Results from Week 5 of the Play-Offs (Battle of the Golds)...
Here are the results from Week 5 of the Play-Offs (the Battle of the Golds):-
GOLD - Surf’s Up (The Beach Boys - 1966 & 1971/2011) (Week 28 - Al Forsyth) (eleven 1st places) - 181
SILVER - Don’t Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder) (The Beach Boys - 1966) (Week 40 - Peter Simpson) (one 1st place) - 152
BRONZE - You Still Believe in Me (The Beach Boys - 1966) (Week 14 - Larry Franz) (two 1st places) - 150
4. Lay Down Burden (Brian Wilson - 1998) (Week 42 - Al Forsyth) (three 1st places) - 129
5. If I Fell (The Beatles - 1964) (Week 2 - D.A.N) (two 1st places) - 123
6. Cabin Essence (The Beach Boys - 1966 & 1968/2011) (Week 37 - Darren J. Ray) (one 1st place) - 122
7. This Whole World (The Beach Boys - 1970) (2016 re-master) (Week 3 - Al Forsyth) (two 1st places) - 121
8. Help Me, Rhonda (The Beach Boys - 1965) (Week 7 - BrianFan) (nil 1st places) - 102
9. The Ballad of John and Yoko (The Beatles - 1969) (Week 8 - Cindy Hood) (nil 1st places) - 79
10. Oxygen to the Brain (Brian Wilson - 2008) (Week 21 - Cantina Margarita) (nil 1st places) - 51
Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote.
We had 22 voters for the week.
Special thanks again to DAN for scrutinising the votes this week and throughout the play-offs.
Congratulations to Al, Pete and Larry who selected the medal winners in their original weeks.
This is the first time that Al has selected the winning song of the year; the first male host to do so.
Well done, Al.
‘Surf’s Up’ is the Gold winner for Season VII, joining ‘Good Vibrations’, ‘God Only Knows’, ‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice’, ‘Surfer Girl’, ‘I Get Around’ and ‘Don’t Worry Baby’ in the BOTB Hall of Fame, and is hence retired from competition.
It was the second time around for ‘Surf’s Up’. In Season II, the Surf’s Up version came 2nd overall (Season Silver), 32 points shy of ‘God Only Knows’.
‘Don’t Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder)’ now joins ‘The Warmth of the Sun’ as twice runner-up in a season (Season Silver).
It also came 2nd place last year in Season VI. (‘Warmth' was runner-up in Seasons I and V.)
It also ended 5th in the Preliminary Final in Season I.
It was the second time around for ‘You Still Believe in Me’. It won Gold in Week 9 of Season IV (Verden McCutcheon) and just missed play-offs.
Four of the remaining seven tracks had Battle history.
After three previous attempts (all Golds but no play-offs), ‘Lay Down Burden’ finishes 4th. It’s the highest finish ever for a Brian solo track, quite ahead of ‘Your Imagination’, ‘Love and Mercy’ (both 8th places) and ‘Oxygen to the Brain’ (10th).
It was the second time for ‘If I Fell’. Its 5th mirrors its 5th in the Season V Gold Play-Off.
It was the second time around for ‘This Whole World’. Its 7th compares with its 5th in the Season II Gold Play-Off.
‘The Ballad of John and Yoko’ was previously used in Season I, when it won Silver in Week 21 (Domestic Animal Noises), beaten by three points by ‘California Saga: California’, which finished 10th in last week’s Preliminary Final. Neither song made play-offs that first year.
The two Pet Sounds tracks, ‘Don’t Talk…’ and ‘You Still Believe in Me’ have had an interesting tussle this past fortnight.
Last week, in the Preliminary Final, ‘You Still Believe in Me’ finished two points ahead of ‘Don’t Talk…’.
This week, positions were reversed with ‘Don’t Talk….’ finishing two points ahead.
Of the same 21 voters who voted in both weeks, three changed their preference of the two. This time, one voter preferred ‘You Still Believe in Me’, whilst two voters preferred ‘Don’t Talk…’.
‘Surf’s Up’ led from voter #3 and was never headed.
14 of the 22 voters placed it in their top two.
Its only placings outside the Top 5 were two 6th places (from Patricia R and yours truly) and two 8th places (from Pete and Graciegirl).
It is a mild polariser, as is ‘Heroes and Villains’, which has featured – both the Smiley Smile and Smile Sessions versions – in three play-offs (two Golds and a Preliminary) and each time attained more 1st votes than songs that finished above it, ie, some other voters give it a low rating.
The other SMiLE song, ‘Cabin Essence’, is another example. Six voters put it in their Top 3. Seven voters put it in their bottom 3.
