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  1. Stephan55

    Watch TCM Films not loading

    Hey thanks so much Mike for getting back to me about this. Been busy all day and just settled in to see what is going on in this part of my "life." I almost exclusively use WATCH TCM ON-DEMAND as it allows me to see at my leisure what I want to watch from TCM (most of what they broadcast is offered on the WATCH TCM website), and these days I only DVR a TCM "premier" or something that I haven't seen before, if I'm not able to watch it live on the boob. Otherwise TCM WATCH ON-DEMAND is my routine go-to. And it works great WHEN IT DOES WORK. But too often there are interruptions in "service" of varying lengths and intensity, that almost obliterate the "good" days in-between. And (in my case for sure) 99.999% of the time the root of the problem has ended up being some screw-up on the TCM side of the house. I used to go that route when troubleshooting, but have long ago abandoned any browser, etc put out by MS. And anything by Google as well (for much the same reasons). I hate all of the unwanted telemetry spyware that these mega giants feel they can use mine whatever data they can from us (just because they can). And I avoid automatic updates like the plague (often they break something that used to work, and often hide more spyware and manipulative cookies within), I dislike being anybodies unasked Beta tester. I only choose to update when I have read everything I can about the update and determined that it is in MY best interest to do so (as opposed to some companies self-serving interest). Besides, I really don't believe that it is a Firefox or Adobe Flash issue per se, as the trailers and intros played, and (an even more relevant distinction) both the East and West coast WATCH TCM LIVE streams played without a hitch. Could possibly have been a Firefox browser conflict initiated by TCM, but it only affected their WATCH TCM ON-DEMAND ability to function. BTW Firefox also uses HTML. I have Adobe Flash on board only for those antiquated institutions that still use it (like TCM). Adobe constantly pumps out "updates" but again, I do not allow anyone to take over my PC and automatically install anything without my explicit examination and approval. That sounds interesting, I wonder why? As I said, I stopped using Google years ago now. It was a real pain getting rid of some of their intensly persistent "cookies" and they cross infected every other browser that I used to test with back then. Today, whenever I get on-line, I make sure that google.com is blocked from my Firefox browser. Good idea, but they don't listen to us about anything, do they? Nope, not even to watch a TCM movie ON-DEMAND. If that is the only way then I will take the highway. I have chosen to boycott Google, and most anything "new" from Microsoft. MS is just way to heavy handed. They tried to automatically install Win 10 on my PC in 2016. The reason why I use Win 7 Pro, is they stopped supporting XP. With Win 7 I still have some controll over my PC, with Win 10 I sacrifice everything to the "good will" of MS. Win 7 will be the last Operating System that I ever use or buy from MS. I used to let MS push the automatic updates back in the day when I naively believed and "trusted" them to have "our" best interests in mind. These days I only allow the absolutely necessary security updates from MS, and only after I have read them and assured myself that is all that they are (once burned twice shy). I'll only use and support Firefox so long as Mozilla continues to fight the good fight for us. Likewise DuckDuckGo search engine, Wikipedia, NPR and PBS, etc. The day I realize that they have either given up or been conned into joining the dark side, I will leave them in a heartbeat. Too many against "us" and they all have a lot of financial clout. Gotta support those that support me and you, and "us" whenever I can. So does that mean that you accessed them using WATCH TCM ON-DEMAND??? I Just went to WATCH TCM ON-DEMAND and gave it another shot. Tora!, Tora!, Tora!, loaded and began playing in a snap, just like it did three days ago. I checked half a dozen different features scattered throughout the playlist, and they all did the same. So yeah, WATCH TCM ON-DEMAND is back up and running for me today. Thanks so much for checking! Don't know when "they" finally "fixed" whatever problem that they "initiated" (could have been anytime after I clicked off late last night to sometime this afternoon). So it was a "relatively" temporary "glitch" only lasting from Tues-Thurs (by TCM "standards" almost nothing at all to *b*i*t*c*h* about). And I would have given it that time and even more before I initiated a post about it, were it not that nobody else appeared to be affected by it. But this "problem" (however minor by contrast) again falls squarely at the feet of TCM, as I had changed nothing immediately before it started and I had reverted back to that "original" browser so that everything at my end was again the same when the problem mysteriously and "spontaneously" resolved (all-on-it's-own ) sometime today. This has TCM written all over it, as these very same symptoms have presented many times before on WATCH TCM ON-DEMAND, the only difference this time was that I was the only one experiencing it that posted about it this time around. Anyway, thanks so much Mike for the double check. Appreciate your effort and thoughtful suggestions. I suppose I better get back to Tora!, Tora!, Tora!, before it's time expires tonight! It's not like I don't know how it ends, seeing how it's a historical docudrama of sorts, and I have seen the movie before. But I was in the mood for a re-watch, and by god that's what I'm a gonna do. See'in as how TCM went to all that effort to make it watchable again (just for me).
  2. Stephan55

