Thursday, October 15, 2015

Battle of the Bands "Helter Skelter"



WELCOME TO THE BATTLE OF THE BANDS!!!


Our battles take place twice a month: on the 1st and 15th.

 The results come six days later: on the 7th and 21st. That's 
when I return, total all of the votes, including mine 
(if necessary), and announce the winner. 

This music blogging event first introduced by our friends 
and I'd like to give them a heartfelt "thank you":

Fae @ Far Away Eyes 
Stephen T. McCarthy presents... 

This has to be a quick one today, peeps - the bare 
bones of explanations and a rapid jump to the songs. 
I'm late as it is...I do what I can do, ha ha.

Come on, we all know these first guys' story! 

The Original:
THE BEATLES' "HELTER SKELTER"




Contender #1:
TEENAGE KICKS

Toronto, Ontario's own Teenage Kicks - give it a spin! The band consisted of
brothers Peter and Jeff van Helvoort and they are considered "alternative."




Contender #2:
ROCKYARD  

It's only fair to put a fellow Toronto band 
against them. This is Rockyard - go for it guys: 



Well, you know how it's done! Listen and vote for your favorites.
Don't like either? Score one for least offensive. Either way, vote!
I'll tally them up and return on the 21st to give you a tally 
and announce the winner who will then forever bask 
in Flipside glory. Now, don't you want to be part of that? 
Get votin'.

Don't forget to visit the peeps (many of which do much, much better at BOTB):

YOUR DAILY DOSE




84 comments:

  1. Hi, dear Cherdo! I waited up till well after midnight and went to bed thinking you weren't going to show up on the battlefield this time. I am pleased to see you here with an exciting match-up. Truth be told, I am not familiar with the original group, the Beatles. Are they English? You need to remember that I was a young mother raising children at the time and too busy to pay attention to the pop music scene.

    Where did you find these two competing bands? Toronto? :) Both rock but band #1 rules. Teenage Kicks performs the more authentic sounding version of "Helter Skelter" from the crunching power of the guitars and drums to the unclean lead vocals. I loved it! I vote for Teenage Kicks. Thank you for introducing me to the Beatles and these talented Canadians, dear friend Cherdo!

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    1. Shady, I'm so sorry but I was slow this time and actually, truth be told, forgot to go and finish the post I started two weeks ago (I finished it this morning and then posted it - my bad!). Did I mention I'm a geezer? I'm feeling really geezerly today, ha ha.

      The Beatles (that's B-E-A-T-L-E-S) are a mop topped group from Liverpool, England, that took the states by storm in...oh, when was that...I think 2013. Many people think the band broke up due to member Juan's intrusive girl friend, Yo-yo. You know it ain't easy...you KNOW how hard things can be... the way things are going...well, they broke up. The other members went their separate ways. Pug raised sheep and organic everything. Jeorg stayed home and cooked a lot of Tandoori chicken, this alienating the new vegan, Pug. Winko was never heard from again but wherever he is, he has a vodka Tom Collins in hand and is wearing sunglasses. Thus end my tale.

      But the Beatles left a catalog of some 5-10 songs and a few were hits.

      I've gone Canadian! I started to put Pat Benatar up against the mop tops till I found these guys.

      Have a great day, buddy-o-pal!

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    2. Yo-yo? Pug? Winko?

      Aren't you getting the Beatles confused with the Teletubbies? :)

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    3. The Beatles broke up because of me. There. Now I've confessed my great sin and can live freely.

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    4. I'm glad Janie got that off her chest.

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    5. I'm losing my touch: A VOTE FOR TEENAGE KICKS!

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  2. They're both good, but I'd go with Rockyard since I like the softer sound. My husband would take the harder rock version. It's just a matter of taste. Both are talented groups!

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    1. I'm one who leans for the softer stuff, too.

      A VOTE FOR ROCKYARD!! Thanks, Elizabeth!

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  3. Love this Beatles song! Give my vote to Rockyard. I think they did a much better job with the song. The other was so harsh that I found I couldn't even listen to the whole song. Rockyard rocks it for sure.
    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. A VOTE FOR ROCKYARD!! Thanks, Michele!

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  4. DOC CHERDO ~
    I'm voting for TEENAGE KICKS simply because the singer wears an Elvis Costello T-shirt (and I'm tryin' to score points with you).

    OK, seriously, this song ain't 'ROCKY RACCOON', that's for sure. And it may be a song that only a moth--- er,... it may be a song that only a Charles Manson could love. The first one was really harsh, but the second version's lead singer really wasn't much of a singer, to my ears.

