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Al Forsyth

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Lisa - thanks and Bananarama is coming up now but still some work to do. 
This Boy - George likes:

Break it down:

KEEP the votes coming on crazy Sunday. 

A diamond necklace played the pawn...
Cantina Margarita

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Reply with quote  #32 
Hi guys,

I confess.

I confess I have always loved big fat disco hits full of clichés, performed by charismatic artists such as Erasure, Snap, Dr. Alban, The Buggles, Sebu Simonian, and .... Bananarama. Must be due to all that summer party flavour that was infiltrated in the late 80s and early 90s. I confess Brian's “Runaway Dancer“ and me were love at first listen. Maybe it's my way of letting go my primitive musical instincts, as a contrast to SMiLE and Pet Sounds.

Spice Girls ? No thanks, I prefer Mel C's solo stuff.

I like Barry's Copacabana song. So 1-2-3-4-fire !

Rumour, Bananarama. Great one.

Manic Monday, Bangles. I still avoid listening to it while suffering my regular weekstart traffic jam. During the weekend, it's great for me.

Four Seasons ... classic.

Beach Boys ... formula song.

Girls and boys in disco music ? I prefer them acting together, and making a bit of fun of it.

This is not Gonzo And the Red White Hens presenting “Manna Manna“. It's Frank Fahrian's Boney M. featuring everybody's darling, also known as the great charismatic Liz Mitchell. What a woman. With a metal rose in her hair. Who else can sing false notes in a charming way like her. And it's really only her, the rest of the guys is nothin but nice decoration.

And yes -
I'm already trying to calm down again.

Lisa G/TS

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Reply with quote  #33 
Al, thanks especially for the clip of George watching and laughing at himself and the lads. Too bad it ends just before the climax bit I referenced earlier...wonder what he'd say about it?  [smile]
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paul g adsett

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Reply with quote  #34 
bronze : Manic Monday – The Bangles
- never a big fan of thec band.
nor of prince really.
a bit ploddy,
wouldn't consider playing this otherwise.
but there's a divine moment beyond 3/4 the way through
where the production suddenly goes celestialy wonky
and i don't recall ever hearing that in any listens prior to this week.
so i'm grateful for that.

tin: I Heard a Rumour – Bananarama
- formularama.
nowhere near the best they concocted.
wouldn't really consider playing banananaranamalamadingos anytime.
but, hey, hear we are.
wouldn't consider playing this otherwise.

silver: Let’s Hang On (To What We’ve Got) – The Four Seasons
- love the fuzzopening
archaic production and structure otherwise.
not anywhere near my fave 4seasonsinonefrank recording
but I'd consider playing it..

gold: You’re So Good To Me – The Beach Boys
-- just another frantic funday.
is la la la...
not anywhere near .my favourite early frothboys' songs
but i'd consider playing it.

found bit of time earlier in the week,
somewhere half.a globe ago,
then dismissed all thought of bandybattkes until now.
distinctly jet lagged,
stared at my sunday dinner at the greys earlier
after staring at empty fridge indoors before that.
fell asleep watching the singapore grand prix on telly just now.
still don't know who won.
but, hey, can't go to bed without adding my utterances...


David W

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Reply with quote  #35 

My votes , close for gold and another day might have put them the other way round .

Gold - Let’s Hang On (To What We’ve Got) – The Four Seasons

Silver - You’re So Good To Me – The Beach Boys

Bronze - Manic Monday – The Bangles

Tin - I Heard a Rumour – Bananarama

This new Ringo song came up on my news feed , written by John Lennon and featuring Macca on backing vocals .
OK its a one note rocker but the call and response ...."Whats My Name ?......RINGO !" ,  has a certain catchiness about it !




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The Pointer Sisters might have fit in with the girl groups this week.

