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SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR

SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR
High School Yearbook Photo

"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight
HELLO STRANGER ... IT SEEMS LIKE A MIGHTY LONG TIME!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Season 8 - Episode 17: Mr. Monk and the Liverwurst..... or is it Liverbest?


Hello, ladies and gentlemen. I'm Natalie Teeger.


Welcome to the SDMM-BOTB-VIP Awards Banquet.
Tonight, special guest Mr. Adrian Monk will announce
the winner of last Monday's spin-off. Two UK acts
 covered original recordings by U.S. artists and
voters picked the UK cover they liked more.


As you can see, Natalie, I'm well suited for the role
of presenter. That's..... a little joke there.....

If I may call your attention to the projection screen
you will see that this week's contestants are as follows...


Just a minute, Natalie. The projection screen is...
not...quite...ready...to be seen. Okay, now we're good.

Lulu covering
Little Eva's "The Trouble With Boys"

and The Liverbirds covering
Sir Douglas Quintet's "She About a Mover."


I have just been handed a note from Mr. Shady Del Knight that reads: "Madam Chairwoman... I..... Shady Del Knight..... representing the proud state of pandemonium..... do hereby cast my entire block of votes, all one of them, for solo songbird Lulu. The Liverbirds all girl garage band did a nice job of covering Sir Douglas Quintet's 'She's About a Mover,' renamed 'He's About a Mover' and rendered from a female P.O.V. However, I don't care much for the song itself no matter who sings it, and I especially disliked the faster tempo used by the L-Birds. I enjoyed Lulu's rendition of 'The Trouble With Boys' much more. It starts with a great song and 'The Trouble With Boys,' a Jack Keller - Gerry Goffin composition, is just that. Fifteen year old Scottish lass Lulu performed the song in the innocent, immature style of Little Eva and U.S. girl groups of the early 60s. Lulu's vocals combined with a top notch studio orchestra and exciting arrangement to yield an ear pleasing Brit girl cover. I am a fan of Brill Building songs and the Brill Building sound. 'The Trouble With Boys' is a great one and my vote goes to Lulu!"

PLAY BY PLAY

This was an exciting, dramatic contest that reminded
me of the race in the fable The Tortoise and the Hare.
The Liverbirds jumped out to an early lead, receiving
the first 5 votes in a row. It looked like a blowout
was in the making but, in the hours and days that
 followed, Lulu's legions showed up at the polls.
Lulu rallied, chipping away at the Liverbirds'
advantage until she and the L-Birds were
running neck and neck and heading
toward a photo phinish. Did Lulu
manage to overcome that huge
deficit, or was it too little too late?
Don't ask me because I don't know.
Just like you I'm on the edge of my seat
awaiting the official announcement
from Mr. Adrian Monk. :)

DID ANNE'S EARS MATCH SHADY'S?

Going into this round of the BOTB, Anne O'Leary,
host of O'Leary Miniatures, was the only reader friend
whose votes matched mine in all three previous contests.
Did Anne match my vote again? The answer is YES!
Anne voted for Lulu, extending our winning streak
to 4 games!  (I assure you that Anne and I do not
compare notes in advance to make sure that our
votes are in sync! :) Can Anne and I make it
five matches in a row? Find out in my next
BOTB when Led Zeppelin takes on
Fez from That '70s Show. :)
Natalie, back to you!



And now, here once again with
the results of the vote and the
announcement of the winner... 
is Mr. Monk.




LULU WINS BY 2 VOTES!

LULU 12

THE LIVERBIRDS 10

BURL IVES 1
(Write-in vote for "There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly")

But... oh my..... this is not good.
It would have been so much better if
the battle had ended in a tie... a nice...
equal amount of votes for each artist.

I know what happened.

The Liverbirds look a lot like the Beatles. Subconsciously, people who voted for the Liverbirds were voting for that famous Liverpool boy band when they voted for this Liverpool girl band.

Subconsciously, people who voted for Lulu were voting for the sweet innocence of youth and the safer world that we once knew.


But this final score of 12 to 10... it's... really... not... good. It's... it's... actually... ungood ... that we don't have a tie. I was hoping the vote would end up nice... and even... like 10 to 10... or 20 to 20... or 100 to 100 would have been... so... perfect. Please Shady, it's not too late to make this right. Withdraw your vote and throw out one of the other Lulu votes to make the score 10 to 10.  Or maybe Natalie and I could still vote for the Liverbirds and both artists will have an even dozen.  Please do the right thing, Shady, so that we can all sleep tonight!  And don't get me started about that Burl Ives song!!!

C'mon, Mr. Monk. let's get you home.


I'll turn you loose on the lawn and you can
make sure every blade of grass is the same height.