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John B

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Cindy:  if that's what you think of school, why ...

okay, I really really really try harder, and I guess, Pink Floyd's song is going to rise to silver.   I'm going to stick with the Teach Your Children song because of David Crosby's fine harmony parts, for purposes of dissing Ted Nugent.

but...then I'm stuck, because the other two are so terrible.  I agree with Darren, that the 'parts' of School Day by the 'Boys, do not really match up.  'Dear old golden rule days'.  but then, Chuck's critical lyrics and dying to get out and to the juke joint to let his burden down.  Is there any sense in Al's singing that he is being ironic?  There is not.  This is the Boy's worst Chuck cover. 
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Yes, it's hard to believe that they could do a weaker Chuck cover than their take on Rock and Roll Music, but they pulled it off.  School Days even sounds a little lifeless on the Knebworth album.  
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John B: All totally permitted when life is too short: 

4-way tie
1 gold & 3-way tie
1 gold, 1 silver & 2-way tie 

[smile]

my Orchard, "Too Cool For School"



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John B

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Thanks, if Bonnie agrees:

1 gold to the guy with the borrowed liver-'s harmony group
1 silver to the light show band

and 2 ties for bronze.

and that's my final answer. 
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The ending of the school year is so much more fun



As, when the school year resumes, it means that, for intents and purposes, summer's gone.  



But, if you have to go back, it doesn't hurt to be Hot for Teacher

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Darren J. Ray

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I don't remember hearing this played on the radio very often at all and it's one of those that isn't played on the light rock stations today either. 


Said without a hint of irony. [biggrin]

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Yes, it's hard to believe that they could do a weaker Chuck cover than their take on Rock and Roll Music, but they pulled it off. 


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1 gold to the guy with the borrowed liver-'s harmony group
1 silver to the light show band


I'm reminded of why I come here. [thumb]
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bonnie bella

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I'm not sure why you need to run this by me, John B, but in any case, I'm all good in the hood with it, brother.  [cool]

Cindy, some of us still get up and go to school every day.  And when I retire I might get rid of the cat ...

Voting tonight.

Burned "Hard Lesson".





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John B

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oh, sorry. Bonnie.  I meant Cindy.  !   I just dumbly mixed up the names.  Sorry again!

have a nice weekend.  (tomorrow: two smart schools open the college football season.  One in the city I live currently, the other, in the city of my birth.  The game will be played in Sydney Australia.  no foolin'.  !
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So, what did I "learn" this week?

Gold -- "Learning to Fly", Pink Floyd. Just one of so many fine Pink Floyd songs over the decades, and a memorable song from their A Momentary Lapse of Reason album. Some anti-school types might say this other Pink Floyd classic would be a good song for this week too. 
"And you didn't like school,
And you know you're nobody's fool,
So welcome to the machine."


Silver -- "Teach Your Children", CSNY. This is such a lovely and poignant song, even though it may have been overplayed on the radio over the years. 
"Teach your parents well,
Their children's hell will slowly go by,
And feed them on your dreams.
The one they picks, the one you'll know by."

Then a big gap for the final two songs:

Bronze -- "Adult Education", Hall and Oates. I was never a fan of this song, and it's way below their many other hit songs of the 70s and 80s in my book. Nowhere near the quality of earlier hits like "Sarah Smile", "She's Gone", "Kiss on My List", "Private Eyes", "Maneater", "One on One", etc. But it's still preferable over my last place pick in this week's battle -- I can't go for that, no can do:

Very tin-ny -- "School Days", Beach Boys. Chuck Berry's original was a rock and roll classic with great narrative lyrics, but the Beach Boys have taken all the rock and roll grit out of Berry's original and homogenized it into an overproduced pile of harmony slop. Excuse me while I cleanse my musical palate with Berry's original:



Speaking of some early rock and roll high school, here's Jerry Lee Lewis' take on the subject, "High School Confidential":


I don't believe that either t or Larry mentioned this old rock nugget from Detroit's MC5, "High School":


Or this early punk classic from the Ramones, "Rock and Roll High School":


Or this classic rocker, "Teacher", from Jethro Tull's early album, Benefit:



Or, finally, this lovely nostalgic ditty from fellow proto-punker Jonathan Richman, "That Summer Feeling":
"When even fourth grade starts looking good,
Which you hated,
And first grade's looking good too,
Overrated.
And you boys long for some little girl that you dated,
Do you long for her or for the way you were?
That summer feeling is gonna haunt you the rest of your life."



