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"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!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

That Was Then - This Is Now, Vol. 1: The Jarring Juxtaposition of Female Vocalists & Groups Past & Present!


You've come a long way, baby...

and these jarring juxtapositions

offer indisputable proof!

Welcome to Vol. 1 of my new series

Jarring Juxtapositions:

That Was Then - This Is Now!

It is not my intention to pass judgement,
only to offer a comparison. Hard as it
might be for you to believe, I enjoy
all of the female artists in this
series and regard all of these
performances as great.

Join me on this jarring journey
back and forth through time as
we compare the look, the sound
and the attitude of female
singers then...and now!

THAT WAS THEN

THE LENNON SISTERS


I said it before and I'll say it again.
It's a different world, my friend.
When I was a boy in the 1950s
girls looked, sounded and acted
like The Lennon Sisters, breakout
stars of The Lawrence Welk Show.

"Getting To Know You" - The Lennon Sisters
(1957 episode of The Lawrence Welk Show)






THIS IS NOW

BUTCHER BABIES


In stark, staggering contrast I bring you
up to the present with Butcher Babies,
tied with In This Moment as my favorite
female-led metal band. Heidi Shepherd
and Carla Harvey, lead singers of the
L.A. metalcore act, are everything
modern metal maidens should be -
young and restless... bold and
beautiful... brash and sassy
and right in your face!

"Igniter" - Butcher Babies
(from August 2015 album
Take It Like a Man)





THAT WAS THEN

LITTLE PEGGY MARCH

Just when you thought those evil Butcher Babies
were gonna gitcha, back we go to the safety and
innocence of the pre-Beatles 60s. 13 year old
Margaret Battavio from the S.E. Pennsylvania
borough of Lansdale, was discovered by the
RCA Victor producing team of Hugo & Luigi.
The Brill Building waxmen changed Margaret's
name to Little Peggy March because she stood
less than 5 feet tall, the first song she recorded
for them was "Little Me" and her birthday was
in March. In 1963, when Peggy March was
only 15, she became the youngest female
artist to score a #1 hit on the Hot 100,
a record that still stands. Here's Peggy
on Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall
singing "I Will Follow Him."

"I Will Follow Him" - Little Peggy March
(May 1963, highest chart position #1)






THIS IS NOW

INFECTED RAIN

You'll be driven stark raving mad by the
jarring juxtapopsition of pop princess
Peggy March, pure as the driven snow...


... and Lena Cataraga, the frenzied lead singer
of Infected Rain, a Nu Metal band from the
Eastern European country of Moldova.
On the band's website they ask visitors
and budding fans "Are you infected yet?"
In 2016 Infected Rain serendipitously
released (or unleashed) "Serendipity."
Are you ready to get infected?

"Serendipity" - Infected Rain
(February 2016 single)





THAT WAS THEN

JANIS IAN

At the age of 14, Grammy Award winning
folksinger and songwriter Janis Ian wrote
"Society's Child (Baby I've Been Thinking),"
a song dealing with the then taboo topic
of interracial teenage romance. Due to
its controversial subject matter, the
record was banned by some radio
stations across the country but
reached #1 in a few markets.
In 2001, "Society's Child" was
inducted into the Grammy Hall
of Fame. Return with me now to
1967 when the times they were a
changing and witness pop music
history being made as 16 year old
Janis Ian sings "Society's Child" on
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.

"Society's Child (Baby I've Been Thinking)" 
Janis Ian (June 1967, highest chart pos. #14,
live on the November 26, 1967 episode of
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.)






THIS IS NOW

AVRIL LAVIGNE

On her 2013 pop punk single "Rock N Roll,"
Canadian singer/songwriter Avril Lavigne
doesn't mince words. Avril and her gal pal,
Winnie Cooper from The Wonder Years, are
all about self-empowerment and rebellion.

"Rock N Roll" - Avril Lavigne
(Aug. 2013, h.c.p. #1 S. Korea
#5 Japan/#37 Canada/#91 Hot 100
from Nov. 2013 album Avril Lavigne)

START PLAYING VIDEO AT 35 SEC. MARK!





