Elton John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - the POLL

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Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 00:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

David Hentschel for president! :)
who dis?

billstevejim, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 01:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

Word, he has a wikipedia... I think most people assume Elton John played all the keyboards on "Funeral For A Friend."

billstevejim, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 01:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

man i can't believe "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" won one of those singles polls, that's like his only '70s hit that i straight up hate.

some dude, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 01:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

wouldn't mind a poll that included singles from Elton's wilderness years (which aren't in these threads): stuff like "Ego," "Song For Guy," "Elton's Song," "Nobody Wins," etc.

― Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, March 13, 2012 12:31 AM (43 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I'd vote for 'Song For Guy' immediately.

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 01:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

Did "Grow some funk" ever get compiled onto any other EJ hits compilation that wasn't "every single" styled? (or "Ego"?)

I'd love to see a poll of the singles from his underrepresented wilderness period (1977-1982).

― Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Wednesday, December 12, 2007 10:58 AM Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

granted, most of them suck (no one mention "Little Jeannie," please).

― Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Wednesday, December 12, 2007 10:58 AM Bookmark

Doctor Casino, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 01:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

is that a zing? I know what I think; I wanted to read others defend "Part Time Love."

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 01:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding is a helluva fucking way tos tart the album, so...that

Bo Jackson Overdrive, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 01:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

Haha, no, no, not a zing at all! I'm always catching myself re-stating the exact same point I made like four years ago, it's one of the small joys of ILX for me honestly.

I would enjoy watching such a poll but I don't think I'd know any of the songs on it at all.

Doctor Casino, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 01:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

I thought I voted in this already... i selected "all the girls love alice" and it turns out that I hadn't.

billstevejim, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 01:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

Ahh hell, voted "Grey Seal," not necessarily because it's better than "Love Lies Bleeding," but just because it really is such an earwormy thing, lot of different little hooks and things that pop up when you least expect them. Plus obviously, less overexposed and still sounds fresh.

Warning, stay away from "Love Lies Bleeding" at karaoke - thankfully they don't put you through the whole "Funeral For a Friend" sequence (although that would be kind of amazing if it was the first song of the night) but the lonnnnnnng solo/breakdown in the midst of LLB, though totally awesome on record, is tough to do much with when you're one man and a microphone.

Doctor Casino, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 01:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

Seriously, how f--in' rich is Elton John? For a million bucks? Sorry, that don't hold water

Iago Galdston, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 01:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

All the Girls Love Alice was #2 in the GYBR Misoygny poll....

Iago Galdston, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 01:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

Actually, my dad claimed that he used to play tennis in Laguna Beach in the 70s with a guy who played piano/keyboards for EJ in the studio--said he was like a grad student in astrophysics at Berkeley at the same time or something...maybe that's the guy

Iago Galdston, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 01:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

Dr Casino, also stay away from "Song for Guy" at karaoke.

Yep, seen it...

Mark G, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 07:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

speaking of the wilderness era, we did this poll..

Mo' Elton -- Greatest Hits, 1976-1986 (for Greatest Hits, Vol. 3)

piscesx, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 07:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

oh and Grow Some Funk is on Greatest Hits 2 if that counts..

piscesx, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 07:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

This is hard, there are six or seven I could vote for here. Tempted to go for '...Danny Bailey', I love the way the chorus sounds kind of queasy. 'Harmony' is hard to beat though.

There's a bit of the guitar break in 'Love Lies Bleeding' that's always reminded me of Hüsker Dü for some reason.

Gavin, Leeds, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 09:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

this album is finally starting to grow on me. Side C is my sweet spot, it turns out. voted for "All The Girls Love Alice."

some dude, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 13:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

ha -- what Rob Sheffield called the Dirty Girls Trilogy.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 13:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

I still reckon that "Captain Fantastic" is his pinnacle, and not only because he kept it single. But this is still a pretty strong double album.

Hongroe (Geir Hongro), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 13:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

Looking at that Greatest Hits poll linked to above, it puzzles me that "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" would clean up.

clemenza, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 13:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I was thinking the same thing - I love the song, but with that kind of competition I'd expect a much more even distribution. Hrm.

I keep reviving Geir's Captain Fantastic thread - "Captain Fantastic" C/D? - so maybe it's someone else's turn. Amazing album.

Doctor Casino, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 13:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

Was going to vote for "Harmony" but what I kept hearing in my head was that piano intro to "Bennie and the Jets" so I went with that.

