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bonnie bella

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Hi there.

Keeping it simple, this week is a tribute to t bedford, a guy who knew his music and was a good friend to many around here.

This week the contenders start with who else but the Kinks, with one of their greatest hits.



t was a big fan of the Lovin' Spoonful. 



It couldn't be a t tribute week without a little XTC. Filmed in Richard Branson's house, replete with Richard Branson himself, this is the original video clip.



And finally something from the Beach Boys Smile album that has never been in the Battle before.




So we have:

The Kinks, You Really Got Me

The Lovin' Spoonful, Summer in the City

TXC, Generals and Majors

The Beach Boys, Wind Chimes


I'll also miss that dang robot ...


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Bonnie, this is soooo wonderful that you are doing this. The robot was absolutely hilarious.  You don't know how many times I was saying - come on now, YOU need to be part of this Mr. Buzz. I never knew. Surely there will more stories. 

Another tough week of voting, for me, on this one. 

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Darren J. Ray

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Al, I'm pretty sure I have an e-mail or two from you a few years back saying we need to persuade Buzz Clique to vote. 

And I'm pretty sure I answered along the lines of, "Trust me, you don't want Buzz Clique to vote"! [nono]

I was sworn to secrecy and kept it for the next seven years. I still don't feel entirely comfortable with revealing it, or even t's actual name, but it is what it is.

I'm looking forward to this week. Thanks, bonnie. 
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1. "Wind Chimes" by the Boys

Like the tempo, so much better version over all the more druggy 'Smiley' version, but of course, miss the end part with all the voices trying to sound like the wind. The BW Presents version has the best of both worlds.

2. "Generals & Majors" by XTC

not certain about the accuracy of the lyrics, don't they usually say the opposite? but the melody is very catchy

3. "You Really Got Me" by the Kinks

decent, reminds me of the Stones.

4. "Summer in the City" by the Loving Spoonful

mediocre in melody and lyrics
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Larry Franz

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bonnie -- this is a really nice idea and you've chosen four excellent songs. It's not easy to separate them, but:

Gold -- The Kinks -- It sounds kind of primitive now, but that's great rock 'n roll for you.

Silver -- The Beach Boys -- The first minute and twenty seconds is wonderful; after that, not so much. We don't know how close to being a finished track this was, but it's superior to the version on Smiley Smile, except for that one's gorgeous tag at the end. It deserved a place in the finished product. Here's that tag extended to two minutes (combined with a set of black & white portraits in which they all look good for a change).

The Beach Boys -- "Whispering Winds"


Note: this was composed prior to reading John B's endorsement above. [smile]

Bronze -- XTC -- I went through an XTC phase even though I never fell in love with their music. This is one of their best, a bit frantic, but beautiful at times.

Pewter -- Lovin' Spoonful -- It's a classic, but a little too familiar at this point. It doesn't have the impact it had in 1966. (But it's great that they believed in the song so much that they brought a jackhammer onto that sound stage.)


A favorite from the Kinks I posted two weeks ago:  "Shangri-La" from their 1969 album Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire):
youtube.com/watch?v=Kt0IXkIVvo4

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Bonnie,

I won't mull any longer.

GOLD - To the Kinks - come on now, not just for T, but this is iconic. Original punk.
SILVER - Going with the BB's here mainly because I'm in complete awe of everything SMILE Sessions.  Brian is on another wavelength.
BRONZE - The Spoonful
TIN - XTC
Kinks:

XTC - this would have been my second this week:

The cats sure can play down there:


Tribute to T!

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A few Kinks favorites from the early years:

"Who'll Be the Next In Line"
youtube.com/watch?v=Y3kNuSUQcdE

"Holiday In Waikiki"
youtube.com/watch?v=0la2lbUh4v4

"David Watts"
youtube.com/watch?v=hGrniCrIHGg

t. once said he preferred the music of the Beach Boys, but the lyrics of the Kinks. That sounds right.

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Bonnie, what a lovely thought and tribute to our late friend, tBedford.  He'd be very pleased, I'm sure.

Some good songs here and I'll go with this ranking:

Gold:  The Kinks for You Really Got Me.  Love it!

Silver:  The Lovin' Spoonful for Summer In the City.  Love this one too and I had to really argue with myself about my gold and silver choices.

Bronze:  The Beach Boys for Wind Chimes.  Very pleasant sounding one from the Boys.  

Tin:  XTC for Generals and Majors.  It's ok.

Good week, Bonnie!

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bonnie bella

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Four early voters. Many thanks to Larry, John B, Al, and Cindy.

Great to see more Kinks coming through. I also remember t saying that he liked Ray Davies lyrics, and Ray certainly had a lot to say. Like the song Larry posted, David Watts, hadn't heard that one before.

Ray here, looking alarmingly like Neil from The Young Ones 



And Eric Carmen, who just resembles a mop.