One of these days I'm gonna stop my listenin'
Gonna raise my head up high
One of these days I'm gonna raise my glistenin'
Wings and fly

But that day will have to wait for awhile
Baby, I'm only society's child
When we're older things may change
But for now this is the way they must remain

Have a Shady day!

39 comments:

  1. Kathryn AndersonJuly 14, 2016 at 4:30 AM

    Another new series? Is this the second of the three new ones you were mentioning? Jarring Juxtapositions is a great idea. It's going to be revealing and educational to make these giant leaps through time and compare the look and sound of female singers-- then and now.

    That first 60 year time leap-- from the Lennons to the Butcher Babies-- was quite a jolt. I liked the Lennon Sisters harmonies-- and the traditional songs, standards, folk songs and polkas they performed on the Welk Show. I couldn't pick up the melody on Igniter by the Butcher Babies-- and I can't get into their brutal, screaming style of metal-- sorry!

    The singer for Infected Rain was a screamer-- but overall the song was slightly more melodic and listenable. I never heard of that group before.

    My favorite song of the post is Society's Child. You know that I love folk singers. Janis Ian is a favorite-- and this song is a classic.

    I'm looking forward to the next edition of this great new series-- Shady!

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    1. Hi, Kathryn!

      Thank you for checking in as I begin yet another new series. (I'm going for the Guinness World Record. :) I "misspoke" a few days ago when I announced that I am launching three news series. I actually have FOUR new series that will contain recordings from the 2000s through 2010s. They are in addition to the series on modern pop that started in January of this year and runs through December.

      I'm glad you like the concept of Jarring Juxtapositions. If nothing else it will be educational and reveal the massive changes in styles and attitudes from the 50s to the present.

      I'm sorry your ears can't handle Butcher Babies. They are currently my favorite metal band, tied with Maria Brink's In This Moment. I just read that guitar player Chris Howorth, co-founder of ITM, has severe arthritis in his neck, and the band was forced to cancel their European tour this year. I hope Chris bounces back!

      I discovered the female-fronted metal band Infected Rain a couple of years ago at the height of my extreme metal phase. Lead singer Lena is a wild child and I enjoy their brand of Nu Metal, a metal category that evolved from alternative metal which in turn evolved from alternative rock. I am Infected!

      When I watch that performance by Janis Ian on The Smothers Brothers, I recall how America was struggling with the race issue in the mid and late 60s. Sadly, 50 years later, our country is still wrestling with racial problems.

      Thank you again for your visit and comments, Kathryn, and have a great day!

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  2. Nothing sexier than women growling metal! (And the way they dress doesn't hurt either.)

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    1. Hi Alex!

      How are you, good buddy? As you probably know Butcher Babies used to perform topless. As you can tell by this vid, they have grown conservative in their old age and now "cover up." Lena of Infected Rain is a wild woman. I like her style!

      Thanks for viewing the post and listening to the tuneage, good buddy Alex!

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  3. Hahaha! "Jarring Juxtapositions, indeed; especially The Lennon Sisters vs Butcher Babies. ☺ I'm not well-versed in Death Metal, but it does my feminist heart good to see women so solidly in the mix. Avril does have a hard edge, despite her somewhat "girly" voice. Fun to see "Winnie Cooper" again! Avril did a great cover of Metallica's "Fuel" (with a more macho voice). See it HERE. This is another fun series, Shady. Looking forward to the next one!

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    1. Hi, Debbie the Doglady!

      Thank you very much for coming back over to sample my latest batch of tunes - a mixed bag if ever there was one! :) Yessum, it's called Jarring Juxtapositions and it is yet another new series. Seems like I unveil a new series every week. :)

      I agree with you that Avril Lavigne's cred as a rocker is somewhat hampered by her girly voice. I have also read some critical reviews stating that she is losing her relevance as time goes by. However I am pretty easy to please and I enjoyed her romp with Winnie Cooper in this cartoonish video. I followed your link and watched Avril's live cover of "Fuel" and enjoyed it, but agree with some of the YouTube commenters that the backing musicians made that performance great, not so much Avril. Good golly, Miss Molly, the people who comment on YouTube argue about anything and everything - and often bitterly. I suppose that's how we roll in the world of rock (and pop). No two people experience a piece of work exactly the same way.

