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Subject: Poll Post for the week starting Monday, April 15
Date: Monday, April 15, 2019
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Another new week for all of us is underway, and it being late Sunday night, well, that means another poll post to write up that won’t get finished until after midnight Monday morning, since I got started way too late tonight on this…. So let’s see, as usual I’ll start off talking about the Stones poll, the domain’s oldest weekly poll – entering week 1,029 with this week’s 2 new questions, and I hate to say this, but this is a poll that’s in its closing weeks. It's only been 6 weeks since we last ran the video polls at this poll for the Stones, but the truth is, I'm out of new, good ideas for asking new Stones poll questions - other than asking video questions (along with the album VS polls which have a few months left before they finish up). Thing is, we answered a ton of video question already too, so there's not too many of them left to poll, either. So unless somebody wants to send me in a few new future poll suggestions, as far as new questions being asked for the first Stones poll - well, it's getting close to the time to say goodbye to this poll after 21 years of running new questions each week (and I only run new poll questions, no repeat questions from years ago are ever asked). Yes, the end is near for this weekly poll, while the Stones album polls, our second Stones poll of the week still has about 20 weeks of match-ups to go - and that's still months off. But yes, poll 1 is almost finished being run after all of these years of running nonstop. Please understand it isn't like I want to stop running it, but if all of the questions have been asked after 1029 weeks (and counting), well what's left? Anyway, we still got a few videos left to rate - mainly vids released from the '70s on, and then after that this Stones poll slot will just run the Album VS questions until they finish out.
But for this week we got a cool video (I think anyway) connected to the 1976 released of the song "Crazy Mama", from the Black and Blue album. The question reads: Rate the Stones official promo video for “Crazy Mama”
This one was yet another Stones video directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg. At the time of its release, it featured the new lineup for the band with Ron Wood replacing Mick Taylor, although Ronnie didn't actually play on the studio cut of this song, as the guitars on here were played by the Glimmer Twins and the song recorded before Ron joined the band. This was also the only song on B&B that Keith played lead guitar on as it was, be it there's only 7 songs on the entire LP.
To see the video and then rate it, just click here: Stones Weekly Poll, and when there, then click on Poll 1 to vote on this poll.
For the second Stones Poll this week, the question is: Their Satanic Majesties Request vs Between the Buttons, which album do you like best?
This week at the Stones VS poll, the Satanic Polls return to action, featuring the 1967 LP Their Satanic Majesties Request. TSMR still has a winning record – barely - at 10-9-1, and it sits in 12th place in the standings. 1966’s Between the Buttons is the LP it takes on this week, and its record is even at 11-11 and actually sits one spot in the standings behind TSMR (a surprise for me) in 13thi place.
To see the songs that appear on Their Satanic Majesties Request , click here: TSMR, and for the songs on Between the Buttons, click here: BTB.
To vote in this week’s second Stones poll, just click on: Stones Weekly Poll and click on Poll 2.
Looking back at our first Stones poll last week, we answered this question: Which Stones song has lyrics which are most different than the norm for the band?
Some very close voting in this one with the spacey “2000 Light Years from Home” seeing the most votes with 8.8% of the votes. Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby (Standing In the Shadows) placed with another 8.7% of the votes, and “Casino Boogie” the song I voted for, came in third at 8.6%. To see where the other songs ended up, just click here: Stones Weekly Poll 1 - week 1,028. Or to just see the Top 10 songs only, click on here: Stones Fans Top Pick Lists - Page 1, the list is located on the very bottom of the page.
The second Stones poll last week asked this question: Steel Wheels vs Undercover, which album do you like best?
Well something we have seen take place only 5 times before in all of these many match-ups that we’ve voted on so far, took place last week, that being a tie between these 2 LPs! Yes, a dead heat - so we learn nothing – other than these 2 albums were evenly matched I guess. Being that this was the very last matchup for UC, well it ends it’s run with only one win to 22 losses and now one tie. So it will end up in second to last place, where Dirty Work sits - with zero wins and the only LP that UC beat. But hey, UC still didn’t lose last week, either. You can click on this link for the poll’s full results: Stones Weekly Poll 2- week 1,028. Or, you can see all of the final results and view the updated, current album standings at the Stones VS Page 1.
Now let’s talk about this week’s Classic Rock Poll, where we enter poll week 669, and in this one we also vote on 2 different poll questions in one week. At our first poll, the question asks: Of the following artists not in the Rock 'n Roll Hall Of Fame, who should be in there the most?
