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Welcome back, my friends, to the "Battle" that never ends.
We're so glad you could attend. Come inside! Come inside!
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This is 'BATTLE OF THE BANDS' ('BOTB') where you listen to different recordings and vote for the one you like best. A new Battle gets posted on the 1st of each month and on the 7th, I place my own vote, tally 'em all up and announce the winner.
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Friend? Foe? Stranger? No matter, ALL are welcome. So pull up a chair, pour yourself 24 oz. of DOG BITE High Gravity Lager (or the poison of your choice) and turn it up to Eleven!
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[NOTE: Links to the first year of 'BOTB' (#1 - #24) can be found at the very bottom of this page.]

Friday, May 8, 2020

BOTB RESULTS: 2020, MAY 1 (Or, VAN MORRISON VERSUS BOB SEGER)

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STMcC’s Vote On '2020, May 1st: Battle Of The Bands' (BOTB) - Or, Van-The-Man Versus Bob Seger - And The Final Tally:
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Sorry! I'm a wee bit o' late with this post. Shoot-'N'-Begorra! Well, coronavirus happens! (I'm gonna start blaming coronavirus for everything that's wrong in my life.) 
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The Battle took place [link> HERE, and I thank each and every one of you for participating! I couldn't-a dun it widout ya!
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The outcome of this one *REALLY* surprised me! (I sez that a lot, don't I?) I was worried that Van Morrison - playing his own original song - would clobber Bob Seger playing a cover of Van's tune. HA! Oh, Stephen, you foolish, foolish man!!
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I mentioned to my Brother prior to posting this Battle that Van Morrison has a weird history of losing BOTB contests. I've used him in BOTB at least 3 or 4 times and, for as popular as he's always been, I don't think he's EVER won!
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And I not only thought he would finally win one with this match-up, but I sincerely worried that he might actually shut-out the competition. WRONG!
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Some FUN FACTS:
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* Although I generally prefer male vocalists to female vocalists, my all-time favorite vocalist is Karen Carpenter.
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* Although Karen Carpenter is my all-time favorite vocalist, my favorite vocal performance that I've ever heard is [link> THIS  - in which the singer nearly disappears, becoming just an instrument for The Holy Spirit to express Itself through. (You can even see "The Light Of The World" in her eyes!)
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* Although I do like Van Morrison's studio version of 'I've Been Working', I think his version from the live album 'It's Too Late To Stop Now' is not only better, but I believe it is, musically, the funkiest and single greatest live performance I have ever heard by anyone at any time!
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* Patrick Humphries: "As far as Van live on disc is concerned, his first live set, 'It's Too Late To Stop Now' is unquestionably one of the best-ever live rock 'n' roll recordings. ... Van was cooking when he came to record these 18 songs. ... Every note you hear was recorded live - there was not one overdub."
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* Looking back on the album, guitarist John Platania told 'Mojo': "I would say that tour represented the height of his confidence as a performer."
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* Bassist David Hayes: "When I speak to Van about that album he still talks about it as having marked the peak of his career. He really feels that he was on to something very special."
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* D-FensDogG: "Although I usually prefer studio renditions of songs to their live counterparts, I think that in every case, except one, Van Morrison's live versions of the songs on his 1974 album 'It's Too Late To Stop Now' are superior to their studio renditions. No one - not Ray Charles, not James Brown, not Stevie Wonder - NO ONE ever recorded a funkier song than Van Morrison's live 'I've Been Working' from the 'It's Too Late To Stop Now' album! I'm Black Irish-American and I'm proud!"
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Here's the thing... it was almost like the musicians were psychic! Clearly, the band was extremely tight and knew the song quite well but simultaneously, and seemingly contradictory, the band was also so uniquely loose that the song sounds super-spontaneous. It's like the sort of oxymoron that every great Jazz musician has aspired to: attempting to achieve "independent improvisational teamwork".
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This live recording of 'I've Been Working' has always blown me away. From the first few notes, my toes are tapping and the song is just pinging on my backbone. The Funk Factor is off-the-charts and the band seems to be communicating by mental telepathy. That funky chicken-scratch guitar work is itchy-to-the-max. The piano is like a machine gun! The bass is bumpin' 'n' grindin' like a whorehouse in an earthquake!! From 1:28 to 2:08, that sex sax is committing a licentious act o' civil disobedience!
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However, my very favorite section of the song is from 2:40 to the end. The interplay between the musicians is the best I have ever heard - EVER!! According to my ears, no band has ever topped that - the way each musician cuts in and drops out. They all take turns cutting in to play a quick riff, and then dropping out for the next guy. In and out, in and out, in and out! It's just UNBELIEVABLE musical rapport! After 60 years of life, I still consider this live version of Van Morrison's 'I've Been Working' to be the best, tightest, and most spontaneous collaborative musicianship I've ever heard.
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And the BEST way to learn to appreciate it is by listening with your eyes closed, so you can get that single-purpose mental focus on each and every instrument, as they all play off of each other.
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So, here ya go - "one more once"... Please listen with your eyes closed (especially from 2:40 to the end) and FORCE your mind to focus intently on each individual instrument as it cuts in and drops out, making room for the next instrument to cut in and drop out, etc. Phunq, mang, how dey do dat?!
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'I'VE BEEN WORKING' (Live) -- Van Morrison
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3hkAWqmICI

