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Tom Tobben

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Well, here we are, selecting the cream of this past year's crop. And has often been the case in past years, we've got the Beach Boys vs the Beatles competing for most of the final top spots. So:

1. A Day in the Life, Beatles -- Superb Lennon/McCartney creative wizardry. They loved to turn you on with their late 60s music.
2. Imagine, John Lennon -- If for no other reason, for his dreamer's sense of hopefulness. We could sure use some of that about now. A solo Lennon masterpiece. 
3. In My Room, Beach Boys. Beautifully touching youthful introspection by Brian. 
4. Something’s Got a Hold on Me, Etta James. There's hardly ever been any better or more powerful female R&B/soul singer than Etta and this is one of her very best.
5. Strawberry Fields Forever, Beatles. Hard to believe this groundbreaking song only made it to my #5, but that just shows how good the songs above it are, from my perspective.
6. Rescue Me, Fontella Bass. This powerful soul classic by lifetime St. Louisan Fontella Bass ought to be even higher, but this final round of competition is mighty impressive. I'm a big fan of good soul/R&B music, and the inclusion of two powerful classic soul songs/artists (Etta James, Fontella Bass who both recorded on labels owned by Chicago's legendary Chess Records), in our final gold round is great to see.
7. Our Prayer, Beach Boys. Brian's mastery of stacked vocal harmonies with an uplifting mood. Too bad it's more of a snippet or "feel" as part of SMiLE than a full-length song, but it's still won-won-wonderful. 
8. The Longest Time, Billy Joel. Doo-wop delight, from Billy's superb Innocent Man album.  
9. California Girls, Beach Boys. A Beach Boys classic, one of their biggest hits. I'm just tired of it and all that the song came to represent over time, publicly objectifying young attractive women in bikinis, especially as Mike and his Beach Boys got older and older. Not so for Brian and his band!
10. Round, Penelope Isles. A lovely contemporary song. Give paul credit for finding a new song and artist that we could all appreciate. 


As we prepare to wrap up Season 10, I'm eager to see what new offerings each of us can come up with during Season 11. As bonnie, Deb, paul, Al, Larry, and others have illustrated periodically, there's also a lot of good newer music and artists that we could also be exploring and sharing in our battles. 

Kudos to all who actively participated and who hosted battles and shared interesting songs and insights this past year, and especially to Darren who has played a key role in keeping this ship afloat over most of the past ten years.  
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My votes and I think my top three are the same as last week ......Thanks for hosting the comp Darren ......don't know how you do it !


1. A Day in the Life

2. Strawberry Fields Forever

3. California Girls

4. Imagine

5. In My Room

6. Our Prayer

7. Something's Got a Hold on Me

8. The Longest Time

9. Rescue Me

10. Round
 
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paul g adsett

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i'm well chuffed to see local band penelope isles hit the 2019 top 10,
especially with a single from their very first album
(insofar as those words now mean much in a streaming age).
i'll let 'em know of this little added accolade
amongst a very fine selection of contenders.
i can't, in all honesty, place their entry in the toppermost half echelon today,
which has proved very difficult to rate,
but, hey, wow...
and, no apology for failing to differentiate 'twixt 1 and 2.

1 equal: 'in my room'
1 equal: 'strawberry fields forever'
3: 'our prayer'
4: 'a day in the life'

5: 'imagine'
6: 'california girls'

7: 'round'
8: 'rescue me'

9: 'the longest time'
10: 'something’s got a hold on me'

muchlybigthanks to djr and everyone'n'all.
cheerd


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Cantina Margarita

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Hi fellow voters,

here‘s my 2019 resumee.

GOLD
Our Prayer (The Beach Boys – 1966/2011)
Not because it‘s my own proposal. And not because it‘s clearly better than #2 or #3. But after all, I‘m a little bit biased here. It‘s hard competition against the world‘s best, and I have to support my home team here. Go boys !!!

SILVER
Strawberry Fields Forever (The Beatles – 1967)
If Brian says it‘s good, it‘s good. Period. And after all, it‘s not „Be My Baby“.

BRONZE
Imagine (John Lennon – 1971)
If you don‘t like this song, you must have a heart of stone. One of the most rewarding piano intros for beginners. And by the way, one of the cutest couples in history.

