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Darren J. Ray

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Thanks a lot for the votes, stkilda4ever, DAN & t. 


Vanda & Young wrote the right stuff for their acts. 

They wouldn't have given 'My Little Angel' to John Paul Young or Stevie Wright, for instance. 

It was perfect for William Shakespeare. 

Here are a couple of very different songs - all huge hits - that they wrote for those other guys.

The first song peaked near the top of the charts everywhere, including #5 in the UK and #7 in the US...









And surely James Cameron should have used this in Titanic rather than that Celine Dion shocker...






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Darren, this is so tough for me I need to break it up into two painful posts.

GOLD - Gilbert O'Sullivan.  I can only say that it has stared as a dull ache.  Not so bad ... I can live with that.

SILVER - TBB.  Okay, mostly good, a few twinges and stabs as the lyrics batter full-force through the old cranium and into the vast, (desert-like) mental swaths of my mind.




Back later with anaesthetic.




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I almost forgot about voting!  

Anyhoo, here I am and here's my votes in this battle:

GOLD:  Clair by Gilbert O'Sullivan.  

SILVER:  Hey Little Tomboy by the Beach Boys.

BRONZE:  My Little Angel by William Shakespeare.

TIN/PEWTER:  Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight by Spinal Tap.

My final answer.


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Since this is a 'no theme' week....



Love this and hadn't heard it in many years!


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No theme?  Whaaaat?  Right!

Darren, you don't hear Paulo McCartney in GOS? 



Love this >



The Uncle Ray story is here >



GOLD - Oh, Claire (giggle) - it says the most (the modulation is okay)
Silver - The Beach Boys trying to find their way and almost do. I DO like MIU - so put me in the minority but it was like a "modern throwback".  I think that Lisa had used this but...

Throw back (but with modern-ish twist)



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Shakespeare for the Bronze (but distant)
The Tap gets the Tin

More Gilbert/Ray


Theme just could be...




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Numbed and ready to reflect on the unreflectable.  That's not even a word, but the real Shakespeare made up plenty, so I'll grant myself the liberty.

BRONZE - Spinal Tap.  Because they know they're a joke.

TIN - William Shakespeare.  Which is a big and rather ambitious jump from "John Cave", who indeed had a high enough interest in little angels to blow his entire career.  A series of unfortunate decisions led this guy down a sad path.  Silly Willy.



Thanks, Darren.

 



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Darren J. Ray

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Thanks a lot for your votes and comments, Cindy, Al and bonnie. 


Al, I was really impressed with the work you put into that and I watched all the clips. 

I think this one deserves a re-run...



I'll be seeing him in March. 

Please check out my votes before closing. 


bonnie, this clip might interest you, particularly the conversation that starts at 7:51...



The whole video is a bit sad. Obviously, not the brightest star of all time, but God love him. RIP William. 


Looking forward to everyone else's votes after nearly a week of heavy listening. 

If music be the food of love, play on. 

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Al always puts a good mix up.  (And I'd never seen the Elizabeth Taylor baby photos before).

Very sad about William Shakespeare.  I bet he regretted that for years to come.

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/music/shakespearean-tragedy-bright-star-of-pop-cut-short-by-scandal-and-alcohol-20101007-169w2.html

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GOLD -- Spinal Tap, Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You -- Sometimes, fiction is cooler than fact. Is it just me or does it at least lyrically sound kinda like a KISS parody? 

SILVER -- Gilbert O'Sullivan, Clair -- A clair winner compared to my Tin. Don't need to be clairvoyant to see its appeal. 

BRONZE -- William Shakespeare, My Little Angel -- Bearable yet somewhat like Meatloaf trying an 80s or 90s sitcom theme. Maybe that's just me again..

TIN -- BB's, Hey Little Tomboy -- Hey big pedophile. What can possibly go wrong in a song about guys over 30 lusting over prepubescent girls? Ummm....EVERYTHING.

Thanks, Darren.

