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A Tribute to the Brothers

Surfers Rule (Beach Boys)(1963)

First up ... it's Surfers Rule. Recorded when we could hear all three brothers - Brian, Carl and Dennis. Some say it's Brian Wilson mimicking Frankie Valli and the song is simply a tongue-in-cheek dig at the Four Seasons. To me it's a dead ringer for Dead Man's Curve ... if you'll pardon the pun

God Only Knows (For King and Country)(2019)

For King and Country are two brothers, Joel and Luke Smallbone. As young kids they grew up in Australia and then moved to America with family. As we speak, 'God Only Knows' is No 1 again this week on the Australian Christian Music chart. (Their sister Rebecca St James is a also a popular gospel music artist.) I'm sure most on this site would far prefer the Beach Boys' God Only Knows (classic) ... but this song too is worthy of a listen.

Devoted To You (Everly Brothers) (1958)

Yep ... I think everyone knows these two. Written by husband and wife Felice and Boudleaux Bryant. They also wrote their hits All I Have to Do Is Dream (credited solely to Boudleaux), Bye Bye Love and Wake Up Little Susie. The boys sure do owe a bit to the Bryants.

Letter From America (The Proclaimers) (1989)
Brothers Craig and Charlie Reid make up The Proclaimers. I interviewed one of them once on my radio show and I gotta tell you I had to listen very carefully to understand what he was saying. That was one thick Scottish accent! They are best known for I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) and I'm On My Way.


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boy, i'm looking forward to digesting these,
though i have a clear favourite without listening to any
('security!' as sir jeffrey foskett would call,
when that voice rang out from the audience)...

there's a whole debate about a dangling apostrophe
and surfing etiquette to be had.

for setting a challenge.

John E

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Here's my order:

1. Everlys - Classic

2. Proclaimers - Aye

3. Beach Boys - Formulaic

4. F K &  C - Dire
John B

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I will be VERY happy if everyone listens to the Proclaimers song before voting!
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A good mix of the old with the new here.  

I'll go with:

Gold:  The Boys for Surfer's Rule.  I'm not really into the surfing songs, but I can't deny the talent and especially those vocal harmonies.  The guys really were unsurpassed in that regard.

Silver:  King and Country for God Only Knows.  It's not the same song as the Beach Boys', but it is pretty darn good.  

Bronze:  The Everly Brothers for Devoted To You.  These guys had some really good songs, but this one is not one of my faves from them.  

Tin:  The Proclaimers for Letter From America.  Yep.  That is a really thick Scottish accent!  I couldn't understand a word other than "letter from America".  I really did like their hit song, I'm Gonna Be (500 miles).  

"They're not gonna catch us. We're on a mission from God".
Larry Franz

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I've got my Tin, but otherwise this isn't easy.

The Proclaimers song reminded me of another Scottish group, but I couldn't remember their name. The internet, however, doesn't forget.

Big Country, "Fields of Fire (400 Miles)" -- not a hit in the US -- and "In a Big Country" -- which was (their only one).

Wikipedia says that the first incarnation of the group included two brothers, Peter and Alan Wishart, but they were replaced early on.

Al Forsyth

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GOLD standard and it is a standard! Devoted to You - the Ev's and The House of Bryant.  A duo that influenced so many and this is really perfection in every way possible.  John and Paul based their harmonies on the Ev's and of course another group covered this one well.  Brian and Mike nail it!

More on the Bryants:

Very tough - but the Silver is another one familiar to me and thus in the DNA.  The BB's doing their surfer's club "we're the winners and the hodads aren't"  - Four Seasons?  Surfer's Rule.  I like the song, the vocal intro, the Dennis boastful vocal and those driving guitars by Carl and David.  They were surfers here.   Take one:
Murry at the helm:
This other Southern Cal family sound:

Bronze and I could have made this Silver, going to the new God Only Knows.  Interesting concept.  I don't like when people take an existing song title and make something new and this is an interesting way to change it.  It can get you where it's supposed to - video is well done.  The production of the song is wonderful.  Spending some BIG time on the charts:
There's a kind of love that God only knows ...
Interesting that it's considered a Christian song - but it's in the name. 

Tin - mainly because I can't understand them - The Proclaimers. 

This family band of kids from Britain and then Queensland when they were quite small, and then...

Family harmony and from a Knight. 

A diamond necklace played the pawn...
Lisa G/TS

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Hey! I smell an inner contest this week! 

Transcribing the lyrics to The Proclaimers without cheating and looking them up! 
Let's see if we can complete it by the end of the week! 
Here's what I got so far...B4 my computer blacked out and needed a reboot from the pauses and rewinds (parts in brackets I'm a little less confident with, so feel free to post corrections and additions):

When you go will you send back
A letter from America
Take a look up the rail track
From Miami to Canada

(Up and away the other day?)
(Spending and thinking about all the blood that float away?)
Across the ocean (to the second chest/shore?)
I wonder how it caught on (…???)

"Stay-cation for the Nation", "Crush that Curve"
Larry Franz

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Gold -- The Beach Boys -- I've got a longstanding emotional attachment to this song, and especially like Denny's vocal.

