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John B

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Peace to everyone, this is a fun part of the site!    It's true, I was just thinking of the vocal style for Dire Straits, not the melody.   You know, last weekend, it's true, my sort of inner Eminem/Don Rickles came out at a live football game.  to the point that it wasn't funny and I was ashamed about it later.  So, I apologized to my target.  Please don't take any of my glib comments too seriously.  Thanks to everyone for the tunes, and I hope no hard feelings.
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G Men at Work - just gets there, even though I've heard it too many times.  
S BBs

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B Flash and the Pan
T Status Quo


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Darren J. Ray

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Thanks for the questionaire without notice, Larry. 

I'm a big fan of questionaires and that's a big one. 

I have three shows this weekend so I'll endeavour to get back to you by Sunday night. [comp]

In the meantime, hoping people welcome our new host and discuss the songs he's posted this week. They're very good. [thumb]


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Oh boy ...


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Al Forsyth

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Bonnie - I like this one!  I have the album but need to really play it and soon! 
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Down to the polling station I go...

GOLD -- Flash and The Pan, Down Among the Dead Men  -- Every once in a blue moon, a surprise in my Gold choice. Nicely retro, yet heard less compared to others.

SILVER -- Men At Work, Down Under -- Still dig "Be Good Johnny" and maybe a couple of others better. Still wrapping my head around the fact frontman Colin Hay was born in Scotland, emigrating to Oz in his early teens. Still have trouble NOT being reminded of Peter Griffin butchering the lyrics here (nice product placement for Hyundai, I guess):



BRONZE -- Beach Boys, Shut Down -- Not fantastic, not poor...so Bronze it is.

TIN -- Status Quo, Down Down  -- Never was my cuppa. 

bonnie bella -- Shall I assume that's a positive "oh boy" ? I've seen comments that could or should be a single. Played the disc 4 or 5 times over the week (once because 1 riff was stuck in my head part of the day, so I had to play it at night to identify it). The album is a grower.. after some initial reluctance, it's starting to grow on me and falls together better as an album instead of bits and pieces. 

Al -- For the love of God, man....Make time (an hour or two) in your busy schedule to give it a listen or two already!

Thanks, stkilda!
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After I "get down", do I then get up again?

GOLD for Flash and the Pan. Vanda & Young can basically do no wrong.

SILVER for Men at Work. I believe Colin Hay was in Cleveland last night with Ringo & the All Starr Band.

BRONZE for the Beach Boys. Great but I've heard it too much.

TIN for Status Quo. My high school band played "Pictures of Matchstick Men", which went #12 in Billboard. Their "Ice in the Sun" went #70, their only other charter in the USA.



XTC - Down in the Cockpit
youtube.com/watch?v=eLKDmUnUeKA

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Lisa, I'm on this - this week - HEAVY rotation.  Darren as well and anyone else - I"LL PLAY IT - repeatedly.  I've heard pieces and it sounds wonderful.

And now, Lisa, you have to promise to listen to Rose Cousins, Canadian, and quite amazing.

Meantime:
youtube.com/watch?v=VxRSKokWieM 

What's happening "down under" this weekend?

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bonnie bella

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Lisa, the "oh boy" was a good one (if we're referring to McCartney).  I liked that song on first listen.

GOLD GOLD GOLD - Status Quo.  Love this song and always have.  Once again, we're delving into the realms of not it not being everyone's cuppa, but I'll have a second serving of that.  They are also responsible for this, but I'll forgive them.  



SILVER - Flash And The Pan.  A surprise silver, but it holds my attention and it's also a grower.  Love it.  The B side was also a hit over here.



Only it was with Grace Jones.



BRONZE - TBB.  It's a cute and deceptively detailed early song, but I've never been big on this one. Lyrics that aren't about boring car stuff might have improved this one for me. [eek]

TIN - Men At Work.  Not just because it's been thrashed to death over the years here down under, but also because most of the stuff by Men At Work doesn't ring my bells. Unless it's the smoko bell (Look that one up).  These guys have the energy of five golden retrievers after the one ball, and that's just annoying.  I'd agree with Lisa though that Be Good Johnny is one of their better songs.

