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c s, I'm not singling you out. I reckon you put a lot of thought into your nominations. I've touted my views on lonnng songs many times. I'd rather listen to three great Pop Singles than a 10 minute Album Track anytime. (Short attention span).

;)

Things seem to work pretty well the way we've been going, so I'm certainly not going to impose my views on anyone.

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THANKS TO ALL WHO'VE NOMINATED SO FAR. HERE'S THE

NOMINATIONS TO DATE (48).

Avalon - Roxy Music

Ballad Of A Thin Man - Bob Dylan

Been Caught Stealing - Jane's Addiction

Birdland - Weather Report

Cactus Tree - Joni Mitchell

Choice Of Colors - The Impressions

Cinnamon Girl - Neil Young & Crazy Horse

December,1963 (Oh What A Night) - The 4 Seasons

Dedicated To The One I Love - The Mamas & The Papas

Downtown - Petula Clark

Fly Like An Eagle - Steve Miller (Band)

Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd

Good Feeling To Know, A - Poco

Handle With Care - The Traveling Wilburys

Hardest Button to Button, The - The White Stripes

Highway To Hell - AC/DC

I Need You - Rick Nelson

Isn't It A Pity - George Harrison

It's A Man's Man's Man's World - James Brown

Kites - Simon Dupree And The Big Sound

Lady Eleanor - Lindisfarne

Lean on Me - Bill Withers

Light My Fire - The Doors

Living Next Door To Alice - Smokie

Lodi - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Lonesome Loser - Little River Band

Long May You Run - The Stills-Young Band

Luka - Suzanne Vega

Mr. Sandman - The Chordettes

No Matter What - Badfinger

No Milk Today - Herman's Hermits

One - U2

One Thing Leads To Another - The Fixx

Passenger, The - Iggy Pop

Pledging My Love - Johnny Ace

Seed 2.0, The - The Roots

She's Not There - The Zombies

Shine On You Crazy Diamond - Pink Floyd

Somebody's Baby - Jackson Browne

Space Oddity - David Bowie

Spill The Wine - Eric Burdon & War

Surrender - Cheap Trick

Thunder Road - Bruce Springsteen

Too Old To Rock N' Roll: Too Young To Die - Jethro Tull

Ugly - The Exies

What I Like About You - The Romantics

Yes Sir, I Can Boogie - Baccara

You Sang To Me - Marc Anthony

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A special welcome to The Lizard. :)

It looks like there are still a few away. We'll keep nominations open for a little while longer. Of course, if any of our regulars miss nominating but are around for voting they're welcome to do so.

A good variety to choose from as usual.

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Great choices, Seeker! I didn't know anyone else here was familiar with Smokie. I've been listening to their music since the late 70's (boy, am I old!). I love their stuff. As far as I know, the only North American hit for the group was Stumbling In, a duet by Suzie Quatro and Chris Norman. :thumbsup:

Thanks. And as for Smokie... I was surprised to learn that there's few people here who know their stuff. I've been listening to them for ages and somehow always thought they were quite famous. :crazy:

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Smokie are not very well known in Spain neither... I know "living next door to Alice" and also "Stumbling In" (I like these songs) and I thought they were hits in the US... I didn't even know they were british...

They were from Diggs' town of Wakefield or somewhere thereabouts.

Their list of UK hits includes "If You Think You Know How To Love Me", "Don't Play Your Rock and Roll To Me", Living Next Door To Alice", "It's Your Life", "Needles And Pins", "Oh Carol": all Top 10s!

They disappeared around 1978, but continued to enjoy popularity abroad, particularly in Germany: generally in places relatively unaffected by punk/new-wave developments, which hindered their credibility at home. (Poor fashion sense and mullet hair-dos proving no obstacle to success in the land of Bratwurst and Lederhosen....)

They resurfaced in 1995, when their biggest hit was re-released with potty-mouthed "comedian" Roy Chubby Brown on guest vocals. The utterly hilarious result of this positively Satanic collaboration, "Living Next Door To Alice (Who The F* Is Alice?)" reached No3 in the UK charts in August '95. How this happened remains a mystery...

At some point, though I'm very vague on the details, ex-members of Smokie could be found in the band Black Lace, famous for their much-maligned party favourites "Agadoo", "Superman" and "Do The Conga", and kiddies' party-hit "I Am The Music Man".

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Smokie are not very well known in Spain neither... I know "living next door to Alice" and also "Stumbling In" (I like these songs) and I thought they were hits in the US... I didn't even know they were british...

"Stumblin In" was actually a fairly minor hit in the UK (No 41) for Suzi Quatro, a duet with Smokie's Chris Norman; they had a similarly "husky" vocal style. Both artists made regular use of the Chinn/Chapman songwriting partnership, which probably explains this collaboration. People tend to credit it to Suzi Q and overlook Norman's involvement.

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They were from Diggs' town of Wakefield or somewhere thereabouts.

Their list of UK hits includes "If You Think You Know How To Love Me", "Don't Play Your Rock and Roll To Me", Living Next Door To Alice", "It's Your Life", "Needles And Pins", "Oh Carol": all Top 10s!

They disappeared around 1978, but continued to enjoy popularity abroad, particularly in Germany: generally in places relatively unaffected by punk/new-wave developments, which hindered their credibility at home. (Poor fashion sense and mullet hair-dos proving no obstacle to success in the land of Bratwurst and Lederhosen....)