    Watch TCM Films not loading

    Since NOBODY has made any posts yet, and I have been experiencing the problem since yesterday afternoon, I am thinking that I might just be the lone ranger.... Gosh I sure hope not???? Late Monday night-early Tuesday morning (2/11-2/12/2019), I was watching Tora! Tora! Tora! on WATCH TCM ON-DEMAND. No problem except I fell asleep about halfway through the film. I was busy Tues-Wed. So no TV time until late yesterday afternoon (Wed. 2/13/2019). I fired up the PC, connected to the larger TV screen, and settled down to finish Tora! Tora! Tora! But the movie wouldn't load from WATCH TCM ON-DEMAND, not even the spinning little wheel. The screen just looked as it normally does once a movie has finished playing with the re-load/re-watch icon in the middle of the screen. Click on that and the movie doesn't recycle. Try reloading it, same thing. My TCM sign-in tells me that I am good-to-go, but no movie will play. This is the same kind of screen that I (and others here) have seen several times before when WATCH TCM ON-DEMAND is acting up, but when I come to the boards for confirmation, not a single recent complaint to be seen. I checked and the trailers and intros load and play. Even WATCH TCM LIVE East & West Feeds play okay, but not a single movie that I have checked from the entire WATCH list will load and play now, not even those that played just fine two days ago. So I double check to make sure that everything at my end is up-to-date.... Firefox browser (check!), Adobe Flash Player (check!), Downstream ISP speeds good (check!), No problem streaming video from anywhere else (PBS, YouTube, double check!). I became so frustrated that I even reinstalled a couple of the earlier Firefox browser versions that had previously worked fine with TCM (made no difference at all). Since these symptoms are very similar to what we all have experienced with WATCH TCM ON-DEMAND before, I ordinarily wouldn't be too alarmed. But without joint confirmation that others are experiencing the same thing as myself I am becoming truly alarmed. I shut my PC off early Tuesday morning, then turned it on again to WATCH TCM ON-DEMAND Wed afternoon. So whatever crapped out happened sometime between Tues morning and Wed afternoon. Is this happening to anybody else out there in WATCH TCM On-DEMAND Land? PC is the same laptop I've been using for the last three years. Same Win 7 pro OS, Same ISP, Same hardware and software (and all functioning as they should with everything except WATCH TCM ON-DEMAND). In-other-words nothing at my end changed from one day to the next when this happened. Ordinarily that points the finger at TCM. And ordinarily it is me (or somebody like me) double checking and confirming that for somebody else posting on here. But it appears as if I'm either the first to report the problem this time, or else I am the only one experiencing it? How about it folks, can anybody chime in about this same thing happening at their end? Any feedback is appreciated. Thanks
  3. Stephan55

    MUSIC THAT INFLUENCED "ME" GROWING-UP

    Thanks Princess, for sharing that little snapshot of your life. When examining my extremely eclectic library of nostalgic music I see many of the artists that you have mentioned there. I will seek out relevant music links in forthcoming posts, and surely welcome anyone else to do the same. So keep checking back and you may see (hear) something that you fondly remember from those formative years.
  4. Okay, yeah, that last Randy Rainbow parody was a little too crass for a "family friendly" board like TCM... Even in the politically diversive "Off-Topics" forum. I kinda thought that it might get deleted when I posted it, but decided to test-the-water so to speak anyway. For any mature (or immature) adult who wishes to see the little video in question just web-search **W**T**F**, YOU GUYS!? - Randy Rainbow Song Parody (NSFW) (when doing the search eliminate the *s) So, how about a little SNL intermission... Deal or No Deal Cold Open - SNL
  5. Stephan55

