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wikkid and I had this exchange about the Colt Clark kids less than two weeks before he died. :cry:

well, @simey's & my favorite youtube sensations - the Clark Family Quarantine Kids - are at it again with their b'day wk McCartney tribute. i dont think it would be out of line for our kristacular leader & inspiration to contrast frontgirl Bellamy's sense of rhythm & pitch with the late Linda McCartney's. after all, she's almost eight now.......


I saw this post Thursday and meant to come back to it, but then forgot until now. They're amazing. They won me over long ago against all odds (I despise "Youtube sensations" and precocious families filming their lives), and they're getting better (all the time 🎵). That's a helluva difficult song.

Bellamy v. Linda

Rhythm
- Bellamy hops around arrhythmically, seemingly unaware of what's playing in the background, but comes in for her vocals right on the beat. Linda

Winner - Bellamy

Pitch - Bellamy knows her spots and doesn't overdo them. She takes on Paul's high harmonies with aplomb. Linda

Winner - Bellamy

Intangibles - Bellamy exudes pure joy. Linda had a rockin' mullet.

Winner - Tie
 
Wikkid's favorite family band Colt Clark and the Quarantine Kids did "A Day in the Life" 10 days ago,

I :heart: that they did the outro. :lol:

Beckett has become a pretty good little drummer. Kind of a metronome, like Ringo!
Me too on the outro, and I agree regarding Beckett. I remember when the kids were so raw starting out. Beckett and Cash have improved a lot, and Bellamy is a work in progress. She is the entertainer.
 
@krista4 Wasn't "A Day in the Life" one of wikkid's favorites by the Beatles? The Clark's do a Beatles song every Wednesday, and they did that song on June 28th for their Wednesday song.
 
My first crush was at five and it was Wonder Woman (Lynda Carter).

You know when a five year-old is getting pre-pubescent crushes that's it's too hot for prime time.

My first album purchased with my own money, as people who draft with me might know, was Synchronicity by The Police. On cassette. I'd requested albums before that one, but that was the big one that saw a purchase made on its behalf. I have a Police shirt of the album cover because it holds strong nostalgia for me.
 
@plinko JuddZillers, did you see that Darius Rucker is playing in Chicago July 14th at something called The Smokeout? I know he is country now, and I don't know if he also sings his old songs (probably does), but that might be fun eating some BBQ and listening to a homegrown (Charleston guy).
 
@plinko JuddZillers, did you see that Darius Rucker is playing in Chicago July 14th at something called The Smokeout? I know he is country now, and I don't know if he also sings his old songs (probably does), but that might be fun eating some BBQ and listening to a homegrown (Charleston guy).
My wife and son are country fans and we watched a Red Rocks concert of his that was filmed for TV. There were a couple of Hootie songs in the broadcast. That was a while ago, though.
 
@plinko JuddZillers, did you see that Darius Rucker is playing in Chicago July 14th at something called The Smokeout? I know he is country now, and I don't know if he also sings his old songs (probably does), but that might be fun eating some BBQ and listening to a homegrown (Charleston guy).
My wife and son are country fans and we watched a Red Rocks concert of his that was filmed for TV. There were a couple of Hootie songs in the broadcast. That was a while ago, though.
Do you like his country music? He seems like a good guy to me.
 
I bought my first around the same time. My parents would not let me buy that one. I think I ended up buying New Kids on the Block’s Hangin’ Tough instead

This is almost too funny for words. Ay de mi. Our parents' ever-so-slightly misplaced censoriousness is almost always good for a laugh once you find out how the sausage is made.

You are a Detroitinian and look at how you spelled Bob's last name.

Little too tall could have used a few pounds.
 
I mean, my parents' big "other shoe to drop" punishment threat was to take away my music for the quarter, half-year, whatever year it was that my grades weren't up to snuff. That and a bit of censoring. That always proved fertile for family hijinks. I'd usually find the hiding spot and sneak a bunch of tapes out and continue right on truckin'.
 
I missed the layup, Don. I should have just reaffirmed that our "parents just don't understand."

And this girl's hand was steadily moving up my thigh.

He's The DJ, I'm The Rapper
. That was class back then. I owned that one, but I was a bit older than you, I think.