      I'll probably take another beating this week by posting an act like Butcher Babies, but this show will go on, Infected Rain or shine! :) I will continue to post music that pleases me, even if I lose every single friend. Screaming death metal is music to my ears, but so are the wholesome harmonies of the Lennon Sisters. Go figure. :)

      Hey, before I forget, did you see this article today?

      http://www.people.com/article/steven-tyler-really-concerned-about-joe-perry-collapse

      Did Perry seem okay to you last weekend?

      Thank you again for making time to experience Jarring Juxtapositions, dear friend Debbie! I'll be chatting with you again soon, I'm sure. :)

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    2. You certainly do have eclectic tastes in music, Shady. ☺ Always follow your own beat! That's what I do, too. If people like it - great! If they don't - oh well! ~shrug~ Can't say I've ever been a fan of Avril's but I like her cover of "Fuel" more than anything else she's done. Her career does seen to be waning. I didn't notice the Youtube comments; must check those out. Joe Perry was in excellent form when I saw him on July 8th, but he fell ill two days later. Apparently he's recovering well and will soon be rejoining the tour.

      Eagerly awaiting the next series here at Shady Dell Music!

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    3. Thanks, dear friend! I just wanted to make sure you knew about Perry's health scare.

      I guarantee that I had this post finished a couple of months ago and scheduled to run this week. It worked out well that I was able to redeem myself by delivering unto you a Canadian rocker and a metal band from Moldova in the same post. :)

      Thanks again, Debbie!

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  4. Hi Shady!
    True, a little jarring in some cases but it served well in heightening the contrasts.
    The young Lennon sisters sounded amazingly older than their years while Butcher Babies perfected the timeless rage of youth.
    I guess I never knew who Little Peggy was, but that song was another favorite from my Aunt's 45 collection! Infected Rain - evocative name, by the way - are certainly affecting. I could not make out the lyrics, but she sure seemed angry.
    I wish Janis Ian would have shared more with the world and Avril is a destined to be a classic in her own right. Loved them both!
    This was so entertaining! Thanks for another terrific series presentation :-)

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    1. Hi, dear Diedre!

      Thank you very much for coming by, dear friend! Yessum, another day, another new series. :) I have about a dozen different series in progress at the present time with several more to be launched in the months to come.

      Think about this. Did you ever wonder how teenagers of the mid 50s would have reacted if they had been exposed to this Butcher Babies video or the one by Lena and Infected Rain? To millions of modern metal fans around the world, young and old, brutal aggressive metal is cathartic, invigorating, empowering or even relaxing. I can't imagine kids of the 50s being able to wrap their minds around this style of music, can you?

      Yessum, Little Peggy March is the diminutive teenager who scored the #1 charting national hit with "I Will Follow Him," one of the last relics of the sweet, innocent 60s before the pop music landscape and western civilization changed forever in the wake of the Beatles and all that came after them.

      I'm very happy you enjoyed Janis Ian's first hit single. I'm sure you also remember her bigger hit in the 70s "At Seventeen," another classic piece of social commentary.

      Thank you again for your cheery visit and excellent comments and observations, dear friend Diedre. Enjoy the rest of your week and your weekend!

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  5. Now this was super fun. I loved the Lennon Sisters and I think Mr. Welk rolled over in his grave when I played the Butcher Babies! Ahhh! Crazy stuff there. I'm not a big heavy metal fan but I must say you picked some winners today! I kept watching Peggy March trying to see what was wrong with her hands and then I realized she had on white gloves! Yep, any nice gal wore them...unless you were Michael Jackson then you only needed one. Janis Ian was a classic and I loved the Smothers Brothers show back in the day. She had this hit around the same time "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner" was playing in the theaters, I do believe. Seeing that movie now and also listening to that song does show how society has changed in some ways. However, the violence on the news in this day and age contradicts that. The other day we did a C-section on a 15yr old and the first thing she asked was if the baby was black or white. Having a baby at 15 today is totally different than it would have been in the 60's...and wondering about it's race would be another thing that would probably have Mr. Welk rolling over! Not the Smothers Brothers because they were always a bit of a rebel behind the suit and tie! Anyway, things have changed..some for the better but I must admit I do miss the sweetness and clean cut atmosphere. Think I'll go watch Wally and Beave...Have a great weekend!

