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Al Forsyth

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Bonnie and Lisa explaining the scratched good - pretty funny, really.

Larry - a bunch of Girl Don't tell Me takes (what you did last summer)

The Shins leading off:

A little too quick:

A little too slow:

A little too I don't know:


The originals:

What I did - kept on listening to Brian Wilson.  I NEVER heard this before:

A diamond necklace played the pawn...

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Gold - Every Morning - Sugar Ray
Silver - The Girls On the Beach - Beach Boys
Bronze - One Night In Bangkok - Murray Head
Tin - Black Cow - Steely Dan


Cindy Hood

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After Jenny, I have Al, Darren, D.A.N. (getting in early!), tBedford, dkmh, John B., Tom T., Lisa and Gracie.  

Here are my votes:

Gold:  Steely Dan for Black Cow.  I really had a hard time with this and the BB's song, but I just love this classic Steely Dan song so much and all of the Aja album.  

Silver:  Beach Boys for The Girls on the Beach - Second place by a hair.  The vocal harmonies are exquisite, as they usually are by the Boys.  This song in another grouping could've gotten my gold vote.

Bronze:  Sugar Ray for Every Morning.  I have no idea what this song is really about, but I love the sound and the feeling that it gives me.  A nice one from more modern music.

Tin/Pewter:  Murray Head for One Night in Bangkok.  It's quite good and nice bouncy rhythm to it.  

My final answer.

"They're not gonna catch us. We're on a mission from God".

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D.A.N. (getting in early!),

which is messing a bit with my sense of time

paul g adsett

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gold: 'the girls on the beach'
- am i allowed to say it's a bit over complicated?
over engineered?
beautifully done, but, as salieri might've said
'too many notes!'
i should roccoco...

silver: 'black cow'
- not an elevating tale told here.
a little film noir vignette,
captured, unlike most steely dan,
in rather dated production sound.
not that i dislike it.
i like it a lot,but it lacks the sharpness of the best of their numbers.

bronze: 'every morning'
- one morning was enough, to be honest.
talk about dated!
it may be pop music,but,
thereagain, it may not...

tin: one night in bangladesh'
- now, topmost marks to murray head for 'the family way'.
topmost marks to murray head for 'say it ain't so, joe'
topmost marks to abba for, well almost all the music.
topmost marks to tim rice for many a fine lyric.
this is complete, utter doo dooos
('imho', i think, is that with which one should pre- / suffix such a remark).
currently o'd'ing on fine carribean sounds and rum,
heading for the port of san juan, puerto rico late next week,
where we hope to drop in and visit carli munoz at his jazz bistro
(the port is open once more and the ship is carrying half a holdsworth of needed supplies
alongside us basking tourists.
funny old world...)...

Larry Franz

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Originally Posted by Al Forsyth

a bunch of Girl Don't tell Me takes (what you did last summer)

Too adolescent?

Too cosmopolitan?

I perspired.

Bronski Beat, "Heatwave"

Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, "Heat Wave"

David W

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My votes in order I would be likely pick them to play :

Gold:One Night In Bangkok/Murray Head
Silver:Every Morning/Sugar Ray
Bronze:The Girls On the Beach/Beach Boys
Tin :Black Cow/Steely Dan

Well if I went on my hols would be pleased to see these busking ( love it when they segue into I Feel Good ):

These guys feature on a google phone advert showing in UK at the moment

Lisa G/TS

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this is complete, utter doo dooos

Paulie, I won't "dump" on your opinion -- that actually sounds like a plan for another week! [wink]


David W - Gotta admit, I enjoyed those buskers. Kinda funny comparing their high energy to the procession of people sluggishly walking along behind them, especially in the first minute. 
bonnie bella

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It's a case of separating the good from the grate this week, Cindy.  I'd be inclined to say there are three good and one grate.

GOLD - Steely Dan.  Smooth, sensual, and ever so seventies.  Five minutes of guilty pleasure.  Still trying to work out how a cow got to be not only part of the song but also mentioned in the song title.  Are we talking about a moo-cow?  I hope so, otherwise, that's just downright insulting.

SILVER - TBB.  Beautiful harmonies and an excellent song showcasing that incredible combined talent.  Unfortunately, it's a bit slow for me.  Also, it makes the girls sitting around on the beach sound rather like a box of chocolates; "and one waits there for you".  You hope, buster.

BRONZE - Murray Head.  I bet he's thankful his mother never called him Richard.  I don't mind this at all.  Is he talking or rapping?  This video clip brings back memories of being a kid and waiting for the music hits show to start on a Saturday night.  "Thriller" was not a favourite song, and it stayed at number one position for about nine and a half years, which effectively halved the potential to watch and listen to anything else on the charts.

TIN - Sugar Ray.  This is the grate one.

I loved the way you wove these songs together, Cindy.  [smile]

The Explorers Club "Don't Forget the Sun".

Eels "A Swallow in the Sun".


Clowns divorce: custardy battle.     Simon Munnery

Lisa G/TS

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Murray Head.  I bet he's thankful his mother never called him Richard. 

Goodness me...maybe Richard is his first or second name but he's wisely going by Murray. 