    Hmmm... I'll go with TEENAGE KICKS, but... I think those guys be lyin' about their ages. Ha!

    Please tell your angel, Gabriel, that I sent up a good prayer for him yesterday.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    1. I believe we felt that good prayer, dear Stephen. And you DO get points for noticing the Elvis Costello t-shirt. Truth be told, that t-shirt sealed the deal that put Teenage Kicks in that spot instead of Pat Benatar. I waivered...but then...Elvis Costello.

      Whatever the reason, one thing is sure - they do be lying about their age, for sure.

      Like you, I will forever associate this song with Manson. He ruined it. Or I should say, the attorney who wrote the book "Helter Skelter" ruined (but it was a good book if you want to know about that horrible crime).

      Forgive my slow posting! I've got to catch up. God bless and thanks!

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    2. A VOTE FOR TEENAGE KICKS!!

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    3. Well, I should hope that y'all DID feel my prayer. I don't just go around praying for ANYONE, ya know? I gotta like someone to pray for them! I never pray for the tax collectors, ya know? [A person's gotta be familiar with The Good Book to get some of my jokes. I knows you gets 'em.]

      'HELTER SKELTER' by Vincent Bugliosi. I own it and have read it a couple of times. Great book about one of the weirdest multiple-murders ever committed. You and I were both pretty young when that happened, but I remember it being yakked about, and living in L.A. at the time, something about it really fascinated me later on. I've even driven by and taken pictures of some of the notable sites, including the 'Manson Ranch'. I think it may be gone now.

      I'm not normally interested in True Crime stuffs, but something about that story intrigues me, and I'm still not entirely sure why. I guess it's the psychological elements of it.

      ~ D-FensDogG

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    4. Long ago, I had a brush with a criminal and I often wonder if that is why I am interested in some of the case stories. Bugliosi's book was extremely well written, in my humble opinion, and hard to put down.

      BAM. Still feeling those prayers. Still thankful for them. :-)

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  5. Number 2 gets the win from my bin, just liked it a little more.

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  6. Shoot! This was a hard one. I liked both of them a lot. I had to listen to them twice and it's still hard. I really love the rocking vibe in the first one. The drummer is killing it and I love that!! Rockyard though was feeling it too. I also happen to love his Chive on tshirt!! My vote goes to Rockyard only by a hair because I can hear the lyrics more from him then I do the first band. I love this song!! Rock on.

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    1. I'm trying balance them more. Pat Benatar covered this, too, and it was great - she would have taken it, I think.

      By the way, your BOTB today is fantastic.

      A VOTE FOR ROCKYARD!!

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    2. Thanks for the encouraging support sweet friend!!!

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  7. I'm throwing my vote to Rockyard. I'm not sure why. I liked both songs well enough, I guess just maybe Rockyard's version was more clear to me? I don't know. Great battle!

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    1. A VOTE FOR ROCKYARD!! Thanks, Madilyn!!

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  8. I vote for Teenage Kicks. I'm an alternative kinda girl. I like it that I can't really understand the vocals, but it doesn't matter because I know all the words and can scream along.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. << I'm an alternative kinda girl. >>

      So am I!

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    2. You kids...peas in a pod...a screaming, rocking pod. A VOTE FOR TEENAGE KICKS!!

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  9. They're both really good, and both have features that I like. I like the guitar work better in Rockyard's version, but I like the style and sound of Teenage Kicks. In the end, the guitar work wins. Rockyard.

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    1. I love to hear the full opinion though I'm not always good at my self. Well done, John!

      A VOTE FOR ROCKYARD!!

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  10. I also go for number two, although they're both good.

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    1. I love each and every Stephen vote!

      A VOTE FOR ROCKYARD!!

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  11. Listening to these with the knowledge that both bands come from Toronto makes me wonder who influenced who or if someone besides the Beatles influenced both bands. They're both good with their versions, but I give the edge to Rockyard as they did some more interesting things with the song I thought and I preferred the vocals and guitar work in their version. Their ending really cooked too.

    A vote for Rockyard.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Good question! Finding these guys made me want to know more about the Toronto rock scene, in general.

      Thanks, Lee!

      A VOTE FOR ROCKYARD!!

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  12. Well geez, I'm from Toronto and don't know either contender. For shame! It's cool to see so much Canadian content at BOTB today. ☺
    I thought both versions were pretty good but Teenage Kicks rocked it harder and there was a mean guitar riff in the middle. Please put me down for Teenage Kicks.

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    1. We need to give you a homework assignment: what's up with Toronto's rock scene? Take it away, Debbie!

      A VOTE FOR TEENAGE KICKS!!

