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John B

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It's worth pointing out that the Rubinoos did covers of both "Heroes and Villains" AND "Sugar Sugar."
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Larry Franz

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Originally Posted by John B

2. "You Bring the Summer" 

again, thanks, Cindy, great song that I never heard before. Plus, I get the chance to prove that I am not the same person as Larry...(since his tastes are the closest to mine on this site).  Conspiracy theorists? --I try to keep the "two" straight, by praising Elliot Smith as 'Larry' and Jonathan Richman, as 'John.'  Fooled you!   ha.--  The Monkees songs and hits deserve Rock n Roll Hall of Fame honors, no matter how unhip they were presumed to be by the, well, I was going to say a word Lee doesn't like, and I like Lee, so I won't.  (rhymes with yippies).

John B -- I would be honored to be the same person as you, but only on condition I wouldn't have to admire the Monkees (speaking as someone who was neither a hippie, yippie or bippie). As for Johnathan Richman, thanks for recommending him. I've played his I, Jonathan Richman album so far and really like it.

The remarkable Anna Meredith is someone else I've been discovering: "Nautilus" from Varmints.



"Something Helpful" from the same album:
youtube.com/watch?v=HFlGkHSRxTU


The only Elliott Smith song I could find with animation attached is a fan video for "Colorbars" from Figure 8.
youtube.com/watch?v=HDijUByLovY


Philosophical question: If everything else was the same, but I didn't admire the Monkees, would I be the same person as you?


PS: Somebody made a moving image video for Jonathan Richman's "No One Like Vermeer"
youtube.com/watch?v=D1iWz7sCbsY

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Cindy Hood

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Lisa, Popeye, John B. and Stkilda4ever - your votes have been counted.  Thank you!  
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I'm going to vote while I'm on here.  

Gold:  The Beach Boys for Heroes & Villains.  It's a brilliant song!  I've always thought this was just amazing - so many parts to it, but the only complaint is the ending.  It just ... stops.  

Silver:  The Archies for Sugar Sugar.  It's one hit wonder and a song that I never get tired of hearing.  

Bronze:  The Beatles for Yellow Submarine.  The Fab Four vs. The Blue Meanies!  I really liked it back in the days when it was new, but lost it's luster through the years.  

Tin:  The Monkees for You Bring the Summer.  It's not bad at all, though Davy had passed away back in 2012, so he wasn't involved, obviously.  



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First time voting by phone, here goes...

G BBs
S Archies
B Beatles
T Monkees

Very tricky 2nd and 3rd but I'll lock it in.

It was quite fun last night trying to identify songs that were playing in the restaurant on trebly speakers. No Beach Boys.
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Voting on the best song, but also the best clip for Gold.

GOLD - TBB.  There is enough psychedelic trippy stuff here to keep the eyes peeled throughout and the love beads clanking.  Not so sure about the artists perceived likeness to the band members, very vanilla in an otherwise triple chocolate explosion.  Occasionally, this song is played on a radio station here.  Way too occasionally.

SILVER - The Beatles.  I don't know, I'm not a big fan of this one.  Somebody needed to restrict drug access to the boys around this time.  This tune plods along like the morning after a debaucherous star-studded week-long powder-coated shindig. 

BRONZE - The Monkees.  In the short term, I liked it more than the Beatles, but after a couple of plays, it was clear it wasn't up to the intriguing Randy Scouse Git level of quirkiness and energy that I do enjoy from the Monkees, although I do like that last 30 seconds.  Interesting how this artist seems to have captured these guys quite well - when he bothered to draw in some faces. 

TIN - The Archies.  Don't tell me ... this was a band as well??  Oh my.  I can remember the little comics of these annoying all-American teenagers.  Always through Archie had freckles though?  Had to look up who was actually singing here (and the more perplexing question; why).  "Take care of the kissing booth while we're singing, Sabrina."  Oh, don't make me barf.

