc...
silver: 'good to my baby'
- good grief,
how could (blah, blah...)
this is one of the tracks from that magnificent '' today!' album.
it's got some sublime vocals,including the way the lead is shared 
as well as those backing harmonies.
but the lyrics are a touch too possessive. 
and it's set to too simple, too chugging instrumental play.
both of which, sort of, ultimately, let the song down.
as does the unimaginative fade
gold: 'you didn't have to be so nice'
- but i was. and i am.
as the week pedals to an end,
i'm still smiling with the joy of a gorgeously sunny huge 'pride' weekend 
here in sunny brighton,
with a right carnival atmosphere
and moving solidarity with refugees and commemorating lgbt people murdered throughout the world.
a life affirming day by the seaside.
and, as i write, i'm watching the lengthy women's cycle race
in beautiful rio de janeiro
(still barely able to believe we've visited the city 3 times,
but i digress,yes, again again...).
how could... especially as, well, first,
i'll tell you what  i don't like about this song.
what  i don't like is the awful stereo on offer.
doesn't augment the beauty of the number whatsoever!
and i nearly re-put-downed it.
but this song swings.
from the percussive start.
i love the simple descending riff,
but it's set in the context of, what, tubular bells? 
and some 'woo woo' stuff going on.
plus, the lyrics are more considered,
pondering the fortuitousness, possible ambivalence and the unexpected ways
in which a relationship might develop.
as such it fits better into the pensive context  of 'pet sounds'
than the simplistic 'g.t.m.b'.
and so, it dislodges that bb entrant from topspot.
a fab bunch of choices.
hard fought,
i'm content i've awarded medals a befit their merits.
* here's that rather lascivious chuck berry
bewailing his lack of, um, pull:
'no particular place to go'
'Ridin' along in my automobile
My baby beside me at the wheel
I stole a kiss at the turn of a mile
My curiosity runnin' wild
Cruisin' and playin' the radio
With no particular place to go.
Ridin' along in my automobile
I'm anxious to tell her the way I feel,
So I told her softly and sincere,
And she leaned and whispered in my ear
Cuddlin' more and drivin' slow,
With no particular place to go.
No particular place to go,
So we parked way out on the Kokomo
The night was young and the moon was bold
So we both decided to take a stroll
Can you imagine the way I felt?
I couldn't unfasten her safety belt!
Ridin' along in my calaboose
Still tryin' to get her belt unloose
All the way home I held a grudge,
But the safety belt, it wouldn't budge
Cruisin' and playin' the radio
With no particular place to go.'
Larry Franz

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Thanks for your votes, Paul. Voting differently than you first expected has made the competition for 1st and 3rd places closer than it's been all week.

Movie talk:

I saw Bande à parte for the first time only a few years ago. I can't say I love the New Wave or French cinema in general, but I've kept watching anyway. Many of the great French movies I've seen are more intriguing than entertaining. Also, I think many classic films become more meaningful as we get older. I enjoyed Rules of the Game and Grand Illusion much more in recent years than when I was in school. But I think my favorite French film is Jean Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast

More music, more music, as they used to say on KHJ, 93 AM on your dial:

The Rolling Stones version of "Mona", which was released as "I Need You Baby", was on my list for this week. This is the original by Bo Diddley (1957):

In a different style, another that didn't make the cut: The Honeycombs, "Have I the Right", 1964 (#1 in the UK, only #5 in the US)

Tom Tobben

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Before this week's dance themed BOTB wraps up, here's one more classic instrumental slow-dance oldie, "Sleep Walk", by brothers Santo and Johnny Farina, from 1959, that remained a popular dance tune for many years. In keeping with where our BOTB discussion started at the beginning of this past week's battle, here they are from an appearance on Dick Clark's American Bandstand program, featuring Johnny Farina's captivating Fender steel guitar sound:

Larry Franz

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Wikipedia says Tom's "Sleep Walk" inspired Fleetwood Mac's beautiful "Albatross" (1968).

But the article also points out the similarity between "Albatross" and Chuck Berry's "Deep Feeling" (1957).

And "Deep Feeling" happens to have been the B-side of Chuck's "School Days"! Mere coincidence? I think not.

Meanwhile, this week's battle is entering its twilight phase, with only 19 voters having spoken so far. Maybe it was too hard to choose?

The Raveonettes, "Twilight", Pretty in Black, 2005

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Reply with quote  #69 
Chris Montez says: Let's Dance

Joey Dee & the Starlighters: Peppermint Twist

Danny & the Juniors - Let's Go to the Hop

And until voting is over.....and beyond, here's
some advice from the Gentrys: Keep On Dancin'!

I'm not a real billionaire, but I play one on TV!
bonnie bella

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And the Kiwi answer to The Beatles, our own insect community, Ray Columbus and The Invaders, from 1964.  

Great week, Larry.


Clowns divorce: custardy battle.     Simon Munnery

Darren J. Ray

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Reply with quote  #71 
bonnie, the bass player from Ray Columbus & the Invaders has always been my hero.

Whenever I've auditioned musos, I show them this clip and tell them they have to move like him.

If they can't, they don't get the gig.  
Darren J. Ray

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bonnie, his name is John 'Yuk' Harrison. 

He's only 21 in this clip. 

He was only filling in as their regular bass player was ill. 

I would've snaffled him up. 

He also played with Max Merritt & The Meteors between '67 and '69.

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Reply with quote  #73 
GOLD Beach Boys
SILVER Lovin Spoonful - new to me but would love to see Brian and/or band cover it
BRONZE School Days
TIN Cyndi
bonnie bella

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Reply with quote  #74 
Interesting information thanks Darren.  It's okay to dance like that because it's not in Lisa's "How not to dance" clip.  [smile]

Possibly best stand-in ever.


Clowns divorce: custardy battle.     Simon Munnery

Larry Franz

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D.A.N. -- thanks for your votes. That brings us to 20 voters by my count. I'll be back in a few hours with the results, including anyone else who wants to state their preferences.

t -- That Gentry's "Keep on Dancin'" video ought to be up there with "Gagnam Style" in the billions of views. So should this other one we've seen before:

Booker T. and the M.G.'s, "Green Onions", 1962

1962 had its moments. "Surfin' Safari" plus a couple DeeDee's:

Chubby Checker with Dee Dee Sharp, "Slow Twistin'"

Dee Dee Sharp, "Mashed Potato Time"

Dick & Dee Dee (aka Mary Sterling), "The Mountain's High" (okay, it was really 1961 but the record still played in 1962)(The internet says Dick & Dee Dee, early in their career, "performed at California high school assemblies with the upcoming surf band the Beach Boys. "

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