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stkilda4ever

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Hello! Here's this week's 'Battle' songs. The theme is 'Down'.  And yes there are plenty of them. Here's the four that I have chosen.

Down Under - Men at Work.  A No 1 song in Australia and many other countries including the US. Released in late 1981 in Australia. By early 1986 the band was defunct and lead singer Hay started recording his first solo album. Hay recently played with Ringo Starr in his touring band.

 

Down Among the Dead Men (And the Band Played On) (album version) - Flash and the Pan - 1978.  This duo have been on the battle before with Hey St Peter.  So who are they?  In case you've forgotten, it's Harry Vanda and George Young.  They both played in the Easybeats.  The late George Young was AC/DC Angus Young's oldest brother. George is on vocals.

Down Down - (album version) (Status Quo) - 1975. Very popular in homeland of UK with over 60 hit singles.  Also a big fan base in Australia and Europe. I had the privilege of interviewing the band live  in the mid '70s (they began in mid '60s) and then on the phone a few times in the '90s.  Also travelled with them on a train in the '90s to a 'secret gig.' 

 

It was released on their 1963 album Surfin' USA and was also released on their 1963 album  Little Deuce Coupe. It was also released as the B-side of the Surfin' USA" single. The single peaked at number 23 in America on the 'Billboard' Hot 100 chart

 

 
Some other 'option' clips which are more visual which you might like to check out.

 (‘Down Under’ promo clip)

 (‘Down Among the Dead Men’ clip with sound effects)

 (‘Down Down’ promo clip)

 (‘Shut Down’ live)

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Gold...Roger Christian provided Brian with some GREAT lyrics back in the day.  Good lead here from the cousin and Brian singing a counter lead/harmony really powered it up meaningfully.  An early favourite and I still like it.  It, unlike some of their old fodder/filler, has stood my test of time.  By a whisker or 3...Shut Down...shut's 'em all down.  Half a lap back.... .... ....

Silver...Close but Status Quo edges out Sniff and the Tears...OOPS!!!!  Flash 'n' the Pan.  [redface]  I remember Status Quo's Pictures of Matchstick Men from  W A Y  back when.  Still hovering about musically these days too.  [at least last year]

Bronze...Just missed 2nd by a beat.  The group that gave us ... Driver's Seat...OOPS!!!  Hey St. Peter.  [frown] ... land their medal with quite an interesting tidbit.  I can see where that vocal sound would have run its course though.

Last/tin...Down Under the other 3 contenders...I guess I'm just dead tired of it.  My wife loves it though...which helped propel it up a few notches but not enough as it turns out.  Always found Colin's voice to be unique and interesting.
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The group that gave us Driver's Seat 


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Darren J. Ray

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Great debut battle. 

And I hope people watch that second clip you've posted for 'Down Among the Dead Men'. [thumb]
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Huh?


Brain fart.  Hey St. Peter.  Flash 'n' the Pan...Sniff and the Tears.  I'm discombobulated. [and old]
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The late George Young was AC/DC Angus Young's oldest brother.


George is NOT Angus' "oldest brother", but he was ALSO older brother to the late Malcolm Young (also of AC/DC), as well as younger brother to actual eldest brother Alexander Young (known professionally as George Alexander) of the British band Grapefruit.

I'll be back to vote,

Beatles - I'm Down
youtube.com/watch?v=lOWrScjXMRE

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Yes should have worded it 'a brother to Angus' ... I thought of mentioning Malcolm and other 'Youngs' but thought I'd keep the family history brief. PS Still got my radio interview with Bon Scott and Angus recorded backstage in 1975.
 
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can't say i enjoy everything i've heard by this outfit
(and this title isn't one of those i do really like),
but foals somehow became a biiig attraction in uk,
with awards'n'stuff.
they emerged from oxford
(same school - not uni - as radiohead).

this will suit some tastes:


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paul g adsett

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the clear favourite single in modern british pop music
that bears the word 'down' in it.
paul weller conjures up a sad late 70's london
where casual violence roams.

(quality of the video isn't too good.
it alternates the promo wih a 'toptp' performance,
but i can't find a better quality video clip).

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paul g adsett

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and, my alltime ever favourite 'down' song
(ok the word isn't in the title, but it's in the title line, so if y'don't like it
'stuff it up y'jumper, vo-do-di-o...'.
it's on the very first bonzo dog doo dah band lp
and, when i bought it and played it, my dad immediately said
'i know that song - it was by lesley saroni when i was a boy...'.
eek! how could i like a song that my dad'd liked as a kid?
it ain't natural!
but it's faaab!
(there's also jack payne's bbc dance orchestra version.
you may wish to compare / contrast and work out where the bonzos got their recording inspiration).

this also allows me to let you know that the unique chap
sam spoons has just played his final date onstage with
a bonzos spin off group bill posters will be band
- sadly, he's very much not a well man,
but has kept his pecker up and bowed out with dignified lunacy.
i'm privileged to have got to know him a little over the past few years.


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deep joy to add a track by andy partridge
that addresses prejudice and violence and all that stuff
in his idiocyncratic way.
from the very fine  xtc album 'english settlement' from 1982.
'knuckle down'.
'because one bright morning the world might end with a big bang (big bang)
and you'll never ever get yourself another chance
put aside the hoodoo and some of the voodoo
'bout people being different, they're not so different
...for my sake
won't you put you knuckles down?'
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i don't want to clog up the works with any downers
(and certainly won't add that elo number - someone will be sure to do that...),
so here's my chums the mavericks again (after last week's insertion)
doing what they do so very well, chugging along merrily
- a floridacuban dance band out of nashville
conjuring up a bakersfield tex mex mash of fun,
with the legendary flaco jiménez adding his norteño accordeon:



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Lee Marshall

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There goes Paul...gettin' "down" with his own bad self... ... ...  Look OUT!!!  Here it comes, courtesy of DOWNchild...



Morgan Heritage?  Yes 'I'!!!



and If You have time to fritter.. ..paddle this way...

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Lee Marshall

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More you say? ... ... ... O.K.!!!



Here's Another Canadian ...

Down in the Bottom, Colin James



More Canadians?  Why not eh?



And an adopted Canadian who gave us The Band, Crowbar, The King Biscuit Boy and Bearfoot....among others...



These guys aren't Canadian.  Well actually...this guy isn't a Canadian.  The 3 to the left hardly participated.



Meanwhile...back in Canada... ... ... and coming right UP...SunDOWN

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Al Forsyth

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Lot of Downs this week but you posted some good ones!
Does the devil really play the fiddle?
youtube.com/watch?v=tnepPZChA5U
Trent and his Nails:
youtube.com/watch?v=QrrEo3hZABU
A guy we've been talking about lately - with his band here:
youtube.com/watch?v=cGdliCIksds
Otis:
youtube.com/watch?v=ko_YsP6f7so


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