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Deb#1

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“No matter who you are or where you are, instinct tells you to go home.”
― Laura Marney, No Wonder I Take A Drink

Hey, everybody! I’ve been away awhile. I’ve been busy chasing my goal of building a home in the area where I grew up on the south east shores of the great Lake Erie.  Sometimes you just know where you belong.  But a lot of work, much travel there and back, and lack of internet connectivity combined to the extent that I just couldn’t keep up with the board here.  I had to take a break.  I am “home” this week.  Returning to the board and the BOTBs feels like a homecoming!

I SHOULD have been coming home from Nashville this past weekend.  I had tickets to Brian’s shows.  But he needed to go home to LA.  I’m glad he did.  Home is a healing place.  This week’s battle showcases his TLOS song “Going Home” and a few other rockers going home.

Brian Wilson-Going Home



Ozzy Osbourne-Mama, I'm Coming Home



Supertramp - Take the Long Way Home



Bon Jovi - Who Says You Can't Go Home



I just want to add that until I read the board older back messages today I didn’t know that “t” had passed on to a final home.  I am saddened…

I'm looking forward to your commentaries and votes.

For Cut and Paste:
Brian Wilson-Going Home
Ozzy Osbourne-Mama, I'm Coming Home
Supertramp-Take the Long Way Home
Bon Jovi-Who Says You Can't Go Home


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Hi, Deb.  I just wound up my week so, while I'm here I'll go ahead and cast my votes on yours.

Gold:  Ozzy for Mama I'm Coming Home.
Silver:  Supertramp for Take the Long Way Home.
Bronze:  Brian for Going Home.
Tin:  Bon Jovi for Who Says You Can't Go Home.

They're all good songs!

"There's no place like home"   ..... Dorothy Gale/Wizard of Oz.



 

 

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My first instinct was just to vote 'Gold' for Brian.   But...you caught me after a rare swimming outing in the generally cold SF Bay Area/peninsula...thanks to the wind direction very briefly not from the icy W.  So...okay, not happy about this, but I'll listen to the other songs.  Hey, the Ozzy song wasn't so bad, nor the Bon Jovi. 

so...

1. 'Going Home' by Brian & band

2. 'Mama, I'm Coming Home'   (why the cross for his name?   please don't answer, I don't care)

3. 'Who Says You Can't Go Home' by Bon Jovi.   (wonder if that was an honest question?  sort of a diss and admitted ignorance of American literature?).  also: shouldn't the Coolaide guy sue for copyright infringement?

4. 'Take the Long Way home' by Supertramp.  ug. Were they the same group as REO Speedwagon?  sincerely, if they had switched group names, would anyone notice, including their biggest fans?   and what about Toto (and Styx)?  whatever happened to kds?   maybe he could explain if he were here...
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paul g adsett

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righty ho.
a favourite song,
here given 3 differing treatments by its author,
clive gregson
who i first saw with his band any trouble 
who emerged at the same time and from a similar mould to
elvis costello and the attractions  and joe jackson
but never quite got the same acclaim.
he's from greater manchester and,
so we discovered, was a school chum of a good friend of ours,
whose mums were best friends.
he lived and worked in nashville ts for a while
(we got to see him perform there at a club date),
travelling back and forth.
he's about to move over to the east coast usa
after living back over here for a bit.

a great guitar player, clive's about to play an instrumental gig for us next month
at the greys as part of three boxes,
a trio, all sometime members of plainsong,
including our chum andy roberts  and mark griffiths 
(a genuine member of the shadows for 30+ years)
all of whom figure in the tome '1000 great guitarists'.
plus, i've secured one of  clive's 'farewell tour' gigs for october next year(!)

here's 'home is where the heart is'
- a 1985 solo single and album track.

- live on telly in 1985 with a band including the wondrous richard thompson.

- then there's this luvverlyacoustic duo recording from 1986 by gregson & collister
with his partner christine collister's gorgeous voice
she's the backing singer on the version above.
they were on the road together for a number of years
as well as performing in richard thompson's band through the mid-late 80's.

- and, the song continues in his repertoire,
a live example added here, too.
cheers







  
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Larry Franz

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Deb -- Welcome back!

Gold -- Supertramp -- I think this is by far the most interesting of the four, although I also like Brian's entry.

Silver -- Brian Wilson -- After skipping the first minute of the video to get to the actual song: It's fun. The best parts are the brief, but excellent "At 25 ... " interludes. 

Bronze -- Ozzy -- It's a nice one, which was a surprise. Is he the one who bites the heads off chickens?

Tin -- Bon Jovi -- This is just ok. And is that John Francis Bongiovi Jr. from Perth Amboy, NJ, singing like he's from much further south and west? Perth Amboy is closer to NY City than Long Branch and Asbury Park are. 