I said, Mom, this shirt is plaid with a butterfly collar
 
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"Whole Lotta Love" on American Bandstand.
Two things I did not expect to see in the same sentence.
Baby I’m not fooling:

S13E24 February 7, 1970

The Sandpipers--""Come Saturday Morning"" Evie Sands--""Any Way That You Want Me."" THE AB1970 TOP TEN HITS of 2/7/1970: 1. The Shocking Blue-Venus 2. The Jackson 5-I Want You Back 3. B.J. Thomas-Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head 4. Sly & The Family Stone-Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) 5. Tom Jones-Without Love (There is Nothing at all) 6. Dionne Warwick-I'll Never Fall in Love Again 7. Eddie Holman-Hey There Lonely Girl 8. Led Zeppelin-Whole Lotta Love 9. The Guess Who?-No Time 10. The Archies-Jingle Jangle.
 
I listened to the #19 playlist.

Excluding my own song, I already knew that I liked these songs:
  • Genesis - No Reply At All
  • SRV - Look At Little Sister
  • ELO - Strange Magic
Once I listened to it, I realized I knew and liked this song, just didn't recognize it by name:
  • Chicago - Old Days
On first listen to this playlist, these were the unfamiliar songs I liked the best:
  • Todd Rundgren - The Last Ride
  • Decemberists - June Hymn
  • ...And You Will Know... - Awestruck
  • Sigur Rós - Untitled #3
  • AC/DC - Gone Shootin' - surprised I don't remember hearing this one before
Another excellent playlist!
 
First album I can remember getting is Eagles Live when I was 11. I got it because I was playing Hotel California with two other students at a guitar recital, so I listened to that song hundreds of times.

After that, the next albums I remember was getting two albums as gifts for my birthday... I think my 14th birthday. I got Pyromania and 1999.

Not bad for a first 3.
 
First album I can remember getting is Eagles Live when I was 11. I got it because I was playing Hotel California with two other students at a guitar recital, so I listened to that song hundreds of times.

After that, the next albums I remember was getting two albums as gifts for my birthday... I think my 14th birthday. I got Pyromania and 1999.

Not bad for a first 3.
No f-f-foolin’ 👍
 
Little too tall could have used a few pounds.
I saw Bob Seger back in the early 80s, and he was so good. I took someone's ticket that couldn't go, and I was happily surprised at how great he and his band were. He had so much energy. I ended up going because the original ticket holder was sick, and it ended up being one of the best shows I saw that decade. It made me a fan of his.
 
Baby I’m not fooling:

S13E24 February 7, 1970

The Sandpipers--""Come Saturday Morning"" Evie Sands--""Any Way That You Want Me."" THE AB1970 TOP TEN HITS of 2/7/1970: 1. The Shocking Blue-Venus 2. The Jackson 5-I Want You Back 3. B.J. Thomas-Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head 4. Sly & The Family Stone-Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) 5. Tom Jones-Without Love (There is Nothing at all) 6. Dionne Warwick-I'll Never Fall in Love Again 7. Eddie Holman-Hey There Lonely Girl 8. Led Zeppelin-Whole Lotta Love 9. The Guess Who?-No Time 10. The Archies-Jingle Jangle.

My life might have gone in a completely different direction if they played a different song off the top ten on the air.

It's honestly a pretty great list. A couple of Bacharach-David tunes, Sly, Venus, No Time, the best bubblegum song and my #1 song off the US countdown,
 
I missed the layup, Don. I should have just reaffirmed that our "parents just don't understand."

And this girl's hand was steadily moving up my thigh.

He's The DJ, I'm The Rapper
. That was class back then. I owned that one, but I was a bit older than you, I think.

I said, Mom, this shirt is plaid with a butterfly collar
I missed the layup too, but I’ve transferred from Waikiki over to the Disney Aulani resort and was posting while sipping on some mai tais while son over at the kids’ club.
 
@plinko JuddZillers, did you see that Darius Rucker is playing in Chicago July 14th at something called The Smokeout? I know he is country now, and I don't know if he also sings his old songs (probably does), but that might be fun eating some BBQ and listening to a homegrown (Charleston guy).
My wife and son are country fans and we watched a Red Rocks concert of his that was filmed for TV. There were a couple of Hootie songs in the broadcast. That was a while ago, though.
Do you like his country music? He seems like a good guy to me.
I like it better than the Hootie stuff for the most part.
 