You'd have to be an ass to post this cheeky number, which might animate some of us more than others.  Nice song too from a rather seductive French artist.  Warning; not (super) explicit but could do with a ... well, a warning. 



Imagine being able to create diamonds like that?  The mind boggles.

Thanks, Cindy.

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             Season 9 week 36..AMV..


             1)Heroes and Villains.....Kinda blows the competiton  out of the water.

             2)Sugar Sugar.....Best bubblegum song of all time

             3)Yellow Submarine...Good but not great..

             4)You bring the summer...new to me ..its not that bad but doesn't stack up to the other more familiar tracks.

                                                                            Good concept this week
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Good theme Cindy . My votes....... BBs blow the rest outta the water ! :

Gold-Heroes and Villains/Beach Boys.
Silver-Yellow Submarine/Beatles. 

Bronze-Sugar Sugar/Archies.
Tin-You Bring the Summer/Monkees.

Now a little calm music :



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Cindy, I’ve been listening to these all week, except in the last 48 hours when I’ve been playing Good Times!, the Monkees album from 2016. Can’t believe it’s really this good. Not a bad track on it, and ‘You Bring the Summer’ isn’t even the best. Only the deaf will not hear and the ignorant will not acknowledge. 
 
Gold - You Bring the Summer (The Monkees - 2016)
This was my go-to song all week. Love it. Sunshine Pop. Jonathan Nesmith, a son of Mike, was one of those responsible for this brilliant clip. The salute to the album covers and ‘the birds and the bees’ lyric is clever. Their ever presence is annoying in the typical Monkees way. In fact, this is what they should have done all along after Mike looked the gift horse in the mouth and blew it. An animated character couldn’t just spit the dummy and leave the show. The song itself could’ve come out in 1966, save for the unnecessary phasing of the backing vocals. But Micky sounds the same. This guy kept his voice. The Monkees is one of the very first TV shows I remember watching. I named my kitten ‘Micky’ in his honour. They were a great act; really talented guys. They made people happy - now THAT is talent. It was too bad Mike (and, to a lesser extent, Peter) never got that it was a TV show and not much more than that. But his luck, unbelievably, didn’t stop with the Monkees. He was most fortunate his mother was a smart cookie and his inheritance helped pay for his breaking of the contract. Talk about lightning striking twice! The story that ‘Sugar, Sugar’ was supposedly written for the Monkees, prompting the infamous Nesmith fist through the wall, is apparently erroneous. The song suggested by Don Kirschner, in ’67, was possibly a song called ‘Sugar Man’. Micky and Peter toured here two years ago. When I found out they’d asked Louie Shelton on stage with them to play ‘Last Train to Clarksville', I wished I’d gone (I had a gig that night). It’s no surprise the song was produced by Adam ‘That Thing You Do!’ Schlesinger and features him on bass and keyboards and Mike ’That Thing You Do!’ Viola on guitar . Best song ever written by Andy Partridge too! Sounds like it could’ve been on Revolver. Speaking of….
 
Silver - Yellow Submarine (The Beatles - 1966)
Simple and ingenious. They came up with a nursery rhyme and it went to #1. Commercial lyrics. Ringo sounds so earnest and everyman-ish. You gotta love the way he sings ‘in the land of submarines’. Catchy as. Classic sound effects. Love George’s harmony in the chorus. The overly long movie it prompted wasn’t enjoyable for me, save for the end. It was too trippy for children and too childish for adults (or trippers). But the song is a standard. Great flip-side too. 
 
Bronze - Heroes and Villains (The Beach Boys - 1966 & 1967/2011)
There’s a reason the released single wasn’t a hit. The inaccessible lyrics - what is this song about? No, don’t bother answering. If you think you know, you’re kidding yourself. It’s about nothing. The whole Smile thing ultimately frustrates me - contradicting reasons as to why it wasn’t released and never really finished, the multiple versions of the same song - it’s just all too confusing, it does my brain in. I can’t begin to comprehend what those harmonies are doing. The production is delightful. BUT. Love wasn’t meant to be this complicated or serious. The week is about what gives the listener the most enjoyment, and this is not it. Pet Sounds and Smile are not the reasons I’m a Brian Wilson fan. Trivia question: Who is the guy saying ‘You’re under arrest’? It’s not one of the Beach Boys. 
 
