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Subject: Poll Post for the week starting Monday, Sept 14
Date: Sunday, September 13, 2020
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Time to talk about our new weekly polls, starting off with the Stones Poll, which enters week 1,103 of voting, and we’ll answer this question: “'Rock and a Hard Place” - The hard disco version vs the regular version. Which release do you like better?
“Rock and a Hard Place”
I guess one could say week 3 of asking disco questions in regard to Stones songs. Well, half disco questions, anyway. More than likely this will be the last week of this kind of poll question, but for now let’s look at the song "Rock and a Hard Place". Released in 1989 on Steel Wheels, Keith Richards noted at the time of its release, that this was the first song since the early '70s that Mick Jagger and he actually wrote together as a team. It was the second single release from the LP, and to this day - as hard as this might seem to believe, this song was the very last Billboard top 40 hit for the band. The regular version of the song isn't that bad, runs for 5:25 on the LP and for 4:05 on its single. The single only reached #63 in the UK, but did a bit better in the States, and just missed the Top 20 at #23.
The 12" single disco dance version of the song runs for more than 11 minutes. Yet I can’t find any info on it online and didn’t have the time to look up info in the sessions books/logs that I have.
But you can hear and compare the 2 takes of the song at the voting page, as that is all that really matters here, and then vote on which version you like more by just clicking on the following link: Stones Weekly Poll.
Last week at the Stones poll we voted on this “Too Much Blood” - The long disco version vs the regular version. Which release do you like better?
“Too Much Blood”, 12” disco single cover
Yes, we all still hate disco I see. Early in the week the disco version of the song couldn’t buy a vote, and yes, as I have noted in the past here, the true hardnosed Stones fans mainly all vote early in the week…. and they clearly hate disco. As late as Wednesday it was looking like perhaps the biggest landslide pick at the Stones poll ever, with at one point on Tuesday, 99% of the votes were for the regular version. But the second half week of the polling was different, and by the poll’s close tonight, that lead while still a major landslide win for the regular take of the song, was down to only a 91% poll total lead.
To see the final results from last week’s poll, just click here: Stones Weekly Poll - week 1,102. Or, to see the results to this poll at the Stones List Page, just visit this page: Stones VS List Page 2 and look under “Songs.
Let’s move on now to this week’s Classic Rock Poll, where we enter week 743 of polling, and as usual for this one, we’ll be voting in 2 different Rock Polls…. In this week’s first regular Rock poll, we ask this: What was the best Acid Rock Guitar song ever made? (Part 1 of 4)
Jimi Hendrix He played a lot of Acid Rock guitar
Now yes, we did run a long poll series back in 2012 for Psychedelic Rock songs, but what we are asking for here isn't same question. There were many Psychedelic Rock songs that had no acid guitar in them at all, like half of them didn't, as many of them got that special sound from other instruments, usually the keyboards. Acid guitar is defined when a guitarist plays an electric guitar in a heavy, distorted way. The word "acid", was first used as a slang term for LSD, starting in the 1960s. Since this style of guitar playing is wild, frenzy, and very far out, just like the wild effects one gets on acid, that's why this way of playing was call "acid guitar". Who played the best Acid Rock Guitar ever? Well, that question will follow after we first find out which song was the best acid rock song. But do note that we are not asking here for the best overall Rock song listed, we're asking for the best "acid rock guitar song".
We will have 38 different acid guitar players listed throughout this 4-part poll, along with 66 different songs that they played on. As you might have guessed, a few of these guys played a lot of acid guitar. Jimmy Page will come up the most in the next 3 weeks (6 times), and I could have listed him on even more songs than I did (but I had to stop somewhere). Then the same deal applies to Jimi Hendrix, another one with many such performances, with 5 of his acid numbers listed, and the same for Neil Young too, also with 5 choices, and finally, Eric Clapton comes up 4 times. With some like Young and Clapton, had I included later day material, they would be listed even more so, but I was only looking at stuff made before the mid '80s came around. Now as noted above, when this poll series is finished, we will then have a single week poll looking for the best Acid Guitar player ever, with the choices from the same list of the 38 players we will look at in the first 3 weeks of this poll question. So, you could say this is really a 5-week poll with 2 different questions... well, kinda. BTW, fuzz guitar playing is also included on this list for acid guitar since it's really the same sound one gets while playing a distorted guitar, only the technique of playing the instrument is a bit different, since a whammy pedal is used for playing fuzz guitar. Plus, one last note, even if Heavy Metal came about from acid rock - and it did, no metal songs are included, unless they are looked at as early metal songs today - but were made before the genre was coined, as a few songs listed in the next 3 weeks are just that.
So this should be a fun series to run, let's get it going.... To look at this week’s 22 choices, and to vote in our 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 poll of the week, we are running the VS polls. This week we vote on this question: Neil Young's 'My My, Hey Hey (Out Of The Blue)' vs 'Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black)'. Which version of this song do you like better?
“My My, Hey Hey” vs “'Hey Hey, My My”
Yep, this week both rock polls are looking at guitar players, but this VS poll will only look at one, that being one of Rock's greatest, Neil Young.