I mean, my parents' big "other shoe to drop" punishment threat was to take away my music for the quarter, half-year, whatever year it was that my grades weren't up to snuff. That and a bit of censoring. That always proved fertile for family hijinks. I'd usually find the hiding spot and sneak a bunch of tapes out and continue right on truckin'.
We had a friend who’s mom got mad at him for similar reasons and blamed rap music. She threw out all his cassettes. Little did she know our buddy had a dual tape deck and we just copied all our rap tapes for him. He was back in business a couple days later.
 
I think the first album I ever bought (not stole or traded comic books for) was Sly & The Family Stone's Fresh. I had other albums at the time, but I don't recall actually going into a store and paying for them.

As for TV crushes, pretty much every female who was on in the late 60 and early 70s. All three of the women on Petticoat Junction, Lt Uhura, Jan Brady, Laurie Partridge........
 
Journey Escape and Foreigner 4

Heavy riffage here. You were indeed a juke box hero.
When my kids were in preschool one of the cds we’d listen to in the car on the way to school was foreigner greatest hits (I know not fine art but there was no swearing).

I realized when this song came on the kids would sing along to it as “Juice Box Hero” and realized they would have no idea what a Juke Box was.

I now sing that song as Juice Box Hero (and tear up a bit since they were so little back then).
 
@krista4 Wasn't "A Day in the Life" one of wikkid's favorites by the Beatles? The Clark's do a Beatles song every Wednesday, and they did that song on June 28th for their Wednesday song.

@krista4 Wasn't "A Day in the Life" one of wikkid's favorites by the Beatles? The Clark's do a Beatles song every Wednesday, and they did that song on June 28th for their Wednesday song.

Yes, it was his second favorite. :)
wikkidpissah
1. In My Life
2. Day In the Life
3. Helter Skelter
4. Norwegian Wood
5. Taxman
6. And I Love Her
Abbey Road Medley
8. Back in the USSR
9. Blackbird
10. Tomorrow Never Comes
11. Can't Buy Me Love
12. I Me Mine
13. Come Together
14. Nowhere Man
15. Hey Bulldog
16. And Your Bird Can Sing
17. Ballad of John and Yoko
18. All My Loving
19. I'm Down
20. I've Just Seen A Face
21. Revolution
22.While My Guitar Gently Weeps
23. Let It Be
24. Twist & Shout
25. You Know My Name
 
#17'S PLAYLIST
#17-
Todd RundgrenNew Binky the DoormatInternational Feel
Jorge Ben JorDon QuixoteCriola

Brandi CarlileJB Breakfast ClubFollow - self-titled
The PoliceZegras11Can't Stand Losing You
Modest MouseThe Dreaded MarcoTruckers Atlas
GenesisYo MamaThe Battle of Epping Forest
Stevie Ray VaughanSullieScuttle Buttin'
The Decemberistskupcho1Sons & Daughters
...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of DeadplinkoThe Summer of '91
Worlds Apart (2005)
The KinksGalileoA Well Respected Man (1965 - single, later on Kwyet Kinks in UK, Kingdom in US)
RushhigginsRed Sector A
Sigur RósScoresmanFestival - Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust - 2008
Donald FagenCharlie SteinerBrooklyn (Owes the Charmer Under Me)
Green DayMAC_32Panic Song
Big ThiefIlov80sOrange
Daft Punk rockactionAlive
Taylor SwiftJpalmerIvy
Elliott SmithTuffnuttSon of Sam

ChicagoPip's InvitationSong of the Evergreens
The StranglersJohn Maddens LunchboxShut Up
Ryan AdamsDr. OctopusHotel Chelsea Nights
Stevie WonderUruk-HaiWe Are The World
SladeMrs. RannousSing Shout (Knock Yourself Out)
PhishshukeBack On The Train
Electgric Light Orchestra (ELO)jwbLast Train to London
Frank BlackMister CIAI'm Not Dead (I'm In Pittsburgh)
Clutch Raging Weasel Milk of Human Kindness
Dinosaur Jr. KarmaPolice Tarpit
Warren ZevonworrierkingCarmelita
Covered many times by multiple artists, including Linda Ronstadt, who's early advocacy helped Warren get noticed. She recorded four Zevon tunes in the 70s.

