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Darren J. Ray

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Hi everyone.

 

Welcome to the Season VII Battle Of The Bands Play-Off Week 3.


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


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


Here are the nominees for this week:-


Rio Grande (Brian Wilson - 1988) (59.5 votes, 33.06%) (Week 4 - t Bedford)

Help! (The Beatles - 1965) (58.5, 29.25) (Week 7 - BrianFan)

Strange World (The Beach Boys - 2012) (58, 30.53) (Week 9 - kds)

Go Away Boy (The Honeys - 1983) (60, 30.00) (Week 13 - Darren J. Ray)

True Love Ways (Buddy Holly - 1958/1960) (64, 29.09) (Week 14 - Larry Franz)

Morningtown Ride (The Seekers - 1964) (63.5, 28.86) (Week 16 - Verden McCutcheon)

Picasso’s Last Words (Drink to Me) (Paul McCartney and Wings - 1973) (66, 28.70) (Week 21 - Cantina Margarita)

Whip It (Devo - 1980) (63, 30.00) (Week 22 - Tom Tobben)

Hallelujah (k. d. lang - 2004) (58, 29.00) (Week 29 - Larry Franz)

Little Honda (The Beach Boys - 1964) (52, 30.59) (Week 38 - Deb#1)



Congratulations to BrianFan and kds for their first-time entries in play-offs.

 
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.


All 10 clips this week are the originals used by the hosts. 


One of the songs, as in its original week, has two clips due to copyright infringement blocking certain clips in some countries.


Now if any of these links do not work for you, just let me know and we’ll endeavour to find an alternative clip.


As per each week of the play-offs, 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.)

 
Again, it should be noted that this week’s winner is not automatically ‘Silver Song of the Year’.

 
This week's winning song simply goes on to compete in the Preliminary Final (and if the song that beat it in its original week has not already qualified for the Gold Play-Off, that too will be automatically included in the Preliminary).


The song that beat this week’s runner-up in its original week will also be included in the Preliminary (again, unless it has already qualified for the Gold Play-Off in its own right).


See you next Monday (with the results).


We will then progress to the Preliminary Final (from which the top three songs will go through to the Battle of the Golds).


Rio Grande
Help!
Strange World
Go Away Boy
True Love Ways
Morningtown Ride
Picasso’s Last Words (Drink to Me)  
Whip It
Hallelujah
Little Honda 


 
Rio Grande (Brian Wilson - 1988)



Help! (The Beatles - 1965)



Strange World (The Beach Boys - 2012)



Go Away Boy (The Honeys - 1983)



True Love Ways (Buddy Holly - 1958/1960)



Morningtown Ride (The Seekers - 1964)



Picasso’s Last Words (Drink to Me) (Paul McCartney and Wings - 1973) 



Whip It (Devo - 1980)



Hallelujah (k. d. lang - 2004)



Little Honda (The Beach Boys - 1964)

 

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Lee Marshall

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 DARREN!!!!   N O T E  I changed my top 2.  Feeling different after listening again.

1st...Rio Grande (Brian Wilson - 1988) (59.5 votes, 33.06%) (Week 4 - t Bedford)...First be a whisker.

2nd...Help! (The Beatles - 1965) (58.5, 29.25) (Week 7 - BrianFan...A strong 2nd.

3rd...Hallelujah (k. d. lang - 2004) (58, 29.00) (Week 29 - Larry Franz)...Beautiful version of a sensational song.

4th...Picasso’s Last Words (Drink to Me) (Paul McCartney and Wings - 1973) (66, 28.70) (Week 21 - Cantina Margarita)...One of my favs from the BOTR album.

5th...Whip It (Devo - 1980) (63, 30.00) (Week 22 - Tom Tobben)...Still kicks the right keester.

6th...Strange World (The Beach Boys - 2012) (58, 30.53) (Week 9 - kds)...OK

7th...Little Honda (The Beach Boys - 1964) (52, 30.59) (Week 38 - Deb#1)...Never really liked this one much...nor the Hondel's version for that matter.  A "groovy little motor bike?"  Too dainty.

8th...True Love Ways (Buddy Holly - 1958/1960) (64, 29.09) (Week 14 - Larry Franz)...No thanks.  Peter and Gordon did it better.

9th...Morningtown Ride (The Seekers - 1964) (63.5, 28.86) (Week 16 - Verden McCutcheon)...Let's exfoliate why don't we?

10th...Go Away Boy (The Honeys - 1983) (60, 30.00) (Week 13 - Darren J. Ray)...No matter how hard Brian tried...THIS was never gonna happen.  This?  This Honeys 'thing'.  OK...it worked on 'Whennnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn'.  But then they were just cheer-leading.