Three I've often enjoyed at home:

Harry Nilsson -- "I'll Be Home" from the terrific Nilsson Sings Newman (1970).


X -- "In This House That I Call Home" from Wild Gift (1981).
youtube.com/watch?v=Mv9yVM2zEBc

The Roches -- "Can We Go Home Now" from the album of the same name (1995).
youtube.com/watch?v=EBQSJLRb-mw

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Larry a Supertramp fan?  Say it ain't so!  What next?  "In the Air Tonight" by Phil Collins. ?  or Against all Odds...?

but you know what.  At last I have the courage to ask.   that avator of your's Larry.  is it...Peter Frampton?
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Larry Franz

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Larry a Supertramp fan?  Say it ain't so!  What next?  "In the Air Tonight" by Phil Collins. ?  or Against all Odds...?

but you know what.  At last I have the courage to ask.   that avatar of your's Larry.  is it...Peter Frampton?

I don't know who Supertramp are or were, but I like the song. Maybe I should become a fan? "In the Air Tonight" is good too. I wouldn't vote for "Against All Odds", although the movie wasn't bad.

That's not Peter Frampton. Good guess though! It's St. Veronica, who is said to have given her veil to Jesus so he could wipe his forehead on his way to his crucifixion. I saw her statue at the Vatican and the expression on her face and the way she's holding her veil struck me.

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Sam Cooke -- "Bring It On Home To Me"  (With Lou Rawls singing background. We could have used this last week.)
youtube.com/watch?v=OqIlLRWQ1k0

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I'm also "back home", in my case after a few weeks in UK/Ireland.

This was sung at my uncle's funeral not so long ago:



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thanks for clearing up that old mystery, Larry!  

I've got another for you.

There is this seemingly other Mike Love, who also has a beard, but more on top than the one we know.  But dig this, even though he's also white, he sings a lot of reggae, not unlike Mike's masterful cover of the Dave Clark V's "Over & Over (reggae version)".   and he sings about doves, and spirituality like wishing there will be a light for those lost in the dark, and he wants to hear songs of redemption, to thrive and know that we're blessed, , and he wants to wipe away the poison that is seeping into the heart, keeping us apart, cause at the end of the day, love will find a way.  but he asks searing questions, such as are we blind or just scared?, coming to terms with what we've become, dipping his toes in the eternal fountain, gonna speak the truth, though he's been told lies, like a homeless man sharing his only meal, like a man running a marathon without feet, like an activist who chains herself to a tree, and a deaf man composing a sym-phon-ey, like a man who quits his job to follow his dreams, like a singer who is hoarse but he still forces himself to take the stage, love will find a way.
Like a farmer growing crops in the desert sand, like a masterpiece painted with his crippled hand, like a surfer towing in, wearing a grin, like a child turning her dreams into real-I-ties, like a place where race, religion, sex, or creed or class don't have a name, Love will find a way."

the same guy we know?  or ...one of his (perhaps unclaimed?) kids?

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the last word goes to Steve Earle:

Home is where the heart is, that's what they always say
My heart lies in broken pieces scattered along the way

But won't nothing bring you down like your hometown. 
("Hometown Blues").
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Darren J. Ray

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Nice to have you back on board the battleship, Deb. 

Gold - Take the Long Way Home (Supertramp - 1979)
Good song. I sometimes play this through the system, packing up at the end of a long night doing a solo or duo gig. It’s apt and become like a familiar friend to me. It’s a pity Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson split – neither was successful afterwards – but that’s rock’n’roll. Breakfast in America was huge here in Australia. I had guys at school asking me how I felt about the Beatles being usurped by Supertramp!

Silver - That Lucky Old Sun (reprise)/Going Home (Brian Wilson - 2008)
I’m a little cynical about this album. The interjecting bits about ‘at 25…’ are novel but, again, there’s reliance on Brian’s history to grab the sympathy vote, and I do wonder just how much its subject wrote of that contrived part or even sings on it. The recording is also a bit too reminiscent of ‘Marcella’. 

Bronze - Who Says You Can’t Go Home (Bon Jovi - 2005)
Bon Jovi goes country rock! I hated this on first listen. It got better, but then I realised it reminds me of other songs, including ‘You’re Not in Kansas Anymore’ (Jo Dee Messina - 1996) and ‘You’ll Be There’ (George Strait - 2005), the latter released six months earlier. Most of all, the melody in the chorus sounds a lot like ‘I Want That Man’ (Debbie Harry - 1989). Regardless, does it really need so many ‘it’s alright’s? No surprise that he went on to record this as a duet with Jennifer Nettles from Sugarland. 


