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Larry Franz

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"doldrums": a state or period of inactivity, stagnation, or depression. I think I'll take my songs and go home. 

Sixpence None the Richer - "I Just Wasn't Made For These Times"
youtube.com/watch?v=T9fI5ykM5s4

Big Brother & the Holding Company - "Bye, Bye Baby"
youtube.com/watch?v=xXX5hsnENG8

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Gold - Like to Get to Know You (single version) (Spanky and Our Gang - 1968)
It sure isn’t ‘Sunday Will Never Be the Same’, one of my favourite records. This is just repetitious. Really wanted to like it. Couldn’t. It’s boring. Like one of those 5th Dimension songs that Jimmy Webb didn’t write. I have a CD of a live performance of the reformed Mothers & Fathers pop group from 1982 with Spanky playing pseudo-Cass (and featuring John Cowsill on drums). I played it again today to remind myself how bad it is – the high notes are definitely a no-go zone.

Silver - The Farmer’s Daughter (Fleetwood Mac - 1980)
Fleetwood Mac – the reason Punk had to happen. Insipid. About as exciting as their press conferences are a laugh-fest - not. A decent early BB song, this band seems so overrated to me. ‘70s music for ‘70s stoners. They had a couple of classic songs, but I just don’t get the fandom 40+ years after Rumours. Still, nowhere near as unfathomable as when I read, a few years back, in almost disbelief about Stevie Nicks having an affair with Mick Fleetwood (pardon me?) whilst he was married to Pattie Boyd's sister (wasn't this the one John Lennon fancied?) who he then dumps (what the ....?) for some model named Sara and I have to ask...Huh? Mick Fleetwood? That balding, oversized, less than attractive drummer? Did these three ladies lose a bet or what? 

Bronze - Dreams (single version) (The Cranberries - 1992)
This is a switch the station song. Her voice, the sound, particularly that Irish yodel, is a turn off for me.

Participant - Blue Orchid (The White Stripes - 2005)
Sounds like a bad Robert Plant impersonation.


My favourite mixed gender groups are The Seekers, The Cowsills and The New Main Street Singers.

 

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Strawpeople, "Taller Than God" and "Drive".

youtube.com/watch?v=gPHf81KpZis

youtube.com/watch?v=sAVF77LZieU

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Lee Marshall

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Dog Daze of Summer Larry.  Don't try sailing near the equator. 





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Larry Franz

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Darren -- Thanks for your votes. "Sunday Will Never Be the Same" reached #9 in the US. "Like To Get To Know You" only reached #17, even with that beautiful one-minute coda added to it. 

Spanky and Our Gang - "Sunday Will Never Be the Same" (although it might still be boring)
youtube.com/watch?v=Wqw1MGEHKNE


bonnie -- Thanks for the Strawpeople. In 2001, their "Sweet Disorder" (a better name for a group than "Strawpeople"?) was included on a list of New Zealand's 100 greatest songs.

Strawpeople, "Sweet Disorder"
youtube.com/watch?v=gJhh3ptLzrg

That top 100 list:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/APRA_Top_100_New_Zealand_Songs_of_All_Time


Lee -- Thanks for the songs and advice. If I ever go sailing near the equator, it won't be on a sailboat.

I don't recall the Poppy Family, but "Where Evil Grows" is interesting. Wikipedia says their "Which Way You Goin' Billy" was a #1 or #2 hit in the US in 1970, depending on who did the counting. I don't remember it at all.

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Critic Mark Deming states: "If the '70s were supposed to be about having a nice day, "Which Way You Goin' Billy?" shows the Poppy Family were one band waiting for a cloud to blot out all that annoying sunshine..."

youtube.com/watch?v=R-XpgeYApn0

It was also surprising to see that Terry Jacks was in the Poppy Family. Mr. Jacks, of course, is best known for his "Seasons in the Sun", a #1 hit all over the place.
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Terry Jacks recorded "Seasons in the Sun" in Vancouver in 1973 with his then-wife Susan. They made the decision to record the song when the Beach Boys, who had recorded a version with Terry Jacks producing, decided to abandon their recording....

[It] became the largest-selling international single by a Canadian artist at that time, eventually selling 14 million copies worldwide....

On the other hand, CNN ran a poll in 2006 asking for the worst songs ever recorded and "Seasons in the Sun" came in 5th.


Perhaps a change of pace is called for:

X, "Johnny Hit and Run Paulene"



Seven voters so far and we have a tie for 1st place. (Maybe I should have used X instead of the White Stripes)


PS:  X, "Los Angeles"
youtube.com/watch?v=fUiZHt6sqg4

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My votes.

GOLD - White Stripes.  It's got to be this one for me. Everybody else's tin.  This really rocks and it's best up loud and pumping!  These guys have so many good songs - where do you start?  Here's some more of them in living colour for you hoards of big-time fans. [biggrin]

youtube.com/watch?v=N3ceE43AHyw

youtube.com/watch?v=1OjTspCqvk8

youtube.com/watch?v=jpZjuvI-s8Y

SILVER - Fleetwood Mac.  This was close because I love the Cranberries as well, but somewhere deep inside me, there is a pot smoking 70's hippie lurking about.  I shall call her "my mother".  Darren, it's the ones who were still wearing crushed purple velvet in the 90's that you had to worry about.  This is a beautiful version of this song with utterly gorgeous vocals.  While I never want to hear Gypsy again in my life, some of their early stuff (literally) was brilliant.  Peter Green - very cool.

youtube.com/watch?v=UeosPciyU8o

youtube.com/watch?v=4yimX2c7tiY

youtube.com/watch?v=_HTUah3ivIo


BRONZE - The Cranberries.  This album was one of the few I owned when I was a struggling student living on noodles and chocolate.  My favourite songs on it were Linger and Zombie.  Love her beautiful accent coming through and her feminine intensity.  Unfortunately, this song shows it's age a little now, although still a masterful piece.

youtube.com/watch?v=taO511N_q1o

youtube.com/watch?v=6Ejga4kJUts

Which leaves those who need to be spanked in Tin place.  Starts okay, but it feels like a parody of itself at the end.  I never even knew there was a female vocalist (Spanky herself) in it until now because I've never listened to the song in its entirety.  In fact, if a certain Larry Franz was not on this board, I'd have never heard it before.  Having wiki'ed young Spanky, I'll give her kudos for the message in this song.

youtube.com/watch?v=hFwfe4Sjvmw 

Thanks Larry.



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Larry Franz

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Thanks for your votes and all those songs, bonnie. See below.


Two of these songs are truly excellent. Another one has one minute that's truly excellent and the rest is damn good. The fourth is cool. 

Gold -- The White Stripes -- Terrific. It isn't friendly. It rocks.

Silver -- The Cranberries -- Gorgeous. They were playing this at a record store (what are those?) in Brooklyn circa 1993. It's probably the only time I asked the record store guy what was playing. It made me a fan. 

Bronze -- Spanky & Our Gang -- It's a bit repetitious if you stop listening after two minutes. The last part is brilliant. It provided a breath of Wilson-esque musicality on the radio in 1968. I also love how the singer switches from the future (I'd like to get to know you) to the past (Once I thought I found her, Built my world around her).

Pewter -- Fleetwood Mac -- I like this a lot. Nice surf guitar. Good singing. Definitely repetitious. It's nice that they closed their show with one of Brian's wonderful but relatively unknown old ones.


A few younger ladies and gentlemen:

Tennis - "Origins"
youtube.com/watch?v=Qapnomk2sys

Camera Obscura - "Lloyd, I'm Ready To Be Heartbroken"
youtube.com/watch?v=9gnsWamIB4s

The Chills (straight out of Auckland) -- "Lost In Space"
youtube.com/watch?v=MjttKVSX1lY

The New Pornographers -- "Mass Romantic"
youtube.com/watch?v=j_amzzg34Rc


We are now within one point of a three-way tie for first place (I think) with nine voters so far.

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Quote:
Originally Posted by Larry Franz


We are now within one point of a three-way tie for first place (I think) with nine voters so far.



And what did I predict 5 days ago?

"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."
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GOLD: Spanky & Our Gang, "Like To Get To Know You"

SILVER: Fleetwood Mac, "Farmer's Daughter"

BRONZE: The White Stripes, "Blue Orchid"

TIN: The Cranberries, "Dreams"


Remember The American Breed/Bend Me, Shape Me? With a number of personnel changes, they evolved into:
Rufus featuring Chaka Kahn - Tell Me Something Good.
youtube.com/watch?v=cm_cFzVAoo8

Shocking Blue - Venus
youtube.com/watch?v=aPEhQugz-Ew

Sly & the Family Stone - Dance to the Music
youtube.com/watch?v=Jn2PNlhvy8E

Rotary Connection - Turn Me On (that's not a theremin, it's Minnie Ripperton!)
youtube.com/watch?v=ukh6cMbufFM


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Darren J. Ray

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Lee, I got your e-mail. 

It sounds like you didn't get mine a fortnight ago. 

Hoping you receive(d) the two replies I sent a few minutes ago. 
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I did Darren.  The 'nude' pics were a little over the top though...don't you think? [wink]

Isn't it winter down under? [biggrin]
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Larry Franz

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Lee & Darren -- Ordinarily, I'd ask you to share what you have with the rest of the class. But not in this case.

t -- Thanks for your votes and the additional songs, especially Rotary Connection. I'd heard of them but don't remember ever hearing them. I'm listening to their first album and it's quite interesting.

Here they cover the Lovin' Spoonful and Bob Dylan:

Rotary Connection - "Didn't Want To Have To Do It" and "Like a Rolling Stone"
youtube.com/watch?v=XwDHitCW8Ic

youtube.com/watch?v=GCB7zp1DSsE

Two considered for this week:

Sly & the Family Stone - "Family Affair"
youtube.com/watch?v=xag5RKD0VHk

The Miracles, "Shop Around"
youtube.com/watch?v=AQGXa3FiXKM


Ten voters so far and, as Lee predicted, there's a tie for first place.

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GOLD  Fleetwood Mac  I guess I was expecting a bit more, but it just does enough this week.

SILVER The Cranberries

BRONZE Spanky & Our Gang

TIN The White Stripes.  Maybe I'm supposed to like this at my age.

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I've had the Rotary Connection LP since I was a kid. It sounds dated, but it's a cool period piece from 1967.

School of Rock (Rochester) - Journey to the Center of the Mind
youtube.com/watch?v=f5iyIITGvSw

Suzi Quatro - Can the Can
youtube.com/watch?v=xYoogY-UGio

Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & the Trinity - Wheel's on Fire
youtube.com/watch?v=FkCBVZHrstE
(Side note: Julie also covered the Spoonful's "Didn't Want to Have to Do It" as a solo artist)
youtube.com/watch?v=o1t1t7SLRbU

The Springfields - Silver Threads & Golden Needles
youtube.com/watch?v=uz6HB9HYQz4

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Larry Franz

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Thanks for you votes, D.A.N. and the songs, t.

We've got another 12 hours or so before wrapping up this pretty quiet week. I don't think anyone has mentioned these obvious ladies and gentlemen yet.

The Mamas and the Papas, "Trip, Stumble and Fall" (it's odd how they used "the" twice in their official name)
youtube.com/watch?v=rzOOX7L2hOE

Eurythmics, "Love Is a Stranger" (no "the")
youtube.com/watch?v=o6f593X6rv8

Talking Heads, "Life During Wartime" (no "the")
youtube.com/watch?v=DblvhECdws0

And who could forget:

Paul (Ray) and Paula (Jill), "Hey Paula" (not a good look for Paul/Ray in this picture)




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