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The Boney Awards For 2020

#1 Post by T_Bone0806 » Thu Apr 01, 2021 9:53 am

Yes, 2020 was one crappy year. And music also suffered, with cancellation of live concerts, delays in some album releases,
and such. But there were some reasons to smile musically nonetheless. A Lot of it was as the result of home recordings,
and internet collaborations.

These are the Boney awards for my favorite songs of the year 2020.


We start off the countdown with a tribute to the two deceased members of Emerson, Lake and Palmer.


80. 21ST CENTURY SCHIZOID MAN-TODD RUNDGREN and BRIAN AUGER
Album: A Tribute To Keith Emerson and Greg Lake

From an album featuring various artists performing songs which featured Lake and/or Emerson. This one combines two songs
that were NOT from Emerson, Lake and Palmer but from the two bands they were in prior to ELP. The first is the scorched
earth King Crimson selection that had Lake on vocals and bass. It then morphs into the take on "America" from "West Side
Story" that Emerson recorded as a member of The Nice. A rousing way to kick off this countdown.




79. QUEEN OF THE HOLLYWOOD EXTRAS-The 1957 TAIL-FIN FIASCO
Album: The Harvard Tango

No stranger to my year-end lists, this Steely Dan inspired combo lands another entry for 2020. The Steely Dan
comparison is aided by the singer's eerie vocal similarity to the Dan's Donald Fagen.




78. ORDINARY MAN-OZZY OSBOURNE w/ELTON JOHN
Album: Ordinary Man

A strange combination perhaps, but it works. A strong and, dare I say, pretty and poignant power ballad.




77. SAVANNAH-JOE BONAMASSA
Album: Royal Tea

The kind of midtempo Southern Rock tune that you'd often hear on an Allman Brothers album.




76. YOU CAN'T HURT A FOOL-PRETENDERS
ALBUM: Hate For Sale

Simmering torch song with a brilliant, emotional Chrissie Hynde vocal.




75. LIFE ON MARS?-MORSE, PORTNOY, GEORGE
Album: Cov3r To Cov3r

From an album of cover tunes by the three progressive rock artists, this one is an updating of one of
my favorite David Bowie songs.




74. OUT TO SEA-DALLAS GREENE
Album: The Distance Between

Full disclosure: this is the daughter of a former bandmate. However, I am quite confident that she would occupy
both her spots on this countdown even if that were not the case. Excellent singer-songwriter stuff.




73. WHAT NOW-TEDDY THOMPSON
Album: Heartbreaker Please

His first of FOUR entries on this list. Classy, midtempo pop. Love his voice...I've been a fan for some time now.




72. LET HIM GO-KAI DANZBERG with DEAR STELLA
Album: Rockshow

Pure pop and proudly so, courtesy of this artist from Germany, assisted by the Austrian singer who goes by
the nom de plume Dear Stella. There's another version on the album with Danzberg alone called Let HER Go, but I much
prefer this one.




71. FADOODLE-THE LICKERISH QUARTET
Album: Threesome Vol. 1

This "quartet" is actually a trio, all former members of the short-lived but highly respected pop group Jellyfish.
This is very clever pop, similar to bands like 10cc and, if anyone remembers them, Sparks...with an occasional touch of
Queen when the harmonies kick into high gear. The lyrics on this one are a bit goofy, but the harmonies that answer
them are clever and amusing. This one grew on me.




70. NIGHTS ON BROADWAY-COKE BELDA
Album: Coke Belda 5: A Tribute To The Bee Gees Vol. 2

This remake doesn't stray too far from the original, except for a slightly more punched up sound and brighter
harmonies that sit up closer to the forefront. I like listening to this version, simply put.




69. WHY WAIT-TEDDY THOMPSON
Album: Heartbreaker Please

A very cool soulful 60's R & B style number, complete with the horn section that sounds like it jumped straight
out of a Memphis recording session. Thompson's vocal is a little bit country, a little bit blue-eyed soul. Love this tune,
and yet there are two other songs on the album I love even more.




68. SONG FOR SAM COOKE (HERE IN AMERICA)-DION w/PAUL SIMON
Album: Blues With Friends

The 81 year-old hitmaker of the 50's and 60's still makes records, mostly in the blues genre. Here he is joined by
another Rock Hall of Fame member for an ode to a 3rd inductee. It explores the lunacy of being a huge star yet still being
relegated to "for whites only" restrictions, in the days where black entertainers would be booked to perform at fancy hotels
but have to hunt down a different place to sleep because they weren't allowed to stay at the very place they performed. As an
act on many multiracial tours, Dion saw a lot of this firsthand.




