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Darren J. Ray

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Hi everyone.

Welcome to the Season X 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:- 



No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach’s In) (The T-Bones - 1965) (35 points, 25.00%) (Week 6 - stkilda4ever)

Letter from America (The Proclaimers - 1987) (39, 26.00) (Week 13 - stkilda4ever)

If I Thought You’d Ever Change Your Mind (Agnetha Fältskog - 2004) (41, 25.62) (Week 14 - Darren J. Ray)

Kiss the Girl (Brian Wilson - 2011) (34, 26.15) (Week 16 - Cantina Margarita)

California Feelin’ (The Beach Boys - 1974 & 1978/2013) (34, 26.15) (Week 30 - Deb#1)

Manic Monday (The Bangles - 1986) (34, 26.15) (Week 31 - Al Forsyth)

All I Wanna Do (The Beach Boys - 1970) (41.5, 25.94) (Week 32 - bonnie bella)

Red Rubber Ball (The Cyrkle - 1966) (37, 24.67) (Week 38 - Deb#1)

Jet Airliner (album version) (The Steve Miller Band - 1977) (41, 25.62) (Week 41 - stkilda4ever)

Centerfield (live) (John Fogerty - 1997) (37, 24.67) (Week 43 - Cantina Margarita)



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.

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

All clips this week are the originals used by the hosts.

Again, 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 no 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.



No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach’s In)
Letter from America
If I Thought You’d Ever Change Your Mind
Kiss the Girl
California Feelin’
Manic Monday
All I Wanna Do
Red Rubber Ball
Jet Airliner
Centerfield



No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach’s In) (The T-Bones - 1965)



Letter from America (The Proclaimers - 1987)


If I Thought You’d Ever Change Your Mind (Agnetha Fältskog - 2004)


Kiss the Girl (Brian Wilson - 2011)


California Feelin’ (The Beach Boys - 1974 & 1978/2013)


Manic Monday (The Bangles - 1986)


All I Wanna Do (The Beach Boys - 1970)


Red Rubber Ball (The Cyrkle - 1966)


Jet Airliner (album version) (The Steve Miller Band - 1977)


Centerfield (live) (John Fogerty - 1997)
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paul g adsett

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is it monday?
i know it's a new year,
but is it monday?
just monday?
just the first monday of the year?
seems i've managed to miss the first botb deadline of the year already!
bugger
(especially as one of my entrants was in the running)...

after a
turgid tuesday,
wobbly wednesday,
throaty thursday,
phlegmy friday,
sordid saturday
and a sufferin' sunday
here we are at another,
um, 
just another moaning minnie monday!

apologies that family / circumstances / geography /
outward manifestations of dicky innards
and other of life's unanticipated pop ups
conspired to depriving the last week's totals of my votes
(even a timely latenight nudge would likely not've got a response).
i promise to do better...
and i remain a staunch supporter of the hoopla that unfolds here.
croon on, djr!
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  1. All I Wanna Do
  2. Letter From America
  3. Red Rubber Ball

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Here are my bronze votes:

1.  Centerfield by John Fogerty.
2.  Kiss The Girl by Brian Wilson.
3.  All I Wanna Do by The Beach Boys.
4.  Red Rubber Ball by The Cyrkle.
5.  Manic Monday by The Bangles.
6.  Jet Airliner by Steve Miller.








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I gave these first four songs my Gold in their weeks.

1. If I Thought You’d Ever Change Your Mind (Agnetha Fältskog - 2004)
Great to hear her familiar voice singing such a strong song. I love this more than any ABBA recording. The whole thing sucks me in – the vulnerable vocal, the emotion of the lyrics, the incredible orchestration, particularly that foreboding cello. In truth, the arrangement is virtually no different from the two earlier versions, by Edwards Hands and Cilla Black, both produced by George Martin. There have been other covers too, but the song deserved a truly great singer. This time, it gets it. Again, for beginners, it's pronounced Ahn-YET-ta.



2. Kiss the Girl (Brian Wilson - 2011)
Gorgeous. Easily my favourite song on the terrific In the Key of Disney. And judging by the comments underneath the clip on YouTube, plenty of others feel the same way. I played this track ad nauseum when it came out. And have again this week. I don’t readily remember it in The Little Mermaid, but I have fond but bittersweet memories of watching that movie with my super-cute pal Joey. I suspected the guy who wrote the lyrics was a ladies’ man. Evidently not.