 

04. A Day in the Life (The Beatles - 1967)
A pioneer for any psycho-active British music. After it, it was clear to everybody what could be done by use of multituned songwriting, atonal interludes, hypnotic drums and basses, mysterious lines … wait, there was one more tool I can‘t remember ...
[nono]

05. California Girls (The Beach Boys - 1965)
The best of all their formula songs. What I love most is the non-formula elements: the famous intro, and the hooting choir behind „the west coast has the sunshine ...“ and „I‘ve been around this great big world ...“. „Girls girls girls I dig the girls“ is best by Blondie Chaplin and the Jardine guys.

06. In My Room (The Beach Boys – 1963)
Other boys are into sports, partying, rioting and chaosing. Some teenagers feel best lying alone in their room. Many people don‘t understand why. People who didn‘t even have their own bed when they were young surely will. Everything‘s OK for me with the guy. With the song, anyway.

07. The Longest Time (official video) (Billy Joel – 1984)
An uplifting song from the grumpy 1980s, a story-telling video too. „Isn‘t It Time“ from TWGMTR tells the same story. But Billy J. seems to have a much more elegant toolbox of words than ML. Both earworms.

08. Round (Penelope Isles - 2019) (50, 33.33)
2019, really ? I thought there‘s no more good new music in the world. Brighton, really ? I thought it must be Norwegian or Icelandian (or is it Icelandish, Icish ?), undercooled as it sounds. Seems to be worth a visit, Brexit or not.

09. Rescue Me (Fontella Bass – 1965)
A very good song, but unfortunately, this is about the best of the best.

10. Something’s Got a Hold on Me (Etta James - 1962)
… see above. I prefer the sentimental ones.
Sorry, I was really wishing to rate black artists higher than the two last places. But with so much B-stuff in competition ...
[wink]

Please allow me to post one last portion of mustard for the 2019 sausage. It'll help me to get The Longest Time out of my ear.



Thank you Darren for making this reality again. It‘s priceless, and worth all the work you put in.
Could you please tell me what my second Gold playoffs competitor used to be ? I can't remember ...
[sleep]

 

Cheers !

 

 

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paul g adsett

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thanks, cantimarge,
for the brighton mention
and the thumbs up for a recent release
that po-poos theat idea of no good new music,
which seems to affect too many who,
ok, may prefer stuff from the heydiddlediddleday,
but don't appear want to open their ears to the new.

however,
ye olde clippe what you posted may sort of compensate for not going etta / fontella
but skips back to antiquity...
cheers


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Darren J. Ray

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Thanks very much to our voters thus far - John E, Cindy, Larry, stkilda4ever, Lee, Al, Verden, John B, bonnie, Deb, Tom, David, Paul and Cantina. 

John E, it was important to get your take on this golden week. 

Cindy, yes, the year has been enjoyable. 

Thank you, Larry[smile]

Thanks very much, Tom

Lee, it's great to see your name here and to get your rankings. Congratulations on the project. 

Thank you, Al. An excellent read, as usual. Yep, 'Emmylou' was Week 20. It polled enough to finish in the top half of Golds for the year, but our love for it wasn't shared by all. 

Verden, stkilda and John B, always great to get your thoughts. 

Thanks, bonnie

Deb, we're certainly partial to the oldies. Nice to see a contemporary record in there (that isn't one of Brian's). 

Thank you, Tom. And always worth the wait to read you. 

Thanks a lot, David. You're one of the true believers. You've barely missed a week since we began. 

Thanks, Paul. And congrats for getting such a good response to a contemporary song here. It's the only song from the 2000s (and isn't associated with Brian) that has ever made the Gold Play-Off. The previous closest was 'Girls Lie Too' (Terri Clark - 2004) (10th in Preliminary Final is Season IV). 

Thank you very much, Cantina. It's worth it just to read your perspective each week. And your other Gold Play-Off entrant was 'Oxygen to the Brain' (10th in Season VII). 


This season will be over in just over 12 hours. 



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Wish that our friend, Lisa, from north of the border would weigh in!  
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Cantina Margarita

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Wish that our friend, Lisa, from north of the border would weigh in!  

Obviously the big lady doesn't find the end of the song tonight.
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Al Forsyth

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I hope that she comes back one of these days.
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In My Room    10
Rescue Me    9
Imagine        8
A Day in the Life    7
California Girls    6
Strawberry Fields Forever    5
Our Prayer    4
The Longest Time    3
Something’s Got a Hold on Me    2
Round    1

Like 'em all, but I wish I hadn't heard Flo Rida (even that was only a little bit of it on an ad) before Etta.  Ruins it a bit.