    MUSIC THAT INFLUENCED "ME" GROWING-UP

    EDIT: 2/17/2019 When I first started posting "Pop" music links in another thread that was not "my own", I was somehow oblivious to the fact that there were already at least two music threads within different forums on these boards (and probably more). Had I actually looked around a bit, rather than jumping the gun, I likely wouldn't have started this thread at all. I have since examined the two earlier ones (linked below), and realize that practically any nostalgic song or music that would be posted here, has likely already been posted elsewhere. So I have inadvertently created a redundant thread. With that in mind, and in the interest of making this thread somehow a little different than the others, I would like to re-emphasis personal anecdotes, information &/or the trivia aspect mentioned in the OP. I would like each person that posts a song or music link here to provide a little something about their personal connection to it. Perhaps like when and/or where we were when we first heard it. What we remember doing at the time, Or who we were with. Maybe it's a song associated with someone "special" at the time? Perhaps a friend or family member? Someone we loved, or thought we hated? Perhaps when we were falling in (or out of) love? Music is like a "time Machine" and easily evokes such memories, so without sharing anything too identifying, maybe just a little bit of why the song is important to you. It's significance (however great or small). It doesn't have to be a thesis, or anything like that, just share as much or as little as you wish, so long as it connects you with the music. Again, any song or music that we had (or still have) a personal connection to (whether old or young) is welcome. Thanks Incomplete listing of LINKS To Other Music Threads in various forums on the TCM website. First Movie SONG That Comes to Mind Started by LonesomePolecat, July 11, 2016 FORGOTTEN Oldies Started by hamradio, January 1, 2017 Post All the Lousy Music You Want Thread Started by darkblue, February 6, 2019
  6. Stephan55

