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Subject: Poll Post for the week starting Monday, Oct 12
Date: Sunday, October 11, 2020
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After an all-out crazy week on several different fronts for me, it’s Sunday night, almost Monday morning, and time to get the Poll Post going. To anybody reading this board for the first time, we run 4 new weekly polls each week on the domain that start up at midnight Eastern Time and then end at the same time come next Monday morning. The Stones poll is the first poll we look at, and for week 1,107 of voting, we will all answer this question: What was Lisa Fischer's best vocal heard on a Stones song?
Brown Sugar, how come you taste so good! Mick and Lisa, live on stage
This week I bring back a series that we started voting on about a year ago, where we look at the supporting cast of players who work with the Stones. So for this week it's Lisa Fischer who has the spotlight on her. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1961, it seems like Lisa has been around forever singing with the Stones, especially when they play live. But truth being, she first sang with the band back in 1989, on the Steel Wheels LP.
For this series I like to only cover studio songs, but if a live song was made into and released as a single, then it also gets listed, too. Lisa has actually been on a few of those singles, so 5 of the 15 choices are live cuts. Which one do you feel she sang her best on? To cast your vote in this week’s poll, just click on the following link: Stones Weekly Poll.
Last week at the Stones poll we voted on this question: Which is the Stones' Best Political Song?
Just one of the Stones’ Political Songs
I can’t say that the song that ended up being picked first, turned out to be what I expected it to be, but it’s still a great pick and a song I do like seeing the Stones releasing. That song is “Blinded by Rainbows”, taking in 6.9% of the vote in very close voting. Also at 6.9%, but with one less vote, was one of the 2 songs that I expected to see in first and second place, that being “Street Fighting Man”, while in third was that other song, “Gimme Shelter”, at 6.8%. Of the 20 songs listed in the poll, all but four of them did very well in the voting.
I guess I should note that something that I don’t ever recall seeing with all 4 of the polls in one week, was that every poll last week set a new record high for votes cast in a week, and that coming with the domain off line for most of the day on Friday, thanks to the server problems that are still affecting the domain at this moment (but at least we are still up and running!...knock on wood!).
Anyway, to see the full, final results from last week’s Stones poll, just click here: Stones Weekly Poll - week 1,106. 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. BUT, and a big but, again, the domain’s server is still not totally repaired, so I can’t update this page and add these results until the server problems are fixed by my host, which they are now claiming will be sometime Monday afternoon. So as now I cannot update any pages anywhere on the entire domain, and not just my music sites. Since all data on the server lost a week of data, on the Stones main page, the poll link you will see is for the poll question run 2 weeks ago, since again, I can’t update it at the moment (same deal applies to the Lennon and Classic Rock home pages, too). But if anybody clicks on that old poll link, they will be sent to the Poll Menu, where they still can vote in this week’s poll, just not on the question that’s showing, since that one was voted on 2 weeks ago.
Okay, let’s now take a look at this week’s Classic Rock Poll, where we enter week 747 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: Who was or is the best Acid Guitar player ever?
Last week we finished up asking for the best acid rock guitar songs (see results below), so what's in store for this week? Well, almost a Part 5 of that question, but just almost, as no acid songs are being looked at for this one, only the song's acid guitar players are. So, the guys who were noted in the last 4 weeks for the different song's that they played acid riffs on, will now be looked at for their overall acid guitar work, and we shall pick the best one from out of the bunch of all of them. So yes, you get to choose who was the best acid guitar player in Rock music out of the 39 listed acid guitar players that are listed for the choices this week.
Normally when a poll gets to around 40 choices or so, I like to break it up into 2 parts. But since we have already spent the last 4 weeks looking at acid players as it was, I think we can handle this in one week, as I don't want to overdo it with too many of the same kind of questions running for weeks on end.
So, to look over this week’s choices, and then 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 will vote on this question: “Touch of Grey” by the Grateful Dead vs “You Wear It Well” by Rod Stewart. Which song was the best song about getting older??