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Nevertheless, to my slack-jawed shock, Bob Seger won the Battle:
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Van Morrison = 8 votes
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Bob Seger = 9 votes
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I've got a VERY SPECIAL BOTB INSTALLMENT planned for June 1st, so I really hope to see you all here again for that one. And thanks again for participating in this one!
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~ Stephen T. McCarthy
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21 comments:

  1. It indeed is a surprise outcome to me, but maybe not that much of a surprise considering Seger's popularity in American rock. But they were both pretty good.

    Nice outcome.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. LEE ~

      This one looked like a pro-Seger blowout for quite awhile, but Van came back strong in the second half, turning it into a terrific Battle.

      The only way this one could have been better is if my own vote determined the outcome (in Van's favor).

      See ya next time.

      ~ D-FensDogG
      'FERRET-FACED FASCIST FRIENDS'

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  2. S Man,

    Surprised, I thought Seger was en route to a blowout yet Morrison got a second wind down the stretch.

    I just now listened to some Carpenters... jeesh I've spent my whole life building up teflon to not hear such emotions. Great voice.
    Sinatra recorded his own phrasing of "Close To You." A duet with Karen Carpenter would be off the charts or as young people say, would be "off the hinges" or would "slap" or "this song is bop."

    "You're duckin' me, Frank! Frank been taking the easy matches. The little man don't want to come to me so I'll come to him. Frank, I am ranked number one. One! The way you been duckin' is a disgrace."

    - Karen Carpenter, People Magazine

    Regarding Morrison from 2:40 on, this close to chaos then they pull out of it, it's good that the instruments have room to breathe, weaving like the Harlem Globetrotters circle drill, awesome jam. Some people say they don't care about lyrics they only listen to the music. Others are more focused on lyrics. I don't care about music or lyrics just care about one thing - that it sounds good. Like new wave repetitive keyboard no-more-than-a-six-note-melody-elegance-in-simplic-symplicity--
    --"Retro Faggy 80s techno-pop synthesizer you young people like so damn much like your goddamn prima donna monkey 'oh-I-can-throw-a-curve-ball' whiffle balls. It's not real talent! Am I the only one who notices this? I feel like I'm taking crazy pills! That land-in-my-goddamn yard. You know how much petunias cost?! Stop jumping the fence and knock on the damn door. What is the world coming to."

    Cheers,

    G Dogg aka G Reezy aka Dr. Dunkenstein, fo shizzle my nizzle

    Corona thing distancing has a social cost. A judge just ruled that I have to stay 1000 or more feet away from Taylor Swift at all times. There's such a fine line between giving someone a car ride with a detour through country roads and "unsanitized attempted kidnapping." For the record, I had a tree-shaped air freshener on the mirror.

    P.S. Your quotes from Humphries, Platania, Hayes, and D-FensDogG is what philosophers call "appeal to authority"/just because experts say something doesn't necessarily make it so. But, then again, maybe it does. Who am I to say/cultural relativism.

    :-)

    "Swift’s 'Blank Space' and 'Shake It Off' split her voters almost evenly, giving her both the No. 3 and 4 positions on the list. But if the song poll were aggregated by artist, she would have won handily."