Best Lyric:
Well, I'm sittin' here playing solitaire
With my pearl-handled deck
The county won't give me no more methadone
And they cut off your welfare check
Alice in ChainsMt. ManAngry Chair
QueensnellmanBicycle Race
AC/DCfalguyAin't No Fun (Waiting 'Round To Be A Millionaire)
The Hold SteadscorchyThe Ambassador
Damon AlbarnEephusBlur (feat. Françoise Hardy) --- To the End (La Comedie)
Ray Charlessimey
Doveslandrys hatWinter Hill
SpoonHov34Rent I Pay

Foo FightersJust Win BabyRope
Simon & Garfunkelzamboni"Old Friends"
Bruce SpringsteenDrIanMalcolmBackstreets
The ProdigytitusbrambleFunky ****
Bauhausotb_liferZiggy Stardust
HeartDoug BIf Looks Could Kill
The Tragically HipNorthern VoiceCordelia
deadmau5zazaleBitter Kitten
Elton JohntimschochetSweet Painted Lady
 
Genesis #17 - The Battle of Epping Forest

Album - Selling England by the Pound
Year - 1973

You want Prog? Here’s Genesis at its maximum nutty proggines (or maybe it’s proggy nuttiness, I’ve had a few drinks).

Supposedly, Gabriel saw this headline about a gang fight in Epping Forest, but he couldn’t find out any more details about the story because google didn’t exist back then, so he just made up the rest along with a bunch of goofy names.

There is A LOT going on in this song. The nutty parts are why it’s ranked so low, but the awesome peaks are why it’s ranked so high (I love the epic finish in the last minute).
 
#17 - The Stranglers - Shut Up


Year - 1978
Album - Non Album Track
UK Chart position - B Side
Vocals - Jean-Jacques Burnel
Key Lyric - I said shut up
Shut up shut up
Shut up don't ya
Shut up shut up
Shut up shut up don't ya

Interesting Points

1- The Stranglers had a great collection of B Sides that almost made the list like Go Buddy Go, Old Codger, Vietnamerica and In the Shadows. Shut Up represents all of them

2- This track rocks in at just over a minute long. Thats the great thing about B Sides. Artists can do some crazy ****.Here’s JJB on it
“An inoffensive little song with my lyrics about a girl. We wanted to do the fastest song we could ever do. Punk by numbers, tongue in cheek and a bit throwaway really...”

3- The A Side for this track is still to come. Probably the most Stranglers track ever.

4- Every time someone comes into my life that cannot tell a story or just waffles on needlessly, this is the song thats playing in my head.

5- JJB is a 7th degree black belt dan in Karate. When the Stranglers formed part of the punk ethos was fighting. He got his fair share of practising his skill.

Summary to date
Yes

1977 - 4
1978 - 4
1979 - 2
1980 - 0
1981 - 1
1982 - 1
1983 - 0
1984 - 2
1985 - 0
1986 - 0
1987 - 0
1988 - 1
1989 - 0
1990 onwards - 0

Where to find
Rattus Norvegicus - 4/9
No More Heroes - 0/11
Black and White - 1/12
The Raven - 2/11
The Gospel According to the Meninblack - 0/10
La Folie - 1/11
Feline - 0/9
Aural Sculpture - 2/11
Dreamtime - 0/10
All Live and All of the Night - 1/13
10 - 0/10
1991 onwards - 0
B Sides - 1
Greatest Hits - 1
Standalone Single - 2

Running Vocal Count
Hugh Cornwell - 8
Jean-Jacques Burnel - 7
Other - 0

Rundown
#31 - Walk on By
#30 - Ugly
#29 - All Day and All of the Night
#28 - Meninblack
#27 - Goodbye Toulouse
#26 - Princess of the Streets
#25 - Sweden (All Quiet on the Eastern Front)
#24 - Duchess
#23 - Sometimes
#22 - La Folie
#21 - North Winds
#20 - No Mercy
#19 - 5 Minutes
#18 - Strange Little Girl
#17 - Shut Up
Next we go back to back JJB with an album track.
 
