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Al Forsyth

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Bonnie,

But Brian had his own way with "those magic changes" always changing the formula around - nothing standard doo wop.

A real magic changer^

Meantime - original Sha Na Na did Those Magic Changes (look for Johnny Contardo doing a version in 2013 with Sha Na Na reunion):

The film included it with Sha Na Na, but it was all backdrop (not a major song).  You DON'T drop a major song from a show or marginalize it! 

Still performed in play versions:

Dig this live practice version by the original Doody:

I'm off of my Grease anger management now  - thank you!

Back to summer dance party with some very different Call Me's:

Maybe Larry got this one already:

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Larry, I'm curious as to what was worth 10 bucks?  Inflation has made that an impossible bribe theses days, regardless.

My guess is that we never knew because it was one of those little segments before the opening credits. If we did find out, I don't remember. Whatever it was, it looked like it was worth $20 or more. 

Chris Kenner, "Land of 1000 Dances" before there were any "na na na na na na"s inserted.


Then straight out of East L.A., Cannibal and the Headhunters:


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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". 


Exactly, Tom!  This is why I laugh at polls, particularly those on Rolling Stone's 'best' polls in music.  It's based on a certain panel of judges and what they like and not on what the readers like.  How else could Bob Dylan or Neil Young get a pretty high ranking on the "Best 100 Vocalists of All Time", yet Carl Wilson is totally off that list?  I read them for curiosity's sake, but usually end up exasperated.  Music is a personal thing - what floats each person's boat and that's a great thing.  I had seen this on the tv show, Criminal Minds, where J.J. says that it has been proven where someone's taste in music is pretty much set at age 14.  That's pretty much true for me, as I really loved Eric Clapton, Chicago, Beach Boys, Bee Gee's, Steely Dan, etc. and still do.  But, I also like other music and artists as well.

Thanks to Lee, Larry, John B., Al, Darren, Kds, Lisa, Jenny and tBedford for your votes.  

Lisa, No problemo on being a music hater this week.  I've been there, too.  The Bugs Bunny clip was hilarious.  Love that wascawwy wabbit!

I'm hosting next week as well, so if you hated this week's contestants, next week's will be a lot different!

Cindy

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I like them all, so here are my choices from love to like:

Gold:  Kokomo by the Beach Boys.  It's the only song by the Beach Boys that's played on the local radio stations and I should be tired of it, but it still remains a constant for me.  Watching the video and looking at those happy faces and the summer night setting really sets a great mood, too.

Silver:  Say Hey!  I Love You by Michael Franti and Spearhead.  This one was popular about 6 or 7 years ago.  One day when I was out on my lunch break from work, I went out to run some errands.  On the way back, I was stopped in a road construction work zone and a cop was directing traffic.  This song came on the radio.  I turned it WAY up and was singing along with it when I got up close to the cop at a crawl.  My window was down and I was singing the "I Love You" part.  I'm surprised he didn't pull me over for the loudness of my stereo, but he just smiled and waved me through.  I may have made his day!

Bronze:  Happy by Pharrell Williams.  As I mentioned before, this is a Happy tune, but I really love all the random people dancing to their own beat to this song.  With all the bad stuff that is constantly going on and all the stresses we all have, I see music like this as an escape from it all.  

Tin/Pewter:  You're The One That I Want by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John from the movie, Grease.  I was one of those who went to see this in 1978 at the theater on opening night.  My friend and I got there right after work and got our tickets early, then went to dinner and came back.  The lines were the length of the mall when we got back!  It was a wonderful movie then and I still love it now.  The thing is, something had to go last and given the fact that this is way overplayed on the radio even today, that's why it's here.

My final answer.

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Cindy - I'm coming clean now and tell you that my next battle was going to be songs that drive you crazy - ok, irk you, and you'll never guess what Beach Boys song was going in for me?  Still, you found one even worse. 

Meantime, not the L. Cohen version but...

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I'm hosting next week as well, so if you hated this week's contestants, next week's will be a lot different!


Noooo! Say it isn't so. 

More of the same, please. 
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The Egg greets you all from the home of Country music...Nashville!!! The family had a great time at the Happy Together tour last night with The Archie's, The Box Tops, The Association, one of the surviving members from a Three a Dog Night, The Cowsills and The Turtles.....so...much...FUN!!!
Anywho, on to this weeks battle....

Gold......I go to Rio all the time and the Brazilians truly love life through music....I have been in the street with 5000 of them dancing and singing and this was still a week out from Carnaval!! Say hey gets my vote.

Silver....Giving this one to our Boys......Kokomo was pretty cheesy and pop but still a great summer song in its day

Bronze......I'm not much on inane lyrics and mediocre songwriting on this one but it does exactly what it advertises...it makes me Happy!!!

Tin......overhyped, overplayed, so over it!! Grease this pig!!!


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Dancing isn't a big topic in the stuff I listen to these days. Anyway:

The Ramones, "Blitzkrieg Bop" (live) and "Cretin Hop"




The Beach Boys, "Marcella" (live)


Architecture in Helsinki, "Do the Whirlwind" (it's got a beat and it would be about dancing if there was a dance called the Whirlwind)


The Babe Rainbow, "Peace Blossom Boogy"


LCD Soundsystem, "Dance Yrself Clean"


XTC, "Life Begins at the Hop"


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Clips are better visuals of the dances (Bobby Freeman thru The Orlons), not necessarily the best recordings.