3. Red Rubber Ball (The Cyrkle - 1966)
It’s a well written song (Paul Simon & Bruce Woodley). Used to do it in my band. I prefer the Seekers second version of it, from 1989, on an album called Live On, as sung by Bruce.



4. Jet Airliner (album version) (The Steve Miller Band - 1977)
There’s a reason radio flogs this. It’s a great little record. Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah!

Coincidentally, I gave the rest of these either Silver or Bronze in their weeks. No stinkers.

5. No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach’s In) (The T-Bones - 1965)
A friend gifted me this track via iTunes about 10 years ago. That’s when I first heard it. It also features on that Wrecking Crew doco (that I was sent by our missed mate t Bedford). The key change indicates there’s not an awful lot to the tune, but those backing vocals and the harmony on the end of each phrase do the trick.

6. Manic Monday (The Bangles - 1986)
I wasn’t into them at all. Decent tune but I detested the cheap lyrics. Sunday, Monday, fun day, run day... why not throw in lucky bun day, too?

7. California Feelin’ (The Beach Boys - 1974 & 1978/2014)
The best part of this is the group vocal. Well put together video clip. Why does Bruce Johnston always get handed the meaty lyrics?

8. All I Wanna Do (The Beach Boys - 1970)
Brian Wilson reportedly said this song was ‘boring’ in a 1995 interview. Who am I to argue?

9. Centrefield (live) (John Fogerty - 1997)
Respect. The baseball bat shaped guitar is a cute touch. The lyrics including the Chuck Berry reference seem strong to this non-baseball aficionado. There’s no mistaking who it is because he has a unique sound; a sound that never changes and wears on me. And I’m never a fan of live recordings. I’m a record man. I’ve had his biography, Fortunate Son, on loan for over 18 months now. Still not read it.

10. Letter from America (The Proclaimers - 1987)
I’m a sucker for young 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. I will never forgive them for ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’.

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Darren,

Doing my duty with top five votes and not going to split hairs on the bottom five. 

Soooooooo,

Gold to the Beach Boys and All I Wanna Do (as opposed to the Dennis song All I Want To Do).  It's such a perfect song on Sunflower.  Chillwave? It's dreamy and began to usher the Beach Boys into the 70's with a GREAT album that I didn't catch onto until much later. 
LOVE the song and album:


Silver to Manic Monday - it's got it all.  The Bangs polished it up. I only heard/saw them perform once and they were REALLY good.  Deb Peterson almost trashed my ear drums though.  Of course Vicki has her Beach Boy connection now. 

And making noise with his Prince-ness:
youtube.com/watch?v=EuA8P3BYONM

Bronze to La Bamba redux - JC Fogerty and Centerfield:

The All American game from Say Hey to the Mudville Nine - put me in coach. 

Fourth to Simon and Woodley's Red Rubber Ball by the Cyrkle.  They opened for the mighty Beatles in 66. B. Epstein managed. 

Rex and Neal and company at Pete Fornatale trib:
youtube.com/watch?v=L_Rskug6mWA
A great song can be performed by many and many do here ^


Fifth - rock out Steve Miller Band. I used to skate against S. Miller bassist, Billy Peterson.  H@[[0^@ bass player (and skater).  S. Miller Band always rocked.  Great artists to find great players. 



All five others split the points. 






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I think I can do this now!   

1.  "All I Wanna Do" by the Beach Boys, great song from a great album.

2. "Letter from America" by the Proclaimers.

Excellent singing, written, and lyrics. 
Just back from New York, pictured in this video; a city dedicated to immigrants who bring positive feelings about the city with them that are palpable; the most tolerant city in the U.S. (not PC, that would be us out West, I said tolerant); and they are nice to tourists, too.  

3. "California Feelin'" although I still like the most recent Darian/Jeffrey/Brian Band version the best. (from the Brian Wilson's favorites album).

4.  'Red Rubber Ball' by the Cyrcle

solid, really good song, singing, chances are you can even dance to it.  thumbs up.  it IS the Paul Simon with Artie.  you learn things on this site.  Tried to stump a Beatles fan with the Brian Epstein managed in America trivia, and failed...

