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Darren J. Ray

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Wheeling West Virginia (Neil Sedaka - 1969)

 

Trans-Canada Highway (Gene Pitney - 1975)
 

Real Men (Joe Jackson - 1982)
 

Cottonfields (The Beach Boys - 1970)



Happy listening.

Some of you may not have heard a couple of these before, so please feel free to deliberate all week before casting your votes (and comments).

I’ll be back with the results next Monday.

 

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Another week of one of my favorite features on the BW Forum

Gold - The Beach Boys 

Silver - Gene Pitney 

Bronze - Neil Sedaka

Tin - Joe Jackson 
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GOLD by a highway mile marker to Gene Pitney. He can sing anything.

SILVER for Joe Jackson.
It reminded me a bit of Todd Rundgren - Real Man:


BRONZE for the Beach Boys.

Last by a country mile...TIN for Neil Sedaka.

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Wow, some clever songs not-obvious I need to play before voting.  No time at home today, gotta rush boil mouthpieces for the 1st day of hitting (football practice).  Maybe Friday.!  
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I'm heading down the highway myself today so here's the votes before I go. A few days at the lake are in order.
GOLD - The Beach Boys, Cotton Fields
SILVER - Gene Pitney,Trans-Canada Hwy
BRONZE - Joe Jackson, Real Men
TIN - Neil Sedaka, Wheeling West Virginia

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Good morning!

All of these are pretty good and yes, 3 of them I hadn't heard before now.

I'll go with this ranking:

GOLD:  Beach Boys for Cottonfields.  It isn't a fave of mine but with this grouping, it takes th gold slot.

SILVER:  Joe Jackson for Real Men.  

BRONZE:  Gene Pitney for Trans Canada Highway.  

TIN/PEWTER:  Neil Sedaka for Wheeling West Virginia.

My final answer.

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What Cindy said:

GOLD:  Beach Boys for Cottonfields. 

SILVER:  Joe Jackson for Real Men.  

BRONZE:  Gene Pitney for Trans Canada Highway.  

TIN/PEWTER:  Neil Sedaka for Wheeling West Virginia.

My final answer.
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Hi Darren.  Two Neil Sedaka misconceptions. 

Firstly, I used to think it was him singing Crackling Rosie until not so long ago.  (I can't see a single connection here.) [smile]



Second, that Neil was an Australian.  Wikipedia has informed me that this is not the case, but Aussie really likes the guy.

Here's a couple of songs I did know were his.







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Darren J. Ray

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bonnie, nah, that was Dimo. 

Only four Battle selections containing a Neil before this week and, unfortunately, they've all been the Young variety. 

'Aussie Neil' Sedaka's first entry. 

Neil Diamond still stuck on zero. 

Thanks for that blast from the past!

From the days when, like Brian, he wasn't hiding behind a piano. 

Maybe that unfortunate spoken bit was an inspiration for 'Lonely Sea'. 

Wholesome, wasn't he?

You gotta love that wink [wink]


Okay, and now THAT iconic clip, replete with those groovy moves of his. 

He sure knew how to attract the ladies. 

March, May and November do it for me. 
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Second, that Neil was an Australian.


Neil D's "ex" was.
 



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Darren J. Ray

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Gee, glad you clarified that, DAN. 

'Aussie Neil' has been married to Leba since 1962. 
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see,
look what you learn here.
an entire plotline from an americo-antipodean soap operetta.

it's edukayshurnl, innit?

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pauly "G"  (ever since you mentioned the "G", I've been a mega fan!)

Not a week goes by when I'm not learning something new down here.  Music wonderland.

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to celebrate another sunny day in the dizzy heights
atop our hill here in sunny brighton
and to bewail the rather shocking (well, slightly disappointing) news that
there's been a dearth of neils in the botb
here's a track from a solo album by an antipodean neil who'll've been in compo
with a couple of combos
(you do call it 'compo', don't you?).
neil finn with the gorgeous title track from 'dizzy heights'
(with touches of style council and aztec camera
not to mention the inevitable beatleism and odd bwistic tendency).

hmmm,
i assure you, completely unintended,
but proof that everything does, indeed, connect.
as i listen again,
the lyrics seem to allude to the what's been afoot in the main forum
'come inside, take off your mask.
all the zombies in town
they're all dead to us now
and we can't hear the song they're playing...
ah, the buzz never stops,
if you don't like the groove well call the cops.
on halloween, it's halloween
and they don't make a sound
'cause i don't like the song they're playing'


so, since i found a connecting groove,
let's hear neil f plus orchestra interpreting songs from his previous bands,
maybe also appropriate to the goings on still going on.
- a split enz number 'one step ahead' 
that struggles to deal with ambivalence in a relationship:
'one step ahead of you
stay in motion, keep an open mind...
if i stop i could lose my head...
there's one particular way i have to choose..
either way i'm confused...
i don't know what i'm supposed to do...'

- a crowded house song with it's bittersweet optimism
'don't dream it's over':
'there is freedom within, there is freedom without
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup.
there's a battle ahead, many battles are lost
but you'll never see the end of the road
while you're traveling with me...
hey now, hey now
don't dream it's over
hey now, hey now
when the world comes in
they come, they come
to build a wall between us
we know they won't win...'


cheers
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paul g adsett

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bonnie
- ta, i almost blush.
if truth be told
(and, whenever have i not written absolute truths?)
the was inserted when i mislaid my original sin
(oops, no, my original log in)
and re-registered.
the addition of my middle name initial
was a nod to andrew doe
without any semblance of assuming his knowledgicious mantle
but a slight john-the-baptistic swoon at his feet
in awe of his boundless bluntness
(he could / should've been the 4th of the triuvirate of
godlike weieierd posters i rate and i mention elsewhere
in another forum here).
and now i'm stuck with it dangling there between my fore and sur bits.
(hmmm,
maybe a competition 'twixt y'all, the doeboy and i
to name that initial?
that'd get some juices rising...
but i digress).

cheers
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