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Larry Franz

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If nothing else, it's a relief not feeling like throwing up today. Herewith, posted as a brief diversion during our "Election Week", two that feel relevant:

The Yardbirds, "Shapes of Things" and "Over, Under, Sideways, Down", 1966





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Forgive my previous electronic feedback...here's one to chill with (and it name checks Otis Redding!):
The Police - When The World Is Running Down, You Make The Best of What's Still Around


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You know Larry...the Yardbirds still exist and perform live here and there.  I believe following the election result on this side of the pond...and Brexit...the song is now going to be known as Over, Under, Sideways, DONE[eek]
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Rain or shine - we move on and FORWARD.

One of my FAVE songs of the year (maybe I'll practice it, or not):


Bonnie, I LOVED the Babysitter's Circus!!!

Hoping the Buzz shares the e-votes - it IS a voting week after-all! 

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Well, I suppose this fits with the recovery...at least in title and  some bits and pieces of the lyrics. 

Examples:  "I look in the mirror/it couldn't be clearer/somethin' is gone from my eyes".     True. 

"...things won't be the same till I kiss you".    No way, Jose (not a bad hombre). A snowball's chance in Honolulu...




 

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Larry Franz

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This one fits Election Week, especially the opening lines:

Been dazed and confused for so long it's not true
Wanted a woman, never bargained for you...

Led Zeppelin, "Dazed and Confused", 1969



For anyone concerned that the U.S. is now on its way to becoming a Banana Republic, albeit a big and nasty one armed with nuclear weapons, aircraft carriers and lots of other great stuff, keep in mind that as of 2009, the U.S. produced only 1/100th of 1% of the world's supply of bananas.

Knowing that, I suddenly feel much, much better.

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Lisa G/TS

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This is my kind of Banana Republic:




Just sit back in your banana hammock and make laughs - not war - with classics like this:





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Al, thanks.  I almost didn't put that song in because it has a little bit of rap in it.

My votes.

GOLD - Otis.  Almost every horse I have ever owned has had a "song".  Something I could sing very badly to without any complaint from the horse.  This is Chiquita's song.  She and I roamed 2000 odd miles as well when we were both limber teenagers, she was one of my all time favourite horses, and I kept her until her last day.  Oh, and I can't whistle the whistle part either.

SILVER - TBB. Close second.  I don't like the line "I better turn on the lights so I can ride my Honda tonight".  Duh.

BRONZE - Elvis.  Interesting enough song.  I'm not sure if I recognise it, or if it just sounds like something I've heard before.  At first, the vocals were what I liked about it, but after a while, it was the vocals that put me off.

TIN - Bad Company.  Nothing wrong with those sentiments, but I've never liked the slow bits and the cliche lyrics.  I do like it when Paul winds up and tells us how much he REALLY wants to get it on.  Not enough of that gutsy guitar and too much drivel at the start.  He lasted a whole five minutes and five seconds, though ... hmmm.







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Lisa G/TS

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bonnie -- Get outta town! You had a horse named Chiquita?  "Say hello to my l'il fren.." Chiquita my senorita Chihuahua/Yorkie:

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Quick votes :

Gold - Otis
Silver-Bad Company
Bronze - Elvis
Tin - BB's
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Dave Clark Five - Chaquita (this is the 1st version)


and the second version:

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Lisa G/TS

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t bedford -- Someone finally has a cool theme song! Thanks for those! [thumb]

I'll confess the closest I had previously was singing "Chiquita banana" at 0:06 and subsequent parts of the tune here. That's as far as I got for lyrics, mercifully I suppose (Sorry for destroying the song, Herb):

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Larry that’s a nice one from the past: The Yardbirds, "Shapes of Things" and "Over, Under, Sideways, Down"
And Buzz Clique, don’t overload your circuits.  You’ll have a short or something. Thanks for The Police – “When The World Is Running Down, You Make The Best of What's Still Around”
Al, thanks for the Jayhawks.. That’s a nice one.
bonnie, a little bit of rap is ok.  The rap was melodious rap.
Lisa, nice one from the BBs “Goin’On”. You’re banana commercial had me remembering a song from way back that my Dad (who could not sing) sang to us. (song starts at 0:40)

D.A.N, David, bonnie thanks for votes.
Things are struggling to return to normal political gridlock, but I still cut down on my news barrage.  At least I’m up and doing.
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Lee Marshall

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While we don't need no education.........


