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Subject: Poll Post for the week starting Monday, May 11
Date: Sunday, May 10, 2020
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Time to talk about our 4 weekly polls as this Poll Post gets underway, and we’ll look at the Stones poll first while entering week 1,085 of voting. This week’s question asks: Rate the Stones 1966 video for 'Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby…”
Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow? Single Record Sleeve
Of course the song's full title to this hit single is: "Have You Sen Your Mother, Baby Standing in the Shadows", but the title is too long to fit in the poll admin's subject field, thanks to the fact that each week I have to note/list the correct poll week that it is in the title’s subject field, too, and that alone takes up a lot of space. So, I had to leave the second part of the title out of the question in the poll itself. But I know all of you know what song and video that we're rating this week. This is the video where the Stones dressed up in drag and walked around the street of NYC for a few hours dressed in this way, and even spent some time after the filming was finished, drinking in a local bar while still in drag. Only the Stones could pull this off and not get either beat up or ridiculed for dressing in drag by others in the bar.
The song itself was written by Jagger/Richards, and was recorded in the summer of 1966 during early sessions for what would become the Between the Buttons LP. It was the first Stones single to be released on the very same day (September 23, 1966) in both the UK and the U.S., and would become a Top 10 hit, reaching number five in the UK and number nine in the U.S. It was also the first Stones song to feature a horn section, which was played by The Mike Leander Orchestra. The rest of the band played their normal parts on the song with MJ on vocals, Brian and Keith on the guitars (with Brian handling the guitar feedback heard in the song, too), Bill on bass and Charlie on drums. Jack Nitzsche was on here too, playing the piano and also adding in the percussion parts.
Shot in 1966 by Jerry Schatzberg and directed by Peter Whitehead, Jagger called the video the “The ultimate freak-out”. He also claimed, after being asked why they dressed as women, that it was a English man’s thing, that all Englishmen sooner or later would sometimes go out and dress up as women – something I bet not all Englishmen wanted to hear.
Anyway, I’m running this question this week after thinking YouTube had no more ‘60s Stones videos up (good ones anyway), but thanks to my Stones buddy James, he had noted something to me about not having this song’s video rated yet on the video page, so it got me thinking – that maybe it is up on YouTube but just not on the Stones official YouTube page. Sure enough, there is one single video of this old film clip that was put up by a fan. The very beginning of it and also at the very ending - shows some TV host and his intro (just ignore that small bit since it isn’t a part of the clip, for whatever reason the fan didn’t delete that before putting it up online).
To watch the video and then vote on it, 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 brand new official video for “Living In A Ghost Town”
Stones Ghost Town Video
Well, back to a 10 rating for the Stones poll after a few very low ratings in the last few weeks were seen. Fans love this song and its vid, that clear! So yes, a ten was the top pick with 33.1% of the vote count. Spots 8 thru 10 took in a total of 92.7% of all the votes. This is the best I’ve seen a new Stones song do in the voting here in about 2000 light years. Plus, if you just look at fans who dislike the song, going by a rating pick of “4” or lower, only 0.3% of the voters felt that way in picking those choices!
To see the full, final results from this Stones poll, just click here: Stones Weekly Poll - week 1,084. 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, now let’s move on over to this week’s Classic Rock Poll, where we enter week 725 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 4 of 7)
Our numbers, many different ways to say them
Okay, so we now enter Part 4 of this 7-part question. The same deal applies for Part 4 as to what we had in the first three parts and we will once again choose from yet 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 The Lemon Pipers' 1967 Video for “Green Tambourine”
The Lemon Pipers' “Green Tambourine” single cover
Released in November of 1967, this one was a true hippy-dippy rock song by a hippy rock band. About a homeless man who lives on the street making money playing his tambourine. No, his tambourine wasn’t the color green, the “green” mean his tambourine was his money maker, hence the “green” in the title - for the color of money. Written and produced by Paul Leka and Shelley Pinz, the idea for the song came about after Pinz saw a man in 1966 holding a tambourine while begging for money in front of Andy Warhol’s Factory on 49 Street and Broadway in NYC. So he wrote a poem about the dude and called it ‘Green Tambourine.' In time he turned it into a song that made a lot of green indeed. It went all the way to number 1 on every major record chart in the U.S. and Canada, and made the Top 10 pretty much everywhere else (#7 in the UK). It’s looked at as being the first bubblegum hit track ever made, even if the band didn’t plan on it being called that. The song contains besides a tambourine upfront, an electric sitar, which gave it a psychedelic hippy sound for sure. For The Lemon Pipers, this would be their only hit, making them one hit wonders. For the band’s lead guitarist, Bill Bennett, he would become the only rocker to play in 2 different one hit wonder bands, as a few years later he scored the same deal with the song, “"Black Betty", which he recorded with his then new band Ram Jam in 1977. That song went Top 10 in most countries around the globe.
