Wishin' and Votin' - the BURT BACHARACH SONGBOOK Poll Results

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Thank you to the seventeen voters who sent in ballots! I'm going to go pretty fast unless I hit the lamppost called paying work.

Guaranteed to be the only ILM ballot poll big enough to include Elvis P and Elvis C, Ella Fitzgerald and Mike Patton, the New Christy Minstrels and the White Stripes, Tammi Terrell and Marvin Gaye (but not together), The Rangoons, The Exciters, The Boots, and The Turbans!

WmC, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 14:28 (one year ago) link

What’s it all about, Willie?

Careless Love Battery (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 14:32 (one year ago) link

Sorry, thanks!

Careless Love Battery (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 14:32 (one year ago) link

Oooh, maybe I won't go to bed just yet then!

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 14:34 (one year ago) link

(Rushed) images will start at #20.

WmC, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 14:37 (one year ago) link

ugh, I've already messed up

WmC, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 14:40 (one year ago) link

(TIE) 60. Live Again — 52 Points, 1 Vote
Irma Thomas, 52 points — https://youtu.be/oEbpjQwtJ04

WmC, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 14:41 (one year ago) link

(TIE) 60. Waiting for Charlie (To Come Home) — 52 Points, 1 Vote
Trijntje Oosterhuis, 52 points — https://youtu.be/34RzQf96H1s

WmC, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 14:42 (one year ago) link

The Oosterhuis video is live w/Bacharach, 2009 North Sea Jazz Festival

WmC, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 14:44 (one year ago) link

pretty good starting w/ 3 songs i never heard of

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 14:46 (one year ago) link

(TIE) 58. Reach Out for Me — 52 Points, 2 Votes
Nancy Wilson, 32 points — https://youtu.be/fm2K-GPKBGc
Dionne Warwick, 20 points — https://youtu.be/c3tIlHOQemU
Live Dionne tv appearance from '64 I assume — https://youtu.be/TjWh1ZL94U4

WmC, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 14:48 (one year ago) link

(TIE) 58. Nikki — 52 Points, 2 Votes
Burt Bacharach, 52 points — https://youtu.be/0Es6w3aIlwQ

WmC, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 14:51 (one year ago) link

That was my 30th place.

Careless Love Battery (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 14:55 (one year ago) link

^^Found a second life as the theme to the ABC Movie Of The Week.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 14:56 (one year ago) link

I don't really know "Charlie" well, but dig the others, not least that there arrangement on Warwick's #58.

XP: Ah, "Nikki" is the first one I voted for. Was vaguely hesitant to vote for non-vocal tracks in the end, but it's bitchin'.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 14:57 (one year ago) link

^^Found a second life as the theme to the ABC Movie Of The Week.

Wow, did not know that, at least consciously I didn’t.

Careless Love Battery (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 14:58 (one year ago) link

57. Forever Yours I Remain — 55 Points, 1 Vote
Lyrics: Hal David
Bobby Vinton, 55 points — https://youtu.be/LK4FHmGm6k0

WmC, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 15:00 (one year ago) link

Lyrics for "Waiting for Charlie" are by Bob Hilliard, "Live Again" and "Reach Out for Me" are by Hal David.

WmC, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 15:01 (one year ago) link

Etta James recorded the original "Waiting for Charlie" in 1962, btw.

WmC, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 15:05 (one year ago) link

Thanks.

Big deep dive playlist coming in handy now, what with having the two versions of that song you just mentioned.

Careless Love Battery (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 15:06 (one year ago) link

Hilliard is an underrated collaborator--a lot of the best pre-David (or at least pre-prime era David) songs were w/him.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 15:07 (one year ago) link

Please note the opening post has a new paragraph added.

WmC, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 15:08 (one year ago) link

i def recognized "Nikki" as ABC theme

apropos of nothing, the title of "Hasbrook Heights" is misspelled (always dissin' Jersey)

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 15:10 (one year ago) link

(TIE) 55. Check Out Time — 60 Points, 1 Vote
Lyrics: Hal David
Dionne Warwick, 60 points — https://youtu.be/ZpGF9bHUF4Q

WmC, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 15:12 (one year ago) link

Hilliard is an underrated collaborator--a lot of the best pre-David (or at least pre-prime era David) songs were w/him.