Everything You POLL Is RONG (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 21:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 00:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

Excellent!

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 00:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

YES

Bo Jackson Overdrive, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 00:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

AND LOVE LIVES BLEEEEEEEEEEDIN IN MY HANDS
OH IT KILLS ME TO THINK OF YOU WITH ANOTHER MAN
I WAS PLAYIN ROCK 'N ROLL AND YOU WERE JUST A FAN
BUT MY GUITAR COULDN'T HOLD YOU SO I QUIT THE BAAAAAAAAAAA-AH-AH-UH-AAAAAAAHND

Bo Jackson Overdrive, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 00:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

LLUHV lies BLEEDin in mah HAYNNND!

Great turnout and great spread of votes - thanks for playing, y'all!

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 00:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

Deserved winner and, yes, deserved spread. There are many ballads I could have gone for here, but then there goes one of the best album openers ever.

My vote was first and foremost for "Funeral For a Friend" though.

Hongroe (Geir Hongro), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 11:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

"The Ballad of Danny Bailey (1909–34)" 4:23 1
"I've Seen That Movie Too" 5:59 1

I'm just happy these got any votes at all.

billstevejim, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 19:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

I get the impression "Candle In The Wind" didn't really resonate as a "signature song" until the live version came out which was around, like... 1988 seems correct.

Would people still hate that song without this context? I figured it was considered more of a deep album cut until the late 80's.. For example, it wasn't on the original "greatest hits".. The one that sold 90 million copies..

billstevejim, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 19:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

Which is interesting because "Border Song" is hardly one of his signature songs, and yet until the late 80's I would bet more people had heard that song than Candle In The Wind.

billstevejim, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 19:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

I thought it was the Lady Di death that brought it into the mainstream

Iago Galdston, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 19:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

The live version from the late 80's got a shitton of airplay.

billstevejim, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 19:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah i definitely knew it as a semi-big EJ hit before 1997 (unlike "Tiny Dancer," which i had never heard before That Movie and is now one of his biggest classic rock radio staples)

some dude, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 20:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

very good point re Candle not being on the Hits album. that's very suprising.

piscesx, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 20:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'm pretty sure I heard "Tiny Dancer" on adult-contemp stations throughout the 80s IIRC... easily played just as often as the big hits. I knew it from a pretty young age, although if I'm remembering incorrectly, then it would have just been from my parents playing the records throughout my childhood.

billstevejim, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 20:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

This was part of the reason I was bothered by SPIN placing "Tiny Dancer" in their top 20 singles of 2000... My reaction was like, "Wtf, I've loved that song all along.. Just because charles aaron (or whoever) couldn't figure out that it was a good song prior to Almost Famous means everyone else felt the exact same way?" I considered that a lame assumption.

billstevejim, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 20:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

Every time I hear the intro to "Danny Baily" my mind goes to some nerd-core song called "Bad Driver" that sampled it. MC Chris maybe? Internet isn't turning up much.

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 22:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

This is one of the better distribution of votes I've seen in recent years.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 22:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

a "Jamaica Jerk Off" vote! the lols abide

Euler, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 23:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

0 for "Candle In The Wind" is actually quite surprsing, but I guess everyone got sick of it after the Diana thing. I used to love it myself, but almost skip it these days,

Hongroe (Geir Hongro), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 23:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

The only version I can stand for a couple minutes is the '87 live one.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 23:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

Overexposure is right - it's actually a really nice song but I just wish I could have come to the song fresh as some undiscovered album track gem.

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 23:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

Seem to remember a far away, long ago Eden in which that was the case, when the only time you would here it on the radio was during the graveyard shift.

Everything You POLL Is RONG (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 16 March 2012 15:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

Tiny Dancer was pretty unknown here; again not on the big hits comp. what with this poll and the stuff about changesonebowie in the Bowie poll; i'm realising *just how big* comps really were in the 1970s. i mean even The Beatles had a massive famous comp that became a classic in it's own right in the early 70s! it's weird.

piscesx, Friday, 16 March 2012 15:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

well back then big acts would release an album every year and each one might only have 1 or 2 big hits, so i can see how those comps were a lot more useful or essential in the pre-pre-pre-pre-iTunes era

some dude, Friday, 16 March 2012 15:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

The Beatles comp to which you are referring is Rock and Roll?

Everything You POLL Is RONG (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 16 March 2012 17:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

Red and Blue albums, I think.

Doctor Casino, Friday, 16 March 2012 17:09 (2 years ago) Permalink


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