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paul g adsett

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thanks, cindy, for a chance to watch the platters spin.
a nostalgic moment or two as we recall how pop music was instilled into our very souls.
the kids of today, eh, they don't have a clue...
i find it amusing to see a couple of schoolgirls sharing one earbud each
as they share (1/2 a stereo image each) some download or spotify track on a mobile phone.
there was a time when the cd jukebox, with a seemingly endless choice of tracks,
intruded into pubs.
but there's fewer and fewer of these even.
and i no longer know of even a couple of pubs in town
that still have an olde worlde jukebox in place where that fine ritual can take place.
righty ho, then, here we go...  

gold: 'good timin''
- not a favourite album
(though i prefer the sleeve to many a bb record cover).
it sounds gorgeous.
it's got good timing,
in the way the lyrics are stressed.
ok, it's not got the most sophisticated lyrics, but, hey...
it's good.
and it's the best of this week's bunch.

silver: 'miss you'
- could've been a gold.
boy, he's tenacious, is he not?
not tempted by offers of 'puerto rican girls...'
from his mates
' we used to...'.
what strength of character, what.
it's a strong stones' shuffling riff that struts'n'shrugs its way through.
and it's got mel collins' sax and ian maclaghan on keyboards.
one of the better tracks
(along with 'beast of burden' and the excellent 'girl with faraway eyes')
on an album i have a very ambivalent attitude to.

bronze: 'dependin' on you'
- much as i avoid the doobie brothers 
especially since, what, well, since 'toulouse street'
- the only album i can say i quite liked.
this track isn't unpalatable (well, not totally).
it's got a jaunty feel to it (slightly little feat / steely danish)
which jiggles along merrily.
but, lyrically?
nope, not for me.
'gonna win life's loving cup...'
- gulp, that's awful!
it is, however, completely vindicated by its guitar solo.
if it's not jeff baxter it's a fine clone.

tln: 'fantasy girl'
- 'a vision...'?
an aural nightmare.
it follollops along interminably.
sorry, but this is a good example of that wallpaper rock,
from any number of rawk outfits,
that sends me running for the exit.
'don't let me...'

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Forgive me, last derailment (although I'll throw in a video treat for you and others):

Darren -- Yep, we're generally on the same page with Bohemian Rhapsody.  I forgot to mention that the actor portraying Brian May was a stunning spittin' image of the real deal. I'd say Rami Malek beat the heck out of Sacha Baron Cohen (the original choice) as Freddie. Thank heavens the brilliant acting by him and a few others was some compensation for the timeline goof-ups. 

Cantina -- Yep, the scenes of the Roger Taylor actor attempting the falsetto "Galileo"s was another fun clip. And yep...I get extremely displeased with those clowns that feel a need to provide unnecessary commentary for a movie.  

For those interested, here's a great l'il interview with Mike Myers, including one of his scenes around 5:13....and some great memories of a connection with George Harrison starting just before the 8 minute mark:

...and once again, back to the Saloon tunes!

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Is this the last call?

GOLD - The Stoned Rollers. This lot, like KISS, do good t-shirts. It's probably top shelf stuff but I've never been enamoured with these guys. Nice harmonies though and a great pub song. 

SILVER - TBB. Doesn't pack the punch of the Stones, but such a pretty song and more refined harmonies than Miss You. I always have a funny little aversion to song titles that have the "g" missing from the "ing" in the title. An endearing little colloquialism from y'all in the US.  Don't stop believin' in that important little g, guys.

BRONZE - The Doobs. Love this band. Can't help but let the 70's monster out when they start up. Not everybody's handle of stout, but this would be an excellent song to be playing in the background in any bar. I'd be tapping my toes.

TIN - .38 Special. I would call this Where We Went Wrong This Week.  A reminder that the 80's were looming large.

I remember when Whet Whet Whet released Love Is All Around and I hated it. It was used to clear the bar out at the end of mildly debaucherous nights in a local tavern (it worked). Then one day I heard this and realised it was a cover of a much better rendition.