My ballot will reflect some of this

Careless Love Battery (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 15:13 (one year ago) link

(TIE) 55. Be True To Yourself — 60 Points, 1 Vote
Lyrics: Hal David
Bobby Vee, 60 points — https://youtu.be/UNZ1QPZiVQA

WmC, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 15:15 (one year ago) link

Haha. I was alone with that "Checkout Time", I see. Even Warwick dislikes it, I read. One day the world will recognise its greatness.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 15:17 (one year ago) link

54. Tower of Strength — 64 Points, 2 Votes
Lyrics: Bob Hilliard
Gloria Lynne, 52 points — https://youtu.be/tgIg8KEWsbc
Frankie Vaughan, 12 points — https://youtu.be/dBdumT3Pieg
No points for the original version by Gene McDaniels with the Johnny Mann Singers.

WmC, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 15:27 (one year ago) link

Here is an interesting article about Gene McDaniels which I became familiar with as a side effect of this poll: https://thoughtcatalog.com/franklin-bruno/2010/08/the-left-rev-mcd-the-strange-career-of-geneeugene-mcdaniels/

Careless Love Battery (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 15:31 (one year ago) link

I like how lyrically Lynne's is a response to the other versions, but musically basically the same song.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 15:37 (one year ago) link

53. It's Love That Really Counts — 66 Points, 2 Votes
Lyrics: Hal David
The Shirelles, 1962, 36 points — https://youtu.be/DoNIF8AmPMQ
The Exciters, 1963, 30 points — https://youtu.be/qgz4jxG2O6s

WmC, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 15:39 (one year ago) link

I like how lyrically Lynne's is a response to the other versions, but musically basically the same song.

Was wondering about that

Careless Love Battery (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 15:39 (one year ago) link

it doesn't sound Bacharach-y enough to me, tho it's a fine version

Doctor Nu (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 15:40 (one year ago) link

I'm ashamed to say I never even noticed the differences in the lyrics, as big as they are, until this thread.

WmC, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 15:47 (one year ago) link

52. Only Love Can Break a Heart — 67 Points, 3 Votes
Lyrics: Hal David
Gene Pitney, 67 points — https://youtu.be/71ctQukD5ZA

WmC, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 15:49 (one year ago) link

Had it ranked at 25

Careless Love Battery (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 15:51 (one year ago) link

Kinda surprised it wasn't a little higher. Thanks for that Gene McDaniels article btw.

WmC, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 15:53 (one year ago) link

Sure. When I learned about that Gene McDaniels article, also learned about another Gene Pitney tune which I don’t think will chart and didn’t vote for myself although it’s growing on me, “Fool Killer,” which can be found on Pitney Sing Bacharach

Careless Love Battery (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 15:55 (one year ago) link

That one's on the Rhino box, really nice.

WmC, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 15:58 (one year ago) link

(TIE) 50. The Answer To Everything — 68 Points, 2 Votes
Lyric: Bob Hilliard
Del Shannon, b-side to "So Long Baby," 1961, 49 points — https://youtu.be/SntWlpY4hFM
Nancy Sinatra, b-side to "True Love," 1965, 19 points — https://youtu.be/pcvDg_BeQCU

WmC, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 16:03 (one year ago) link

(TIE) 50. On My Own — 68 Points, 2 Votes
Lyric: Carol Bayer Sager
Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald, 1986, 68 points — https://youtu.be/KsH63qJlIMM

Here endeth the ties.

WmC, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 16:06 (one year ago) link

According to the Rhino box notes, Pitney's manager screwed some stuff up behind the scenes re: "Fool Killer", ending the relationship between Pitney and Bacharach/David, and cutting the artist off from a couple songs written for him: "Trains And Boats And Planes" and "What The World Needs Now"

Oops.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 16:08 (one year ago) link

Also: I saw Nick Lowe do "Tower of Strength" live once.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 16:09 (one year ago) link

Story i read when i was going thru this was that Pitney turned down "Trains and Boats and Planes", telling Bacharach "it's not one of your best". Crazy talk if true

Doctor Nu (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 16:11 (one year ago) link

Pitney has such a singular voice, it's hard to imagine T&B&P and What the World Needs Now by him.