Participant - Mama, I’m Coming Home (Ozzy Osbourne - 1991)

On first listen, this wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. But it gets worse on repeated listenings. I only like heavy metal when it gets the joke. The 12-string acoustic is nice.

Some favourite home songs…

I’m not a big fan of this, but I can’t imagine anyone else here posting it. It’s two of the members from Little River Band doing their own thing…

 

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Love the Innocent's song!   In every way, much better than Bruce Springsteen's song of the same name.
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Deb#1

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Cindy, isn’t it nice when it works out that way? Vote and post at the same time.

John B, Thanks, for the welcome.  Sometimes you need a break.  I hope my songs warmed you up a bit. I know SF Bay is colder than one would expect, being California and all.  I spent some time in the Bay area myself.  As to your questions: Why the cross for his (Ozzy) name? I dunno. Were they the same group (Supertramp) as REO Speedwagon? I dunno. Is Paul dead? Oh, wait, you didn’t ask that.  Seems like some like Supertramp some not. I like this Supertramp song well enough which may give you a hint as to how I might vote.  Or not.  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

paul, it’s cool to be introduced to clive gregson. i found “home is where the heart is” to be quite nice. and though christine collister's and richard thompson’s voice are quite fine, i actually like Clive’s live repertoire version the best.even as you find him similar to an elvis costello mold, he seems to do well in many musical styles.  here’s a three boxes little diddy I found called wranglin' that shows him in a different fashion:

it’s good to see the greys still open and making music. It seems acozy, friendly place and I wish I had one close by.  i only have memories of such places.
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Wait, I have to go refill my glass, a Josh Cellars Legacy Red (to go with the homemade smoked whitefish cakes later)….

 Okay, where was I? Oh, yes… now here’s someone who likes the Supertramp, Larry. More questions… Is he the one who bites the heads off chickens? But this one I know. It was a bat.  It’s probably affecting him to this day. Even so this song of Ozzy’s is likeable.  I will confess I’m not the biggest Harry Nilsson.  Nothing wrong with that video, a bit bland is all. “Can We Go Home Now” is totally different. Reminds me of something but I’m not sure what. The voices almost sound like an organ the way they hold some of the notes. Aside, I’d love to see Rome and the Vatican someday.

D.A.N, sorry about your uncle’s passing. That’s an excellent version of Paul Robeson on “Going Home”.  Until I heard it the only version I had previously heard was this one by Libera:

Another question?  “he same guy we know?  or ...one of his (perhaps unclaimed?) kids?  I think it is this guy singing with Paula Fuga.

Good to be here again, Darren, with some excellent Kingston Trio and Seekers and another top vote for Supertramp. Re: “I’m not a big fan of this, but I can’t imagine anyone else here posting it. It’s two of the members from Little River Band doing their own thing…”  Yup, at least I wouldn’t have as I had never heard of Beeb Birtels and Graeham Goble until now.  I could hardly spell them. Little River Band, yes, with this one:


Probably one of the few songs I would know of them. So, just curious, how DID you feel about the Beatles being usurped by Supertramp?

Thanks, Cindy, John, Larry, and Darren, I’ve got your votes.

And now, a musical interlude by Daughtry to keep the flow going until next time…my dinner’s ready!


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Is everyone sure it was a bat? I heard it was a large turkey, or was it a small pony?

Some homecoming songs.



The obligatory kiwi contribution and song that kiwis revert to in order to remember which way to turn the clocks for daylight savings.



And Bjork. I wonder what she's doing now? This is her usual quirky stuff and finishing on a farty horn outro.



lyrics:

I live by the ocean
And during the night
I dive into it
Down to the bottom
Underneath all currents
And drop my anchor
As this is where I'm staying
This is my home
I live by the ocean
And during the night
I dive into it
Down to the bottom
Underneath all currents
And drop my anchor
As this is where I'm staying
This is my home




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So, just curious, how DID you feel about the Beatles being usurped by Supertramp?


I remember one guy, in particular, beaming about how Supertramp were bigger than the Beatles. I've been waiting for him to show up at a school reunion so I can give it to him. He's never made an appearance. Probably either too embarrassed or stuck at home, still listening to Breakfast in America or Dynasty by Kiss.
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oh, the video shows 'this Mike Love' plays guitar well...so it can't be 'our Mike Love.'   Thanks, Deb. 

still, cynic (and yes, conspiracy theorist) that I am, can't help wonder if our Mike found a 'ringer' and is funneling him his socially conscious lyrics about uplifting our planet and whatnot.  and definitely, the possibility that it might be one of his unclaimed offspring, has not been ruled out! 

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