    MUSIC THAT INFLUENCED "ME" GROWING-UP

    I will start off by posting about a song that I first heard in 1963. I had a little 8 transistor AM radio that came with an ear bud, and I used to carry and listen to music from it when I walked to school and back. It was on such a morning that I first heard this very special little tune. Special, because it was in a different language and I didn't understand a single word sung, but the music was so unique and entrancing that it allowed me to imagine all sorts of things about what the song might be about. And throughout my life, even without knowing what the words meant, whenever I heard even an instrumental version of this song, it wafted me back to the first time that I heard it. In fact I still knew very little about this song until I researched it for this initial post. I didn't even know what the title meant. I have heard several renditions of it over the years in both English and other languages, but not until today did I gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the song, it's origin, and the singer who popularized it. "Ue o Muite Arukō" ("I Look Up As I Walk") first released in 1961 in Japan. re-released in the United Kingdom and the United States in 1963, under the alternate name of "Sukiyaki". Lyrics by Rokusuke Ei; Music by Hachidai Nakamura; Sung by Kyu Sakamoto. The song topped the charts in several countries, including on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1963. The song has grown to become one of the world's best-selling singles of all time, having sold over 13 million copies worldwide. In Anglophone countries, the song is best known under the alternative title "Sukiyaki". Sukiyaki refers to a Japanese hot-pot dish with cooked beef, does not appear in the song's lyrics, nor does it have any connection to them; it was used only because it was short, catchy, recognizably Japanese, and more familiar to English speakers. A Newsweek columnist noted that the re-titling was like issuing "Moon River" in Japan under the title "Beef Stew". Well-known English-language cover versions with altogether different lyrics often go by the alternative name or something completely different, including "My First Lonely Night" by Jewel Akens in 1966, and "Sukiyaki" by A Taste of Honey in 1980. The song has also been recorded in several other languages. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sukiyaki_(song) Sukiyaki (Ue o Muite Arukou) - Kyu Sakamoto 1961 (Japanese Lyrics with literal English Translation) A few Variations Sukiyaki (1963 USA, UK) - KYU SAKAMOTO - English translation SUKIYAKI - (English Version with Lyrics / A Taste of Honey) 1980 anglicised lyrics by A Taste of Honey vocalist Janice-Marie Johnson Sukiyaki Song Japan 1961 (Ue o Muite Arukou) Selena Tribute - Sukiyaki (Caminaré Mirando Arriba) 1989 Spanish-language version of the song, featuring the lyrics written by Janice Marie Johnson in 1980 translated into Spanish. "Ue o Muite Arukou" sung by Kyu Sakamoto 1961 vintage video Sukiyaki Kyu Sakamoto FULL SONG ReEdit STEREO ReMix HiQ Hybrid JARichardsFilm Two Instrumental versions Sukiyaki - HQ Piano & Orchestra Sukiyaki (Guitar Instrumental Version) for James Kyu Sakamoto (December 10, 1941 - August 12, 1985) was a Japanese singer and actor, best known outside Japan for his international hit song "Ue o Muite Arukō" (known as "Sukiyaki" in English-speaking markets), which was sung in Japanese and sold over 13 million copies. It reached number one in the United States Billboard Hot 100 in June 1963, making Kyu Sakamoto the first Asian recording artist to have a number one song on the chart. Sakamoto, along with 519 other passengers on the flight, was killed in the crash of Japan Airlines Flight 123 on 12 August 1985; the deadliest single-aircraft accident to date. Kyu Sakamoto (坂本 九 Sakamoto Kyū) born Hisashi Sakamoto (坂本 九 Sakamoto Hisashi), raised as Hisashi Ōshima (大島 九 Ōshima Hisashi), was born in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, on December 10, 1941 (3 days after the bombing of Pearl Harbor). Today Kanagawa is considered part of an expanding greater Tokyo. Kyu Sakamoto was the youngest of his father's nine children, and he was nicknamed Kyū-chan (九ちゃん), meaning "lil nine". Kyu's father, Hiroshi, was a cargo tender officer and his mother, Iku, was his second wife. In the summer of 1944, there were frequent air raids over the greater Tokyo area. Kyu's mother took her three biological children to live with their maternal grandparents in rural Kasama, Ibaraki Prefecture. After the war ended they moved back to Kawasaki in 1949. Their father's company had been closed by American occupation forces and he had opened a restaurant. In 1956, Kyu's parents divorced. And his mother was given custody over her three minor children including Kyu, and they adopted the mother's maiden name, Ōshima. His six older step-siblings kept their father's surname, Sakamoto (which Kyu later adopted). Kyu began playing guitar while in high school, and soon after began singing. In May 1958, when Kyu was 16 years old, he joined the Japanese pop-band The Drifters that had been formed three years earlier in 1955. The Drifters (aka Sons of the Drifters) was influenced by western culture and music. Kyu's position in the band was as second vocalist, however his big breakthrough as a band member came 3 months later (August 26, 1958), when he sang at the annual music festival Western Carnival at the Nichigeki Hall. After a quarrel and fight with two of the other members, Sakamoto left the band in November 1958. For the next month, Kyu returned to his studies and focused on entering the university. But by December 1958, he joined another classmate's band called Danny Iida and the Paradise King. He replaced another singer and Kyu's musical career began to rise. He quit school and devoted himself to music, and by June 1959, the band had been offered a record deal at the JVC record company. The Paradise King and Kyu released their song "Kanashiki Rokujissai" in August 1960, which became a great hit in Japan. It was followed by a number of songs that also became very popular. This led to Kyu obtaining a record contract at the Toshiba Records company and he left the Paradise King to begin a solo career. His first hit as a soloist was the "love song" "Ue o Muite Arukō" ("I look up as I walk") written by Rokusuke Ei and composer Hachidai Nakamura. Rokusuke wrote the lyrics while walking home from a Japanese student demonstration expressing his frustration at the failed efforts protesting against a continued US Army presence and the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between the United States and Japan. The lyrics tell the story of a man who looks up and whistles while he is walking so that his tears will not fall. The verses of the song describe his memories and feelings. Though Rokusuke Ei's words are a reflection of his feeling dejected about the failure of the protest movement, he purposefully rendered the lyrics in an allegorical generic way so that they might be interpreted by the listener as refering to any lost love. Hachidai Nakamura's musical composition provided a perfect backdrop for Rokusuke's lyrics, and Kyu Sakamoto's voice became a perfect interpretation of the song. The English-language lyrics written and sung by vocalist Janice-Marie Johnson in the 1980 version recorded by A Taste of Honey are not a direct translation of the original Japanese lyrics, but instead a completely different set of lyrics arranged to the same basic melody. The song was first heard on the NHK entertainment program Yume de Aimashō on August 16, 1961. It became an instant smash hit and was released on red vinyl on October 15. It remained the highest selling record in Japan until January 1962. In 1963, Louis Benjamin, an executive of the British record company Pye Records, was visiting Japan. He listened "Ue o Muite Arukō" several times and decided to bring it back to England. However the songs Japanese title was difficult for English speakers to prounounce so the song was renamed "Sukiyaki", after the Japanese cooked beef dish familiar to the English. The new title was intended to sound both catchy and distinctive in Japanese, but other than the language, it had no actual connection to the song. Pye Records initially released an instrumental version of Hachidai Nakamura's composition "Ue o Muite Arukō" (aka "Sukiyaki"). And after that became a hit in the UK, His Master's Voice (HMV) record label released the 1961 original with Rokusuke Ei's words and Kyu Sakamoto's voice, which also sold well, reaching sixth place in HMV's most sold records. In 1963, Capitol Records released the song in the USA with the alternate title "Sukiyaki", eventually selling over one million copies, and remaining number one on the Billboard Hot 100 number one single for three weeks in June, 1963. After the international success of "Sukiyaki", Kyu Sakamoto went on a world tour that lasted from summer of 1963 to the beginning of 1964. Among the countries he visited were the United States (including Hawaii), Germany, and Sweden. During his time in the U.S., he was invited to appear in several television shows. On August 13, 1963, he landed at Los Angeles International Airport and that evening, was a guest on the television program The Steve Allen Show. Kyu was also expected to appear on The Ed Sullivan Show, but his appearance was canceled owing to a scheduling conflict with the production of his upcoming movie, Kyu-chan Katana o Nuite. Kyu Sakamoto had only one other song reach the U.S. charts, "China Nights (Shina no Yoru)" (released by Capitol records), which peaked at number 58 in 1963. His only American album, Sukiyaki and Other Japanese Hits (Capitol), peaked at number 14 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart (now known as the Billboard 200) in 1963 and remained on the Pop Albums chart for 17 weeks. He received his sole foreign Gold Record of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) by Capitol Records on May 15, 1964, in Tokyo. In 1971, Kyu Sakamoto married Japanese actress Yukiko Kashiwagi. The couple had two daughters, Hanako and Maiko. On August 12, 1985, Kyu was aboard Japan Airlines Flight 123, on which he was heading to Osaka for an event. The plane crashed into Mount Takamagahara becoming the deadliest single-aircraft accident