"My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)", a 1979 acoustic song, was first recorded live in early 1978 at the Boarding House in San Francisco, California. Its hard rock counterpart is "Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)", but overall, it's the same song with most of the same lyrics - with the 2 songs played differently. Both songs appeared on Young's 1979 album Rust Never Sleeps. The lyric, "it's better to burn out than to fade away" became an infamous line after first being criticized by a few, including John Lennon in an interview, where he claimed the opposite was truer and such a thing would be terrible for rockers in general if most took that course. Lennon's exact quote on why he hated that one line was: "It's better to fade away like an old soldier than to burn out". A few years later, what Lennon claimed could happen going by the lyric, came true, as that very line from the song was quoted by Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain in his suicide note. Yet the band Def Leppard gave a positive nod to the line in their song "Rock of Ages", using it to open up their song.
But in forgetting about that one now infamous lyric, the song was a major hit in both versions, with "Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)" looked today as the first ever grunge rock song.
So which version of this song do you dig more? To vote in this week’s verses poll (and to listen to both songs at the voting page before you vote), just click on this link: 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 question: Which Rock song is the most misunderstood?
No, we aren’t looking for misunderstood lyrics, but misunderstood songs But it’s impossible to find a photo that goes with this question, too
Super real close voting for all but maybe 2 of the songs listed. The top 3 picks were: “Louie Louie” by The Kingsmen – with the dirty song that actually wasn’t, taking first place with 6.2% of the vote. Second place went to “Born in the USA” by Bruce Springsteen - The patriotic US anthem about American pride – that wasn’t (at 6.1%), and in third, fourth and fifth place were all Beatle songs. Since we only look at the top 3 picks from a poll, that #3 Fab song was “Blackbird” - Not about a blackbird that flies, but for and about black people and the U.S. civil rights movement of the late 1960s. It took in 5.9% of the votes.
You can click on the following link to see the poll’s full and final results, here: Classic Rock Poll, week 742, Poll 1. Or, to see the Top 10 list from this poll, click on: Top 10 List Page, Page 16, and head to the bottom of the page.
Last week at the VS poll, I asked and you answered this question: Which version of “The Sound of Silence” by Simon & Garfunkel, is the better one?
“The Sounds of Silence” vs “The Sound of Silence”
This one too was close all week long – which somewhat surprised me, since to my ears, as nice and mellow the “The Sounds of Silence” sounds, I like how the ““The Sound of Silence” sounds more so myself. One song won by a handful of votes. Which one was that? Well you can find out here: Classic Rock Poll, week 741, Poll 2. Or, to see the final results at one of the VS list pages, just go here: VS Page 3, List Page 15.
Let’s close out this week’s Poll Post in the usual way by looking at the Beatles Poll. This week we enter week 494 of voting and we got a brand-new question that asks: Of the 4 Beatles, who was the most talented musician in the group?
The Great Beatles in 1969
Here's a totally different question from what I've been asking here at the Beatles poll for weeks on end, with questions dealing with album covers. But there's just one problem with this question and the reason why I never asked it before. Hardnosed Beatle fans all know the answer to it already, so is such a poll question really needed to be run? My answer would be "yes", since I'm tired of asking about album covers after so many weeks and it's either move on to EP covers this week, or finally ask this one and perhaps in the next week I can come up with something else that's different and which excludes album covers and which I can ask at that time. But the hell with next week, this is what's being asked this week! So, it should be interesting to see how many fans don't pick who I think most will chose for this question. Perhaps I should just have asked for the second-best musician in the Fabs instead to ask a question we know the answer to? Or maybe I'm totally off base in who I feel will win this one in a landslide, even if I didn't name him here. You know who will win this one, right? I'll just say he isn’t my favorite Beatle, or even my second favorite Beatle. But he’s sure full of talent.
One last note to this question... The interesting thing with all 4 Beatles is that all of them can or could play multiple instruments - including even Ringo (drums of course, plus keyboards and even a bit of guitar, too). The other 3 all had many instruments that they could play - but who out of the bunch was the best musician IYO? To vote in this week's Fab poll, just click on this following link: Beatles Weekly Poll.
Last week at the Beatles poll, we voted on and answered this question: Which album cover is better, the one on Let It Be, or the one on Let It Be... Naked
Let It Be vs Let It Be... Naked
Let It Be won this one in a landslide. To see this poll’s final results, just go here: Beatles Weekly Poll – week 493Or to view the Beatles List Page that this one will show up on, click here: Favorite Beatles Album Covers List Page and go to the very bottom of the page to see the results from this poll.
Okay, so it’s time to close out this week’s Poll Post. A week ago, I noted that here in Colorado we were having a heat wave that was about to end. It did on the very next day after I wrote that, with 3 straight days of snow, ending up with over 8 inches of snow falling along with record low temperatures in the low 20s (F). I enjoyed the cool off, I’ll take freezing temps over 90-degree heat anyday. But it is still summer and most of us around here grow veggie gardens, and most of them are still growing, even after the heavy snow and cold temps. How can that be? Well here we know that to expend a summer garden as late as into October, we just cover up our gardens at night and the snow and cold stay off the plants. That’s how. And it works, other than we usually don’t have to do that till after the middle of the month, and surely not in the first 10 days of September, nor during the daylight, either. But climate change is a happening, most of the U.S. west is on fire right now and this is our lives today thanks to our lust for fossil fuels and the poisons they bring us.
Hey, am I back to posting a negative close here? Sorry, I said no more of that. Plus, hey, I love snow, even if I prefer it in the winter and not in the summer. But so goes living up high in the beautiful Rockies, and at least the 90 degree heat is gone!
I hope all of you have a great week of life ahead! Plus hey, the NFL is back! I am so ready for some football! Oh, in closing, be on the lookout for a new Mumbo Jumble this week, too!
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