They resurfaced in 1995, when their biggest hit was re-released with potty-mouthed "comedian" Roy Chubby Brown on guest vocals. The utterly hilarious result of this positively Satanic collaboration, "Living Next Door To Alice (Who The F* Is Alice?)" reached No3 in the UK charts in August '95. How this happened remains a mystery...

At some point, though I'm very vague on the details, ex-members of Smokie could be found in the band Black Lace, famous for their much-maligned party favourites "Agadoo", "Superman" and "Do The Conga", and kiddies' party-hit "I Am The Music Man".

Thanks for the information, BF. I have their greatest hits CD and one of their albums, but I really didn't know much about them until now. I don't even remember how I first came across their music, but I really enjoy their style. :guitar:

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Thanks Katie. Yes, Smokie and Chris Norman were pretty big here in Australia. We seemed to often take Artists or Groups to heart who didn't do so well elsewhere. Suzi Quatro is a good example of that; we loved her. She had 12 Chart Hits + the duet with Chris Norman.

Here's Smokie's Australian Hits:

Don't Play Your Rock 'N' Roll To Me #3 1975

Living Next Door To Alice #1 (2 weeks) 1977

Lay Back In The Arms Of Someone #10 1977

It's Your Life #5 1977

Needles And Pins #6 1978

Oh, Carol #4 1978

Mexican Girl #13 1978

Do To Me #16 1979

Stumblin' In #1 (4 weeks - a massive Hit) 1979, Chris Norman & Suzi Quatro

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Phil, that's a very interesting nomination of Jackie Brenston's Rocket 88 (1951).

It's generally considered to be the first Rock And Roll record.

Also interesting is Judo's nomination of Pledging My Love by Johnny Ace - one of the greatest R & B songs of all time. Johnny Ace was said to have died while playing Russian Roulette.

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We have 50 songs nominated. I think we might start voting now. :headphones:

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Avalon - Roxy Music

Ballad Of A Thin Man - Bob Dylan

Been Caught Stealing - Jane's Addiction

Birdland - Weather Report

Cactus Tree - Joni Mitchell

Choice Of Colors - The Impressions

Cinnamon Girl - Neil Young & Crazy Horse

December,1963 (Oh What A Night) - The 4 Seasons

Dedicated To The One I Love - The Mamas & The Papas

Downtown - Petula Clark

Fly Like An Eagle - Steve Miller (Band)

Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd

Good Feeling To Know, A - Poco

Handle With Care - The Traveling Wilburys

Hardest Button to Button, The - The White Stripes

Highway To Hell - AC/DC

I Need You - Rick Nelson

Isn't It A Pity - George Harrison

It's A Man's Man's Man's World - James Brown

Kites - Simon Dupree And The Big Sound

Lady Eleanor - Lindisfarne

Lean on Me - Bill Withers

Light My Fire - The Doors

Living Next Door To Alice - Smokie

Lodi - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Lonesome Loser - Little River Band

Long May You Run - The Stills-Young Band

Love Is Alive - Gary Wright

Luka - Suzanne Vega

Mr. Sandman - The Chordettes

No Matter What - Badfinger

No Milk Today - Herman's Hermits

One - U2

One Thing Leads To Another - The Fixx

Passenger, The - Iggy Pop

Pledging My Love - Johnny Ace

Rocket 88 - Jackie Brenston

Seed 2.0, The - The Roots

She's Not There - The Zombies

Shine On You Crazy Diamond - Pink Floyd

Somebody's Baby - Jackson Browne

Space Oddity - David Bowie

Spill The Wine - Eric Burdon & War

Surrender - Cheap Trick

Thunder Road - Bruce Springsteen

Too Old To Rock N' Roll: Too Young To Die - Jethro Tull

Ugly - The Exies

What I Like About You - The Romantics

Yes Sir, I Can Boogie - Baccara

You Sang To Me - Marc Anthony

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I realise there's people on vacation, but any regulars who didn't get to nominate are most welcome to vote, of course. :)

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Dappled has started a three week vacation, and he PT'd his Ten selections to me. Have a great vacation Dappled!

:)

Dappled's Selections:

1. Light My Fire - The Doors

2. Ballad Of A Thin Man - Bob Dylan

3. Kites - Simon Dupree And The Big Sound

4. Lady Eleanor - Lindisfarne

5. She's Not There - The Zombies

6. No Matter What - Badfinger

7. Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd

8. Avalon - Roxy Music

9. Long May You Run - The Stills-Young Band

10. It's A Man's Man's Man's World - James Brown

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1. Thunder Road- Bruce Springsteen

2. Light My Fire- The Doors

3. Space Oddity- David Bowie

4. Shine On You Crazy Diamond- Pink Floyd

5. Free Bird- Lynyrd Skynyrd

6. One- U2

7. Ballad of a Thin Man- Bob Dylan

8. Cinnamon Girl- Neil Young

9. Highway To Hell- AC/DC

10. Hardest Button to Button- White Stripes

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1. Cactus Tree - Joni Mitchell

2. Lean on Me - Bill Withers

3. Mr. Sandman - The Chordettes

4. Freebird - Lynyrd Skynyrd

5. Fly Like An Eagle - Steve Miller Band

6. Handle With Care - The Traveling Wilburys

7. Been Caught Stealing - Jane's Addiction

8. Avalon - Roxy Music

9. One - U2

10. Surrender - Cheap Trick

I had to leave off a bunch of old favorites, but I'm pretty sure others will vote for those.

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