Bobby Freeman - C'mon, Let's Swim


Chubby Checker - The Fly


The Larks - The Jerk


Major Lance - Monkey Time


The Orlons - The Wah Watusi


XTC - Meccanik Dancing


Billy Idol - Dancing with Myself


Frank Zappa - Dancing Fool


Jackson Five - Dancing Machine


There's never enough hip-hop around here...the "House Party" dance off featuring Kid 'N Play (w/Tisha Campbell & A.J. Johnson) dancing to:
Full Force - Ain't My Type of Hype


Yes, that DJ is Martin Lawrence.


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None of these really move me in a big way, but my "personal favorites" this week in order of preference would be:

Gold -- "Happy", Pharrell Williams. Catchy, upbeat tune and lyrics. By and large, I've enjoyed Pharrell's many contributions to other artists' hits as well in recent years, as a songwriter, producer, or contributor. I suspect, however, that if I were to hear this song as many times as I've heard my Tin selection this week, it wouldn't rate as high, because of the repetitiveness of the main lyric, and that it's associated with The Minions. 

Silver -- "Kokomo", Beach Boys. I never thought I'd rate this song as high as silver, but it is a catchy tune, and thank goodness for Carl's vocal contributions to the song. I do want to know, however, when the aging Mike Love (now 76 years old) is going to quit trying to gratuitously spice up his videos with attractive bikini-clad young girls to project a younger, sexier image, and simply admit that he's an aging rocker who now could be these ladies' grandfather. Brian's shows have never embarrassed themselves in such a gratuitous manner.

Bronze -- "Say Hey", Michael Franti & Spearhead. Catchy enough and upbeat enough tune, which was new to me (I don't listen to very much hit radio these days). I do like the festive Brazilian vibe of the music and the video. 

Tin -- "You're the One That I Want", John T & Olivia N-J. Initially a catchy tune from the hit movie, Grease, but ultimately way overplayed, so I'm burned out on it. The famous British poet and literary essayist Samuel Taylor Coleridge referred to the notion of a "willing suspension of disbelief" in poetry, literature, or drama to help make implausible or fantastical situations seem believable to readers or audiences, at least while they are reading, watching, or listening to it. There is certainly a heavy dose of "willing suspension of disbelief" going on in this movie and song, because of how unrealistic it is, yet audiences ate it up. So it goes. 


Some other catchy "dance" songs I've enjoyed over the years that haven't been mentioned this week, as far as I can recall:

First, this early (1979) minor hit by young John Cougar (later Mellencamp), "A Little Night Dancin'":


Here's a catchy, quirky dance tune first introduced to many of us here by Darren some years ago, "Eagle Rock" by Australia's Daddy Cool:


Next, this memorable Travolta/Thurman dance scene from Pulp Fiction, featuring Chuck Berry's mid-60s classic "You Never Can Tell":


Here was a big, festive, hip hop and crossover dance hit from the early 2000s "Hey Ya" by Outkast:


And here is another "hot" summer hip hop dance hit from the early 2000s that was big with the young crowd, St. Louis native Nelly's "Hot in Herre":


And, for some great dancing any time of year, here's Frank Zappa's disco spoof hit from the late 70s, "Dancin' Fool":


Following Zappa's disco spoof above, only appropriate to follow it up with this disco classic, Donna Summer's "Last Dance":


Finally, though Al already provided a different cover version, here's Leonard Cohen's original version of "Dance Me to the End of Love", with his delightful accompanying video:


Thanks, Cindy, for a very danceable week of tunes from everyone here!
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From Elvis Costello's first album:

"No Dancing"


"Mystery Dance"


OT bonus track:  "Waiting for the End of the World"


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GOLD You're The One
SILVER Happy
BRONZE Kokomo
TIN Say Hey


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There was a very good live band playing last night with a talented female lead singer.  She did a great version of "MacArthur Park" which was very dancy.



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The biggest problem with bright, happy songs is their ability to piss people off. 

All these songs have the feel-good factor.  Enough to make some people spew, in fact.  Chunks of joy.

Like t, I have decided to sort these chirpy little birdies into the order I would most likely dance to them.

GOLD - The Beach Boys. Yup, falling in love to the rhythm of the ceiling fan - down in Kokomo. That's me.  I actually liked this when it was a number one hit.  It's smooth.  One must not writhe in anger and shake one's fists at all those girls in their tiny fractions of polyester, for what else would one wear in Kokomo? (After a swim just flick that scrap of fabric upwards to catch a blade of the ceiling fan, and hey presto - dry in two minutes!)  I only discovered that this song was a cover last year, and I'm truly disappointed about that.  Especially when it sounds almost identical to the original with a few more words.  

SILVER - Olivia and John.  Ewww - I always thought Sandy looked MUCH prettier with ribbons in her hair and long nighties and pink sweaters.  I also thought that particular man was little in the way of a prize.  And the flying car thing ruined the whole story for me, even at a young age, with that stupid and abrupt "happy" ending.  I did enjoy the soundtrack, and we had the album at home, along with Saturday Night Fever.  Let's call it indoctrination, I basically never stood a chance.

BRONZE - Pharrell.  "like a room without a roof"?  I've actually tried that for a few days recently, only it was the whole house, and it didn't make me very happy at all.  Rather, it was a big fat worry.  But it mustn't rain in Pharrell land.  I admire Pharrell for making millions of dollars selling very similar sounding songs to other uninspired artists, and for saving one of the best of these for himself.  Reminds me a little of "If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands ..."

TIN - Say Hey (because it's easier than remembering the name of this band -- is it a band? Do you still call them "bands"?).  No thanks, I don't want to dance.  I could fill my boots and still not get up and dance to this one.  

More grease, sleaze, and fast knees.  Someone help me, yeah!





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