WmC, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 16:12 (one year ago) link

Well yeah but still, i like them both as songs better than "Only Love"

Doctor Nu (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 16:13 (one year ago) link

Great to see bobbies vee and vinton placing courtesy of my single votes. Hadn't heard either before the playlist so thanks wmc for running this

lefal junglist platton (wtev), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 16:15 (one year ago) link

oh, for sure xp

WmC, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 16:15 (one year ago) link

first appearance of Bayer Aspirin, as my A&R friend calls her

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 16:16 (one year ago) link

Just want to say that for all my talk about wanting to rank BB's compositions outside of performance preferences, that idea went straight out the window when I started making my ballot. My #1 didn't go to what I think is his best song (mainly because I'll never settle on what that is).

WmC, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 16:20 (one year ago) link

Forgot to mention the “old adobe courthouse.” Okay, I’m done.

Careless Love Battery (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 22 May 2019 09:40 (one year ago) link

sad i didn't get the time to vote, if only because it meant that nobody voted for roland kirk's "say a little prayer" :(

(actually i would've voted ground zero, but close enough!)

Flood-Resistant Mirror-Drilling Machine (rushomancy), Wednesday, 22 May 2019 22:00 (one year ago) link

Thought maybe he got a vote for another tune like "You'll Never Get To Heaven (If You Break My Heart)" but seems that was not the case.

Hal David's birthday yesterday.

TS The Students vs. The Regents (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 26 May 2019 19:45 (one year ago) link

This is more relevant perhaps:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0rZEi_lT-o

TS The Students vs. The Regents (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 1 June 2019 12:32 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Weird thing I just came across about the group called Smith mentioned several times up thread, they did a version of “The Weight” which is on the Easy Rider soundtrack. Lead vocal is by a dude this time. For a split second I thought it was actually The Band with Levon singing, although I got over it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMQ6QrsTPfw

Vini C. Riley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 4 July 2019 22:45 (one year ago) link

They seem to be one of the only groups, perhaps the only group, not mentioned on the album cover.

Vini C. Riley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 4 July 2019 22:47 (one year ago) link

IIRC, the Smith cover was recorded for the soundtrack album because The Band and/or Albert Grossman wouldn't license it out for the album even though it was cleared for the movie proper.

frustration and wonky passion (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 4 July 2019 23:08 (one year ago) link

"wouldn't license the original" should be in there.

frustration and wonky passion (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 4 July 2019 23:10 (one year ago) link

Makes sense, it’s all clear now, thanks.

Vini C. Riley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 4 July 2019 23:23 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

I rarely check my release radar on spotify, but did today and saw the Complete Scepter and Warner Albums by Dionne Warwick -- 200 tracks, tons of good stuff, not all BB.

https://open.spotify.com/album/3D7QBZNuwDgKojTvNe74SY?si=RGiU1uggTIuveVXpjd1z-A

Galangal Baker (WmC), Saturday, 26 October 2019 22:00 (nine months ago) link

Wow

Ferlinghetti Hvorostovsky (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 26 October 2019 22:02 (nine months ago) link

Extensive track notes? Probably not on Spotify

Ferlinghetti Hvorostovsky (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 26 October 2019 22:02 (nine months ago) link

I think if any of the music streamers added liner notes/credits/art, there'd be a mass migration.

Galangal Baker (WmC), Saturday, 26 October 2019 22:24 (nine months ago) link

Wondering how Bobbie Gentry’s version of “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again” placed. Asking for a friend via Zing.

Ferlinghetti Hvorostovsky (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 28 October 2019 23:06 (nine months ago) link

I didn't break down the voting by version past the top 10 (link: Wishin' and Votin' - the BURT BACHARACH SONGBOOK Poll Results). I still have all the tabulations and could do that someday I suppose. Bobbi G's version got 2 votes and 60 points, which would have been around 55th place in the whole poll taken on its own.

WmC, Monday, 28 October 2019 23:27 (nine months ago) link

Thanks! I’ve been kind of digging it. It popped up on some 60’s Country playlist the other day

Ferlinghetti Hvorostovsky (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 28 October 2019 23:56 (nine months ago) link

three weeks pass...

And now digging the Jackie Trent version of “Make It Easy On Yourself.”

Irae Louvin (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 24 November 2019 03:13 (eight months ago) link

Of all the ballot polls I did, and I bogarted Zeppelin, Bowie, Miles and Eno, this one was the most fun, all 17 voters' worth.

