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Cindy Hood

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Is the theme "I shouldn't like it but actually I do"????

certainly applies to my gold

Gold - REO Speedwagon
Silver - Bobby
Bronze - Henry
Tin - Dennis
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I have no idear.

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Appropriate without full stops, DR?




Are we missing something?  (Aussies, btw)




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Curiosity killed this cat again, courtesy of NotJermia.

I cannot tolerate Alec Baldwin - or any of his brothers - in anything! Russell Brand isn't far behind.

However, with an EpiPen handy for a severe reaction, I had to go there (now THIS is something that'll make you cry for other reasons, Al):




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Lisa, LOL!  [biggrin]

I don't usually find Brand all that funny, but he's brilliant here.


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Lisa,  I'm out of tears and you can't goad me or taunt me into this one - no, no, no!  [nono][nono][nono]

I couldn't stand the original so not going any further. This could be hurlable.  

But for you and everyone, don't you forget where "big rock singers" wanted to be.  "Hey Ray, tell em who we are".

I won't put on Honey for you and please don't, but this is close.  A Mac Davis song that actually was a hit:

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Thanks for the votes (and comments), Al, Lee, Larry, David, kds, Popeye, Lisa, NotJermia, Cindy and Pete. 

Lee, I played both Henry Gross clips. They won't be challenging 'Shannon' for my favouritism any time soon!

But I enjoyed that Bacharach & David lost gem. Bobby Goldsboro did pick some good material, 'Watching Scotty Grew' notwithstanding, Al!

But there is one song of his that I just cannot deal with. And it isn't this...



I like this despite one of the most unrealistic lines ever in a song - 'She wrecked the car and she was sad and so afraid that I'd be mad, but what the heck?'

Dr Hook remain very popular here in Australia where we used to despise pop stars who took themselves too seriously. They always seemed such a happy bunch together. (Pity it didn't end that way!) And they smoothly changed with the times.  

They sure owed a huge debt of gratitude to the late Shel Silverstein, which Dennis is at pains to acknowledge in all his shows. 

I'm surprised no-one so far has mentioned Dennis was a regular and valuable contributor to the Blueboard before some twit insulted him. 

Lisa, looks like we have three polarisers this week!

NotJermia, that Ann-Margret could've got a run in my Week 12.

The cigar is yours. But if you'd mentioned this song, I'd have given you the whole box of 'em. 



And I've heard there is a YouTube clip of this song with a name similar to yours in the title, but not your name. 

Cindy, thanks for the CW dog info. 'Sharing the Night Together' is my favourite Dr Hook song. Incidentally, take it from this Lobo fan, that 'Me and You and a Dog Named Boo' clip is a re-recording. You can't beat the original....



Pete, 'Can't Fight this Feeling' sure is a guilty pleasure to some. But I feel no guilt. 

bonnie, those Missing Links were pretty wild. 

Lisa, thanks for beating me to the punch with the Rock of Ages clip. Looks like true love to me. 

Anyway...keep listening to those four selections, guys and gals. They're all worthy. 






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@ Lisa -
You are so welcome for the arousing of that curiousness! How much better is life now that you know about that marvellous rendition, right? [wink] hahah


@ Bonnie -
Isn't it a scream!? Brands' not so subtle "dance" moves wreck me in the best way, they are so majestic! Mesmerising, even... LOL!


@ Darren -
DANG! Of course! How did I miss that one! It's so obvious! That's the gold star winner, definitely. A quality version of "Animal Lace" wouldn't have gone a-stray either now that I think about it haha.

Going to counter your "not theme" with this. This is the equivalent... in reverse.



EVERY. TIME.


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who doesn't like alec Baldwin?   Why?

anyway...here are my votes:

1) 'Shannon' by Henry Gross.  Yes, I had this single as well as the follow-up falsetto one, 'Springtime Mama'.  Both had good singing and inept lyrics.   BTW, I've heard all those stories about Carl's dog, and they somewhat conflict with the lyrics here.  For example, if the dog was 'hit by a car', why would the singer 'hope she's drifting out to sea...maybe she'll find an island' .?     you mean, uh, the dog's ghost?  or, literally, the dog's carcass?  Another story I've heard, which I've always suspected to me more accurate, was that Carl's Roll's Royce hood ornament of a dog fell off...where did it go?  So Henry wrote a song about a rich guy losing his Rolls Royce hood ornament that resembled a dog.  It must have been uh, weeks, before some lackey found a replacement ! 

