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Darren J. Ray

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Hmmm….a battle between a band I love with an ordinary song, muzak from an overrated dag, a song that triggers a happy memory from an act I couldn’t stand, and the obligatory ballad from a post-punk band that does nothing for me.

Gold - September Morn (Neil Diamond - 1979)
Finally, Dimo gets a guernsey in the Battle! He’s probably the last pop superstar to appear here. Undoubtedly because he and his fans are almost on the same dag level as Barry Manilow and Cliff Richard. Actually, Barely Maninuff hasn’t appeared here yet. When am I hosting next? Beats me why there are so many Neil Diamond tribute shows. I tend to think these people can’t possibly be music fans. I guess his limited vocal range and musical skills are way easier to pull off than Paul McCartney’s! Still, he did have some decent songs. But nothing close to what the hype suggests.

Silver - September (Earth, Wind & Fire - 1978)
This was a band that I detested. Maurice White freaked me out. Still, it’s hard to not grudgingly like this after watching The Intouchables. But when this came out, I was praying for John Lennon to make a comeback.

Bronze - Keepin’ the Summer Alive (The Beach Boys - 1980)
Very trying. Even Carl’s voice and the kitchen sink doesn’t save this. The best part of it is the tag near the end.

Participant - Wake Me Up When September Ends (Green Day - 2004)
Nice melody, but too long. By 1:20, it had said all it needed to. Fourth. (Hey! Today I heard something new when I listened to this and thought, that’s interesting. But when I pressed pause on this song, I realised it was ‘I Can’t Help Myself’ by Four Tops playing on my mobile, reminding me that I needed to shave tonight. Pity. It made Green Day sound so much better.)   

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Darren J. Ray

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TOM TOBBEN [wave]
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I've got John B., Kds, Lee, Larry, Al, T, Pete, Lisa, Popeye and Darren's votes all accounted for so far.  

Today is the last day of summer!  It's kind of sad in a way to see another summer end, even though I could really use some cooler weather.  Today are my twin's 29th birthdays!  I remember when I was expecting them, the due date was October 11th - that was before I found out there were two of them.  I was disappointed that the 'baby' was going to be a fall baby - I wanted a spring or summer birth.  HA, HA!  A few months later, I find that there are twins in there and suddenly on the 20th of September, my water broke like a dam breaking loose.  They were born at 2am on the last day of summer.  It proved, once again, that God has a wild sense of humor where I'm concerned!  

There's another birthday in the house today, from what I hear.... HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO TOM TOBBEN!  You share a birthday with Bill Murray, Stephen King, Faith Hill, Maggie Grace, H.G.Wells, Luke Wilson, to name a few.  

Darren, I'm sorry you're not liking the songs too much this week, but you've given me a great idea for another theme in the battle!  Betcha can't guess what it is. 

Thanks for all the comments and videos.  I'll be busy this week in watching them.

Cindy

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Do you ever think of something and think you're thinking about it for the first time but then you realize you've already thought about it, even more than once? No?

Well, thinking about "September" and why it's the ninth month instead of the seventh, since septum is the Latin word for seven (and octo is the word for eight, etc.), and remembering the Romans stuck two months at the beginning but didn't get around to changing the names of the months at the end, it happened this morning.

By the way, Caligula changed the name of September to Germanicus, in honor of his father, but the revision didn't take.

Bright Eyes, "The Calendar Hung Itself", Fevers and Mirrors, 2000




And [as Cindy pointed out a few minutes ago] here we are at the last full day of summer in our beloved Northern Hemisphere.

The Doors, "Summer's Almost Gone", Waiting for the Sun, 1968 (and Jim's clearly not happy about it at all, I mean, he sounds suicidal)



The Kinks, "Summer's Gone", Word of Mouth, 1984



Grandaddy, "Summer...It's Gone", Just Like the Fambly Cat, 2006



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Darren J. Ray

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Darren, I'm sorry you're not liking the songs too much this week, but you've given me a great idea for another theme in the battle!  Betcha can't guess what it is. 


Cindy, my money is on The Beach Boys vs Barry Manilow.

Great idea. [thumb]
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Kinks - End of the Season



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Three Kinks songs already this week!  

"Pale September" Fiona Apple (1996).



And it looks like fall is ... at your feet.  Crowded House live.