67. SOMETIMES-JIM TRAINOR
Album: Glass Half Full

The vocal makes this sounds a little like an Oasis track. In other words, melodic with a definite Beatleish vibe.




66. DIDN'T FIX ME-DAWES
Album: Good Luck With Whatever

This band has shown up often in my year-end countdowns. This track is a very emotional one. The lyrics describe the man's
search for quick and easy answers to overcome his pains, to discover that only time and a determination to take one step
at a time....and if you're lucky enough, someone who loves you warts and all, can eventually ease the hurt.




65. BURNED-KELLY JONES
Album: Big Dogs Die Young

California Pop. This was written as a response to a songwriter's club challenge to come up with the best song possible
about summer love using only two chords and lyrics that didn't rhyme. I think she did pretty well, personally.

I couldn't find a video for this one, so here's an audio link.

https://kellyjones77.bandcamp.com/track/burned



64. GHOSTS-BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
Album: Letter To You

If you don't care for The Boss, this won't convert you, as it touches the usual bases for
a Springsteen tune. If you like Bruuuuce, however, this one should appeal to you just fine.




63. RADIO CLOUD-RUSTON KELLY
Album: Shape & Destroy

Sweet, or more accurately, bittersweet melody with some country-ish flavoring.




62. LETTERS-DALLAS GREENE
Album: The Distance Between

Another one from the considerably talented daughter of an old bandmate of mine. A fiery takedown of a love
that done the narrator of the song wrong. Keeping it in the famiy, her brother Nevada plays bass on this track.




61. LET'S START OVER AGAIN-VANILLA
Album: Digital Track

Hoo Boy. This is a straight-up Paul McCartney inspired "silly love song". Simple, lovely innocence.




Entries 60-41 coming up next Thursday, April 8th.
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#2 Post by SportsFan68 » Thu Apr 01, 2021 11:45 am

I LOVE THE BONEYS!

Time for only two today, meaning I really like the new format. I'll listen to all before next Thursday.

Thanks, T-Bone!
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#3 Post by Ritterskoop » Thu Apr 01, 2021 9:50 pm

I have zero of these, and am eager to listen to them tomorrow during work. Thanks so much for keeping this tradition going - on Opening Day, no less!
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#4 Post by kroxquo » Fri Apr 02, 2021 6:30 am

The Boneys are one of my highlights of the year. As always, my personal music collection is sure to grow as fast as you post it.

As a side note - my first reaction when I saw the name Dallas Greene was 1) I didn't know the manager of the 1980 Phillies sang and B) I thought he died.
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#5 Post by Ritterskoop » Fri Apr 02, 2021 3:02 pm

Observations:

Great start to the season!

I had no idea Joe Bonamassa was in the Suthren rock camp. Will be checking him out.

Love the guitar lead on the Life on Mars piece.

The Dawes video made me think of SouthPark.

Thanks again - looking forward to the rest!
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#6 Post by T_Bone0806 » Fri Apr 02, 2021 6:19 pm

Ritterskoop wrote:
Fri Apr 02, 2021 3:02 pm

I had no idea Joe Bonamassa was in the Suthren rock camp. Will be checking him out.
He is mostly blues-rock but does venture into that Southern Rock genre on occasion like The Allman Brothers do. He is an exceptional guitarist who grew up about an hour away from where I live, in the Utica NY area. He was kind of a child prodigy and a few years ago, he started getting attention nationally, largely through a series of PBS specials.
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#7 Post by T_Bone0806 » Thu Apr 08, 2021 10:12 am

60. THE WORD-THE WEEKLINGS
Album: Jem Records Celebrates John Lennon

The Weeklings are no strangers to covering Beatles songs. They've been doing it for years,
from well known to the obscure, alongside Beatles-inspired originals. This reimagines the
Rubber Soul track in a very interesting way.




59. ISOLATION-JEFF BECK AND JOHNNY DEPP
Album: Non-Album Track

Yes, that Johnny Depp. He does the vocalizing, Hall of Fame guitarist Beck does the shredding
in this cover of John Lennon's intense Plastic Ono Band track. Very powerful stuff.




