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Date: Sunday, September 10, 2017
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It’s time to get this week’s 5 weekly polls underway, starting off as usual with the Stones Poll, where we enter week 946, and as we always do at this poll, we’ll vote in 2 poll questions in this one week. The first question will ask this: Which is the most underrated song on the Stones It's Only Rock 'n Roll album?

Released in October of 1974, this was the last Stones LP to feature Mick Taylor. The album's title song was actually written by his replacement, Ron Wood, who was recording the song for his then upcoming solo album, and he invited the Glimmers to join him one night at his home studio to help him with this song. Only Mick J showed up and he loved the song so much that he talked Ronnie into giving him the song for the Stones to use, and what was recorded that night became a Stones song, with Keith adding in some guitar licks to what was already recorded, while removing most (but not all of) Ronnie’s work. Of course, as is a long time Jagger/Richards tradition, they took the full writing credits for the song (Jagger did help out in writing it, but not Richards) without any credit going to Wood. Jagger did give him in exchange for IORR, a throwaway Jagger/Richards song, and they both helped him on his solo song "I Can Feel the Fire".

But other than the title cut, which was well received, all of the other tunes found on this LP were/are underrated. But which one is the most underrated in your book? To make your pick in this first Stones poll, just click on: Stones Weekly Poll, and when you get to this page, choose “Poll 1” to vote on this question.

The second Stones poll is where we run the Stones album VS matchups, and this week's question asks this: Blue and Lonesome vs Undercover, which album do you like the best?


This week, and officially for the first time, The Blue Polls series makes a return to the Stones VS album series. For Blue and Lonesome, the Stones latest album and the LP featured in this series, this is actually the third week in a row it has shown up here at the Stones album VS poll (last 2 weeks as the guest album), and it is now close enough to having been voted on in these matchup’s as much as all of the other albums have been, thanks to doing that. But B&L is having a very hard time in these battles, with a losing record of only 4-6, placing it way down in 16th place in the Stones album standings. It goes up this week against Undercover, which has only won one match-up out of the 14 matches that it's been in, and that places it in second to last place in the standings.

To see the song list for each album, for Blue and Lonesome, click here: B&Land for Undercover, click on: Undercover

To cast your vote in this second Stones poll, just click on: Stones Weekly Poll, and when you get to this page, choose “Poll 2” to vote on this question.

At the first Stones poll last week we answered this question: Which is the most underrated song on the Stones Goats Head Soup album?

Looking at the results from last week at the Stones poll... Well, for the third week in a row, the Stones first poll lead the way in total votes cast for all of the 5 weekly polls. So with that, it’s starting to feel like the old days here again!

“100 Years Ago” and “Winter” were the only 2 songs that had a chance in being picked in this poll, as the 2 songs were neck and neck and well ahead of the other songs on the LP. In the end, the song I voted for was chosen as the most underrated song on GHS. Very unusual, as I usually don’t pick the winner. Which song was that? To find out, check out the final results from this poll here::Stones Weekly Poll - week 945, poll 1. The top results will also show up at the Stones’ Fans Top Picks, page 1 , where each song picked so far as the most underrated from each album is listed.

Looking back at last week’s second Stones poll, the question was: Some Girls vs Blue and Lonesome, which album do you like the best?


Let me repeat what I wrote here last week about B&L… “Hard to believe how well received the Stones last album was when I see how poorly it’s doing in these matches and now it has a losing record.” The losing record just got worst, as I noted above, it’s at 4-6 now. But I expected it to lose last week, as most of you did too, since SG is just too great an LP. To see the final results from this poll, just click here:Stones Weekly Poll - week 945, poll 2. Plus, I’ll add the results from this poll to the standings at the Stones VS Page 1, where at the top of the page you can check out the updated standings on how each album has done in these long running VS polls.

