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Subject: RSN/B&L/SG/DC/Train songs/Harmony winner/Punk/more
Date: Sunday, June 10, 2018
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Time to talk about our new weekly polls, starting off with the Stones polls where we enter week 985, which means that we just have 15 weeks to go till week 1000 gets here! As usual 2 brand new Stones polls will be run for the week. So the first Stones poll question will ask this: The Rolling Stones, Now! vs Blue and Lonesome, which album do you like the best?
So, with this new week upon us, we will continue to run at both Stones polls (and for the next 5 weeks), the Stones' album VS polls. We are now in week 2 of the series we call "The Rolling Stones, not Now! but many moons ago!" Poll, which features the 1965 LP The Rolling Stones, Now!. This week the RSN takes on the band's last release, 2016's Blue and Lonesome, which is our least voted on album in the series (for obvious reasons), with a somewhat surprising losing record in these battles at 6-10, and found way down in the Stones album standings in 18th place.
To see the song list for each album, for The Rolling Stones, Now!, click here: TRSN. For Blue and Lonesome, click on: B&L.
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 Stones second poll is where we normally run the Stones album VS matchups each week, and this week “The Some Girls Polls” returns, featuring the 1978 LP Some Girls LP. So the new question asks this: Some Girls vs December's Children, which album do you like the best?
In this series, Some Girls is doing very well, with a winning record of 14-4 and is tied for 6th place in the standings. It will do battle with 1965’s third U.S. release of that year alone, December's Children, which has a losing record of 9-10, and stuck down in 14th place in those same standings.
To see the song list for each album, for Some Girls, click here: SG, and for December's Children, click here: DC.
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: The Rolling Stones, Now! vs Exile On Main Street , which album do you like the best?
So yes, we all knew which LP would win before hand, and probably why I waited so long to run this matchup. But to check out the final results, just click here: Stones Weekly Poll - week 984, 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: 12x5 vs Beggars Banquet, which album do you like the best?
Yet another one where a landslide win took place and nobody was surprised by the outcome. To see the final results, just click here:Stones Weekly Poll - week 984, poll 2. Or, just as is the case with the first poll, you can see the final results and check out the updated, current album standings at the Stones VS Page 1.
Over at the Classic Rock Poll this week we enter poll week 625, and we normally run 2 poll questions a week at this one, too. The first poll’s question will ask this: What is the best rock song about trains, or song that has 'train' in the title (Part 2 of 4)
23 more train songs to vote on this week, and all of them are good ones.
I guess I never really stopped to think that most songs about trains are sad ones indeed, not until I put this list together a few weeks ago. Sure, some of them are upbeat, like "Marrakesh Express", or positive (like "Love Train", or "Peace Train"). But that isn't the case for most of them. So many more are about leaving one behind, like "Last Train to Clarksville". Or the loss of one's lover, like "Midnight Train to Georgia", or "Love in Vain", or even worst, the tragic death of one's child, like Robert Plant's (with Jimmy Page) "Blue Train". Some of these songs can flat out make you feel blue. Not sure why trains are written in this sad or unpleasant matter so often. Yet I always loved taking train rides, but then again, if you gotta do it 5 days a week while commuting to work - and it takes 2 hours to go just 20 miles (ask those living around NYC about that), then that's a different story. But to me, even being on a train in that matter has to be better than being stuck in rush hour traffic twice a day for 4 hours a day in your car, as that has to be worst (but I won't know for sure, since I never had to do either - and I haven't been in a true traffic jam in over 20 years now as it is, heck, maybe even 30 years plus). But on the train, if you commute in that way, at least you can read the newspaper, or a book, while you can’t do that sitting behind the wheel in your car.