Tom's post about closing time reminded me of a time when I was travelling with my parents and we stopped at a bar/restaurant for a very late meal. There were a few diners there when we arrived, but by the time we were served we were the only ones left and you could tell we'd arrived later than the staff were really happy about. Ten minutes later this song came on, and it seemed like somebody had turned the volume up a little as well.

Thanks, Cindy. Excellent discussion this week. [smile]


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bonnie said:
Then one day I heard this and realised it was a cover of a much better rendition.

The version you posted, while it is the Troggs, is not the original hit recording. Here's the actual hit version (easily identified by the strings missing from the one you posted).

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Darren J. Ray

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Ha! bonnie and t, I have a comment below bonnie's LIAA clip that I posted about three weeks ago... 

Prefer the released version. RIP Reg 

And the really wet version makes me gag. 


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Hi, Cindy,

I don’t frequent them anymore, but I remember Maryland bars and the food.  I remember all you can eat blue crab feasts.  I really enjoyed a fresh Chesapeake Bay oyster shooter: a raw oyster, vodka, cocktail sauce and lemon. If you were in Baltimore you had a Natty Boh to go with the crab cakes.  Now blue crabs are $125 a bushel instead of $25.  Red Tide plagues the oysters.  There’s still the Natty Boh, however.
I remember hearing a lot of Sam Cooke on the jukeboxes.  This one stands out:

And a lot of Willie Nelson:

Many good drinking songs. Old Bay Seasoning on everything.
My votes:
   Gold - The Beach Boys - Good Timin'
   Silver - The Rolling Stones - Miss You
   Bronze - The Doobie Brothers - Dependin' On You
   Tin - 38 Special - Fantasy Girl

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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Voting is now closed.

I'll be back later on this morning with the scores.

While you're waiting, here's a couple jukebox songs.

This one is the one Clarke's had taken out after I played it a few times while I was there.  Guess they didn't like it.  LOL!

From 1975:

Tom Tobben, Verden, Cantita, David W., Paul, Bonnie and Deb - your votes are in the ballot box!

Deb, I know what you mean about the pollution in the Chesapeake and the problem with red tide affecting oysters.  Florida has had a bad problem with it this year and have had manatees, sea turtles, fish etc. wash up on the shores, dead.  It's so sad.  There's a movie I watched called, The Bay.  I don't really know if it was based on a true story, but it's a fictional town in the Eastern Shore called Claridge (Cambridge?).  On July 4, 2009, practically an entire town was killed by either swimming in the bay or eating shellfish.  The isopods that were feeding on the bacteria in the water got into the fish and sea life, eating away at their mouths and tongues until they died.  The same happened to the people who ate the fish and shellfish.  At the end of the movie they said that a chicken farm (Perdue?) in the area dumped the chicken feces in the Chesapeake bay and it's what caused the bacterial infestation.  The CDC was called in and they sealed off the town and supposedly put a gag order on the incident.  The Bay was treated with bleach to kill the bacteria.  Now, this seemed to me to be based on a real incident, but my son didn't agree.  I looked it up and found nothing on it except about the movie and one article in the Balitmore Sun that said that it was "85 percent factual".  Whatever... the movie scared the daylights out of me and I haven't eaten any fresh seafood since and will never eat any seafood from the Chesapeake Bay.  

Back in the late spring this year, I read a news article that said that the Chesapeake Bay, MD & VA, had multiple cases of flesh eating bacteria - over 100 cases in all (most were in VA).  I think MD had around 27 cases of it from people swimming in the water that had open cuts or abrasions that contracted it.  Scary stuff.  

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paul g adsett

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bonnie and deb,
brillllant jukebox tracks.
cindy , dunno if i'd play it in a pub,
and i never was a disco fanatic,
but the 12" 'ring my bell' holds a dear place in my heart,
evoking a specific time and place.
i picked up a remaindered copy for about 25p a bit later on.
very rarely spin it, 
but you've given me the urge to dig it out a little later today
and play it loud
in all its 12" glory...
Cindy Hood

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Paul, Clarke's was a small and casual place.  The jukebox had a few hard rock/rock songs and were comprised of mostly light stuff like the ones I posted in the battle and like Gerry Rafferty, Dire Straits, Chicago, etc.  Ring My Bell was disco and really was out of place.  Glad that it brought out a nice memory for you!