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Thanks for the Eric Carmen clip, bonnie. 

I never knew Brian Connolly played drums. 
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Gold - You Really Got Me (The Kinks - 1964)
How can it not be? Sorry, Ray – I still can’t hear Dave swearing before the solo. I can hear the swear word on ‘Hey Jude’ though. t used the Kinks six times in different weeks and posted them countless times during the weeks! I once told t that I preferred this version of ‘You Really Got Me’. It’s just the kind of thing I would say to him.



Silver - Summer in the City (The Lovin’ Spoonful - 1966)
Yeah, t loved these guys, although he did only select them in two of his weeks. They did have some good songs. Original sounding.

Bronze - Generals and Majors (XTC - 1980)
Sorry, I didn’t pick up the title of the song. It’s only sung SEVENTEEN times in a track that only goes for 3:45. Yeah, the lyrics are childish. Still, they’re probably better than anything Van Dyke Parks came up with. t loved these guys. He used them five times as well as the Dukes of Stratosphear once, which is virtually the same band. Paul Adsett has used them twice. So they’ve been used eight times before this week for one Gold (Paul's), no Silver, two Bronzes and FIVE TINS (four of them were t's) – and have NEVER come close to making a play-off! I used to love to stir t by saying Sgt Pepper taught the band to play, and that band was XTC. Hell’s bells, they’re ‘okay’. I just don’t think these couple of guys were anywhere near as clever as they were trying to be or hoping they were. The tune saves it from Tin. At least it’s more memorable than… 

Participant - Wind Chimes (The Beach Boys - 1966/2011)
I’ve listened to this on high rotation and still can’t remember how it goes. Gee, Carl and Brian sounded alike. 


Here's my favourite scene from a doco on another band that t was enamoured with....



Verden, I remember very well the ‘Ted’ post and t’s response. And then people all took turns at guessing his name. It’s wonderful to know there are others here who also remember that stuff. 

I think t posted me four treasured items over the years. I know others here would attest to how giving the guy was. And, because of sentiment, I kept at least one of the boxes with his address and signature labelled on it. I remember the first time I saw it - 'Thomas W Bedford' - it was like discovering Superman was Clark Kent. It was instantly revelatory and somehow confronting. OMG, he's a real person!

bonnie, thanks again for posting this highly appropriate week. I’m glad someone did. I hope it gives the others here who also felt ‘close’ to him some comfort. 

RIP t.  
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Gold: The Lovin' Spoonful, Summer in the City.  Clearly the best of the bunch for me.

Silver: The Kinks, You Really Got Me. Great rock song to launch their career.  Very different to their hist that would follow.


Bronze:  TXC, Generals and Majors.  Yeah, this is ok. One hear and you know it's the '80s.

The Beach Boys, Wind Chimes.  Starts out nice ... but after a while I'd prefer hearing my own wind chimes.
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The story is that Andy Partridge came up with "XTC" based on Jimmy Durante's "That's it! I'm in ecstasy!"

A few based on relistening:

"Life Begins at the Hop"
youtube.com/watch?v=JgQcfJmFRrg

"Love on a Farmboy's Wages"
youtube.com/watch?v=yy7OceRA2ek

"Chalkhills and Children"
youtube.com/watch?v=D0dXZfcw34Q

"The Disappointed"
youtube.com/watch?v=f4_O4CBTfug

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Larry Franz

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It's nice to hear these Lovin' Spoonful songs again.

"Didn't Want To Have To Do It" 
youtube.com/watch?v=9f8IpN4UC3Y

"You and Me and Rain on the Roof"
youtube.com/watch?v=BiAvfRPoaHE

"Full Measure"
youtube.com/watch?v=Nace1xqUFDw

"Coconut Grove"
youtube.com/watch?v=bncb8hvpslg

"Lonely"
youtube.com/watch?v=u_8Zi4GafyI

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bonnie bella

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Loved that Turtles clip, Darren. And thanks, I like the idea we can do a little something t might enjoy.

Amongst the hectic fray around here, I am going to vote.

GOLD - XTC. I'm not a great fan of many of their songs, but I love this one. And not just because of the bouncy castle. Great energy here.

SILVER - The Lovin' Spoonful. Just an all-around pretty song, like the songs I'm playing now from Larry's selection. And this.



BRONZE - The Beach Boys. Highly enjoyable. I picked this one because t's friend had mentioned that he played one of the Smile albums for t in his last days and he seemed to enjoy it. I hope the music gets through, t.

TIN - The Kinks. In selecting one of the greatest hits, I've picked one of my least favourite songs of their collection. But it was t that introduced me to I'm Not Like Everybody Else, one of my most favourite songs of their collection.



Looking forward to seeing how the rest of the week votes. I wonder which order t would have placed these?







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