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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


I agree that Dennis’s vocals were less than stellar but I really got into his Pacific Ocean Blue.....some really soulful songs imo

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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






I use to fly with a buddy who grew up near Brooklyn and he schooled me on Billy Joel....I really appreciate him more now....I was fortunate enough to be living in the Bay Area during Huey’s hay day...... would run into him at the local golf course.....saw him live too..,..I think Dennis found his groove towards the end but that’s me....Animal House was like watching SNL in a movie house setting.....hysterical and most knew it to be a spoof like most National Lampoon productions.....love the soundtrack!

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I take no offense at the word 'most', only with the word 'knew'.

Kindly request for information.  Did National Lampoon ever make a really good movie?  and if so, was it...
'Dorm Days," "Barely Legal," or perhaps "Jake's Booty Call"?

a spoof, a parody, a lampoon, a satire.  Was THAT what the magazine was doing when they had the naked women furniture for men to sit on?  if so, what were they parodying?

for example, when Cohen in 'Bruno' had Paula Abdul sit on human-Mexican gardener furniture for an interview in a Beverly Hills mansion.  I can see the satire there.  In NL?  How so? 

my guess is, that if anyone answers my question, out of nostalgia, they're going to cite a Chevy Chase vehicle that they really don't want to go back and watch...
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Gold: Billy Joel - The Longest Time. (Easy choice)

Silver: Huey Lewis and The News - It's All Right. 

Bronze: The Beach Boys - In The Still of the Night

Tin: Otis Day and The Knights - Shama Lama Ding Dong. 

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Gold - The Longest Time (official video) (Billy Joel - 1984)
On top of his game and didn’t he know it. One of these days a host is going to use a Billy Joel song I like. ‘Uptown Girl’ was better. This song always got on my nerves.

Silver - In the Still of the Night (The Beach Boys - 1976)
The fact they look more like beached whales than Beach Boys on the cover is an indication of the music on 15 Big Ones. Who advised them to record this stuff? Another bunt and a strong argument for teetotalism. 

Bronze - Shama Lama Ding Dong (Lloyd Williams (Otis Day and the Knights) - 1978)
What is the source of this track? It’s not what you hear on the National Lampoon’s Animal House soundtrack (see below). It’s been dropped a semi-tone and given a non-fading end. Robert Cray, pre-recording career, played the bass player in the band in the movie (uncredited).




Participant - It’s All Right (live) (Huey Lewis and the News - 2005) 

Such an unlikely pop idol. No respecting groupie could ever admit to sleeping with this guy. Some boring ‘80s moments. What could be worse than a Huey Lewis record? A live Huey Lewis recording. 

I’ve always loved these…


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Okay, ovoid.

GOLD - Billy Joel. Never thought I'd find this guy up here but it is a toe-tapper. Clearly the most polished and original performance of the week.

SILVER - Huey Lewis and the News. Reassuring.

BRONZE - The Beach Boys. Nice song, dull delivery. Nothing a cattle prod wouldn't fix. 

TIN - Otis Day And The Knights. Being touched with mild to moderate distractibility, I cannot help but think of an Australian sitcom called Kath and Kim, in which one of the lead characters is called Kath Day-Knight. 





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A fun battle and some excellent doo-wop songs this week, Egg! Gold and tin picks were easy for me, but I had to wrestle with ranking the other two:

Gold -- "The Longest Time", Billy Joel. In my opinion, Billy's An Innocent Man album was easily his best and this is just one of a number of excellent songs on that album. An exceptional album with a knowledgeable doo-wop and soul vibe!

Silver -- "Shama Lama Ding Dong", Otis Day & The Knights. I love the R&B vibe of this song, and the more I listen to this song the more I like it, even though this fictitious group of musicians only performed as part of the Animal House movie. Perhaps it's also because I loved Animal House and have watched it plenty times over the years. It may also be because a North Carolina "beach music" group, the Band of Oz, later covered this song in the mid-1990s and it subsequently became a beach music classic and one of the most requested beach music classics of all time, even though I prefer the original "live" version above from Animal House. In the late '90s, the Band of Oz was elected into the Beach Music Hall of Fame, for this and other songs they recorded and performed. Here's their version:

 
Bronze -- "It's All Right", Huey Lewis & The News. A wonderful cover version of the Impressions' early 60s original, featuring the late Curtis Mayfield. Lewis' soulful vocals are spot on, and the group's a capella harmonies are a delight. I really wrestled with making this my silver, but in the end "Shama Lama Ding Dong" won out.
Here's the original by Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions (1963), with that magic horn section and Mayfield's "impressionable" lead vocals:


A distant Tin -- "In the Still of the Night", Beach Boys. This limp version by the then-struggling Beach Boys can't hold a candle to the original version of this song by the Five Satins from 1956. Dennis' lead vocals are weak and the Boys' harmonies are nothing like their magical 60s harmonies. Just one of numerous pathetic cover songs on the awful 15 Big Ones album by a group of Beach Boys struggling for direction and inspiration without Brian's active leadership. 