All pretty strong tunes...'cept for 10th.  The top 5 are particularly good to excellent.  Not much time to listen or comment.  Leaving in minutes to travel to Windsor where we will spend the next 2 days burying Lucy's Mom who passed away Thursday gone.  Sorry for my behavior Friday kds.  A little under the influence ... of sorrow.  I was an ass.



 

 

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Rio Grande - 7
Help! - 2
Strange World - 6
Go Away Boy - 8
True Love Ways - 3
Morningtown Ride - 10
Picasso’s Last Words (Drink to Me) - 4 
Whip It - 9
Hallelujah - 1
Little Honda - 5

My final answer.

 

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1) Rio Grande (Brian Wilson - 1988) 

2) Little Honda (The Beach Boys - 1964)

3) True Love Ways (Buddy Holly - 1958/1960)

4) Hallelujah (k. d. lang - 2004) 

5) Whip It (Devo - 1980) 

6) Help! (The Beatles - 1965) 

7) Strange World (The Beach Boys - 2012) 

8) Go Away Boy (The Honeys - 1983)

9) Picasso’s Last Words (Paul McCartney and Wings - 1973)

10) Morningtown Ride (The Seekers - 1964) 

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The bar gets higher and tougher (but only for the top five).  And away we go

True Love Ways (1) Sir Buddy wins it for me!
Help! (2)  Mmmmmm – GREAT Beatles' song!  NEVER tire of it.
Little Honda (3) Always a sucker for this song, I am, I am.  I RIDE a Little Honda after all, a LOT! Shouldn't be this high, but it is for me.
Hallelujah (4)  Mmmmmmm – so good!
Picasso’s Last Words (Drink to Me)  (5) Love the album and the song!
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^All by a whisker^^^^^^ and now... the lesser five

Strange World (6) Nice – the return of the BB’s
Rio Grande (7) People LOVE this. 
Go Away Boy (8) Like the vocals. 
Morningtown Ride (9) Some folky from down-under
Whip It (10) Sounds so dated.  They were fun in their time. 

Thanks, Darren. 


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Firstly, Lee, apology accepted.  Sorry you're going through a tough time. 

1.  Help! (The Beatles - 1965) (58.5, 29.25) (Week 7 - BrianFan) - One of the best by the best.  

2.  Strange World (The Beach Boys - 2012) (58, 30.53) (Week 9 - kds) - I'm a little biased since this is my pick.  Since TWGMTR was released during a special year for me, the album holds a place in my heart.  And this track is a personal favorite.  

3.  Little Honda (The Beach Boys - 1964) (52, 30.59) (Week 38 - Deb#1)

4.  Picasso’s Last Words (Drink to Me) (Paul McCartney and Wings - 1973) (66, 28.70) (Week 21 - Cantina Margarita)

5.  Morningtown Ride (The Seekers - 1964) (63.5, 28.86) (Week 16 - Verden McCutcheon)

6.  Go Away Boy (The Honeys - 1983) (60, 30.00) (Week 13 - Darren J. Ray)

7.  True Love Ways (Buddy Holly - 1958/1960) (64, 29.09) (Week 14 - Larry Franz)

8.  Rio Grande (Brian Wilson - 1988) (59.5 votes, 33.06%) (Week 4 - t Bedford) - Sorry, I know this song is popular, but it does nothing for me.  

9.  Hallelujah (k. d. lang - 2004) (58, 29.00) (Week 29 - Larry Franz)

10. Whip It (Devo - 1980) (63, 30.00) (Week 22 - Tom Tobben) - Still better than any pop song today, but that doesn't make it any less mediocre.  

 

 

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1 Help!
2 Rio Grande
3 True Love Ways
4 Whip It
5 Morningtown Ride
6 Little Honda
7 Go Away Boy
8 Picasso’s Last Words (Drink to Me)  
9 Hallelujah
10 Strange World


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Thanks very much to Lee, Cindy, Prof, Al, kds and t for the votes and comments so far. 
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1. Help! (The Beatles - 1965)
In my Top 10 songs of all time. There is a difference in the single (and EP) and album recordings. This is the album version (and also the one used in the film). That sacrifice looked hot!

2. Morningtown Ride (The Seekers - 1964)
What was wrong with Keith, Bruce and Athol? They had a babe in Judith, and whilst it’s kinda nice that they all get a turn to hold her hand in the clip, make no mistake, all three were stuck in her friend zone. So what did they do? Nothing, because they were probably afraid she’d leave the group if any of them made a move. And then she left them anyway! Not right up there with my fave Seekers songs but still a goodie, especially when you dissect the vocal arrangement, presumably by Keith. The only chart-topping group from beyond 50 years ago that is still active with all original members intact. Saw them twice in 2013, six months apart. They were fantastic. The second show, after Judith’s brain haemorrhage, was even better than the first. It certainly didn’t affect her voice or tambourine playing. I was in my element. No auto-tune or backing tapes in their 50th anniversary shows. Have met Athol a couple of times (including a phone call to him when I was a kid) and Keith. Judith and Bruce are on my bucket list. Maybe I can be a matchmaker.