    - The Village Voice summation of their Pazz & Jop (that's how they spell it) Critics' Poll, 2014.

    "A songwriting savant with an intuitive gift for verse-chorus-bridge architecture.... If this is Swift's game face, it must be tattooed on because it never drops."

    - Rolling Stone

    ".. Think Bruckheimer on record.. You gotta be bombastic, Taylor, that's what the people want."

    - Frank Stallone, letter an intern added to the shred pile

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    1. BRUHTHUH DOGG ~

      I'm a wee bit o' late with this response, but that's because "coronavirus happens", and because I ran outta Evan Williams, my dog died, my car got impounded, my woman left me, and I got kidnapped by a Country-Western song.

      Oh, and also... my dog ate my response... BEFORE he died. (In fact, I think *that's* what done him in.)

      >>... I thought Seger was en route to a blowout yet Morrison got a second wind down the stretch.

      You know how the Irish are! Just when you think you've knocked them unconscious, they get a whiff of Jameson and come back fightin' like the Irish again!

      Oh... Karen Carpenter (*be still my heart*)... she had a voice that ONLY God could have given. Listen to 'Superstar', 'I Can Dream, Can't I?', 'Only Yesterday', 'Yesterday Once More', 'Those Good Old Dreams', 'Rainy Days And Mondays', and of course 'We've Only Just Begun'...

      Karen Carpenter was the ONLY singer in the history of the world who could have sung 'Don't Worry, Be Happy' and it would have sounded sad as hell!!

      And she could do more than just sing in that utterly unique voice of hers. Check this out:

      [Link> British guitarist analyses Karen Carpenter - the drummer who sang!!!

      >>... Regarding Morrison from 2:40 on, this close to chaos then they pull out of it, it's good that the instruments have room to breathe, weaving like the Harlem Globetrotters circle drill, awesome jam.

      I'm not sure how it sounds on the computer speakers of most folks' equipment, but I can tell ya that on my Bose CD player, it's clear that "the bass bumpin' 'n' grindin' like a whorehouse in an earthquake" could never have let that jam descend into chaos. It was steady (but vulgar!)

      And your Harlem Globetrotters reference is spot-on! I'd have included that in my blog bit, had it occurred to me. (But being only 5'8", it never would have occurred to me.)

      GOL!!

      Only YOU could turn Karen Carpenter into Mr. T. (Two T[humb]s up!!)

      Speaking of Whiffle Balls, I once got into a game with a baseball-playin' brother whom I worked with. I was in my 30s; he was about 18-20. He's probably still got "swivel head" from taking so many called strikes on screwballs that were breaking 20 feet. My release point was directly toward Malibu and the strike zone was in San Diego. He just kept watching them break into the strike zone for strike three. (I got lucky that day.)

      >>... P.S. Your quotes from Humphries, Platania, Hayes, and D-FensDogG is what philosophers call "appeal to authority"/just because experts say something doesn't necessarily make it so.

      Hear! Hear!
      Dr. Fraudci, Dr. Brix, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus anyone?
      So much for the "experts".

      (Actually, Hayes and Platania aren't so much experts as first-hand reporters.)

      You and Sixgun McItchyfinger are the only two blokes I like enough to allow them to mention Taylor Swift on my blog without receiving a lifetime ban. (But Mr. T's wife, Mrs. T [aka Karen Carpenter] sez: "Don't push your luck.") Remember: I can go 'Tiny Tim' on your ass at the drop of a tulip!!
      [;^D

      ~ D-FensDogG
      'FERRET-FACED FASCIST FRIENDS'

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  3. I was also shocked by Seger winning I voted early, and commented that I was going to end your shutout by voting for Seger. Unbeknownst to me, Debbie had done that with the previous vote, but I'll bet several folks who voted for Pete... er, Bob... were surprised.

    I like Van's version, the original, but I have some personal foibles - eccentricities, peccadilloes - that bothered me just enough to vote Bob. I don't generally like hearing the "whacka-whacka" sound of an electric guitar. And early in the song Van's "sing-talking" technique of his doesn't quite sound right to me just a couple of times. Pretty picky, I know. But we have to choose in these battles, and that's what tipped Bobby Boy over the top on this one. Barely. Sorry.

    In a game of "you can only choose one," Van would win over Bob handily. In fact, he would easily make the Sweet Sixteen.

