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Cindy Hood

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I wasn't aiming for a theme this week, but I kinda did that.  

Spring - The happiest time of the year for lots of folks.  It's that time to shed the bulky, warm and dark colored winter clothes for lighter wear in pastel and bright colors.  There's a flurry of activity happening with lawn work, gardening, the blooming of flowers, day trips and other fun activities.  Music is also factored into the scenario with cruising in the car, windows open or top down and blaring our favorite tunes.  

So, here are 4 toe tappin', seat dancin', butt wigglin', sing-along, dance it out songs for your pleasure.

1.  Getcha Back by The Beach Boys.


2.  Rescue Me by Fontella Bass.


3.  Can't Stop The Feeling by Justin Timberlake.


4.  P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) by Michael Jackson.


For your copy/paste convenience:

Getcha Back/Beach Boys
Rescue Me/Fontella Bass
Can't Stop The Feeling/Justin Timberlake
PYT/Michael Jackson

Ah, Spring... 
Ah-Choo!

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Larry Franz

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Flowers have bloomed in our neighborhood and the trees are suddenly growing leaves. Nature looking colorful again is always a relief. The bountiful pollen isn't.

Gold -- Fontella Bass -- Her big hit. An easy winner this week.

Silver -- Michael Jackson -- I like parts of this. The title, however, leaves an unfortunate taste. 

Bronze -- The Beach Boys -- Catchy but another of Michael's nostalgia trips.

Tin -- Justin Timberlake -- I was much more interested in the video's Southern California locations and phone numbers than the song. I thought the sound of the vocal was unpleasant.

As one would expect, people tried to identify the locations. Los Angeles Magazine found a lot of them. One they didn't mention was the laundromat. Another publication says it's on Highland Ave. near Hollywood High. The phone numbers were also interesting, because they both had "555" after the area code. I thought "555" was only used in fake numbers in TV shows and movies. But "only 555-0100 through 555-0199 are now specifically reserved for fictional use". So they didn't have to put up fake numbers for the Art and Flowers store or the transmission shop.

https://www.lamag.com/culturefiles/heres-where-to-find-all-of-the-l-a-locations-in-justin-timberlakes-new-music-video/

Another song that encourages participation:

Martha Reeves & the Vandellas -- "Nowhere To Run"
youtube.com/watch?v=PNVmojVx78E

Thanks, Cindy!

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John E

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Here's my order:

1. (by light years) Fontella Bass 

2.  BBs

3. Jacko

4. The Bee Gee wannabe

Meanwhile, here's a song by a singer I saw and heard for the first time on Sunday night:

 
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Lisa G/TS

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Okay, I'm not the early bird, but I'll spring to it this week:

GOLD -- Rescue Me, Fontella Bass -- Boo Ya! By light years, indeed! You ain't whistlin' Dixie there, John E! 

SILVER -- Can't Stop the Feeling, JT -- Not a big JT follower and I can prove it: On first hearing the opening line, am I the only one that thought it was "inside my balls" later figuring out he's saying "inside my bones"? Either I need a hearing test or he's gotta enunciate much better! [nono] Even though he gets rave reviews as a triple threat entertainer, I was more entertained by the Cali scenery and the random dancers. 

BRONZE -- Getcha Back, BB's -- This has always been a little depressing for me since it was their comeback after the death of Dennis (who was replaced with a computerized drum track?!?), Mike sounds like his nose is extra stuffed up and it's a recycled "Hungry Heart". 

TIN -- PYT, MJ --Eesh! Never was big on MJ, not even the "Thriller" LP craze, although I'll admit this and "Wanna Be Startin' Something" (particularly that "Ma Ma Se/Ma Ma Sa/Ma Ma Cee Sa" bit, c'mon that was infectious as heck!) were enjoyable. However, as Larry hinted at, with the recent MJ revelations, both titles seem kinda cringey now, aren't they?  

Thanks, Cindy. Since spring means we survived another winter, we're probably thinking the title of this Beatlesque Hollies hit, another one for a  happy dance:



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Darren J. Ray

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Gold - Rescue Me (Fontella Bass - 1965)
I’ve read before that that’s actually Bass forgetting the words towards the end of the song. We used to do this in our show. Always popular. I’ve never heard another Fontella Bass record. Wiki says Minnie Ripperton is one of the backing vocalists on this.  