I remember a radio DJ (no, not Lee Marshall...) who introduced a Richard Marx track using that shorter D name instead. Do you suppose the station manager had a chat with him afterwards? 
t bedford

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Well, in Cleveland, we have Rich Reising, a member[wink] of The Euclid Beach Band (There's No Surf in Cleveland)...
I'm not a real billionaire, but I play one on TV!

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Dang, almost forgot...
Gold - The Beach Boys - The Girls on the Beach
Silver - Steely Dan - Black Cow
Tied for last Place - Murray Head - One Night in Bangkok & Sugar Ray - Every Morning
My dad would make us Black Cows to drink when we were young, basically a root beer float made by pouring root beer over vanilla ice cream. When I was older I learned to add the Kahlua.
Oh, happy birthday to paul g!

I try hard to be strong
But sometimes I fail myself
And after all I've promised you
So faithfully
You still believe in me
I wanna cry . . .”

Cindy Hood

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Here are the FINAL results of "What I Did On My Summer Vacation" week.

Gold:  The Beach Boys for The Girls on the Beach.
Gold - 13; Silver 3; Bronze 2; Tin/Pewter 0 = 65 pts.

Silver:  Steely Dan for Black Cow. 
Gold - 3;  Silver 7;  Bronze 5;  Tin/Pewter 3 = 46 pts.

Bronze:  Sugar Ray for Every Morning.
Gold - 1;  Silver 6;  Bronze 4;  Tin/Pewter 7 + 1 split at 1.5 pts = 35.5 pts.

Tin/Pewter:  Murray Head for One Night In Bangkok.
Gold - 1;  Silver 3;  Bronze 6;  Tin/Pewter 8 + 1 split at 1.5 = 33.5 pts.

There were 18 voters, bringing the overall points to 180.

Thank you to all who participated in this battle.  Your comments, links and stories were much appreciated!

Darren will be back with his official approval of these tallies a little later.

It looks like tBedford has a fun battle for this week!


"They're not gonna catch us. We're on a mission from God".
Darren J. Ray

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Well done, Cindy.

Those scores are in the book.

It was the second time around and second Gold for ‘Girls on the Beach’.

It won a Gold in Week 19 of Season V (Lisa G/TS) and finished 8th in the Gold Play-Off.

Last time, it scored 79 points and 34.35% of the vote from 23 voters.

This time, it was 65 points and 36.11 from 18 voters.

It is looking likely for play-offs.

How does All Summer Long rate in the Battle?

Let’s find out….

11 of the 16 tracks associated with the album have been used in the Battle.

Its record:

I Get Around (a Gold in Week 3 of Season I, 2nd in Preliminary Final, 4th in Gold Play-Off - Darren J Ray; a Gold in Week 35 of Season V, 1st (annual Gold) in Gold Play-Off8th in the Ultimate Battle - bonnie bella),

All Summer Long (a Gold in Week 24 of Season V, 4th in Preliminary Final - Cindy Hood),

Hushabye (a Gold in Week 8 of Season V - Popeye (not the sailor)),

Little Honda (a Gold in Week 19 of Season III - Teenage Symphony; a Silver in Week 38 of Season VII, 4th in Silver Play-Off - Deb#1),

We’ll Run Away (a Tin in Week 32 of Season IV - Roy Rogers),

Wendy (a Silver in Week 11 of Season II, 2nd in Silver Play-Off, 3rd in Preliminary Final, 8th in Gold Play-Off - Prodigal Son),

Girls on the Beach (a Gold in Week 19 of Season V, 8th in Gold Play-Off - Lisa G/TS; a Gold in Week 35 of Season VIII - Cindy Hood *),

Drive-In (a Silver in Week 2 of Season V - Verden McCutcheon),

Don’t Back Down (a Gold in Week 38 of Season V - Roy Rogers),

Be True to Your School (single version) (a Silver in Week 40 of Season IV, 6th in Silver Play-Off - snoops71; a Gold in Week 1 of Season VI, 9th in Preliminary Final - Lee Marshall),

All Dressed Up for School (a Bronze in Week 29 of Season V - Frankie Teardrop)

* still in contention for this year’s play-offs

‘Hushabye’ by The Mystics won a Gold in Week 1 of Season II and finished 9th in the Preliminary Final (Al Forsyth).

Along with Today! and Sunflower, it's on a par as the second most popular Beach Boys album after Pet Sounds, at present.

With All Summer Long, 9 of the 12 original tracks have been used. Its record is 8 Golds, 3 Silvers and a Tin.

With Today!, 11 of the 12 original tracks have been used. Its record is 6 Golds, 6 Silvers and a Bronze. ('Do You Wanna Dance?' and 'When I Grow Up (To Be a Man)' have been used twice - each has a Gold and a Silver.)

With Sunflower, 7 of the 12 tracks have been used for 6 Golds, a Bronze and a Tin. (‘This Whole World’ has been used twice – both Golds.)

It was the third entry and third Silver for Steely Dan.

Their record:

Reelin’ In the Years (a Silver in Week 19 of Season V - Lisa G/TS),
My Old School (a Silver in Week 26 of Season V, 6th in Silver Play-Off - Tom Tobben),
Black Cow (a Silver in Week 35 of Season VIII - Cindy Hood) 

Cindy Hood

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Thank you Darren for all your hard work and patience!

You do such a great job with the statistics in our little weekly game.

God only knows what we'd do without you!


"They're not gonna catch us. We're on a mission from God".
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