Over at the Classic Rock Poll, we enter week 586 of these polls, and just like as we do at the Stones poll, we vote in 2 poll questions a week at this one too. The first poll’s question this week asks: What album cover banned or censored because of nudity, deserved it the most?

We have 46 choices to choose from for this brand new question/poll, and usually that's enough to qualify for a multi part/week poll. But since I will also ask for the cover that deserved being banned the least out of the same bunch in the next round, and then ask for the best overall cover banned in 3 weeks - again from this same bunch of album covers, and then after that maybe look at other banned, but non sexual album covers, well I don't wish to ask this same type of question for too many weeks in a row, and multi parts would mean a few months (not just weeks) with this line of questions. So that can’t be, and I think/hope/believe that we can handle 46 choices all at once in one poll.

Most the listed album covers were censored and not banned, but some were flat out banned. By using the word "censored", that means that the LPs were forced to be either displayed in stores covered in a paper bag, or had stickers placed on the nude body parts to cover them up, or that they were altered from what originally was shown on the cover, etc.

Album covers that showed nudity but weren’t banned or censored are not listed. There are actually several covers that got past censors for whatever reasons, including the Stones' Live Licks nude album cover. So the playing field was never really even for any of these covers. Some got banned for showing nudity while others didn't, something I'll never understand.

Here is a link to a page over at Wikipedia that shows these covers (it's also linked to in the voting booth in the poll's question, too). But not to confuse anybody, this page linked to, actually only contains links to the photos of the banned or censored album covers in question (plus a few covers listed on the page aren't listed in our poll, while a few I do list don't show up there, as that page wasn't my only source). Just note that if you rather not see such nude photos, you've been warned, so don't click on the links on that page if that's the case, as a few of the photos, some might find offensive. Some of the album covers that were censored showed nude children on them, and one or 2 of these that got censored was understandable; the Scorpions Virgin Killer comes to mind, that cover's photo came close to being child porn. Yet others, like Nirvana's Nevermind cover, showing a nude baby swimming underwater, was totally harmless and ridiculous to ban. So you will see both sides of the spectrum on these covers if you visit the links on the page in question. Now if you never saw some of the album covers listed and don't wish to, you can still vote by just going by the description noted in the voting booth (where there are no photos shown). Yet my guess is the average rock fan has seem more than half of these covers before anyway, and knowing you Gassers and lurkers, the majority of you won't have problems with most of them. These photos won't be anything new to most of you, other than a few might be to some, since as I do sometimes, and as I did in this case, the albums listed aren't limited to just Classic Rock acts, but covers all rock acts, excluding most rap acts. Also note that because of the usual space limits in the poll's admin, where I build the poll, not the greatest or proper grammar could be used by me in the album cover's description, so for example, "w/" is used instead of "with", etc, and in some cases, words in a sentence willruninto each other so all the text fits in the poll.

To pick the album cover that you feel deserved being banned or censored the most, just click here: Classic Rock Poll, and when you get to this page, choose “Poll 1” to vote on this question.

At the second Rock poll this week, known better as the Rock VS poll, we will vote on this question: John Lennon's 'Norwegian Wood' (main title) vs 'This Bird Has Flown'(sub title), which title is better?

We’ve been voting on and running a series here of song sub titles vs main titles and asking which title is the better of the 2. This week we look at the 1965 Beatle song "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)", written by John Lennon and released on Rubber Soul. The third rock song ever to feature a sitar, it was written about an affair John was having. Paul McCartney claimed the song's main title came from a room in a flat that the Beatle's friend, Peter Asher, lived in, as this room was decorated in wood, Norwegian wood, although McCartney later claimed the room was actually just done in cheap pine.

The song's subtitle is a very clever one, that is, if you understand UK English, as "bird” in the UK means the same as what “chick" means in U.S. slang, that being, a girl. So no, not the kind of bird that flies in the sky, even if this bird had flown by the end of the song.

So which title do you like better? To vote in this poll, just click on Classic Rock Poll, and when you get to this page, choose “Poll 2” to vote on this question.

