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Darren J. Ray

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Here's the other brother, Tom, from 1981. 

I think I heard this before I ever heard the Elvis record....

Larry Franz

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bonnie -- I looked up the lyrics to "Letter from America" and some of the words in your transcription do actually appear in the song! [smile]

Seriously, you got "When you go will you send back, a letter from America? Take a look <up> the rail track, from Miami to Canada" except for that one little word.

The more I listen to the song, the more I like it. Following along with the lyrics definitely helps. (But has anyone else ever pronounced "no more" that way?)

Listening to The National's new album I Am Easy To Find, I wondered if any brothers are involved. Yes: Scott Devendorf plays bass and his brother Steven plays drums. They've been in the band since it formed in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1999.

From the new album: "Rylan"

From 2017: "The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness"

Lisa G/TS

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Time to rank my brothers from other mothers:

GOLD -- The Everly Bros., Devoted to You -- Okay, maybe they fussed and feuded like the Hatfields & McCoys off stage, but professionally THEY COULD HARMONIOUSLY SING. 

SILVER -- The Beach Boys, Surfers Rule -- Since it's a brothers profile this week, gotta give this a little extra credit since it's one of the early ones where everyone's seemingly present and accounted for on the track.

BRONZE -- The Proclaimers, Letter from America -- Woo Hoo! Based on Larry's research, looks like I got the opening verse verbatim (and thanks bonnie for chipping/chirping in). Hey, it's about diversity...rather than shy away from an unusual accent, I find it a fun challenge trying to wrap my head around it. 

PEWTER/TIN -- For King & Country, God Only Knows -- I seem to have a short attention span for songs over 4 minutes. I appreciate the "suicide hotline" message in the song and video (and it isn't excessively religious, so interesting how it's filed under Christian rock), but for me, I'd still get the message if it was trimmed down about 30-45 seconds.

(Some song titles should be left alone, like "Wouldn't It Be Nice" or "Yesterday" or "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"!) on! I double dog dare anyone to write another successful rock song with the LSD title. As for "Yesterday", I will say I'm curious about this upcoming movie...hoping it's not another where all the best parts are in the trailer:

No one's mentioned Dire Straits yet, have they? I'll toss in a couple here from Mark & David Knopfler's band (okay, the first IS over 4 minutes, but...):

Fun Buster Keaton compilation fits in with this other early hit of theirs:

Thanks, stkilda! 

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

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Lisa, agree with thoughts on long songs. Most 4 min songs should only go for 3 mins.  It's possible thet the boys (For King and Country) may not have even heard of the Beach Boys song as it's nearly 55 years old!  (shock, horror) Hopefully they have heard of the Beach Boys and Beatles! (very sure).
David W

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My votes . Would be interesting to hear what words the crowd sing at a Proclaimers concert  to my Gold choice :

Gold - Proclaimers

Silver - Everlys

Bronze - BBs

Tin- King and Country
Cantina Margarita

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I can't do anything different because this one is pleasant, because the refugees and overpopulation issues are ugly, and because I had a long Scotland phase in the 1980s, dominated by stuff from this guy ...

at first listen, just another soft hooter we have so many of, on our local radio stations. But the video is just too strong.

... production and choir interlude are much too strong, wasted for a little self-bashing number like this. But you can't keep yourself from cranking it out, being a goddamn genius.

just another nostalgic song to me.

This summer, I'm looking forward to having an iconic brother on my ear (mentioned above several times). Another worldwide this year, this time I won't miss him. Open air, rather intimate.

stkilda, I want to thank you on behalf of darrenjee for not providing any gibbons ...
... although I really love this Fogerty style mining disaster ...

Cheers with beers
bonnie bella

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There are many lyrical interpretations on the Proclaimers song, I'm sure.  No matter what, it is an excellent example of a song. So here goes ...

GOLD to The Everly Brothers. I don't know why, I guess it's just beautiful. You can't beat two beautifully harmonised brothers.

SILVER - The Proclaimers. Whatever he's saying, meaningful or not, this is a rollicking good song.

BRONZE - TBB. I'm torn with this one. Lots of fun, great early stuff, but it still feels like I'm expecting sand kicked in my face.

TIN - King and Country. As Lisa said - too long. Fabulous message, great looking girl, but not something I'd return to. Sounds a lot like a lot of mainstream pop right now. Formula.

Three brothers Caleb, Nathan and Jared Followill (singer, bassist and drummer, respectively)

Thanks, st kilda.


