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The Egg

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Greetings all!! Long time no Egg!! It’s been a crazy year traveling around the planet and playing roadie for Jenny! She had a blast at Grammy Camp here in LA but was busy everyday and night so I stepped in to cover her week.
In her honor I picked one of her favorite genres....Doo Wop!! To change it up a little bit I selected some songs not from the 50’s but later groups paying homage to the music form!



The first selection is by our beloved boys of summer doing their rendition of “In the still of the night” with Dennis leading the group.



Next on deck is Billy Joel’s vocally cloned song “The Longest Time”. Billy handles all the vocals on this one!



The follow up song is by a Bay Area band that was big in the 80’s, Huey Lewis & the News with their song “It’s Alright.”



Finally, this is one of my fun favorites from my college days: Shamalamadingdong from the National Lampoon movie Animal House written by Lloyd Williams.

I hope you all enjoy this weeks nostalgic walk down a1950’s memory lane.

Be Eggcellent to each other!!

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Eggcellency, good choices and my fave type of battle where I can split the top two and bottom two right away. Then it becomes decision time as to what gets what. I think that I know, but it could change.
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You've got some really good doo-wop songs in this mix!

I'll go with:

Gold:  Billy Joel for For The Longest Time.  One of my fave BJ songs!

Silver:  Huey Lewis and The News for It's All Right.  Another good one.

Bronze:  Otis Day and the Knights for Shama Lama Ding Dong.  I remember this well from the movie, Animal House.

Tin:  The Beach Boys for In The Still of the Night.  I usually like Beach Boys music enough to at least put them in the top 3, but sorry - not this one.  Good, but not one of their best efforts.

Cindy


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1. Billy Joel

"The Longest Time".  Billy wrote some of his very best lyrics on that album, including in this song.  He must have been "so inspired."  Cindy and I finally agree on a first place song!

2. Dennis & the Boys

"In the Still of the Night"

I know, lessor album and not one of their best, and Denny's voice was in decline.  Still. 

3. Huey Lewis & the News

"It's All Right"

above mediocre effort for Huey and the group.  I actually owned his first album, the one with the familiar cover and "Sooner or Later When You Say I love you, you're gonna realize that some of my lies are true."  being around Costello momentarily helped up their songwriting efforts.   This one like the Boys' above, sounds sincere at least.

4. Otis Day and the Knights

"Shama Lama Ding Dong"

from one of the least PC (both in a good and a bad way) movies of all time.   Yes, joshes about date rape and racism and animal cruelty and gluttony and homophobia and peeping Toms and who knows what all else.  How much is bleeped out now on TV when it is shown?  Can you still tell what's going on?   Was that the best movie Belushi ever made?  if so, how very sad.   This band gets compared to  'primitive cultures' by our white protagonists in the film who date rape, trespass, peep, joke about raping an unconscious woman, and kill a horse.  I've actually read that in this movie 'we see everyone we went to college with.'   Really?  I don't.  

btw, regarding U.S. backwardness, consider the numbers 70 and 22.  The first is the total number of nations in the past half century who had women, rather than unconscious in shopping carts, etc., as elected presidents or prime ministers.  22 is how many nations with female leaders there are now.   These countries include very religious ones too, so it ain't that, even Roman Catholic like Ireland and the Philippines, even Hindu like India, Jewish like Israel, poor like Jamaica and Bangladesh, even Muslim like Pakistan.  Yes, white and Christian, take a bow Germany and the U.K., and practically all of Scandinavia.   Even Canada tried it briefly!  Wonder if like Brian, you have daughters, how do you explain this film to them, that it's a comedy, ha ha, to laugh as you think about rape of women, teacher exploitation of women, grabbing a ladder to stare into a coed dorm's bedroom, etc., as the U.S. like Mexico are one of the very few nations in the world that never even had 1 (one) female president.   is the answer 'dominating and unforgiving, schlub/slob male culture'?  and if so, why is that supposed to be funny?
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  Season !0 Week 24...Neo Doo Wop

             1)Billy Joel....Hard not to like this one..

             2)The Beach Boys...even with the raspy vocals I still enjoy this track..Like the background vocals a lot.

             3)Huey Lewis and The News...Not bad.

             4)Otis Day and The Knights....Initially I liked it more but when it got down to making a decision it ended up in the tin bin.


                                                        there  you have it Mr.EGG
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Egg-man,

Changing my thoughts already.

GOLD - Billy and the bunch - he sang all of the vocals himself.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=183&v=1nR0dkiHEW8
Sonny Geraci (Outsiders)- shows his Cleveland schools - where he started his singing.
youtube.com/watch?v=XGeAq7GxnRk

SILVER - Got to go with Huey and the News - it has it all going and live!  Hip to be square.