to date. A total of 520 people were killed in the crash, including Kyu Sakamoto. Discography Sukiyaki and Other Japanese Hits (1963) Very Best of Kyu Sakamoto (1994) Kyu Sakamoto Memorial Best (2005) Kyu Sakamoto CD & DVD The Best (2005) Filmography Takekurabe (1955) Everything Goes Wrong (1960) Kigeki: ekimae danchi (1961) Shichiji ni aimashō (1963) Clap your hands when you are happy (1964) Gulliver's Travels Beyond the Moon (1965) Kyūchan's Big Dream (1967) Tokkan (1975) His most popular song, "Ue o Muite Arukō" ("I look up when I walk") remains the only Japanese song to reach number one on the Billboard pop charts in the United States, a position it maintained for three weeks in 1963. It was also the first ever Japanese language song to enter the UK charts, though it only climbed to number 6 with no further chart entries. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyu_Sakamoto Rokusuke Ei (April 10, 1933 – July 7, 2016) was a Japanese lyricist, composer, author, essayist, and television personality of Chinese descent. Ei wrote the lyrics to the song "Ue o Muite Arukō", known internationally as "Sukiyaki", which has been used in several English language films. He has also written the lyrics to the song "Miagete Goran Yoru no Hoshi o" sung by Kyu Sakamoto in 1963. He was a graduate of Waseda University. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rokusuke_Ei Hachidai Nakamura (January 20, 1931 – June 10, 1992) was a Japanese composer and jazz pianist. Hachidai Nakamura was born in Tsingtao, China to Japanese parents. He moved to Fukuoka at a young age, where he attended high school, and eventually graduated from Waseda University in Tokyo with a degree in literature. Nakamura extensively played piano during his high school days, where he was invited to perform with local dance band "Yasuhiko Taniguchi and Premier Swing", and "The Red Hat Boys", a student jazz combo. After Nakamura entered Waseda University, he formed a jazz band named "Big Four" along with Hidehiko Matsumoto, Joji "George" Kawaguchi, and Mitsuru Ono in 1953, but the band was soon disbanded. As a composer, Nakamura later wrote many songs for various Japanese singers such as Kyu Sakamoto, enka singer Saburō Kitajima and Johnny & Associates' first group Johnnys. He worked closely with lyricist Rokusuke Ei and many of his songs were popularized by singer Kyu Sakamoto. He wrote the music of the popular Japanese song "Ue o muite arukō," released in 1961 in Japan. The song was released in the United States under the name "Sukiyaki" in 1963, peaking at the number-one position on the Billboard Hot 100. He and Ei also worked on the productions of Johnnys' 1964 debut single "Wakai Namida" and Saburō Kitajima's 1965 single "Kaerokana." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hachidai_Nakamura "Ue o Muite Arukō" (aka "Sukiyaki") Trivia "Sukiyaki" has been covered multiple times over the years, beginning with the 1963 instrumental by Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen. "Sukiyaki" was also covered as an instrumental, by English pianist Johnny Pearson, during 1982. Well-known English-language cover versions include a 1981 cover by A Taste of Honey and a 1995 cover by 4 P.M., both of which made the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100. In 1989, Selena's (Selena Quintanilla-Pérez April 16, 1971 – March 31, 1995) self-titled album contained a Spanish translation of the Taste of Honey cover which was released as a single in 1990. The English lyrics have also appeared in whole or in part in songs by performers including Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh (1985's "La Di Da Di"), Salt-N-Pepa (1985's "The Show Stopper"), Snoop Dogg (1993's "Lodi Dodi", a "La Di Da Di" cover), Bone Thugs-n-Harmony (1995's Bless Da 40 Oz.), Raphael Saadiq (1995's Ask of You, another to make the Hot 100), Mary J. Blige (1997's "Everything") and Will Smith (1999's "So Fresh", featuring Slick Rick). An American version by Jewel Akens with different American lyrics was written for it. Titled "My First Lonely Night (Sukiyaki)" in 1966, the song reached number 82 on the Billboard Hot 100. On March 16, 1999, Japan Post issued a stamp commemorating Kyu Sakamoto and "Sukiyaki". Wii Music includes "Sukiyaki" in the "handbell harmony" section. "Ue o Muite Arukō" was featured in the soundtrack of the 2011 Studio Ghibli film From Up on Poppy Hill. In one scene, an animated Kyu Sakamoto is seen performing the song on the television. An instrumental version of "Ue o Muite Arukō" was used in episode 2 of the Amazon series The Man in the High Castle, a reimagining of life in the United States had the United States lost World War II. In the series, set in 1963, the year the song debuted, Japan is given control over the West Coast, and "Ue o Muite Arukō" can be heard playing in a bar. "Sukiyaki" was also featured in season 2, episode 2 of the television show Mad Men, a period drama television series about the lives of advertisers in New York in the 1960s. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sukiyaki_(song)
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    Post All the Lousy Music You Want Thread

