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Subject: Poll Post for the week starting Monday, May 18
Date: Monday, May 18, 2020
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We start off this week’s Poll Post as usual with the Stones poll, which for week 1,086 will ask this question: “Shine a Light” vs “Coming Down Again”. Which song either in part or fully about Brian Jones, is the better one?
Keith, Brian, and Anita in happier days, but Keith clearly had his eyes on her while BJ was blind to that fact
So it's finally time to move on from the Stones video poll questions after a rather long run of 9 straight weeks. Usually I'd do 6 weeks at a time for any long running poll series, but when you’re as low as I am for poll questions, you'll stretch out a good series that you voters seem to dig voting in, a bit longer. So, what was I to do for this new upcoming week, with a lack of new Stones questions to ask after almost 22 years of asking new questions each week? Well, either think up and start up a new series for the new week (which I didn't do) or instead, go back to an old one which I haven't asked a lot of questions in yet. So, with that in mind, we return this week to the seldom asked "Stones VS polls". I was thinking that it's been so long since we last answered a question attached to this one - that I wasn’t sure when we last voted in such a Stones poll. But all I had to do was go to the Top Pick page I have set up for this poll question (as I just did) and surprise (!) - we actually answered a Stones VS question in March of this year, yes, just 2 months ago - so I guess my brain is totally fried as that was last asked just several weeks ago. But then again, we didn't start a "series" at the time, either, just one single question for one lone week was asked, as the last series we ran for these Stones VS questions was 3 full years ago. So yes, I'm restarting a series here this week - I think, or at least I want to for now - but with this VS series, we place the Stones many songs up against each other, and the old boys got so many songs, that I could run this question nonstop for the next 20 plus years if I wanted to with no repeats, that is, if I'm even still alive and still running poll questions here by that time. But knowing the Glimmers, they will still be making new songs to add to that long song list of theirs in 20 plus years’ time! Can you even imagine the Glimmers in their mid-90s? I can see them still alive (and still putting out new tunes) by then. Well, at least Keith anyway.
Now notice how I worded this week’s question. I used the line "in part or fully" in there for a reason, since "Coming Down Again", which was written mainly by Keith, was not only written about Brian, but also about himself and the love triangle that took place between he and Brian for their love of Anita Pallenberg, who in truth, only hung with them (at different times of course), because of her love and desire for Mick, and her hope of ending up with him in the end. That would never happen as we know, other than when the 2 had sex together (for real, they weren’t just acting) on the set of the movie Performance, a film they both starred in. That of course caused a major riff between the Glimmers, and gave Keith a taste of the same medicine that he dealt Brian less than 2 years earlier when he snagged Anita away from his then best friend. Yeah, what an interesting 3-way love triangle for sure! But I placed the words noted above in the question since "Coming Down Again", is as good a song (IMO) as "Shine a Light" is - but SAL, was a song which Mick wrote entirely about Brian, and that fact would give that song an edge over the other song because of that, I felt; and I didn't wish to see one song having an edge over the other song, so for that reason only, I worded it in that matter. In reality, we aren't putting these 2 songs up against each other to see which one is the better written one about BJ, that’s very minor here. We mainly want to know which ditty, both of which happen to deal with the Stones founder, is the better song in general – that’s all. I realize that when Tim Getz (who has sent in and had more of his poll suggestions used here at our 4 different polls, more so than anybody else) sent this one poll idea in to me, the question was worded differently and was going for just that. But while I liked his poll suggestion using these 2 songs, I felt that asking it in its original wording would have favored "Shine a Light" for the reason stated. That isn't to say SAL isn't still a great choice here (it clearly is), but CDA is just as good a choice here when I word it in this way.
To vote on this week’s brand-new question, just click this link: Stones Weekly Poll.
Looking back at the results for our Stones poll last week, the question asked: 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
So, for last week’s final video poll for the Stones poll (for now anyway) we saw a well-liked vid for sure (something we don’t see at this Stones poll as often as one might think). Fans for the most part like this song and its unusual vid, even more. Yes, it received a ten for its top pick, with 32.8% of the vote count. Spots 8 thru 10, for the second week in a row, took in most of the votes, with the total votes for those 3 spots at a whopping 97.5% (!) of all the votes! Plus, for the second week in a row at this poll, fans who disliked the song and its video - going by a rating pick of “4” or lower, only accounted for 0.3% of the total votes.
