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Name: Keno
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Subject: Poll Post for the week starting Monday, June 29
Date: Sunday, June 28, 2020
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Poll Post for the week starting Monday, June 29

It’s Poll Post time, which means it’s time to look at this week’s new Rock polls that we’ll be voting on this week, starting off as usual with the Stones poll, which enters week 1,092. For this week’s poll we ask: So, how is it for you and your life these days? “Time Is On My Side”, or “Time Waits For No One”?

Is time on this guy's side, and will it, or will it not, wait for him, or let him fall? (If you would like to read up about this photo, you can do so here)

What I like to do at these polls in any week that has a major holiday turning up in them, is run personal questions, so for the Stones poll this week I will do just that, since the 4th of July holiday is happening this upcoming weekend in the U.S. Yet with the pandemic still happening (it's actually getting worst in most U.S. states right now and not better, so I don't expect too much of a drop off in votes for this year's holiday, since most celebrations are canceled and most folks will be stuck at home anyway, and that in turn has meant an increase in internet users, something we don’t see usually in the summer months).

Now, do dig exactly what this Stones question is asking you! We are not rating any songs here and we are not asking which one is the better song, either, as this isn't a VS question, not at all. I am only asking how life is treating you timewise today by using these 2 Stones song titles. I got a feeling if we answered this question in a normal year under normal conditions and circumstances, we would get a different answer than what we might see this week, so just perhaps I'll ask this same question again after everything and everyone gets back to normal (like maybe Xmas week?), after this crazy pandemic ends. I actually got the idea for this question after seeing a TV commercial the other day, where a guy is talking about getting to eat dinner with his family every evening now because of the pandemic, and I bet that is true for so many families because of this pandemic most of us are in, and is one of the few good things that has come about from it, and these 2 song titles just happen to work out great to use as poll choices.

So, do you feel like your life right now is rushing by too fast, or is at a real good pace right now? Okay, so let’s see what we all have to say. To make your pick, just click on this link: Stones Weekly Poll.

Looking back at the results from our Stones poll last week, we answered this question: 'All About You' VS 'You Got the Silver. Which song either in part or fully about Anita Pallenburg, is the better one??

Anita Pallenberg and Keith Richards, all those years ago

Well, well, well, I thought I was the only one who hated “All About You”, not so much because of the lyrics, but because of how it plays out in a totally un Stones and un Rock n Roll sounding way. Yuck! But after seeing the giant landslide pick of “You Got the Sliver” taking in just a bit under 99% of the vote (98.8%), I must not be alone in that feeling. Yep, one of the biggest landslide losses for a song ever in our long running Stones poll. To see the results from this poll, just click here: Stones Weekly Poll - week 1,091. You can also check out the final results from this poll at the Stones VS List Page 2: here.

Okay, now let’s look at this week’s Classic Rock Poll, where we enter week 732 of polling, and as usual for this one, we’ll be voting in 2 different Rock Polls. The first Rock poll asks this: Who was the most underrated member of the original recording lineup of the band, Guns 'n Roses?

Guns 'n Roses in 1987

Talk about a band that I have good and bad feelings for. Overall, I liked this group when they had their original lineup, and that's the only lineup we will look at with this question. Yet I felt that their frontman, Axl Rose, was a terrible person, a real bad band leader, too nasty a man, way too stuck up, and overrated to boot. But it's the underrated bandmember in GNR that we will look for in this poll. The band started out in Los Angeles, California, in 1985, just barely making them qualify as being a Classic Rock group. They were a hit from the start, with their debut LP, Appetite for Destruction, released in '87, and it went all the way to #1 on the U.S. Billboard charts (#5 in the UK), selling in time over 30 million copies worldwide. Their 4th LP, Use Your Illusion II, which was really their third album (since Use Your Illusion I was recorded and then released at the same time as II, and all other bands would have made the 2 LPs a double release), also went to #1, this time in both the U.S. and UK. But things started to fall apart in the band after that, thanks in part to bad leadership, too much parting and hard drug use and abuse by most of the members, and then different band members started to be fired or flat out quit, and all of that was mainly because of their stuck up lead singer. As a producing active band goes, they only ever released a total of 6 studio LPs in the their 35 years of being a band, which included a gap between albums 5 and 6 of 15 years (who do they think are, the Stones!?). Yet all 6 of their studio albums sold great, too.

Notice in the question’s wording that I'm not going with "original band" for this poll's question, and instead going with "original recording lineup", since technically, their lead guitarist Stash, joined in '86, after their first lead player, Tracii Guns (and whom the band is half named after) left before any albums were recorded, along with a different bassist and drummer, too. Nobody really ever thinks of the original band as not being the guys listed in the poll as the original members, but technically 3 of them weren’t.

Who will you pick for the most underrated member of GNR in this week’s first Rock poll? To make that pick, 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 usual Rock Video Polls, and we will answer this question: “Monterey” by The Animals vs “Little Wing” by Jimi Hendrix. Which song about the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival is better?