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#17 "We Are The World"

Musically, this is junk - there's nothing even remotely interesting going on here. Lyrically, it's even worse - a pile of Lionel Richie & Michael Jackson Hallmark Greeting Card non sequiturs about how rich people "care". Then they pat each other on the back, hop into limos, go back to mounds of food (& cocaine) at their mansions in Bel Air, and forget all about the 10,000 kids who starved to death while this record was being made.

So, why is this here? The singing, of course. Sans Prince and Madonna, pretty much every major American pop star of 1985 is on this record.

The Bad:
Poor Tina Turner got saddled with Billy Joel. Luckily, he only had one harmony line and - even better - he didn't write it.
They trotted out Bob Dylan - then at a career nadir - to try and tap into the whole '60s "protest" thing(?). He pretty much kills whatever momentum this limp disk had.
Kim Carnes - who couldn't out-sing a bad muffler - was there only because one of the producers was her manager.

The Good:
I don't always like Springsteen's "scream it all out" style, but that makes me a hypocrite - Otis Redding is my God. That's on me. The Boss brings it here.
Cyndi Lauper should have sung this whole song.
I always though James Ingram was underrated. It's like he's too conventional, but not conventional enough. That man could sing.
Ray Charles is on this. As wikkid used to say "nuffced"
Oh, and Stevie Wonder goes the **** off in his vamp with Bruce.
 
17. Angry Chair (off Dirt, 1992)

Loneliness is not a phase
Field of pain is where I graze
Serenity is far away


Official Video: Alice In Chains - Angry Chair
Unplugged version Alice In Chains - Angry Chair (From MTV Unplugged)

Most AIC songs were (/are) written at least partially by Cantrell, but Angry Chair was a rare case of being purely Staley’s. At its roots it's about Layne’s childhood, where his father would put him in “timeout” in a chair in front of a mirror. It’s a concept certainly brought to adulthood though, considering the lyrics.

The riff and harmonized vocals give this a haunting, melancholy feel that’s both a typical AIC style and it’s own experience. Though, we’re getting in the area where songs might get a small boost from a particular live (and/or Unplugged) version, the base is still about the studio version, and this song stands strong on its own there.

Next on the countdown, a song with a short title. Yes, another time.
 
@plinko JuddZillers, did you see that Darius Rucker is playing in Chicago July 14th at something called The Smokeout? I know he is country now, and I don't know if he also sings his old songs (probably does), but that might be fun eating some BBQ and listening to a homegrown (Charleston guy).
I did see that, and it's very close to where I'm staying. I am a cousin in law of sorts to him.

I can't commit to that just yet, he plays on Friday night, but if tickets aren't sold out it's something worth taking a look at, later in the week.. I do like BBQ and Hootie..
 
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#17 - A Well Respected Man (1965 - single, Kwyet Kinks in UK, Kingdom in US)

Ray Davies was inspired to write this song by some negative interactions with some upper class guests at a resort where he was vacationing after a rather disastrous 1965 tour. This song is a satirical commentary about a well respected man who perhaps shouldn’t be so well respected. It seems rather simple musically, but it cuts pretty hard lyrically overtly pointing out the hypocrisies embedded in social class hierarchy. This is a pretty popular Kinks song that most are probably pretty familiar with as it rose to #13 on the US Billboard Hot 100 list.

'Cause he gets up in the morning
And he goes to work at nine
And he comes back home at five-thirty
Gets the same train every time
'Cause his world is built 'round punctuality
It never fails

And he's oh, so good
And he's oh, so fine
And he's oh, so healthy
In his body and his mind
He's a well respected man about town
Doing the best things so conservatively

And his mother goes to meetings
While his father pulls the maid
And she stirs the tea with councilors
While discussing foreign trade
And she passes looks, as well as bills
At every suave young man

'Cause he's oh, so good
And he's oh, so fine
And he's oh, so healthy
In his body and his mind
He's a well respected man about town
Doing the best things so conservatively