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    1. Hi, YaYa!

      Thank you very much for coming over to experience Jarring Juxtapositions, the new series that reminds us of the way we were... and the way we are.

      I do believe you are right - Lawrence Welk is spinning in his grave over acts like Butcher Babies and Infected Rain. Welk was very reluctant to introduce rock 'n' roll and rock music on his long running TV series, preferring to stick to the "Champagne Music" made by his orchestra and the folk songs, polkas and Tin Pan Alley standards that pleased his viewers, most of which were in the 55 and above age bracket. Rock music was very benign and innocent back then compared to today's super aggressive metal. Thank you for at least giving Butcher Babies a few seconds of your time for comparison sake.

      Yessum, Peggy March wore white gloves, a common sight in the pre-Beatles 60s. As I recall most women and men also wore hats back then and I remember some women wearing veils over their eyes when they dressed up.

      I checked the data and you were clever for observing that "Society's Child" was charting around the time the film Guess Who's Coming To Dinner was playing in theaters. To be precise, "Society's Child" entered the Billboard Hot 100 on May 27, 1967 and remained in play 12 weeks, leaving the chart August 26. Guess Who's Coming To Dinner was in production or post-production around that same time and was released in theaters Dec. 12, 1967. When I look at the state America is in, it seems like we haven't made very much progress as a society toward bridging the racial divide. Thank you for sharing the anecdote about your young patient and her baby. The first question used to be "Does he have all his fingers and toes?"

      You are right again. The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour was too hip to suit some of the censors and sponsors and I admired them for standing by their principles.

      Thank you ever so much for engaging in an intelligent discussion with me as once again I present material that will be hard for some people to digest. You are a dear and faithful friend. Enjoy the rest of your week, Kathleen!

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  6. Well, I'm sure you know which side of the divide I fall. Oldies to the core, never was able to quite convince my ears to abide screamo for long, and Avril Lavigne is actually just a barbie doll on steroids.

    Maybe two out of those three...

    Honestly, the big weakness in the screamo acts for me is the vocals. Though I don't mind as much bands that mix it with a healthy dose of something else (like Russia's Alkanost with a male screamo singer and a female opera singer), I don't think I got much past Tool in the genre.

    Thankfully, though, it's not an either-or, good or evil, Trump or Hillary (oops, lost the dichotomy there) thing. It's all music, and it just depends on which savage breast needs tamed.

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    1. Hi, Chris!

      Thanks for making time for a nocturnal visit, good buddy! I'm sorry the B-Babes and Infected Rain made sounds that are a little too harsh for your ears. Is there still a chance that Heidi, Carla and Lena will be inducted into your Beauty Contest Hall of Fame? :)

      "A Barbie doll on steroids" is an apt description of Avril Lavigne. (The only thing is... me likey Barbie dolls on steroids :)

      Well, I gave you three oldies here along with the newies and I hope the Lennons, Peggy March and/or Janis Ian soothed your savage breast. :)

      Thanks again for dropping by, good buddy Chris. Tomorrow's BOTB day, a busy one, but I will be over to ride your Time Tunnel back to that wonderful year 30,000 B.C. I'll B.C.-ing you then!

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    2. You can ring this out in a bit if you like- reply to e-mail. While it is my great hope that we keep up the usual banter, I'm not of a mind to overly sanitize my posts, as the main purpose of having them is self expression. And actually, my point on TM is a valid one, or Mitt Romney would be President now. Whether it is a good thing to "vote the party line" or not is a personal question, I merely stated fact.

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    3. Hi, Chris!

      Thanks for the offer, good buddy, but I don't see any use in exchanging email. I already contacted you privately so as not to disrupt the festive mood on your blog.

