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Darren J. Ray

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Thanks very much to kds, John B and GGH for the first votes. 

I trust the rest of you have these beauties on high rotation. 

If you're not sure which way to go, you should do what I do and play them really LOUDLY all week so the neighbours can hear them. 

I believe in sharing. 

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Darren J. Ray

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Darren, I'm a sucker for two of these songs (guess).


Al, you know I love guessing games!

Okay....

I wouldn't automatically pick you as a fan of the Bard. But as you and I are both unabashed admirers of our own poet laureate, Sir Paul, there might be some Shakespearean appreciation there. But a sucker for one of his musical soliloquies? Alas, poor William, you didn't know him well. 

We can lock in 'Clair'. As a musician, you would enjoy the key change that occurs only in the instrumental and the chords in the third verse. You Americans sent this to #2, so one of you had to buy it and we know Tom wouldn't have. Plus you've never worried about trying to be cool in front of your peers. Your love for Barry Manilow proves that. 

Are you a heavy metal fan? Maybe. Maybe not. Spın̈al Tap is such quality that anything is possible. But I just don't have you pegged as a 'you're too young and I'm too well-hung' kinda guy. Maybe I'm wrong. 

You did buy MIU. Unfortunately, it was also the last Beach Boys album you bought until Brian's solo stuff. That could mean one of two things; either 1) you were so enamoured with it that you could only envisage all subsequent recordings to be a let-down so you didn't bother, or 2) you thought it totally sucked. 

So.....I'm gonna go with 'Clair' and 'Hey Little Tomboy'. 

Surprise me!






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Originally Posted by bonnie bella


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Darren J. Ray

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Looking forward to your votes, Larry. [wave]
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Me too, Larry.  [angel]
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With such overwhelming demand, I really should vote. Unfortunately, I can't honor this request:

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

Very hard.

The fact that one of these songs made it to #1 anywhere seems inexplicable. Another of the songs is a joke. Another shouldn't have been released for public consumption. On that basis:

Gold -- Gilbert O'Sullivan -- I rather like this one.

Tie for Bronze (i.e. 2 points each):  The other three.


We're waiting for our first trick or treaters. Some little ones should be coming around since it's almost 5 pm. In honor of Halloween, a new song from Sufjan Stevens: "Wallowa Lake Monster"



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You can't fool Darren Ray.  Spot on - enjoy them both.  But which gets the gold?  Stay tuned for that.

Darren, following up from Ang and Deb:

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In case anyone besides Al is interested, the famous article about Brian and Smile that appeared in Crawdaddy magazine in 1968 is now available (in small print) at the link below. It's in three parts. You have to look for the pages for the March issue, then the May issue and then the June issue.

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B-qgiLa2iio0cGttbXdCSTR4MlE?usp=sharing

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Darren J. Ray

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Thanks very much for the votes, Larry. 

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The fact that one of these songs made it to #1 anywhere seems inexplicable.


Correction. Two; which is more than the majority of weeks here.  

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Another of the songs is a joke. 


Cool, eh. 


Here is William in all his finery, wishing he could be transported in time to the days of wireless microphones....




Al, thank you for that MIU review. 

The guy started to lose me when he compared Love You to Pet Sounds

"Fast forward to the year after, this thing gets put out."

He says only six people bought it. I wonder who the other five were. 

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Correction. Two; which is more than the majority of weeks here. 


The other being "Clair", which Wikipedia says went to #1 in UK and Canada. That's explicable. I also rather liked "Alone Again (Naturally)" when it went to #1 in the US and saturated the airwaves.

Sing it, Gil.



(Two of these going to #1 shows again that you can prove anything -- almost anything -- with statistics.)

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GOLD – My Little Angel.  Love it.  Great pop song written by Australia's best songwriting duo Harry Vanda and George Young (brother of AC/DC's Angus and Malcolm) - who died last month.  
 
SILVER – Clair.  Checked out the clip.  Cute Clair now about 50?  You can see Gilbert and Clair years later in a Youtube film clip. 
 
BRONZE – Probably Beach Boys.  Don’t know song. Heard a bit that was enough. 
 
TIN - Spinal Tap.  About 20 secs was all I could cope with.  Funny guys and I also loved them in The Mighty Wind (folk music send up) ... but can't get into this.
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Darren J. Ray

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Thanks for posting that, Larry.

Truly, one of the most beautiful songs ever. 

Radio flogged it and people bought it for a reason. It went to #2 here. ('Clair' only went to 13.)

But it's not my favourite Gilbert O'Sullivan song. 

Yep, I'm a big fan. 
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edit: Flipped my Gold and Silver

GOLD My Little Angel

SILVER Clair.  They were another Aussie band...oh, that was Silverchair.  Back to Mr O - I'm disappointed that it's not his real name and that he *did* get it from G&S. 

BRONZE Hey Little Tomboy

TIN-ight I’m Gonna Rock You Tonight (oh, did I mention tonight?)

I could have posted a clip relating to the nonexistent theme but I won't.

Had a missed call today, apparently from a surf shop in NSW - my only connection with surf is living quite close to it (not participating) and being a BBs fan.  I'm presming it was a wrong number.
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GOLD - Clair (Gilbert O’Sullivan) This is actually a lot better than I remember it....maybe because the competition is so weak.

SILVER - My Little Angel (William Shakespeare) I liked him better back in the 1500's. This sounds like 1962, not 1974.

BRONZE - Tonight I’m Gonna Rock You Tonight (Spın̈al Tap) Parodies that start to take themselves seriously do nothing for me (seriously). (Think Blues Brothers...)
For comparative purposes, here's "Metal Head" by Blotto:


Hey Little TIN-boy (The Beach Boys) Awful.


Theme Without a Name - Dave Clark Five




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Funny to see the guys from Spinal Tap in the heavy metal answer to We Are the World.  Shows that most metal guys (at least the old school ones) had a sense of humor. 

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