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Deb#1

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Back when I knew the US presidential elections were going to be this week, I thought it would be fun to take this BOTBs week and throw around some sassy politically themed songs.  But then I got it big time - election fatigue. I've had it for a while now.

  [fatigue] 

The endless torrent of battling accusations, blind devotion and total deafness to hypocrisy has collided dizzyingly with October and even November surprises that are flat-out bizarre and just keep coming. 

Every four years there are studies done on the effects of the presidential campaign on the population.  We suffer from depression, anxiety, insomnia and more each time we have to vote for a President. 

If you are like me and it's time to escape -- mentally, at the very least -- to other places where solitude is more easily achieved, I’ve got a few suggestions to help you survive the final week.

   1.  Try a neat little escape on a neat little motorbike.
        The Beach Boys - Little Honda

   2.  Chill a bit.
        Otis Redding - (Sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay

   3.  Go to a movie or watch an old TV show (they don’t have as many political ads):
        Elvis Costello - Watching the Detectives

   4.  Or, this one. So much better than election returns!
        Bad Company - Feel Like Making Love

Hopefully my ballot here has some entertaining nominations. Maybe you all have a few more write in recommendations for staving off the poll weariness.  I can think of many things I’d rather do than watch the constantly miserable US election coverage.  Let’s watch the voting here instead.[thumb]


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Please let it all be over soon!!!

Gold - Otis
Silver BB's
Bronze - Elvis
Tin - Bad Company
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Lee Marshall

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Gold...Otis...A true classic.  A perfect song.
Silver...Bad Company...That Paul guy sure can sing.
Bronze...Beach Boys...I think I preferred the Hondells' version.  Kinda dorky.  NOT Born to be Wild is it?
Elvis...His wife's a Canadian you know.
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Gold - Bad Company - Granted, this one suffers a tiny bit from "death by classic rock radio," but still an easy gold.  Well wishes to guitarist Mick Ralphs who recently suffered a stroke.

Silver - Beach Boys - Good song, but not really one of my go to early BB tracks.

Bronze - Otis Redding

Tin - Elvis Costello - IMO overrated
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Here's Alice Cooper, performing his song Elected with two "special guests" last Monday 

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I feel like it's the day before my chest X-ray comes back....or my biopsy, or...

GOLD to the Beach Boys, it must have been a no-brainer for the Hondells to cover this.

SILVER to Elvis Costello, nee Declan MacManus. Nobody had to tell me it was a stage name.

BRONZE for Otis Redding, whose last gig was at Leo's Casino in Cleveland. Otis played there on December 9, 1967, dying in a plane crash in Wisconsin the following afternoon. In 1963, business partners Leo Frank and Jules Berger opened Leo's Casino in the lounge of the old Quad Hall Hotel at 7500 Euclid Avenue. ... The Supremes, Four Tops, Martha & the Vandellas, James Brown, The Spinners, The Marvelettes, Marvin Gaye, John Coltrane, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles & The Temptations all performed at Leo's Casino, as did comedians Richard Pryor & Flip Wilson. Otis is the coming attraction at the bottom of this advert.
[1967-11-22+Leos-5th+Dem+-+Otis] 


A well deserved TIN for Bad Company. I hated this song the first time I heard it....and the last time, too, but even more.


Kinks - Young Conservatives


Spirit - Turn to the Right


Utopia - Swing to the Right

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I'm with you on these thoughts, Deb!

I'll go with:

GOLD:  Dock of the Bay/Otis Redding.  A classic 'chill' song.

SILVER:  Little Honda/Beach Boys.  Cruising in my Little Honda with my tunes blasting is very therapeutic!

BRONZE:  Feel Like Making Love/Bad Company.  Another classic!

TIN/PEWTER:  Watching the Detectives/Elvis Costello.

My final answer.

Here's a few more










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Hi Deb.

The relief is worldwide, believe me.


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The endless torrent of battling accusations, blind devotion and total deafness to hypocrisy...

We would be in a much better place if there hadn't been so many false accusations, and so much blind devotion and deafness to hypocrisy, on one side of this election. We could, in fact, be stronger together.

It will be even easier to express preferences tomorrow:

Gold -- The Beach Boys -- This sounds so great, starting with that "Go!" and with that pounding backing track. Outstanding.

Silver -- Elvis Costello -- One of his greatest early tracks back from when he was making lots of great tracks.

Bronze -- Otis Redding -- Doesn't really deserve third place. My friends and I hated it when it was on AM radio, but I've matured since then (politically too. I would have voted for Nixon in 1968, but not in 1972).

Tin -- Bad Company -- Easy loser.


Tommy Dorsey  & His Orchestra (including vocalists), "Let's Get Away From It All", 1941



Pizzicato Five, "Let's Go Away For Awhile", Soft Landing on the Moon, 1990 (not that one)



Micha P. Hinson, "Let's Go Away For A While", Do It Again: A Tribute to Pet Sounds, 2006 (that one)


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Coincidentally, or ironically, I agree with what kds said about the Bad Co. recording until he said it was still the best-- but concur with the votes in order, by Bedford and Larry.