    Hmmmm.... perhaps sometime you BotB people could feature a web-wide March Madness, with brackets, all culminating in a National Champion music act that wins the whole enchilada. That would be FUN! Until the end, because:

    Taylor Swift would win it all.

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    1. 6GUN McITCHYFINGER ~

      No worries. Lee and I both voted for V-The-Man, and had you done so also, we probably would have gone from Dr. Fraudci's hoaxavirus straight to Armageddon. (Hell, I can almost feel the fire and smell the brimstone now as it is!)

      >>... I don't generally like hearing the "whacka-whacka" sound of an electric guitar.

      Also known as the "chicken-scratch"... which I LOVE. The Great Musical Divide was never so wide. (Well, maybe once... when you turned your nose up at 'Peace Frog', which even Jesus Christ would not forgive you for, let alone a mere man like me.)

      >>... And early in the song Van's "sing-talking" technique of his doesn't quite sound right to me just a couple of times.

      Said the man who likes Bruce Springsteen?

      I remember long ago, I told you that as a teenager in 1976-1977, I loved Styx but disliked Journey.
      You said, "What's the difference?"
      And I laughed and admitted that - UHP! I was an idiot! - and that there was no difference (except in the warped mind of a stoopid teenager). Or as the Pooh-coined expression went: "REO-Journey-Styx-Wagon".

      Anyway, you complaining about Van's "sing-talking", and remembering you voting for Commie Bruce over Cousin John made me giggle. (Er... well, real men don't *giggle*. But if I weren't such a [Link> "CONFIDENT HETEROSEXUAL", I really would have giggled.)

      Hey, I really DIG yer BOTB Sweet Sixteen idear! I expect that life as we knew it won't even exist by March of 2021, but if it does, I will try to figure out how to make that Sweet 16 concept work and try to get the BOTBers on-board with it. My mind is already chewing on it... Maybe everyone picks one song from various musical genres - Jazz, Rock, Country, Blues, Pop, R&B, Gospel, 21st Century Ca-Ca, etc. - and then they all go head-to-head?

      Taylor would Swiftly get the bum's rush!
      [;^)

      ~ D-FensDogG
      'FERRET-FACED FASCIST FRIENDS'

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    2. Whoa! You musta backed into a cholla cactus! You're pretty prickly, Rupert.

      I said:
      >>... And early in the song Van's "sing-talking" technique of his doesn't quite sound right to me just a couple of times.

      YOU said: "Said the man who likes Bruce Springsteen?" And then excoriated me for two paragraphs.

      1) I NO LONGER LIKE BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN. AS YOU KNOW.
      2) YOU, YOURSELF used to like Bruce, so don't pitch me shizzle 'bout it, Willis!
      3) I didn't say that I didn't like Van "sing-talking" or sing-talking in general, I said "it doesn't quite sound right for me a just couple of times." YUGE difference.
      4) I generally LIKE the technique. I like it with Van, I like it with The Cars, I like it with John Waite, and others. I like it. But in THIS one song, just a couple of times, it was off just enough to my ears to give one more vote out of 538 to Bob Seger, him winning 270 to 268.
      5) I'll bet you giggle like a LITTLE GIRL with great regularity. Those are the tales of the Legion of Soul Crusaders that - as author and keeper of the records - you CONVENIENTLY leave out. I'll bet Pooh and Torch and Nappy guffawed out mouthfuls of brew when they've heard you tittering, snickering, and giggling as you sipped a Cosmopolitan, Sangria, or Lemon meringue martini.
      6) I was kidding about Taylor winning it all. As with Bruce,I used to like her... until she zipped past even Commie Bruce in the commie department. She would get the bum's rush. Now RUSH! There's a band that might take the championship!

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    3. GOL!!

      Alright, I stand corrected.

      >>... You musta backed into a cholla cactus! You're pretty prickly, Rupert.

      I was being pretty light-hearted. Or at least I thought I was.

      But truth be known... I *HAVE* backed into a cholla cactus. Cholla Cactus, aka... Dr. Fraudci; hoaxavirus; world-gone-crazy; friends whom I thought knew Truth from fake news turning out to have the IQs of rutabagas (*you* NOT included in that category!); me, at the age of 60, having a job I had not envisioned for myself: babysitting 300 two-year-olds; and just a general disgust for "this world" which is killing my sense-of-humor faster than hoaxavirus is killing 90-year-olds in nursing homes.