Bonnie, Love Is All Around is a wonderful song.  I like it best by the Troggs and I did like the Wet, Wet, Wet version, too. Have you seen the movie, Love Actually?  This song was featured, but was used as a Christmas gimmick for Bill Nighy's character. It's funny about that not so subtle hint to get out of the establishment by playing Hit The Road Jack.  There was a place in Baltimore, called Hammerjack's that would play Journey's Party's Over/Hopelessly In Love as a last call song.  That was the original Hammerjack's.  They built a huge place in another location that had bands and concerts with some popular artists.  

To Verden, Cantina, David and Tom - glad that this contest has taken you back to fond memories of your favorite hang outs and songs from that era that you like. 

Tom, Baby Blue is another track on L.A. that I find so beautiful.  I love the part after Carl's vocal where there is a pause before Dennis' vocal comes in.  It gives me chills every single time I listen to it and the tears start to well up.

Deb, I agree with you about Maryland - the best seafood anywhere and Old Bay seasoning on everything!  I have some fave places there where the crab cakes and other dishes were sublime.  I moved to NC in 2006 and although they sell Old Bay here, their seafood dishes are awful.  They mash crab cakes flat as a pancake and are dry as a bone.  Everyone who has had my crab cakes, thinks they're the best they've ever had.  I made them for Boss's day where I worked and they couldn't stop talking about them.  So, if I want a crab cake I either have to make my own or go to Maryland for them.

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Here are the votes for Clarke's Saloon.

The Beach Boys for Good Timin'.
Gold:  9,  Silver:  7,  Bronze:  0,  Tin:  0 = 57 points.
The Rolling Stones for Miss You.
Gold:  7,  Silver:  7,  Bronze:  2,  Tin:  0  =53 pts,
The Doobie Brothers for Dependin' On You.
Gold:  0,  Silver:  2,  Bronze:  9,  Tin:  5  =  29 pts.
.38 Special for Fantasy Girl.
Gold:  0,  Silver:  0,  Bronze:  5,  Tin:  11  -  21 pts.
There were 16 voters = 160 overall pts.

The gold and silver were so close!

To all of you in the USA, please have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.  If you're traveling, I wish you a safe journey.  

Thanks to all who participated  in this contest!  You won't be seeing me hosting again until next year.


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Darren J. Ray

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Well done, Cindy.

They’re in the book.

Cindy, I have some good and bad news for you!

OK, some stats….

It was the second time ‘Good Timin’’ has been used.

It won the Gold in Week 1 of Season VII (Verden McCutcheon) but failed to make play-offs.

Its scores that week were 69 points and 34.00% from 20 voters.

This week, it scored 57 and 35.62 from 16 voters.

It is almost certain to feature in the play-offs; possibly the Gold Play-Off.

Six of the 10 songs on L.A. (Light Album) have been used. Cindy, you’ve used four of them; one twice.  

Its record:

Good Timin’ (a Gold in Week 1 of Season VII - Verden McCutcheon; a Gold in Week 39 of Season IX - Cindy Hood),
Lady Lynda (a Silver in Week 14 of Season IV - Cindy Hood; a Gold in Week 8 of Season VIII - Cindy Hood),
Full Sail (a Gold in Week 18 of Season I, 10th in Preliminary Final - Cynthia D Hood),
Sumahama (a Silver in Week 4 of Season I - Darren J. Ray),  
Here Comes the Night (a Bronze in Week 13 of Season II, 7th in Bronze Play-Off - Peter Simpson),
Baby Blue (a Gold in Week 42 of Season V - Cindy Hood)

‘Miss You’ is the twelfth Battle entry for The Rolling Stones.

