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Subject: Poll Post for the week starting Monday, May 4
Date: Sunday, May 03, 2020
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Its Poll Post time, so let’s get our 4 weekly polls underway by talking about the Stones poll first, and where we enter week 1,084 of polling. We will answer this question for this week: Rate the Stones brand new official video for “Living In A Ghost Town”
Stones Ghost Town Video
So, just what do you think of this brand-new song and video release by the Stones? I've already noted my approval here last week, as I love it, but what about you?
Yes, asking this question now goes against my rule of not rating a new song, or a new video, for at least 6 months after its release, since our minds do change some after times goes by. But we could just ask this question again in the future after it's been out for a longer time, too.
Like I noted last week, we are running out of Stones vids to rate,and this is in part thanks to that site with all those '60s Stones vids (still) being down, so why not rate this new vid now? If you haven't heard this new song yet, it's about the virus and how all of us are affected by it.
This is the Stones first new music in eight years, and believe it or not, this song was actually first worked on a full year ago, and just had a few of the lyrics change to fit the current climate. The video was directed by Joe Connor and mainly filmed in the first week of April of this year. Some of it was filmed by the Stones themselves, mainly the shots of them in the studio, with Connor shooting the rest on empty street around London and in a few other cities, too.
Anyway, let’s find out how us voters look at this one. To vote and to watch the video, just click on this link: Stones Weekly Poll.
Looking back at the results for our Stones poll last week, the question asked: Rate the Stones official promo video for “Streets Of Love”
Mick from the "Streets Of Love" video
Another poor week of ratings for a Stones video last week as "Streets of Love" saw the third lowest ratings ever out of the many Stones videos that we have already rated. It only scored a “6”, and while there’s another 4 Stones videos that also scored a 6 in the past, the rest didn’t see as many votes for the 6 spot as this one did, taking in 32% of the votes for that low number. Only 2 other videos by the band has rated lower, a “5” was given to “Don't Stop”, and only a “3” (the lowest rated vid by fans ever for any of the many video polls that we have ran for either the Stones, Beatles, or the Rock Polls) went to the modern day made “Paint it Black” video and its roller coaster video.
To see the full, final results from this Stones poll, just click here: Stones Weekly Poll - week 1,083. You can also check out the final results from this poll at the domain’s all in one video page, here: Top Video Ratings and Standings Page. Or at the old Stones video and Top Picks page: here .
Okay, so let’s now look at this week’s Classic Rock Poll, where we enter week 724 of polling and as usual for this one, we’ll be voting on 2 different Rock Poll questions. The first Rock poll will ask this: What is the Best Rock Song with Numbers in its Title (Part 3 of 7)
Yep, even more numbers!
This week we enter Part 3 of this 7-part series. The same deal applies for Part 3 as we had in the first two parts and we will once again choose from another 26 songs for this week. To see all of the new songs listed for round 3 and to cast your vote in this week’s first Rock poll, 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 question of the week, we have the Rock Video Polls, and will ask this: Rate Traffic's Live Video for “The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys”
Steve Winwood singing “The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys” live in Santa Monica, 1972
This one, written by Jim Capaldi and Steve Winwood, was actually never a single, yet it almost seems like it was, as it was well known and very much loved by Rock fans. The title refers to an inscription written by actor Michael J. Pollard in Jim Capaldi's notebook while they were both in Morocco on vacation Capaldi and Pollard were planning to work on a movie that was never filmed, and Pollard decided to call it “The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys”, as the movie was to be about a rebel who wore cowboy boots. But after Winwood saw that title, he wrote most of the song about male prostitutes who were being ripped off by their pimps, as the lyrics’ pointed this out: “The percentage you're paying is too high a price while you're living beyond all your means, and the man in the suit has just bought a new car, from the profit he's made on your dreams” . But the lyrics after that show revenge on the pimp by the prostitute, who kills him: “it wasn't the bullet that laid him to rest, but was the low spark of high-heeled boys. I recall when this song was first released, it was called by Rolling Stone (in regard to several different Rock songs being released about gay men at the time): “the first gay Rock song released by a straight band”. Of course, the song wasn’t really a gay song but a song about one guy getting even with another, one might say.
To view and vote on this video, just click here: Classic Rock Poll, and when you get to this page, choose “Poll 2” to vote on this question.
Last week, our first Rock Poll question asked: What is the Best Rock Song with Numbers in its Title (Part 2 of 7)
Last week’s poll was all about the numbers
Like so many of our multi week polls and their questions, our voters seem to like this question. The top picks last week and which we will see in the final round are: 19th Nervous Breakdown - The Rolling Stones (10.1% of the votes), When I'm 64 - The Beatles (9.5%), Hymn 43 - Jethro Tull (9.4%), and Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Pt. 1 - 5) - Pink Floyd (9.4%)… And more than likely to also make it into the final round - depending on how the finals work out for the other 6 rounds are (that is, as long as there aren’t too many songs to list ) are: 30 Days in the Hole - Humble Pie and 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover - Paul Simon (both tied with 9.3% of the votes cast).