Brian Jones and Jimi Hendrix at Monterey. Brian was an MC and the one who introduced Jimi before he took the stage. BJ & Jimi both come up in the Animals song

Although rock concerts and festivals are something that we all think of as common events that go great with the summer months which are now upon us, well for this year that won’t likely be the case at all. But let's at least look back at one of the earliest such fests ever held, that being the Monterey Pop Festival, which took place back over three-days between June 16 to June 18, 1967 at the Monterey County Fairgrounds in Monterey, California. Attended by 200,000 music fans, it happened two years before Woodstock took place. The biggest stars of this 3 day concert/event were the Who, Jimi Hendrix, Simon & Garfunkel, The Byrds, the Airplane, and Janis Joplin (the show's biggest surprise, and who sang so well on her first day, that she was brought back to play again on the last day of the show so her performance could be filmed, as her first one wasn't). Yet there were many others who also took the stage and played great, too. Jimi was so moved by the show and its atmosphere, that he wrote about the festival in his song, "Little Wing", as if the fest was a girl. He described the feeling as "Everybody really flying around and in a nice mood" He titled his song "Little Wing" because he thought the entire event could have just flew away on its own. Eric Burdon of the Animals, who also played, was so moved by it too, that he wrote the song "Monterey" - about those who played and even those who were just there. Too bad the Beatles and Stones missed out on this one, although Brian Jones was there and was a MC of the show.

Just one last note... This is not a video poll question, as we are taking a week off from that poll for the holiday week, and the Animals video I’m linking to (one of 2 vids they made for this song, and the better one of the 2, IMO, and which isn't shown as much as the other one) is excellent indeed, but don't let yourself be swayed by either of the 2 videos that you see, since this is a VS poll for the 2 songs, and the videos are just there so you can hear the tunes before you vote, and only for that reason! So we are not running a video poll for this week as it’s still fun to run our old VS poll from time to time.

Anyway, to view and vote in this week’s VS poll, just click here: Classic Rock Poll, and when you get to this page, choose “Poll 2” to vote on this question.

Last week in the first Rock Poll we answered this: Who was the most underrated member of the original Marshall Tucker Band?

The original Marshall Tucker Band, back in 1973

Other than drummer Paul Riddle, the other 5 members were all in the running for this pick, with Bassist Tommy Cardwell beating out his older brother, lead guitarist Toy, for first place by only 2 votes. To see the full results from this poll, click here: Classic Rock Poll, week 731, Poll 1. Or to see the list of the most underrated members of the 40 other bands that we voted on so far, just follow this link: http://www.keno.org/classic_rock/top_ten_lists_16.htm. You will see this list right up on top of the page.

Last week in the Rock Video Poll we voted on this question: Rate Mungo Jerry's Video for “In The Summertime”

Mungo Jerry's lead singer, Ray Dorset

A “10” was the top choice for this video, taking in 32.4% of the votes. Spots 8 thru 10 took in most the votes for this poll. You can check out the full results from the poll here: Classic Rock Poll, week 730, Poll 2. Or, to see just how close to the top this video lands in the video standings, do so by visiting the domain’s all in one video page, here: Top Video Ratings and Standings Page.

We closeout the Poll Post with the Beatles Poll, where this week we enter week 484 of voting and yes, we are still answering questions about how much we like or dislike the Beatles albums covers. This week we ask: Rate the artwork for the front cover of the Beatles compilation album, 20 Greatest Hits

The Beatles 20 Greatest Hits front cover

Released in October of 1982, this compilation album contained all of the Beatles #1 hit singles in the U.S. and UK, and since different single releases took place in the 2 countries, there was one version for the U.S. and another for the UK. Of course, there were other countries that had yet other #1 released Beatle singles, like Canada, but Canada was stuck with the U.S. version of the album, while European countries had to settle on the UK version. There are 20 songs on the U.S. album and 19 on the UK - but their first true UK #1, "Please Please Me", is missing from the UK LP when most felt it should have been included. The reason not to include the song was because while the song went to #1 on both the New Musical Express and Melody Maker charts, at the time, it only reached #2 on the Record Retailer chart, which in time would become the official UK chart, but wasn't at the time, as no chart was official yet. So yes, a stupid reason to exclude that one song. Something even stupider was on the U.S. version, where "Hey Jude" was edited down five full minutes! If you edit a #1 song for a full 5 minutes, then what you are offering as the song on the album, is a flat out lie, and a real bad marketing decision! Of course, the Beatles had no say in the matter, heck Lennon was already 2 years gone when this LP was released.... While the album was a top 10 hit in the UK, it only made it to the Top 50 in the U.S.

But of course, all that matters for this question is how much we like or dislike the album's front cover. A simple cover at that, it has the track listings on top, with the LPs title and then THE BEATLES in large text, with different drawings of the Fabs inside the text. Let us all know how you feel about this cover by voting in this week's Beatles album poll. You can do that by clicking on this following link: Beatles Weekly Poll.

Last week at the Beatles poll, we voted on and answered question: Rate the artwork for the front cover of the Beatles compilation album, Reel Music

Reel Music front cover

The rating I gave it was the one most other fans gave it, that being a “7”, with 24.2% of the vote. To see this poll’s full results, just go here: Beatles Weekly Poll – week 482Or 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.

That will do it for this week’s Poll Post. Hard to believe July gets here on Wednesday and the holiday is on Saturday, but pretty much, at least here in Colorado, all the parades, fireworks, and gatherings are canceled. I’m still having a barbeque, but just for me, the grandson, and whoever he’s dating this week. I just hope I’ll be able to enjoy it, and that will depend on how things go on Wednesday for me. So one thing at a time, but I do appreciate the kind emails I received in the last week; heard from several of our old Gassy friends who may no longer post, but who still visit the board once a week.

I hope all of you have a great week ahead!

Keno

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