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Darren J. Ray

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Hi everyone.

This week I’ve decided against my better judgement to go with a theme. [eek]

Comebacks.

There have been plenty of these in music history; some very famous, others not so much.

Brian Wilson, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Everly Brothers, John Lennon, The Seekers, AC/DC, Roy Orbison, John Farnham, Skyhooks…. the list goes on (including some in the past 20 years!)

I considered a short list of at least 15, which may lead to a Part II in a future week.

These are just four of them, by four iconic groups, none of whom are new to the Battle.

I’m sure you folk can list plenty more, but PLEASE give due diligence to each song, particularly if you were previously unfamiliar with it. (I’m really hoping the week can be more about the songs up for discussion than the plethora of ‘comebacks’.)


It’s O.K. (The Beach Boys - 1976)
Brian’s Back Mark I. More than three years after Holland, and with Brian once again in the producer’s chair and an active member, the Boys returned to their classic line-up and delivered 15 Big Ones, including this Wilson-Love summer song.



You Better You Bet (album version) (The Who - 1981)
Less than three years after the untimely passing of Keith Moon, The Who returned with Face Dances, with Kenney Jones substituting for Moon. This is the album version of the killer single.


Stop in the Name of Love (The Hollies - 1983)
14 years after Graham Nash had left the group, he once again joined forces with Allan Clarke, Tony Hicks and Bobby Elliott, and the band released What Goes Around, which included this stunning cover of the Supremes song.


The Doctor (The Doobie Brothers - 1989)
Tom Johnston had left the Doobies in 1977, replaced by Michael McDonald. They disbanded in 1982. Five years later they re-formed for a brief tour, featuring Johnston out front, and in 1989 released Cycles and this almighty rocker.



Please try not to tie your votes. Four songs – how hard can it be?

I’ll be back with the results next week.


For copying and pasting purposes:

It’s O.K. (The Beach Boys)
You Better You Bet (The Who)
Stop in the Name of Love (The Hollies)
The Doctor (The Doobie Brothers)


For your entertainment, here are some promo clips for the four nominated songs, but please judge the songs as per the above links (with their superior audio).

(The Beach Boys live)

(The Who miming)

(The Hollies miming)

(The Hollies promo clip)

(Doobie Brothers promo clip)

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Gold: The Doctor (The Doobie Brothers) - Spreading a great message 😉
Silver: You Better You Bet (The Who) - Didn't stick with me at all after the first listen, felt no drive to listen again, but then I did listen again, and have had the chorus stuck in my head the last two days.
Bronze: It’s OK (The Beach Boys) - One of the catchier Beach Boys songs I've heard in the Battle so far, fun!
Tin: Stop in the Name of Love (The Hollies) - When comparing it to The Supremes' original version, I find nothing compelling me to listen to the Hollies' cover instead of the classic original.


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Gold:  The Who - by a mile ... with You Better You Bet
Silver: Hollies - Stop In The Name Of Love.  Not sure why Nash would take leave from C,S,N and Young  to record this.  Hey - stop in the name of your Woodstock buddies ... unless your old band mates record one of your songs.
Bronze: Doobie Brothers - The Doctor. Usual Doobie driving rhythm and harmonies but needs a bit more medicine to make this song great.
Tin: Beach Boys - It's Ok. Do I need to say more?
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Gold - The Who - Not one of my favorite Who songs, and to be frank, I don't know why this has been a mainstay in their setlists.  Another Tricky Day was a far superior song.  

Silver - The Beach Boys - I've always liked this song.   In true BB fashion, this ode to summertime fun was released as a single......in October

Bronze - The Doobies 

Tin - The Hollies 
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Darren, our internet/cable has been out since Saturday.  Internet is back this morning, but cable is still out.  Don't know why since the weather has been fine, but Hurricane Florence is expected as a category 4 late this week as a direct hit to the southeast - mainly North and South Carolina.  Since I'm in eastern NC, it's got me tense to say the least.

Back to the battle that you've prepared for us this week...

Gold:  The Who for You Better You Bet.  Always liked this one.

Silver:  The Hollies for Stop In The Name of Love.  Very good cover of the Supremes' big hit from the 60's.  They rocked it!

Bronze:  The Boys for It's OK.  It's a nifty little tune.  Not bad, but not their best by a longshot.

Tin:  The Doobies for The Doctor.  It's good, but sounds a lot like some of their stuff from earlier on.  

That's all folks!

