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Tom Tobben

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Bronze round playoff votes, from most to least favorite:

1. "It Ain't Necessarily So", Brian Wilson. Gershwin is great, Gershwin is good, let us thank him for this gem. Lovely, biblically-twisted song from Gershwin's classic opera, Porgy & Bess, and one of Brian's best song interpretations on his exquisite Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin album from a few years ago.

2. "Get Up, Stand Up", Bob Marley & The Wailers. One of his best message songs, and an excellent reggae classic. Too bad Marley did not reach an even wider audience, or that some people don't appreciate the distinctively catchy and rhythmic Jamaican influence of reggae music.

3. "Be My Baby", Ronettes. A classic early 60s hit and a fully realized example of Phil Spector's iconic "wall of sound" production values which, in turn, influenced a young Brian Wilson to raise the bar even higher.  The Ronettes have several other hit songs that, in my opinion, are every bit as good as this one (e.g., "Walking in the Rain", "The Best Part of Breaking Up", "Baby I Love You")

Easily the three best songs in this week's bronze playoff round, then these four are next in line:

4. "The More I Am", Dennis Locorriere. A lovely song from the guy who was the main voice and creative force behind so many good Dr. Hook songs, as well as on later songs, like this one, from his solo career. Nice to recall that he was once an active blueboarder and exchanged messages with the rest of us back in the early years of the board.  

5. "Don't Get Around Much Anymore", Paul McCartney. An engaging, rocked-up version of this old Duke Ellington jazz tune, which first became a #1 R&B hit by the Ink Spots in 1943. Personally, I'd rather hear McCartney's best self-written solo or Beatles songs, but he also does some excellent covers of classic early R&R and R&B oldies too, and this one's pretty decent.

6. "Set Me on Fire", Missy Higgins. A delightful contemporary pop song by this young Aussie musician and actress. It's too bad that she has not yet attracted a broader international audience, if her other music is as good as this one.

7. "Sunrise", the Who. A lovely acoustic guitar ballad by Pete Townshend from the Who's excellent 1967 album, Sell Out. But not as good as the best songs from that album -- "I Can See for Miles", "I Can't Reach You", "Mary Anne with the Shaky Hand", etc. Certainly a different style than Townshend's better-known windmill-styled, guitar-smashing electric guitar performances on many of the Who's best-known hits and live performances.

Finally, falling to the bottom of the barrel:

8. "Trans-Canada Highway", Gene Pitney. I'm such a big fan of much of Pitney's earlier string of 1960s hits, and of some of the best songs he wrote for others. Unfortunately, this mid-70s song from near the very end of his hit years was only a chart hit in Australia and didn't make the top 40 charts in other major English-speaking countries. And, deservedly so, in my opinion.

9. "Here Comes Summer", Dave Clark Five. A limp remake of Jerry Keller's major international pop hit from1958. DC5 nearing the end of their recording career, and limping along to the finish line. Only made it to #135 on the US Cashbox charts and didn't even make it to the lower reaches of the US Billboard charts.

10. "As Long as He Needs Me", (Sweet?) Georgia Brown. Never been a fan of the musical Oliver, nor of this traditional musical soundtrack song style, including this particular overly dramatic (melodramatic, might be a better word) song or singer.

 

Let's hope we see a quantum leap in the overall quality and balance of next week's silver finalists, as we head toward the back stretch of the 2016 BOTB playoffs.

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Lisa G/TS

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Took a lot of consideration sifting the top 5 (and subsequently re-sifting ranking where in the top 5) and  likewise for the bottom 5. 
I'll settle with this order:

1 - The Ronettes, Be My Baby -- Cindy's the Queen of the Battle, isn't she?  [wink]
2 - Brian Wilson, It Ain't Necessarily So
3 - Bob Marley, Get Up Stand Up -- Reggae always seems to go down nicer in the chillier seasons for some of us. 
4 - DC5, Here Comes Summer -- Bright and lively and I haven't heard it a zillion times so it's welcoming. 
5 - Sir Paul McCartneyevsky, Don't Get Around Much Anymore -- garage band rock for the borscht bunch.

6 - Georgia Brown, As Long As He Needs Me -- Comparing musicals to pop is as unfair a comparison as when Vivaldi or Gershwin's "Rhapsody In Blue" were among the finalists. I'll give it a compromise spot in the middle.
7- Missy Higgins, Set Me On Fire -- She's a little Adele-ish, isn't she? I'm too lazy to look up who came on the scene first (could be another chicken or the egg debate), but I'll give her an approximate middle of the pack placement. (BTW, in case there's confusion, that's not the official anthem above - just an artsy tune with the same title).
8 - Dennis Locorriere, The More I Am -- Would the Disney lawyers sue if he called the band "Captain Hook" instead of Dr. Hook?
9 - The Who - Sunrise
10 - Gene Pitney - Trans Canada Highway

Two weeks down and the even tougher two to come!

