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Now you have to choose. Do you want trophies or my diamonds? You can't have both
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Glad you like it
Who likes it?

How do u say De Groovy?
How do u say De Gorgeous?
How do u say, DE LAY DE LAY DE LAY De Lay..

Diiig!
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No, who farted. Markus likes it
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Stats updated to game #85
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my stats could be better, I mean, from my part

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165 received vs. 167 given points in finals? Cool balance.

How do u say De Groovy?
How do u say De Gorgeous?
How do u say, DE LAY DE LAY DE LAY De Lay..

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my stats could be better, I mean, from my part
You feature prominently in all the tables except the # of times I received any votes in the final, which is obviously affected by the number of games you played.

Which reminds me, I should keep a record of the number of games that people played concurrently with me, so that I can do some average stats. You would do quite well in those I suspect
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165 received vs. 167 given points in finals? Cool balance.
Yes, we seem to have our levels of mutual admiration nicely calibrated.

We're not at the top of each others' lists, but we do seem to like each others' entries quite often
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Game 86 – Big Banana’s Swinging 40s



Song Eight - Lonnie Johnson – In Love Again


Result: SF 6th – Final 9th


Reason for choosing the song: I was initially looking at artists like Peggy Lee, Lena Horne and (yes really) the Andrews Sisters, but I figured we would already get plenty of material like that in the game, so I decided to look for something a little less obvious. At the same time I wanted to submit something that was recognizably from the 40s, which ruled out a lot of more “rootsy” stuff, which tends to ignore popular trends. That actually applies to a lot of Lonnie Johnson’s work, but he recorded a number of beautiful ballads like this which absorbed a lot of the feel of the period, while avoiding the schmaltziness which (for me) ruins a lot of 40s love songs.

About the song/artist: Lonnie Johnson is primarily remembered as an innovative blues guitarist, but on the selected track it is his beautiful soulful vocals that are highlighted. Nonetheless his fluency as a player allow him to provide a very natural and deceptively relaxed accompaniment to his singing, and together with the delightful bluesy piano track (who?) the overall feeling of the song is deliciously wistful and melancholic.

It is difficult to overstate the importance of Johnson as a guitarist. The emergence of the guitar as a lead instrument, as opposed to its traditional role as rhythmic strummed backing instrument, is in no small part due to his pioneering of the single string solo playing style, which has since become the norm in jazz, blues, rock and other genres. He is credited as an influence on legends such as Robert Johnson and Django Reinhart, as well as just about every rock musician who ever picked up a guitar. He had an incredibly long and productive career stretching from the 1910s through to the late 1960s, and included collaborations with artists such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Bessie Smith and, late in his career, Muddy Waters.

Votes received in the final:
12 Tennisfan102, Mustafina, Silent Bird
10 DJDVD
8 fufu
7 Slazorin
5 histery
4 Monzanator
2 TIEFSEE
1 James, Baraboo (12 in SF)

Votes received in the SF:
12 Baraboo, Mustafina, Silent Bird
10 fufu, Tennisfan102
7 histery, Milan
6 Monzanator, Shvedbarilescu
5 James
4 TIEFSEE
2 Crux Squall, DJDVD, Hugues Daniel, Mauriac, Wally
1 Litotes, salmon pants

Votes given in the final
12 Tennisfan102 - Memphis Minnie - Me and My Chauffeur Blues
10 Hugues Daniel - Lee Wiley - Find Me a Primitive Man
8 Thanos - Benny Goodman & Peggy Lee - Why Don't You Do Right
7 Perun - Glenn Miller - In the Mood
6 James - Hank Williams Sr - Never Again (Will I Knock on Your Door)
5 AdeyC - Andrews Sisters - Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
4 Monzanator - Anton Karas - The Third Man Theme
3 Wally - Billie Holiday - God Bless the Child
2 Shvedbarilescu - Lena Horne - Stormy Weather
1 Big Banana - Andrews Sisters - Rum and Cola

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Mustafina - Waldir Azevedo – Brasileirinho
TIEFSEE - Charlie Parker - Cherokee
Dolly Rose - Andrews Sisters - In the Mood
Silver Persian – Dumbo- Baby Mine
Litotes - Danny Kaye - Manic Depressive Pictures Present
Baraboo - Big Maceo - Worried Life Blues
histery - Mahalia Jackson - Move On Up a Little Higher
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This song showcases his guitar skills a lot more



And this is the song I almost submitted. It was a far bigger hit for him, and I like it a lot as well, but I like "In Love Again" just a little more:

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Thanks for the (pre-announced) diamond You got the title wrong, though. "Theatre Lobby Number" is the official one, that's what the track was called on the LP.
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Thanks for the (pre-announced) diamond You got the title wrong, though. "Theatre Lobby Number" is the official one, that's what the track was called on the LP.
I know that's the real title, but I loved that part of the video so much I couldn't resist using it as the title instead
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I know that's the real title, but I loved that part of the video so much I couldn't resist using it as the title instead
Ah, I understand! I agree it's a highlight
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Game 87 – Folklore Songs



Song Ten– Jeannie Lewis – Headed For Melbourne


Result: SF 4th – Final 12th


Reason for choosing the song: This was a challenging theme for an Australian to say the least. Other than aboriginal music – most of which is ceremonial and not really intended to be listened to “recreatively” – Australia has very little home-grown folk music. Most of what exists stems from our convict period, and reflects the pain and anguish suffered by the men and women who were uprooted from their lives in Europe and banished to the strange and hostile country on the other side of the planet. There are obvious parallels with the blues music that arose from the period of slavery in the US, albeit that the roots of the music were Irish and English rather than African, and the period of suffering and injustice was relatively short.

