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bonnie bella

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Larry, I was wondering when The Beach Boys were going to turn up in their formative first year when you were just ten and I bet a really good boy at school.

John B, I really enjoy your contributions. Here's your Raspberry jams. Nice pick. Thanks for your votes.



Cindy, thanks also for your votes. I looked through the list you attached. Here's Windy for Cindy. [smile]



Thanks for your votes, Al. I'd never heard of Regina but she sure sounds like early Madonna.

t, thanks for the clarification, Mr Clarity.

About to play your songs Larry, and after that, I'll vote while it's quiet. I don't usually in my week but it's a good spread.





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This is probably around the time when I was most into Top 40.  It was not an overly happy time at school etc (can't say if that was why I was listening to music but it probably played some part).

A selection from the hits of the year: 



My sister-in-law's uncle wasn't in the band at the time:






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Quote:
Originally Posted by bonnie bella
Larry, .... when you were just ten and I bet a really good boy ...

bonnie, you can't imagine.

Not surprisingly, love and lost love were in the air for 12 whole months between 61 and 62.

The Shirelles -- "Baby It's You" (co-written by Bert Bacharach and Hal David's brother Mack)
youtube.com/watch?v=PdcYh4I5bRI

Mary Wells -- "The One Who Really Loves You" (written by Smokey Robinson)
youtube.com/watch?v=ioWuHZG9JLA

Jimmy Ellege -- "Funny How Time Slips Away"l (written by Willie Nelson)
youtube.com/watch?v=aKZ4G4bI5KY

Ketty Lester -- "Love Letters (Straight From Your Heart)" (written by two guys who also wrote the next one)
youtube.com/watch?v=8hCDxTx-acY

The Lettermen -- "When I Fall In Love" (Nick Venet was responsible for the sappy production)
youtube.com/watch?v=mex9mnpLIr0

The Everly Brothers -- "Crying in the Rain" (co-written by Carole King; this will have an encore next week)
youtube.com/watch?v=V_6qQEyCSv8

The Castells -- "So This Is Love" (it's only the 19th time I've posted this)

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thanks very much, Bonnie.  Made me emotional--never saw that Raspberries live clip before.  Really excellent.  Some posters on here, such as tbedford and Larry, realize that a lot of what the punk and new wave groups would be trying to do several years later, was kin to the Raspberries, only maybe a little faster and ...not as good.  ha.  you had to be disciplined to perform a song like that live, and keep all the changes and harmonies right.  Some punk bands pretended that when they made mistakes, they were doing it on purpose, because it was just their attitude that mattered.  This was...a rationalization, and could be called, 'The Great Rock n Roll Swindle' even.   ha. 
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Bonnie, read up on The Fun House in NYC (cica 81 to 84) where freestyle dance overtook disco. Madonna danced there and spun some of her songs as well as New Order.
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No problem, John B.

Al, I'll do some research tonight on that. 

My votes.

GOLD - Carl. A catchy little song from the very first listen and it only gets better. Beats out all the hits. Carl sounds great here, when doesn't he? So much fun

SILVER - New Order. Who said this wasn't a song??

BRONZE - Frankie Goes To Hollywood. St Kilda hit it on the head when he said it's a lesser song without the video. 

TIN - Madonna. She was fun to start with, but by the Vouge era, I'd had enough. 

Here's a little more synth for Al.





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...oh, and Eric Carmen's first line in that song is a rather blatant compliment to Brian and 'Wouldn't it be Nice', I know.  He did that musically, too, with a falsetto line on "I Can Remember" recalling "She Knows Me Too Well."  Had to be intentional, he was saying, 'I'm making records because I love BW.'

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Couldn't quite put Madonna ahead of Carl here, so I haven't.

G Carl
S Madonna
B New Order
T Frankie

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Selected singles from Los Angeles radio between the summers of 1961 and 1962. There is evidence that Brian and the guys were aware of a couple of these.

Sandy Nelson -- "Let There Be Drums"
youtube.com/watch?v=zC9okWm8A6o


The adorable Hayley Mills, who wasn't exactly a singer -- "Let's Get Together" (you have your choice, with or without the intro from The Parent Trap)

the movie
youtube.com/watch?v=F1IyrZZQd0g

the single
youtube.com/watch?v=JyvlJ-B_V1E


Freddy Cannon -- "Palisades Park"
youtube.com/watch?v=dnLCvpgPD_s

The Fleetwoods -- "(He's) The Great Impostor"
youtube.com/watch?v=mIRpu2toeqs

And where would we be without:

The Rivingtons -- "Papa Oom Mow Mow"
youtube.com/watch?v=EQrQjNNZCAo

As the sun sets over Santa Monica, Hawthorne and the Antelope Valley:

Nelson Riddle -- "Route 66 Theme"
youtube.com/watch?v=kPcSz-fR5TY


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GOLD - New Order. There's good disco, as well as bad.

SILVER - Carl. I've never really warmed up to his solo career.

BRONZE - Frankie Goes To Hollywood. Hopefully, he'll stay.

TIN - Madonna. She's a talent. Just not a musical talent.

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First, my ballot:

GOLD -- Carl Wilson, What You Do To Me -- Yeah, the lyrics and tune get to be a bit of a repetitive no brainer, but Carl's chirpy and cheery. Most other vocalists would come off chirpy but cheezy. It'll squeak to the top of this week's quartet.