      Let me reiterate. It is to our credit that we became and have remained good friends for a year now, even though we are keenly aware that we are on opposite sides of the aisle. We have been able to do that by keeping a sense of humor, by downplaying our differences, and by focusing on the things we have in common, most of all our love of music. I think you'll agree that no other blog friend has devoted as much time and attention each week to your Time Machine. Sometimes I am there the better part of an hour. In blogging that's a major commitment. I want to continue to support your series. All I am suggesting, Chris, is this. You have every other day of the week to bash liberals, democrats, Obama, etc. on your blog. You have every right to do so. I didn't think I was asking too much for you to call a truce for just one day per week, just one post, the Time Machine. In doing so, you would be creating a more welcoming environment for your friends on the other side of the aisle. I am not asking you to completely muzzle yourself, even on the Time Machine, only that you show a little more respect to patriotic people and groups that happen to disagree with some of your values and beliefs.

      Thanks, Chris!

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  7. Hi Shady!

    Yep! What a different world we live in. What WILL come of it 50 + years from NOW???

    That was quite the contrast of yesteryear ( sweet and innocent ) to present ( anger and aggression). That was fun! What ever happened to grace /class/ innocence ???

    I do love Avril! So, on this post, her "Rock and Roll" was my favorite! I can't believe I've never heard it! She put a twist of Nirvana's "Heart Shaped Box" in her tune! Love it! Thanks for sharing!

    Toni Deroche

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    1. Hi, Toni!

      Thanks for coming over to get a jarring jolt from the juxtaposition of female artists and groups, old and new!

      I made note of your question and I intend to answer it in a post scheduled for July 15, 2066! :)

      I miss the age of innocence, the 50s and early 60s. As I remember it, innocence officially died the day President Kennedy was assassinated. In the days and weeks that followed, "Louie Louie," the rowdy romp by the Pacific Northwest band the Kingsmen, ushered in the band era and a new attitude in pop music. Shortly thereafter, The Beatles sealed the deal. Slowly but surely artists and bands pushed the envelope, adopting a darker and more dangerous image and playing harder and heavier styles of music. It's hard to imagine music getting any more extreme than today's metal.

      I'm pleased to know you enjoyed Avril Lavigne and that I was able to introduce you to a song and video of hers that you didn't know.

      It is always a pleasure to have you over, dear friend Toni. Have a safe and happy weekend and please join me next Wednesday for another special event here on SDMM!

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  8. Great series so far. I love the contrast, even though I don't care for the "now" in the 'then and now'. Most of the music is about shouting at me, and I'm not partial to being shouted at. I got enough of that from my parents when I mis-behaved. LOL

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    1. The Prodigal Son returns...

      Hi, Jeffrey!

      Welcome back to Shady Dell Music & Memories, your home away from home. You've been making yourself scarce around these parts, good buddy, and it's good to see your face in my place.

      I love the screaming and shouting of female-fronted metal bands like Butcher Babies and Infected Rain because they remind me of Mrs. Shady! :)

      Thanks again for paying me a visit, Jeffrey. Have a nice weekend and don't be a stranger!

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    2. I do apologize for making myself scarce. I was on holiday the first week of this month and then I co-hosted the IWSG. Which, it turns out, can be a lot of work if you let it. And I generally tend to let it. So I am sorry for being away. I'm hoping to catch up, or at least stay in the know from here on out.

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    3. Okay, Jeffrey. Apology accepted. Let's have a gentlemen's agreement to show up for each other from now on.

      I really did like your Battle of the Network Stars concept. Looks like Shady's style is rubbing off on you and that's a nice compliment. :)

      Thanks, good buddy!

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  9. Janice Ian a voice from the past and I thought of Tracy Chapman one of my favorite singers also.
    Avril is a poser.

    cheers, parsnip and thehamish

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    1. Hi, Gayle!

      How are you, dear friend? It's nice of you to visit. I'm happy to know that Janis Ian's song and style resonated with you. I rarely missed The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and do believe I remember watching her historic performance on that 1967 episode.

