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John B

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ah, still bothered as I ruminate further about Larry's comments regarding, 'what was hip' in 1968-1969 (e.g., John Lennon's heroin addiction period, as he stumbled across Abbey Road in a stupor and sat crumpled down on the front of the American 'Hey Jude' album.   So why in that context, was it 'Friends' that was embarrassing?  

Sympathize so with Matt in 'Big Wednesday.'  It's 1968, his dad has just died, and after surfing, all he wants is a cheeseburger.  But his dang beach-side restaurant is now called 'the Cosmic Cafe' and tells him, 'we don't serve animal hostilities brother.'  So, he asks for 2 cokes instead.  'It's bad karma, brother.'  the server continues to lecture.  "I'm not your brother, and turn down that crappy music!"  says Matt.   'Here are you cokes, brother....'   Ugh.

On the same subject, Bruno Mars could very well write and sing a Filipino or Puerto Rican-roots/style soul song that would tear your heart out, but he is now, forced by conventional 'hipness', to get on his Hawaiian knees before the alter of same-old-hip hop... So, it's 'hip' to conform ?  and 'Embarrassing' not to conform?  Why is that?
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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...
 

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ah, still bothered as I ruminate further about Larry's comments regarding, 'what was hip' in 1968-1969 (e.g., John Lennon's heroin addiction period, as he stumbled across Abbey Road in a stupor and sat crumpled down on the front of the American 'Hey Jude' album.   So why in that context, was it 'Friends' that was embarrassing?  

Hi John B -- What can I say? Most of us want to be cool to a certain extent, even if we can't pull it off. I realized that the Beach Boys were considered old-fashioned, passé, and the guy behind the record counter would wonder why the hell I was buying "20/20" (it's true they had it in the store, so it couldn't have been totally unacceptable). The Beach Boys had made a very big impression earlier in the 60s, which seemed like a long time ago from a 17- or 18-year old's vantage point in 1968 or 1969. So even with the tremendous success of "Good Vibrations" a few years before, they were no longer considered to be cutting edge. If "Friends" had been their first album instead of their 14th, the situation would have been different. What passes for good or bad, culturally speaking, often isn't logical, and we are all social animals, more or less.

The Cars, "My Best Friend's Girl" (technically about the girl, not the friend)

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...I guess I'm an anti-social animal.

I just never thought too highly of record store employees, with all the simple mistakes they habitually made in my day, such as putting the Rolling Stones album 'Flowers' in miscellaneous F groups section, or directing me to Blondie when I asked for Blondie Chaplin's solo record.  and did they have any idea when the new Jam album would be released?   Did they carry BOMP! magazine?  They did not.  Why would I feel embarrassed in front of these (usually drug-obtunded) guys who didn't know anything? 
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A few “friendly” songs:




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Al Forsyth

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Okay Jenny - here we go.

Gold - War - always a laid back, funky little number.
Silver to the whimsical Beach Boys sound on this. It seems to grow on you.
Bronze to Freddie and the boys - supergroup.
Tin to the SNC cover of Freddie and the boys.  

The Beatles did like their "friend" part of their lyric:




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Personally, I can't have a friends week without this one.



A good friend is worth looking out for.  This is from the Fleet Foxes new album.









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John B

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thanks for the Wolf Alice--great!
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Larry Franz

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thanks for the Wolf Alice--great!

Yes, bonnie, thanks for the nice Wolf Alice. And Fleet Foxes too.

From Pandemonium Shadow Show, Harry Nilsson's "Sleep Late, My Lady Friend"



Copy & paste bonus track on the subject of very friendly furniture: Nilsson, "Good Old Desk"

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Hi all,

Gold - this time it is a tie between The Beach Boys and War

Silver - Queen

Bronze - SNC
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Here's a groovy "friend" song that those of us who are mo(u)ldy oldies from the late 60s will readily recognize:

"I think it's so groovy now that people are finally getting together...
Reach out in the darkness and you may find a friend":


On their most recent album, Together, the Explorers' Club got into the act in a lovely way:


Jackson Browne got into the act too with this one from his 1973 album For Everyman:


So did Gladys Knight and her Pips when they got on board the "Friendship Train":
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Bob Marley. Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh used to sing songs for their friends...