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Thanks, Dan.

The polling booth has closed. 

Results to follow....
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Results from Week 5 of the Play-Offs (Battle of the Golds)...


Hi everyone.

Here are the results from Week 5 of the Play-Offs (the Battle of the Golds):- 


GOLD - In My Room (The Beach Boys - 1963) (Week 2 - Larry Franz) (eight 1st places*) - 133.5

SILVER - A Day in the Life (The Beatles - 1967) (Week 28 - Darren J. Ray) (three 1st places) - 126

BRONZE - Strawberry Fields Forever (The Beatles - 1967) (Week 28 - Darren J. Ray) (three 1st places*) - 119.5

4. California Girls (The Beach Boys - 1965) (Week 9 - stkilda4ever) (nil 1st places) - 104

5. Imagine (John Lennon - 1971) (Week 11 - Tom Tobben) (two 1st places) - 101

6. Our Prayer (The Beach Boys - 1966/2011) (Week 33 - Cantina Margarita) (one 1st place) - 100

7. Rescue Me (Fontella Bass - 1965) (Week 10 - Cindy Hood) (nil 1st places) - 63.5

8. The Longest Time (official video) (Billy Joel - 1984) (Week 24 - The Egg) (nil 1st places) - 59

9. Something’s Got a Hold on Me (Etta James - 1962) (Week 22 - Tom Tobben) (nil 1st places) - 40

10. Round (Penelope Isles - 2019) (Week 44 - paul g adsett) (nil 1st places) - 33.5

* includes a tie for 1st place



Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote.

We had 16 voters for the week.

Special thanks again to D.A.N for scrutinising the votes this week and throughout the play-offs.


Congratulations to Larry and yours truly who selected the medal winners in their original weeks.

This is the second time that Larry has selected the winning song of the year; the first male host to win multiple years. 

Well done, Larry.


‘In My Room’ is the Gold winner for Season X.

It takes its place in the BOTB Hall of Fame. All annual winners have been Beach Boys classics:

Season I - Good Vibrations (1966) (Cynthia D. Hood)
Season II - God Only Knows (1966) (Cynthia D. Hood)
Season III - Wouldn’t It Be Nice (1966) (Cindy Hood)
Season IV - Surfer Girl (1963) (Jo McGuire)
Season V - I Get Around (1964) (bonnie bella)
Season VI - Don’t Worry Baby (1964) (Cindy Hood)
Season VII - Surf’s Up (1966 & 1971/2011) (Al Forsyth)
Season VIII - ’Til I Die (1971) (Tom Tobben)
Season IX - The Warmth of the Sun (1964) (Larry Franz)
Season X - In My Room (1963) (Larry Franz)



It was the third time around for ‘In My Room’, having previously been the runner-up (Season Silver) in Season VIII (Larry Franz).

Its record:

- a Gold in Week 2 of Season III (DomesticAnimalNoises),
- a Gold in Week 25 of Season VIII, 2nd (Season Silver) in Gold Play-Off (Larry Franz),
- a Gold in Week 2 of Season X, 1st (Season Gold) in Gold Play-Off (Larry Franz)


It becomes the second annual Gold winner to come from the Surfer Girl album after the title track. (Two other albums – Pet Sounds and Shut Down Volume 2 – have also spawned two season winners.)


This is the record of the 10 tracks associated with Surfer Girl that have been used in the Battle:

Surfer Girl (a Gold in Week 28 of Season IV, 1st (Season Gold) in Gold Play-Off - Jo McGuire),

Catch a Wave (a Silver in Week 18 of Season VIII, 1st in Silver Play-Off, 9th in Preliminary Final - Deb#1),

The Surfer Moon (a Gold in Week 20 of Season I - Paul Adsett; a Gold in Week 6 of Season VI - Tom Tobben),

In My Room (a Gold in Week 2 of Season III - DomesticAnimalNoises; a Gold in Week 25 of Season VIII, 2nd (Season Silver) in Gold Play-Off - Larry Franz; a Gold in Week 2 of Season X, 1st (Season Gold) in Gold Play-Off - Larry Franz),

Hawaii (a Bronze in Week 21 of Season V, 1st in Bronze Play-Off, 8th in Preliminary Final - Jo McGuire),