That latter point is probably the most crucial reason why Australia has never developed a full-blown “own” style of folk music. The music, such as it is, is still very recognizably European, with the lyrical content the main adaptation. The fact that most ex-convicts and their descendants went on to lead fruitful and relatively prosperous lives in their adopted country also quickly relegated the convict-era songs to the history books, and to the machinations of the administrators of the young country who were keen to forge a new national identity. As a consequence, for the last century at least, most Australians have learned these songs at school, or in relation to activities organized to promote feelings of “Australianness”. This is in sharp contrast to blues and other folk music in America, which has been kept alive as living folk music that is transmitted and adapted within communities, in the case of the blues fueled by continuing hardships and injustice that persist to this day.

In the late sixties and early seventies Australians started to become more aware of their cultural heritage, and attempted to breathe new life into the convict-era songs and assorted bush ballads that until then had largely been sung in sanitized form on Australia Day or other official occasions. The problem was that most people didn’t really have a clue what these songs really sounded like in their original form. The result was a period of experimentation in which the old songs were performed in new arrangements and new songs were added that attempted to capture the feeling of hardship and alienation felt by Europeans trying to forge a life in the harsh and strange Australian continent. Long story short, the submitted song was one of the early attempts to capture this feeling.

About the song/artist: Jeannie Lewis is one of the grandes dames of Australian music. A highly eclectic artist with a strong social conscience, she has been active since the mid to late sixties, and has performed songs in a wide range of styles, including folk, jazz, latin and even opera. Her endless musical explorations ranged from the sublime to the ridiculous, including the soundtrack to what has been called one of the worst movies ever (Shirley Thomson vs. the Aliens). Her willingness to experiment has earned her comparisons with artists such as Kate Bush, which IMO flatter Ms. Bush, at least in terms of vocal performance.

I have been utterly frustrated in my attempts to find out more information on the submitted song. It does not seem to have appeared on any of Lewis' official recordings, nor on any of the many compilations and collaborations she has engaged in over the years. Other than this youtube posting and a website providing guitar chords to Jeannie Lewis songs there is also no reference to the song to be found anywhere online. In any case the song largely speaks for itself, and tells the story of a couple who leave the city to seek their fortune in the remote opal fields in the Australian outback. Like most of the fortune seekers, their luck and money ran out, and they were left with little option but to return to the big city and accept defeat. The “bold young women” are probably prostitutes who gravitated to these regions, that offered little prospect for normal human relationships. For me the song captures the essence of almost all Australian folk music, that is the mismatch between the awkward pale-skinned Europeans and the harsh primitive continent they have chosen to inhabit. Which helps explain the extreme degree of urbanization in Australia.

Votes received in the final:
10 traddles, Chastainiac
8 Shvedbarilescu
7 Dolly Rose, John., Silver Persian
5 Hugues Daniel
4 Rui., Mustafina
3 Crux Squall, TIEFSEE
2 Tennisfan102, histery, Milan.
1 salmon pants

Votes received in the SF:
12 Chastainiac
10 John., TIEFSEE, traddles
8 Shvedbarilescu, Silver Persian
7 Dolly Rose, Mustafina
6 Baraboo, DJDVD, histery, Hugues Daniel, Rui.
5 Crux Squall, Tennisfan102
4 Milan., salmon pants
3 Litotes, Shia
2 Otlichno, Perun
1 Avada Kadavra, Monzanator

Votes given in the final
12 Litotes - Christian Borlaug - Fanitullen
10 traddles - Victor Copacinschi - Ciocirlia (The Lark)
8 Otlichno - Voz de Mando - Los Tres Mandos
7 Monzanator - Kapela Harnasie - Sazlala, szalala
6 Rui. - Amália Rodrigues - Canção do mar
5 Shvedbarilescu - Pentangle - Willy O’Winsbury
4 Silver Persian - John Williamson - With My Swag Upon My Shoulder
3 AdeyC - Steeleye Span - All Around My Hat
2 Tennisfan102 - Gaby Moreno - Blues de Mar
1 TIEFSEE - Anita Mui - Years Flowing Like Water

Diamonds in the rough
Mustafina – Salih - Gambos Ya Omar
Chastainiac - Nan Quan Mama - Peony River
salmon pants - Cleoma Breaux & Joe Falcon - La Vieux Soulard et sa Femme
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I was about to comments nice song but you've uptated the folklore game

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