3. Little Honda (The Beach Boys - 1964)
This was on the first Beach Boys cassette I ever listened to – The Best of The Beach Boys Vol. II. So, already, it’s in my good books. It’s my favourite BB period. Vintage Boys. Too short.

4. Rio Grande (Brian Wilson - 1988)
The last track off Brian’s eponymous debut album and probably the most impressive. Not my favourite, though. Glad to see it in the play-offs. It deserves to be.

5. Go Away Boy (The Honeys - 1983)
I used this song as performed by The Pearlfishers in Week 12 of Season VI. (It finished 9th in the Silver Play-Off.) I have to say I much prefer that version. It sounds odd with that unnecessary guitar hero solo and verse that comes immediately afterwards. Still a gorgeous song.

6. True Love Ways (Buddy Holly - 1958/1960)
I should love this. I’m a big Buddy fan. Just not a song I seek out to play. Still, it does hold special significance in the legend. And I know a beautiful girl who played Maria in The Buddy Holly Story. The Peter & Gordon and Sir Cluff versions have somewhat tarnished the song for me.

7. Whip It (Devo - 1980)
‘Freedom of Choice’ and ‘Beautiful World’ would rate higher with me. I noticed Mark in some kids’ TV show a while back. And recognised Gerald’s still-uncredited cameo in Hitchcock. The first real concert I went to was Devo. They probably did this, but I met a girl near the front and we pashed throughout virtually the whole show, only occasionally coming up for air. After the concert, we walked out of Festival Hall, said goodbye, and never saw each other again. Rowena, where are you now?

8. Strange World (The Beach Boys - 2012)
Probably my favourite track from the Brian and Jeff duo album (featuring the occasional special guest) from 2012.

9. Hallelujah (k. d. lang - 2004)
Strong song, but I’ve never heard a version I like. Cohen’s is a dirge, Buckley’s is to be avoided at all costs, and this one sounds like an acted-out cover.

10. Picasso’s Last Words (Drink to Me) (Paul McCartney and Wings - 1973)
Whether it’s a throwaway song or some ‘arty’ piece, I don’t need it. Half an idea and then it’s ‘let’s throw in some other songs from the album and that’ll stretch it out’. Favourite songs on Band on the Run are ‘Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five’ and ‘No Words’. ‘Jet’ is good too. This…pass.

 

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8.Rio Grande 
6.Help! 
5.Strange World
9.Go Away Boy 
2.True Love Ways 
3.Morningtown Ride
7.Picasso’s Last Words (Drink to Me)  
4.Whip It
10.Hallelujah 
1.Little Honda 
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1 Little Honda
2 Morningtown Rider
3 Strange World
4 Help
5 Rio Gränder
6 Ture Love Way
7 Go Away Box
8 Picassos Last Word
9 Whip It
10 Hallelujah
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1.  The Beatles.  Reluctant to put this in the top spot, but here it is.

2.  Brian.  Almost nine minutes of really interesting stuff.

3.  Paul.  Plodding but also interesting enough. It makes me want to pop a tab or six ...

4.  The Beach Boys (Little Honda).  Classic stuff.  Youthful and innocent.  Some stupid lyrics in there, though.  The one that drives me nuts is "I better turn on the lights / so we can ride my Honda tonight."  Duh.  State the obvious, dude.

5.  The Beach Boys (Strange World).  A very interesting song from TWGMTR.

6.   Buddy Holly.  Smooth.

7.   Devo.  Whipped it already, thanks anyway.

8.   KD Lang.  Depressing dirge.  Pass me another beer, Sir P.

9.   The Seekers.  Seeking a ticket on the flower-power train. 

10.  The Honeys.  Yes, it's sweet.  But it's also instantly and totally forgettable.  I've forgotten it already and it's still playing.


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My contribution to the Silver Collection:

1 - Rio Grande 
2 - Help! 
10 - Strange World
9 - Go Away Boy 
3 - True Love Ways 
5 - Morningtown Ride
7 - Picasso’s Last Words (Drink to Me)  
8 - Whip It
4 - Hallelujah 
6 - Little Honda 
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1. Help!

2. Morningtown Ride

3. True Love Ways
4. Picasso’s Last Words (Drink to Me)  

5. Whip It
6. Hallelujah
7. Little Honda 

8. Strange World

9. Go Away Boy

10. Rio Grande

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More silver: The Searchers

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