Their record:

Gimme Shelter (a Silver in Week 2 of Season I, 5th in Silver Play-Off - Wow! Great Concert!),
Harlem Shuffle (a Silver in Week 37 of Season I - Gordon Higgins),
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (a Bronze in Week 26 of Season III - Kevin Witts),
Mixed Emotions (a Silver in Week 9 of Season IV - Verden McCutcheon),
Angie (a Gold in Week 10 of Season IV, 7th in Preliminary Final - Jo McGuire),
Not Fade Away (a Bronze in Week 21 of Season IV - Al Forsyth),
Start Me Up (a Silver in Week 1 of Season V - Larry  Franz),
Get Off of My Cloud (a Silver in Week 7 of Season VI, 4th in Silver Play-Off - Deb #1),
Around and Around (live) (a Silver in Week 22 of Season VI - Rosemary l),
Honky Tonk Women (a Bronze in Week 28 of Season VII - Al Forsyth),
Gimme Shelter (a Bronze in Week 2 of Season IX - Larry Franz),
Miss You (a Silver in Week 39 of Season IX - Cindy Hood)

Its 53 points is the equal highest for a Silver for the year.

Its 33.12% is the HIGHEST EVER PERCENTAGE for a Silver winner.

It surpasses ‘Rio Grande’ by Brian Wilson (33.06%, Week 4 of Season VII - t Bedford) and ‘Penny Lane’ by The Beatles (33.05%, Week 1 of Season IV - Al Forsyth).

‘Rio Grande’ finished 3rd in its season’s Silver Play-Off.

‘Penny Lane’ won its Silver Play-Off, won the Preliminary Final and finished 2nd in the Gold Play-Off, losing by just 174 points to ‘Surfer Girl’ with 178.5 points (and leaving the song that actually beat it in Week 1, ‘Heroes and Villains’, stranded in 6th place with 141 points).

So is ‘Miss You’ that great a song? Or were the also-rans this week not up to scratch? The play-offs will tell! ‘Miss You’ has booked a spot in them.

‘Depending’ On You’ is the sixth Doobie Brothers track to be used (and third this year).

Their record:

Long Train Runnin’ (a Silver in Week 25 of Season II, 9th in Silver Play-Off - Roy Roger Bridge),
Another Park, Another Sunday (a Bronze in Week 14 of Season III - Cynthia D. Hood),
Little Darling (I Need You) (a Bronze in Week 39 of Season VIII - The Egg),
Rockin’ Down the Highway (a Silver in Week 25 of Season IX - Lee Marshall),
The Doctor (a Bronze in Week 30 of Season IX - Darren J. Ray),
Dependin’ On You (a Bronze in Week 39 of Season IX - Cindy Hood)

Its percentage of 18.12% is the eighth lowest percentage ever for a Bronze.

Only these Bronze songs have scored lower:

15.75% - ‘Crocodile Rock' (The Beach Boys - 1991) (Week 36 of Season II - Cynthia D. Hood),
16.92% - 'Dream On' (album version) (Aerosmith - 1973) (Week 1 of Season XIII - Cindy Hood),
17.39% - ‘Footloose' (Kenny Loggins - 1984) (Week 17 of Season VI - Kevin Witts),
17.50% - 'Be My Thrill' (The Weepies - 2010) (Week 1 of Season IV - Al Forsyth),
18.05% - 'Hooked On a Feeling' (Blue Swede - 1974) (Week 25 of Season IV - snoops71),
18.06% - 'Stressed Out' (Twenty One Pilots - 2015) (Week 42 of Season VII - Al Forsyth),
18.10% - 'Soul Deep' (The Box Tops - 1969) (Week 7 of Season II - Cynthia D. Hood)

The 13.12% for ‘Fantasy Girl’ is the third lowest percentage for a song this year.

We’re in the home stretch now. Please continue to support your hosts. 

Cindy Hood

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Reply with quote  #42 
Darren, Thanks for all of your meticulous statistics of all of the battles.  You ROCK!  

I love L.A. Album, so that's why I've posted so many tracks in the contest.  I really like the 1985 Beach Boys album, too.  Next year, I'll have to use a song or two from that album when I host.  

Thanks again for all of your hard work, Darren!

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