To see the full, final results from this Stones poll, just click here: Stones Weekly Poll - week 1,085. 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, let’s move on over to this week’s Classic Rock Poll, where we enter week 726 of polling and as usual for this one, we’ll be voting on 2 different Rock Poll questions. The first Rock poll asks this: What is the Best Rock Song with Numbers in its Title (Part 5 of 7)
Our numbers, many different ways to say them
Okay, Part 5 of this 7-part/week question is upon us. The same deal applies in week 5 as to what we had in the first four parts/weeks, but this week we will choose from 27 songs. We have perhaps the most evenly match of songs listed this week I feel, with no one flat out great song from this week's list, but a ton of excellent songs with few throwaway songs listed, too
To see all of the new songs listed for round 5 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 Queen's Live Video for “I'm In Love With My Car”
Queen’s Roger Taylor and a line from the lyrics he wrote for the band's "I'm In Love With My Car"
Ah yes, a Hard Rock/Heavy Metal like song for sure from Queen, a band that while was known for being a true hard rock band, didn't really release many true Metal songs, but this one was close to that, recorded in the old "Classic Metal" mold of the Metal genre, sounding like a song that Led Zep would have made. The song was written by the band's drummer, Roger Taylor - and not Freddie Mercury (who played piano and sang the backing vocals on the tune), and Taylor gave both his drums and his lead vocals the all in his delivery to this hard rocker of a song. He showed everybody in the song "Bohemian Rhapsody" (the A side single, with this song being its B side) that although he had the highest falsetto vocal heard on that number (or perhaps heard in rock music period – yes, even higher a falsetto than Freddie had), he also could sing very rough, like a heavy metal singer. I think he also showed everybody that at least one hard hitting drummer, could still play the drums while banging on them real hard - while also singing the lead vocals at the very same exact time (something most drummers can’t do, and yes, this video comes from a live show and is not the studio take of the song). So even if Metal music isn’t your cup of tea, most fans of Rock music (and Queen for that matter) liked what they heard on this number, even if a different singer was singing here instead of Freddie.... Taylor also played all of the guitars heard on the original demo for this song, with the lead guitar part later rerecorded by the band's regular lone guitarist, Brian May. But Taylor's original electric guitar part was good enough to be used and kept on the song anyway, and is clearly heard (along with May's lead), in addition to his drumming of course.
To view and vote on this video for this true car song, 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 4 of 7)
Last week’s poll was yet again, all about the numbers
For last week’s results to this long running question, things weren’t as close as they had been in the first 3 parts. Yet still somewhat close anyway, but only 4 songs for sure go on to the final round from this one, those s being: “2000 Man” - Rolling Stones (9.5%), “Questions 67 and 68” – Chicago (9.1%), and “Billion Dollar Babies” - Alice Cooper Group tied for 4th with “No Quarter” - Led Zeppelin (both at 8.9%). The other 2 songs that still might make it into the final round are “10538 Overture” - Electric Light Orchestra (8.5%) and “Pigs on the Wing (Part I) - Pink Floyd (8.3%). As noted in past posts, it will depend on how that final round of choices all work out after week 6 is over with.
To see the full, final results from this poll question, click here: Classic Rock Poll, week 725, Poll 1.
Last week in the Rock Video Poll we voted on this question: Rate The Lemon Pipers' 1967 Video for “Green Tambourine”
The Lemon Pipers' “Green Tambourine” single cover
These Rock video polls are well loved, and there’s just so many different rock videos to rate out there that I have to wonder if I’ll ever bring back the old Rock VS polls again (oh, I bet I will at least once in a blue moon if nothing else). This one was another well-liked song and performance, with a “10” taking the top spot with 24.7% of the vote, and with second place seeing a “9” with 24.4% of the votes.
To see the full final results from this poll, just go here: Classic Rock Poll, week 725, Poll 2. Or, to see where this video lands in the video standings, just go here: Top Video Ratings and Standings Page.
Time once again to close out this Poll Post with the last new question of the week, in the Beatles Poll. We enter week 477 of polling for this one, and we continue on answering questions about how much we like or dislike the Beatles albums covers. This week we ask this: Rate the artwork for the front cover of the two Beatles LPs, 1962–1966 ("The Red Album"), and 1967–1970 ("The Blue Album").
1962–1966 ("The Red Album"), and 1967–1970 ("The Blue Album") front covers, together as one
This will be the only 2 albums that we will rate and group together, even if officially they are considered 2 separate albums (yet in later years they were available together as one LP when sold). But the reason to vote on them in this matter is 2-fold. One, they were both released together on the very same day - April 2, 1973, and their covers were similar, shot in the very same stairwell - years apart, at EMI studios both times by photographer Angus McBean (first in 1963 and then again in 1969). He took photographs of the group looking down over the stairwell inside the label’s headquarters building (in London, in Manchester Square). The building today along with its famous stairway, no longer exists, as it was demolished in 2012, a heartbreaking loss to Beatle fans world-wide, as its yet another lost landmark associated with the group.