Surfers Rule (a Silver in Week 13 of Season X - stkilda4ever),

Your Summer Dream (a Silver in Week 9 of Season IX, 3rd in Silver Play-Off - Deb#1),

Fun, Fun, Fun (mono) (a Gold in Week 6 of Season V, 4th in Gold Play-Off - Deb#1; a Gold in Week 11 of Season VIII, 2nd in Preliminary Final, 3rd (Season Bronze) in Gold Play-Off - t Bedford),

In My Room (German version) (a Silver in Week 39 of Season VII - t Bedford),

I Do (a Tin in Week 12 of Season I, 1st in Tin Play-Off - Prodigal Son)

A live version of ‘Little Deuce Coupe’ won the Tin in Week 45 of Season I (Cynthia D. Hood).



No song has won the Preliminary Final and gone on to win the Gold Play-Off.

‘A Day in the Life’ becomes the fifth winner of the Preliminary Final to be the season runner-up.

The four others have been ‘Penny Lane’ (Season IV), ‘The Warmth of the Sun’ (Season V), ‘Don’t Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder)’ (Season VI) and ‘Heroes and Villains’ (Season IX).



The contest between ‘A Day in the Life’ and ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ has been a close but generally consistent one.

In Week 28, ‘A Day in the Life’ won 54 points to 52.

In the Preliminary Final, it won 106.5 to 103.

This week, it won 126 to 119.5. 

But did the voters’ preferences remain consistent throughout?

As per last week, all 13 voters common to all three weeks – Cindy, Larry, John B, Al, yours truly, stkilda4ever, Verden, Deb, David, Cantina, Paul, Tom and DAN – again voted the same.

John E missed the Preliminary but his preference for ‘Strawberry Fields…’ from Week 28 remained.

Only bonnie bella’s preference changed. In Week 28, she gave ‘A Day in the Life’ her Gold and ‘Strawberry Fields…’ her Silver. Twenty-two weeks later, she had ‘Strawberry Fields’ 2nd and ‘A Day in the Life’ 3rd.

Lee had not voted in a previous week.

Those who prefer ‘A Day in the Life’ are Lee, Cindy, Larry, stkilda, Verden, Deb, David, Tom and DAN.

Those who prefer ‘Strawberry Fields…’ are John B, John E, Al, yours truly, Cantina, Paul and now Bonnie.

Nine to seven.



How about the contest between those two songs AND ‘California Girls’, two weeks running?

Rankings between the three remained consistent for Cindy, Larry, yours truly, Verden, John B, Deb#1, Tom, Paul and DAN.

They didn’t for stkilda4ever, Al, David and Cantina.

These four voters all downgraded ‘California Girls’ from last week (105.5 to ‘California Girls’, 103 to ‘Strawberry Fields…) to the extent where ‘Strawberry Fields..’ finished above it this week (119.5 to 104).



The Beatles have had 38 appearance in the Battle with 21 making play-offs.

‘A Day in the Life’ is their second season runner-up after ‘Penny Lane’ in Season IV.

‘Strawberry Fields…’ is their second season third-place after ‘In My Life’ in Season V.

So the ‘Penny Lane’/’Strawberry Fields Forever’ single has now claimed a Season Silver and a Season Bronze.


Their record:

I’ll Follow the Sun (a Silver in Week 1 of Season I, 6th in Silver Play-Off - Wow! Great Concert!),

She Loves You (a Silver in Week 3 of Season I, 2nd in Silver Play-Off, 4th in Preliminary Final - Darren J. Ray),

Here Comes the Sun (a Silver in Week 7 of Season I, 1st in Silver Play-Off, 8th in Preliminary Final - Tom Tobben),

Drive My Car (a Silver in Week 17 of Season I - Ang Jones),

Hey Jude (a Bronze in Week 19 of Season I - Cynthia D. Hood),

The Ballad of John and Yoko (a Silver in Week 21 of Season I - Domestic Animal Noises),

In My Life (a Gold in Week 34 of Season I, 7th in Preliminary Final - t Bedford),

Getting Better (a Silver in Week 36 of Season I, 7th in Silver Play-Off - mother’s little helper),

The Long and Winding Road (a Silver in Week 45 of Season I - Cynthia D. Hood),

She Came in Through the Bathroom Window (a Silver in Week 14 of Season II - Michael F. Becher),

