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Subject: BWyman's songs/Harmony vocals/Something/more
Date: Sunday, April 15, 2018
Time: 10:54:45 PM
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It’s time to get this week’s 5 weekly polls underway, starting off with the Stones Poll, where we enter week 977 of polling and as usual we will vote on 2 brand new poll questions. So this week’s first Stones question asks this: “In Another Land” vs “Downtown Suzie”. Which Bill Wyman Stones song is better?
Besides being a great bass player, Bill Wyman is a songwriter too, but you would never know it if you only looked at his time in the Stones, since he wasn’t allowed to be a songwriter in the band (just like his other fellow Stones who were below the Glimmers in the group). So while in the Stones, he only managed to get 3 of his songs recorded with them, while only 2 of them, that being the 2 we are voting on this week, were ever released. "Goodbye Girl" was his first song recorded by the band and it sounded good, and has a real early ‘60s feel to it, but it sadly never saw the light of day, other than on boots.
“In Another Land” was his second song that the Stones recorded and this time released, although Keith and Mick weren’t around when this happened (Steve Marriott played the guitar part on it). So only Bill, Brian and Charlie played on the tune while the Glimmers added in backing vocals to it later on and then it was released in 1967 on the Satanic Majesties Request LP. A somewhat psychedelic rock number, at least lyric wise, it was also released as a single and made the top 100 chart list at #87.
“Downtown Suzie” had a much more late ‘60s Stones feel to it than IAL, since the entire band played on it. But it too almost didn’t see the light of day as it was record during the Beggars Banquet sessions and there was just no room on that great LP for this to be included and it was left off the album. Featuring Keith on a very cool acoustic guitar, it also has Brian playing slide guitar and singing backing vocals (the last time he would ever do that in the band), Charlie of course is on the drums, and Bill and Mick shared the lead vocals, while Bill played the bass, too. It was finally released in 1975 on the Metamorphosis album of leftover songs and demos, and many felt it was the best song on the LP.
So which BWyman song do you like better? 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 run the Stones album VS matchups each week, and the new question is: December's Children vs Voodoo Lounge, which album do you like the best?
This week the "December's Poll (and everybody's)" returns, featuring the December's Children LP. Yes, we just voted on this 1965 LP last week as it was the challenging LP in the first VS poll last week, but as I explained last week, since time is running out on this series, that’s going to happen more often now as there are only so many matchups left to do. After last week, DC has an even series record of 9-9, good for 13th place in the standings. It goes up this week against 1994’s Voodoo Lounge, which is at 7-10 in its matches so far and is in 15th place.
To see the song list for each album, for December's Children, click here: DC. For Voodoo Lounge , click on: VL.
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 December's Children, which album do you like the best?
Okay, so the first running of the series for the “After Geometry polls” is over and you think you already know which LP won last week, and you probably are right as to which one it was. But to make sure you are right and to see the final results, just click here: Stones Weekly Poll - week 976, 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: It's Only Rock 'n Roll vs Blue and Lonesome, which album do you like the best?
Finally for the first time in ages, a very close battle all week long in this series thanks to this matchup! So which LP came out on top when the polls closed? To find out, just click here:Stones Weekly Poll - week 976, 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 again, 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 617, 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 4 of 10)
Week 4 of polling on this question, with yet another 27 great choices to choose from and vote on this week. To vote in this poll and make your pick for this week, 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: "I Fought the Law” by the Bobby Fuller Four vs “I Fought the Law” by the Clash, which version of this song is better?
"I Fought the Law" is a song written by Sonny Curtis of the Crickets, after Buddy Holly had died and released by the group in 1960. Curtis was Holly’s replacement. But like just about everything the Crickets released after Buddy Holly left the band, the song when nowhere and didn’t even chart. But then in 1965, the Bobby Fuller Four covered it and it became a big hit, making it into the top 10 list on the U.S. charts. But it seemed that more than one rocker who had some kind of connection to Buddy Holly ended up cursed after his death, and Bobby Fuller, who was only 23 years old, just six months after the song made the top 10, was found dead in his car from asphyxiation. The police said it was suicide, but many others close to him believed he had been murdered.
