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Subject: Aftermath/ABB/VL/RSN/Best harmony singers/more
Date: Sunday, April 01, 2018
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Tonight/this morning we enter week 975 of the weekly Stones Poll, and yes, just 25 weeks to go to its ending will be here. As usual we will vote on 2 brand new poll questions. So this week’s first Stones question asks this: Aftermath vs A Bigger Bang, which album do you like the best?
Week 2 of the After Geometry polls, featuring the Stones 1966 LP Aftermath. After last week's win over ER, its record is now at 11-6, moving it up one spot in the standings into 8th place. It takes on A Bigger Bang this week and it turns out by accident only that the Bang LP is going to battle for the second week in row, as last week it hosted its own series in last week's normal Stones VS album poll, and this week it plays the challenger role. ABB with this new matchup ties DW for the LP most voted on in this long running series now, as this is match number 22 for it. Its record after last week’s lose is at 7-12-2, remaining put in 22nd place of the standings.
To see the song list for each album, for Aftermath U.S., click here: Aftermath US. For Aftermath UK., click here: Aftermath UK. Remember, just choose the one version you listen to the most when you compare it against ABB this week. For A Bigger Bang, click on: ABB.
To cast your vote in this first 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 normally run the Stones album VS matchups each week, and we continue to run it even while the first poll hosts its new series. We really got to do this to get all of the matchups done in the next 25 weeks. So the new question for this VS poll is: Voodoo Lounge vs The Rolling Stones, Now!, which album do you like the best?
At our regular Stones album VS polls, The "I Put a Voodoo Spell on you Polls" returns to the action, featuring 1994’s Voodoo Lounge LP. VL was the 20th British and 22nd American studio album released by the band and overall was an evenly liked album by Stones fans. Yet in these album matchups, it actually holds a losing record of 7-9 and is in16th place. This week it goes up against 1965's The Rolling Stones, Now!, the Stones third U.S. studio release, and which is having a better time in these polls than VL, sporting a winning record of 9-6, good for 10th place.
To see the song list for each album, for Voodoo Lounge, click here: VL. For The Rolling Stones, Now!, click on: TRSN.
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: Aftermath vs Emotional Rescue, which album do you like the best?
Well, I don’t have to tell ya which LP won last week, but to see by how much, the final results from this poll can be viewed using this link: Stones Weekly Poll - week 974, poll 1. Or, you can see the final results and check out the updated, current album standings at the Stones VS Page 1.
Looking back at last week’s second Stones poll, the question was: A Bigger Bang vs Let it Bleed, which album do you like the best?
Okay, so this is another poll where you already knew which LP was gonna win in a landslide before it was started. But hey, what can I tell ya other than the best matchups have already been all voted on and we are now in the cleanup, or should I say “finishing up” of this long running series with some of the not to exciting matches left to do. But they all still need doing, and they still count in the standings, too. So to see by how much Bleed beat Bang by, just click here: Stones Weekly Poll - week 974, poll 2. Plus, just like with the first poll, I’ll add the results from this poll to the standings at the same 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 this week we enter poll week 615, and just like as we do at the Stones poll, we vote in 2 poll questions a week in this one too. The first poll’s question this week asks this: Who were the best harmony vocalists singing in a song? (Part 2 of 10)
Week 2, which means Part 2 of this series and it seems to be off to a great start with voters. We have 27 more great choices to look at and vote on this week. I can promise you that just like last week, the picks this week won't be any easier to make. To vote in this poll and choose your pick, 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 new question: "It's My Party (and I'll Cry If I Want To)” vs its answer song, “Judy's Turn to Cry”, both by Lesley Gore. Which song is better?
We go all the way back to 1963 for these 2 songs that were both Top 10 hits from the same album for Lesley Gore. "Judy's Turn to Cry" was Gore's response to her own song "It's My Party", about a true douchebag named Johnny, who dumps her for a gal named Judy, and then takes her back after seeing this former girlfriend who he dumped, kissing another guy at a party and punchers the other guy in the face. The only real question is why would any gal want this loser jerk as a boyfriend? Only in the early '60s could such a song with ridiculous lyrics be a hit, but people were very naive back in those days, too. But if anybody deserved a punch in the face, it was Johnny who should have been the punching bag.
These 2 songs were the very first hit songs ever produced by Quincy Jones. Gore herself was only 16 years old when she recorded both songs, and "It's My Party" was her first single, and it went all the way to #1 on the charts. "Judy's Turn to Cry" was released next and was a big hit too, also hitting the top 10 at #5.
"It's My Party" was written by Seymour Gottlieb, about a true story that happened to his teenage daughter, but Gottlieb was never credited for the song as his sometime writing partner, Herb Weiner, pretty much stole it from him (so no, Jagger/Richards weren't the first ones to do this, they just did it more often than others). Its sequel was then written by Beverly Ross and Edna Lewis.
You might recall that Gore passed away last year from lung cancer at only 67, and yes, she had several other hit songs besides these, but it was these 2 songs that she is most remembered for and made her a very young singing star… So okay, it’s time to vote now for whichever song you feel is the better one (and links so you can hear the songs first, are as usual available at the voting booth). To cast your vote, just click on Classic Rock Poll, and when you get to this page, choose “Poll 2” to vote on this question.