Michelle (a Bronze in Week 19 of Season II - Michael F. Becher),

Revolution 9 (a Tin in Week 32 of Season II - t Bedford),

Help! (a Silver in Week 26 of Season III, 1st in Silver Play-Off, 4th in Preliminary Final - Kevin Witts),

Penny Lane (a Silver in Week 1 of Season IV, 1st in Silver Play-Off, 1st in Preliminary Final, 2nd (Season Silver) in Gold Play-Off - Al Forsyth),

Lady Madonna (a Gold in Week 14 of Season IV - Cindy Hood),

Blackbird (a Bronze in Week 16 of Season IV - Deb#1),

Long Tall Sally (a Silver in Week 21 of Season IV, 3rd in Silver Play-Off - Al Forsyth),

If I Fell (a Gold in Week 10 of Season V, 3rd in Preliminary Final, 5th in Tin Play-Off  - Jo McGuire),

We Can Work It Out (a Gold in Week 18 of Season V, 6th in Gold Play-Off - brent mcmullen),

Back in the U.S.S.R. (a Tin in Week 21 of Season V, 1st in Tin Play-Off - Jo McGuire),

Please Mister Postman (a Silver in Week 32 of Season V - Larry Franz),

In My Life (a Gold in Week 40 of Season V, 2nd in Preliminary Final, 3rd (Season Bronze) in Gold Play-Off - Tom Tobben),

For No One (a Bronze in Week 40 of Season V - Tom Tobben),

All My Loving (a Gold in Week 2 of Season VI, 2nd in Preliminary Final, 6th in Gold Play-Off - D.A.N),

Bad Boy (a Silver in Week 3 of Season VI - t Bedford),

Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End (a Gold in Week 31 of Season VI, 4th in Gold Play-Off - Tom Tobben),

If I Fell (a Gold in Week 2 of Season VII, 5th in Gold Play-Off - D.A.N),

Help! (a Silver in Week 7 of Season VII, 1st in Silver Play-Off, 5th in Preliminary Final - BrianFan),

The Ballad of John and Yoko (a Gold in Week 8 of Season VII, 9th in Gold Play-Off - Cindy Hood),

Help! (a Gold in Week 18 of Season VIII, 1st in Preliminary Final, 6th in Gold Play-Off - Deb#1),

Paperback Writer (a Silver in Week 2 of Season IX - Larry Franz),

Yesterday (a Bronze in Week 33 of Season IX - Al Forsyth),

Yellow Submarine (a Silver in Week 36 of Season IX - Cindy Hood),

A Day in the Life (a Gold in Week 28 of Season X, 1st in Preliminary Final, 2nd (Season Silver) in Gold Play-Off - Darren J. Ray),

Strawberry Fields Forever (a Silver in Week 28 of Season X, 1st in Silver Play-Off, 3rd in Preliminary Final, 3rd (Season Bronze) in Gold Play-Off - Darren J. Ray),

I Am the Walrus (a Tin in Week 28 of Season X, 1st in Tin Play-Off - Darren J. Ray),

Taxman (a Gold in Week 40 of Season X - Cindy Hood),

The End (a Silver in Week 45 of Season X - Darren J. Ray)


That is 12 Golds, 18 Silvers, 5 Bronzes and 3 Tins (two of which won Tin Play-Offs).

They’ve won 10 play-offs.

‘In My Life’ came 10th in the Ultimate Battle. ‘Penny Lane’ came 12th.

The solo Beatles have all made play-offs as well – Lennon (five), McCartney (two), Harrison (two) and Starr (one).

Some groups with several entries in the Battle have never made one play-off.



It was also the third time around for ‘California Girls’.

Its record: 

- a Gold in Week 26 of Season III, 1st in Preliminary Final, 3rd (Season Bronze) in Gold Play-Off (Kevin Witts),
- a Gold in Week 1 of Season VIII (Cindy Hood),
- a Gold in Week 9 of Season X, 2nd in Preliminary Final, 4th in Gold Play-Off (stkilda4ever)

In the Ultimate Battle, conducted after five seasons of the Battle wherein the three annual medal winners took part, 'California Girls' came a respectable 4th. All other songs in the first nine place getters have won a season now, although it should be noted that the version of 'Surf's Up' that came 6th in the Ultimate Battle was from Surf's Up and not the Season VII winner from The Smile Sessions.


A live version of ‘California Girls’ (Leningrad Cowboys & the Alexandrov Red Army Ensemble - 1993) won the Bronze in Week 5 of Season X (Cantina Margarita).