      Some critics agree with your assessment of Avril Lavigne. I enjoy her sassy style.

      Thanks again for coming, Gayle. I wish you and thehamish a wonderful weekend!

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  10. Hi Shady. Wow, quite the contrast here. I like Avril's Rock n Roll. Good song. But the other "Now" artists: Ay-yi-yi. To me, that's not music. That's torture! I can't stand the screaming. It's just not my thing.
    I liked Society's Child. What a subject for back in that day! That was brave for then.

    You sure present some great contrasts in the evolution of female singers. Can you imagine how the Lawrence Welk audience would've reacted to Butcher Babies??!! That I would pay to see! :)

    Thanks for another interesting installment.
    Have yourself a great weekend, my friend. Be good! :)

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. Hi, Michele!

      Thank you for coming by, dear friend!

      Yessum, in this new series I intend to make these Juxtapositions as Jarring as possible, but to keep it honest I will only post recordings and videos that I genuinely like. I like Butcher Babies and Infected Rain and have their CDs in my collection.

      I'm sorry extreme metal strikes you as torture. One person's torture is another person's delight. To me, listening to brutal, screaming metal and watching the menacing video that goes along with it is like being on a thrill ride at the amusement park. It is exciting and invigorating and when it comes to its conclusion I feel empowered, soothed and relaxed, as if I just had a massage.

      I'm happy to know you found a tune or two to your liking including the ones by Avril and Janis. Pretty much everybody who has commented likes "Society's Child," a song dealing with subject matter that was quite controversial at that time. Janis Ian's record was banned by a significant number of radio stations across the country, yet reached #1 in some local markets.

      << Can you imagine how the Lawrence Welk audience would've reacted to Butcher Babies??!! >> I asked another reader a similar question. I wondered how the teenagers of the mid 50s would have reacted to hearing that Butcher Babies recording and watching their video. They probably would have thought the BBs were aliens from another galaxy. :) Of course, you and I can remember when long hair on boys was a novelty and sparked controversy. Seems we have come full circle because short hair is in again and long hair is a less common sight, but facial hair is reportedly making a comeback. It's a crazy mixed-up world, isn't it?

      Thank you again for making time for a visit, dear friend Michele. I wish you, your folks and your canines a safe and happy weekend!

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  11. Hi Shady!

    I will always love "I Will Follow Him" by Little Peggy March - that is one of my favorite oldies. :)

    Whenever I listen to my iPod and compare the new music to the oldies, I'm always a little surprised, then I laugh at how much music changed. It's not surprising anymore. The newer girl groups you posted, sans Avril Lavigne (never really liked her) I like their style.

    Have a shady day, dear friend!

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    1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

      Thank you very much for popping in on a Saturday night, dear friend. It's great to see you!

      I'm happy to know you remember and like "I Will Follow Him," one of the biggest teen pop hits of the early 60s. I remember hearing Peggy March's signature song several times a day during the spring of 1963. That was the year I started collecting the top tunes surveys of my local radio station and practically memorizing them. My love of pop music has never subsided.

      Truth be told, I put Avril Lavigne in the lineup to soften the blow and prevent a mass exodus of friends who might otherwise have overdosed on extreme metal. :) I suspected that you would dig the metal maidens of Butcher Babies and Infected Rain.

      I have 16 volumes of this series in the can and I hope you will join me again for the next exciting episode of Jarring Juxtapositions.

      Thanks again for coming, dear friend Jessica Marie, and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  12. So I listened and loved the sun kissed innocence of the first 2 and had to turn off the dirty gals because I really am not one for that type of singing. It is just not my cup of tea but, wow! What a difference a few decades can make eh? I love that song featured on the Smothers Bros. comedy hour. She wrote that when she was just 14?? She is very talented and she must be just wondering why no one has really learned anything after all these decades. I don't mind Canadian Avril, in your face, Lavigne. She can belt it out but she is still not as good as those wholesome gals of yesteryear

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    1. Hi, Birgit!

      How are you this Saturday night, dear friend? I hope you are back to 100%. Thank you for coming by to experience volume 1 of Jarring Jux - Then & Now.