58. MAKES ME HAPPY-JON ANDERSON
Album: 1000 Hands

Fans of Anderson's work as the lead singer of Yes may not like this one, as is not remotely similar to
the progressive stylings of Yes. It is bright, sunny, cheerful...and quite catchy...pop with a capital P.




57. MAKER-ANJIMILE
Album: Giver Taker

Remember Tracy "Fast Car" Chapman? The voice of this Trans singer is quite similar. It's joined midway by
some beautiful rhythmic patterns that help build the song up quite nicely.




56. ANGELS-JOSH GROBAN
Album: Harmony

What countdown of mine would be complete without at least one big, sappy power ballad? Groban fills
that quota with this one. Sappy, yes, but I can't deny the appeal of the melody.




55. BIG MOUTH-A GIRL CALLED EDDY
Album: Been Around

A Girl Called Eddy is actually Erin Moran, born in New Jersey, now living in England. Her voice has elements of
Karen Carpenter, Aimee Mann, and Amy Grant. Her songs are jazzy, smoky and melancholy, with heavy Burt Bacharach,
Carole King and Carpenters influences. Late night mood music..darn good stuff.




54. FIND MY WAY-PAUL MCCARTNEY
Album: McCartney III

It's all Paul, recorded during "rockdown", and still pulling off his classic pop chops after close to 60 years of
making records.




53. CLUB ZERO-The Go-Gos
Album: non-album single track

The Go-Gos reunited to take part in the Showtime documentary that told the story of their rise and fall.
In the process, they recorded this track, their first in 19 years, which carries all of the elements of
the sound that made them popular in the first place.




52. A LITTLE RAIN-GREG POPE
Album: Wishing On A Dark Star

Lo-Fi Indie Power Pop artist with another wonderfully melodic number that exemplifies why I always look
forward to hearing any new music he releases.



51. CHANGE OF SEASONS-YOUR FRIEND JEBB w/Lisa Mychols and Tom Richards
Album: Digital Single

The appropriately titled song here is like a warm breeze coming out of a tough winter, an effect made even more so
by the typically appealing presence of the voice of Ms. Mychols, whose vocals are the equivalent of the
brightest, bluest sky you can imagine.




50. THREE CAMILLIAS-GOODMAN
Album: Goodman Versus The Nostalgia Machine

Propelled by Beatle inspired guitars and a melody and harmonies straight out of the sixties..with a violin passage
thrown in for good measure. I found that this pleasant little tune didn't want to leave my head after my first
listen...and I didn't mind that a bit.




49. LONG AS I CAN SEE THE LIGHT-THE ALBUM SHOW
Album: Best Of The Livestreams Volume 1

What's a hardworking group of musicians to do when a global pandemic prevents them from doing
shows in front of a live audience? For Michael Carpenter and some friends, what they do is
livestream in-studio concerts featuring tributes to artists like The Beatles, Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks,
Crowded House, and CCR. Much of the music is now available for purchase on the Bandcamp website. This is
from the CCR tribute episode and features the powerful vocal of Sophie Jones.




48. MAN WE WAS LONELY-KC BOWMAN
Album: An Indie All-Star Tribute To Paul McCartney

This fella will show up later in the countdown as part of a group project, but for now, here's his remake
of a tune from McCartney's first solo album, from 1970, fluffed up and punched up for 2020.




47. SEIZE THE DAY-PAUL MCCARTNEY
Album: McCartney III

Well, at #48 we had a cover of a McCartney song, next comes a song from the man himself. Lots here to
inspire recollections of a band he used to be in..and I don't mean Wings. Although there are brushstrokes
of them here as well.




46. PENNY LANE-JEFF LAKE AND CELLOPHANE FLOWERS
Album: Penny Lane

OK, so this makes 3 McCartney penned tunes in a row, this one from his Fab Four days. I love this band..their
concept sets them apart from other ones who spend the bulk of their time covering Beatlesongs. A singer/guitarist
fronting a string quartet. With very few exceptions, that's it. The unique, creative arrangements breathe new life into songs we've heard
many many times. This entry is a prime example. I especially get a kick out of the violin taking the place of
the piccolo trumpet on the solo passage.




45. SMOKE-JESS WILLIAMSON
Album: Sorceress

Texas singer-songwriter. This songs starts off quiet and builds in intensity along the way. Sounds like something
that would be played in a movie scene where a character is driving off on a destiny-seeking journey, leaving
behind more and more memories with each mile.




