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All these Stevie picks make me nervous that I'd better take this right now. 11.02  Stevie Wonder - Sir Duke (1977) I'm taking this on the single, not the album, release date.  And some versi

Time for another all-timer for my theme. This is another absolutely stacked year for me, but I’d be bummed big time if I couldn’t get this on my jukebox playlist. Yo Mama selects:   9.23 - M

33.xx I Wanna Hold Your Hand (US B-side - I Saw Her Standing There), Beatles (1963)

32.ee - All That Heaven Will Allow - The Mavericks (1994)

Another Springsteen cover, this time from Tunnel of Love. 

The Mavericks' version makes a slight change to the backbeat to make it swing and Raul Malo's tenor delivers some of the Boss' most optimistic lyrics.  I wanted to take this Mavericks album to my desert island but it just missed the boat.

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I don't think we've seen him in this draft yet. I'm going for one of my personal favorites instead of an obvious one. Like my round 30 pick, I love how this bops along with all kinds of fascinating stuff going on in the shadows. 

Round 33: Beck -- Earthquake Weather

Year: 2005

Album: Guero

Not released as a single. 

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7 minutes ago, landrys hat said:

33.xx Freshmen 10 (live) by The Greyboy Allstars (1999)

I feel like in the last draft your tastes were similar to mine, but I haven't heard a lot of your picks this time and am looking forward to your playlist.

I'm going to put together my own playlist when I get the time.

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59 minutes ago, Eephus said:
1 hour ago, wikkidpissah said:

33.xx I Wanna Hold Your Hand (US B-side - I Saw Her Standing There), Beatles (1963)

Round 33.  SOD

 

58 minutes ago, Ilov80s said:
1 hour ago, wikkidpissah said:

33.xx I Wanna Hold Your Hand (US B-side - I Saw Her Standing There), Beatles (1963)

Not a bad B-side there

 

Meh.

Not enuff edible & exotic small game ...

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Detroit goes 80's

Rd 32: What I Like About You by The Romantics (1980)

I am a little lazy in my research here. I don't know nearly as much about this era of Detroit music and it's not really an area I think is worth too much focus in the big picture. By 1980, Detroit is already a bit of a National joke. Crime, decay, poorly built cars, bloated unions and corruption. Despite the ugliness in the city, the music reflected a much more positive attitude. Maybe it's like when The Great Depression came and the most popular movies were light comedies and musicals about showgirls and the idle rich. 

The Romantics have the legit pedigree. Their first show was opening for the MC5 and they carried with them the influences of the city, Bob Seger and The Four Tops as well as The British Invasion. It's in the Detroit tradition for it's best musicians to have been transplants who's families came in search of work. With the Romantics, it was quite a long journey. The lead singer and songwriter Volodymyr Palamarchuk was the son of Ukranian immigrants. He grew up in the heavily Polish city of Hamtramck. Hamtramck is an odd city. It's entirely inside of the city of Detroit, bordered on all sides and is the most densely populated city in Michigan. It was a Polish and Eastern European enclave for decades. Now, it's still Polish but also has had a huge influx of people from Yemen and Bangladesh. The high school field is the home to the only professional soccer team in Detroit, Detroit F.C. On game days, the city is filled with young Arabic kids playing soccer in the streets, fans marching from the pubs to the stadium, craft beer stands and old Polish restaurants serving pirogis and sausage. 

Rd 33: Borderline by Madonna (1983)

I am not sure we want to claim her, but Madonna does have her roots here even if she left for New York and never returned. Her only acknowledgement of the area was when she went her to daughter to Ann Arbor for college. Still, Madonna fits the typical story. Her dad's family had come from Italy. Her mom died when she was young which set her down a path of rebelling against her dad, her school and society in general. She studied dance at the University of Michigan before dropping out at age 20 to start working in New York. I was tempted not to include because she left when she was 20 and never came back but but that's the way it goes around here as the State has been shrinking for years, most often losing their brightest and best young people to NYC, Chicago and the West Coast. 

 

 

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54 minutes ago, krista4 said:

I feel like in the last draft your tastes were similar to mine, but I haven't heard a lot of your picks this time and am looking forward to your playlist.

I'm going to put together my own playlist when I get the time.

Yeah, it's gonna be fun listening to everyone's jukeboxes/playlists.  I think mine might be all over the place, but it should have something for everyone.