5.  "Kiss the Girl" by Brian

either my 2nd or 3rd favorite from that Disney album, 1st being 'Baby, Mine.' the other, 'Colors of the Wind'. Yet, I have only as many sons as had Fred McMurry, and no daughters, so I have never seen 'The Little Mermaid'.  Funny, how little boys don't even want to ride the 'Little Mermaid' ride (at California Great Adventure Park).  yes, I know nothing about 'Frozen' either.  

6.  'Manic Monday'  Prince by the Bangles.

good song and album.  

7. 'Centerfield' (live) by John Fogarty.  

good song, I like this version a little better than the album one.

8. "If I thought You'd Ever Change Your Mind" by Agnetha Faltskog

okay.  sounds a little too mature for me, maybe,  a little too much like something you would hear on 'The Love Boat' TV show.   decent though, like the Carpenters-decent.

9. 'No Matter What Shape Your Stomach's in' by the T-bones.

your stomach?  just not as poetic of an organ as the heart, is it?   and of course, not a big fan of the basic blues chord sequence, too familiar, nothing very special.  and I wonder why the fit chick on the cover poured yellow paint on her hair.  

10.  'Jet Airliner' by Steve Miller

a seriously dumb song.   could have been called 'Puzzling Pothead Philosophy ' .  It's here where he wants to stay.  so why get on the plane, doofus?  don't carry me too far away.  you know, you can do a google search to determine your destination's distance.  Once you get on the plane, it's a little late for asking the plane not to go 'too far away.'  and what was all that about having to go through hell before you get to heaven?   pot smoker non-sequitor?  or was rock star Steve stuck back in coach this time?   What is it about Steve? he could not have possibly made good grades in school.  He makes Mellencamp seem like Einstein.   Remember when he feuded with Pete Townsend, some insult that Steve knew more chords.  Really?   Where's the evidence of that?   


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1.  No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach’s In) (The T-Bones - 1965)
* It's on my phone ring tone has to be my No 1 ... thanks Wrecking Crew for a wonderful instrumental.

2. Red Rubber Ball (The Cyrkle - 1966) 

3. Jet Airliner (album version) (The Steve Miller Band - 1977) 

4. Manic Monday (The Bangles - 1986) 

5. If I Thought You’d Ever Change Your Mind (Agnetha Fältskog - 2004) 

6. California Feelin’ (The Beach Boys - 1974 & 1978/2013) 

7. Kiss the Girl (Brian Wilson - 2011)

8. All I Wanna Do (The Beach Boys - 1970)

9. Centerfield (live) (John Fogerty - 1997) 

10. Letter from America (The Proclaimers - 1987) 





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Thanks very much to the first group of voters, Larry, Cindy, Al, John B and stkilda4ever. 

Quote:
He makes Mellencamp seem like Einstein. 


[rofl]


stkilda4ever, congrats on having three of your selections up this week. 



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Darren,  Is there any way that we can help that you would recommend?
https://www.dailycomet.com/opinion/20200109/granlund-cartoon-australia-bush-fires

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A lovely gesture, Al. 

These two articles contain links to various appeals. 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/06/world/australia/help-australia-fires.html

https://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/bushfire-relief-how-you-can-help-those-in-need/news-story/a0476ac3538b8c373f281ea6be204421

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  Saison Dix--Battaille des Bronzie


                   1)Jet Airliner

                   2)Manic Monday

                   3)Red Rubber Ball

                   4)All I wanna Do

                   5)Centerfield

                   6)California Feelin

                   7)letter from America


                                                                   Les Bronze


             
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Clearly a cut above last week's "top of the tins". Had to think about these for a while. Here's my take:

#1. "Jet Airliner" (album version) (The Steve Miller Band - 1977) -- I'm a big fan of 1970s Steve Miller Band, and this is one of their better songs from that period. I've seen him in concert a couple times in the past decade or so, and he still had his licks and some of his longtime band members, including the late Norton Buffalo. One time was a double bill with Santana -- guitar heaven!

2. "Centerfield" (live) (John Fogerty - 1997)  -- What a catchy song when it was first released, and if you're a big baseball fan like me, it was even better. A fun tribute to America's favorite pastime sport:

"Well, I spent some time in the Mudville Nine,
Watching it from the bench.
You know I took some lumps, when the mighty Case struck out
So "Say Hey" Willie, tell the Cobb, and Joe DiMaggio.
Don't say it ain't so,
You know the time is now."

