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Tom Tobben

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Seems as though troubled blues legend Etta James was "down" often:





Can you tell this one is from the "Shaft" era?




(With a bit of anti-war commentary in the video images)








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Tom Tobben

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And, of course, this early Brian Wilson solo classic, also in tribute to little brother Carl:




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stkilda4ever

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Ummm - thanks for contributions and feedback but I'd love to read some comments on the songs that I submitted.  I'm getting a bit 'down' with all these extra 'down' songs. Any thoughts on Men At Work, Flash and The Pan, Status Quo, or Beach Boys song?
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paul g adsett

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snigger,
heh heh,
he said 'down in the bottom'...
snigger...
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paul g adsett

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hey, stk4evah.
'a man a plan a canal panama'
- that's a palindrome.
a set of down songs
- is that a syndrome?
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Al Forsyth

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Generally you get the report on the songs when we vote. I'll be later in the week on this one. I only know two of them well.

@Tom Tobben - thanks for those down songs. Great!

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stkilda4ever

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Thanks Al

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Larry Franz

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Wow. That's a plethora of down songs. As for voting, I think all four songs are good and I'm honored to follow in Lee's musical footsteps:


Gold -- The Beach Boys -- A classic, of course, my favorite part being:

Superstock Dodge is windin' out in low
But my fuel injected Stingray's really startin' to go
To get the traction I'm ridin' the clutch
My pressure plate's burnin' that machines too much

Great singing, great lyrics and it rocks. What's not to love?


My other votes are based on two simple concepts: being catchy and rocking.

Silver -- Status Quo -- Never heard this before but it has two things going for it: it's catchy and it rocks. Basically more creative than the other two.

Bronze -- Flash & the Pan -- Never heard of these guys at all. This one rocks. 

Pewter -- Men At Work -- It's catchy but too repetitious. Not sure why it was such a big hit. Maybe the video had something to do with its enormous success? I think it arrived at the dawn of the Age of the Music Video (1981).


At no risk of overloading the site, three non-pictorial videos:

Lee Dorsey -- "Working in the Coal Mine"
youtube.com/watch?v=FA3Royf9_zM

Blink-182 -- "Down"
youtube.com/watch?v=XrTZT49u0kM

Johnny Cash -- "Ring of Fire"
youtube.com/watch?v=WPec1nAWkmg


Good job, stkilda4!

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D.A.N

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a set of down songs
- is that a syndrome?


Nope. 


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Lee Marshall

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Little Miss Muffet she sat on her tuffet, eating her curds and whey [down].
Along came a Spider who sat down beside her
And frightened Miss Muffet away.

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Darren J. Ray

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Welcome to the chair, stkilda4ever.

Sometimes it’s a battle getting some of these geezers to listen to the songs actually up for adjudication. If they haven’t heard of the songs or the artists before, it’s most often a losing battle. Their loss.

There are two classics in your four.

Gold - Down Among the Dead Men (And the Band Played On) (album version) (Flash and the Pan - 1978)
Why didn’t James Cameron use this instead of that Celine Dion ‘heart will go on’ rubbish? The production perfectly captures the ship on its inexorable journey, as George closes with, into history. Listen to the Captain Smith verse and the orchestration underneath. It conveys a temporary, almost feeling of hope before we’re reminded he has no control of the voyage’s destiny and the demise of 1,500 souls. And the band played on. We were spoilt for great pop songs in the late ‘70s. This should’ve been an even bigger hit. Vanda & Young can do no wrong. Great tribute clip you posted, too. I hope people watch it.

Silver - Down Under (Men at Work - 1981)
This went to #1 just about everywhere in the world for a reason; it’s brilliant. I remember when it came out, my best mate telling me about it. I was a big fan of ‘Who Can It Be Now’ and bought the single (also went to #1). I skipped ‘Down Under’ and bought ‘Be Good Johnny’ (a mistake). Nowadays, it’s sad to hear the flute solo because of its association with Greg Ham’s demise. I’m all for protecting songwriters’ interests, but that court case (which eventually amounted to 5% to Larrikin for appropriation of – more a salute to – ‘Kookaburra’) was ridiculous. Colin Hay is a MAJOR talent.

Then a really long way back and it was virtually a toss-up between these two….

Bronze - Shut Down (The Beach Boys - 1963)
Decent lyrics (I guess). Mike’s switch from lead tenor to bass vocal is probably the best part of it. Oh, and his rip roaring saxophone solo.