      In short... I'm not sure I can make it until 2029.

      Bob Dylan put it best (he usually did) :

      [Link> NOT DARK YET...

      >>... the tales of the Legion of Soul Crusaders

      LEAGUE!! ...Not "legion".
      Damn it, man, get it right! It's not like we were [Link> a gaggle o' demons!

      >>... a Cosmopolitan, Sangria, or Lemon meringue martini

      Ha!-Ha! What dat finnin' tuh be?!

      As I always, Always, ALWAYS used to say in Lucky Liquor on Lincoln Boulevard in Santa Monica...

      "If you're only going to have one Cosmopolitan, Sangria, or Lemon Meringue Martini, you might as well make it six Mickey's".

      True story! Ask any former "LEAGUE" (not Legion) member.

      No offense meant in my previous response.
      I think I've lost my touch in these Last Days of the Biblical End-Times.

      I *thought* I was gonna post a new F-FFF blog bit tonight, but decided to respond to yer comment instead because... my priorities are (stumblin') straight, even after 6 Mickey's Big Mouth malt liquors... PLUS one Cosmopolitan, Sangria, and Lemon Meringue Martini.

      >>... Now RUSH! There's a band that might take the championship!

      ...in the Special Olympics category of 'High-Pitched Squealing Like A Giggling Female Pig'.

      {Nope. I take that back. Obviously, I have *NOT* lost my touch. I'm still as dangerous as every Liberal found me at Amazon.scum in 2007.}

      ~ Stephen
      DogGtor of Alcohology &
      King of Inebriation Nation

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    4. DANG IT!

      I hate making an amateur goof when I'm posting a fun comment! I'm losing my edge. I need to leave my clever commenting to the next generation: those in your age bracket. I KNOW, I KNOW it is the League. I just... UPH and DOH!

      >>"LEAGUE!! ...Not "legion".
      Damn it, man, get it right! It's not like we were [Link> a gaggle o' demons!"

      There probably were many people than crossed paths with you guys that would disagree.

      I had to look up girly drinks since I know nothing about the subject. Lemon meringue martini sounded particularly feminine. Sorry to shift you off your F-FFF post just to deal with my baloney.

      Finally: it may have been below the belt to throw RUSH in there after already giving you a Swift one. As an aside, I am sure Geddy giggles when he's giddy.

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    5. UHP! & DOH! Two great expressions that go great together (like pizza & beer, Mexican food & beer, beer & beer).

      Everyone on our street (Bay Street), except for one next-door-neighbor (Glenn), probably thought we were demons. I'm not sure if it said that in the petition that the other residents on the street started circulating to get us evicted, but if not, it was probably implied.

      Next time you go to mention girlie drinks, be sure to include a Shirley Temple. I think that drink does not even have any alcohol in it. And nothing sounds more girlie than a Shirley Temple!

      No worries. I was having fun with your "baloney", and no one really pays any attention to my F-FFF blog bits anyway. It's like preaching to the choir while pissing in the wind.

      >>... I am sure Geddy giggles when he's giddy.

      Ha! Goot juan!

      I've been trying to pick myself up by playing Rickie Lee Jones' 'THE MOON IS MADE OF GOLD' on repeat. I *love* that song. Which means, of course, that you would hate it (TGMD).

      ~ D-FensDogG
      'FERRET-FACED FASCIST FRIENDS'

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  4. Coronavirus indeed happens! I thought for sure when my employer offered me a month leave with pay, that I would finally get on top of everything and getting everything running smoothly around here, but that only sort of happened. I did get on top of my house and get a lot done that has needed to be done for years (deep-cleaning-wise, going through stuff that I got for my Etsy shop, etc). I've already got my post ready for the 15th, but I *may* not blog until then. I'm back at work, but with my department still shut down, I'm working different places every time I go in, and different shifts than I'm used to. I crave routine, so that is obviously making me crazy, but I'm keeping it quiet and doing the work and forcing myself to adapt because that's the only way you can live in these strange times. I know everyone has had to make changes and at least I'm not going through this particular hardship alone. I still suck, but I'm getting better!