44. NEVER-KANSAS
Album: The Absence Of Presence

Yes, this band which came to prominence in the 70's, is still around and making new music,
even though only two original members, drummer Phil Ehart and guitarist Rich Williams, remain in
the lineup. And although other tracks on the album are more in line with their signature sound,
this power ballad stuck with me more than any other. It's no "Carry On Wayward Son", but it'll do.




43. BABY ONE MORE TIME-MICHAEL CARPENTER
Album: Non-Album Digital Track Only

In the midst of the pandemic, Carpenter kept busy by doing a lot of little homespun projects,
including a trio of covers that took big teen pop hits and applying a fresh, imaginative coat
of paint to them. This song has been covered before, in fact, one such cover version appeared on my
list just last year. but Carpenter packs so much punch into his version of Britney's little ditty that
it just had to have a spot on this one. We'll hear another one of his quarantined reworkings later in the countdown.




42. I THINK WE'RE ALONE NOW-BILLIE JO ARMSTRONG
Album: No Fun Mondays

From another pandemic project, an album of covers, this one from the Green Day frontman, comes an
update of the Tommy James and The Shondells hit from the 60's. This version is punked up and rowdy. I would like to
take this opportunity to point out that I had the idea to do this in the band I was in 40 years ago.
And our version was twice as loud and twice as fast. But seeing as how Armstrong was all of 8 years old
and living in California when we were doing this, I don't think he stole the idea from us..so I'll let it slide.
And heck, he does do it really well.




41. THE LIVING ROOM-THE LIVING ROOM
Album: The Living Room EP

I'm starting to sound like a broken record, but here's another made-at-home pandemic recording, featuring
a couple of members of Collective Soul, including vocalist Ed Roland. If you like that band, I suspect
you will like this. There's also a lot of ELO in this track's DNA. Skip to around 6:33 in the video to
hear the song, unless you want to hear the whole EP.

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#8 Post by littlebeast13 » Thu Apr 08, 2021 10:27 am

T_Bone0806 wrote:
Thu Apr 08, 2021 10:12 am
56. ANGELS-JOSH GROBAN
Album: Harmony

What countdown of mine would be complete without at least one big, sappy power ballad? Groban fills
that quota with this one. Sappy, yes, but I can't deny the appeal of the melody.

When I saw the title, I was hoping it was the song I knew... and wasn't disappointed!

Not the Josh Groban version, though I admit it was pretty good. Robbie Williams did a version (maybe the original?) about 20 years ago that was a huge Mecca earworm of the early 2000's. Not sure if you're familiar with it since Williams was boy bandish (Take That), but hearing it again certainly took me back to a simpler time...



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#9 Post by T_Bone0806 » Thu Apr 08, 2021 11:13 am

littlebeast13 wrote:
Thu Apr 08, 2021 10:27 am


Not the Josh Groban version, though I admit it was pretty good. Robbie Williams did a version (maybe the original?) about 20 years ago that was a huge Mecca earworm of the early 2000's. Not sure if you're familiar with it since Williams was boy bandish (Take That), but hearing it again certainly took me back to a simpler time...

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No, I've never heard it before. If I had, it would've been occupying a spot on my iPod as we speak. I quite like it.

And he gets extra points because he co-wrote it, I see.
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#10 Post by Ritterskoop » Fri Apr 09, 2021 8:03 am

I bought A TON of Robbie Williams back in the day. Also liked Take That, and had an album by Gary Barlow. I'm a sucker for great harmony, hence, many boy bands.

I will listen to this next edition this afternoon during work, thanks again TBone!
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#11 Post by Ritterskoop » Fri Apr 09, 2021 4:58 pm

Wow, Billie Joe Armstrong HAD to cover that song!

I will be buying that one and "Change of Seasons". Great set.
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#12 Post by kroxquo » Sat Apr 10, 2021 7:29 pm

There is some great stuff here!

Some thoughts on some of the tracks:
Apart from my confusing her with the manager of the 1980 Phillies, I love Dallas Greene's sound. I hope there is more in the rest of the countdown

I'm going to be humming Fadoodle for weeks - damn you :lol:

Dion's song is heart breaking, but is great to see and hear that he is still recording

Where the hell did Johnny Depp (!!) get that performance?

The Go-Gos can STILL BRING IT!

You are right - Lisa Mychols voice could bring sunshine to a hurricane

And you are not kidding about Sophie Jones having a powerful voice

I love the Penny Lane arrangement
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