SILVER -- Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Two Tribes -- Vaguely remember seeing the video a time or two before it was probably pulled for the controversial politics. Good 80s tune that's not played to pieces by a band that disappeared faster than WHAM! oddly enough.

BRONZE -- Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone (aka Madonna), Like a Virgin -- Funny how I remembered her full name from way-y-y back in '83 when I had her debut cassette with "Borderline" one of my faves. By this album and the subsequent ones, my interest was fading. Heh heh...I think on "Pop-Up Video" when they had this, it said the director or videographer signalled her when to duck so she wouldn't get clocked by "Lowla Bridgeada"  (from a Sylvester & Tweety short "A Pizza Named Tweety Pie" - found a Google image I could copy, but pasting is prohibited, go figure).

TIN -- New Order, Blue Monday -- Fun for 30 seconds or less, then stick a fork in me 'cuz I'm done.

Now, bonnie, you want us to go back to when we were double digits the first time, huh? I was 10 in 1977. Ugh, do you really want that? There's two in general I remember. Firstly, this album, which included this track featuring a rare spoken vocal by Bjorn:  



...and I remember us fifth grade gals and guys impressed when we first heard this two-fer in all its ….majesty:



Alas, years later, it's difficult to hear without being reminded of Homer destroying it as he triumphantly sings after fishing:



thanks, bonnie!

PS: Should the Peanuts gang do a Lip Sync Battle?:



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These songs remind me why in 1984 I virtually gave upon on modern music and went back to the ‘60s. 
 
And, yes, ‘Son This is She’ is cool. Another song written by Geoff Goddard. 
 
Gold - What You Do to Me (Carl Wilson - 1983)
I don’t think I’ve heard this before. It would have received zilch airplay here. Ordinary song with predictable poetry saved by Carl’s voice. Nothing groundbreaking going on. 
 
Silver - Blue Monday (New Order - 1983)
When the vocal finally starts, it sounds like Human League - whom I detested - without a melody. Wiki says this went to #13 here. I don’t recall it at all. Probably too busy with Lindy Thompson at the time. 
 
Bronze - Like a Virgin (Madonna - 1984)
I hate(d) the attention-seeking, foul-mouthed Madonna. I can just imagine little kids asking their bewildered parents what a virgin was. Pity, because the melody is ok. Wasn’t surprised she was in a film appropriately called Body Full of Evidence. I was going to put up the Weird Al parody, but even that was rubbish. The only song I remotely like of hers is ‘Beautiful Stranger’ from Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. I was a Cyndi Lauper fan (for a while). 
 
Participant - Two Tribes (Frankie Goes to Hollywood - 1984)
The U.S. seems to have let this pass them by. How fortunate. So for the first time ever, this week I wished I was American and that you, bonnie, were born 10 years earlier. 
 
 
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Looking at the Top 30 charts from 61/62, there are an awful lot of titles that don't look familiar at all. Some would sound familiar, but very few made it into the category that's played over and over again on oldies radio or in advertisements, TV shows and movies.

Is it quality or repetition that's set these apart? Probably both.

Dick & Dee Dee -- "The Mountain's High" (and made of Earth)
youtube.com/watch?v=LU2rjoSXI34

Sam Cooke -- "Having a Party"
youtube.com/watch?v=M-5zlj49ugk

Neil Sedaka -- "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do"
youtube.com/watch?v=ipzh4_W1KQ0

The Tokens -- "The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh)" (beloved by many 10-year olds)
youtube.com/watch?v=_LBmUwi6mEo

Tommy Roe -- "Sheila"
youtube.com/watch?v=oDWM3bLEB3M


Finally, "409", the flip side of "Surfin' Safari", was a minor hit as the summer of '62 ended. (Nice Chevy.)


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larry
i wasn't intending to add this,
but, in the circumstances...
this was heading up the uk charts on my birthday, 1961
del shannon with the non-obvious non-runaway hit:


number 1 was the wondrously beehived 15 yr old  helen shapiro
(a prototype amy winehouse?):


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Dan, Your clips of Icehouse and La Bamba really brought back memories. Both were pretty hot in the late '80s. Thanks for your votes, and I had a feeling you'd give Carl your gold. Do you remember this, the future wife of Johnny Depp, which came out when you were ten?



Larry, I wonder if they tried to make Hayley Mills less adorable by giving her that cruel haircut (x2). And I thought I was sporting one right now. Your Sam Cooke clip was cool. And the Neil Sedaka song has endured.

t, I agree that there is good disco, and Blue Monday is good disco except it's almost impossible to dance to. There should be a sub-genre for good disco that's bad to dance to. Thanks for your votes and contributions.

Lisa, WHAM endured, Frankie faded back. You can see where we were going wrong with music in the '80s. I don't think I'd heard the ABBA track before. *Odd*.  You and I were both victims trapped in lost times. We Are The Champions has been destroyed more than once, but Homer does a stunning job of it. Thanks for voting.

John B, I had no idea that was Eric Carmen, he of the hungry eyes, on lead vocals until you mentioned it. As you know, he resurfaced in the '80s too.



Darren. Yup, zilch. The Lindy Chamberlain thing really gripped me. Did the dingo take her baby? It seems now we know it did. Thanks for your votes, and while the music was better, I'm pleased I wasn't born ten years earlier. Fox On The Run is a brilliant song, played it twice. Thanks for your votes.

Thompson Twins. They were okay.




Bronksi Beat. They were better than okay.





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