    And a couple of more fav's by the Classics Four to help round things out a bit. Stormy - Classics IV (Lyrics on the Screen) "Spooky" (With Lyrics) The Classics IV
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    Post All the Lousy Music You Want Thread

    Dawn (Go Away) - The Four Seasons - Lyrics Windy by the Association with lyrics
  9. FIFTY WAYS TO LEAVE A DONOR - Parody | Don Caron
  10. COMMANDER OF CHEESE! - A Randy Rainbow Song Parody
  11. Stephan55

    Post All the Lousy Music You Want Thread

    I believe that I have posted in both of the formerly related threads that I appreciated you leaving this one intact. Your earlier posts as well as those of Tom and everyone else who originally posted in your "Abe" thread are still intact here, if you care to review them. Your political persuasion is quite obvious and when you post such a title as above to a thread in a public forum you automatically invite criticism from opposing viewpoints. However I have seen how quickly you can turn practically any discourse into a verbal (or written) slug fest. Considering the "dialogue" that was transpiring I actually thought of those little musical links as having the potential of providing a brief "cool down" intermission for anyone who took the time to actually listen to them. They weren't really that intrusive were they? I mean one can easily ignore a post and move on the the next if they so choose, can't they? No one is forced to read anything here or click on a link if they don't want to, are they? When I am reading I often have some music in the background. So really DB, just how did I "hijack" your thread by posting a few harmless music links? I admit now that I was evidently in error in thinking that perhaps we grew up in similar time frames, appreciating much of the same types of music. But again, if you didn't like the link title you didn't have to listen to any of it, did you? Of the very numerous and repetitive threads that you continuously post, I have infrequently commented in any of them. You obviously have some sort of propaganda agenda and that's fine. But you really shouldn't allow yourself to become piffed when someone doesn't agree with your viewpoint and lets you know why. And just because I chose to reply literally to your previous post to me doesn't mean that I was oblivious to your underlying intent. I just chose not to take the bait. I could easily say something unkind and truly rude back to you, but what purpose would that serve? Someone once told me that "it is unwise to wrestle with a pig as you both end up getting "crap" all over yourselves and the pig enjoys it." As others have posted you have your own very myopic viewpoints about such things and I now know that it is a waste of time trying to get you to see any "clearer" or "further" than you have chosen to do. That is the only "butthurt" (as you call it) that I have. As I have apparently erred in my assessment that you possess a greater level of objectivity and inherent critical thinking skills than you actually do. I am generally a pretty good judge of character, but because of our past somewhat amicable association here I allowed myself to error and consider that perhaps beneath it all you might truly be a "child of vision" instead of just a "child" in need of new "specs" to improve their existing vision. I do apologize for that. As I am now getting the impression that you exist within the confines of an "orange" bubble. And whatever you post (at least in regards the hotly debated off-topic politics) is really intended for a tiny handful of people here that already agree with your existing mindset. You are obviously not interested in discourse or debate with anyone who thinks differently than yourself. You are not trying to "enlighten" anyone, nor do you wish to be enlightened by anyone. You are just preaching to your own very limited choir. Since this is "your" thread and since you obviously take offense that I have posted anything here (in spite of your acidic remark to have at it, and "knock myself out" because you "aim to please"). I can easily stop making any further posts here and delete those that I have made. It will appear as if I didn't even exist for you in this thread. I am very willing to accommodate you in that regard if it will help to alleviate your "pain and anguish." All you have to do is ask me as an adult to do so. And you need to post that request here as I do not accept or read PMs on the TCM website. Further if you wish I will block you from my sight to help prevent me from inadvertently looking at anything that you post. And you can do likewise in my regard, if you think that is a good idea. Just "say" the word, and I will no longer make any effort to communicate with you at all here, Oh "child of (little) vision."
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    Varies depending on the time of day and weather, as my natural vision can't penetrate low cloud cover.
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    Yep, liked the Lettermen, their rendition of: The Lettermen - Never My Love (1968) Though of the two, the original Association version is still the iconic best to my ear. Association - Never My Love (1967)
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    Well, that attitude might have been different if a pretty girl were singing those lyrics into your ear. Liked them, along with their "Rag Doll" And really enjoyed this medley as well. The Lettermen 1968 TV "Going Out of My Head / Can't Take My Eyes off You" WIth Dancers
  15. Stephan55