    Kim

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    1. KIM ~

      I think you're not drinking enough.

      You need a cold Mojito!

      Well, hey, considering that the sky is falling and the world is coming to an end, I'd say you're doin' pert good!

      Looking forward to your May 15th BOTB.
      Al b thaire!

      ~ D-FensDogG
      'FERRET-FACED FASCIST FRIENDS'

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  5. S Man,

    Part 1.

    .... And when you played the country and western song backwards -- you can see this old joke coming --, your girlfriend came back, your dog came back to life, and the Evan Williams bottle was full again.

    Here whiffle ball was a "casual" thing, well, not official, in driveways and streets. I only pitched regular baseball through grade school. Hey, at least we never heard of "T Ball" which ought to be banned. Give 2 year olds one of those hollow plastic Flintstone bats and pitch a beachball or nerfball for goodness sakes. (Wait, Dr Fraudci says the first baseman must be 6 feet from first base at all times. Wait. 4 feet. No 12 feet).

    Ahahah, I hear you on Karen Carpenter's cover of "Don't Worry Be Happy." Trying to think of a song that she couldn't have covered and made her own.... can't think of any. I didn't realize she played the drums (and bass) and could sing at the same time - bonus. I thought for a moment the narrator would steer into technical talk (like, she could hit a C note for 1/16 parlay into a B sharp with 1/4 sustain or something).. glad he didn't because it would take away from the magic. His narration is excellent.

    For best voice, I'd have to go with Harriet Wheeler of The Sundays.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yARVs1ZNLjU

    *****

    Niiice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4wAaAur6Ls

    A triple and a half threat (voice, instruments, writing, .5 dancing), Taylor Swift aka Swiftie aka Tay Swizzle is one tough cookie.  Well, It's not like she's a Serial thrill-killer who chains people to a pipe in the crawl space before doing odd things with pliers and a blowtorch before stabbing them exactly 22times and throwing their bodies into ravines off Mulholland and visiting the bodies later to have a  cigarette and joining in the search parties because she's so invested in the action and putting newspaper articles and her victims' hair clippings in her scrapbook with "Mrs Kissinger" on the front page in caligraphy with hearts over the "i's" and taunting cops by sending them cryptic letters then cooling off then doing it again then cooling off then doing it again rinse and repeat rinse and repeat, as far as anybody knows. 

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  6. Part 2.

    Tay Swift did win the Celebrity Battle Royale where 20 celebs enter the ring and the last person standing wins. Swiftie outlasted Barry Manilow and Marcia Brady, Scott Baio (who threw a mysterious powder in Swift's eyes), Honky Tonk Man, The Fridge, Adam Levine or his evil twin, Tina Fey let loose with a fire extinguisher (c'mon ref!), The Kiwi Croc Tamer, Robert Downy Jr.... Swift ultimately throwing Danny Bonaduce out of the ring for the gold medal.

    After the match, Bonaduce tested positive for roofies... which wasn't investigated further because roofies aren't categorized as performance enhancing drugs.  Bonaduce argued that Swift slipped him suppository roofies when the ref was distracted by her manager Mr Fuji and she ought to be investigated as Her performance was enhanced because He was roofied. Danny wanted the gold medal, and, because of the suppositoriol aspect he wanted Swift arrested for date rape. The DA tossed out the case because "No holds barred was implicitly agreed to by both parties. Also it wasn't a date."

    I like Sixgun McItchyfinger's idea of having brackets. T Swift could well be seeded #1. It would be better if Swift was quietly seeded at the #7 or 8 spot because:

    - I'd make more gamblin' money. (I don't know about anyone else but I lost a lot of my grandma's prescription money and need to win it back).

    - Everyone loves a Cinderella story.

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    A funny quote, "The only person to hold Michael Jordan under 20 points was Dean Smith".. his coach at University of North Carolina. Rewind when UNC was favored at the start of a season to win the NCAA tournament and four starters were on the cover of SI. Smith kept Jordan off the cover because MJ was a freshman and Smith didn't want him to get a big head. The good old days of "don't hot dog it!" chest passes, underhand free throws, and announcers who let us know whites "play with a lot of heart" and blacks "have a lot of natural talent."