      I like your descriptive wording there - sun kissed innocence. That's a good way to describe Welk's Lennon Sisters and Perry Como's Little Peggy March. By 1967 the innocence was gone from much of popular music and the era of the singer/songwriter was upon us. That's when folk and folk rock artists like Janis Ian (S&G and others) started dominating the chart. I'm happy to know you appreciated her song and her live performance on the Smothers Brothers. It's so true. It seems we haven't come very far since then in our efforts to easy racial tensions in this country.

      Thank you again for your kind visit and great comments, dear friend BB. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  13. My grandmother--devoted Lawrence Welk fan--LOVED the Lennon sisters and thought they were the very model of how girls should be. My sisters and I never lived up to it. AND I went to a Janis Ian concert in college so how cool was I?

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    1. Hi, Kathleen!

      How are you, my new friend? I'm very happy to see you today! Thanks for coming over for the launch of yet another new series here on SDMM.

      My parents never missed an episode of The Lawrence Welk Show and I often watched it with them. My folks hoped that Welk's "Champagne Music" would rub off on me but, hard as I tried, I never got into easy listening big band sounds, accordion music, polkas and traditional folk songs, all of which were standard fare on the series. For many years Welk resisted pressure to alter his program's format to include Rock 'N' Roll. One notable exception was this sensational 1962 Lennon Sisters performance of "The Wah Watusi" featuring young Janet on lead:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPymmD3r3K8

      It is very cool that you saw Janis Ian perform live. In the 60s I saw the Beach Boys, James Brown and a few other name acts in concert.

      Thank you very much for hanging in there with me while I get extreme heavy metal out of my system. :)

      I appreciate your visit and comment, dear Kathleen. Have a wonderful week and come back and see me this Wednesday if you can because I will be celebrating my 8th blogiversary!

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  14. I'm sorry I'm sorry I'm sorry, Mr Shady ... but cannot get rid of the following melody in ma head for almost all day now cuz it makes me smile ... just like your blog ... so had 2 send this 2 U ... LOL ... anyway ... :) ... Love, cat. https://www.youtube.com/embed/9ytei6bu7kQ?rel=0&controls=0&showinfo=0

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    1. Hi, cat!

      Thank you very much for joining the jarring fun, and especially for sharing that song with me. How sweet of you, dear friend! (It drove the Butcher Babies out of my head. :) I remember that goofy song and that segment on The Muppet Show.

      If you are smiling, then I am smiling, too, cat. Thank you for your cheery visit and comment and enjoy the rest of your week!

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  15. How I miss Avril. Her songs are amazing.
    I think The Lennon Sisters is the winner for me here.

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    1. Hi, Luxie!

      How are you today, my faraway friend? Thank you very much for joining me for the first volume of TWT-TIN-JJ, the series that compares female recording acts then and now.

      Thanks for letting me know you are an Avril Lavigne fan. I am pleasantly surprised to learn that "Getting To Know You," a song from the 1951 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The King and I, sung by the pure and innocent Lennon Sisters, is your favorite of all the songs in the post.

      Thank you again for dropping in, dear friend Lux, and enjoy the rest of your week!

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  16. I just love your presentations, Mr Shady ... most of this I love Avril cuz she is Canadian ... smiles ... Always, cat.

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    1. ... and in regards to your comment on my blog ... when it's time it's time and so it was for Sony Bono and Natasha Richardson and Pierre Trudeau's son Sasha, but not for me ... yet ... I remember skiing and crashing into a tree 6 months pregnant with my daughter Mary ... needless to say, we are well to this day ... smiles. Love, cat.

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    2. Hi again, dear cat!

      I love your cheery visits, dear friend!

      Yessum, I was hoping you'd like Canadian pop-rocker Avril Lavigne. :)

      Thank you for expanding the thread that began on your blog and for contributing an anecdote of your own. I didn't know you ski. I'm so glad you weren't seriously hurt when you collided with a tree, pregnant as you were. I'm happy to know mother and daughter are well to this day.

      Bless you, cat. Smiles and love!

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