So taking a train does mean many different things indeed…. from sadness, to pure happiness. Guess I've been shielded from the bad side of trains and that's why I dig riding them so much, as we only have passenger trains around here that are scenic railways, heading deep into the mountains, and those kinds of trains are all fun travel, only. But it's kind of funny if you really think about it all; the fast life in a big city can make a lot of things go by very slow, while the slow life in a rural area can speed things up big time (at least travel wise). Perhaps there's a song lyric somewhere in that statement for yet another song?
Anyway, we are in our second week of voting on this question, and the top 6 songs picked each week, will go up against each other in the final round (Part 4). Guess I should note that at first I did have 24 songs listed for Part 2, with the Stones’ “All Down the Line” included. But as I built the poll for this week I decided to drop the song since while the Stones did use the metaphor of a train to speak about their hectic lives in the song, they clearly weren’t singing about trains, nor do any trains come up in the song. So I felt that that the song really didn’t fit what the poll was really about and dropped it in the last minute.
So, ‘all on board!’ for Part 2!… just click here to vote: 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: Punk vs Classic Rock, which music genre do you like more?
Week 4 of our Punk Poll where we are placing Punk music up against other forms of Rocks music's subgenres. This week Punk music takes on Classic Rock, and Punk has been having a good run in this series so far, but it's main challenge will come this week when it gets pitted against rock music's main genre, Classic Rock. It may not have been Rock's first subgenre, as it didn't appear until the mid-1960s, but it became so big and took over the top spot in Rock before it even had a name. Guess it did need to be around a while for that name to fit, like anything in general to be called “classic”.
But which of these 2 genres do you like more? 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 Rock polls, we ended up voting on 3 poll questions last week thanks to a tie for first in what was supposed to be the finial 10th round of the best harmony singing poll held 2 weeks ago. So let’s first look at the first main poll that asked about the tie: it read: Tiebreaker poll: Who were the best harmony vocalists singing in a song? (Part 11 of 11).
Our first Part 11 poll ever run on the domain and boy did it take forever to get an answer to that question! In the finale, we pitted the Beatles song “Because” against Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”! But yes, we had a clear winner for sure out of the 2!
To see the final results from last week’s extra poll, just click here: Classic Rock Poll 1, week 624. Plus you can check out updated Top 10 listing from this poll at this list page: MORE TOP TEN LISTS (List Page 14) at the Classic Rock Site.
In last week’s second main poll, the question asked was: What is the best rock song about trains, or song that has 'train' in the title (Part 1 of 4)
We needed to pick 6 songs from the list of 23 to run again in Part 4, and the top 6 songs did see the overwhelming majority of the votes cast anyway. They were: “City of New Orleans” - Arlo Guthrie (with 15.6%), “515” - The Who (with 11.8%), “People Get Ready” - Curtis Mayfield (with 11.2%), “Sliver Train” - Rolling Stones (with 11.2%), “This Train Don't Stop Here Anymore” - Elton John (with 10.8%), and “Train Kept A Rollin'” – Aerosmith (with 10.2%).
To see the full, final results from last week’s train poll, just click here: Classic Rock Poll 1, week 624.
In last week’s VS Rock poll, we answered this question: Punk vs Country Rock, which music genre do you like more?
As I just noted above, Punk has been having a pretty good time in these matches, well, until last week's question was asked, and man did Country-Rock change all of that with a major landslide victory over Punk. To see by how large a landslide took place, just click here: Rock VS Poll, week 624. 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 378 of polling, and ask this new question: Rubber Soul vs Help!, which album do you like the best?”
Unlike the Stones album VS polls, since the Beatles have a lot less albums to matchup against each other, I usually just vote for the entire block of albums within each series. But we will hold off on the last matchup that Revolver hasn't been involved in yet, against the Fabs first LP Please Please Me, so that PPM will have a few albums left to go up against when it's turn to host this album VS series comes around, since it will be the last LP to host the series and no LPs would be left for it to go up against PPM if I didn't do this.