This is one of those polls where you'd like to vote several times in, since many agree that several of the rockers listed in our poll deserve to get in the Rock Hall. Considering some of the pure trash they have let into the Hall in the last several years, to me anyway, about 90% of these 60 listees should be in…. Now it's actually been a few years since we last voted on this question, and a few artists who were listed the last time we voted on this, have now made it into the Hall. Yet I didn't add any new names to the list either since the last time I ran the question. To be considered for the Hall, your first music had to be made 20 years before - so those who started out in 1999 now have a shot of getting in - and I know little (and care little) about Rock music made after the early '90s, and those who qualify today aren't Classic Rockers anyway, so they don't need to be listed in this poll for that reason alone.
To see those who still haven’t gotten into the Hall yet and maybe should be in, just click here: Classic Rock Poll, and when you get to this page, choose “Poll 1” to vote on this question.
For our second Rock poll this week, we have the Rock VS poll, which asks this question: “Cats in the Cradle' by Harry Chapin vs 'Teach Your Children' by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Which song about raising kids is better?
Several years ago I ran a rock poll asking about songs dealing with family or children, and "Hey Jude" by The Beatles won that poll. The 2 songs that came in second and third were these 2 songs, "Cats In The Cradle" by Harry Chapin and "Teach Your Children" by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Whereas "Hey Jude" wasn’t about raising kids but was about a boy dealing with his new stepmother (Julian Lennon and Yoko Ono), these other 2 songs were about raising children, and when I was looking over some old poll results a couple of weeks ago, looking to see if I could find some new VS questions from old polls results, well I saw this poll's results and realized this would make for a great VS poll question that featured these 2 songs.
"Teach Your Children" came out first, in 1970, and was written by Graham Nash when he was still in the Hollies, and the Hollies even played it live a few times, but they never recorded it in the studio and it wasn't recorded as a studio song until he joined CSNY. It appeared on the hit album Déjà Vu. The song features a wonderful lead pedal steel guitar played by Jerry Garcia of the Dead. The song was a big hit and peaked at #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S., and made the top 10 in Canada at #8. Nash stated the inspiration for the song came after viewing a famous 1962 photograph by Diane Arbus, called "Child with Toy Hand Grenade in Central Park". The image shows a boy with an angry expression holding the toy grenade. That prompted Nash to write the song after getting upset over seeing the photo. There is a page up at Wiki about this famous photo, here’s' the link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Child_with_Toy_Hand_Grenade_in_Central_Park - but beware, it's Wiki - and as usual, their info on this page to the connection to Nash's song, is written in error, stating that Nash wrote the song before seeing the photo (and that's totally incorrect!). But on another Wiki page ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teach_Your_Children ) they do get the story correct.
"Cats in the Cradle" was written by Harry Chapin, after a part of it was first written as a poem by his wife, Sandy, who was co-credited for her part in writing the poem. Chapin was a great, kind man indeed. He worked constantly to help others who were in need - by donating a lot of the money he made from shows to the needy and to food banks, etc, and he did this before it became a popular thing for Rockers to do. He was the first of his kind to do this - long before Bob Geldof became famous for doing the same thing years later. Harry was tragically killed in a car accident on his way to a free outdoor concert that he was putting on in the town where I mainly grew up in, East Meadow, NY, as 40,000 people filled the grounds of the Salisbury Park Lakeside Theatre, to hear him play, in 1981. A close friend of mine was there that night and told me how eerie, sad, and unreal it was when they had to announce to all of these people that showed up for the concert, that the show wasn't gonna happen because Harry had just been killed on his way there while driving on the Long Island Expressway. His small compact car was crushed by a semi-truck. He was only 38 at the time, and today the park’s theater has been renamed “The Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre” in his honor. Harry was a native of Long Island.
Chapin had noted that he had first seen his wife's poem before their son was born, and then a few years after having his kid, he wanted to write a song about raising children and thought of the poem. Turns out his wife had saved her old poem and Harry then added to it. It became a song on how not to raise your children. The tune would become his biggest hit, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Sadly, Harry would never see his own son grow up, as the boy was still a preteen when Harry was killed. Since I linked to a couple of links to the CSNY song, here’s one about the making of “Cats in the Cradle", and unlike those other links, this one won’t take you to Wiki, either, but to Harry’s web site, so the info there will be 100% correct, and it’s an interesting read.