Participant - Sugar, Sugar (The Archies - 1969) 
I was too young when this song came out. But I was a watcher of the TV show and was in love with Betty. I just couldn’t understand what she was doing hanging around that Archie guy when there was a 10 year old in Australia who was oh, so willing to have a mature relationship with her. I still own the Betty and Me below. Veronica was too scheming for me, and Reggie was a jerk. I always felt for Jughead who never seemed to get in on any of the action. My love for Betty lasted a full year until I fell hard for Josie from Josie & the Pussycats. Now THAT was real love, and she remains my archetypal dream girl. I long for an Archies reunion in the same way that some people yearn for ABBA to get back together. 

Image result for betty and me comics September 1974 Archies #60 

I wonder how Lee would’ve voted. 
 
 (Davy’s is adorable)
 
 (Go Louie!)
 
 (This guy CAN sing)
 
 (Davy teaching Axl Rose how to dance)
 
 (Oh, Mike [love])
 
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Thanks for the interesting facts. Jonathan Nesmith, a son of Mike, was one of those responsible for this brilliant clip. The story that ‘Sugar, Sugar’ was supposedly written for the Monkees, prompting the infamous Nesmith fist through the wall, is apparently erroneous. The song suggested by Don Kirschner, in ’67, was possibly a song called ‘Sugar Man’. 

The movie .... "It was too trippy for children and too childish for adults (or trippers). But the song is a standard. Great flip-side too."  Yep. Shame they didn't dub their voices.  That would have been a special treat.
 
Heroes and Villains - The Beach Boys  Just tonight finished watching the 'Wrecking Crew' movie.  Everyone in full praise of Brian.  The 'Crew' have to rate as 'Heroes'. 
 
Sugar, Sugar - The Archies  "I still own the Betty and Me below" . Looks to me like you have a mint condition comic.

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D.A.N.  I never liked texting and avoid it almost totally.  It's too much work!  Good on ya to take it on though.

Bonnie, You have a way with words and are as colorful as the videos are!  Yes, the Archies were a band for about a minute back in the 60's.  "Look" has a nice melody to it, but yeah, the video was a little "cheeky" indeed!

Verden, Good to see you back!  It's been quite a while and I've missed you.  Thank you for your votes this week and hope you're back to stay!

David W., Thanks for your votes this week.  I loved the Benedictus video and song.  Seems perfect for a cool Autumn day, mellowing down from the summer activities.  

Darren, Thanks for all of the info on the Monkees and their Good Times album.  I could not find anything on it.  Where is a good site to go to for music info?  I had heard a few months ago that ABBA was making a new album.  About Heroes and Villains... I was thinking that this is probably the first really different hit single by the Boys and wondered how many BB's fans were surprised it was a Beach Boys record when they heard it.  Van Dyke Parks co-wrote this with Brian and as we all know, VDP came up with some really obscure lyrics, leaving us all to wonder WTH it's all about.  Mike Love had approached VDP about some lyrics (believe it was on Surf's Up), "What does it mean?"  

I never watched the Archies cartoons, but a few years ago my son was watching the new show, Riverdale which is about them.  I watched with him, but didn't like or dislike it.  Darren lost interest in it after the second season.  Last time I watched it, Betty had been really interested in Archie for a long time and then just friends.  Seems she fell for Jughead.  It was really cool to see Madchen Amick (from Twin Peaks as Shelley), playing Betty's mother.  

Thanks to all for your votes, videos and comments.  I'm surprised at all of the Beatles and Monkee's animated videos that you've found and posted!  I really loved the Daydream Believer video.  Love the song and miss Davy so much.  He was such a happy guy. It just doesn't seem possible that he could be gone...