Now only Bunny is still with us...The last one who actually knew "the good friends we have and the good friends we've lost ... along the way."



Sometimes WE forget those 'lost' friends...and their families and how much good it would do their hearts if we took the time to just call and say hello.
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Friends movie that always captivates:

And:


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Gold - Friends (The Beach Boys - 1968)
Meh. Twee little ditty. Not into waltzes. But unlike the other choices, I have this in my collection.

Silver - Friends Will Be Friends (official video version) (Queen - 1986)
Queen fan? I always prefer the pristine studio recordings instead of these video versions featuring an audience singing along. I was a big Queen fan until the early ‘80s. The last one I bought was The Game (1980). Then I stopped. Something about their latter stuff just didn’t do it for me. ‘Friends will be friends’ – what is that supposed to mean? 

Bronze - You’re My Best Friend (Straight No Chaser - 2010)
An acceptable version of a Queen song I dislike.

Participant - Why Can’t We Be Friends? (War - 1975)
I don’t do funk or reggae, maan. 

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I looked up Elliott Smith's "Somebody That I Used To Know" and was presented with a song by Gotye with the same title. It has these lyrics:

So when we found that we could not make sense
Well you said that we would still be friends
But I'll admit that I was glad it was over

But you didn't have to cut me off
Make out like it never happened and that we were nothing
And I don't even need your love
But you treat me like a stranger and that feels so rough
No, you didn't have to stoop so low
Have your friends collect your records and then change your number
I guess that I don't need that though

YouTube also presented a cover version of this song by a Canadian group called Walk Off the Earth. I'm guessing they're friends because they're Canadian and the five of them are playing the same guitar.



For comparison purposes: Elliott Smith, who may not have had enough friends, but wrote a better song, "Somebody That I Used To Know":

youtube.com/watch?v=X7hUnDiz-K4

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Larry, That's Gotye ft. Kimbra, and was a huge hit.  Debatable as to if it's a better song than Elliot Smith's.

Andrew Gold of almost 10cc fame, Wax, but most importantly, The Golden Girls!  



Fly My Pretties.  Dr Plum.  Love this little story where the neighbour has to stage an intervention.



Oh, grumpy Dr Plum lives with his Cat in a little two-bedroom shack.
He speaks like a gun and never goes out unless it's raining.
Frugle as a banker and he posts his letters and collects his stamps.
He'll never wave 'hello'.
And he stays up late, watches the bedroom glow.
Once upon a time, the yard was filled with laughter. But as the years past by the walls have rot and cracked the plaster.
Three little daughters, use to run and play in the English Garden.
Now you can see the price he had to pay after all those dramas.
Oh, grumpy Dr Plum, never had a TV dinner; eats his five a day and he doesn't do dessert much either.
Even cleans the vacuum cleaner.
And he keeps a trim moustache and reads beside the bedroom heater.
Oh grumpy Dr Plum, you used to be a ballroom dancer.
And he played a gold guitar, told stories from those early years.
And he'd even sing a song.
Laugh it up all night long.
Now he keeps it extra tight.
And counts his worries through the night.
Lost the people that he loved, by making himself out of touch.
Just today, I saw a lady she was standing at his door.
She waited for a while and then left a note right on the store.
'Dr Plum, I know you're in there'.
'Don't you want to see your daughters?'
'Don't you know they care, you never call or answer letters'.
'Don't be so selfish'.
'Dr Plum, can you hear me?'
'You have forgotten all the fun and love, you once respected dearly'.
'And now you're angry with your life and think the world is scary'.
'It was the death of your poor wife, that blew your world apart'.
You'll never guess what I just saw. Those curtains pulled and opened doors.
Visitors arriving by the hour.
And toddlers, tea and sandwiches.
And music from the lounge, I guess that gold guitar is out from under the sink.
Oh Dr Plum, you really come through once again.
Dr Plum, life is what you make it in the end.
Oh, Dr Plum.
You've really done it now.
The sun is shining through.
Dr Plum.
Love was always there, waiting just for you.
Hey!

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