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On the run the rest of this week, so voting now:

Gold -- "September", Earth Wind & Fire. One of the best by this excellent R&B/funk group from Chicago. And the song mentions my birth date, so an added bonus for my vote this week. RIP Maurice White, who left us earlier this year.

Silver -- "Wake Me Up When September Ends", Green Day. Excellent song from an excellent album. Hard to believe their first big album, Dookie, is already over 20 years old. The American Idiot album was excellent, and it reached #1 in most countries.

Bronze -- "September Morn", Neil Diamond. A decent enough Neil Diamond song, but not my favorite by him. A talented singer and songwriter, certainly deserving to score higher than my tin choice this week.

Tin -- "Keepin' the Summer Alive", Beach Boys. A lackluster single from a lackluster album on the downside of the Beach Boys recording career. The song seems to go all over the place and doesn't hold together. The Randy Bachman input detracts from this song -- "Takin' Care of Business" and Carl Wilson don't seem like a good musical fit.  

Thanks for the birthday wishes, both here and from some of you on Facebook!
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September. What a month!

Marian Mereba, "September", 2014



Time to write an essay!

The Ataris, "How I Spent My Summer Vacation", End Is Forever, 2001



Here in the Eastern Time Zone, summer ended 40 minutes ago (at 10:21).

Vacationer, "Summer End", Gone, 2012 (why so squeaky?)



That means it's sweater weather (except we're having the hottest weather in history)

Yo La Tengo, "Autumn Sweater", I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One, 1997 (I like the picture)



And remember, it's all about time (and space).

The Beach Boys, "It's About Time", 1970



Fun fact: Why is this the only season that has two names? Well, according to Wikipedia, it doesn't everywhere. But it does among North American speakers of English:
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The term came to denote the season in 16th century England, a contraction of Middle English expressions like "fall of the leaf" and "fall of the year".

During the 17th century, English migration to the British colonies in North America was at its peak, and the new settlers took the English language with them. While the term fall gradually became obsolete in Britain, it became the more common term in North America.

The name backend, a once common name for the season in Northern England, has today been largely replaced by the name autumn.

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Marianne Faithfull - Flaming September


Sweet September Morning - Buffy Sainte Marie


The Field Mice - September's Not So Far Away



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Such a coincidence, Cindy.  Sept. is the month I have to mail out four birthday cards in my family, and two of them are my own twin brothers, Sept. 25th bd.  Defying all odds, my Dad is a twin, and I have twins (age 11).  My mom has twin brothers also. 
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~Larry

Heyyy....[idea] ...that reminds me of a tune...




...and take some antihistamines before listening to (WARNING!)Adam Sandler (WARNING!), although a couple of the oh-so-random (koff) audience participants on this '93 episode make it worth tolerating:




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Lisa -- Today, however, the only people wearing sweaters around here will be office workers of a particular gender suffering from the effects of extreme air-conditioning. Today's forecast: 88 F (31 C).

The Lovin' Spoonful, "Summer in the City", 1966



Regina Spektor, "Summer in the City", Begin to Hope, 2006 (not a cover)




Fortunately, this might be our last day of summer weather, as we aren't expected to break 74 for the foreseeable future. [smile]
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Ah, 'unfortunately' Larry speaks for the majority I fear about deep down, hating summer weather.  Not I.  I hate AC--and have not lived in a house or apt. with AC since 1991 (in Van Nuys gangland, CA).  I now live in a room-temperature area, where if the outside temp goes above say 74, people whine.  'oh, when will we get a break from this hellish weather pattern...don't worry, there's a break on the way!' the weather people say things like this all the time out here, even in August.   Very embarrassing for someone from Houston.  I've got advice for everyone who hates summer so much: San Francisco.  the best weather for moles and people with advanced-stage skin cancer.   
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I don't know, John, having lived and worked in various places across our semi-great country (including Houston & Van Nuys, the dry California desert and the humid Midwest & Northeast), I bless the memory of whoever invented air conditioning. Sure, it's contributing to the end of civilization, but we might as well be comfortable in the meantime.

In honor of September in the Golden State, as I contemplate San Luis Obispo as a compromise between LA and SF: 

Lesley Gore, "California Nights", 1967



Best Coast, "The Only Place", 2012




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Modern air conditioning emerged from advances in chemistry during the 19th century, and the first large-scale electrical air conditioning was invented and used in 1902 by American inventor Willis Carrier. The introduction of residential air conditioning in the 1920s helped enable [I'd say "encourage"] the great migration to the Sun Belt in the United States.
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