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Oh, heck....I've been holding back (since I've posted this before). 
While not animated - and the fake mustache and sideburn budget must have been at least $5 - here's a song spoof reflecting our admiration for a certain Beatle:



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Better vote because...


Gold -- "Heroes & Villains", Beach Boys. One of my favorite Brian Wilson experimental production songs, using similar production techniques as "Good Vibrations", connecting together a number of musical segments into one song, and serving as its follow-up hit single. For many years, I was only used to the single version of the song, and its inclusion on the Smiley Smile album. Thus, as more bits from the abandoned SMiLE project gradually became known, and as Brian's SMiLE album and the SMiLE Sessions box set became available, I was fascinated with all the different bits that Brian had included in other working versions of the song. 

Darren, I believe the correct answer to your "you're under arrest question" is Gene Gaddy, who was Brian's brother-in-law and the husband of Marilyn's sister, Barbara Rovell. 

Silver -- "You Bring the Summer", Monkees. I fully agree with Darren about what an excellent 50th anniversary album the Monkees' Good Times album was, and this song was one of the best. With Davey Jones being deceased, Micky Dolenz sang lead on most songs, but reluctant Monkee Mike Nesmith and Peter Tork took some leads also. A more subdued song from the album that I also liked was this reflective love song, "Me and Magdalena", written by Ben Gibbard (of Death Cab for Cutie) with Mike singing lead, backed by Micky:


Bronze -- "Sugar Sugar", Archies. Back at the time when this major bubblegum song targeted to younger music-buying kids came out, I could never have imagined ranking it higher than a Beatles hit, but so it goes these many years later. The song is a true pop confection and, as such, it has held up over time for what it is, a catchy pop megahit and perhaps the epitome of the bubblegum music era. A couple more bubblegum classics:



That ought to be enough "sugar" to drive us diabetics into a coma.

Tin -- "Yellow Submarine", Beatles. After creating more and more fascinating and sophisticated songs, the Beatles seemed to cop out and go with this teeny-bop song to appeal to their younger audience, and perhaps one that Ringo could sing. This, around the time of their classic Rubber Soul, Yesterday & Today (for those of us in the US) and Revolver albums, seemed so out of synch with classics like Norwegian Wood, Eleanor Rigby, Yesterday, Paperback Writer/Rain, Nowhere Man, Good Day Sunshine, Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields, Tomorrow Never Knows, etc. Though the song gained additional traction as the title song to the animated movie, this George Harrison song was much more to my liking at that point:


Finally, perhaps this animated family-friendly classic song could serve as a musical precursor to bonnie's "cheeky" contribution by Sebastien Tellier:


Fun battle this week, Cindy.

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Gold - Yellow Submarine/Beatles. - Fabulous video for a great song
Silver - Sugar Sugar/Archies. - Immensely catchy song, if only cartoons of my youth played songs as catchy as this
Bronze - You Bring the Summer/Monkees. - Hard choice as both bronze and tin are great songs. 
Tin - Heroes and Villains/Beach Boys. - Had to put them lower because the first two are so good, but still a great song.

Awesome week! 
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Darren, Thanks for all of the info on the Monkees and their Good Times album.  I could not find anything on it.  Where is a good site to go to for music info? 

Cindy, just Google it and check out the Wikipedia entry. It's all there, including the reviews. 


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Last time I watched it, Betty had been really interested in Archie for a long time and then just friends.  Seems she fell for Jughead. 

Comforting to learn this. I guess there is hope for me yet, but now I'm very jealous. Please keep me posted. 


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Mike Love had approached VDP about some lyrics (believe it was on Surf's Up), "What does it mean?"  

Cindy, my understanding is it was in relation to 'over and over the crows cries uncover the cornfield' from 'Cabin Essence'. I'd have done the same.


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Darren, I believe the correct answer to your "you're under arrest question" is Gene Gaddy, who was Brian's brother-in-law and the husband of Marilyn's sister, Barbara Rovell. 

Tom, I believe you are correct, sir.
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