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GGH

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Hi everyone! This week's theme is "friends." Friends are fab, and a lot of great songs have been written about friends. Therefore, I present to you...


Friends (The Beach Boys)
I know you guys love this song, and I know you guys love this album. I adore it. Let's see how it fares this week.


Friends Will Be Friends (Queen)
I love this song, as well as Queen's other more famous friend song. Freddie, as always, never ceases to amaze with his vocal performance.


You're My Best Friend (Straight No Chaser)
Seeing as we're all Beach Boys fans here, I thought you all might like a taste of another stellar vocal group. SNC does a great cover of a fantastic Queen song.


Why Can't We Be Friends? (War)
Gotta love this soulful tune. Good lyrics too. War trying to make peace.


I really wanted to include Paul McCartney's Friends To Go, which has been stuck in my head for the past few days. Unfortunately, the clips didn't work everywhere but I'll attach one anyway.


I hope all of you will enjoy this week! Let the voting begin my friends!!!



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Last one voting last week, first one this week

Gold. Beach Boys....love the lyrics, love the harmonies

Silver War.....good time memories and plain old Chicano fun band

Bronze. Queen......great song, great lyrics

Tin. Straight no chaser....no improving on the original

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More friends......







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Darren J. Ray

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Hey, GGH!

'Friends to Go' would've been awesome. (Yeah, that clip doesn't work here.) I love that song. A highlight of many from Chaos and Creation. Obviously ol' Macca having a dig at his then-wife. 'Riding to Vanity Fair' was another. What a great marriage!

Here's another one I like a lot despite it being the theme to a fiendish television show. 



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"I talked your folks out of making you cut off your hair".  THAT meant something back then and gives the Beach Boys the nudge into first place for me this week.

A very, VERY close 2nd goes to WAR.

3rd...'cause you can't give the nod to another group covering YOUR song...Queen.

And an honorable 4th to Straight no Chaser who remind me of 'Bent, no Chaser'...aka The Nylons.  "Bent"?  Well...They're not 'straight'. [wink]

Here 'they' are singing about a very friendly country...
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Gold - The Beach Boys - The Friends title track is IMO the best song on the album, and one of the group's finest songs from the late 60s.

Silver - Queen - This really isn't one of my Queen go to songs.   It's a nice song though.  It was oddly inserted between We Will Rock You and We Are the Champions on Queen's legendary Magic Tour in 1986, which would prove to be their final tour.  

Bronze - WAR 

Tin - Straight No Chaser - Other than their Twelve Days of Christmas mash up, which I can really only take once or twice a year, these guys don't do it for me.  

Friends a song title shared by both The Beach Boys and Led Zeppelin

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Here are my own favourite friends songs (both with a Brian connection):

Friends of Mine (The Zombies) with Darian Sahanaja on keyboard:



Friends (Terry Reid). Terry was a friend of Dennis Wilson: 




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Alice Cooper pays tribute to the friends he used to hang out with in the 1970s like John Lennon, Keith Moon, and Harry Nilsson.  Alice made it through, and lived to tell the tale.   The others were not as fortunate.

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Idle thought: Does anyone ever say something good after "I say this as a friend"?

Gold -- The Beach Boys -- I like it, but it was a disappointment on the radio in 1968 from an artistic perspective, even though that year needed calming down. That was also around the time it began to be embarrassing walking up to the counter in a record store with a Beach Boys album, so it helped to buy an album or two by somebody else, like the embarrassed young man at a drug store counter buying seven or eight things, and oh by the way, could I have one of those intimate products from behind the counter?

Silver -- War
Bronze -- Queen
Tin -- Straight No Chaser


The first one that came to mind: A not very friendly song about friends that got a sad 28 points from 20 voters in season 7 -- Jim Carroll Band's "People Who Died".



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1. "Friends" by the Beach Boys

great song on a great album   (look what the hippies ethos did to poor Larry! glad I'm a little younger, so I never had that feeling.  But you know what?  I was never embarrassed when I went to the counter with The Beach Boys rather than Zep or Queen or toto or foreigner or nugent or whatnot, never even a little.  Now, the people behind the counter?  I think they were chronically embarrassed on my behalf, but that's another story...


2. "Why Can't we Be Friends" by War

not quite as good as 'Summer', but I like it


3. "You're my Best Friend" by Straight No Chaser and


4. "Friends will be Friends" by Queen

a just above mediocre group who ruled my high school.  But...had my high school known about the secret/closetted significance at the time of Freddy's mustache and leather ?   would it have dropped them a peg or two?  Of course it would have.  My high school was tres bigoted, not to mention, not very smart.  they couldn't tell about the Village People either... 
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Lovely theme, Jenny.




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the "Count on Me" song is what I consider to be Bruno's real personality and musicality.  I always liked that song.  one might say, Bubblegum, but it sounds sincere. 

elsewhere on the web, it was reported that Stevie Wonder stood up for him, when Bruno was accused (pretty accurately it seems to me) of appropriating African-American culture (instead of Filipino or Puerto Rican)--and sounding as original doing it as a 'Prince and Michael Jackson cover band at a wedding reception'.  That's exactly what he and that English guy Marc Ronson do, isn't it?   and pretty much, the only kind of music Bruno will ever do again.
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The Divine Miss M weighs in:

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Garth clip doesn't work here, so I wonder if that IS really him this time?

I think James Taylor would have got my gold this week. 

We've had bushfires (aka wildfires) not too far away from here the last few days but luckily no serious injuries.  Several properties and a lot of animals lost
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Garth clip doesn't work here, so I wonder if that IS really him this time?


I was wondering the same thing, DAN. 

I've NEVER seen an original Garth Brooks recording on any video-sharing website. 

Seen a stack of impersonations. 

I have seen his alter ego Chris Gaines though. 

Pete Simpson used a Vimeo clip of his in Season III. 

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