WmC, Sunday, 24 November 2019 04:07 (eight months ago) link

Always liked this Ben Folds Five take on "Raindrops," and Bacharach too gives the impression of liking this "very hot group"

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

Guayaquil (eephus!), Sunday, 24 November 2019 04:19 (eight months ago) link

I was alone with "Checkout Time", I see. Even Warwick dislikes it, I read. One day the world will recognise its greatness.

I'm not aware of this having happened yet. *weeps*

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Sunday, 24 November 2019 07:13 (eight months ago) link

I remain pissed that I missed this great poll. I have absolutely worn the Rhino box out (which I also bought for my dad) and have the solo albums box that came out about 15 years ago as well. He is about as much a musician hero for me as anyone.

A few very belated comments:

“One Less Bell to Answer” has one of my favorite bridges in popular music. It seems to keep modulating up forever.

“Land of Make Believe” has such an elegant melody. The Dionne version is pretty much perfect.

My favorite version of “The April Fools” is the solo Burt instrumental on the green album (S/T maybe?). The bit where the brushes come in on the second chorus is absolutely glorious.

My favorite version of “Always Something There to Remind Me” remains the Naked Eyes version. Most of the time, Burt’s arrangements win out and the syndrum rolls aren’t awesome but the “girl” of “How can I/Forget you GIRL” is so vastly superior to the rushed and clipped “How can I/Forget you” it’s not even funny.

The Costello record is mostly what you’d expect from Burt and Elvis in his bel canto stage but special mention for “In the Darkest Place” which has one of the most thrilling bridges in Burt’s career.

Here’s a very quick run at a ballot I did – most of it is embarrassingly obvious but it’s all amazing:

1. This Guy’s in Love with You
2. The Look of Love
3. Land of Make Believe
4. My Little Red Book
5. I Just Don’t Know What to Do With Myself
6. The April Fools
7. I’ll Never Fall in Love Again
8. One Less Bell to Answer
9. The Windows of the World
10. Walk On By
11. I Say a Little Prayer
12. Promises Promises
13. Anyone Who Had a Heart
14. (They Long to Be) Close to You
15. Do You Know the Way to San Jose
16. Alfie
17. Always Something There to Remind Me
18. Here I Am
19. Something Big
20. Take a Broken Heart

Naive Teen Idol, Saturday, 30 November 2019 04:54 (eight months ago) link

five months pass...

burt is 92 today !

budo jeru, Tuesday, 12 May 2020 20:37 (two months ago) link

Happy Burtday.

I reread this thread the other day and it was such a joy. I'd redo the whole poll over again in a minute if I thought it'd get 30 voters.

herds of unmasked cletuses (WmC), Tuesday, 12 May 2020 21:16 (two months ago) link

No one posted their ballots. A year after the fact...

1. “What the World Needs Now Is Love,” Jackie DeShannon
2. “I Say a Little Prayer,” Aretha Franklin
3. “Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head,” B.J. Thomas
4. “This Guy’s in Love with You,” Herb Alpert
5. “(They Long to Be) Close to You,” Carpenters
6. “Walk on By,” Dionne Warwick
7. “One Less Bell to Answer,” 5th Dimension
8. “Do You Know the Way to San Jose,” Dionne Warwick
9. “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again,” Dionne Warwick
10. “The Story of My Life,” Michael Holliday
11. “What’s New Pussycat,” Tom Jones
12. “Wives and Lovers,” Jack Jones
13. “Trains and Boats and Planes,” Dionne Warwick
14. “Don’t Make Me Over,” Dionne Warwick
15. “(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me,” Sandie Shaw

As I said above, I missed the Shirelles' version of “It's Love That Really Counts.”

clemenza, Wednesday, 13 May 2020 02:26 (two months ago) link

wendell stuart and the downbeaters - always something there to remind me
the shirelles - baby it's you
al green - i say a little prayer
dionne warwick - that's not the answer
love - my little red book
dionne warwick - do you know the way to san jose
aretha franklin - april fools
dusty springfield - in the land of make believe
isaac hayes - walk on by
dorothy ashby - the look of love
dusty springfield - i just don't know what do to with myself
dionne warwick - are you there
walter jackson - they don't give medals
the drifters - please stay
dionne warwick - don't make me over
dionne warwick - anyone who had a heart
aretha franklin - this girl's in love with you
chuck jackson - i wake up crying
roy ayers - raindrops keep falling on my head
alton ellis - rain from the skies
james brown - message to michael
the free design - the windows of the world
the boots - another tear falls
gene pitney - the man who shot liberty valance
the rangoons - moon guitar