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  13. After listening to both - who are extremely good - Rockyard edged to the fore for me. It may have somewhat to do with the massive headache I have building.

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    1. Oh, no! No headaches for JM! Thanks for the vote and lay down with Mr. Acetominophen.

      A VOTE FOR ROCKYARD!!

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  14. This one turned out to be pretty easy for me. I just took migraine medication about a half hour ago and thought it was all better.

    Turns out Teenage Kicks knows how to turn up the volume on my headache. It was a struggle to make it all the way through with the singer screaming at me and the instruments pounding in time to my head.

    Rockyard wasn't "soft" by any means, but ever so much better than those Who Are They Kidding Teenagers. So, an enthusiastic vote for Rockyard.

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    1. A VOTE FOR ROCKYARD!!

      You're not the first to have the headache - is it my blog? Ha ha. Thanks, Robin!

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  15. Never liked the original song but if I have to pick I'll go with Teenage Kicks.

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    1. You have to pick! You have to pick! A VOTE FOR TEENAGE KICKS!

      Thanks, Mike!

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  16. I think I'll take the more garage-y sound of the Teenagers on this one.

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    1. Garagey...you're right. Thanks, Chris!

      A VOTE FOR TEENAGE KICKS!!

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    1. A VOTE FOR ROCKYARD from the poptart queen! Thanks, Robin!

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  18. I give it to Rockyard-the vocal sounded better to me anyway plus I liked the guitar solo better. They get my vote

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    1. Eine Stimme von meinem lieben Freund! Danke sehr!

      A VOTE FOR ROCKYARD!

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  19. Hadn't heard of the Beatles? Now I really feel old. And the book, Helter Skelter, about Manson is also something these young folks will not remember. Anyway, I don't think the Beatles is the best this time, and I'll also vote for the Rockyard. But I really don't like the music.

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    1. I love the Beatles, I could easily slide into the position of only doing groups from my youth (Beatles, Monkees, Beach Boys, Hermans Hermits, Rolling Stones, Cat Stevens...). Truth be told, I listen to nearly everything, though, and I try to mix it up.

      Maybe next time I'll have one you love! Til then: A VOTE FOR ROCKYARD!!

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  20. I liked Teenage Kicks. They have a good sound for that kind of music.

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  21. I can't even listen to this song without thinking about Manson, but of course, the BEATLES are the best! Always. I read the book about Manson a few years ago...very disturbing stuff. If Satan can exist in human form, that man is Satan!

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    1. He is evil, for sure. It's scary to know those kind of people walk among us.

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  22. This would have been a good day to be lazy. ;)
    Not one of my favourite Beatles songs.
    The first band did a great job, but I loved the second band.
    Rockyard really gave it their all and I loved the guitars.

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    1. A VOTE FOR ROCKYARD!!

      Not one of my favorites of the Beatles but a hard one to do a decent cover. Thanks, Jeff!

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  23. Fortunately, I listened to these two contenders yesterday (I have a headache this morning). The first one really just sounded like noise to me (which is what I pretty much always though about this song), but this second was a big more melodious (ha, ha, ha). Give my vote to Rockyard.

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    1. A VOTE FOR ROCKYARD!! Now I have a headache (I think it was from being around a circular saw and breathing in half a tree).

      Thanks!

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  24. I gotta go with Beatles on this one, but it's a tough choice Cherdo!

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    1. Maurice, the Beatles are the original - you have to vote for the "cover" (or, like me, I sometimes vote for the original if I can't dig the cover. It irritates my pals...ha ha).

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  25. I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks that Teenage Kicks looks more like Middle Aged Kicks. They weren't bad but they were a little on the raucous side. Rockyard just seemed to overall have a better sound. Cast my vote for them.

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  26. One vote for Teenage Kicks !
    Never liked the song or the White album and then Manson took it over it was the end of the line for me.
    We use to drive up 395 and past the Independence courthouse all the time to either ski, camp or backpack around the area. It is so hard not to remember the trial.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. ANGRYPARSNIP ~
      Oh, yeah, me too! I've been up I-395 so many times, and now I live in Reno and so close to it that I can sometimes hear the traffic on 395 from my bedroom!

      And every time I've driven through Independence, I've looked at the courthouse and thought about Manson! You can't miss the courthouse, with that big, weird, brown rock "thing" front and center.

      You must have read the book 'HELTER SKELTER', huh? Remember that part where Manson was staring at Bugliosi, and Bugliosi looked at his watch and it had... died? Sheesh! Creepy stuffs!