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14 minutes ago, Ilov80s said:

Detroit goes 80's

Rd 32: What I Like About You by The Romantics (1980)

I am a little lazy in my research here. I don't know nearly as much about this era of Detroit music and it's not really an area I think is worth too much focus in the big picture. By 1980, Detroit is already a bit of a National joke. Crime, decay, poorly built cars, bloated unions and corruption. Despite the ugliness in the city, the music reflected a much more positive attitude. Maybe it's like when The Great Depression came and the most popular movies were light comedies and musicals about showgirls and the idle rich. 

The Romantics have the legit pedigree. Their first show was opening for the MC5 and they carried with them the influences of the city, Bob Seger and The Four Tops as well as The British Invasion. It's in the Detroit tradition for it's best musicians to have been transplants who's families came in search of work. With the Romantics, it was quite a long journey. The lead singer and songwriter Volodymyr Palamarchuk was the son of Ukranian immigrants. He grew up in the heavily Polish city of Hamtramck. Hamtramck is an odd city. It's entirely inside of the city of Detroit, bordered on all sides and is the most densely populated city in Michigan. It was a Polish and Eastern European enclave for decades. Now, it's still Polish but also has had a huge influx of people from Yemen and Bangladesh. The high school field is the home to the only professional soccer team in Detroit, Detroit F.C. On game days, the city is filled with young Arabic kids playing soccer in the streets, fans marching from the pubs to the stadium, craft beer stands and old Polish restaurants serving pirogis and sausage. 

Rd 33: Borderline by Madonna (1983)

I am not sure we want to claim her, but Madonna does have her roots here even if she left for New York and never returned. Her only acknowledgement of the area was when she went her to daughter to Ann Arbor for college. Still, Madonna fits the typical story. Her dad's family had come from Italy. Her mom died when she was young which set her down a path of rebelling against her dad, her school and society in general. She studied dance at the University of Michigan before dropping out at age 20 to start working in New York. I was tempted not to include because she left when she was 20 and never came back but but that's the way it goes around here as the State has been shrinking for years, most often losing their brightest and best young people to NYC, Chicago and the West Coast. 

 

 

Madonna spent alot of her pre-NY time hanging out and dancing at a gay bar on 6 mile(Menjos) in Detroit but I believe she actually grew up in Rochester on Adams road.

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3 minutes ago, Raging weasel said:

Madonna spent alot of her pre-NY time hanging out and dancing at a gay bar on 6 mile(Menjos) in Detroit but I believe she actually grew up in Rochester on Adams road.

Yep, she was born in Bay City and moved to Rochester as a kid. I didn't know about the gay bar dancing but that sure does fit her!

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33.ee - High Hopes - The Havalinas (1990)

Tim Scott McConnell is a Rock 'n Roll lifer who came close a few times in different disguises.  He's a Florida man by birth but his first brush with fame was with English Rockabilly revivalists The Rockats.  He left them for a solo career and had a minor MTV hit with Swear in 1983.  The Havalinas came near the end of the decade with a more rootsy sound.  They got a good record deal but didn't take off before the scene changed to Grunge.  Scott still performs as self-described Gothic Blues artist Ledfoot

"High Hopes" was the first song on the Havalinas' first album.  The Boss dug the song so much he covered it twice: on the Blood Brothers EP in 1996 and again as the title track of his album in 2013.

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2 minutes ago, Pip's Invitation said:
39 minutes ago, Ilov80s said:

Rd 32: What I Like About You by The Romantics (1980)

The lead singer and songwriter Volodymyr Palamarchuk was the son of Ukranian immigrants.

This one was sung by drummer Jimmy Marianos.

Wasn't there a guy named Wally in the band?

It's a underutilized name in music history.

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2 minutes ago, Eephus said:

Wasn't there a guy named Wally in the band?

It's a underutilized name in music history.

Yes. Volodymyr went by Wally Palmar. He did sing their other songs that got exposure.

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2 minutes ago, Pip's Invitation said:

Yes. Volodymyr went by Wally Palmar. He did sing their other songs that got exposure.

His Goth name could have been Vlad Pallor

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19 minutes ago, Pip's Invitation said:

This one was sung by drummer Jimmy Marianos.

