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Larry Franz

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We open the second half of Season 9 with four songs by groups or duos composed of ladies and gentlemen, that is, made up of at least one female person and one male person.

The Cranberries - "Dreams", radio edit or single version (I think) (1992)


The White Stripes - "Blue Orchid", Get Behind Me Satan (2005)


Spanky & Our Gang - "Like To Get To Know You", single version (1968)


Fleetwood Mac - "Farmer's Daughter", Live (1980) -- We now discover you have to click on the link where the video should be in order to play it.

This "Farmer's Daughter" might work too:

It's the first time in the battle for Spanky & Our Gang and the Cranberries. It's the second time for the White Stripes. It isn't the first or second time for Fleetwood Mac.

The original "Farmer's Daughter" has never been in the battle. It's the second time somebody else has sung it (it did poorly in Season IV).

In alphabetical order:

The Cranberries, "Dreams"

Fleetwood Mac, "Farmer's Daughter"

Spanky & Our Gang, "Like To Get To Know You"

The White Stripes, "Blue Orchid"

Have fun & welcome to any newcomers. 



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Gold - Fleetwood Mac

Silver - Spanky

Bronze - Delores (RIP) had a great voice, but most of their music just wasn't my cup of tea.

Tin - The White Stripes - One of the more overrated rock bands of the last 20 years.  
Lee Marshall

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While all of the songs are at least OK-ish...Not one of -em really turns my crank.  They almost all tie for first...or last [truly] but not quite.  Anything which emerges as the winner this week will NOT be worthy and will pale by comparison if and when it makes the playoffs.

The Cranberries, "Dreams"...It almost kicks into gear and then slips back into that rather monotonous and boring 'safe' place.  Still...there are streaks of yellow to be found here.  GAWD!!!  I'm hoping that it's 'gold'.  First by the wee bit of dandruff on that particular strand of hair.  A sister golden hair I guess.

Fleetwood Mac, "Farmer's Daughter"  Even this wimpy attempt at some kind of a tribute can't keep a great song comes awfully close.  And it only gets worse as they suck the life out of it and allow it to sputter to its 'grand' finale...if 'grand' is French for crappy.  [it usually isn't]  Sliver.  [kinda silver]

Spanky & Our Gang, "Like To Get To Know You"  Should be dead last.  What a horrid pseudo-jazz-like hamper of hum-drum this 'thing' is...until Spanky finally comes in and saves it from the empty garbage pail button.  Saw her with the Mamas and Papas twice.  A GREAT fill-in for the late Cass.  Bronze-like.  But only barely.

The White Stripes, "Blue Orchid"  Almost 3rd.  Almost fun.  Almost interesting.  Maybe the video detracts too much?  Not sure.  I don't agree that they're over-rated.  In an era when most 'acts' were recording liquid least their's was solid.  This week?  Solid tin.  1 guitar and a hum-drum.

No girls included here.... .... ....Perhaps a bonus...this week. [tongue]


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Nice 2nd half kickoff, Larry.
All kinds of male/female duets come to mind.
A classic 60's one took about a second to come to mind:

A good pairing:

A funny one, from Broadway:

A different one that didn't come to mind, but I found while looking the others up on YouTube:

Gold - Spanky and Our Gang - Like to Get to Know You - half hippie, half Burt Bacharach. Fit '68 fine.
Silver - Fleetwood Mac - Farmer's Daughter - I think the song fits the BBs better, but I do kind a like this version. This may be one time that I don't think softer is better. It's to be a bit raucous, amirite?
Bronze - The Cranberries - Dreams - hmmm, I've heard this before?
Tin - The White Strips - the odd man and woman out.

What the world needs now is love, sweet love
It's the only thing that there's just too little of
What the world needs now is love, sweet love,
No, not just for some but for everyone.”


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The Man in Black meets his queen 
Larry Franz

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kds, Lee & Deb -- thanks for the early votes and songs.

When I host, I either start with a topic or a song. Then the challenge is to get four songs that have equal appeal. With three voters so far, three songs have a first place vote, so maybe this will be one of those "strong" battles that are close at the end, but won't put a song in the playoffs, unless it's the Tin playoff. Now all we need is for some White Stripes fans to speak up.

Here's another by a group with members of both genders. This song was in the top four for a long time but didn't make the final cut:

Jefferson Airplane - "Today" (1967)

John B

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Lee's order.

1. Cranberries "Dreams"

better than the same titled song by Fleetwood Mac. One of most influential bands ever, including in China--Faye Wong even covered the Cranberries. Love this song. Change is good, love is good. those are truisms.

2. Fleetwood Mac "Farmer's Daughter"

good performance of a great song.

3. Spanky and Our Gang "Like to Get to Know You"

not as lazy sounding as 'Lazy Day'

4. White Stripes 'Blue Orchid'

kds is not far off...he said 'more' not 'most'.
bonnie bella

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I just love the White Stripes, but might be the only one here.

Blondie "Rapture".

The Civil Wars, "I've Got This Friend".  New to me, but I like what they do.