BRONZE - One of the greatest songs of the rock era.  Fred Parris wrote it and the New Haveners, Five Satins, recorded in a local church.  One song had a truck driving by.  The Boys give it some justice, but not enough.  I think Dennis gives his all but it doesn't groove enough. It was a strange album as well on the heals of Endless Bummer - back to the "formula". 
https://americansongwriter.com/2019/05/the-five-satins-in-the-still-of-the-night/

Leaves the TIN for:
http://www.otisdayandtheknights.com/media.html
GREAT movie and the music worked throughout - but not against this competition. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=289&v=CDm-GNc8Ik4




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bonnie bella

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Well, wop de doo we're back at it. I thought you were fried, Egg. Nice to see you back.

Contemporary doo-wop. Good theme. And girls are great at it!










On a Meghan Trainor note, It's also worth listening to these guys. They're coming Down Under in a few months and I'd love to go to one of these concerts.



And something very much worth listening to, if you click on any of these at all. This is a 2014 creation.




I'll be back later this week to vote. Don't go anywhere near frypans in the meantime, Egg.







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Yeah Bonnie - and some more NEO DW:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=18&v=vC_OYu2JhTE
If THIS doesn't float your boat:

Why aren't they signed?  ^^^^


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frank zappa and the mothers of invention.
you can't consider doo wop without taking into account
how far this permeated his psyche and what this chap did with it.
i'll not suggest 'valarie'
ending the 'weasels ripped my flesh' album,
which is too slow and studied to compete,
nor the opening track, the joyously relaxed 'wplj'
which sort of exists on thev same sort of terms as
some if done by dennis on the beach boys's 'party!' album,
but, just about any track from 'cruisin' with ruben and the jets'
would provide good examples of absorbing a genre
and rehashing it lovingly distorted, unique style,
whilst adding a unique angle on it
(and throwing in some bubble gum, too).
i'll pick the track 'jelly roll gum drop'



and this from a man who wrote a great straight doo wop / early zappa song in 1963
'memories of el monte' by the penguins
(which name checks allsorts and, when i heard it, finally tied in with
the bonkers lyrics of a later song that portrayed as alien a culture as any of
the surfin' and hot rod songs i'd heard in the years before,
but in a wackier fashion that couldn't get out of my head:
'dog breath, in the year of the plague'
from the mighty 'uncle meat' album of, gulp, 50 years ago!
'cucuroo carucha (chevy '39)
going to el monte legion stadium
pick up on my weesa (she is so divine)
helps me stealing hub caps
wasted all the time.
fuzzy dice
bongos in the back
my ship of love
is ready to attack...'


and, ok, so there's no trio / quartet of voices filling in the doo woppy bits,
but here's a song from another unique eccentric, an englishman,
one i defy you to extract from your head once you've heard it...
it gives a knowing nod to mr zappa's song above,
by that magnificent chap, 'arch drude' julian cope from 1990's droolian'
'jellypop perky jean'  

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G Billy Joel
S Beach Boys  
B Huey Lewis  
T Otis Day


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paul g adsett

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can i mention an ambitious project,
with a long gestation period
and a short run,
a broadway musical,
that faltered and bombed commercially (financially)
20 odd years back.
paul simon worked on 'the capeman' over quite a few years,
co-writing lyrics and book with nobel laureate derek walcott.
it's a complex tale of a young puerto rican in brooklyn, who was jailed for two murders,
rehabilitated in jail and becoming a talented poet
(but still a murderer)
it tries to deal with so many issues,
certainly not as easy to take as 'west side story',
and lost millions.
but, musically, it's got many excellent elements
and the album simon released includes many fine songs,
even when struggling with maybe too erudite (and profane, yes, swearing!) elements.
paul simon shows his ability to absorb musical styles and fashion them in his own way.
this time with latin rhythms and doo wop
(which was local to his youthly doorstep).

if you've not listened, do give it a try.
a regular 'pop' album it's not.
the nearest i can compare it to,
musically and historical themely,
is 2006's album tale of 'chavey ravine' by ry cooder

anyway,
i liked it and returned to it this week, prompted by the theme.
here's some selections:




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(not a criticism of Dennis) Maybe it's just me but I think Brian would have nailed this if he had done the lead and they recorded it in the 60s? Brings that to mind.

I'm in a (little) bit of a Billy phase at the moment.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by D.A.N
(not a criticism of Dennis) Maybe it's just me but I think Brian would have nailed this


Or Carl, but I stand by my comment about Dennis:-)
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DAN - probably Carl, as this is a soulful song.  Dennis's soul was growing exponentially throughout the 70's.  Brian's voice was becoming flawed.    The entire project of 15 Big Ones didn't work however - trying to build upon the success of ES.  
https://www.allmusic.com/album/15-big-ones-mw0001953221

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'15 Big Ones' comes across as a subtraction by failed compromise.  Wonder where Carl and Dennis' best songs were, since Brian was not very inspired yet.  I know, how would 'River Song' have sounded, next to 'Blueberry Hill'?   As for the covers, this guy's review is a little unfair, when he insults the choices.  Some 'Talk to Me' and 'A Casual Look' weren't exactly well-known nationwide, and I don't remember so many 'Pal-Park' covers.  and 'R & R Music', that made the set list for the next forever, so who could say that was a bad choice?   At its best, it was better than no Beach Boys album (or radio play) at all, and for practice.
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