...Apparently 'HE' does.


You have NO idea how much I hope that I am wrong about him.
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Well, the US presidential election has come and gone, and we have a new president-elect, who earned a powerful "mandate" with a mere 28% of eligible US voters, while his opponent gained over 600,000 more votes than him (a slightly higher percent). Well, that's how our electoral system works...it's the fifth time in US history that a person was elected president with fewer popular votes than the person who lost the electoral vote (most recently Bush vs Gore in 2000).

Now the challenge for the new president-elect will be to focus on the needs of the entire electorate and a more cohesive/collaborative government, and not just the 28% who voted him into office. Let's hope he can be an effective leader focused on the needs and rights of all Americans, when he plans to "make America great again". Our country certainly needs a unifying leader who can bring together our widely divided populace and help heal, rather than further widen, our divisions, and enhance our international relations with friend and foe alike. That is asking a lot of any US president these days.

Deb, thanks for the excellent musical distractions from this past week's election and post-election overdose. Here's my take:

Gold -- "Dock of the Bay", Otis Redding. An all-time classic and a personal favorite, thanks in part to the magical touch of former STAX/Volt wizard guitarist, session musician, and songwriter Steve Cropper, who co-wrote the song with Otis and recorded it in the STAX studios shortly before Redding's death. Otis Redding has often been referred to as the "king of soul", and this song amply demonstrates why.

Silver -- "Watching the Detectives", Elvis Costello. One of the early forces in British "new wave" music, he is certainly one of my favorites from that era, and I own most of his albums/CDs. He's also demonstrated great versatility in subsequent decades, exploring music from a range of genres and collaborating with a broad range of musicians, ranging from Bert Bacharach to Paul McCartney to the Brodsky Quartet to Allen Toussaint.

In the US, this song was just one of a number of early Costello classics (including "The Angels Want to Wear My Red Shoes", "Alison", "Less Than Zero", "Waiting for the End of the World", etc.) featured on his debut album, My Aim Is True, which is still one of my favorite Costello albums. After all the mushy pop singers of the mid-late 70s and an overdose of disco, Costello and other progressive artists of the late 70s (e.g., Cars, Boston, Foreigner, Bad Company, Police, Joe Jackson) were a welcome relief on the radio airwaves to help revive rock radio's place in popular music.

Bronze -- "Feel Like Makin' Love", Bad Company. Lots of good hits in the mid-late 70s and beyond from these guys, who were a sort of British supergroup (vocalist Paul Rogers and drummer Simon Kirke from the group Free, Mick Ralphs from Mott the Hoople, Boz Burrell from King Crimson) who found greater success in their new group than in their original groups. And this song, perhaps, became their signature song, still widely played today on classic rock radio.

Tin -- "Little Honda", Beach Boys. A typical mid-60s pop confection from Wilson/Love and the Boys, which didn't crack the Top 40 for the Beach Boys and was a bigger cover hit for the Hondells. A catchy enough song, but it doesn't have the musical heft of this week's other battle songs.    


Here's a few songs that may reflect some of the various current moods in our country:

First, "Get Together" by the Youngbloods, which was also so relevant in the late 60s and early 70s when our country was so bitterly divided by the Vietnam War, racial divisions, the women's liberation movement, changing lifestyles, and the Nixon era:


And from a couple years earlier, this lovely ditty, "It Can't Happen Here", from Frank Zappa & The Mothers' 1966 debut album, Freak Out:


Finally, this satiric classic, "Political Science", from the same turbulent era, from Randy Newman's excellent album Sail Away from 1972:



Excellent battle week, Deb!
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