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the order they were given:

1. "It's Ok" (find your ride)  I remember playing this on a juke box at a Skating rink in Oklahoma City.  I'm trying to remember, one was wooden one cement and had bumps.  Skateland?  Skatarama?  I think the latter for the juke box.
2. "You Better You Bet" The Who  (early warning about cigarettes!)
3. "Stop in the name of Love"  The Hollies (some white Brits miss this warning...about covering Motown) 
4. The Doobie Bros.  "The Doctor"
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Agreeing with some others here.

Gold - wide mile gold - The Who.  And it was a comeback losing a key member.
Silver - The Beach Boys - but a comeback?  It did bring them back in time. Kind of retro. The chorus saves it!
Bronze - Doobies - not very interesting.  Kind of a China Grove re-make.
Tin - The Hollies and always tough to remake Motown tunes. The Berry Gordy standards were high to begin with. 
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What John B said. Except I've never been to an Oklahoma skating rink.

Gold -- The Beach Boys -- I always thought this should have been a hit, but my opinion doesn't carry much weight in the music business or among music consumers. The "find a ride" fade out is especially terrific.

Silver -- The Who -- I so loved the mid-60s Who and have been so bored by them ever since. They just stopped sounding good to me, but this is good enough for 2nd place.

Bronze -- The Hollies -- A decent cover.

Tin -- The Doobie Brothers -- Not for me at all.


Brian's 1988 album was a comeback. His Smile is also considered a comeback, since it got a lot of publicity, sold well and was the best reviewed album of 2004.

Brian Wilson -- "One for the Boys" and "In Blue Hawaii"
youtube.com/watch?v=ZnjQZBK06bM

youtube.com/watch?v=Xo_l110NjR8

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Larry, for me the "comeback" was the 99  (I think when Live at Roxy was recorded and 2000 - released). Here's the QVC concert which I've never heard before.  He was really and truly BACK!

You can hear Jeff's leadership in this.
Nice little pitch for BrianWilson.com
When it all started in - June 2000.

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Playing Lindsey Buckingham's Go Insane album in the car today made me think of last week's talk about Dennis Wilson and the time in Season 5 that "D. W. Suite" didn't do well:

Week 32

Gold - Let Him Run Wild (The Beach Boys - 1965) (71)

Silver - Please Mister Postman (The Beatles - 1963) (60)

Bronze - Highway 61 Revisited (Bob Dylan - 1965) (42)

Tin - D.W. Suite (Lindsey Buckingham - 1984) (37)

(Larry Franz)

If someone used "D. W. Suite"again, against weaker competition, would it count as a comeback?

Lindsey Buckingham -- "D. W. Suite" (one of those videos that might not play)
youtube.com/watch?v=1SAsNNq3piA


Someone made a short video with the lyrics to "D. W. Suite" and unrelated music. For some reason, the apostrophes got translated into odd characters.
youtube.com/watch?v=mffcHC6KnYE

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GOLD-You Better You Bet (The Who)  This is so far out front of the competition...It's like a major league team playing it's Class A affiliate in a pre season exhibition match as a tip of the hat to the fans who support the farm team at their minor league field.  This is an accomplished piece of music and performance.

SILVER-The Doctor (The Doobie Brothers)  Ya ya ya.  It's pretty good...but not up to their historically best standards.  Of late?  They've fallen still further.  Yet, having said that, while the Doctor might be on the critical list...it's better than the next 2 cadavers.

Bronze-It’s OK (The Beach Boys)  I agree with Al...It should have been the first single release from the 'Mid-teen Bigguns' record.  But, like using it here in THIS specific battle, it failed to capture the summertime rays and, as a result,  falls flat.  It's GOT to be a summer song.  It just never has been allowed to bask.  A distant 3rd.

Just a nostril short of 3rd...Stop in the Name of Love (The Hollies)  Hard to save a bad song.  I never liked the oboe sound of Diane Ross's voice.  So?  I've never liked the song.  Not even a decent effort from a superior band can raise it from the cellar...although it almost caught that age old/do it yet again for goodness sake retread up in 3rd.  In fact I'd have tied it with the BB's but for fear of incurring Darren's wrath of sour grapes.

Yes it's Diane...not Diana.  Mary Wilson told me so.  And NO...Brian wasn't "back", active, or willingly sitting in any kind of producer's 'chair'.  Retrogression inspired by a bald man's aggression.  A lame-ass suggestion and such a pale collection.  The creative depression and lack luster impression still causes vexation at my radio station.

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If your 81st album really counts as a comeback ...



Nice theme, Darren.

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THE Comeback:


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After almost a decade of inactivity, Deep Purple returned with their classic Mk2 lineup in 1984 for their comeback album - Perfect Strangers

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A little kiwi comeback here from the Chills and released just a couple of months ago.



Previous Chills.









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