Also, since there aren't a lot of LPs to run in each Beatles' LP VS series, I like to run 2 different series in a row, so next up in line to play host is the LP that changed everything for the Beatles, 1965's Rubber Soul. This LP was where the band went from putting out the greatest rock pop songs ever, and in turn got into what years later would be known as "Classic Rock" music. So this one was where their sound changed a bit and to many, it’s one of their greatest LPs, if not the greatest of their early releases.
I'll name this new series "The Full of Soul!... and rubber?.. Polls". Now did you ever wonder what the hell the LP's title, Rubber Soul, came from and meant? Well, you can thank Mick Jagger of all people for its title! McCartney said he came up with Rubber Soul as the album's title after overhearing a fellow musician describing Mick's singing style as "plastic soul". Lennon later on confirmed this story, saying that yes, McCartney came up with the title for that silly reason.
I recall as a kid loving this LP's cover, thinking the band looked so damn cool on it (well for 1965, they did!), and after seeing this LP cover I decided that I was gonna grow my hair real long, just like the Fabs. But in ’65, preteen boys (which I was still one of) of course didn't have long hair yet, nor did any men, either, other than the very first of the hippys, who were showing up for the first time around this time. So while I wanted to look like a freak, and my 2 older sisters encouraged me to do just that, dad said no. He did allowed me to grow bangs over my forehead the year before (something else never seen on men or boys before the Beatles did it in '64, as hard to believe as that was, but true), but he drew the line on long hair. Plus long hair on boys in the public schools wasn't allowed yet in ‘65, either. So I would have to wait till the long hair look was finally happening to the average kid a few years after that to grow mine. But of course, we aren't rating album covers here, even if they can be considered in a minor matter when voting, but the main thing to look at is the music on the LP.
RS goes up against the LP that came just before it, 1965’s Help!. We just talked about this album a few weeks back, with only the 7 songs on side 1 of the UK release being from their second movie of the same name. Side 2 was 7 more new songs that weren’t in the movie, other than on the U.S. release. But we don’t ever consider that inferior U.S. release, since it wasn’t what the Beatles wanted put out, and not all of it was even Beatle music, and it’s hard to get a hold of today anyway.
To see the song list for each album, for Rubber Soul, click here: RS. For Help!, click on: Help!.
To vote in this Full of Soul!... and rubber series, please go here: Beatles Weekly Poll.
In last week's Beatles poll we asked: Revolver vs With the Beatles, which album do you like the best?”
Well, Revolver won again and keeps its perfect record, going, to 11-0! To see the poll results, just click here: Beatles Weekly Poll – week 377. Or, you can check out the final results at: The Beatles' Albums Page, which is located at the domain’s Lennon Site.
That does it for this week’s poll post. It was a miserable week here where I dwell, unless you like hot weather, and smoke. I realize that most of you love heat, as most humans do, just not me. Not temps in the mid 80s anyway, even if we don’t have any humidity here, I still can’t stand it. I really should escape to the Arctic Circle each summer, just like U.S. snow birds escape to the Florida each winter. But our other problem, thanks to global warming and climate change, is a major wild fire burning south of Telluride, to our due west in the next mountain chain over. Late this afternoon the winds were in the wrong direction and blew the smoke into our entire area. The big valley down below from us looked like it was on fire, and more higher up here in the foothills and mountains, not as bad but still smoky, while the smell of the smoke was (still is) almost choking. Can’t keep your windows close or your house would heat up (nobody has air conditioning here), so we got no choice but to breath it in. I recall 30 years ago, when Colorado rarely had such forest fires, now today thanks to climate change, it happens regularly each summer (and now even in the spring).
Oh well at least I got my garden going last Monday, a full week early thanks to the global warming. We sometimes see freezing temps here at nite up until mid-June, but not this year, with May 4 being the last freezing night this year, the second earliest last date ever for that here. Can somebody please tell that moron in the White House that global warming is real!
I thank all of you for voting in the polls last week, and voting again in this week’s polls, too!
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