PS: Al -- Actually, that "Matchpoint" video and audio is new to me. Interesting sans Marilyn. [thumb]
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My votes , easy winner for me :


Gold: Clair (Gilbert O’Sullivan)
Silver:Hey Little Tomboy (The Beach Boys)
Bronze:My Little Angel (William Shakespeare)
Tin:Tonight I’m Gonna Rock You Tonight (Spın̈al Tap)
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Egg checking in before heading South of the equator....

It always amazes me what musical influences are perpetrated on us who are on this board around the world. Only Gilbert O’Sullivan made it to radio waves South of the border so I’m guessing other than Spinal Tap that the other two songs were played down under.

To the voting.....

Gold. I’m a rocker at heart so Spinal Tap gets top honors

Silver. Boys from the Beach

Bronze. Mr O’Sullivan for dusting off the teen cobwebs

Tin. This song sounds like Romper Room

Cheers all!!

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Lisa, hold on thar.  Clair isn't a creepier concept?  Brian used that "little girl" theme a few times, most notably with "The Little Girl I Once Knew" and even "Little Girl".  "The Girls On The Beach" is an ode to guy voyeurism.  So come on - the tomboy is growing up, let her grow.

Bonnie and Darren, sometimes I'll get a good mix up there. Liz Taylor had the look going on.  March is a ways off - but do give us the report. 


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Good gawd what dreck!!!  This is decidedly one of the worst weeks ever for contenders in the ol' 'battle'.  What's up Darren?  Too many Australian Rules football games w/o a helmet?

Man o man!!!  Where does one start with all of this fly attractant?

Gold by default...Clair.  What ever happened to Gilbert.  Alone again..."naturally" I'd wager.  This little ditty for his niece was nice I suppose.  'cept  I ain't a 'sheila'.  On a scale of 1-10 I'd give it a 3.1 because I know that some folks like these pleasant little tear-jerkers.  [love]  As for me?  My teeth hurt.

I can't believe I'm giving this a Silver!!! [eek]  Billy Shakespeare.  This 'hunka' is Clair x 50.  The swarm of flies covering this shyte is the size of an 8 days a week-long rain cloud.  I'd be embarrassed to have anyone find this in my collection...even on a compilation disc.  A 1.5 outa 10...'cause I'm nice.  Just crap.

For bronze...and this is a distant bronze.  It's a .5 on a scale of 1 - 10  That horrible attempt at music and 'sangin' from the 'boys'.  Gotta be one of the worst 20 songs they ever recorded.  If THAT was their usual crap?  I sure as shootin' wouldn't be here.  Grasping at straws...and missing...completely.  Awful.

Those Spinal Tap guys.  LAST by a universe.  "Claimed he had a bad back."  No excuse.  Instrumentation?  O.K. I guess.  Pedestrian-like for the genre.  The vocals though?  I wouldn't care if I lost my hearing.  And lyrically?  Straight from the basement of the outhouse.  Terrible.  Thank gawd I was away all week and only started listening to this drivel late this afternoon.

Now I HAVE to go take a shower and try to wash some of 'this' off of me. [rolleyes]


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Darren, why do you torture and taunt us so with such (mostly sappy) songs? As a 20-something during the 1970s, that's why I largely bailed out on Top 40 pop radio and gravitated toward mainstream rock and alternative music. 

Not only are these songs mostly 1970s pop fluff, but there is also a theme, and a creepy theme at that -- some adult males' particular fascination (and in some cases, lurid sexual fascination) with very young girls. I actively agree with Lisa on that point with regard to "Hey, Little Tomboy", but also with at least some of the other songs, such as Al suggests with regard to "Clair". It's no surprise that a number of voters didn't think much of this week's songs, even if not explicitly stating their reasons, or were even "numbed" and "painful" as bonnie stated, or felt a particular song was "straight from the basement of the outhouse", or "decidedly one of the worst weeks ever for contenders in the ol' 'battle'", as Lee so aptly described.  

If I could this week, I'd have voted "Pilot of the Airwaves" and even the dreaded "You Light Up My Life" above all these poor excuses for songs and lyrics. Thus, for my votes this week, I'm going to use alternative terms for my rankings from "bad" to "outright disgusting".