2)  Dennis Locormore, 'The Way I Am'.  oh wait, that's Eminem.  'The More I Am'.  because he was heavy you see, like the idiom, 'more of me to love'.  Still, 2nd place here. 

3) 'Me & the Elephants' by Bobby Goldsborough.  This was intended as endorsement of the Republican party to continue until they have a nominee who does not mind KKK support...

4) REO  'Can't Fight This Feeling'.    man.  terrible memories.  hated them and every group that sounded like them, and it seemed there were about 100 or so.  In Texas at the time, I suspected the feathered hair lead guy was singing about being in the closet but wanting to uh...be himself.
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Hi all,

Gold - REO Speedwagon - I Can't Fight this Feeling Anymore

Silver - Dennis Locorriere - The More I Am

Bronze - Shannon - Henry Gross

Tin - The Elaphants
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You know, Larry's 'algorithm' reminds me of my own musical ratings model when I was a little kid, listening to Casey Kasem's 'America's Top 40' in its entirety, every week in boring Oklahoma.  Casey had quite an interesting comment about 'Shannon'.  Maybe Larry can include the download here?  probably on Youtube I'm guessing, entitled something like, 'Casey Kasem's profanity-laden comments about the song Shannon'?)--  

So, Larry, what WAS your algorithm?   Mine at the time was, as best as I can remember, 1-30 melody
then 1-25 lead singer  1-20 harmony  1-15 lyrics and 1-10 rhythm/dance.  

Some would say mine was 'Beach Boys' friendly, since it would guarantee a near-100 score for 'Good vibrations'.  etc.

So, each week I would fill spiral notebooks with these columns, #40 to #1, weeks on the chart, highest position, movement on the chart, and comments.  For example, 'Sunrise' by Eric Carmen, 93, followed by 'Rubber Band Man' by the Spinners, 57, 'It's Ok' by the Beach Boys, 97...
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John B -- I'm an Alec Baldwin fan. He's a terrific actor (how about that "Always be closing!" scene, for example). He's also a bright guy, which you can see if you've ever watched the little talk show he did. Plus, he had the good sense to marry Kim Basinger, although things didn't exactly work out. Unfortunately, he's also given to absurdly angry outbursts, like the terrible voice message he left for his daughter and his interactions with paparazzi. But maybe he's mellowing with age.

I was also a Casey Kasem fan in the 60s when he was one of the DJ's on KRLA in Los Angeles. That was before he began that America's Top 40 show and became nationally famous. He had a wonderful voice for radio.

So here's the famous profane rant you requested, along with a few other remarks ("Saturday morning at 2?"). As rants and swearing go, it's probably nothing compared to what Alec Baldwin could produce if provoked. Having listened to it again, it's clear that he's not complaining about "Shannon" itself. There's something else that's bugging him. 



As for algorithms, I'd love to share mine with you but can't produce it in written form. It's more of a black box kind of thing. But I admire your youthful diligence in ranking the top 40 every week in the pre-spreadsheet era.

A song to cleanse our collective palate: Nat King Cole singing "Stardust" from 1957, considered by many to be the definitive performance of that song.

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Thanks, Larry.  Didn't I tell you guys he was the best poster on this site?   

I guess I don't see enough talk shows, or read about his outbursts off-screen, I just thought Alec was a good actor.  It's not that I'm objecting to others' opinions, I'm just trying to understand them.  Like last weekend, I saw the Cameron Crowe film 'Aloha' with Alec and Rachel McAdams and Bill Murray and Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone, and thought it was good.  But it got a terrible score on 'Rotten tomatoes' and I understand, was even nominated for worst film of the year.  Good movie, I thought.  

You know, once in about 5th grade, a teacher was talking in front of the class but I was writing something and not making eye contact, and he asked, 'how many of you have felt at least one time or more, "I wish I was never born?"  and I looked up and everyone in the class had their hand raised but me.  It was puzzling to me then and still is.   
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thank you, John, but you're embarrassing me.

I suppose when we're pressed to explain why we don't like someone, we can always say "there's something about him" or "I just don't like her". That even comes up a lot in politics. The major complaint I heard about "Aloha" was that Emma Stone was playing an Hawaiian with Hawaiian and Asian roots.

That's quite a story about your 5th grade class. It made me think of a somewhat related joke I heard today, told by Norm MacDonald on the Conan O'Brien show. It's called the "moth joke". Link provided:



More on topic and related to 5th grade: Jasmine Thompson, "Mad World", Another Bundle of Tantrums, 2014

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I'm a little mixed up about the theme this week.



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