Good battle and timely theme for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, Cindy! "Up in the morning and off to school..."

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That's fine. John B.  "C" and "b" are pretty close together on the roll, so it's an easy mistake.  

GOLD - Pink Floyd.  Apart from the fact that spelling "Floyd" does not come naturally to me, I like this band a lot.  Overexposure has not dimmed the lights, and I still enjoy most of their work.  "my sole intention is learning to fly"  and "just an earth-bound misfit" are two lines that have always stood out as rather beautiful.  These guys also happen to have some of the best and most memorable album covers.

SILVER - CSYN.  Pretty, pretty song, a video with lots of cute, shiny haired kids, and a bit of a country slant fore and aft.  One almost expects Dolly to appear and start espousing the joys of children too.   Actually, I became curious about the lyrics this week and googled them.  I'm none the wiser, but somehow this song doesn't seem to be about preparing for college exams.  

BRONZE - Hall and Oats.  I detest the start of this song; why does he repeat "adult" with a different sound emphasis?  After the ear-shriveling start, the song picks up and is actually pretty good.  I'd never heard it before and must say it doesn't sound like the Hall and Oats stuff I know.    

TIN - TBB.  Humps along like a child with an overpacked school bag and a cello in a tough-shell case.   Not only that, it's not even their cello.  This one feels like a stuck-for-ideas-and-outta-time ditty.

What do all night dentists do while waiting for customers?  You can only sterilize your tools for so long.  Anyway, as the old saying goes, "Ignore your teeth and they will go away."  [smile]

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John E

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Here's my order:

1. C,S,N, & Y

2. Pink Floyd

3. Beach Boys

4. Hall & Oates:

Here are two more school songs:






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GOLD CSNY
SILVER Pink Floyd
BRONZE Beach Boys
TIN Hall & Oates - I kept waiting for it to improve.  That probably would have pushed it up higher.




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Tommy Facenda recorded multiple regional, and one national version of "High School, U.S.A."
Here's the Cleveland version:

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Hi Cindy + the rest,

returning to school appears even harder if I sum up the kind of summer we had over here. We don't have a Groundhog Day, which I will never really understand the meaning of, but what we have is something equally hilarious, called Edible Dormouse Day ("Siebenschlaefer"). Our folklore says that EDD (June 27) points at the weather of the following seven weeks - and you can believe it happened to rain cats and dogs on that day this summer. Do I have to tell more ? Meanwhile, the 7 weeks are over, and the rain ceases.

Same game last year and the year before. Climate change seems to enhance traditional weather rules.

My order for the 4 songs:

1. Hall & Oates
God only knows what we'd have been in the 1980s without Phil Collins' gated snare drum and without a dose of occultism.

2. Beach Boys
ChuckieB, seriously, was the most handsome and most entertaining RNR musician on the planet to me. Carl W. was able to play a similar guitar style. The background choir is really funny, whereas Al's lead is not that great.

3. Crosby, Stills, and I've forgotten who else exactly
nice video with cool kids playing naughty tricks on people. The giggle tends to choke my breath, imagining playing tricks meanwhile has become ISIS terrorism. Ooooh the good old innocent 1970s ....

4. PF
I'm a huge Floyd fan, but I hate that album entirely.

Cheers
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My votes :

Gold - CSNY
Silver - Pink Floyd
Bronze - Beach Boys
Tin - Hall & Oates



and an alternate version of To Sir With Love by Al Green

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