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The Egg

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Greetings from the Bluegrass!

I’m aware that we had some school related songs in the past but this time I was careful to choose a few different songs or different versions of songs. I was also informed that many prefer studio versions over live versions as well. In most cases I agree but that only shows part of the equation. Therefore, I am going to suffer the slings and arrows and present to you all live performances to compete against each other and leave you all as judge and jury..


Let’s get this joint rockin with Jerry Lee Lewis recorded in Canada



Next up is our Boys of the Beach in their element in their home state California



Following up with Grandaddy of rock, Mr Chuck Berry and many adoring fans on American Bandstand recorded in Philadelphia!



Bringing up the rear is Paul Simon with video shot also in his hometown, the Big Apple!



Let the Season IX Battle of the Bands begin!!


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Darren J. Ray

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Thanks for taking Week 1, Egg.

(I feel I know you well enough now to drop the definite article The.)
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John E

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These are all good songs, but based on the live versions, I'll go for this order:

1. Jerry Lee Lewis

2. Chuck Berry

3. Beach Boys

4. Paul Simon

Here are a couple more live school songs:



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Lee Marshall

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This isn't really all that fair.  3 of the songs are really rather ancient even if they are live and therefore, as a result, somewhat newer...especially the BB's version of "Whennnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn."  And that song and that nasal 'thing' don't age well at all.  So...here goes...

Golden...to begin a brand spankin' new year of battles...oh those bitter Beach Boys band battles...Paul Simon.  Me and WHO/Leo down by di skool yard.  Always was a great song...and this non-live version rules the schools.  It seemed at the time that even without 'Farginkel' young Paul had a chance to make it BIG.  Yup.  I like it.  Mother and Child Reunion was good too.  A nice blast off for his solo sojourn.  He's announced that he's soon going to cease performing live.  Others here should take a HINT.

Silver...Olympic-fied...Of all the music people I ever met and spent some actual time with...here was a man I just never really liked.  An evil old soul who chose to prowl the earth only for his own amusement...all others were welcome, it seemed,  to attempt to go 'clone' themselves.  Yet one can't deny the energy he was once capable of inserting into a crowd.  So?  The Killer [literally] comes 2nd.  Until he sank himself into the dawg house he could have been so much more.  But he did and he wasn't.

Bronze...Barely but...Beached Boy and the Beach Boys.  That nose thing is like fingernails on a black board.  ENTIRELY off-putting.  But at least it isn't a lip sync kind of fakery like that perpetrated here by our dearly departed founder of all that rocked rock 'n' roll.  I mean this is so close to last that one would have thought that Mr. Berry had somehow rubbed off on these sand-pail sailors.  The single was way better.  The fermentation process a failure.  [and NO Carl!!!! [eek] ]

Dead last...McChuckles.  So sorry Chuck but the 'performance' was just way, Way,  WAY,  W A Y  too weak that week on the ol' 'Dick' show.[rolleyes]
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If the original recordings were competing, it would be:

Chuck (the original came in second in season 7, week 24, losing to "Good to My Baby" by 1 1/2 points)
The Beach Boys
Jerry Lee
P. Simon

But since we're voting on the sound of these four videos:

Gold -- Jerry Lee Lewis

Silver -- Paul Simon

Bronze -- Chuck Berry

Tin -- The Beach Boys


"All Dressed Up For School"


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Gold - School Day (Ring! Ring! Goes the Bell) (Chuck Berry - 1957/1958)
I would’ve used two clips – one in competition of the actual record and then shown this clip. It wins despite the lousy sound. And, of course, he is miming to the record. I would’ve liked to have seen more of the Professor instead of the kids. This audience doesn’t clap on 1 & 3. They clap on 1, 2, 3 and 4! Check out what Harry Connick (pre-rug) does at 0:41 to get the audience into line here…



Silver - High School Confidential (live) (Jerry Lee Lewis - 1964)
Gets a gong for the energy. How loud is that bass amp? I saw Jerry at the Legends of Rock concert that included Chuck, Lesley Gore, the Ev’s, Mary Wilson & the Supremes and Bo Diddley. It was so late when he came on that people were leaving the place in droves to catch the last train.