Looking back at last week’s first Rock poll, we answered this question: Who were the best harmony vocalists singing in a song? (Part 1 of 10)
We will go with either the 6 or 7 top picks from last week’s poll to be voted on again in the final round, depending on what happens in weeks 2 thru 9 as far if we see too many songs because of ties or not. But I would like to just go with the top 7 picks from each part as long as they get at least 5% of the vote, and the top 6 picks last week did see way more than that, while what would be the 7th pick fell short, only seeing 4.6%. But it could be argued that if you round off 4.6%, well you then have 5%. I usually don’t round the vote count off, but that isn’t a strict rule, either, so maybe choice #7, which was “Paradise by the Dashboard Light”, Vocal Harmonies by Meatloaf & Ellen Foley (on the Meat Loaf cover) will or won’t be listed in Part 10. Time will tell. The ones that did make the cut are: “Gimme Shelter”, vocal harmonies by Mick Jagger and Merry Clayton (on the Rolling Stones song, at 7.9%), and it looked like it was gonna come in second until late in the voting tonight, then it took back the lead it had 2 days ago. “Fun, Fun, Fun” with harmonies by Brian, Carl, & Dennis Wilson, Mike Love, and Al Jardine (on The Beach Boys song) really gave GS a run for its money (with 7.8%, or just one vote less in the end). “Sound of Silence” with vocal harmonies by Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel (on the Simon & Garfunkel song) was next at 7.7%, then the rest were: “Two of Us”, vocal harmonies by Paul McCartney and John Lennon (on the Beatles song, at 7.5%), “I'm Not In Love”, with harmonies by Eric Stewart, Graham Gouldman, Kevin Godley, Lol Creme, Kathy Redfern (on the 10cc song at 7.2%), and “Wishing You Were Here”, harmonies: Terry Kath, Peter Cetera, Al Jardine, Carl & Dennis Wilson (on the Chicago song, at 7.2%). So yes, those 6 are in the final round for sure!
To see the full, final results from this poll, just click here: Classic Rock Poll 1, week 614.
In last week’s VS Rock poll, we answered this question: " Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd vs “Southern Man” and “Alabama” by Neil Young, which of these songs got their points across better?
Yes, a somewhat close one here, yet not as close as I was thinking it might be, as the Neil Young songs lead the entire week by at least 10 votes at the close of most days.. To see the final results, click here: Rock Poll 2, week 614. You can also check out the final results at the VS Classic poll results page at the Classic Rock site, by clicking here: VS poll page 3, list page 15.
We close out this poll post as usual with the Beatles poll, where we enter week 368 of polling, and ask this new question: Rate the Beatles official video for “Yellow Submarine”
Although written by Lennon/McCartney from 2 different songs that they had written separately, the song was sung by Ringo and is his most remembered song either with the Beatles or solo. It was first released on the Revolver album in 1966 and then as a single it went to number 1 on the charts and was the highest selling Beatle's song to feature Ringo on lead vocals. It was considered the first of several Beatle songs that were later looked at as children's songs, thanks in part when the animated cartoon movie of the same name was released and the movie's story was built around the song. It was then re-released as the title song to the (half) Beatles album that came out with the movie. So a kid’s song that never less contained one of the early Beatle song drug lines about marijuana in it that most fans didn't pick up on at that time, and most non users never would: "sky of blue and sea of green" was what McCartney wrote down after hearing his friend, singer Donovan, say that to him while they were smoking a joint together and looking up at the sky. So while the "sea of green" was about the weed they were consuming, it fit in with the song that Paul was working on at the time.
The video, like last week's video, comes from the movie of the same name, and perhaps fits in better than last week's song did, since the movie was based on the song. Then again, that isn't up to me to decide, but all of us together.
One last thing before you vote, do remember that yes, we are rating videos in this poll, so where I usually say at my close for a poll, that the videos are only there so you can hear the song before you vote - but don't vote on the video - well for this kind of question that doesn't apply at all, as you most definitely should vote 100% on what the video is all about for this question.
So let's vote now and see how we will rate this one. To do so, please go here: Beatles Weekly Poll.
In last week's Beatles poll we asked: Rate the Beatles official video for “Eleanor Rigby”
Well once again last week, as we have seen in every Beatles poll where we rated a Beatles video, spots 7 thru 10 got close to 99% of all the votes, and that happened yet again with this question, too, with 98.9% of the votes going to those spots. But – and a big but, for only the second time, a Beatle’s video didn’t see a “10.0” for its top pick! In fact “10.0” came in third, with a top pick for this poll being an “8”, with 25.2% of the vote, the lowest rating yet for a Beatles video in our polls. But still, an 8.0 rating for most other videos would normally be a real good rating, right?
To see the final results from this poll, click here: Beatles Weekly Poll – week 367. Or, you can check out the final results at: The Beatles Movies list page, which is located at the domain’s Lennon Site and yes, is a Beatles video page, too.
So that does it for yet another week’s poll post. I do hope these new polls excite you enough to vote in them! As usual, I thank you all for voting in the polls each week, it seems that each week at least one of the polls is seeing a record numbers of votes cast, so it is something that as we get closer to the end of the Stones weekly poll, we are seeing the most votes cast each week for it and the other polls, too! It will be weird a year from now when the Stones weekly polls will be long over, and so will the Land of Gas, too. Gasland was at first though up by me to help promote the weekly polls I was planning to run, and then thanks to the official Stones site at the time closing down, along with its popular board, that’s the other reason why I started Gasland. Now just a few months short of 20 years and around half a million Gassy posts made (more than likely more than that), and what will be more than 20 years when the joint does close, it’s almost hard to believe we are reaching the finish line.
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