    Cheers,

    G Dogg

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    1. McBruhthuh DogG ~

      >>... Wait, Dr Fraudci says the first baseman must be 6 feet from first base at all times. Wait. 4 feet. No 12 feet

      Ha! Right. 6 feet, 4 feet, 12 feet - and *THAT* is the "settled science".

      >>... For best voice, I'd have to go with Harriet Wheeler of The Sundays.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yARVs1ZNLjU


      She's got quite a pair of pears and a spinning top. {*wink!-wink!* *nudge!-nudge!*}

      I can never think of The Cardigans without also thinking of Doctor Robert Hartley.

      That *WAS* a "nice" song. Good stuffs, mang!

      >>... Scott Baio (who threw a mysterious powder in Swift's eyes)

      Yeah, he always DID remind me of The Riddler... and The Joker... and The Penguin.

      I used to work on 'Happy Days', and I remember that every time I happened to walk past his dressing room, I could hear someone inside maniacally laughing and yelling out, "I'll get you, Batbrain, and Boy Blunder!!"

      And Danny Bonaduce - I never worked on 'The Partridge Family', but I did drink in L.A. bars a couple times with Danny - always was a poor loser. (That was a really poorly written sentence, but this Cruzan Black Strap Rum is starting to kick in, so I don't give a damn, and I won't fix that sentence until the day I wear a Dr. Fraudci-recommended hoaxavirus face mask... which is never.)

      Yeah, Sixgun's idear is a goot juan. But the ONLY way I will allow Taylor Phffft into my BOTB contest is if you or Sixgun enter her. No one else has permission to mention her... and even that permission is on tenuous, San Andreas ground.

      >>... I don't know about anyone else but I lost a lot of my grandma's prescription money and need to win it back

      Did you lose it at the [Link> Golden Gate Casino in downtown Vegas? Because *that* is also where I lost *MY* Grandma's prescription money. And that's where - attempting to win back my Grandma's prescription money - I also lost my Grandpa's wooden false teeth, my 1966 Batman bubble gum cards, and my life-size replica of Fred, Baretta's cockatoo, carved out of Dial soap in 1975!

      The ONLY good thing that has come from Dr. Fraudci's hoaxavirus, is that the Golden Gate Casino in Lost Wages was FORCED to close its doors. (May the hoaxavirus last until Jesus Christ returns and gets back for me everything I lost at that demonic casino!)

      >>... Everyone loves a Cinderella story.

      That is VERY true!
      But what I really wanna know is:
      what sort of story does Cinderella love?

      ~ D-FensDogG
      'FERRET-FACED FASCIST FRIENDS'

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  7. S McBroMan,

    *** "Yeah, Sixgun's idear is a goot juan. But the ONLY way I will allow Taylor Phffft into my BOTB contest is if you or Sixgun enter her." -STMcC ***

    "Enter her"? (*wink, wink, say no more, say no more*).

    If I had to choose between T Swift and the other, the askew degenerate artists who don't adhere to concepts of Greco-Roman beauty and order, it wouldn't be a Sophie's Choice. The Nazi guy be like, "You may only choose One! You're in Quite a spot, G-Dogg."

    Me: "Not really. I'll take Swift. Send the others to the labor camp or whatever, see what I care."

    The Nazis raise their Lugers, "Do not take our Aryan Princess!"
    "Punks like you are a dime a dozen," I say while going Bernard Goetz on their asses.
    Aaand. Scene.

    *** "I used to work on 'Happy Days', and I remember that every time I happened to walk past his dressing room, I could hear someone inside maniacally laughing and yelling out, "I'll get you, Batbrain, and Boy Blunder!!" -STMcC ***

    Figures that Baio was a bad guy. I could always tell that, art imitating life, Joannie Loves Chachi but Chachi didn't give a toss about Joannie. Not even a love/hate thing like Sam and Diane or Bruce Willis and Cybil Sheppard. Just total indifference.

    I thought you may get a kick out of this example of the post-McCarthy acting era. At 5:35 +

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKcDS1vb6DU

    *** "what sort of story does Cinderella love?" -STMcC ***

    She enjoys, with schadenfreude, 24/7 Brit news' riches to rags stories about hapless Prince Harry and evil Meghan updating:

    Adam: "We live in paradise forever with everything anyone could ever want."
    Eve: "It's not enough."