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bonnie bella

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Lisa, I think in this case, Missy Higgins came first.  So she was the egg, or the chicken, or maybe the egg ...

(Sir Paul McCartneyevsky. lol!)



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Graciegirl

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1. The More I Am
2. Be My Baby
3. Trans-Canada Highway
4. It Ain’t Necessarily So
5. As Long as He Needs Me

6.Set Me on Fire
7. Here Comes Summer
8. Don’t Get Around Much Anymore                

9. Sunrise

10.Get Up, Stand Up

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David W

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My votes best first

1)Be My Baby
2)Get Up, Stand Up
3)Sunrise
4)Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
5)Set Me on Fire
6)Here Comes Summer
7)It Ain’t Necessarily So
8)The More I Am
9)Trans-Canada Highway
10)As long as he needs me



As Long as He Needs Me
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Cantina Margarita

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1. It Ain’t Necessarily So (Brian Wilson - 2010) (46, 24.21) (Week 27 - bonnie bella)

2. Set Me on Fire (Missy Higgins - 2012) (54 votes, 27.00%) (Week 13 - Darren J. Ray)

3. Be My Baby (The Ronettes - 1963) (57, 25.91) (Week 18 - Cindy Hood)

4. Get Up, Stand Up (The Wailers - 1973) (52, 24.76) (Week 26 - Cindy Hood)

5. Sunrise (The Who - 1966) (48, 24.00) (Week 29 - Larry Franz)

6. As Long as He Needs Me (Georgia Brown, from Oliver! - 1960) (48, 24.00) (Week 30 - paul g adsett)

7. The More I Am (Dennis Locorriere - 2000) (52, 23.64) (Week 20 - Darren J. Ray)

8. Don’t Get Around Much Anymore (Paul McCartney - 1988) (50, 23.81) (Week 19 - t Bedford)

9. Trans-Canada Highway (Gene Pitney - 1975) (53, 25.24) (Week 25 - Darren J. Ray)

10. Here Comes Summer (The Dave Clark Five - 1970) (50, 23.81) (Week 17 - t Bedford)

no further remarks, too much hockey tonight

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Darren J. Ray

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Thanks very much to Peter, Popeye, Verden, Tom, Lisa, Graciegirl, David and Cantina for the latest votes and comments.

Less than half a day and this week's winner will be announced.

The winner and the two songs that beat it in its original week will then remain alive in competition.  


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paul g adsett

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7: Set Me on Fire (Missy Higgins - 2012) (54 votes, 27.00%) (Week 13 - Darren J. Ray)

9: Here Comes Summer (The Dave Clark Five - 1970) (50, 23.81) (Week 17 - t Bedford)

1: Be My Baby (The Ronettes - 1963) (57, 25.91) (Week 18 - Cindy Hood)

10: Don’t Get Around Much Anymore (Paul McCartney - 1988) (50, 23.81) (Week 19 - t Bedford)

4:: The More I Am (Dennis Locorriere - 2000) (52, 23.64) (Week 20 - Darren J. Ray)

8: Trans-Canada Highway (Gene Pitney - 1975) (53, 25.24) (Week 25 - Darren J. Ray)

2: Get Up, Stand Up (The Wailers - 1973) (52, 24.76) (Week 26 - Cindy Hood)

6: It Ain’t Necessarily So (Brian Wilson - 2010) (46, 24.21) (Week 27 - bonnie bella)

3: Sunrise (The Who - 1966) (48, 24.00) (Week 29 - Larry Franz)

5: As Long as He Needs Me (Georgia Brown, from Oliver! - 1960) (48, 24.00) (Week 30 - paul g adsett)

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or, rather, computerly indisposed.
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D.A.N

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It Ain’t Necessarily So    10 points
Be My Baby    9
Sunrise    8
The More I Am    7
Set Me on Fire     6
Get Up, Stand Up    5
Here Comes Summer    4
Trans-Canada Highway    3
Don’t Get Around    2
As Long as He Needs Me    1

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Darren J. Ray

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Paul and DAN, thank you very much for the last minute votes. 

Paul, you've been missed in these parts. 

Okay, here come the results....
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Darren J. Ray

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Results from Week 2 of the Play-Offs (Battle of the Bronzes)...

 

Hi everyone.


