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Darren J. Ray

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Hi everyone.  

Welcome to the Season IX Battle of the Bands Play-Off Week 2. 

This week features the 10 highest ranked songs that were voted third place in their respective weeks - the Bronze medal winners. 

If any host wishes to know where your choices finished in the rankings, by all means drop me a line at darrenjray@bigpond.com or just ask away here. 

Here are the nominees for this week:- 



Don’t Worry Baby (Ronnie Spector - 1999) (47 votes, 24.74%) (Week 7 - t Bedford)
 
Heaven (Talking Heads - 1979) (41.5, 25.94) (Week 8 - paul g adsett)
 
Everybody’s Talkin’ (Nilsson - 1968) (42, 26.25) (Week 10 - Cindy Hood)
 
Endless Harmony (The Beach Boys - 1980) (45, 26.47) (Week 11 - Darren J. Ray)
 
Too Much Sugar (Brian Wilson - 1987) (40, 26.67) (Week 17 - t Bedford)
 
Soul Searchin’ (Solomon Burke - 2002) (45, 28.12) (Week 19 - Tom Tobben)
 
She's My Baby (Johnny O'Keefe - 1959) (45, 25.00) (Week 20 - Darren J. Ray)
 
American Pie (Don McLean - 1971) (43, 25.29) (Week 21 - Al Forsyth)
 
Sixteen Tons (Tennessee Ernie Ford - 1955) (44, 25.88) (Week 38 - Deb#1)

What I Really Want for Christmas (Brian Wilson - 2005) (41, 27.33) (Week 45 - MaryNYS)



The clips have been posted below. 

Throughout the play-offs, I will list all links previously used by the respective hosts excepting where clips have been taken down for copyright infringement or when clips with improved audio have become available.

I have sought the approval of substitute clips from the hosts whose selections this has affected. 

Nine of the clips this week are the originals used by the hosts. ‘She’s My Baby’ was taken down for copyright infringement and I’ve replaced it and had it cleared (although there may still be an issue in the US, so please let me know). 

A big thanks to everyone around the globe who has cleared the clips throughout the year to help hosts prepare their weeks. It’s really appreciated. 

Again, if any of these links no longer work for you, just let me know and we’ll endeavour to find an alternative clip.

As per previous seasons, I ask you to vote using either one of three methods. 

Ideally, people will vote 1-10 (in their order of preference). 

If this appeals to you, you can copy and paste the titles (just below) into your post and put next to each song your order (1 = favourite song, 10 = least favourite song). 

Otherwise, feel free to just vote for your top 3 or top 5 in order.(The songs you don't rate will then be allotted equal points of the remainder.) 

It should be noted that this week’s winner is not automatically ‘Bronze Song of the Year’. 

A win simply means it will go on to compete in the Preliminary Final in Week 4, along with the two songs that beat it in its original week. However, if the Silver song from that week, in its own right, also qualifies for the Silver Play-Off and doesn’t win, only the Gold winner from that week will progress. (Hint – there are three Bronze songs this week where that scenario might come into play.) 

Again, please know that your vote in it could make a big difference, with repercussions felt throughout the remainder of the play-offs. One person’s vote could change the composition of the rest of the play-offs. 

See you next Monday (with the results). 

We will then gravitate to the Battle of the Silvers.


Don’t Worry Baby 
Heaven 
Everybody’s Talkin’ 
Endless Harmony 
Too Much Sugar 
Soul Searchin’ 
She's My Baby 
American Pie 
Sixteen Tons 
What I Really Want for Christmas


Don’t Worry Baby (Ronnie Spector - 1999)



Heaven (Talking Heads - 1979) 


Everybody’s Talkin’ (Nilsson - 1968) 


Endless Harmony (The Beach Boys - 1980) 


Too Much Sugar (Brian Wilson - 1987) 


Soul Searchin’ (Solomon Burke - 2002) 


She's My Baby (Johnny O'Keefe - 1959) 


American Pie (Don McLean - 1971) 


Sixteen Tons (Tennessee Ernie Ford - 1955)


What I Really Want for Christmas (Brian Wilson - 2005) 
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1. Everybody’s Talkin’ (Nilsson - 1968) (42, 26.25) (Week 10 - Cindy Hood) LOVE IT!!