      [DOC CHERDO, I don't know if you used this song for the Halloween Creep-Factor, but all the comments about Manson clearly show that YOU have - either deliberately or unconsciously - posted the creepiest Halloween-themed BOTB of any of us!]

      ~ D-FensDogG

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    2. Yes, dear, it was a tip o' the hat to the creep factor...all the Halloween songs were too familiar and just didn't do it for me.

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    3. A VOTE FOR TEENAGE KICKS! Thanks, parsnip, my dear!

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    4. Stephen.... Manson is just so creepy and the watch is so wrong.
      Any time you drive the 395 you can't help checking out Independence Courthouse.
      Maybe now many don't know what happned there.

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    5. Stephen.... Manson is just so creepy and the watch is so wrong.
      Any time you drive the 395 you can't help checking out Independence Courthouse.
      Maybe now many don't know what happned there.

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  27. I agree with farawayeyes' comment, I vote for Rockyard, dear Cherdo. :)

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    1. Thank you, dahlin'!

      A VOTE FOR ROCKYARD!

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  28. Cherdo, every time I hear this song I think of the nightmare that Sharon Tate and her friends faced on night long ago with Charles Manson's groupies. Thinking about that always sends shivers down my spine ~ a real life horror story! Now to the two dueling bands. My vote goes to Teenage Kicks. I think the lead singer has better vocals. Both groups rocked, though. Nice battle.

    Drop in to cast your vote on Superstition #BotB showdown

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    1. I'm with you, Cathy - it picked up a creep factor along the way...

      I thought I did the Superstition vote...I'll gallop on bad and do it again. In the meanwhile, A VOTE FOR TEENAGE KICKS!

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  29. Excellent song pick for a battle, Cherdo... This has got to be one of the greatest rock songs ever written, ever performed, ever recorded. Love it. Can listen to it anytime, anywhere, and it will always lift my spirits. (A shame that it got connected with the whole Manson thing; I read that book, too, but it didn't manage to ruin my Helter Skelter fetish ;) ).

    Both your contenders here did a great job... So great, in fact, I had to listen three times to both. And I'm still wavering. I think... Okay, yes. I'll go with Teenage Kicks. Why? Oh no, please. Don't make me do that. I—don't know. I just felt it a teeny bit more. Rockyard did a fantastic job, and I could listen to their version a lot, too (I will, actually, since I've added both videos to my YouTube playlists). But... I'll listen to Teenage Kicks first :)
    Guilie @ Quiet Laughter

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    1. It seems like everyone (me, included) cannot shake the Manson connection. That said, I wondered why no one pondered aloud why anyone would cover it, knowing it's unfortunate history? Great rock song - yes. Overshadowed by tragedy - absolutely.

      You can vote for anyone you want to vote for, for ANY reason, Guilie!

      A VOTE FOR TEENAGE KICKS!

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  30. I never liked this song - still the covers seem better than the original, IMHO.

    Rockyard for me, please.

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    1. A VOTE FOR ROCKYARD!

      As a Beatle fan, this was not my favorite of the long list of songs they produced, for sure.

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  31. Eek, is it blasphemy to say I think I liked Teenage Kicks better than the Beatles? They were just awesome. I'd travel all day to see them play. Not that Rockyard wasn't an excellent band; just the lead vocals didn't get it for me. Especially after listening to Kicks first.

    Of course, its been a long time since any of them were teens, huh? That name has to keep them from getting some bar gigs.

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    1. A VOTE FOR TEENAGE KICKS! Everyone is noting that "irony" or fib, depending on how you look at it.

      Thanks, Dolorah!

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    2. A VOTE FOR TEENAGE KICKS! Everyone is noting that "irony" or fib, depending on how you look at it.

      Thanks, Dolorah!

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  32. Beatles, hands down. The Teenage Kicks were too metal, and Rockyard's singer sounds dreadful with no reverb in his voice. That boy needs a proper mixer and to learn how to use it. (I made my living as a singer for 10 years) If you want to listen to something really amazing - Pentatonix is a new acapella group. A quintet that uses no instruments. Read this and listen to the two songs. The group's INCREDIBLE! https://www.yahoo.com/music/pentatonix-set-their-sights-on-1279142515998774.html

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    1. Ah, but the original (Beatles) is not in the vote-mix!

      I love Pentatonix, too, Lexa!

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  33. Actually, I think they're both pretty good. I'm going with Teenage Kicks, just a touch cleaner sound.

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    1. A VOTE FOR TEENAGE KICKS!

      Thanks, Squid-peep!

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  34. Teenage Kicks get my vote! Cool song and both were decent covers!

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  35. A VOTE FOR TEENAGE KICKS! Thanks, Mike!

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Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo