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paul g adsett

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Reply with quote  #31 
a fresh 1/2 season and my 'pooter loses my meandering words
as the 'cut'n'pate' goes wrong!
so, can i reacreate my thoughts?
dunno, shall have a go direct to page here, without edit...

gold: 'i'd like to get to know you'
- lingered in silver until today,
when it's hippydippyspiffyness floated back to the top.
of its time, but ll he better for that,
since it's purepoppiness still appeals.
it bubbles along merrily
and, after the 'parp'y bit around the two minute mark,
there's the wafty extended coda...
the only regret (or is it anticipation?)
is that, by the end it's unrequited.
still waiting to be got to be known to... 

silver: 'dreams'
- always loved her voice, the crack and the way she emotes.
when dolores broke up the band there was a loss.
when the cranberries were reigniting, i was excited.
and then, her demise...
still saddened when i hear their music.
this is hypnotic,
from the gentle vocals, the simle guitar,
the insistent drum'n'vass thump and the syncopated drums.
we were fortunate to get tkts to the mtv 'unplugged' recording
at brooklyn academy of music in 1995
(had met the sound ngineer for the production company
who engineered tkts for us
- daftlyl turned down the immediate next recording,
which was courtney love's hole).
'linger' / zombie' and a stack of others with a string section,
but don't recall them playing this song.
love it 'in ev'ry possible way...'...

bronze: 'farmer's daughter'
- a band i simultaneously loathe and adore
(the peter green blue horizon era is my favourite period,
whatever changes they got up to afterwards).
this has elements of this era of the band that i like
- the trademark drum undercurrent,
the simple, melodic guitar line,
the complementary female vocals, 
and they make a simply luvverly arrangement of a simply luvverly song.
what's not to like?

tin: 'blue orchid'
- am i the only person who sees jack white as wearing the emperor's new clothes?
i've never got the hang of his music, from this bangy duo stuff onwards.
he's playing brighton centre later in the year.
i won't be there.
this is (i can't remember the words i used in the version that disappeared,
but it was more scurrilous than i'll say now)
spurious subsabbath sillliness...

quick, press button 'b' before this disappears too...

t bedford

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Reply with quote  #32 
One more before tonight's deadline.

The Continental Drifters w/ Peter Holsapple from the db's, Vicki Peterson from the Bangles, & Susan Cowsill from (you guessed it) the Cowsills.- I Can't Let Go (Hollies cover)

I'm not a real billionaire, but I play one on TV!
David W

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Reply with quote  #33 
Good one Larry , sorry its late votes :

gold :The White Stripes, "Blue Orchid"

silver :The Cranberries, "Dreams"

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

tin: Fleetwood Mac, "Farmer's Daughter"

The Corrs , everyone thinks of the attractive girls but there is a brother on guitar/keyboards and a chance to watch the Worlds most attractive drummer again !

The slightly strange The XX

Ike and Tina doing a bit of Sly 


Tom Tobben

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Reply with quote  #34 
An interesting battle theme and an opportunity to explore some good, and sometimes lesser-known, music. My votes:

Gold -- "Blue Orchid", White Stripes. Count me in as a fan of this group and of Jack White's solo work, an interesting blend of old and new, with a strong blues/rock influence. I have all six of the White Strips' studio albums and Jack White's first two solo albums. From their Get Behind Me Satan album, this song was one of their biggest alternative rock hits. 

Silver -- "Like to Get to Know You", Spanky & Our Gang. Just one of a handful of good pop hits the group had in the late 60s. Bonnie, good call regarding their "Give A Damn"; that's my favorite song by them. 

Bronze -- "Dreams", Cranberries. Lovely song, and they were quite popular for a while with a series of hits. 

Tin -- "Farmer's Daughter", Fleetwood Mac. I was never fond of the original Beach Boys version of this song, and I'm no more fond of the cover version by Fleetwood Mac. There are so many better songs by Brian and the Boys that Fleetwood Mac could have chosen to cover. 

Good choice of additional White Strips songs, bonnie. Here are a couple more: 
First, their anthemic "Seven Nation Army" from their 2003 album Elephant:

And in a totally different retro mode (somewhat like their cover of Dusty Springfield's "I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself"), here's their cover of the old Dolly Parton classic, "Jolene":

And a handful of additional male/female artists that I don't think have been mentioned yet:

From John Mellencamp's excellent recent album featuring Carlene Carter, Sad Clowns & Hillbillies, here's a live version of their lovely duet "Indigo Sunset":

From Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs' first Under the Covers album (Vol. 1), here's their lovely cover of the Beach Boys' "The Warmth of the Sun":

And here's She & Him (M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel) with their catchy cover of the old Patience & Prudence nugget, from their album She & Him Volume Two:

Then, this lovely duet by Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway from the early '70s, "Where Is The Love?"

Next, here's "City with No Children" by the excellent Canadian indie band Arcade Fire, from their stellar album The Suburbs, led by husband and wife Win Butler and Regine Chassagne, with their excellent band:

Finally, sticking with the Canada connection, here's Ian & Sylvia with their classic version of this lovely Ian Tyson song:

Excellent battle, Larry!

Larry Franz

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paul, David W, t and Tom -- thanks very much for getting in under the wire with your big wave of votes, commentary and/or songs.

In this last batch, the only groups posted before were Arcade Fire and, of course, the White Stripes, who have made a surprising rebound point-wise today.

Regarding the XX and their song set in Marfa, Texas: For those who don't know, Marfa is an isolated small town (population 2,000) in west Texas. Somehow it became a center for "minimalist art" and is now a tourist attraction. It's also known for the Marfa Lights, a supposedly mysterious nighttime phenomenon:
you might see mysterious orbs of light that ... may remain stationary as they pulse on and off with intensity varying from dim to almost blinding brilliance. Then again, these ghostly lights may dart across the desert...or perform splits and mergers. Light colors are usually yellow-orange but other hues, including green, blue and red are also seen.

I can't say whether the video accurately depicts teenage life in Marfa. However, this video for XX's song "I Dare You" is a totally accurate depiction of life in a nice part of Los Angeles (and features a performance from the young woman who was so good in Netflix's eerie Stranger Things).

Before the final scores are displayed, here are a few more ladies and gentleman who haven't been mentioned this week:

The Skyliners, "This I Swear"

The Cramps, "Garbageman"

Heart, "Crazy On You" (there have been non-Wilsons in the band)

Larry Franz

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Thank you to the 13 of you who participated this week. As Mr. Marshall predicted, it was a close finish. "Farmer's Daughter" seemed like it might win early on, but it lagged this weekend. The final score (subject to verification) with 14 voters:

Gold -- Spanky & Our Gang - "Like to Get to Know You" - 39 points (5, 2, 6, 1)

Silver -- The Cranberries - "Dreams" - 36 points (3, 4, 5, 2) (2nd place because it got more golds)

Bronze -- Fleetwood Mac - "Farmer's Daughter" - 36 points (2, 7, 2, 3)

Tin -- The White Stripes - "Blue Orchid" - 29 points (4, 1, 1, 8)

This week's live performance of "Farmer's Daughter" was from 1980. They were still using it as their final encore in 1997. (The music starts 45 seconds in after some shaky camerawork.)

Now let's take a musical road trip with Lee.

Darren J. Ray

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Reply with quote  #37 

Well done, Larry.

Those scores have been posted in ‘Season IX’ which now appears atop page 2 of this forum.

It was the second closest week so far this season with just 10 points separating Gold and Tin.

D.A.N’s Week 13 remains the closest week ever with just four points between first and last, also from 14 voters.

It was the first entries for Spanky & Our Gang and The Cranberries.

It was the sixth entry for Fleetwood Mac.

Their record:

Man of the World (a Silver in Week 28 of Season I - Roy Roger Bridge),
Sara (a Tin in Week 33 of Season I - Joy B),
Hypnotized (a Bronze in Week 23 of Season III - Michael F. Becher),
Landslide (a Bronze in Week 45 of Season III - Al Forsyth),
Albatross (a Gold in Week 33 of Season VII - bonnie bella),
The Farmer’s Daughter (a Bronze in Week 24 of Season IX - Larry Franz)

‘Blue Orchid’ was the second entry for The White Stripes.

‘Seven Nation Army’ won a Bronze in Week 15 of Season VII (bonnie bella).

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