To see the full, final results from this poll question, click here: Classic Rock Poll, week 723, Poll 1.
Last week in the Rock Video Poll we voted on this question: Rate The Velvet Underground's Video for “Venus in Furs”
John Cale playing viola, from the Venus in Furs video
I got a couple of interesting emails in last week about this video, one claiming this footage was not made for a video but instead for a film that the Velvet Underground and Andy Warhol were putting together (didn’t I state that?). Seems the person who wrote me objected to me calling it a video. But first, nobody was making music videos in 1967, other than the Stones and Beatles were just starting to at the time and they were the first. But I did indeed note that this came from a film clip (I even noted its title). While I might not had been clear enough to some, I still noted this, and then again I didn’t want to repeat what I have already noted here in the past about such film clips and I didn’t think I had to explain it all again (but maybe I do?)… Then a second person wrote me concerned about how the boy in the video near the ending looked scarred and why was that? First, that boy is now in his mid-50s today and is Nico’s son, and I even noted a thing or 2 about him, too (but no, I didn’t note that he looked scared). But the reason perhaps that he had that look on his face was because just before that part of the clip, the police showed up (and that bit I did note last week and I also noted that one cop is even seen in the vid), but no, I didn’t really note why the police showed up. From what I’ve read on this in the past, they claimed that they were making a welfare check on the kid at the time and they were also looking for drugs. The band had to stop playing to talk to the cops, and after that, they finished up the song and the film clip. Perhaps the boy was just upset that maybe the cops were gonna take him away from his mother and that’s why he had that look on his face? I also think Andy was just trying to fill in time on the clip after that and that’s why the closeup was shown perhaps. But again, this took place 48 years ago, so stop worrying! The members of the Velvet Underground were all good people, even if they were all very far out drug users, too. But while I still enjoy receiving emails from anybody who wants to write me (that’s why my email address is always shown on top the Poll Post), please try to keep them positive when you send them in to me, and don’t worry about something that took place 48 years ago.
Anyway, this video – or film clip (if you prefer) did well in the voting, with spots 8 thru 10 being the top 3 picks, all just a few votes apart. But which rating came in first? Well to find out and see the full final results from this poll, just go here: Classic Rock Poll, week 723, Poll 2. Or, to see where this video lands in the video standings, just go here: Top Video Ratings and Standings Page.
Well here we are, once again we have come to the last question of the week to close out this Poll Post. As is always the case for the last poll, we will talk about this week’s Beatles Poll. We enter week 475 of polling for this one, and we’ll continue answering questions about how much we like or dislike the Beatles albums covers. This week we vote on this: Rate the artwork for the front cover of the Beatles 1965 U.S. LP, The Early Beatles.
The Early Beatles front cover
This one was the band’s sixth album released on Capitol Records, and their eighth album release for the American market. Really, this was nothing more than a repeat by Capitol Records of songs that their label missed out on releasing first. All of the tracks on this LP had previously been issued on the early 1964 Vee-Jay Records release Introducing... The Beatles. The front cover photo for this features the same back cover photo for the British LP Beatles for Sale. Yes, that’s how Capitol Records operated, and the Fabs had no say on what the cover would be.
To vote on and rate this cover, please click on this link: Beatles Weekly Poll.
Last week at the Beatles poll we asked: Rate the artwork for the front cover of the Beatles U.S. 1964 LP, The Beatles' Story.
The Beatles' Story front cover
For the second week in a row, a “9” was the top pick with 32.7% of the vote.
To see the poll’s full results, just go here: Beatles Weekly Poll – week 474. Or to see the album rating standings on the Beatles List Page, click on: Favorite Beatles Album Covers List Page. The standings can be found up on the top of the page.
So, are you going mad by now in having to stay home all day and not getting to go out and about around your hometown? Well I at least got to take a nice ride last week on a mainly empty road to pickup some food. But in summing up this madness connected to COVID19, (this was last Wednesday) I had ordered my groceries online, and then drove one hour south of where I live to get them (that's where our nearest supermarket stores are). This is in the "big city" of Alamosa Colorado (population 6,000, and the biggest populated town within 4 hours of here). While driving down the main strip of town, I passed the local Abbey’s fast food shop (where only pickups are allowed right now) and on the bottom of their big sign, where such shops leave messages as to what their specials are, etc., was this notice: "One free roll of toilet paper on any $10 or more drive thru order"). Did I really just read that?!? I thought to myself. Okay, so now I think I've seen everything crazy as far as this virus goes! The thing was, they had a long line of cars ordering. But I know now where all those rolls of toilet paper that nobody could get any of a few weeks ago – went! But that sign was just plain out crazy, and I used to be in advertising years ago, but I never seen anything like that used before to pull in customers! This is where we are at with this stupid virus, and this move might even top the moronic Trump telling his followers to go out and protest his very own stay at home mandate - just perhaps?
But anyway, keep staying safe everybody, and now we all know where to go if we run out of toilet paper while jonesing a roast beef sandwich at the very same time!
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