Bronze - Be True to Your School (live) (The Beach Boys - 1981)
No Carl. No Brian. Drunk Dennis. Not enough cheerleaders.

Participant - Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard (Paul Simon - 1972/1988)
Didn’t need the crap at the start. But once it gets started, we hear the actual record underpinning it. If you look closely, you’ll see Paul in this clip. He’s hard to spot because he’s the same height as the kids. But he’s the one wearing the rug.

 

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Originally Posted by Darren J. Ray
If you look closely, you’ll see Paul in this clip. He’s hard to spot because he’s the same height as the kids. But he’s the one wearing the rug.

 



Wearing a rug is he?  A 'tapis?  "he’s the same height as the kids."  So it was done using a kindergarten class was it?  [rofl]  Time for the daily nap  There goes Lie-man Simon.  Lunch time?  Fry-man Simon.  For dessert?  Pie-man Simon. Question period?  Why-man Simon.  Fall down?  Cry-man Simon.  Time to go home?  Bye-man Simon.  Where 'pot' is now legal?  High-man Simon.  And if he was a drinker?  Rye-man Simon.

But no.  Darren marked him down as last...4th...TIN!!!...  Die-man Simon.

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Gold - Chuck Berry, the king of Rock and Roll

Silver - The Beach Boys - I feel this song doesn't get the credit it deserves somethings

Bronze - Jerry Lee

Tin - Paul Simon - I'm not a huge fan of his solo work
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Hey, Egg.  Good on you for picking up the first week.  [smile]


Boyinaband.  "Don't Stay in School".


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Frankie Cosmos, "Art School" (or "School")


The Frights, "High School Girl"


System of a Down, "Old School Hollywood"


Slow Hollows, "The Art School Kids"



PS:  bonnie, after listening to "Don't Stay In School", I'm thinking of enrolling just so I can drop out.

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I want to highlight the greatest rock song ever written about School, Alice Cooper's School's Out.  

On this version, Alice with his side project Hollywood Vampires does a version similar to the way Alice has been doing it in concert the last few years, where he includes another similarly themed classic - Floyd's Another Brick in the Wall Part 2

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kds, 'School's Out' was used in Season IV...

Week 15
Gold - Fun, Fun, Fun (The Beach Boys - 1964) (71)
Silver - School’s Out (Alice Cooper - 1972) (52)
Bronze - Soak Up the Sun (Sheryl Crow - 2002) (36)
Tin - Vacation (The Go-Go’s - 1982) (31)
(Kevin Witts)

and again in Season V...

Week 29
Gold - School’s Out (Alice Cooper - 1972) (68.5)
Silver - Wish It Would Rain (Roger Joseph Manning Jr - 2006) (63)
Bronze - All Dressed Up for School (The Beach Boys - 1964/1990) (53)
Tin - Language School (Tours - 1979) (45.5)
(Frankie Teardrop)

The most successful 'school' song in the Battle so far has been the second instance of 'Be True to Your School' (9th in Preliminary Final in Season VI - Lee Marshall).

This week's version needs to get a wriggle on to challenge that feat. 
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Fair enough, but that's why I used a slightly different version of School's Out . 
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KDS:  I know I was just talking about moral exceptionalism on another topic, but how does Alice reconcile all the satanic demon and snake imagery and so forth with his Jebus-interests?   
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KDS:  I know I was just talking about moral exceptionalism on another topic, but how does Alice reconcile all the satanic demon and snake imagery and so forth with his Jebus-interests?   


I hope I'm right in my assumption that you're being sarcastic, and that you're fully aware that Alice Cooper is a character.  

After all, the guy appeared on The Muppet Show.  How Satanic can he be?

The only thing about him I'd say is sacreligious is having Ke$ha guest on one of his albums
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