2. She's My Baby (Johnny O'Keefe - 1959) (45, 25.00) (Week 20 - Darren J. Ray)

3. American Pie (Don McLean - 1971) (43, 25.29) (Week 21 - Al Forsyth)


4. Heaven (Talking Heads - 1979) (41.5, 25.94) (Week 8 - paul g adsett)

5. Don’t Worry Baby (Ronnie Spector - 1999) (47 votes, 24.74%) (Week 7 - t Bedford)

 
6. Sixteen Tons (Tennessee Ernie Ford - 1955) (44, 25.88) (Week 38 - Deb#1)
 
7. Endless Harmony (The Beach Boys - 1980) (45, 26.47) (Week 11 - Darren J. Ray)

8. What I Really Want for Christmas (Brian Wilson - 2005) (41, 27.33) (Week 45 - MaryNYS

9.Too Much Sugar (Brian Wilson - 1987) (40, 26.67) (Week 17 - t Bedford)
 
10.  Soul Searchin’ (Solomon Burke - 2002) (45, 28.12) (Week 19 - Tom Tobben)
 

 

 


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Darren J. Ray

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The first two were easy….
 
1. American Pie (Don McLean - 1971)
The only one of the 10 I gave my Gold to in its original week. Seriously, if you could have your choice as to which of these 10 songs you wish you’d written, there is really only one answer. There is a reason this record reached #1 in multiple countries and still gets that much airplay – it’s that good. When interviewers ask Don McLean what ‘American Pie’ is about, he replies, “It’s about me never having to work again”. But he does – relentlessly. I’ve seen Don live in concert five times. Have met him also. That was a thrill. Brilliant guitarist and great singer. For anyone who thinks his catalogue is this, ‘Vincent’ and not much else, do your research. The others aren’t even close.
 
2. She's My Baby (Johnny O'Keefe - 1959)
The first time I heard this was almost as impactful on me as putting the needle down and hearing Elvis blasting out, “You ain‘t nuthin’ but a hound dog”. Recorded in the US in late ’59 when John toured there. #1 here in 1960 and again a hit when re-released in ’69. I love the full-on sound with that choir and the way the tempo just takes off with the pre-chorus and then hammers the message home in the chorus. Probably the most exciting record JOK ever recorded. Have read his biography. This guy was doing drugs and having nervous breakdowns way before it became fashionable. Sad tale. He packed a lot into those 20 years in the spotlight. Extroverted and unconventional, the King of Australian Rock’n’Roll. There is a statue of him outside Twin Towns, our biggest and most prestigious local club. 
 
 
3. Everybody’s Talkin’ (Nilsson - 1968)
I expect this will win because ‘American Pie’ will unfortunately polarise. Never really been into this – and I much prefer ‘I Guess the Lord Must Be In New York City’ – but there is a reason this won a Grammy and has been oft-covered. Have never sat through the movie. We didn’t get to see many X-rated movies when I was a toddler. It’s about a male prostitute, isn’t it? Sounds heartwarming.
 
4. Endless Harmony (The Beach Boys - 1980)
It was in my week, but it’s one of just two songs here I gave my Tin to. (No prizes for guessing the second.) The keyboards and Bruce’s vocal and lyrics are a bit cloying. Let’s be frank, it’s Bruce summoning his inner Neil Sedaka. But there’s no denying those harmonies. Carl’s part is the best thing on the whole dismal album. But who is singing that falsetto?
 
5. What I Really Want for Christmas (Brian Wilson - 2005)
Strong latter-day song from Brian. Just takes a while to warm up. Brian sounds earnest. Band sounds good, but they’re not the Boys. 
 
These were hard to rank….
 