Rod the Mod vs The Dead
This week's VS poll will look at old age. Well, kinda, since both songs were more so about early old age, or should I say, right after you pass middle age but aren't in your 60s yet. So yeah, a person in their mid to late 50s, you know when most first start to see gray hairs showing up, and wrinkles on their skin (unless one smoke tobacco, then you first see that as early as your mid 30s).
The Rod Stewart song came out first, in 1972 as a single and on his Never a Dull Moment LP, back when he had a lead guitar player named Ronnie Wood playing for him (you heard of him before, right?). The story about a guy and his older girlfriend whom he just broke up with, and now he is missing her. Damn, when I and my first wife broke up for the second time around 1988 or so and got divorced, boy did I relate to this song, as she was a few years older than I - and yet I was very much still addicted to her, and by 1990 I was remarried to a much younger and very beautiful gal, yet I still wanted my first wife back. In a few years’ time, that would happen. But anyway, this song was a big hit for Rod, going all the way to #1 on the UK Singles Chart; #13 in the States; and #7 in Canada. It was a Top 20 hit everywhere else in the world, other than in Germany, where it only reached #35.
The Dead's "Touch of Grey" was released in 1987 (but first performed live in late 1982), and was written by Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia (who sings the lead), and it deals with how everybody in time (not just woman), grow old, and how there's nothing really wrong with that fact. So it's a bit brighter look at becoming older. Well kinda, like I said, it's the late 50s or so in one’s life, a time period when a person starts to deal with both good things and bad things when getting older, like in this song, it talks about how their 17-year-old kid can't read and only curses at others a lot. But on the good side, the next lyrics are positive, with "I will get by" and "Oh well, a touch of grey kinda suits you anyway"…. This song was only one of a 3 hit singles for the Dead, as they were a jam band known more for their very long songs, with up to this one's release, "Truckin'" and "Alabama Getaway" were their only other hit singles. But "Touch of Grey", on the U.S. Billboard's Hot 100 chart, went all the way to #9, while it went to #1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. That was the only time a Dead song made it to #1 anywhere!
With "Touch of Grey", the Dead made their first ever rock music video, and it was a hit, just like the record, but while you can view the video from the link at the voting page, remember, we aren't rating videos here, only the 2 songs in question are being looked at for their music and are of course going up again each other for that only.
So which 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: What was the best Acid Rock Guitar song ever made? (Part 4 of 4)
Acid Guitar It’s not just for humans
Last week with this final round of this poll question, we set an all-time high for poll votes cast for any of our polls, ever! The last week of running any multi-week poll always sees a large voter turnout at our polls. But anyway, the song I voted for, “Revolution” by The Beatles - Acid guitar by John Lennon, came in first (and that rarely ever happens with my picks), taking in 5% of the votes, with another Lennon song, this time a solo number, “Cold Turkey”, which had the acid guitars played by both Eric Clapton and John Lennon, taking in 4.9% of the votes, and in third was “Whole Lotta Love” by Led Zeppelin, with the acid guitar played by Jimmy Page. Yes, 3 great picks for sure! You can click on the following link to see the poll’s full and final results, here: Classic Rock Poll, week 747, Poll 1. Plus as soon as the server is working right again, I’ll also place the poll’s result at one of the Rock list pages, but since I can’t open up any of the HTML pages in my admin to see which list it will end up on, I’m not sure which page it will be yet. But as soon as I can do that work, I’ll replace what I you’re reading here with the new info to what page that will be along with a link to that page.
Last week at the VS poll, I asked and you answered this question: “'Everybody's Talkin'” vs “I Guess the Lord Must Be in New York City”, both by Harry Nelison and both were considered for the soundtrack to Midnight Cowboy, but only one was chosen. Which one would you have picked?
“Everybody's Talkin'” vs “I Guess the Lord Must Be in New York City
Another poll from last week and another record high for its poll’s (VS) vote count. But I must say, I was surprised by the result, and once again, the song I went with is the one that won the poll - by just 2 votes! You can find which song it was by clicking on the following link: Classic Rock Poll, week 744, Poll 2. Or, to see the final results from this one at the VS list pages, just go here: VS Page 3, List Page 15. The results can be found at the very bottom of the page – again, that is, when I can actually add it to the page.