Participant - Down Down (album version) (Status Quo - 1975)
Listening to the start of this, it’s obvious where The Angels got their sound. I half expected to hear the vocal come in with ‘went down to Sante Fe where Renoir paints the walls’. In fact, The Angels paid an out-of-court settlement to Status Quo for the similarity between ‘Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again’ and ‘Lonely Night’ (a Status Quo B-side from 1974). That said, for all its pretentiousness, Doc Neeson did come up with way more interesting lyrics than Francis Rossi. ‘Down down, deeper and down; down down, deeper and down; down down, deeper and down’… OK, we get the message. It’s a listenable record that doesn’t need to be that long, but it’s really just overgrown boys having fun. Plenty of power, sure. But creative? Good boogie players but there’s no genius in there without Roy Lynes!


For those with short term memory loss, here’s the Flash and the Pan track that won the Gold in Week 20 last year…

And a little bit of history about Vanda & Young’s staggering career…

(Status Quo sell out to Coles! RIP Rick Parfitt, surely the model for Nigel Tufnel. In fact, the whole band must’ve been the inspiration for Spinal Tap.)


Great choices, stkilda4ever. Thank you for putting your hand up to host. Hope you stick around. We definitely need new blood here. 

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stkilda4ever

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Hey Darren,

Actually I didn't mind the soundtrack to Titanic.  But this is a great track from Flash and The Pan. Wonder why they just didn't call themselves Vanda and Young like they did on that one single Lazy River.

Yeah ... that court case over Down Under was so wrong.  Met Greg Ham once when he was solo at a family festival. Lovely chap.  We mainly discussed The Samurai TV show (huge in Australia).  You'd have to hear their song 'Shintaro' to know what I'm talking about.

Gee wasn't aware of that Status Quo song Lonely Night. When you hear that (which I just did) .. you understand why there was an out of court settlement. Yeah "down down deeper and down" ain't rocket science lyrics. But gee I love their guitar boogie sound. Roy Lynes!!!  Did you know I reunited him with Rossi and Parfitt?  Long story I'll leave for another time. 
 

 
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Larry Franz

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Someone feeling a trifle cranky this morning?

Old blood, new blood:

Harry Nilsson -- "Down"
youtube.com/watch?v=Beibmc1fpSw

Guster -- "Never Coming Down"
youtube.com/watch?v=oUMV_Mxc6LA

Tom Petty -- "I Won't Back Down" and "Free Fallin'" 
youtube.com/watch?v=k2h9HPZhqHE

youtube.com/watch?v=1lWJXDG2i0A

The Queers -- "Don't Back Down"
youtube.com/watch?v=yK289WAUGmY

The Oh Hellos -- "Lay Me Down"
youtube.com/watch?v=uB_zi69GQFg

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paul g adsett

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beware what you say, djr!
mock not the words of the mighty status quo
(well , seen as mighty in some eyes
- notably our dear departed chum matlock,
who was once ubiquitous here in the boardofblue.
and matthew was a firm admirer of 'disney girls',
as am i, so sure had good taste.
though i think he liked the bb / quo 'fun fun fun'
so decidedly dicky, really!)!

anyway,
i had the fortune to meet bob young co-writer / lyricist of many quo songs,
(including this one) and unofficial '5th member' / harmonica player)
at a do at the rfh - the showing / q&a of david leaf's 'beautiful dreamer'.
introduced to him by tony rivers i think.
he'd road managed the nice (my favourite live band for a while) and amen corner
(so i might well have seen him at an early gig with both these bands on the bill)
before landing a job with status quo's management,
after 'pictures of matchstick men' had been a hit.
we're merrily chatting away and i see fit to mention that 
''i'm quite partial to quite a few quo songs, 
but that bunch of hit singles after that one,
tended to hit a formula and weren't exactly taxing in their chords and lyrics, were they?'
'well', says bob young 'they got my son through school...'.
'can't argue with'
, i reply...
oops!
ah, well, i'm not one not to say what i think...

and, here's the (handwritten - but not mine, sadly) lyrics
- actually quite succinct and meaningful, if not deep...

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bonnie bella

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Hey, St Kilda, great to see you've put up a down under flavoured week, it's a double down!

More from the underside of the earth.





Great selection of songs, by the way.  Speaking of the Easybeats, they don't say it specifically, but I bet they're trying to tell us they're down. 





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