budo jeru, Wednesday, 13 May 2020 02:37 (two months ago) link

1. Promises, Promises - Erik Friedlander
2. This Guy’s in Love with You - Herb Alpert
3. I Say a Little Prayer - Dionne Warwick
4. Alfie - Cilla Black
5. My Little Red Book - Manfred Mann
6. You’ll Never Get to Heaven if You Break My Heart - The Stylistics
7. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart - Marc Ribot
8. Walk on By - Dionne Warwick
9. She’s Gone Away - Mike Patton
10. The Look of Love - Dusty Springfield
11. Trains and Boats and Planes - Fred Frith
12. God Give Me Strength - Burt Bacharach & Elvis Costello
13. Wives and Lovers - Dave Douglas
14. Casino Royale - Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass
15. Don’t Make Me Over - Dionne Warwick
16. They Long To Be Close To You - The Carpenters
17. I Just Don’t Know What to Do With Myself - Isaac Hayes
18. Please Stay - The Drifters
19. Everybody’s Out of Town - B.J. Thomas
20. Baby It’s You - Smith
21. Any Day Now - Chuck Jackson
22. Are You There with another girl - Dionne Warwick
23. Anyone Who Had a Heart - Dionne Warwick
24. Made in Paris - Trini Lopez
25. Wishin’ and Hopin’ - Dusty Springfield
26. What the World Needs Now Is Love - Jackie DeShannon
27. Something Big - Jim O’Rourke
28. The Story of My Life - Marty Robbins
29. The Windows of the World - Dionne Warwick
30. I’ll Never Fall in Love Again - Jill O’Hara & Jerry Orbach

Discovered yesterday that the youtube of my #1 has been taken down, bummed.

herds of unmasked cletuses (WmC), Wednesday, 13 May 2020 17:08 (two months ago) link

1. Mexican Divorce- The Drifters
2. I Say a Little Prayer - Aretha Franklin
3. The Look of Love - Dusty Springfield
4. I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself - Dusty Springfield
5. My Little Red Book - Love
6. Don’t Make Me Over - Dionne Warwick
7. Any Day Now - Elvis Presley
8. Make It Easy On Yourself - Jerry Butler
9. Baby, It’s You - The Beatles
10. Twenty-Four Hours From Tulsa -Dusty Springfield
11. Anyone Who Had a Heart - Dionne Warwick
12. Walk On By - Dionne Warwick
13. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance - Gene Pitney
14. One Less Bell To Answer - The 5th Dimension
15. Do You Know the Way to San Jose - Dionne Warwick
16. I’ll Never Fall In Love Again - Dionne Warwick
17. What the World Needs Now Is Love - Jackie DeShannon
18. The Story of My Life - Marty Robbins
19. Are You There (With Another Girl) - Dionne Warwick
20. Wishin’ and Hopin’ - Dusty Springfield
21. Always Something There To Remind Me - Naked Eyes
22. Promises, Promises - Dionne Warwick
23. This Guy’s In Love With You - Herb Alpert
24. (They Long To Be) Close to You - The Carpenters
25. Only Love Can Break a Heart - Gene Pitney
26. What’s New Pussycat? - Tom Jones
27. April Fools - Aretha Franklin
28. Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head - B.J. Thomas
29. Casino Royale - Herb Alpert
30. Nikki - Burt Bacharach

Louder Than Bach's Bottom (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 13 May 2020 18:07 (two months ago) link

I really labored quite a bit over this ballot, it was like solving a puzzle.

Louder Than Bach's Bottom (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 13 May 2020 18:08 (two months ago) link

Honestly I’m not a big POLL or ranked list guy (just in case you didn’t know and you cared), but I found this poll a really useful and fun way to navigate through and get some sort of handle on his sprawling catalog.

