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Darren J. Ray

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Sorry, Cindy. It really comes down to which song irks me the least…

Gold - Kokomo (The Beach Boys - 1988)
Creepy how Mike is checking out the girl in the pink bikini. And downright bizarre how the others aren’t. I was always trying to press ‘pause’ on the VCR and identify the ‘Beach Boy’ on the far left. I rightly suspected that if it was indeed Brian, they would’ve made a big deal of it. Of course, YouTube out-takes have since revealed the ring-in was a young Jeff Foskett. (Still, that didn’t stop a news report I still have of how ‘Brian Wilson is being credited with the Beach Boys’ latest success….’ If Mike gets a bit jack of this type of thing for 50+ years, one can hardly blame him.) Anyway, I was rapt when it became a hit and it helped the Beach Boys prolong their career for several decades. It was the same year that Brian released his eponymous, debut solo album too, and I’d just moved into my new penthouse unit at $90 a week, so I was feeling pretty good about life in 1988. Loved Carl’s bit. Great sax playing by Mike, too. Keep it up, Mike. Can remember seeing them, two nights in a row, live in 1992. The teenies in the audience – and there were plenty – were bulk disappointed when Stamos was a no-show. I was more disappointed that a certain Brian Wilson was not there despite his prominence in the publicity shot for the tour. (Not the last time we’ve seen false advertising associated with the Beach Boys.) The Boys stayed at the Marriott on the Gold Coast, and I drove down there that weekend, scouting for, but not finding any, Beach Boys. I was informed they’d left earlier in the day. In 1998, I would stay at the same resort for a weekend I’d won on Wheel of Fortune. It rained the whole time, and I listened to my brand new Brian Wilson CD, Imagination, for much of my stay. I looked in every corner of my room for some six-year-old ‘Carl was here’ graffiti. Back to the first concert, the thing that immediately struck me when they came out on stage at Boondall for ‘California Girls’ was all the bikini babes being front of stage and me thinking, “Yep, it’s come to this!” (Didn’t one of them have a child with Mike?) Other points of note at the concerts were Carl’s voice (and him graciously posing for me to take a photo), Mike’s showmanship (and plugging their great new album, Summer in Paradise) and Bruce throwing a towel (very appropriately, it was the Cottonfield Collection) into the audience and me catching it (still got it). But I will always associate the second of those two concerts with an unfortunate incident in my young life. I’d forked out to buy an extra ticket, pinning my hopes on asking a girl named Joanne who I REALLY liked to the show. So a week before, I phone her. I have an extra ticket - would she like to come with me to the Beach Boys concert? Alas, Joanne was busy that night but would I do her a really big favour? Of course....what was the favour? “My sister would really like to go!” End result – I was roped into taking a 13 year-old girl with braces as my ‘date’ to the BB concert because she was just dying to go and I’d be doing Joanne “a REALLY big favour” – a favour that was NEVER returned. Talk about a Kevin Arnold nightmare. Aah, the things we do for love.

Silver - You’re the One That I Want (from Grease; John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John - 1978)
Played daily on your local radio station? I’d be changing stations quickly, Cindy. It was disappointing you used a clip from the movie because, aside from the painful extraneous stuff, the song actually goes longer than the record. I’ve never seen the movie and, after watching this, I’m really glad. Despite some questionable lyrics, it’s a good enough song, written and produced by Melbourne’s own, the great John Farrar, for our own Olivia.

Now it gets really hard.

I want to borrow the old t and Lee chestnut about disinfecting my ears. And I don’t believe in splitting votes so…

Bronze - Crappy (Pharrell Williams - 2013)
This doesn’t make me happy. It makes me want to spew up.

Participant - Say Hey (I Love You) (Michael Franti & Spearhead - 2008)
The first 30 seconds of this was bad enough. Then I discovered it was just the ad. Nutt ma kaanda music, maan.

I can’t believe I just gave one of the worst songs ever two points. It deserves none.

 

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I think the stories are more interesting than the songs, Darren.

But what is a "Kevin Arnold nightmare"? 
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Darren J. Ray

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Thanks, John. 

Not a Wonder Years fan?

It reminded me of the time when Kevin Arnold's plans of seeing a school football game were ruined by his best friend Paul Pfeiffer's little sister Debbie asking him to partner her at her junior cotillion. 

Kev got this...

“Little Debbie” (Season 4, Episode 6) | The Definitive Ranking Of Every Episode Of "The Wonder Years"

instead of this...

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I'll never forget Mike telling the pre-pubescents that John Stamos wouldn't be there that night. 

My 'date' turned to me and said, "He's joking, right?". 

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thanks for explaining.   I liked the kid in "Princess Bride" but never watched that show.

 (My spouse attended Wollongong U.)
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Gold - By a country mile - The Beach Boys with Kokomo.   This fun summertime song often gets dismissed by BB fans, possibly due to the way Mike tends to overrate it, but I think its a great song. 

The others could all tie with Tin, but 

Silver - Greasy song.  

Bronze - Michael Franti 

Tin - Pharell - One of the guys responsible for the blandness of modern top 40.   
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Originally Posted by kds
This fun summertime song often gets dismissed by BB fans... 