It was the second time around for ‘Imagine’.

Its record:

- a Bronze in Week 27 of Season I, 3rd in Bronze Play-Off (Lisa Graham),
- a Gold in Week 11 of Season X, 5th in Gold Play-Off (Tom Tobben)


John Lennon’s solo record in the Battle is:

#9 Dream (a Silver in Week 15 of Season I - Verden McCutcheon),
Imagine (a Bronze in Week 27 of Season I, 3rd in Bronze Play-Off - Lisa Graham),
Woman (a Gold in Week 42 of Season I - Darren J. Ray),
Jealous Guy (a Gold in Week 36 of Season IV - Tom Tobben),
Borrowed Time (a Tin in Week 41 of Season IV - Verden McCutcheon),
#9 Dream (a Silver in Week 8 of Season V, 3rd in Silver Play-Off - Popeye (not the sailor)),
God (a Gold in Week 45 of Season V, 10th in Gold Play-Off - Darren J. Ray),
(Just Like) Starting Over (a Gold in Week 7 of Season VIII - D.A.N),
Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy) (a Gold in Week 12 of Season VIII - Darren J. Ray),
#9 Dream (a Gold in Week 9 of Season IX, 7th in Preliminary Final - Deb#1),
Woman (a Gold in Week 35 of Season IX - t Bedford),
Imagine (a Gold in Week 11 of Season X, 5th in Gold Play-Off - Tom Tobben)



Two versions of ‘Our Prayer’ have been used. They are…

The 20/20 version:
- a Gold in Week 42 of Season II (Roy Roger Bridge),
- a Gold in Week 22 of Season V (Al Forsyth)

The Smile Sessions version:
- a Gold in Week 33 of Season X, 6th in Gold Play-Off (Cantina Margarita)



‘Rescue Me’ and ‘Round’ were first time selections for Fontella Bass and Penelope Isles.



Billy Joel’s Battle record is now:

The Downeaster ‘Alexa’ (a Bronze in Week 32 of Season I - Prodigal Son),
It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me (a Silver in Week 34 of Season IV, 9th in Silver Play-Off - Cindy Hood),
River of Dreams (a Silver in Week 28 of Season V, 9th in Silver Play-Off - Rosemary l), 
The Longest Time (a Gold in Week 24 of Season X, 8th in Gold Play-Off - The Egg)



Etta James’s record is now:

I’d Rather Go Blind (a Bronze in Week 44 of Season IV - Al Forsyth),
Something’s Got a Hold on Me (a Gold in Week 22 of Season X, 9th in Gold Play-Off - Tom Tobben)



‘In My Room’ led from voter #2 (Cindy) and was never headed.

The top three placegetters were also out front most of the week. 


Dissecting the numbers….

Eleven of the 16 voters had ‘In My Room’ in their Top 3. Only one voter had it outside of their Top 5. (Cantina had it 6th.) 

Ten of the 16 voters had ‘A Day in the Life’ in their Top 3. Only two voters had it outside their Top 5. (Cindy had it 6th. John B had it 7th.)

Eight of the 16 voters had ‘Strawberry Fields…’ in their Top 3. Its lowest ranking was a 7th (from Cindy).

Fourth-placed ‘California Girls’ received no 1st places but was in six voters’ Top 3, including three 2nds (from Cindy, Larry and stkilda). Its lowest rankings were two 6ths (from Bonnie and Paul), a 7th (from John E) and a 9th (from Tom).

Only two songs received BOTH multiple Top 3 AND multiple bottom 3 rankings. They were ‘Imagine’ (five and two) and ‘Our Prayer’ (seven and two).

They were the polarisers.

The last three placegetters all received no Top 3 placings. Their highest rankings were two 4th places (from Lee and John B) for ‘The Longest Time’ and a solitary 4th (from Tom) for ‘Something’s Got a Hold on Me’.

‘Round’ received no Top 5 rankings. Its highest rankings were three 7th places (from Larry, Lee and Paul).

The top five placegetters did not receive a 10th place from a voter.

The most outright 10th places went to ‘Round’ with seven. ‘Something’s Got a Hold on Me’ had four. ‘Rescue Me’ had two. ‘Our Prayer’ and ‘The Longest Time’ had one each. (Al tied his 10th place between ‘Rescue Me’ and ‘Round’.)


So, that’s it for a tenth season. 