In the end, I suppose I preferred the two memorable original songs over the cover versions of a couple doo-wop/soul classics by the original artists. 

Excellent, and interesting battle selections, Mr. Egg!
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Thanks for taking over my week Egg!

GOLD: The Longest Time
I've always adored Billy Joel's music, especially this song.  Easy win.

SILVER: It's Alright
Not typically a Huey fan, but it's a good song and I like the vocals, so it works for me.

BRONZE: Shamalamadingdong
Not outstanding, but still a fun tune from a fun movie.

TIN: In the Still of the Night
Personally never enjoyed that album and I think a 60s vocal from either Brian or Carl would've suited the song better, but it's not atrocious by any means.

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Heads up y’all! I will be closing down the voting at midnight here in Dublin!!! That’s less than 8 hours from now as I am on a trip and I need to catch some Z’s before heading back to the USA. That’s 7pm EDT
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well done, compiler ofthe week.
y'made me wrestle with m'self
(no small task for one such as i!).
and the result isn't as i might've anticipated.
goingto put 'em down now before i change m'mind.
cheers

gold: 'the longest time'
- eek, i place billy joel up top!
but, it's a good song,
beautifully arranged and executed.
witty (musically, vocally and diveoly).
class.
total class.
didn't see that preference ever coming!

silver: 'in the still of the night'
- am i one of the few who enjoys listening to dennis's shot voice?
admittedly, not pretty,
but, oh so emotive
(i like nilsson's 'pussy cats', too)
it's a bit ploddy as an arrangement.
but, i like the high 'ooo oo ooo's
better than the dull 'dooby doo's
and the deliberately dischordant lift at 2:20.
that i like.

bronze: 'shama lama ding dong'
- am i downplaying it because it's an (albeit accurate) pastiche?
because it's from a dismally un-pc flounder of a movie?
i dunno,
but i find m'self wanting to dislike it,
even though i do like it.
it's a well sculpted song,
interestingly sung,
capably played,
very neatly produced recording.

tin: 'it's alright'
- y'd've had to be there.
context is everything here.
i first heard of clover as players on elvis costello's 1st album
before the attractions were formed.
never really got into huey lewis's bellowing,
but appreciate it's probably fine of its own genre.
and, no doubt,  this works as a noodling side to their regular onstage twanging.
yep, it's alright, but...

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Had a great afternoon here in Dublin; the Irish are some of the most inviting people on the planet and there is music everywhere! Alas, I must vote as well so here goes....

GOLD. Billy begrudgingly gets my nod. Yes, it’s a great song that he wrote, arranged, produced and sang. I especially like the middle 8 and the turn around. What irks me is his history of being a prick to his band mates. Just venting.

SILVER. I got a lot of flack for this one because of its association to a certain movie but it’s about the music, right? Anyway, great execution of Doo Wop in my opinion and I dig the muted guitar arpeggios and backing vocals.

BRONZE. This was a tough call for me because of the talent involved but I gave it to Huey because it was a tight vocal harmony live and I like the chordal progression through the chorus. It just makes me feel alright!

TIN. Sadly this could have been really sweet as previously mentioned if done by Carl. I also believe it would have come out better at a little faster tempo and straight a cappella. The background keys overshadows the vocals and just makes it cheesy.

I’ll be tallying up the votes in about 3 hours for those holdouts out there he need a little prodding.

Till then, as Ringo says, Peace and Love!

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Egg is unable to connect with the internet right now, but he would like me to inform you that VOTING IS NOW CLOSED and the final tally will be posted tomorrow morning EST.
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so,
it's alright for globetrotting eggman
to nominate a substitute factotem
to deputise as umpire and draw stumps,
then...
in my day,
chaps were duly diligent about such an honour bestowed upon 'em
and treated their scholarly judicial duties
with reverance
and, indeed, a due smattering of awe.

dunno what standards have dropped to.
wouldn't catch me trying to enter my choices
(beyond even) late in proceedings,
now would you...

happy flight, itinerant ovulation-evolution capsule
(not not that you're reading this).
cheers
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deb#1
- that's the way the spilt milk crumbles,
apparently...
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