Clowns divorce: custardy battle.     Simon Munnery

Verden McCutcheon

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Reply with quote  #23 
 Season10 Week 13...tribute to the brothers

                        1) The Beach Boys....what can I vocal heroes

                        2)The Everly Brothers...inspired so many

                        3)The Proclaimers...a very well done song...had a tough time placing this one

                        4)For King and Country...Good...but not my style

                                                                            very good songs !!!!
paul g adsett

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Reply with quote  #24 
an enjoyable bunch altogether.
well, most are highly enjoyable
if not the toppermost examples of the artists' work.

gold: 'letter from america'
- these chaps dipped out of high visibility for a number of years after a burst of fame.
their return led to plenty of chances to enjoy their quirky, passionate stylee repertoire.
they're fine live, engaging, ardent and entertaining.
personally, i'd not listen to their recordings too often,
but they've made some fab ones.
mostly it's a handful of early numbers that people know.
fortunately, they have no need to be reticent about these songs,
nor their upfront political angles.
this beautifully describes the story of scots leaving their native country,
the diaspora, in search of a life and a livelihood.

silver: 'surfers rule'
- sits here because it's energetic and unpretentious.
not because it's a great song,
but it's a great performance
and features a young bunch of chaps playing together and apparently enjoying it.

bronze: 'devoted to you'
- hard to believe i'm putting this down here.
but, soppy.
gorgeous, soppy and a touch too sentimental
(soppy by any other description).
but gorgeous, nonetheless.

tin: god only knows'
- but i doubt he's telling.
this is cobblers.
dare i say cynical cobblers?
one of several reasons to avoid pigeon-holing acts and styles of music.
there is, apparently, a massive godsquad sector of the popular music market.
seems records will sell and acts will be feted
on the basis of their halo quotient.
now, i'll say no more,
lest i upset a few crowns of thorns...

may i offer a pair of scottish brothers,
jim and william reid
(with primal scream's bobby gillespie on drums for a while)
who formed the jesus and mary chain
in the early 80's,
influences of velvet underground, iggy and the stooges,
ramones and bubblegum / wall of sound / beach boys.
they played overfuelled, short gigs
(sometimes even shorter than an anticipated 20 odd minutes)
that were hyped to be causing a riot in the audience
(with echoes of the sex pistols)
and were banned by some towns,
leading to yet more hype...
and a drastic falling out
(typical f'in' sibling behaviour, what!)
but, boy could they be great!
since they reformed, they seem to have established
an easy enough relationship with their reputation.
here's a number  from their 1985 1st album 'psychocandy'
'just like honey'

and, yes, they deliberately pinched the hal blaine drum line
as heard on 'be my baby'...

paul g adsett

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quite by chance,
i discovered the source of the lyrics to
'letter from america'

this was an old parchment
found in ancient archives
and relates to a time and place far away and long ago.
who'd've thunk it?

'when you go will you send back
a letter from essos continent?
take a look up the dirt track
from meereen to dantarys
i spent the evening thinking about
all the blood that flowed in battles
across oceans and sand
i've looked at the ocean...
tried hard to imagine
the way you felt the day you sailed
from westeros to dothraki land.

we should have led lannisters.
we should have told tyrells
but you know us starks' problem is

we always wait too long!

king's landing no more.
storm's end no more.
winterfell no more.
lannnisport no more...'
Tom Tobben

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Reply with quote  #26 
Coming in under the wire this week:

Gold -- "Letter from America", Proclaimers. A fine song and compelling lyrics about all the Scottish people, and their talents, who left their home country to seek better opportunity or to flee religious or political oppression. It stimulates one to imagine how Scotland, Ireland, England, Germany, Italy, France, African, Asian, and Latin American nations, and so many other countries all around the world would be if so many of their talented and hard-working people had remained in their home countries over the years and centuries. Here in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc., we are essentially immigrant nations who have benefitted from the diverse talents of people from all over the world for centuries, as well as in recent decades. Yet, we currently have a US president who incites fear of immigrants (except for, of course, his current wife's parents, who are now birthright US citizens). Shame for such bigotry and hypocrisy.

Silver -- "Devoted to You", Everly Brothers. Can't go wrong with these guys and the many wonderful songs and hits they created, including this one. Personal favorite -- "All I Have to Do Is Dream":

Bronze -- "Surfers Rule", Beach Boys. Just one of many good songs, including a few classics, from their excellent Surfer Girl album, my favorite early Beach Boys album up to at least Today

Tin -- "God Only Knows", For King and Country. Decent enough but not as compelling to me as the others this week. 

Thanks, stkilda, for introducing us to some lesser-known songs, especially "Letter from America". 

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Reply with quote  #27 
Ok ... better do my votes!

Gold - God Only Knows (For King And Country) Agree with one comment 'too long.' Too many 4 mins hit songs could be shorter. I'm very much a 3 min pop person unless it's a 'Hey Jude' or a 'Macarthur Park.' 

Silver - Devoted To You (Everly Brothers) Should probably be Gold  ... it is one of their classics. Hats off to the 'Bryants' who wrote it.