Here are the results from Week 2 of the Play-Offs (the Battle of the Bronzes):-


1. Be My Baby (The Ronettes - 1963) (nine 1st places) - 174

2. It Ain’t Necessarily So (Brian Wilson - 2010) (five 1st places) - 151

3. Sunrise (The Who - 1966) (two 1st places) - 124

4. Get Up, Stand Up (The Wailers - 1973) (one 1st place) - 118

5. The More I Am (Dennis Locorriere - 2000) (two 1st places) - 90

6. Here Comes Summer (The Dave Clark Five - 1970) (nil 1st places) - 89

7. Set Me on Fire (Missy Higgins - 2012) (nil 1st places) - 80

8. Don’t Get Around Much Anymore (Paul McCartney - 1988) (nil 1st places) - 80

9. As Long as He Needs Me (Georgia Brown, from Oliver! - 1960) (nil 1st places) - 70

10. Trans-Canada Highway (Gene Pitney - 1975) (nil 1st places) - 69

 

Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote. 


We had 19 voters for the week. 


Special thanks to D.A.N for scrutinising the votes for me.


Congratulations to Cindy Hood who selected 'Be My Baby' in her strong Week 18.


It now progresses to the Preliminary Final (Week 4).

 
The songs that beat ‘Be My Baby’ in Week 18 – ‘The Warmth of the Sun’ (Brian Wilson) and ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ (George Gershwin) – neither of which qualified in their own right for play-offs, are now re-introduced into that Preliminary Final.


The top three from that week will then play off in the Battle of the Golds.


In theory, Cindy may have picked the Gold, Silver & Bronze (1st, 2nd & 3rd) songs of the year in the same week but time will tell!


It is the seventh play-off that a song selected by Cindy has won, which is a host record. (Jo McGuire had six.)


It is the second time around for ‘Be My Baby’.


In Season III, it finished in 4th place in the Gold Play-Off so must be a chance again.


The Ronettes' Battle record so far is: 

(The Best Part of) Breakin' Up (a Tin in Week 21 of Season II - David Wilson), 
Be My Baby (a Gold in Week 35 of Season III, 4th in Gold Play-Off - Sue Schlichter), 
So Young (a Bronze in Week 35 of Season III - Sue Schlichter),
I Wonder (a Tin in Week 14 of Season VII - Larry Franz), 
Be My Baby (a Bronze in Week 18 of Season VII, 1st in Bronze Play-Off - Cindy Hood *)

* still in contention



Over the past seven years, the winners of the Bronze Play-Off have been:


Season I - ‘Stop! In the Name of Love’ (The Supremes) (Wow! Great Concert!) *
Season II - ‘Time Has Come Today’ (The Chambers Brothers) (Tom Tobben) (finished 6th in Preliminary Final)
Season III - ‘California Dreamin’’ (The Mamas and the Papas) (Tom Tobben) (finished 5th in Preliminary Final)
Season IV - ‘Wishing’ (Buddy Holly) (D.A.N) (finished 8th in Preliminary Final)
Season V - ‘Hawaii’ (The Beach Boys) (Jo McGuire) (finished 8th in Preliminary Final)
Season VI - ‘Make Your Own Kind of Music’ (“Mama” Cass Elliot) (Deb#1) *
Season VII - Be My Baby (The Ronettes) (Cindy Hood) ?

* In Seasons I and VI, the winners of the Bronze Play-Off did not progress to the Preliminary Final as, in both cases, the songs that won Silver in their original weeks (respectively, ‘Gimme Shelter’ and ‘Get Off of My Cloud, both by The Rolling Stones) qualified for the Silver Play-Off and came 5th and 4th.



‘Be My Baby’ led for the whole week.


It was in 17 of the 19 voters’ Top 3. (Lee Marshall and t Bedford placed it 4th.)


That is emphatic.


‘It Ain’t Necessarily So’ was in 12 of the 19 voters’ Top 3.


The lowest it scored was a 7th from David W.


‘Sunrise’, ‘Get Up, Stand Up’ and ‘The More I Am’ were the biggest polarisers of the week.


Nine voters had ‘Sunrise’ in their Top 3. Three had it in their bottom 3.


Nine voters had ‘Get Up, Stand Up’ in their Top 3. Four had it in their bottom 3 including three 10th places.


Just three voters had ‘The More I Am’ in their Top 3 (including two 1st places), whilst nine voters had it in their bottom 3.


It was a fall from grace for ‘Set Me on Fire’.


It came into the final ranked 2nd (behind ‘Be My Baby’) and only the third ever Bronze song (from seven seasons) to never score a Tin in a week.


Three voters gave it 10th place, and only one voter (Cantina Margarita) had it in his Top 3.


The only songs to not score a 10th place from a voter were ‘Be My Baby’, ‘It Ain’t Necessarily So’ and ‘Sunrise’ (three 9th places).


The most 10th places was ‘As Long as He Needs Me’ with six.


‘As Long as He Needs Me’ was the only song to not be in anyone’s Top 3. The highest it scored were two 4th places (from Cindy and Peter Simpson).



The competition now goes up a notch as we push on to the Battle of the Silvers.


This week is now closed.

 

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