6. Sixteen Tons (Tennessee Ernie Ford - 1955)
Wasn’t sure where to place this. Written by Merle Travis about the Muhlenberg County, Kentucky mining area where the Everly family hail from. Ike Everly, a coal miner himself, and Merle were neighbours, and Ike taught Merle thumb-finger guitar style, as he had learned from Arnold Shultz. Chet Atkins also derived his playing from this style. Chet, in turn, was heavily involved with Don and Phil in their early recording days. And, of course, the Ev’s performed on Tennessee Ernie’s TV show, widening their appeal. 
 
7. Too Much Sugar (Brian Wilson - 1987)
Didn’t know it before. I don’t own the Brian Wilson album on CD. I have a thing about spending my hard earned on basically the same thing twice. Liked it at first, but it is a tad embarrassing. Quirky, amusing lyrics (‘visit the Y’!), apparently all written by Brian. 
 
8. Don’t Worry Baby (Ronnie Spector - 1999)
Average. Ronnie the Race Driver. Respect, but those lyrics are totally unconvincing when she sings them. Not surprised it took 35 years to talk her into it. 
 
9. Soul Searchin’ (Solomon Burke - 2002)
Not your usual Brian type of song; nor a record I would usually play. Mercifully short. 
 
Then a long way back….
 
10. Heaven (Talking Heads - 1979)
This song is a place where nothing ever happens.
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Here are my bronze choices:

1.  Everybody's Talkin.
2.  Don't Worry Baby.
3.  American Pie.
4.  Endless Harmony.
5.  Soul Searchin'.
6.  Heaven.
7.  What I Really Want For Christmas.
8.  Sixteen Tons.
9.  Too Much Sugar.
10.  She's My Baby.










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The top:
  1. Heaven 
  2. American Pie 
  3. Everybody’s Talkin’ 
  4. Too Much Sugar 
  5. Sixteen Tons 
  6. Don’t Worry Baby
  7. Soul Searchin’
  8. What I Really Want for Christmas
  9. Endless Harmony 
  10. She's My Baby 
Thanks, Darren.

This vote has been modified below, switching #9 and #10.

Sorry, Darren.

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think I can do this, easily.

1. "Heaven" by the Talking Heads

   so many interpretations, all valid, even mine, about 'everybody is trying to get to an artificial construct' of some kind.  Buggs would use the word 'paradigm', maybe, to please the room.  Such an intellectual, that buggs guy!  Great song, tho.

2.  "Don't Worry, Baby"  by Ronnie

a solid cover of my favorite song.  The singer of course could be a race car driver, a bragger, and/or even a lesbian.  Why not? 

3.  "Soul Searchin'" the what was it?  75% Andy/25% Brian song for Solomon Burke. 

4. 'What I Really Want for Christmas', by Brian.  My 3rd favorite song on that record, probably.  Love it.  Who could be cynical about the message?  Brian is nicer than me.  I might hope for a world leader's death...

5. "Everybody's Talkin'" by Nilsson.  good song, only downgraded for the hippy line about echoes of his mind.

6. "She's my Baby" by Johnny O'Keefe  didn't know it before, like it.

7. "Too Much Sugar" not terrible, just way down in the extra Brian songs sweepstakes near that time, behind say 'Being With the One You Love' and 'Daddy's little Girl', etc., even 'Couldn't Get His Poor Old Body to move'.   Right about tied with Let's Go to Heaven in My Car=subpar Brian.

8. "American Pie"

okay as poetry.  kind of mediocre as a very long song.  I think the hippies saw the flag on his thumb, and thought, 'it's okay to buy it, reminds me of Easy Rider'.  Pretty one-dimensional, those hippies, who were not buying 'Sunflower' even though Mike tried his hardest to be as hairy as he could be.  Yes, I like "Vincent" better. 

9. "Sixteen Tons" by Tennessee E. Ford. 

10. "Endless Harmony"

awful, I hate it.
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Darren,

I definitely have my top five here but want to try and rank them all this week for you.  No ties from me this week. 

It does get more challenging as you go down the list.  So give me a few more days.  You have heard these over and over so you knew right away.  