And even a nod to rock-and-roll legend Chuck Berry and the eventual desegregation of Major League baseball:

"We're born again, there's new grass on the field.

A-roundin' third, and headed for home,
It's a brown-eyed handsome man,
Anyone can understand the way I feel."

3. "Manic Monday" (The Bangles - 1986) One of the Bangles' best, compliments of Prince Rogers Nelson, though it was originally intended for one of Prince's protegee groups, Appolonia 6.

4. "Red Rubber Ball" (The Cyrkle - 1966) Pure mid-60s harmony pop, compliments of early Paul Simon. The first of the group's two Top 40 hits, followed by "Turn Down Day" the same year, then their fade began. Here's "Turn Down Day". Feelin' groovy!


5. "No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach’s In)" (The T-Bones - 1965) Based on an Alka Seltzer commercial with the same basic melody, this instrumental TV commercial melody was subsequently recorded by members of the Wrecking Crew and released under the moniker of The T-Bones and became a major radio hit later the same year. Among the Wrecking Crew members including on this recording were Tommy Tedesco, Hal Blaine, Carol Kaye, Lyle Ritz, Julius Wechter, and others. Here's the original Alka Seltzer commercial:


6. "Letter from America" (The Proclaimers - 1987) A powerfully moving song by this noted Scottish group, reflecting on the sense of loss to their country, due to massive emigration from Scotland to the US and Canada over the centuries, in part because of enforced emigrations by greedy landowners, and by economic, political, and religious pressures. 

7. "Kiss the Girl" (Brian Wilson - 2011) -- A lovely cover version of this pleasant song from the Disney movie The Little Mermaid. Excellent background vocals and harmonies from members of Brian's band.

8. "California Feelin’" (The Beach Boys - 1974 & 1978/2013) -- A nice song that should have been published and received attention back in the early '70s when it was written. The version I prefer is the one recorded by Brian Wilson in 2002 and included on his excellent album Classics Selected by Brian Wilson:
 

 
9. "If I Thought You’d Ever Change Your Mind" (Agnetha Fältskog - 2004) -- A nice enough pop song, but after multiple listenings, it didn't really connect with me. Not especially a big fan of ABBA, either group or solo.   

10. "All I Wanna Do" (The Beach Boys - 1970) -- I'm not especially a big fan of much of the Sunflower album, and this is one of my least favorite. Too much of a chilled out song, with a bland melody that doesn't really engage me, unlike so many catchy Brian Wilson/Mike Love songs. A snoozer, or as Darren pointed out, quoting Brian himself, "boring". 

Good playoff battle with some excellent and good songs. Looking forward to the upcoming weeks, when we get the really good stuff!  

 
 
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I'm another who lost a week somewhere and missed last weeks battle . 

My votes for the 3rd placed  songs


1) Manic Monday (The Bangles - 1986) (34, 26.15) (Week 31 - Al Forsyth)

2) Letter from America (The Proclaimers - 1987) (39, 26.00) (Week 13 - stkilda4ever)

3) If I Thought You’d Ever Change Your Mind (Agnetha Fältskog - 2004) (41, 25.62) (Week 14 - Darren J. Ray)

4) No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach’s In) (The T-Bones - 1965) (35 points, 25.00%) (Week 6 - stkilda4ever)


5)Jet Airliner (album version) (The Steve Miller Band - 1977) (41, 25.62) (Week 41 - stkilda4ever)

6) Centerfield (live) (John Fogerty - 1997) (37, 24.67) (Week 43 - Cantina Margarita)

7) California Feelin’ (The Beach Boys - 1974 & 1978/2013) (34, 26.15) (Week 30 - Deb#1)

8) Kiss the Girl (Brian Wilson - 2011) (34, 26.15) (Week 16 - Cantina Margarita)

9) All I Wanna Do (The Beach Boys - 1970) (41.5, 25.94) (Week 32 - bonnie bella)

10) Red Rubber Ball (The Cyrkle - 1966) (37, 24.67) (Week 38 - Deb#1)


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Thanks very much to our latest voters - Verden, Tom and David. 

After John B's comments, we get a whole lot of love for 'Jet Airliner'!

It's that kind of week. For some reason, Bronze play-offs are usually incredibly close.  

Paul, I hope you'll make it before closing time. 
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