Electro proved the Pointer Sisters’ calling, singing made-to-order soul over brittle drum machines and swooping disco synths that weren’t pretending to be anything else. It’s hard to imagine a dance-pop act nailing some of their biggest hits on their tenth album today, but the Pointers were absolute machines by 1984, with Sister Ruth’s gender-bending contralto flowing out of the plasticine six-minute epic “Automatic” to counter that sparkling five-note bleep of a hook. Latter-day disco culture needed both, as you’d imagine, and everything on the spectrum in between. -- DAN WEISS

I wouldn’t say the Lennon Sisters were my favorite girl group like Darren, but they were very good for the time.  Of course then you’d have to go all the way back to the Andrews Sisters to get the competition.

The words that count:

Gold – You’re So Good to Me – The Beach Boys
Having heard this live two nights ago by Brian and company, it is still fresh in my mind.  The music was great. The interplay of the lalalalas and the bass was just great.  Add the vocal and spot on. I can still hear the song ringing in my ears.

Silver – Let’s Hang On (To What We’ve Got) – The Four Seasons
I loved The Four Seasons growing up.  They really did seem to fall out of favor.  Times changed on them. Too bad.  Silence is Golden was my favorite but Rag Doll is close. 

Bronze – Manic Monday – The Bangles
I pretty much like anything of the Bangles. 

Tin – I Heard a Rumour – Bananarama
I pretty much like anything of Bananarama, too, just not this one.

Good songs this week, Al,

I try hard to be strong
But sometimes I fail myself
And after all I've promised you
So faithfully
You still believe in me
I wanna cry . . .”

Al Forsyth

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Reply with quote  #37 
Okay my votes with one hour of vote time left.  Come on birthday TOM!  Twelve midnight Eastern, the voting booth closes.

My votes:

Gold - I Heard  A Rumor  - the group changed with the times and I liked the synthy pop that wasn't over synthy actually, like Human League or others.  Yes, it's club dance pop but they pushed for this sound. I had a Bananarama summer month (this July)- where I listened to them a lot.  I had the 12 inch disc of this. 

Silver - The Beach Boys - It's simple but it rocks!  LOVE Brian's vocal on this. The end of his poppy sound about to become much more complex.

Bronze - Frankie and The Seasons - I remember the fuzz sound and thinking it was cool when I was small.  During college drinking parties senior year - it was always Four Seasons with our screetchy voices.

So Tin to a really good song but I like the others better.  So The Bangles go here for me.  Prince uses his 1999 melody over again. One of the loudest concerts I ever heard with Debbie Peterson's drumming - REALLY loud.  

I'll add things up in the morning.  Come on Tom!  And Happy Birthday!!!!!

I almost tied all four, but I had to get my Ginsu knife out. 

Thank you everyone for votes and comments and Girl - Boy songs.

I got this kind of gang concept listening to The Donnas this summer but couldn't enter them into this.  So a California surf gang/club, some Jersey boys and some Cali girls and London ladies who ALL had some kind of togetherness.  Hence the girls' versus the boys.

A diamond necklace played the pawn...
Darren J. Ray

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David, I know some of the press surrounding this has been misleading, but 'What's My Name' was written by the very talented Colin Hay (long-time All-Starr Band member; ex-Men at Work and co-writer of 'Down Under', the Gold winner in Week 31 of last season). 

The Lennon song that Ringo has re-recorded (featuring Paul) is 'Grow Old With Me'.

It's not exactly new, having been considered for release by the remaining three Beatles during Anthology in the mid '90s. John's demo of it was released on Milk and Honey in January 1984. It's been oft covered already, including Glen Campbell's version that won the Bronze in Week 18 of Season VIII and finished 5th in the Bronze Play-Off. 

Thanks for posting the clip of 'What's My Name'. Great clip and catchy song.

Al Forsyth

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Reply with quote  #39 
Okay - so the Boys' v. the Girls' (musical gangs) has concluded and the boys eked out the wins.  Close voting throughout.

Gold to The Beach Boys - - You're So Good To Me with 37 vote points (six golds)
Silver to The Four Seasons - - Let's Hang On (To What We've Got) with 35 (one gold - least tins)
Bronze to The Bangles - - Manic Monday with 34 (three golds)
Tin to Bananarama - - I Heard a Rumor with 24 (three golds - most tins)

Thank you, each and every, for your votes and thoughts this week.  We'll let Darren do his amazing follow up. 