Good catch, didn't realize that. Wally was still listed as a songwriter on it. Also interestingly enough, it wasn't that big of a hit. It was later in the 80's when it became used for some TV commercials that it got accepted into the rock cannon. Also, Talking in Your Sleep is probably a better song for direction of the "arc" of the story.

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15 minutes ago, Ilov80s said:

Good catch, didn't realize that. Wally was still listed as a songwriter on it. Also interestingly enough, it wasn't that big of a hit. It was later in the 80's when it became used for some TV commercials that it got accepted into the rock cannon. Also, Talking in Your Sleep is probably a better song for direction of the "arc" of the story.

What I Like... did get a lot of play on MTV, so suburban kids my age (born in early 70s) who watched MTV all knew what it was before it appeared in any ad. It was also a popular number at school dances. 

In the early and mid 80s, stuff that was popular on MTV wasn’t necessarily reflected on the charts. 

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33rd Round  Todd Rundgren - A Dream Goes On Forever (1974)

When I saw I had 1974 available and Todd Rundgren on my list, I asked GB and Todd-expert @Binky The Doormat to suggest a few for me.  Of those he sent, I decided on this dreamy ballad, which overcomes some '70s synth to be darn exquisite anyway.  I also selected this over my second choice, "The Last Ride," because I get a pretty cool b-side, Heavy Metal Kids.  More Todd means more chance Binky stops by The Hideout Inn Chicago to put some quarters in my jukebox (not a euphemism).

Rundgren was in both the Fifth and the Twelfth editions of Ringo's All-Starr Band and also guested with the First one.

Rundgren didn't work with any of the other Beatles and doesn't have much good to say about them.  He had a pretty infamous spat with John during John's "Lost Weekend" with Harry Nilsson.  From what I've read of that argument, Rundgren was completely in the right!

 

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33rd Round  Todd Rundgren - A Dream Goes On Forever (1974)

When I saw I had 1974 available and Todd Rundgren on my list, I asked GB and Todd-expert @Binky The Doormat to suggest a few for me.  Of those he sent, I decided on this dreamy ballad, which overcomes some '70s synth to be darn exquisite anyway.  I also selected this over my second choice, "The Last Ride," because I get a pretty cool b-side, Heavy Metal Kids.  More Todd means more chance Binky stops by The Hideout Inn Chicago to put some quarters in my jukebox (not a euphemism).

Rundgren was in both the Fifth and the Twelfth editions of Ringo's All-Starr Band and also guested with the First one.

Rundgren didn't work with any of the other Beatles and doesn't have much good to say about them.  He had a pretty infamous spat with John during John's "Lost Weekend" with Harry Nilsson.  From what I've read of that argument, Rundgren was completely in the right!

 

I love Todd almost as much as Binky does!

The live version of A Dream... on Back to the Bars has no synth. I believe it’s just Todd solo on piano. Been a while since I put on BttB.

Todd’s 1973 song “Rock and Roll P***y” is about Lennon. It’s not nice at all.

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Just now, Pip's Invitation said:

I love Todd almost as much as Binky does!

The live version of A Dream... on Back to the Bars has no synth. I believe it’s just Todd solo on piano. Been a while since I put on BttB.

Todd’s 1973 song “Rock and Roll P***y” is about Lennon. It’s not nice at all.

I'll have to check out that live version.  Need to check out more Todd overall.  You and Binks should do rival countdowns of his songs.  :) 

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Just now, krista4 said:

I'll have to check out that live version.  Need to check out more Todd overall.  You and Binks should do rival countdowns of his songs.  :) 

I would be happy to collaborate with him if he were ever down for it. Though I’d need a crash course in his post-1993 stuff, which I haven’t followed all that closely.

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Just now, simey said:

I've always loved this song written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin. I dig this fast paced version by The Shirelles, and the slower piano driven version Carole recorded herself 11 years later.  I think the song is great done either way.

Round 33

Will You Love Me Tomorrow - The Shirelles (1960)

 

Groovebox

I love Carole’s version. I’m sure Wikkid hates it. 🤣

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3 minutes ago, Pip's Invitation said:

I would be happy to collaborate with him if he were ever down for it. Though I’d need a crash course in his post-1993 stuff, which I haven’t followed all that closely.

I liked Arena :shrug:

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I don't want to be busted for spotlighting so I won't say the name of the tune, but there is a Todd Rundgren song that sounds a lot like Carole singing in it. If she had sang it with him or backed him up, it would have sounded like siblings singing together.