Bronze - Letter To America (Proclaimers) Really surprised at the big votes for this song.  Means nothing to me ... I just grabbed one of their songs instead of using one of their major hist (I'm Gonna Be and I'm On My Way). Obviously touches a chord with Americans ... but hey that's fair enough.

Tin - Surfers Rule (The Beach Boys) A lot of BB fans like this ... again every one has a different taste ... this just sounds like a re-hashed version of 'Dead Man's Curve'. 

Unlike my recent 'Hal Blaine' hits which I absolutely adore ... none of these four songs are on my 'must hear' itunes music rotation.  

Appreciated everyone's comments, thoughts and respect for each song.  So many 'brothers' could have been featured ... next time.


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Reply with quote  #28 
Envelope please ... the results

1 Devoted To You (Everly Brothers) - 48 votes

2 Surfers Rule (Beach Boys) - 40 votes

3 Letter From America (Proclaimers) - 39 votes

4 God Only Knows (For King And Country) - 23 votes

I did mention that 'Letter from America' (a song I just plucked at the last moment ... and never heard) ... struck a chord with Americans.  But looking at results ... that's not really true.

Its four Golds were David (UK), Cantina (Germany), Paul (UK) and Tom (US). 

Its Silvers were John E (UK), Larry (US) and bonnie (NZ).

Its Bronzes were Darren (Aus), DAN (Aus), John B (US), Lisa (Canada), Verden (Canada) and me (Aus).

Its Tins were Cindy (US) and Al (US). 



Darren J. Ray

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Well done, stkilda4ever.

‘Devoted to You' is the tenth Everly Brothers track to be used.

Their record:

Always Drive a Cadillac (a Gold in Week 4 of Season I - Darren J. Ray),
All I Have to Do is Dream (live) (a Silver in Week 22 of Season III, 8th in the Preliminary Final - Tom Tobben),
On the Wings of a Nightingale (a Gold in Week 5 of Season V - t Bedford),
Made to Love (a Silver in Week 5 of Season V - t Bedford),
The Price of Love (a Bronze in Week 5 of Season V - t Bedford),
Don't Worry Baby (a Tin in Week 5 of Season V, 3rd in the Tin Play-Off - t Bedford),
Bowling Green (a Gold in Week 31 of Season V - Verden McCutcheon),
Temptation (a Silver in Week 19 of Season VII - t Bedford),
Crying in the Rain (a Silver in Week 42 of Season IX - Larry Franz),
Devoted to You (a Gold in Week 13 of Season X - stkilda4ever)

Hence, in the six weeks that they've had just the one entry, they've collected three Golds and three Silvers. A fine record.

Phil Everly also scored a Bronze for 'Louise' in Week 11 of Season I (Gordon Higgins).  

‘Surfers Rule’ is the tenth track associated with Surfer Girl that has been used in the Battle.

Its record:

Surfer Girl (a Gold in Week 28 of Season IV, 1st (Season Gold) in Gold Play-Off - Jo McGuire),

Catch a Wave (a Silver in Week 18 of Season VIII, 1st in Silver Play-Off, 9th in Preliminary Final - Deb#1),

The Surfer Moon (a Gold in Week 20 of Season I - Paul Adsett; a Gold in Week 6 of Season VI - Tom Tobben),

In My Room (a Gold in Week 2 of Season III - DomesticAnimalNoises; a Gold in Week 25 of Season VIII, 2nd (Season Silver) in Gold Play-Off - Larry Franz; a Gold in Week 2 of Season X - Larry Franz),

Hawaii (a Bronze in Week 21 of Season V, 1st in Bronze Play-Off, 8th in Preliminary Final - Jo McGuire),

Surfers Rule (a Silver in Week 13 of Season X - stkilda4ever),

Your Summer Dream (a Silver in Week 9 of Season IX, 3rd in Silver Play-Off - Deb#1),

Fun, Fun, Fun (mono) (a Gold in Week 6 of Season V, 4th in Gold Play-Off - Deb#1; a Gold in Week 11 of Season VIII, 2nd in Preliminary Final, 3rd (Season Bronze) in Gold Play-Off - t Bedford),

In My Room (German version) (a Silver in Week 39 of Season VII - t Bedford),

I Do (a Tin in Week 12 of Season I, 1st in Tin Play-Off - Prodigal Son)

A live version of ‘Little Deuce Coupe’ won the Tin in Week 45 of Season I (Cynthia D. Hood).

They were the debut entries for the Proclaimers and For King & Country.

‘Letter from America’ is in pole position for the Bronze Play-Off with the highest points and percentage for a Bronze so far this season.

Not bad for a song you ‘plucked at the last moment and never heard’!

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