Thanks st k, an interesting line up this week, really enjoyed it.





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Al -- check mate. Nice find. Why there's even one that obliquely fits the week (down is one way, right?):




Coincidentally, there's also a video of her with 3 talented friends doing a folky mandolin and fiddle cover of "Say, Say, Say". (I never cared much for MJ, so that was nicer on the ears). 

Sorry stkilda4ever, I promise I won't contribute any more Macca stuff to the Brian Wilson board....whoopsy daisy...





Okay, done now.
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My votes :

1.  Status Quo (for the intro !)

2.  Beach Boys
3. Men at Work
4. Flash and the Pan 

In honour of Chas Hodges of Chas and Dave who died yesterday aged 74 .
I don't know how well known they were in other parts but were well known "Cockney Geezers" here in the UK . Famous for pub sing-a-long type songs such as Down to Margate .



and get the party started it's a Rock and Roll medley :




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Gee ... wasn't aware Chas Hodges died.  Early days worked at Joe Meek's studio and made a cameo appearance in film Telstar.  
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Al Forsyth

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This HAS to be one of the better battles as the votes are all over the place. 

And then there is a Canadian teeny bopper getting all Maccaed up for a show-to-come who will not miss a note, including Egypt Station = devotion.  Awaiting report. 
http://www.bellmtsplace.ca/calendar-events/paul-mccartney/

Back to theme - Dolly was down:


Heavy song!!!  And very down.
Okay, that was tooo depressing ^  (listener alert) so...keeping things down (some familiar names arise)


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OK, time to vote in this week's interesting battle:

Gold -- "Down Under", Men at Work. Impressive initial showing from these guys from "down under", debuting with two consecutive #1 hits in the US, "Who Can It Be Now" and this classic. Their next couple follow-up hits, "Overkill" and "It's A Mistake", were good too, both reaching the Top 10 here. But, in the short period of one year, they were off the US charts. That's a pity, because they started off so strong then disappeared quickly. And, besides, they caused us in the US to have to figure out what the heck was vegemite.

Silver -- "Shut Down", Beach Boys. This early BBs car song was one of their best, in my opinion. It was fresh, had credible lyrics, and helped get the Beach Boys off to their early start. As the group developed, some of their later car songs were weaker and more formulaic.

Bronze -- "Down among the Dead Men", Flash and the Pan. Good stuff from the guys who also brought us "Hey St. Peter". As Lisa mentioned, this song grew on me with repeated listens. I'm sure that Darren has mentioned this in the past, but it's interesting that these guys were also part of the multi-national European/Australian immigrant 60s group the Easybeats.

Tin -- "Down, Down", Status Quo. Interesting guitar intro for the first 40 seconds or so, but once the vocals kicked in, the song became too repetitive with too much "down, down" and then dragged on for over five minutes. I realize these guys have had a long and very successful international career, but for whatever reason they were only one-hit wonders in the US. Too bad for US.  


A few more "down"-ers:

From one of Darren's favorite artists:


And, even the effervescent Monkees could feel like they were goin' down:


Finally, perhaps best of all, Australia's excellent Courtney Barnett brought us a real downer a couple years ago. Here she is with "Debbie Downer" from her excellent debut album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit:


Good debut battle, stkilda!
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Lisa G/TS

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Well, agewise I'm a "teeny bopper" x 3...3 1/2?...(depending what teen number is multiplied) … but ~ ahem ~ let's just say I'll hopefully have the exuberance of 3 teens Friday nite at the "Phone Booth" (boring trivia to explain: The venue is named for a telecom company, and the seating is known to be a little snug even for arena standards, hence the nickname). 

I promised not to mention Whatshisname in my last post, but what about Jeff?:




or Sheryl?:



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