    *** "my life-size replica of Fred, Baretta's cockatoo, carved out of Dial soap in 1975" -STMcC ***

    The replica Fred put under the covers to escape his 25-to-life bid at Alcatraz? He did the crime and Didn't do the time! That's Fred for ya. He don't play by the book! [I only have a half eaten sunflower seed (mint condition) with a certificate of authenticity. And a newsboy cap from Mervyns].

    Cheers,

    G Dogg

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    1. McBrother DogG ~

      >>... "Enter her"? (*wink, wink, say no more, say no more*).

      Well played, you dirty... dogG.

      And you ain't a-skeered o' no Nazis. They ain't got no collar on Da DogG!

      How sad that Millennials don't even know who Bernard Goetz is. Heck, without him, we might never have had Chuck in 'Death Wish'. (I think that was the inspiration, if memory serves.)

      Wow! I just got done watching 5 episodes of 'Frasier' and then went to that scene from 'Saved By The Bell'. Sure, the acting may have been a slight drop off from 'Frasier', but that sure as hell scared me away from ever taking caffeine pills! In fact, I don't think I'm gonna drink coffee anymore, either. (OK, well maybe some coffee liqueur like 'Kahlua' would be alright. But that's *IT*!! That's where I draw the line, damn-it!)

      >>... Adam: "We live in paradise forever with everything anyone could ever want."
      Eve: "It's not enough."


      Ha!-Ha!
      That's exactly what 'The Good Book' sez. And no wonder I've remained single all my life. I have a crappy job, a noisy refrigerator, a 1989 truck with a brake fluid leak, a 24 oz. can of Mickey's malt liquor and... it's enough.

      ~ Stephen
      DogGtor of Alcohology &
      King of Inebriation Nation

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  8. I'm barely over the shock of this outcome and usually, I'd still be okay with Seger winning ANYTHING. I'm a big Bob Seger fan, too.

    But...VAN. Or maybe ah gots the CoVid...

    Nope, it's Van-disapointment. The symptoms are unmistakable, though I know it will be tallied as Corona virus. :-/

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    1. Yes, indeed, Good Doc Cherdo. Everything is coronavirus-related. Even unexpected BOTB outcomes.

      Oh, Well (as Peter Green sang, but The Rockets did better), we'll just keep on keepin' on... until they come for us and lock us away in the BOTB FEMA CAMPS.

      ~ D-FensDogG
      'FERRET-FACED FASCIST FRIENDS'

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  9. Yo Dude!! Where ya been? Or is it Where have I been.

    I don't have your ear for music rendition, but that was some awesome music you gifted us with. I'm not one for exercising while munching on a lunchable and cup a noodles (OMG! Do I miss dine in restaurants) but this got my feet moving so I side stepped a little. JUst a little, a workout while eating all those carbs is not good for the digestion, lol.

    If this Corona V thing ever clears up I'll have to surprise you one Friday at your hang out in Carson City. Food picking - not to mention good company - is slim pickins' in Fallon.

    Stay safe and insane in the mean time.

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    1. WILD THING ~

      Yeah, I'm pretty sure it's "Where have YOU been?", not "Where have I been?"

      I've been here. On a bender... but still here.

      Right now, I'm rockin' out to my Couzin's old band, 'The Zone', with a splash of Mr. Evan Williams of Bardstown, Kentucky. He's such an easy dog to hunt with!

      I'm pleased as spiked punch to learn you dug what I posted. BOTB will never get stale because it is 103.46% unpredictable. I was actually VERY WORRIED that Van-The-Man & Band would shutout Robert Seger's cover version. But, to my utter amuhzament, Van actually lost the Battle. And, like I wrote above, I consider this live version of 'I've Been Working' to be the greatest live recording of a song by anyone, at any time, ever!!!

      WTP?!?!?!?! Apparently, I am all alone on this planet of my own imagining.

      If Uncle Scam ever finally gives up this covid-666 coronascam, lemme know when you wanna visit Willoughberry (aka C.C.) and we'll meet at the [Link> 11th Frame Winner's Lounge, where my man, Mitch (the bar manager), will hook us up with one of his ingenious intoxicating libations!

      I never play it "safe", but I always fly "Insane Airlines, Unlimited". You otter know that by now, damn-it!

      ~ Stephen
      DogGtor of Alcohology &
      King of Inebriation Nation

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