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Tom Tobben

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Well, Cantina, something a bit different this week to cause us to consider something outside the usual mainstream pop/rock fare we usually listen to here. My votes:

Gold -- "Solar System", Brian and the Boys. I'm not generally a big fan of the Love You album, but this song wins for me this week, perhaps because of its familiarity to me, compared with this week's other battle songs. Some of Brian's songs on this album seem only half-finished and Brian's voice at this stage was pretty ragged, but at least he was trying to get back in the game. 

Silver -- "The Man in the Dark Sedan", Snakefinger. Both the song and the group were new to me, and I found this song most appealing of this week's electronic-oriented song choices. The bit of added vocals added some variety and further texture to the song. 

Bronze -- "Kometenmelodie 2", Kraftwerk. After multiple listenings, I found the melody to be nicely appealing. One of the interesting things about some electronic music is how the artist plays around with the basic melody, or does variations on the song's basic musical phrase, and I liked that about this song. 

Like bonnie and perhaps others here, I'm most familiar with their "Autobahn", which got a good deal of airplay on our local alternative rock station in the mid-to-late 1970s. 

Tin -- "Hats Off, Gentlemen", Renaldo & The Loaf. I had a difficult time coming around to enjoying this song, perhaps of the degree of dissonance in the music. I did enjoy the section that starts at around 2:30 featuring the tinkling keyboard solo, which added nice variety to an otherwise very repetitive song.  

The Flaming Lips' album Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots seems to get the most attention among Flaming Lips fans and albums, but I also really enjoy their album The Soft Bulletin. A few examples:

Thank you, Cantina, for something a bit different this week. 

Cantina Margarita

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Hi guys,

still I'm clueless about what to do. Fishing for some expertise on Windows 10 and old Dellies, all I got was more or less weird music videos. The youth of today ... [confused]

Let's wait for Santa. Maybe he'll have something in his sack that'll help me out. Yoshimi just can't be my future.

The results of the week:

Brian's second "Song For Children"
46 points, #1 one for 10 of 13 voters
The Beach Boys 1977, „Solar System“

featuring the real helter skelter drums
34 points, Bonnie's #1
Snakefinger 1979, „The Man In The Dark Sedan“

Kraftwerk's 9th unfinished symphony
32 points, Al's and my own #1
Kraftwerk 1973, „Kometenmelodie 2“


some more vocals would have been nice
18 points, ranked last by 10 of 13 weirdos
Renaldo And The Loaf 1981, „Hats Off, Gentlemen“

As a convinced SMiLE disciple, I don't think it's inappropriate to match Brian's music to hard core "alternative" musicians. He even won at that genre.

Thanks to you all for having the patience. I had the fun. :-)
Now it's time for stkilda4ever, giving us another Hal Blaine tribute week, this time including singers.
Support the President of 7 Northern subpolar islands !

To hobby musicians again: here's what people made of Kraftwerk songs.

And here's what resulted when Renaldo And The Loaf added vocals. And then this week really should be closed.

Darren J. Ray

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Well done, Cantina.

It was the second time around for ‘Solar System’.

Previously, it won the Tin in Week 35 of Season I (Paul Adsett).

Last time, it scored 42 points and 22.11% from 19 voters. It finished 7th in the Tin Play-Off.

This time, it scored 46 and 35.38 from 13 voters. The low voter turnout may inhibit it from making play-offs. Time will tell.

It becomes the sixth song to win both Gold and Tin in separate weeks here, after ‘I Got You Babe’ (Sonny & Cher), ‘Leader of the Pack’ (The Shangri-Las), 'September' (Earth, Wind & Fire), ‘Summer of Love’ (The Beach Boys) and 'Funky Pretty' (The Beach Boys).

It was the second appearance for Snakefinger.

He won the Tin with ‘Living in Vain’ in Week 38 of Season III (Cantina Margarita).

Kraftwerk and Renaldo & the Loaf had not appeared before.

The 18 points and 13.85% for ‘Hats Off Gentlemen’ are the lowest scores for a song so far this season.

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