Bad -- "My Little Angel", (fake) William Shakespeare. If I had voted based on the song and music itself, this would have been my last place song. Such a saccharine and pop-y song, and such an insipid vocal. The only reason it got my top vote is because the lyrics seem pretty above board, about a father caring about his young daughter and her childhood innocence, without any apparent overtones of inappropriate incestual lust. (Also, what's this business of a musical lightweight taking on the name of perhaps the greatest writer and dramatist in the English language?)

Worse -- "Clair", Gilbert O'Sullivan. Darren, you already know how much I dislike this song and its mushy pop melody and lyrics. But, as Al suggests, there is a lurid aspect to some of the lyrics about this adult male babysitting this very young little girl and his feelings about her:

"The moment I met you, I swear.
I felt as if something, somewhere,
Had happened to me, which I couldn't see...
But try as hard as I might do, I don't know why.
You get to me in a way I can't describe...
I don't care what people say, to me you're more than a child...
But why in spite of our age difference do I cry?
Each time I leave you I feel I could die...
While I, in an effort to babysit, catch up on my breath,
What there is left of it.
You can be murder at this hour of the day.
But in the morning the sun will see my lifetime away..."

Downright Terrible -- "Hey Little Tomboy", Beach Boys. Not only do I think this song is one of the worst songs from the Beach Boys' terribly mediocre M.I.U. album, Brian Wilson should be ashamed that he wrote the lyrics and published this song about an adult male's fascination with a young adolescent girl, when Brian himself was a mature adult in his mid-30s and had two adolescent daughters of his own. For example:

"Hey, little tomboy, sit here on my lap
I got things that I gotta tell you
...

You could see that boys love you so
They're doing it all over the world
...

Time to turn into a girl...
Hey, little tomboy, I've had my eyes on you
Thinking what a girl you could be

Mmm, I smell perfume, let's try some cut-off jeans
Look at all the changes I see

I'm going to teach you to kiss
You're going to feel just like this
They're doing it all over the world
..."


Outright Disgusting -- "Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight", Spinal Tap. Musically, I like this song the best, because it rocks out credibly. But, knowing the satirical nature of the songwriters posing as the fake group Spinal Tap, I sure hope they wrote this song as a spoof, because the subject matter of the lyrics is downright lewd in its overtly suggestive nature:

"Little girl, it's a great big world
But there's only one of me.
You can't touch 'cause I cost too much, but
Tonight I'm gonna rock you...
You're sweet, but you're just four feet
And you still got your baby teeth.
You're too young, and I'm too well hung,
Tonight I'm gonna rock you...
You're hot, you take all we got,
Not a dry seat in the house.
Next day, we'll be on our way,
Tonight I'm gonna rock you...
Little girl, it's a great big world
But there's only one of me."


Looking forward to next week's battle to cleanse my palate of this week's songs. 



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Jeepers Tom...If you're right...I'll have to drop Gilbert down from his 3.1 out of 10 Gold placing.  Leave it alone Darren.  I ain't changin' it.  I always understood that O'Sully was cleverly trying to make it sound like he was singing to an older person...you know...one who was at least 'legal'...and that there was supposed to be that 'My Girl Bill' kind of 'GOTCHA' when he revealed that the apple of his current eye was just his little niece and that he'd written a wee song for her because he loved her.  You know...like Chuck Berry...trying to place a call to 2 year old 'Marie' in 'Memphis' Tennessee.

I woulda tied Spinal Tap with the 'boys' for last but I couldn't see my way to giving them anything more than a 1...[not that 'Tomboy' deserves a 2 either.]

I can't remember EVER hearing that many totally offensive sounding, YICKY, freekin' songs back to back to back to back.  Never has 2:45 ever lasted as long as the 2:45 I took to listen to Spinal Tap.  "I'm too well hung"?  Ya right!!!  Can you play the drums for a song or two?  There's a good fella.

That needing to take a shower thing?  I mean  really.
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