Onward to Bonnie. 

A diamond necklace played the pawn...
Tom Tobben

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Reply with quote  #40 
Al, sorry I missed the voting deadline this past weekend. Too busy celebrating and recovering from my milestone birthday on Saturday.

Here’s how I would have voted:

Gold — Let’s Hang On, Four Seasons. Regal classic!
Silver — Manic Monday, Bangles. Princely!
Bronze — You’re So Good to Me, Beach Boys. Nobility (not “no ability”)
Tin — Bananarama. Peons.
Al Forsyth

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Reply with quote  #41 
Tom, Milestone birthdays top everything, even BOTB's. Happy one to you and yours. Every b-day is becoming that to me.

Your votes would have made things even more interesting. Please don't miss our November political elections in 19 or 20 though 🛎

Happy Birthday!

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Darren J. Ray

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Reply with quote  #42 

Thanks, Al.

‘You’re So Good to Me’ is the tenth track from Summer Days (and Summer Nights!!) to be used. Only ‘The Girl from New York City’ and ‘I’m Bugged at My Ol’ Man’ remain unused.

Its record:

Amusement Parks U.S.A. (a Silver in Week 15 of Season III, 10th in Silver Play-Off - Roy Roger Bridge),

Then I Kissed Her (a Gold in Week 26 of Season IX - bonnie bella),

Salt Lake City (a Gold in Week 10 of Season II, 10th in Gold Play-Off - Gordon Higgins),

Girl Don’t Tell Me (a Gold in Week 39 of Season III - Jo McGuire; a Silver in Week 20 of Season IV - t Bedford),

Help Me, Rhonda (a Gold in Week 7 of Season VII, 3rd in Preliminary Final, 8th in Gold Play-Off - BrianFan),

California Girls (a Gold in Week 26 of Season III, 1st in Preliminary Final, 3rd (annual Bronze) in Gold Play-Off  - Kevin Witts; a Gold in Week 1 of Season VIII - Cindy Hood; a Gold in Week 9 of Season X - stkilda4ever*),

Let Him Run Wild (a Gold in Week 16 of Season I, 7th in Gold Play-Off - Joy B; a Gold in Week 24 of Season I - B B Fan1; a Gold in Week 32 of Season V - Larry Franz; a Gold in Week 41 of Season VI, 3rd (annual Bronze) in Gold Play-Off - Al Forsyth),

You’re So Good to Me (a Gold in Week 31 of Season X - Al Forsyth*),

Summer Means New Love (a Gold in Week 17 of Season VIII - t Bedford),

And Your Dream Comes True (a Bronze in Week 22 of Season V - Al Forsyth)

* still in competition

‘The Little Girl I Once Knew’, included as a bonus track in the 2001 two-fer release of the album, won a Gold in Week 26 of Season II and finished 3rd (annual Bronze) in the Gold Play-Off (Verden McCutcheon).

‘Let’s Hang On!’ is the seventh entry for the Four Seasons.

They’ve been in three play-offs but have not yet won a regular competition Gold.

Their record:

Rag Doll (a Bronze in Season I, 4th in Bronze Play-Off - Prodigal Son),
The Night (a Tin in Season II, 8th in Tin Play-Off - Peter Simpson),
Sherry (a Silver in Season III - Deb#1),
Walk Like a Man (a Silver in Season VI - t Bedford),
Silence is Golden (a Tin in Season VI, 1st in Tin Play-Off - Deb#1),
Why Do Fools Fall in Love (a Tin in Season VIII - Lee Marshall),
Let’s Hang On! (a Silver in Week 31 of Season X - Al Forsyth)

‘Manic Monday’ is just the second track from the Bangles to appear.

‘Bitchen Summer’ won the Tin in Week 32 of Season VII (bonnie bella).

A cover of ‘And Your Bird Can Sing’ by Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs (2006) won the Silver in Week 9 of Season VIII (Lisa G/TS) and finished 8th in the Silver Play-Off.

‘Manic Monday’ is a chance for the Bronze Play-Off. If it was to make it and win, both it and the two songs that beat it this week would progress to the Preliminary Final.

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