This reminded me of what Tom wrote last week:
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... my own theory is that one's attitude about the merits of any major artist says more about the person him/her-self than it does about the artist per se (each person's age, musical interests, attitude about artists/musicians and pop culture figures, pop vs rock, preferences regarding talented singer-songwriters vs talented musicians vs talented singers vs talented personalities, mainstream vs alternative, etc.) It's often more about subjective "personal favorites" than objective "bests" or "worsts". 

Applying the same point to this particular song (named for the 13th largest city in the sleepy midwestern state of Indiana), it's difficult for me to give it an even reasonably objective evaluation. It's very catchy and Carl's vocal is beautiful. On the other hand, it's highly irksome, especially when experienced in conjunction with that video, the epitome of 1980s cheesiness. How Michael does wail on that sax! How he simply exudes sexiness! The man and those lyrics make celibacy look good.

So I could give it gold for its virtues or tin for its yuckiness. I'll leave it with bronze.

A few recycled from April when we considered "Do You Wanna Dance", "Loco-Motion", "Dancing in the Street" and "I Only Want To Be With You":

The Crystals, "Then He Kissed Me"


Fleetwood Mac, "Tango in the Night"


Surfer Blood, "Demon Dance"


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I'm not being mean or crochety, this is an honest question, I mean that guy Lee Marshall, he's more crochety than me, don't you think?  But Larry, you guys are joshing Mike about playing the sax, right?   I mean, I've only seen him with my own eyes in concert, blowing the 2 note solo to "Shut Down."   
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Yeah, I was totally joshing. 

Brian and Carole King, "I'm Into Something Good"


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Here we go...

GOLD -- Say Hey(I Love You), Michael Franti & Spearhead -- I think I've heard it only a couple of times before, which for me is a good thing. That keeps it somewhat fresh to my ears and the pseudo-reggae tempo keeps my feet tappity-tapping. If it was overplayed, then my pendulum would swing to the other end of scoring. 

SILVER -- Happy, Pharrell Williams -- It's actually the only one in that Donna Reed collection I can tolerate! True, this took off like nobody's business. I remember it being featured in "Despicable Me II" and liking it BEFORE it became a runaway heavy rotation single. I think it's faded off from that "heard somewhere every 20 minutes" phase, so I'm back to enjoying it even it's basically a great chorus with a lotta filler. Whether you like or hate it, maybe Weird Al's take (with guests Margaret Cho, Eric Stonestreet, Kristen Schaal and Jack Black) might put a smile on your face:



it was nearly a tie for the bottom -- when I previewed the links, I admitted to Darren that I wasn't sure which I find more tiresome -- "Kokomo" or "Grease" tunes. Let's go with:

BRONZE -- Kokomo, Beach Boys -- This was their first #1 hit since the innovative "Good Vibrations" 22 years earlier?!? Yikes!
Dial 1 - 800 - WUT - HAPPENED...operators are standing by. 

TIN -- You're The One That I Want, Olivia & John -- I guess I outgrew "Grease" in a hurry. Sure, I get how it would appeal to preteens or early teens. Maybe a little feminism kicked in and the idea that Sandy never really reconnected with Danny until she ...uh...."put out", dressed like a you-know-what, and acted like something she wasn't that puzzles me over its popularity. I admit I'd agree with Darren; if stuff like this is played regularly on a radio station, it's time to search for a non-cheesy station with a wider, better selection!

Well Cindy, at least I didn't tie your ears to a tree like Giovanni did. [wink]
Thanks!

John B -- If you can find a way to binge watch or at least track down a few episodes of "The Wonder Years", do so.  It's a well done coming of age comedy-drama of the late 60s - early 70s. I caught "Stand By Me" (again) on AMC yesterday and think it's a similar style to that.
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I'm pretty sure The Wonder Years is on Netflix now.  

I read somewhere that the reason it took so long for the show to hit DVD / streaming is that they wanted to clear every classic song used in the series so the episodes wouldn't have to be altered.  
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thanks.  This site is very informative.  I had no idea that Weird Al did a take on "Happy". I'll have to watch at home !

...but what is Netflix?
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Bless you, John B.  [smile]
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"The Wonder Years" is streaming on Netflix. So is "Malcolm in the Middle", a funnier, more cynical view of growing up in an American suburb.

Sam Cooke, "Having a Party" and "Twistin' the Night Away"


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Hi Cindy!

Do we have any "Summer in Paradise" fans here?

Here's a favorite from this much maligned album. The horns give it a delightful Bruce Springsteen vibe.

Summer in Paradise (live)

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Sorry Cindy, but like Darren, I just have to pick the one that irks me the least...

GOLD: Kokomo-Beach Boys
I never ever thought I could place Kokomo in the lead on anything ever, but unfortunately, it is finally happening.
The instrumental part of the song really isn't that bad, and when Carl sings, it's nice, but when Mike sings, it gives me chills and not in a good way.

SILVER: Say Hey (I Love You)-Michael Franti And Spearhead
I would like this song quite a bit if it weren't for the rap.

BRONZE: You're The One That I Want-"Olivia Neutron Bomb" and "John Revolting"
Greasy, gross, ew.

TIN: Happy-Pharrell Williams
This song makes me want to go on a crazy violent rampage. Anything but happy, especially since I had to hear it for years (I still hear it now) all over school. No. HELL NO.

And Darren, the Wonder Years is my favorite TV show EVER!

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