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Cindy Hood

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Even though it's still summer weather, the kids are having to get back to the books.  Cruel, isn't it?  I've put together four songs for this week's battle that have a word in the titles that are associated with school.  

They are:

1.  School Days by the Beach Boys.  From the Keeping the Summer Alive album, 1980.  It was originally written and recorded by Chuck Berry in 1957.  


2.  Learning To Fly by Pink Floyd.  From the Momentary Lapse of Reason album, 1987.



3.  Teach Your Children by Crosby, Stills and Nash.  From their Deja Vu' album, 1970.



4.  Adult Education by Hall & Oates.  From the Live at the Apollo album, 1985.



I hope you all enjoy these four songs this week and don't forget about that the solar eclipse is happening today.  If you're watching, be sure not to look directly at the sun without those special glasses.  Let's be careful out there!

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Gold - Pink Floyd - Proving that there could be a Pink Floyd without Roger Waters.  I've always loved this song (even though I feel it borrows a bit from The Cars hit "Drive.").  

Silver - CSNY - Due to overplay on classic rock radio, there was a time when I detested this song, but since I haven't heard it in quite some time, it sounds much much better through fresh ears.  

Bronze - The Beach Boys - A passable cover.  Not their worst, but pretty far from their best. 

Tin - Hall and Oates. 
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Cindy, as for today in much of the US, "The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades"!

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I don't remember school fondly...especially after grade 8.  B O R I N G!!!  While there is SOME small value regarding what I learned in High School...Paul Simon still described it best.  College?  A severe waste of time in terms of value.  It was rather like learning better ways to stir paint...while elementary school provided the true foundation...the one I've relied on all of my adult life.

So then?

Gold  Floyd.  In the Pink.  In the David/Roger debate I take no side.  They're both important...and talented.  Will they reunite?  I couldn't care less.  Their working apart provides us with more.

Silver  Beach Boys.  Good enough I guess.  Pretty well done.  [for a group who had given up on being meaningful and forward thinking...which remained OH-SO and EVER-SO disappointing.]

Bronze  CSN&Y...Not standing the test of time well at all.  Not sure why but the staying power is now sadly lacking.  [and that was improved production technique back then]

Last?  Daryl and John.  They have better material.  As Johnny Miller would say..."...Not 'their' best." 

Still sunny here Tom.
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I don't remember school fondly...especially after grade 8.  B O R I N G!!!  While there is SOME small value regarding what I learned in High School...Paul Simon still described it best.  College?  A severe waste of time in terms of value.  It was rather like learning better ways to stir paint...while elementary school provided the true foundation...the one I've relied on all of my adult life.

So then?

Gold  Floyd.  In the Pink.  In the David/Roger debate I take no side.  They're both important...and talented.  Will they reunite?  I couldn't care less.  Their working apart provides us with more.


Still sunny here Tom.


The ice between David and Roger has thawed a bit over the years.  They've played together a few times since the Live 8 reunion, but I think Richard Wright's death in 2008 put any talks of a Floyd reunion to rest.  

I just wish David would tour more extensively.  I've been Roger Waters five times, but never David.  

Speaking of Roger, he apparently wasn't too fond of school




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Al Forsyth

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Cindy,

Easy one this week.

Gold, by a wide mile to CSNY and the Graham Nash song.  Steel by Jerry Garcia/

Silver to the BB's tip their caps to Chuck again. 
Bronze to The Floyd
(kds I was always a an Ummagumma type of fan of their sound)
Tin - LOVED H and O in the 70's but their sound changed up in the 80's. 

Good school week, Cindy.  I'm on deck for next week. 
MORE school

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Cindy,


(kds I was always a an Ummagumma type of fan of their sound)


I'm with you if you're talking about the live portion of the album.  The studio portion does very little for me.  IMO, there are superior live versions of Dave and Roger's contributions.  
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Almost time to go back to the hole that is school. They might as well just put up a sign that says "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here." Thanks a lot Cindy! Now I'm going to be thinking about you know what during my last weeks of summer!😂

In the spirit of the season (which marks the end of my freedom, happiness, relaxation, etc.), here are two versions of The Beach Boys classic, Be True To Your School...

The version that features the more prominent flute part (yay) and the cheerleaders (nay).


The more popular version.


GOLD: Learning To Fly-Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd is one of my favorite bands. I love this song. It has a dreamlike quality that allows my mind to escape and expand. Most Pink Floyd songs have that effect on me. As always, I love David Gilmour's cosmic, expressive guitar work. I also love the lyrics, full of imagery and imagination. I can't really see how this song concerns school, but I'm glad to see it in the battle.

SILVER: Teach Your Children-Crosby, Stills, And Nash
This is a wonderful song. A bit overplayed though. CSN harmonies are fantastic. The song was very well written lyrically, but part of it isn't easy for me to relate to, since I'm not a parent. This song, in my opinion, is about life lessons, rather than school lessons.

BRONZE: School Days-Beach Boys
Not great, not terrible. Al's vocal performance just seems average. Chuck Berry did it better.

TIN: Adult Education-Hall And Oates
Not diggin' it.

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This song really isn't about school (although the lyrics about an empty playground could indicate school is back in session), but its David Gilmour of Pink Floyd, with the title track to his 2006 solo album, On an Island, featuring the C and N of CSNY.  

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This week should be educational.

Gold -- CSN & Young  -- Very pretty.

Silver -- The Beach Boys -- I used Chuck Berry's original last year. It came in a close second to "Good To My Baby". The words that come to mind for this rendition are "workmanlike" and "serviceable".

Bronze -- Pink Floyd

Tin -- Hall & Oates


The Beach Boys, "Gonna Hustle You", the demo from the Big Beat of 1963 compilation.


Jan and Dean, "New Girl In School", the finished product from 1964, also with a painful lead vocal.


I think "In the Parkin' Lot", also from 1964 and in a similar vein, was better.


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Larry, I need to point out that we have been voting similarly for a few weeks now.  See how we do next week!  We're not the same people.  But good taste. 

Lee and all, you all need to get back to "cool school" - fidget spinners were big last year.  Flipping bottles and frozen poses.  What will it be this year?  Stay tuned. 

She's not done yet!

I even had Beach Boys' book covers - "Back to Cool" but weren't we all like Kevin Arnold?
Continued from the past week:

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Larry, I need to point out that we have been voting similarly for a few weeks now.  See how we do next week!  We're not the same people.  But good taste. 

No, Al, we're not the same people. John B and I are the same people, and I know you're not John B, so you and I can't be the same. QED.

Plus, you put "In My Room" in third place two weeks ago! Oh, the humanity! 

The Coasters, "Charlie Brown"


Noah Lennox, aka Panda Bear, grew up in Baltimore "so one would assume 'Boys Latin' refers to the tony college prep school" in that city. You sure couldn't tell from the lyrics.

Panda Bear, "Boys Latin"


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Hi again Cindy.

School daze.  

Lulu "Stealing My Love From Me (School Break Dancing)".



Varsity "So Sad, So Sad".




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GOLD for Pink Floyd. I know this, even without being a radio listener.

SILVER for CSN&Y, surprisingly, as I don't rate them highly.

BRONZE for the Beach Boys. They're generally better than this.

A well deserved TIN for Hall & Oates, whom I've never really liked.

Both Sides of the School Coin Department:

The Wheelmen - School is a Gas


The Super Stocks - School is a Drag


Not the Same Song Department:

The Runaways - School Days


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Though a song about parting ways for the summer, September is quickly creeping in

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