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Darren J. Ray

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Challenging week, DAN. Congratulations. A joyous way to experience four Beach Boys classic tunes, including three songs whose archetypes have been retired. All worthy.

My votes are in the same order as I would’ve voted for the originals. I really wanted to give the first two songs both Gold. They’re deserving.

It’s one of those occasions when I’ll continue listening to, well, at least two of the songs after the week has finished.

Gold - La deg løftes av musikk (Trygve Thue - 1994)
Faithful and loving rendition of a glorious song that has (again shakes his head) never appeared in the Battle. And it’s in my Top 5 Beach Boys songs. Always a treat. (I often play ‘Add Some Music to Your Day’ LOUDLY through the PA system as my band walk on to do shows, especially on a Sunday.)

Silver - Sólo Dios Sabe (Charly García and Pedro Aznar - 1991)
These guys have long back catalogues as solo acts. They’re Argentinian music legends. That Charly is an unusual looking cat. The two-toned moustache is due to a medical disorder called vitiligo, which affects pigmentation. Beautiful melody, innit. And I didn’t miss the horse and cart one bit. How can anyone put this last?

Bronze - Kleines Surfer Girl (Die Strandjungs - circa 1993)
I’ve checked out this band’s history. They were Deutsch dags. Seeking the release date of this didn’t provide a definitive answer. Discogs doesn’t know. I wrote to a former member (Guntmar Feuerstein, the guy out front in the clip below). He doesn’t even know.

Participant - Hasta Morir (live) (Super Ratones - 2006)
Live recordings just can’t compare in most cases to studio recordings for me. I’m a record man. The drummer in this band died of cancer in 2015.

(People are giving this band their Gold this week. Here they are with that Beach Boys classic ‘Surfen auf dem Baggersee’. )

 

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Might need to get the defibrillator out.  Nothing like a couple of shock-paddles to spice things up. 

youtube.com/watch?v=SdhAfMor9BM

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Originally Posted by D.A.N

Larry, I did have Frida in my selections at one stage but would she have won easily?

Let's put it this way. She would have given those abominable Strandjungs a run for their Geld! (Oh, the humanity....)


A German person, "Kalifornische Mädchen"
youtube.com/watch?v=JHgT-3MlM40


(the horror, the horror....)

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My votes.

GOLD - Super Ratones. (Till I Die).  Hard to beat this lovely tune when it's sung in an unfathomable language in an expensive yet intimate little setting by chisel-jawed Brian Wilson fans like this one. 

SILVER - Charly García y Pedro Aznar. (God Only Knows).  More soulful Argentinians. Charly and Pedro pull out all the stops vocally. This is really pretty.  

BRONZE - Die Strandjungs. (Surfer Girl).  Nice, but somehow the German language doesn't flow well through this song.  It also feels a little one-dimensional.  

TIN - Trygve Thue. (Add Some Music).  Hjelp!  Just a tiny bit karaoke. Frighteningly, this looks like a full Beach Boys cover album. 


Frida would have cleaned up this week for me.  Here's Agnetha.

youtube.com/watch?v=ZxHIz-eg5UQ

French must be the most beautiful language, sung or unsung.  Dalida,"Bambino".

youtube.com/watch?v=nSmpbGHe8oE


Thanks, DAN.  [smile]

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and besides, Frida would have made it two Norwegians (she was born there which I did know but what? she's also a princess*?) vs two Argentinians. 

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Bronze - Kleines Surfer Girl (Die Strandjungs - circa 1993)


Indeed I found a pic of the album cover with 1993 printed on it, so I think that's a good call.

* that's probably going to be my only comment on the royal wedding

Are non-English cover versions actually a "thing" in general for many bands?
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Next to impossible voting.
Gold: God Only Knows
Silver: Surfer Girl
Bronze: Add Some Music
Tin: Till I Die

We had some weather this week locally:
http://connecticut.news12.com/story/38211461/nws-tornado-touched-down-in-southbury-tuesday

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Yep, Frida's mother was Norwegian and her father was a Nazi. True. 

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Indeed I found a pic of the album cover with 1993 printed on it, so I think that's a good call.


Can you give me the link, mate?
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https://www.amazon.co.uk/Auf-nach-Hawaii-Strandjungs/dp/B000092JSN
Click on the pic of the back cover, then click it again on the next page and you should see a bigger version where the year is readable.  My website source says this is the album it appeared on but could not date it.
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Yes, mate. That was my source too. 

The word 'compilation' had me wondering if there had been a previous release of it, but a quick search shows it doesn't appear to be on any of their previous albums.

But Discogs lists it as a cassette release with no year, so I'm wondering if this 1993 CD version might have been released subsequently to the cassette. 

Their four other albums were all released between 1985 and 1988. 

The year of the 'Hasta Morir' performance is also not apparent.