Louder Than Bach's Bottom (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 13 May 2020 19:06 (two months ago) link

that is basically how i went about this. i basically took it for granted that we were all here to celebrate burt bacharach's work and that therefore we all had some degree of appreciation and respect for the music. a more "honest" ballot from me would have been 85% dionne and burt instrumentals. but i just thought it would be more interesting to find as many cool alternate versions i could and then rank them more or less haphazardly with a handful of exceptions at the top.

budo jeru, Wednesday, 13 May 2020 19:13 (two months ago) link

, basically

budo jeru, Wednesday, 13 May 2020 19:13 (two months ago) link

I really labored quite a bit over this ballot, it was like solving a puzzle.

― Louder Than Bach's Bottom (James Redd and the Blecchs),

All my favorite polls have been just like that. Also, I just noticed we both had "My Little Red Book" at #5 but in different versions.

I started this thread a year ago tomorrow, Happy Burtday every day.

herds of unmasked cletuses (WmC), Wednesday, 13 May 2020 19:34 (two months ago) link

See you here next year, unless you are there with another URL.

Louder Than Bach's Bottom (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 13 May 2020 19:36 (two months ago) link

haaaaa

herds of unmasked cletuses (WmC), Wednesday, 13 May 2020 19:37 (two months ago) link

Just noticed that the big pre-voting playlist has only 11 followers which means that six - or maybe five, I guess - balloteers were flying commando.

Louder Than Bach's Bottom (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 13 May 2020 19:41 (two months ago) link

It had 13 or 14 around voting time iirc.

herds of unmasked cletuses (WmC), Wednesday, 13 May 2020 20:48 (two months ago) link

The other thing I did on my ballot in addition to what budo jeru talked about is I ended up adding back in what I had though of as corny old songs I liked as a kid that I thought maybe I had outgrown but which I now actually fond tolerable to likable to catchy. I'm talking to you "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head" and "Close To You"!

Louder Than Bach's Bottom (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 13 May 2020 21:03 (two months ago) link

Did you just recently add a version of "You'll Never Get To Heaven If You Break My Heart" to the big playlist?

Louder Than Bach's Bottom (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 14 May 2020 15:35 (two months ago) link

Yeah, I heard it on WFMU last week and liked it. The sax sounds a lot like John Medeski's mellotron on "San Jose."

herds of unmasked cletuses (WmC), Thursday, 14 May 2020 16:51 (two months ago) link

the MMW "san jose" was def one of my favorite discoveries

budo jeru, Thursday, 14 May 2020 17:22 (two months ago) link

I was wrong about the number of followers, the results playlist has 11 followers, but the pre-vote playlist has 17.

Louder Than Bach's Bottom (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 14 May 2020 17:23 (two months ago) link

I think that's a recent jump! I could have sworn it was at 11 when I added the Gendel/Wilkes track.

herds of unmasked cletuses (WmC), Thursday, 14 May 2020 17:38 (two months ago) link

Maybe people refollowed after thread bump?

Louder Than Bach's Bottom (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 14 May 2020 17:41 (two months ago) link

That plus lurkers. Thanks, lurkers!

herds of unmasked cletuses (WmC), Thursday, 14 May 2020 17:45 (two months ago) link

Happy Burtday.

I reread this thread the other day and it was such a joy. I'd redo the whole poll over again in a minute if I thought it'd get 30 voters.


You’ll get at least one more. Do it!

Naive Teen Idol, Friday, 15 May 2020 03:44 (two months ago) link

Sorry to be a corny ILX0r, but came to post a link to our late friend Ρεμπετολογια's (Rembetologia) playlist that he presumably created to go along with this poll:
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7zfUsIqDVnqEgYJa2hIGU4?si=6cJ68X9FSBqO3JmXef71AA

Spocks on the Run (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 24 May 2020 16:23 (two months ago) link

Happy Birthday, Hal David! Apparently "The Story of My Life" was their first hit.

Trouble Is My Métier (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 25 May 2020 18:32 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

And Happy Birthday, Mack David! Sha-la-la-la-la, Mack. Why don't you just slip away?

Lipstick O.G. (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 5 July 2020 22:33 (one month ago) link

1. The Blob — 1243 Points, 17 Votes, 3 first-place votes
lyric: Mack David
The Five Blobs, 1959 single, 1243 points — https://youtu.be/OG2-ccAEcWs

― WmC, Friday, May 17, 2019 3:08 PM (one year ago) bookmarkflaglink

Ha! If I'd voted, I would've voted for the blob as my #1

Deflatormouse, Monday, 6 July 2020 05:03 (one month ago) link


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