The Clash recorded this number for their second UK LP, and while working on that album in San Francisco, CA, they happened for the very first time, to hear the cover of this song by Bobby Fuller and loved it and decided to also cover the tune. Their version was released in 1979 on what was their second LP in the States, but the album The Clash, was recorded as their U.S debut studio album, and was mainly the same LP released a year earlier in the UK, but with 5 new, different songs on it from the UK release. But their U.S. label refused to release it at first and when they finally did a full year later, it ended up being their second release in the States.
Okay, it’s now time to vote for whichever version of this song that you feel is the better one (and as usual, video links to the songs - so you can hear the songs before you vote, are as available at the voting booth, just remember, don’t rate the video, just the music you hear). 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 part of the question: Who were the best harmony vocalists singing in a song? (Part 3 of 10)
For last week’s third round, we saw a 4 way tie occur for second place, so the top 3 spots that move on to round 10 each week in this series, will see 5 songs from Part 3 make it into Part 10. They are: “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” – Harmonies by Bill Medley, Bobby Hatfield, Cher, and The Blossoms (on the Righteous Brothers cover, at 6.1%), then in the 4 way tie was: “Eight Days A Week” - Harmonies by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison (on the Beatles song), “Eight Miles High - Harmonies by Gene Clark, Jim McGuinn, David Crosby, & Chris Hillman (on The Byrds song), “I Am a Rock” - Harmonies by Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel (on the Simon & Garfunkel song), and “My Girl” – Harmonies by David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks, Melvin Franklin, Otis Williams, Paul Williams (on the Temptations cover) , all 4 at 5.9%.
To see the full, final results from this poll, just click here: Classic Rock Poll 1, week 616.
In last week’s VS Rock poll, we answered this question: "Peggy Sue” vs its sequel song, “Peggy Sue Got Married”, both by Buddy Holly. Which song is better?
This poll was somewhat close, but "Peggy Sue” was ahead the entire week. To see the final results, click here: Rock Poll 2, week 616. 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 370 of polling, and ask this new question: Rate the Beatles official video for “Something”.
This week's Beatles video comes from what many claim was the best song ever written by George Harrison, ““Something”. Found on the band's 1969 masterpiece album Abbey Road, it was also released as a single and was the only number 1 hit by the Beatles that George wrote. It was written about his wife, Pattie Boyd, who had more hit songs written about her than any other rock groupie around. Yes, some will say she wasn’t a groupie…. but in truth she really was.
The video for this song is very cool indeed, Directed by Neil Aspinall, it showed all 4 Beatles separately, at their homes enjoying everyday life with their wives.
Now a repeat from the first 3 weeks, and that is, 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.
To see the video, and to vote and rate it, please go here: Beatles Weekly Poll.
In last week's Beatles poll we asked: Rate the Beatles official video for “Ticket to Ride”
My oh my do most of us love this song’s video, as it received the second highest rating among the 10 Beatle videos that we have voted on so far; out of a bunch that is clearly very well loved. No, I guess most of us must not hate the snow shown in this vid like our friend Manny, LOL! One difference last week was instead of spots 7 thru 10 getting somewhere around 99% of all the votes, spots 8 thru 10 saw the most votes this time, with the top spot, a 10.0, seeing 44.1% of the vote, again, the second highest percentage for a ten seen in voting on the Beatle videos.
To see the final results from this poll, click here: Beatles Weekly Poll – week 369. Or, you can check out the final results at: The Beatles Videos and Movies Page, which is located at the domain’s Lennon Site.
So that closes out another week’s poll post. I had noted here last week that I would during the week get to talking about my annual report on the On Going Polls in a separate post. But as was the case, I never got to it as I had a very crazy and busy week. So I was thinking I could just do it here at the close of this post, since after all, this is the poll post. But it takes me a long time to write this post out each week and the time I’m done talking about the regular weekly polls, the post is already way too long and I’m also burned out by that point on poll talk, so no, I’m not gonna do that tonight. So I’ll just have to try harder this week to get to that. Really, I will. But in the meanwhile, if you would like to vote in our Stones, Beatles, or the Rock On-Going polls, you can do so at the Poll Menu page.
Thanks to all of you for voting in this week and last week’s polls!
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