In last week’s first Rock poll, we asked: Who was the most underrated member of The Band?

For this question last week, very close voting for 4 of the 5 Band members. But still, multi-instrumentalist Garth Hudson lead the entire week, usually by one to as many as 4 votes, and he ending up taking first by 2 votes in the end. To see the full, final results, just click here: Classic Rock Poll 1, week 585. Or check out the top pick at the Top 10 Rock Page 14, where you can check the other top choices picked for many other bands.

In last week’s VS Rock poll, we answered this question: James Brown's 'I Got You' (main title) vs 'I Feel Good'(sub title), which song title is better?

This one was somewhat close, but then again, no not that close, although the final outcome wasn’t a landside win by any means, either. In fact it was a lot closer than I was thinking it might be 2 weeks ago when I came up with the question. But I feel good with the answer that we picked, too.

To see the poll’s final results, just click here: Rock Poll 2, week 585 You can also check out the final results at the VS Classic poll results page 2, at the Classic Rock site, by clicking here: VS Page 2, List Page 10.

Time to close out this poll post with the Beatles poll, where we enter week 339 of voting, and ask this question: Magical Mystery Tour vs Help!, which album do you like the best?


Week 4 of "the Mystical and Magical Polls, featuring the Beatles 1967 Magical Mystery Tour album. This week our tour of Mystical and Magical things brings us to another Beatles album that came about from a Beatle film, that being 1965's Help!, with the LP containing 14 songs on it. Like all Beatle LPs, this one is loaded with great songs, too, as there aren't any Beatle LPs that aren't, sans maybe one. But another great battle should be in store for this upcoming week.

To see the song list for each album, for Magical Mystery Tour, click on: MMT, and for Help!, click here: Help!

To vote in this poll, please go here: Beatles Weekly Poll.

In last week's Beatles poll we asked: Magical Mystery Tour vs vs Rubber Soul, which album do you like the best?


I think what I noted at the Stones poll above about B&L could be repeated here at the Beatles poll by just changing where I note “Blue and Lonesome”, to “Magical Mystery Tour”…. MMT is one great LP filled with great songs, but it’s got a losing record in the Beatles album VS series, and now is at a hard to believe 2-5 mark after last week’s latest lost, to RS. Are the songs on RS really better than the ones on MMT? Well not to my ears they are, but I often disagree with what is picked in these polls by us fans, so that’s nothing new to me.

To see the final results for this poll, just click here: Beatles Weekly Poll – week 338. Or, you can check out the Beatles current album VS standings and past matchups at the: Beatles Albums page , which is located at the domain’s Lennon Site.

So that does it for this week’s poll post! As I write this I’m thinking about my cousin Johnnie who lives in Tampa Bay, Fla, and is riding out that hurricane at this moment. He’s the closest person I got to a little brother, and my crazy, hippie ways back in the ‘70s when he was a boy turned him into a freak too, once he grew up. He’s always bitching to me over the phone about the conservative politics over there in the not so sunshine state, to which I always say to him, “why live there then?” I’ve been trying to get him to move on out here for years now, but he hates cold and snow like I late hot temps and high humidity. I try to tell him that the dry snow in Colorado isn’t at all like the wet snow you get in NY, and which he hasn’t seen in 25 years now. How could anybody go 25 years with not seeing any snow? I know, most of you I guess would like that, but if I went a year with no snow, I would miss it very much! Yuck! So to each their own – for sure…. But, like I tell Johnnie, since you’re a liberal, you could live in several different places in California, get rid of that terrible high humidity, still never see any snow, still live on a beach, and not have to put up with any right wing politics, plus they don’t get hurricanes over there, either. But Tampa is where he keeps living, with hurricanes and all the rest. But I do hope that he and all of you who live in that area, are keeping safe tonight.

Thanks to all of you who voted in our polls this week and last!


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