We finish up this week’s Poll Post as usual by looking at the Beatles Poll. This week we enter week 498 of voting and ask this: Rate the artwork for the front cover of the Beatles EP Four by the Beatles
Four by the Beatles EP cover
The next 4 EPs that are up (going by release dates), are: The Beatles' Hits, Introducing... The Beatles, The Beatles (No. 1), and All My Loving, which all went to #1 in the UK while not released in the U.S., but we will not rate their covers since they all had covers that were also used on their regular LPs, either on the U.S. releases or on the UK releases, and yes, we have already rated those covers. So up next is the cover to the 1964 EP Four by the Beatles, a U.S. only EP released by the Beatles and one of only 2 U.S. released EPs. Since U.S. fans didn't understand what EPs were and for the most part didn't buy them, this one only made it to #92 on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. This EP also made a liar out of me (and also a second U.S. only EP, 4 by the Beatles which came out a year later [but isn't the same EP as the one we're rating this week]), since I noted last week how I never owned or heard any EPs before, in part since EPs are rarely ever released here in the U.S. But while I never owned this EP, or the other one I just noted, one of my 2 older sisters did own both EPs and I did play both several times. I was thinking they both only had 2 songs on them each, like normal single releases, but now that I just saw the cover for both, well, no, these were what my sister had, so I guess I did know and play 2 Beatle EPs after all (hey, I was just a preteen back when these 2 came out, and how many of us can really remember things real well from back when we were around 10 years old?).
I'm trying to remember, but I believe this front cover that we will rate this week may have been used as the back cover to one of the early Beatles LPs? I know it was also used on one regular U.S. single, too. Not that it matters, since it wasn't used as a front cover for any of their LPs. But to vote in this week's Fab poll, just click on this following link: Beatles Weekly Poll.
Looking back at last week’s Beatles poll, we voted on and answered this question: Rate the artwork for the front cover of the Beatles EP Twist and Shout
Twist and Shout EP cover
Spots 8 thru 10 saw most of the votes to this poll, with a “10” being the top pock with 32.8%. To see this poll’s final results, just go here: Beatles Weekly Poll – week 497Or to view the Beatles List Page that this one will show up on (soon!), click here: Beatles Album Covers List Page . I plan to make a new, second standings list for EPs only on this page as soon as I can work on this page.
So that will do it for this week's Poll Post. As I have noted elsewhere on the board and a bit here in this post, the domain’s server was hit in a cyber attack last week, and a week’s worth of work on the domain was all lost. The only reason why the polls weren’t lost, well actually, at first that info was lost too, but since that info is saved to my computer each day, I was able to place the vote totals back into the polls, so nothing was lost there. But to think there are actually very smart morons out there that spend their time attacking web servers all over the globe that cause damage to servers. This time they caused a lot of damage to my host’s server that still isn’t totally fixed yet, 3 days later. My guess is that these low lives are in their 20s, still live in their parent’s basement, and never have ever gotten laid before. Damaging another’s server is the only way these sick assholes ever get hard-ons. Their minds are as damaged as the servers they ruin. But in keeping my promised to never ending a poll post in a negative matter, on a more positive note, last this afternoon I closed down my summer garden. Yes, on October 11, this being the longest into October any garden of mine ever survived! Only once before had I ever made it past October 1 with my garden, and because I was 3 weeks late in getting it started this year (thanks to COVID19 and my not getting out to buy supplies early), I sure needed the extra 3 weeks I got to grow this year (thanks to Global Warming). Yet my garden even survived 3 days in a row of heavy snow in the first week of September, too, since I covered up everything, as that works for sure! So I was very happy today for this very late harvest and even used one of the tomatoes from the garden for dinner tonight!
I do hope you all have a great week ahead, and try to send good Ju Ju’s to where our servers are located in North Carolina, where our server company is. They got to get these servers fixed asap!
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