Now remember, the videos linked to for these 2 songs are there for the music only - we are not rating the videos at all, like we’re doing this week at the Stones poll – for this poll we are looking at the songs only!.. With that noted, I had never seen this new, official video released for the CSNY song. The video was put together and released by Nash in the last year for a new greatest hits LP of his called Over the Years.... I was impressed by his combining the problems of the '60s (when the song was made), with the problems of today in his video. What is sad, is that we children of the Baby Boom - clearly weren't taught (as a whole) - well at all by our parents - and in turn, us Baby Boomers didn't teach our children - who are today young adults, any better. Well, maybe we taught our kids just a bit better, but as I type this out, my grandson who I've been raising, is playing some stupid video war game on his TV along with some of his friends - who aren't here, but at their homes. I'm not even sure how they do that, other than I only know that online game servers are involved that hook them all up and they speak to each other using their earbuds. But when I was a boy we had toy guns and actually played war games with each other in person, outside in the dirt, shooting at imagery bad guys. But I did that as a preteen, not as a teen like my grandkid is. Hell, all I did when I was a teen with my friends - was drugs when I was his age, as we didn't have video games back then. I got to wonder which is worst, but these games the kids play are very addicting I see, while the main drug we did as teens (weed) wasn't at all. So to me anyway, it sucks that kids today are into more crap than my generation was, and why I say we haven't taught our children well enough either, and now our grown kids are doing the very same thing today with their kids. The Chapin song covers that too, on how it isn't always good for children to grow up to be just like their parents.
So which song will you go with? To cast your vote in this week’s second Rock poll, just click here: Classic Rock Poll, and when you get to this page, choose “Poll 2” to vote on this question.
Looking back at last week’s 2 Rock polls, the first question asked: Of the Rockers who were in at least 2 big bands, who performed the best for those bands? (Part 4 of 4)
Some real close voting for about half of the song listed, and I was totally surprised to see the man I voted for, the late great Steve Marriott, who was the Lead Vocalist/Lead Guitar player and sometimes keyboardist in the Small Faces and Humble Pie, was the top pick with 6.9% of the votes. Eric Clapton, who I figured would win this one, came in second. He was of course the Lead Guitarist in the Yardbirds, and Guitarist/Vocalist in Cream, Derek and the Domions, and Blind Faith (at 6.7%), and in third was Jimmy Page, the Lead Guitarist in The Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin, and The Firm (at 6.4%)… . To see the full results from this final round of this poll, click here: Classic Rock Poll 1, week 668. Or to see the Top 10 finish only, you can do that at: Top Ten Lists, Page, 14
Looking back at last week’s VS Rock poll, the question asked: “Freebird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd vs “Moonlight Mile” by The Stones. Which song about a traveler is better?
Very very close voting in this one, like we do see a lot of close battles in these VS polls. But which song won by just 3 votes? Well you can find out here: Classic Rock Poll 1, week 668. Or to see the results on the list page only, please go here: VS Page 3, List Page, 15.
We now close out this poll post with the Beatles poll, where we enter week 420 and we’ll get a final answer this question: Which Beatles song has the most captivating introduction? (Part 3 of 3)
The top songs picked from parts 1 and 2 now go up against each other. There will be 17 songs to choose from. To vote in Part 3 of this poll, please go here: Beatles Weekly Poll.
In last week’s Beatle poll the question was: Which Beatles song has the most captivating introduction? (Part 2 of 3)
The songs picked from last week and that show up again this week with the song chosen from 2 weeks ago are: I Feel Fine (10.6%), Back in the U.S.S.R. (10.5%), Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds (10.5%), Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) (10.5%), Within You Without You (9.3%), Tomorrow Never Knows (9.1%), I Want You (She's So Heavy) (9%), Dig A Pony (Let it Be LP version - 8.9%), and Taxman (8.9%). To view the full result from last week’s Beatles poll, just click here: Beatles Weekly Poll – week 419.
So there’s this week’s new 5 polls. I noted last week that the Stones polls have seen a drop-off in votes cast since Gasland closed down 2 months ago, so ending them in time I guess will be the best bet. The Beatles weekly poll on the other hand is 609 weeks (that’s almost 12 years) behind the Stones polls, so I still got some more questions to ask for that poll, and while I’m also starting to run out of the best of Rock VS questions, the main Rock poll is still very easy for me to come up with good questions with, as I usually have a back load of them for this poll. So no, the weekly polls aren’t all gonna go away, only the Stones poll will, and even that one will last till around the end of this year, so please do plan on still showing up here once a week to read about whatever the new polls will be - and then vote! …… and I thank all of you for your support of these polls for over 21 years now!
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