Two weeks later, I've still got my head in live performances.


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John B

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Loved the Fleetwoods, they were male/female voices together. the Jonathan Richman albums 1983's "Jonathan Sings!" and 1985's "Rockin' and Romance" (produced by Andy Paley) are two of his best and have the most female singing of all his records. Her name was Ellie Marhsall. btw, trivia answer, for 'in which song did Andy get a toy piano solo?'is "The Fenway." The Reivers, before that Zeitgheist with the song 'Freight Train Rain'?; they were eventually signed by Capitol and had prominent male/female song blends such as "In Your Eyes". The leader of that group was in my honors English class in high school. do you know them, Larry?
Cindy Hood

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Some good songs here, Larry!

My order:

Gold:  The Cranberries for Dreams.

Silver:  Fleetwood Mac for Farmer's Daughter.

Bronze:  Spanky & Our Gang for Like To Get To Know You.  I remember this one well.

Tin/Pewter:  The White Stripes for Blue Orchid.  

That's all folks - my final answer.

"They're not gonna catch us. We're on a mission from God".
Larry Franz

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bonnie -- Thank you for the songs. I just knew there was at least one White Stripes fan here! How many times do you want to vote?

John B -- Thanks for your votes. No, I never heard of the Reivers, but I remember the Steve McQueen movie, and am still bothered by how Faulkner spelled "reivers". Here's one from the Reivers. For those who don't know, The Star Telegram is the Fort Worth, Texas, newspaper, which competes with the The Dallas Morning News, the big paper that operates down the road a piece.

"Star Telegram"

Two from the Fleetwoods, "Outside My Window" and "Tragedy"

I thought about using Sonic Youth, but figured they had fewer fans here than the White Stripes.

"I Know There's An Answer" (yes, it's that one)

"Teenage Riot"

PS -- Cindy: Thanks for your votes. I think so too! 

PPS -- One more from the Fleetwoods. "Unchained Melody"

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Still judging the entrants....meanwhile....

Lene Lovich - New Toy (written by her then keyboardist, Thomas Dolby):

Nina Hagen Band - TV Glotzer (White Punks on Dope)

Jefferson Airplane - Never Argue with a German if You're Tired (or European Song):

Giles Giles & Fripp (featuring Judy Dyble) - I Talk to the Wind (this band became King Crimson):

Here's a couple local acts from the early 1980's. BTW, like this weeks battle, The Adults 1st LP was titled "Ladies and Gentlemen".
The Adults - F.A.L.D.

The Generators - Turn Off Your TV Set (live) at the Phantasy Theater, which recently closed for good.

I just found an entire Adults show (at Kent State) on line! :

There were several local bands in the USA called "December's Children", including one in Cleveland, but I believe this is the one from Atlanta. Featuring an early Moo Synthesizer (?) on the fade of the tune.
December's Children - Backward and Forwards

And finally, the Will-O-Bees, who had this out before the Monkees:
The Will-O-Bees - Shades of Gray

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Al Forsyth

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Larry, - votes

Gold - Spanky and trhe Gang - chill out song.  Always liked it!!!
Silver - White Stripes - video hurts the song - but whatevah.
Bronze - To the Mac - a nice try. Lindsey was the devotee, right? 
Tin - to the Cranraisins.  I heard them at Woodstock 94. I was VERY close to the stage.

A diamond necklace played the pawn...
Larry Franz

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t -- That's quite an assortment you came up with. I enjoyed the Lene Lovich and Nina Hagen and will listen to more of your selections this afternoon ("White Punks On Dope" might be a good theme for a battle). 

Al -- Thanks for the votes. (The White Stripes, approaching the comeback trail?)

Yes, Lindsey was or is the big Beach Boys fan. His "D. W. Suite" was a beautiful tribute to Dennis Wilson. It didn't do well in the battle, but the competition was fierce, if I do say so myself ("Let Him Run Wild", the Beatles "Please Mr. Postman", and "Highway 61 Revisited").

Some Fleetwood Mac fans interpret the track:

More ladies and gentlemen:

The Platters, "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes"

The Magnetic Fields, "When You Were My Baby" (this could have been a Beach Boys cover if Brian had written it)

Yo La Tengo, "Stupid Things" and "Little Honda", first studio and then live

Larry Franz

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t -- Having reviewed your submissions, in addition to the Lene Lovich and Nina Hagen, I recommend the Giles, Giles & Fripp and especially the Adults song "F.A.L.D." Regarding the last one, the submitter said:

F--k Art, Let's Dance! Paul Michael, primary songwriter for Cleveland band "The Adults" should get some kind of award. It's pretty criminal that these people aren't better known. I don't own anything about this song, copyrights to their respective owners and all that...but as a resident of NE Ohio, I think this should be heard by all the fans of progressive rock music.

Additional ladies and gentlemen yoked together for our entertainment:

Dick and DeeDee, "The Mountain's High"

Arcade Fire, "You Already Know"

Spanky & Our Gang, "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?"

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