What I would like to do now is break for a week and then next Monday, to commemorate 10 years, I’ll post a battle between all 10 season winners.

And you thought Gold Play-Offs were hard!

I invite everyone to please participate to make it truly representative of this community.


A huge THANK YOU to our ‘team’ of voters who have each week helped clear clips in their respective countries before hosts have been given the green light to post their final selections.


Numbers in the Battle have slowly gotten less each year since we peaked in Season V. In Season V, the lowest supported week had 20 voters. This season, 18 was the highest we got.

In Season III (2012 – the C50 year), we had 50 different Blueboarders participate in the season. This year, we had 24, seven of whom only voted the once.


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, currently on page 3 of this forum.)

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 11 different hosts in 2018, all of whom had at least one of their selections make play-offs.

I had the most appearances in the play-offs with seven nominees. Cindy, Al and Cantina had six each. 

Thirty-six of the 44 weeks spawned play-off contestants, seven of which had multiple entries.

The most from any week was three, from my Week 28 and Al’s Week 31.

Here is how our selections finished:

Week 28
Gold - A Day in the Life (The Beatles - 1967) (54) (finished 2nd - Season Silver - in Gold Play-Off)
Silver - Strawberry Fields Forever (The Beatles - 1967) (52) (finished 3rd - Season Bronze - in Gold Play-Off)
Bronze - She Knows Me Too Well (The Beach Boys - 1965) (40)
Tin - I Am the Walrus (The Beatles - 1967) (34) (finished 1st in Tin Play-Off)
(Darren J. Ray)

Week 31
Gold - You’re So Good to Me (The Beach Boys - 1965) (37) (finished 7th in Preliminary Final)
Silver - Let’s Hang On! (The Four Seasons - 1965) (35) (finished 8th in Preliminary Final)
Bronze - Manic Monday (The Bangles - 1986) (34) (finished 10th in Preliminary Final)
Tin - I Heard a Rumour (Bananarama - 1987) (24)
(Al Forsyth)



Twenty-four different Blueboarders voted during the year, two of whom participated in all 49 weeks of competition (see list below). 

49 – Al Forsyth, Darren J. Ray
48 – Larry Franz, Cindy Hood
47 – Verden McCutcheon, D.A.N
46 – John B, Tom Tobben, David W
45 – Cantina Margarita
44 – paul g adsett
41 – bonnie bella *
39 – stkilda4ever
30 – Deb#1
25 – Lisa G/TS
21 – John E
  7 – Popeye (not the sailor)
  1 – Ang Jones, Flaming Star, GGH, The Egg, Frankie Teardrop, dancai, Lee Marshall

* bonnie bella abstained from voting in one of the three weeks she hosted


The most supported week was Week 28 (Darren J. Ray) with 18 voters.

The least supported weeks were Week 45 (Darren J. Ray) and the Tin Play-Off with just 11 voters each, the lowest turnout we’ve had over the 10 years.

Voters voted 685 times over a period of 49 weeks at an average of 13.98 voters per week.

Many thanks to D.A.N 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 (Administrator) for allowing us our own forum on this wonderful board for the past 10 years.

Over the next couple of weeks, I shall update all the results from the year.


This season is now closed. 

 

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Verden McCutcheon

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Just want to say thanks Darren for all the work you do keeping track of all the statistics.There must be alot of behind the scenes work that is involved which we we dont realize...thank you so much !!!
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Already have my votes for NEXT week.  No whimpering here! 

Congrats to Larry and In My Room as a VERY worthy winner.  

Congratulations FIRST to the hosts, and contributors, but of course the man who makes it all work:  Darren (plus I didn't realize that I tied with in voting this year). 

Nice to see the Beatle songs right there as well. 

To celebrate the winner:


(Some reading included)



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One correction in all those amazing statistics:

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It becomes the second annual Gold winner to come from the Surfer Girl album after the title track. (Two other albums – Pet Sounds and Shut Down Volume 2 – have also spawned two season winners.)

Surf's Up also has two, with the title track and "'Til I Die". (Smile would have had two too) It's odd that of the 10 songs, 8 are from only 4 albums, with "Good Vibrations" and "I Get Around" being the 2 loners. 

Linda Ronstadt
youtube.com/watch?v=txzUU7ikB2Q

Carly, Jimmy & David
youtube.com/watch?v=dKj6309Gx_o


PS:  Al -- I've only got five of the top ten ranked so far.


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