And he likes his own backyard
And he likes his fags the best
'Cause he's better than the rest
And his own sweat smells the best
And he hopes to grab his father's loot
When pater passes on

'Cause he's oh, so good
And he's oh, so fine
And he's oh, so healthy
In his body and his mind
He's a well respected man about town
Doing the best things so conservatively

And he plays the stocks and shares
And he goes to the regatta
He adores the girl next door
'Cause he's dying to get at her
But his mother knows the best about
The matrimonial stakes

'Cause he's oh, so good
And he's oh, so fine
And he's oh, so healthy
In his body and his mind
He's a well respected man about town
Doing the best things so conservatively
 
"We Are The World" is putrid. Of course, being a Chicago 17 stan, and a soulless thief, I had the 45.
Fun fact: While no one from Chicago participated in We Are the World, the band contributed a Chicago 17 outtake called Good for Nothing to the album. It was Peter Cetera's last lead vocal for the band before he left.

Obviously it's not on my list.
 
#17 "We Are The World"

Musically, this is junk - there's nothing even remotely interesting going on here. Lyrically, it's even worse - a pile of Lionel Richie & Michael Jackson Hallmark Greeting Card non sequiturs about how rich people "care". Then they pat each other on the back, hop into limos, go back to mounds of food (& cocaine) at their mansions in Bel Air, and forget all about the 10,000 kids who starved to death while this record was being made.

So, why is this here? The singing, of course. Sans Prince and Madonna, pretty much every major American pop star of 1985 is on this record.

The Bad:
Poor Tina Turner got saddled with Billy Joel. Luckily, he only had one harmony line and - even better - he didn't write it.
They trotted out Bob Dylan - then at a career nadir - to try and tap into the whole '60s "protest" thing(?). He pretty much kills whatever momentum this limp disk had.
Kim Carnes - who couldn't out-sing a bad muffler - was there only because one of the producers was her manager.

The Good:
I don't always like Springsteen's "scream it all out" style, but that makes me a hypocrite - Otis Redding is my God. That's on me. The Boss brings it here.
Cyndi Lauper should have sung this whole song.
I always though James Ingram was underrated. It's like he's too conventional, but not conventional enough. That man could sing.
Ray Charles is on this. As wikkid used to say "nuffced"
Oh, and Stevie Wonder goes the **** off in his vamp with Bruce.
This is the greatest and most accurate review of We Are the World I've ever read!!
 
I am particularly excited to unveil songs 17 to 10. They are the cream of the Terry Kath-era album tracks, and since they were not released as singles and radio programmers pegged Chicago as a "singles band" starting with their second album, you have probably not heard them unless you have delved into their albums. I did not set out to provide an 8-song stretch of non-singles, it just worked out that way. This stretch includes the song that I think Krista will react strongly to; it appears at #12 (and is not a Beatles cover).

17. Song of the Evergreens
Album: Chicago VII (1974)
Writer: Terry Kath
Lead vocals: Lee Loughnane
Released as a single? No

This horns-less Terry Kath song has similar vibes to Oh, Thank You Great Spirit (#21 on this list), with two important differences: It's less overtly Hendrixian, and the lead vocal is performed not by Kath but by trumpeter Lee Loughnane. (Why Kath chose this, I don't know.) Loughnane's "Kath lite" or "flat Kath" voice works more effectively here than on the poppier numbers he sang. The song is an ode to winter and one of several that Kath, who grew up in a city, wrote about the wonders of the country/nature. He said he was inspired to write it by the mountainous surroundings of Caribou Ranch in Colorado, where Chicago VII was recorded. It is dark and foreboding in its first half, in keeping with the vibes of winter, but upbeat in its second half, as the harmony vocalists joyously proclaim the impending arrival of snow while Kath unleashes another one of his triumphant closing guitar solos and Danny Seraphine contributes some amazing fills. Most people probably would not peg this as a Chicago song unless they were greatly familiar with Kath's playing style, but it's another testament to how talented and versatile the band was.
Live version from 1974, one of only two live performances that have been documented: https://youtu.be/BqZhNZeYl0c?t=4473

At #16, a statement of purpose from the band, both lyrically and musically.
 

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