To view and vote on this video for “Green Tambourine”, 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 3 of 7)
Last week’s poll was all about the numbers
Well I noted that we sometimes see ties in these multi week polls that can lead to a longer list of songs to show up in the final round than we hope for. That took place last week for the first time in this series, with 4 songs tying for 3rd place. While the Stones “2000 Light Years from Home” took the top spot last week by 10 votes (or 9.9% of the vote), the other songs that will go on to the final round were just a total of 2 votes apart in the vote count in very close voting. They were: “One After 909” by The Beatles (9.4%), and all tied with 9.3% of the vote was: “5:15” - The Who, “Hey Nineteen” - Steely Dan, “Highway 61 Revisited” - Bob Dylan, and “If 6 was 9” - Jimi Hendrix.
To see the full, final results from this poll question, click here: Classic Rock Poll, week 724, Poll 1.
Last week in the Rock Video Poll we voted on this question: 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
Well, at least I didn’t get another nasty email for last week’s video question like I saw 2 weeks ago. This one was a well-liked song, with a “9” the top song with 32.8% of the vote, and with second place seeing a tie between “10” and “8” at 32.5% of the votes.
To see the full final results from this poll, just go here: Classic Rock Poll, week 724, Poll 2. Or, to see where this video lands in the video standings, just go here: Top Video Ratings and Standings Page.
Time to close out this Poll Post with the last question of the week with the Beatles Poll. We enter week 476 of polling for this one, and we 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 LP, A Collection of Beatles Oldies.
A Collection of Beatles Oldies front cover
This was an album that you might not have ever heard of or at least might not have ever heard if you lived in the U.S., as it was released pretty much everywhere else in time for the Xmas season of 1966. Of course, it went Top 10 pretty much wherever it was released. The LP features 16 hit singles and other songs issued by the group between 1963 and 1966.
But the album cover is all that matters with this question of course, and this one was a painting by artist David Christian that had been commissioned by manger Brian Epstein. The "Paul is Dead" rumors saw some of the very first clues in this drawings as to the car crash that supposedly killed Paul, as one of the cars in the drawing (the smaller one) looks like it's about to crash into the head of the Mod guy in the painting, as the rumor was that Paul was decapitated in a car crash in November 1966, just a month before the LP’s release. The photo of the band on the back cover of the LP was yet another clue to his death, as the “impostor Paul” is the only band member of the band to be set back away from the other fabs in the picture.
Anyway, it’s time to vote on and rate this cover, just click on this link to do so: Beatles Weekly Poll.
Last week at the Beatles poll we asked: : Rate the artwork for the front cover of the Beatles 1965 U.S. LP, The Early Beatles.
The Early Beatles front cover
For the third week in a row, a “9” was the top pick in this poll with 29.2% of the vote.
To see the poll’s full results, just go here: Beatles Weekly Poll – week 475. 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 that does it for yet another Poll Post! I’m running out of things to comment on with our stay at home orders which are now slowly being lifted, yet those of us past 65 are being told to still stay home. My grandson goes back to work tomorrow and I’m not happy with this news. His employer is only allowed to bring back half of their employees and I guess they picked their best workers for this and I guess that means that my boy is one of them. I wish this wasn’t the case since I don’t think where he works should even be open and with reduced workers this dangerous job now becomes more dangerous (he works in a log splitting factory). Plus with him having to be at work, that means I’m going to need to get my own food and mail myself now, since he won’t be here anymore to help me out. But his stepdad won’t let him stay at their place (which is 15 minutes from his work) anymore since he hasn’t been social distancing and his mom has the big C. So I asked him where he’s staying, since his work is almost an hour’s drive from here and his latest girlfriend’s house where he been staying at. He told me he would set up a tent in a nearby campground until his very late unemployment checks finally get to him. But even if that happens, I’m not sure if the hotels in that area have reopened up yet, either, so he can rent a room. Gosh, I’m just glad I’m retired from work and don’t have to deal with all of this madness of today that we have in the workplace.
I do hope you all have a great week ahead and hope all of you mothers had a nice Mother’s Day today!
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