While many were thinking that the 1962–1966 cover used the same photo that was used for their debut LP Please Please Me, no, that wasn't the case. The photo used for 1962–1966 was shot at the very same photo shoot, yes, and while it's very close to looking like the same picture, it isn't, and it was actually the second-choice photo to use on the PPE cover. Then with the cover for the 1967–1970 album, that photo was supposed to be the front cover for the Get Back Beatles album, that of course was never released. If you recall when that album was being made, it was to be titled "Get Back" and the song of the same named was written for the album since the band was supposed to be getting back to basics when they recorded it. Sadly, and as we all know, chaos broke out at those sessions between Paul, Ringo, and George, including fights in the studio that were caught on film, and because of that mess, the album was shelved and not released for 2 plus years - after the band was broken up and over forever. At that time it was decided to rename the LP after another song from the Get Back sessions, which made more sense, that being "Let it Be", since at that time, letting it be was just what the band needed to do and how the quartet needed to be with each other, and also how Beatle fans needed to look at all of this – since there wasn’t anything else that anybody could do. Yes, like it or not, this was the very last release of new material by the greatest Rock band to ever exist (or should I say, the great band period to ever exist). So the plans to use the cover of them in 1969 on the stairwell was dropped and instead another cover was used, and this shot from ‘69 was instead later on used for this greatest hits album 1967–1970 when it was released in 1973, along with releasing the unused photo in the same stairwell from '63. In time, both albums got retitled, well, subtitled, just like their 1968 album officially titled The Beatles LP - was retitled "The White Album" by fans, the same deal applied with these 2 releases and they would also be known as The Red Album for the '62-'67 LP, and as The Blue Album for the '67 to '70 release, and like the The Beatles (aka the White Album), they were named after the main colors used on the 2 album's covers.
BTW, since I usually note this when talking about any album we rate in this matter, while both LPs were major hits worldwide when released, 1967–1970 sold better, going to number 1 in both the U.S. and UK and also in most other markets around the globe. 1962–1967 sold well too, going to number 3 in both the U.S. and UK while its sister LP was in the top spot at the very same time.
So yes, these 2 albums make total sense to rate together, and you can and perhaps should consider how they came about when you vote. BTW, we have asked in the distant past which of the 2 covers we like better in a past Beatles poll, but I'm not going to note which cover was chosen… you can find out the answer to that instead on your own at the "The Beatles Album Cover Page" on the domain’s Lennon site which has a direct link to that page below in the results to last week's polls, since the standings to these polls are listed on the same page. 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 LP, A Collection of Beatles Oldies.
A Collection of Beatles Oldies front cover
For the first time in a full month a “10” was the top choice picked by fans, with 45.2% of the total votes. Up until this one was voted on, while the band’s studio album covers did great in the ratings in mainly seeing 10s, especially for the later day’s releases, their compilation LPs didn’t fare as great, until last week anyway, as most fans loved this cover. Over 90% of the voters rated it either a 10 or a 9. Wow! Yet a couple of our fans here didn’t rate it anywhere as high, and perhaps our biggest Fab fan here, manny, has for whatever reason, been giving most the Beatle covers the lowest ratings compared to everybody else who votes, going by his past comments. He told us he rated this one a “3”, and out of all the votes last week (a bit under 1,400 votes), only 2 other voters (yes, 2), voted lower – and that includes our Beatle poll spammer who votes a zero each and every week no matter what the album cover is (yes, that’s not voting - but spamming). Now don’t get me wrong, everybody’s entitled to vote however they want, and I totally respect manny’s vote, but I am also curious as to why he dislikes their album covers so much? Yeah I know, only the music inside is what counts in the end, but a cool cover does go a long way, too. For me, I feel all of the Beatle album covers were tops, other than that one terrible looking U.S. debut cover from ’63 put out by Veejay Records. That photo of them used on the cover had to be the worst picture of the band I’ve ever seen or was ever taken of them.
To see the poll’s full results, just go here: Beatles Weekly Poll – week 476. 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.
Okay, so yet another Poll Post comes to a close. The twilight zone that we all have been living in for the last few months is slowly starting to change – at least for some, and others like myself can only hope it all changes soon. I’m about as sick as one can be in not being able to go places or see my friends or family. Up until last summer, after my grandson moved out after he finished high school (okay, he still hasn’t moved out, all his stuff is still in his old room, but he don’t live here anymore, either), I got for the first time in my adult life, to see what it’s like living alone (for the most part, as being alone for a couple of weeks at a time don’t count). I found that I actually liked it. Until this pandemic hit us, anyway, and now I hate it. But like most old folks, I very much like eating my dinner at 2 in the afternoon, as I don’t have to wait for my kid to get home from school anymore to serve dinner. Hell, I find on some days, if I ate little food the day before, I wake up hungry the next morning and will make dinner as early as 11 am. Yet eating alone is something else that’s new to me, too. But when one gets old and doesn’t have a mate anymore, things like that happen. I didn’t ever expect that to happen to me. In normal cases, us guys almost always die before our wives, and it ain’t supposed to be the other way around. But that’s how it turned out for me anyway, and I don’t mean to bitch about it either – well, I’m not bitching, just filling in space to close out this Poll Post…. but…. I don’t like being forced to stay home and be all alone thanks to this virus, either. Hanging out at home by choice is cool. Being forced to stay home because going outside and being around others can kill you, is a total different deal, and one I don’t wish to deal with. But I, you, and most others have no choice – unless we make a stupid choice and just start hanging out with others while the virus is still on the increases in half of the U.S. Yet I don’t think it is anymore where I live, and I’m gonna cave in and start hanging with others again sooner or later, so I sure hope this crap ends real soon
I do hope you all have a great week ahead and stay safe for at least another week. Who knows, things could be a lot better in a week or 2 for all of us…. I sure hope so!
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