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8 minutes ago, krista4 said:

I'll have to check out that live version.  Need to check out more Todd overall.  You and Binks should do rival countdowns of his songs.  :) 

Given what I know of your tastes, start with Something/Anything, Hermit of Mink Hollow and side 2 of Faithful.

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2 minutes ago, simey said:

I don't want to be busted for spotlighting so I won't say the name of the tune, but there is a Todd Rundgren song that sounds a lot like Carole singing in it. If she had sang it with him or backed him up, it would have sounded like siblings singing together.

When I was young I thought it WAS Carole.

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14 minutes ago, simey said:
36 minutes ago, Pip's Invitation said:

I love Carole’s version. I’m sure Wikkid hates it. 🤣

The wikkidpissah has a misplaced anger towards Tapestry.

I love Carole King ...

but I don't think I love her as much as tim does

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59 minutes ago, Pip's Invitation said:

When I was young I thought it WAS Carole.

go listen to 

Runt

Ballad

both are filled with beautiful, soft, "Carole-like" tunes ...great Sunday morning with coffee type listening

Something/Anything is after these ...and that explored a bit more into what he could do ...but nothing was predictable with this guy

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12 minutes ago, Northern Voice said:

I am having a hard time with modern songs. I don't want to just repeat myself but I also don't want to leave off classics. I am going to let beer make some decisions tonight as I play catchup.

To point... I am passing up a lot of gold by taking this but whatever, this band is such a huge part of the Canadian indie scene in the 00s, the number of bands they've influenced is countless. And I don't know, I'm not going to get too deep into the lyrics or sentiment here but whatever, choose not to hate.

29.18 - I Will Not Sing a Hateful Song - The Constantines (2008)

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And I'm guess I'm feeling a little sentimental tonight, so #### it. These guys in their first album (still my favourite of theirs) were HEAVILY influenced by The Constantines but they've gone a bit more poppy in the meantime. I'm going with one that kind of splits the difference here but is a straight up love song. 

30.18 - My Heart's Always Yours - Arkells (2016)

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In preparation for the last Free Play roll, I filled in missing dates for the following

Tompkins Square Park    Mumford and Sons
Tell Me Why Our Love Has Gone Cold     Willie Hutch
Stay Fly    Three 6 Mafia ft. Young Buck and 8 Ball & G
Avenue B    Iggy Pop

I used Wikipedia dates.  Please feel free to change on the sheet if you're using different years

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Just now, Eephus said:

In preparation for the last Free Play roll, I filled in missing dates for the following

Tompkins Square Park    Mumford and Sons
Tell Me Why Our Love Has Gone Cold     Willie Hutch
Stay Fly    Three 6 Mafia ft. Young Buck and 8 Ball & G
Avenue B    Iggy Pop

I used Wikipedia dates.  Please feel free to change on the sheet if you're using different years

cool ...whatever is the most inconvenient for you

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And, let's go another Canadian band that was hugely influential but never sold anything anywhere. And I will not apologize for the song choice. This is from their debut album "Greatest Hits".

31.18 - The Ballad of Wendel Clark (Parts I and II) - Rheostatics (1987)

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I kind of want to call this a guilty pleasure but I'm actually not guilty about it at all, I think listening to it again, it stands high above most of the dreck that passed for alt rock in the late 90s and probably I consider guilty by association when really the only thing it's guilty of being is pretty awesome. So, the verdict is not guilty of being a guilty pleasure Guilty of being awesome.

32.18 - Heaven Coming Down - The Tea Party (1999)

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And now, just to flip the script, I'll take a song that gets drafted in every single song draft by either myself or Steve Tasker. The ultimate Canadian super group at their absolute peak. They close every show with this song and I'll bank on someone wandering over to the jukebox at closing time to do the same in my pub.

This may be my very favourite song ever...

33.18 - The Bleeding Heart Show - The New Pornographers (2005)

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1 hour ago, Pip's Invitation said:

What I Like... did get a lot of play on MTV, so suburban kids my age (born in early 70s) who watched MTV all knew what it was before it appeared in any ad. It was also a popular number at school dances. 

In the early and mid 80s, stuff that was popular on MTV wasn’t necessarily reflected on the charts. 

Great insight. I was born in '82 so by the time I came up, MTV was still cool but was more aligned with the charts...at least I think

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