They released a, presumably, studio recording of the song in 2005. But the video itself was published in 2008.
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sheer class, bonniebles,
sheer class!
dalida 's life and career are the epitomical example of overthetopness
- immense talent wrapped up in an eager but vulnerable personality,
drive and despair,
kicking against family conventions, failing to find inner fulfilment
(even going off to india with a guru...)...
all the stuff that is the making of a great, tragic story.
from egyptian geeky girl to beauty queen,
to pop sensation, moving to worldwide superstardom,
through ballads / pop / yéyé / music competitions / variété / disco / extravagant production shows / movies,
dalida was a true star.
but leaving a trail of exploitation / manipulation,
messy relationships, lovers' suicides...
and, ultimately she took her own life in her early 40's.
but what an oeuvre she's left to listen to and enjoy.
that one was a huuuge hit very early on
(with, i must say, a well made diveo to accompany it, which i'd not seen).
french lends itself to such songs very well
(and, to rap music,whcih, in french, can be hypnotically grand)
but not really to regular rock'n'roll.
one that was a massive, massive hit is 'parole parole',
a smooth, sultry duet with movie sexpot alain delon
in the very best tradition
(viz  bardot / gainsbourgnancy sinatra / lee hazelwood...)

this is a more trad style duet with julio iglesias, of all people: 

and
here's a late on dalida recording in arabic,
with obvious influences:

there's a french biographical movie made a year or two back which is on my list of movies to watch.
you've reminded me to seek it out.

we've wandered away from beach boys' covers,
but, whattheheck!
cheers


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by way of nothing other than dalida fandom,
here's where she lived for a long while,
all too often solitary,
in a stunning house up atop montmartre in paris.
but a mansion on a hill doesn't guarantee happiness...

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That must have been difficult finding those foreign language tunes !
My votes :

Gold:La Deg Løftes av Musikk (Norway) - Trygve Thue (Add Some Music to Your Day)

Silver: Sólo Dios sabe (Argentina) - Charly García y Pedro Aznar (God Only Knows)

Bronze: Hasta Morir en vivo (Argentina) - Super Ratones ('Til I Die)

Tin: Kleines Surfer Girl (Germany) - Die Strandjungs (Surfer Girl)

I can't find any Beach Boys covers but I've got lots of Beatles foreign covers  . This is jaunty..... Danielle Denin and JE LIS DANS TES YEUX or I'm Looking Through You




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That must have been difficult finding those foreign language tunes !


I'll reveal my main source with the results.

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The year of the 'Hasta Morir' performance is also not apparent.


September 2005.  100%.   A little detective work.  I barely know any Spanish at all but this is it.

http://www.superatones.com/discografia/2005_b.htm


it's here - 15 minutes 20 seconds in
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The languages may be foreign but the songs are certainly quite familiar. My votes:

Gold -- "Hasta Morir en vivo" (Argentina) - Super Ratones ('Til I Die). What a lovely and intricately faithful cover of last year's overall Gold winner in our BOTBs, written by Brian Wilson. Excellent harmonies instrumental arrangement!

Silver -- "Sólo Dios sabe" (Argentina) - Charly García y Pedro Aznar (God Only Knows). Similar comments as above. Lovely, pure vocals, tender harmonies, and subdued instrumental arrangement, all well-suited to this additional Brian Wilson / Pet Sounds classic.

Bronze -- "La Deg Løftes av Musikk" (Norway) - Trygve Thue (Add Some Music to Your Day). Another very nice cover of this excellent song from Sunflower. Perhaps it's my lack of understanding of the Norwegian language, but this one didn't quite resonate with me as much as my top two picks. Lovely cover version, nevertheless.

Tin -- "Kleines Surfer Girl" (Germany) - Die Strandjungs (Surfer Girl). One of Brian's most lovely melodies and supposedly the first song he wrote, and this group does a nice cover version too. But it falls below the other songs above in my estimation.


Here's some more English language classics covered by foreign language artists:

"Paint It, Black", by Caterina Caselli (Italian):


"Hotel California", by the Gipsy Kings, (Spanish) of Spanish Gypsy (Catalonia) and southern French heritage:


"Stand by Me", by Adriano Celentano (Italian)


"Rock the Casbah", by Rachid Taha (Arabic)



Finally, here's a blended French/English pop hit, "Sweet Darling", by the French duo Frero Delavega (group name is the surname of the two musicians, Jérémy Frérot and Florian Delavega ). When we were traveling throughout France on a vacation in late 2014, this catchy, mostly French language song was continually played on popular French radio, and their debut album, Frero Delavega, containing this song reached #1 on the French charts:


Fun musical change-of-pace week, D.A.N.!
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I thought I had my votes worked out but I'm seriously considering giving my original Tin the Gold now.  Haven't posted any yet of course.
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