Silver -- The Proclaimers -- Never heard of them, but this is quite interesting. Hard to believe I'd put it above the Everly Brothers.

Bronze -- The Everly Brothers -- Great singing, of course, but the lyrics have always struck me as a bit sappy, too sweet. It's never been one of my favorites, even on the Party album, although I always enjoy that little "bomp ah bomp ah bah" at the end.

Pewter -- For King & Country -- This is ok but a bit too smooth for my taste. (Some song titles should be left alone, like "Wouldn't It Be Nice" or "Yesterday" or "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"!)

The Jesus and Mary Chain, also from Scotland, include brothers Jim and William Reid: "Happy When It Rains"

Kings of Leon, from Tennessee, are the brothers Caleb, Nathan and Jared Followill, plus their cousin Matthew Followill (and friend Al Jardine): "Over"

Darren J. Ray

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Gold - Devoted to You (The Everly Brothers - 1958)
Promises that could only be made by the very young or the very naïve. Never been one of my Everly favourites. We are currently reviving our Everly Brothers tribute show, and this has still not made the cut. Still, it’s Saints Don & Phil. A rare Everlys song in that Phil is singing what we accept as the melody, but still with Don under him. There are four guitarists on this – Don and Phil, Ray Edenton, and Chet Atkins on the electric. The Bryants were also responsible for the Everlys’ only #1 here in Australia, the flipside of ‘Devoted to You’ – ‘Bird Dog’. Also, ‘Love Hurts’, ‘Poor Jenny’, ‘Problems’, ‘Take a Message to Mary’ and ‘Like Strangers’. But the Ev’s also wrote great songs, including ‘Cathy’s Clown’, ‘(Till) I Kissed You’, ‘When Will I Be Loved’, ‘The Price of Love’ and plenty of others, including this song which went to #1 here for Johnny Farnham in 1968….

Silver - Surfers Rule (The Beach Boys - 1963)
Dennis does a great job on this. Good example of the brothers’ early voices with Brian singing some lead parts and Carl especially noticeable on the tag at the end. Yes, formulaic, but it was a great formula. Nice drumming too, apparently by Dennis. 

This is the underwhelming return serve from those Jersey Boys….

Bronze - Letter from America (The Proclaimers - 1987)
I’m a sucker for Scottish girls and their accents. Not so much for ugly Scottish guys and their thick brogues. The lead vocalist is harder to understand than James Reyne. Thank you for NOT using ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’. 

Currently dating a girl who makes up her own words to this. Very cute….

Participant - God Only Knows (For King & Country - 2018)
Nice clip, nice intention, but I’m not into fundamentalist Christian music unless it’s stellar. And this song is basic, plus it has auto-tune. She needs a good hug. I’d offer. 

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G Everly Brothers
S Beach Boys - no apostrophe
B Proclaimers - chance to work on my Scottish accent for my upcoming visit to the 'fatherland'
T For King and Country

Not quite the same title as a participant but this would get my gold this week.

(oh, doesn't fit the theme though)

John B

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Mostly like all of these, with points off the most recent one due to autotune.  Maybe I am an old fogey, complaining about kids wearing pants down their legs.  What's with that anyway?  not a good look is it?  autotune isn't a good sound.  4th place is gotta be 'for King & Country' "God Only Knows (what I'd sound like without auto tune)". 

3.  Proclaimers, "Letter from America".

not sure what the photos in the video are trying to say.  this just sounds like a nice little immigrant song.  I really like it.!

2. "Surfers Rule" by the Boys

so rebellious and daring, Dennis, to be burning Surfers Rule on the football field.  or singing about it.  In Texas, this is like that Simpsons episode in France, when they mixed antifreeze with wine--"That's a very serious crime!"  My favorite part is the "Take what you've heard" and "Take it or Leave it" parts--those sound innovative.  My least is the yes, formulaic placement of the guitar solo.  about 60% great this song.  

1. "Devoted to You" 

Killer bridges about never doing this or that.  Mike was man enough to take Don's line, if maybe not, to live up to the high minded intentions of the lyrics.   1st place!
Larry Franz

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John and Tom Fogerty from the San Francisco Bay area were one-half of Creedence Clearwater Revival until Tom left.

"Hey Tonight", Pendulum, 1970 (the last album Tom Fogerty was part of)

"Commotion", Green River, 1969

"It Came Out of the Sky", Willy & the Poor Boys, 1969

And of course:

"Ramble Tamble", Cosmo's Factory, 1970

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Hi st kilda. A band of brothers, huh?

Al, I'll admit I have a soft spot for the young Gibb brothers, so thanks for posting that first clip.

It wouldn't be a brother week without these two; Neil and Tim Finn.


Clowns divorce: custardy battle.     Simon Munnery

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Lisa, lemme have a go at it.

... when it reached the promised land

when you go will you send back
a letter from America
take a look at the rail track
from Miami to Canada

oh what a dingle profusion
Triton hips his old man's gin
they way you felt the day your seat
ripped from east to west to nova scotia!

he shoulda held it
he shoulda told ya
but you know his sense of styling
he'll always ... ?????   

You can thank me later.


Clowns divorce: custardy battle.     Simon Munnery

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