    Post All the Lousy Music You Want Thread

    Well in that constantly revamped (unwanted posts deleted) "Trump Is Beginning to Look Like the Greatest President Since Abraham Lincoln" DB thread, from which this thread was once a part of before he orphaned and re-titled it, the music links that I posted were meant to evoke fond memories and sooth the evolving posted hostility between DB and Tom. Up until the point where DB made the cut into two separate threads, entitling this one as the "Post All The Lousy Music You Want Thread" I actually momentarily fooled myself into believing that the desired effect was being obtained, as the tone between those two superficially appeared to become more amicable, up to my very last post in that former thread, at that time. So, to be quite clear, despite DB's re-title of this thread, I do not think that any of the music that I posted was lousy.... On the contrary, I am quite fond of Don Mclean's music, and back in the day owned and frequently listened to his cassettes, and today have his all of his greatest hits in mp3 format. I do so agree that music appreciation is highly subjective. I admit that though I have pretty eclectic tastes in most things (including movies, books, art, music and food) that I am not into "rap" and never "appreciated" the "head bangers" of the day. So perhaps I am turning into a narrow minded old fogy. And though DB may disagree, I found nothing at all "lousy" in the music that you posted above... so I do hope that you were being facetious when you said that you considered it to be so.
  16. FIFTY WAYS WE CAN RECOVER (Parody of) Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover | Don Caron
  17. GRAB 'EM BY THE P***Y! (Censored) 😻 Randy Rainbow Song Parody
  18. THE NASTY WOMAN - RANDY RAINBOW Song Parody!
  19. WHERE HAVE ALL THE STATESMEN GONE? (parody of) Where Have All the Flowers Gone? | Don Caron
  20. FACT-CHECKER, FACT-CHECKER 🎳💚 Randy Rainbow Song Parody
  21. THE DEMISE OF THE DNC (Parody of) Tangled Up in Blue | Don Caron
  22. Stephan55

    S.T. Patrick’s Day Spotlight

    What I like about Saint Paddy's Day, is it brings out the real (or imagined) Irish in practically all of us! Green beer and Irish whisky, Lots of ballads about the orange & green, the bloody black & tan, and plenty of carefree and careless dance moves... I'm stocking up with plenty of Baily's to go with my Bryers, and will break-out my mp3 collections of The Irish Rovers, The Chieftains, Battlefield Band, The Clancy Brothers, The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem, Cherish The Ladies, Celtic Woman, Aine Minogue, Loreena McKennitt, and more.... maybe even some Enya to help mellow out the evening. BTW I met both Tommy Makem and the Battlefield Band when they were on tour in Alaska during the '80's. Even introduced the latter on stage at a local dive. Quite a nice bunch of very talented fellows. So much to reminisce as I get pleasantly sauced. Too bad I won't have any of my funny brownies to enjoy with my ice cream, but such is life. Since I'll probably be in a rambling mood (usually am), I'll try to refrain from these boards if I am alone.... As i know how that ended up the last time I got uninhibitedly nostalgic and ranted a couple of "lengthy" stories. Sometimes it's not wise to get too loose in public (or on a public forum) as one is sure to embarrass their "friends" and someone usually finds offense with something that is said or done. And I am not yet to the point where I don't care at all what people think or say. Getting close, but not quite there yet.
  23. Stephan55

    Lookalikes?

    Literally so, I'd say. I noticed that some of the images appeared to be deliberately "stretched" vertically, to a achieve a visage of similarity. Though by enlarge, most were pretty close. However you indubitably nailed the Daly / MacArthur twins to a "T" Makes one wonder how close a certain GC and CG would "lookalike" doesn't it???
  24. Stephan55

    Lookalikes?

    50+ CELEBRITIES WHO LOOK EXACTLY LIKE PEOPLE FROM HISTORY
  25. Stephan55

    Post All the Lousy Music You Want Thread

    One of my fav's that I memorized back in my H.S. days. I remember some of my hypercritical "peers" talking some smak, like "Yeah, Steve likes those goofy groups like The Association and The Four Seasons...." But as corny as I may have been, the girls I'd serenade seemed to like it (music and poetry was like magic). And on Friday and Saturday nights I seldom lacked for a "date," unlike some of my so called "friends" back then...

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