I agree off the charts about Deb's sentiment of...wishing tomorrow was over already.
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So, early voting is underway. We’ve heard from several sectors with Peter Simpson, Lee Marshall, kds, t bedford, Cindy, Larry, and John B setting the pace.  Early tabulations have Otis and The Beach Boys vying for the top with Elvis C and Bad Co rivaling for the bottom.

t Bedford, I was struck by the information on Otis’ last performance in Cleveland.  I learn something new all the time.  I knew of quite a few other memorable air crashes with musicians/singers but I don’t think I ever heard of Otis’ story.  Do you have that bill from his last show?

Yes, Bonnie – “It's almost Over Now” – nice ballad by Carl, Brian and Marilyn.  ‘Put on a Sinatra album’…that’s a good idea.  How about Larry’s “Let’s Get Away From It All” with Tommy Dorsey, Sinatra, Haines & Pipers to start off?

Cindy, even going to Kokomo is better than facing the election news this week.  Here are a few more suggestions for escaping the news cycles:

Go to Indian lake.
[iroquois-indian-cetral%2Bpark-new%2Byork-canoe] 

See what’s happening at the Zoo.
[at-the-zoo] 

Moondance.
[moon_dance_by_tilluna] 

I sense we all agree, a big sigh of relief is coming at the end of the week.


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Deb,  Do you mean all of this will be over soon?  Please - please - please let this nightmare be over:


Can everybody just Wang Chung in the meantime?

Or FIND a distraction or two: (Macca on five string)


TOUGH vote between the 1 and 2 but I'm such a sucker for Little Honda, even though Dock of the Bay is a CLASSIC.  You have me there:

GOLD - Little Honda (Dennis on the GO!) - love the original sound - the bees in the background also


Silver - Sittin' On The Dock of the Bay - you aren't alive if you can't take in this beauty - by ANYONE!!


(I'd give them BOTH fives if I could but NO tie from me this week)

Bronze (and love this one as well) - Watchin' the Detectives


Tinner - Feel Like Makin' Love (but not to this one)

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So Deb, may our republic be saved for another four (eight) years:



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Al, speaking of "Distractions", dig this: One of our national networks is running "The Beatles: Eight Days A Week" Tuesday evening, leaving the election results to its sister station, a 24-hour news network.

I have a feeling it won't be finalized Tuesday nite anyway...if it's that tight, could be (cringe!) recounts. Whichever happens, I don't want to feel like Bugs Bunny:

http://i.imgur.com/x0hZLvF.gif


Deb #1 -- I totally agree with your election fatigue picture. I'm hoping maybe I'll wake up, find Bobby Ewing in the shower, and discover this ordeal was one really bad dream. (What a cop-out in story telling that was, huh?)

GOLD -- Otis Redding, (Sitting on) the Dock of the Bay -- Inching past the Boys since I desperately need to zone out from all of this and watch things roll away. Whistle along with me now...

SILVER -- Beach Boys, Little Honda -- Peppy enough, good plan after I get my mental vacation with Otis. 

BRONZE -- Elvis Costello, Watching the Detectives -- Love t bedford's  
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Nobody had to tell me it was a stage name.
I believe Marge Simpson said it best:



It was a little hard to enjoy EC with Alfalfa, Buckwheat and Spanky stealing the show. Holding their necks as they're about to be decapitated -- pfft! Yeah, like that's gonna help anyway! 

TIN -- Bad Company, Feel Like Making Love -- C'mon now, I can't be the only one having "King of the Hill" flashbacks of John Redcorn with this, can I?  [rolleyes]

Some of the lyrics from "Breakaway" - either the Beach Boys' or Tracey Ullman's cover - might also be fitting.
And all the promises, promises all candidates past, present and probably future offer and don't necessarily deliver make this almost TOO appropriate:



(Yes, Darren - this time, I proofed ALL lyrics before posting)

Fun idea for the week, Deb #1! Good on you! Can I nominate you for your next US election? 
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Al, thanks for the "Dock of the Bay" clip, that was excellent.

A couple of things.

To the American media circus. "You're a Germ", Wolf Alice.




General observations of the whole thing in years to come (oh, and now).  "Jesus I was Evil", Darcy Clay.  




Instead of watching the election after all this kerfuffle, Etta and I would rather go blind.




What I hope will happen - forever.  The Babysitters Circus "Everything's Gonna Be Alright".




And finally, if any of this offended anyone, "Let's Forget That I Was Ever Even Here". The Wind and the Wave.




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Lisa - I'm voting in black today (right now actually) but baby can't make the mistake (see below).  Our kids at school did their mock and had a landslide yesterday, and they are usually correct.  Americans are still looking for jobs in Canada and we'll see if your population begins to see us coming over - but please don't build a wall! Oh, and this WILL be finalized. 

Bonnie, yes, yes, it's wonderful and I'm going to listen to all of yours. 

Everyone in the US, do their civic pride and do your thing at the polls. Open NOW in the east. The nightmare will be over soon enough. 



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