Silver - Getcha Back (The Beach Boys - 1985)
Catchy, innit? Cute clip, although there’s better audio available, and there’s no way that chick would’ve chosen that nerd for real. I remember hearing this on the radio for the first time. I was in the car park at Woolworths in my FB Holden ’61 model. My immediate thoughts were a mixture of great to hear Mike and BRIAN again, I thought the lyrics were a bit questionable (and still do) and that it was a pity that Bruce Springsteen had pinched this melody five years earlier! Still, worse was to come when you heard the album that it was the single from. Last time this was used, there was conjecture over whether that is actually Brian singing the falsetto or Jeff Foskett. I e-mailed the producer Steve Levine and received this reply from his Press Officer:

Hi Darren,

I have spoken to Steve and he says Wiki is correct. Hope this helps.

Sue Sillitoe

That means we can believe it is Brian doing that falsetto.

Bronze - Can’t Stop the Feeling! (official music video version) (Justin Timberlake - 2016)
Not sure how I’ve missed this before, considering it went to #1 just about all around the world. Respect but wouldn’t get me on a dance floor. 

Participant - P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) (Michael Jackson - 1982)
I just don’t like this guy. I would’ve preferred you’d used Gary Glitter, Cindy. 

 

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Larry Franz

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The soft air and light of a recent spring evening.

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Buffalo Springfield -- "Sit Down I Think I Love You"
youtube.com/watch?v=iGR_bUYe-PA

Dusty Springfield -- "This Girl's In Love With You"
youtube.com/watch?v=I6UvGa8o5xs

Bruce Springsteen -- "Because the Night"
youtube.com/watch?v=OjRcaXvcFGQ

American Spring -- "This Whole World"
youtube.com/watch?v=TBpSdUXC9dI


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Al Forsyth

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Kind of a case of mistaken identity week.

Gold - Fontella Bass - always sounds like Aretha to me. But I remember it well.

Silver - to what's his name - Justin T. Having heard this song numerous times, I had no idea who was singing it. The new artists sound similar on both sides - the guys and gals, all production driven.

Bronze - to Michael J. It was one of my faves on the "Triller" album, which I never owned but copied. Everyone had it or was playing it. I agree with folk here that PYT has different connotations now. It is dated. Was MJ mistaken with what he was doing with "kids" at his ranch and thus eaving a shroud of suspicion?

Tin - The Beach Boys trying to impersonate themselves. The video holds more interest than the song.


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1. "Getcha Back" by The Boys

but not by much.  fave part is Brian's contribution, the part in the middle without words.  I remember immediately knowing this was Brian not Jeffrey (Jeffrey got better later!) and feeling (intentional wrong use of word) religious.  Yes, the lyrics are remember when and small.  I have never seen the video.  I'm scared, and won't look now.  the pic reminds me how much Black 47 hated their record label insisted video with actors for 'Maria's Wedding.'  The song itself, holds up better than you would think, though I like "In My Car" better.

2. "Can't Stop the Feeling"   by Justin T. 

what is that, the Running Man?  glad there's another chance to prove I'm not Larry in disguise.  This is 2016?  and no auto tune?  so not modern production.  to my ears, way better than 'Happy'.  better than the Bee Gees SNF & after, too.  I don't like donuts, never eat them, but this song is really good.  Without Brian's wordless part above, it would have been first.

3. "Rescue Me" by Fontella Bass.   Heard this way too many times until it has no meaning at all to me.  I use to think the baby boomers were so selfish to dominant and over-replay their stuff more than any prior generation before them ever overplayed their own stuff.   Rescue me from hearing 'Rescue Me' again.

  plus, if I didn't imagine it, it must have happened.   The boomers were the ones to popularize using their pop songs in TV commercials, right?  So, there was this one...where a guy has a big date or a business man has a big meeting.  and , oh, no!  he dripped ketchup on this shirt.  that's okay, there's a box of tide, cue this song!    or maybe it was a car accident, and he calls his auto insurance company.  cue this song!   you know it happened, because I could not have heard this song that many times the honest way...



4. "Sweet Young Thing" by Mike.  Don't worry about the lyrics, yes, they are commenting on his preferred age, but not gender...  (Homer Simpson whisper behind hand: like the Catholic Church!)
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My votes by what I would be likely to play  :

Gold - PYT/Michael Jackson

Silver - Rescue Me/Fontella Bass

Bronze - Getcha Back/Beach Boys


Tin - Can't Stop The Feeling/Justin Timberlake




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Darren J. Ray

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About to take my mother to see Air Supply.

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Al Forsyth

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Praying.
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Larry Franz

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One of the more pleasant months and one of the more pleasant seasons.