Beyond that, the main polariser was, probably to be expected, ‘The Ballad of John and Yoko’. 18 of the 22 voters had ‘Ballad….’ in either their Top 3 (four) or bottom 3 (fourteen).
The only songs to not receive a 10th place were ‘Surf’s Up’, ‘You Still Believe in Me’, ‘Lay Down Burden’ and ‘Cabin Essence’.
Only two songs received multiple 10th places – ‘Oxygen to the Brain’ (twelve) and ‘The Ballad of John and Yoko’ (four).
‘Oxygen to the Brain’ was the only song to not be in anyone’s Top 3. ‘Oxygen...’ and ‘Help Me, Rhonda’ were the only songs to not be in anyone’s Top 2. ‘Rhonda’ received three 3rd places.
So, that’s it for another season.
We’ve now been running this weekly competition for a full seven years!
We now break for a fortnight before Season VIII kicks off on Monday, February 20th.
Pete will shortly be posting a schedule, inviting hosts to jump on board. Hoping you’ll participate.
In the meantime, I will update and post a new ‘Battle Guidelines…’ which will acknowledge our new retiree.
Incidentally, if anyone has any questions, ideas or concerns about the Battle, please feel free to raise them here.
Copyright bans on clips remains a major issue.
I’d like to again say thank you to our ‘team’ of voters who have almost weekly helped clear clips in their respective countries before hosts have been given the green light to post their final selections.
These people have regularly included Lisa, t, David, Paul, John Potter, John E, bonnie, Cantina and others.
Thank you very much, and thanks to the hosts who have been party to this.
Please remember, because a clip may work for a host in the US, doesn’t necessarily mean it can be viewed in Canada, the UK, Australia, Germany or anywhere else. And vice-versa.
To avoid three-cornered contests that have the potential to catapult songs into play-offs (because part of the world cannot evaluate one of the songs), I strongly encourage upcoming hosts to contact me (or anyone) privately with a bunch of clips and we can run them by a blueboarder from each of those countries to ensure their future week has no restrictions.
It was good to see there were no double-ups on songs this past year. Thanks, everyone.
However, we are also yet to establish whether cover versions of retirees can be used. Tom seems the only person who has voiced an opinion on this in the past. What does everyone else think?
Thank you all for allowing me to conduct the play-offs again and for supporting it.
All finalists were totally based on the figures from the weekly battles. (If anyone isn’t sure how they work, check out the Battle Guidelines post, halfway down page 3 of this forum, but soon to be updated.)
I tried to keep the system transparent though, at the same time, endeavoured to build the suspense.
Every host should feel free to query me as to where their selections finished up. It’s your right.
Thanks to everyone who took the time to host and, indeed, everyone who voted throughout the year. Without your great support, we obviously wouldn’t have a game.
We had 17 different hosts in 2016, 16 of whom had at least one of their selections make play-offs. (Lee, your one week of Christmas songs was always going to make it tough.)
Cindy and yours truly had the most appearances in the play-offs with seven nominees each. Larry had six.
32 of the 44 weeks spawned play-off contestants, 12 of which had multiple entries. The most from any week was three from Cindy’s Week 18.
30 different Blueboarders voted during the year, 11 of whom participated in all 49 weeks of competition (see list below).
49 – Al Forsyth, Lee Marshall, kds, D.A.N, Lisa G/TS, David W, Peter Simpson, Graciegirl, Darren J. Ray
48 – bonnie bella*, Tom Tobben
47 – Deb#1
44 – t Bedford*
43 – Larry Franz (includes five as Professor Dewey)
42 – Cindy Hood
39 – Verden McCutcheon
38 – John B
37 – paul g adsett
33 – Popeye (not the sailor)
29 – Cantina Margarita
26 – John E
11 – NotJermia
6 – MaryNYS
5 – BrianFan
3 – Gentizzy, Mr Ferm
1 – Ney Garm, thorgil, stkilda4ever, Patricia R
* bonnie bella abstained from voting in her Week 27; t Bedford abstained from voting in the five weeks he hosted
The most supported week was Week 21 (Cantina Margarita) with 23 voters.
The least supported weeks were the Christmas ones, Weeks 44 (Cindy Hood) and 45 (Deb#1) with just 15 voters each.
Many thanks to Pete Simpson for organising the roster of hosts and to DAN for always being there when we need a scrutineer, throughout the year and especially during the play-offs.
And, of course, thanks to the great Brian Wilson and Michael DeMartin (Admin) for allowing us our own forum on this wonderful board.
Before next season kicks off, I shall update all the results from the year.
We ask that all future hosts recognise the seven ‘retirees’, and please continue to refrain from using a recording that has already been used in the same season.
Beyond that, all other songs are fair game, whether they’ve been used in previous seasons or not.
Looking forward to Season VIII.
This season is now closed.