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Sorry, but I want to change my vote slightly. Switching "Endless Harmony" and "She's My Baby". (Clearly, this could be crucial for the final result.)

New vote:

The top:
  1. Heaven 
  2. American Pie 
  3. Everybody’s Talkin’ 
  4. Too Much Sugar 
  5. Sixteen Tons 
  6. Don’t Worry Baby
  7. Soul Searchin’
  8. What I Really Want for Christmas
  9. She's My Baby
  10. Endless Harmony 
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My Bronze order - no more days needed.

1) Don’t Worry Baby - The song sung by who it was written for and also inspired it.  Ronnie does her Shirley Cha Cha Muldowney.
youtube.com/watch?v=Jo6IhjrYYjw

2) Soul Searchin’ - King Solomon gets it.  

3) American Pie - Don writes a classic.  Was it about Buddy and the boys?  Hmmmmm.

4) Sixteen Tons - Tennessee Ernie gets down with this.  Another classic.
5) Everybody’s Talkin’ - Hey Cowboy.  When I was a kid 42nd Street and Times Square were scary places. 
6) What I Really Want for Christmas - Trying to keep my spirit longer.
7) She's My Baby - Down-under early rock sound.  King of Aussie Rock and Roll.  
8) Heaven - Love the band, but not the song this time. 
9) Too Much Sugar - Interesting Brian. 
10) Endless Harmony - Endlessly difficult to listen to.  


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Thanks a lot for the first batch of votes and comments from stkilda4ever, Cindy, Larry, John B and Al. 

John B, I always appreciate the reasoning behind your votes. And I'm glad you liked 'She's My Baby'. Hoping people who aren't that familiar with it give it fair hearing(s). 

Larry, that change is noted. Thanks for letting me know (which song of mine you thought sucked the most!)

Al, that is true. Usually, I take several days of listening before voting. I did the same this time, except much of the listening was done during the year and in the past couple of weeks preparing the play-offs. And thank you for no ties and ranking them all this time. It makes the final statistical summation much easier.  

That first verse is definitely about Buddy. Don was a fan. And a paperboy, as he expands on here...

https://edition.cnn.com/2015/03/05/opinions/mclean-buddy-holly-ntsb/index.html

This is Don in 1975. He later recorded this for Chain Lightning (1978). Buddy's last single (in his lifetime). Written by Paul Anka.  



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American Pie     10 points.  Easily.  
Everybody’s Talkin’     9

GAP

Don’t Worry Baby     8
What I Really Want for Christmas    7.   Well, it's not far past the season.
Soul Searchin’     6
She's My Baby     5

GAP

These are just OK...

Endless Harmony     4
Too Much Sugar     3
(Similar in topic to a couple of 'Lucky Old Sun' album tracks there.  No, not as good.)

Sixteen Tons     2
Heaven     1
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Big Bronze Ones...

1  Sixteen Tons
2. Don’t Worry Baby 
3. Everybody’s Talkin’
4. Heaven 
5. American Pie 
6. Soul Searchin’ 
7. She's My Baby 
8. Endless Harmony 
9. Too Much Sugar
10. What I Really Want for Christmas

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  1.  Everybody’s Talkin’  
  2. Sixteen Tons 
  3. She's My Baby 
  4. American Pie     
  5. Don’t Worry Baby 
  6. What I Really Want for Christmas
  7. Soul Searchin’ 
  8. Too Much Sugar 
  9. Heaven
  10. Endless Harmony 

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three totally brilliant recordings,
two 'classic oldies',
a bunch of ok
and one jolly rotten...
  • 10: 'heaven'
  • 9: 'everybody’s talkin’'
  • 8: soul searchin''
  • 7: 'american pie'
  • 6: 'sixteen tons'
  • 5: 'what i really want for christmas'
  • 4: 'endless harmony'
  • 3: 'too much sugar'
  • now 2: 'she's my baby'
  • now 1: 'don't worry baby' (but, if id'v'e recorded this i'd've worried...)
thankyou and bring on the silvers...
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Heaven is your top choice song, right, paul?  (10 points not 10th).
Confused by my own system!
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