The Jesus and Mary Chain -- "April Skies"
youtube.com/watch?v=OPPP3BXurHk

Simon & Garfunkel -- "April Come She Will"
youtube.com/watch?v=PYD-DIggB2k

Thelonious Monk Trio -- "April in Paris"
youtube.com/watch?v=WyvESvRmkis

Beach House -- "Dark Spring"
youtube.com/watch?v=2-eBDrE25ec
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Cindy Hood

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Sorry that I haven't been on here until now.  I fractured my right hand.  I'm right handed, so typing is difficult and slow.

I have the following members' votes counted:

Larry, John E., Lisa, Darren, Al, John B. & David.  

While I'm on here, I'll go ahead and cast my votes:

Gold:  Justin Timberlake/Can't Stop the Feeling!

Silver:  Beach Boys/Getcha Back.

Bronze:  Fontella Bass/Rescue Me.

Tin:  Jacko/P.Y.T.

I used purple highlight because it's the color of most of my right hand.  

I'm enjoying the videos y'all have posted and seeing a couple surprises in the voting too.


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Larry Franz

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Cindy -- sorry to hear about your injury. Coincidentally, I've been using the mouse with my left hand since yesterday because of growing discomfort in the right one. It's weird.

Here are a few selections from this century that might be considered "toe tappin', seat dancin', butt wigglin', sing-along, dance it out songs" depending on your point of view and where you're sitting or standing.

Young the Giant -- "My Body"
youtube.com/watch?v=qQYpF2pCkLI

Guster -- "On the Ocean"
youtube.com/watch?v=PuJx8Sud2KM

Geowulf -- "Saltwater" ("Saltwater at the end of spring")
youtube.com/watch?v=_P7wRo-4kA4

The Magnetic Fields -- "When You Were My Baby"
youtube.com/watch?v=SVQkqrfdysI

And a slower one:

Grizzly Bear -- "Systole"
youtube.com/watch?v=2RyIF7S2U1A

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Sorry to read about your fractured hand, Cindy. I hope it heals quickly and without further complications. My votes this week:

Gold -- "Rescue Me", Fontella Bass. A mid-60s classic that has worn well over time, and from the era when "soul" music was at a creative peak on mainstream radio. Besides Fontella's distinctive voice and the solid bass guitar line, the horns and saxes add real punch to the song. I also have to give her the gold because she is a St. Louis native, the daughter of a gospel singing mother and a musical family. As a teen, she began performing locally and was discovered by St. Louis-based blues legends Little Milton and Oliver Sain, first as a keyboard player and then eventually as a lead singer for their group. She eventually moved to Chicago to record on Chess Records, for whom "Rescue Me" became a #1 R&B hit for four weeks and reached #4 on the US pop charts. Unfortunately, none of her follow-up recordings fared as well as her first big hit. She eventually returned to St. Louis and in 2000 was awarded a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame, which features many St. Louis legends from all walks of life. Later in life she suffered a series of major health issues and in 2012, at age 72, she died in St. Louis of complications from a heart attack. 

Silver -- "P.Y.T", Michael Jackson. Though far from my favorite song on Jackson's iconic Thriller album, produced by Quincy Jones, this is a good example of the young adult Michael Jackson at his creative peak, and capitalizing on a string of dance-friendly songs. While Michael's later life became quite creepy, and perhaps even criminal for his fascination with young boys, the originality and popularity of his music at his peak is undeniable. Same could be said of a number of other famous musicians, artists, celebrities, billionaires, and politicians (including the current US president), but we are here to rate the music and the performance, not judge the personal character of the musicians. 

Bronze -- "Can't Stop the Feeling", Justin Timberlake. Though I don't follow all of Timberlake's music closely, this song caught on with me after several listenings, and it's understandable to me why it became such a big international hit. Similar to Michael Jackson, perhaps, Timberlake is quite the talented performer and dancer, in addition to his successful recording career. It remains to be seen whether he'll have a lifelong musical career, though he's already been around as a hit performer and entertainer for the better part of the past two decades. For the generation who grew up with his music, I suspect he'll become one of their generational icons for decades to come.

Tin -- "Getcha Back", Beach Boys. I'm of the camp that this aging Beach Boys' attempt at a hit comes across as more of a parody of their earlier recordings, to the point of even echoing a number of musical phrases from their earlier songs. Even the official video relies on a nostalgic theme. Seems to me that by this point, the hit-starved Beach Boys of the 1980s leaned heavily on Mike's so-called "formula" sound in an attempt to recover their old magic on the charts. By this time, it also seems that Mike's vocals had become more nasally, to the point of distraction for me. 

Cindy, thanks for a battle that gave us a variety of songs, artists, and different musical styles from different eras to listen to and evaluate. 

Darren, I hope you have safely recovered from the Air Supply concert, without having absorbed too much sticky saccharine in your system. 
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