Oct 042013
 

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So I’ve been going through another Nuggets binge. I’ve always dug the Amboy Dukes and would love to buy Journey to the Center of the Mind, but I’m conflicted. I really, really hate almost everything about Ted Nugent and what he stands for politically, socially, and musically

Should I put all my prejudices away for the sake of the music? I like Woody Allen, for instance, but feel skeevy about his personal marriage, yet I still watch his films. Am I a hypocrite? Would it be better to “steal” the album off the web so I don’t have to put a dime in Nugent’s pocket? Or is that a blurry line I don’t want to cross?

Or does the album not live up to the 2 to 3 great Amboy Dukes songs I’ve heard?

Help me, friends of the Hall?

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Aug 302011
 

With the Nuggets Divisional Playoff Series completed, only 2 songs remain to determine—once and for all—the Best Song on the Original Nuggets Compilation. The Electric Prunes’ “I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night” outlasted a fierce field on Side 1 and then beat The Nazz’s Side 4 winner, “Open My Eyes” to progress to this round. Count Five’s “Psychotic Reaction,” won Side 3 before readily dashing the dreams of enthusiastic supporters of Side 2’s “You’re Gonna Miss Me,” by The Thirteenth Floor Elevators.

Two songs remain. This Friday, September 2, 2011, only one song will be deemed—once and for all—the Best Song on the Original Nuggets Compilation. For the sake of rock history, please make your vote count!

Once and for all: What's the Best Song on the original Nuggets compilation, "I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night" or "Psychotic Reaction"?

  • "Psychotic Reaction" (Count Five) (66%, 31 Votes)
  • "I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night" (The Electric Prunes) (34%, 16 Votes)

Total Voters: 47

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Aug 262011
 

By a 2:1 margin, The Electric Prunes’ “I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night” beat The Nazz’s “Open My Eyes” in the Side 1 vs Side 4 Nuggets Divisional Playoff Series to progresses to the Finals in Rock Town Hall’s playoffs to determine, once and for all, the Best Song on the Original Nuggets Compilation.

While the rock world patiently awaits the outcome of the album’s other Divisional Playoff Series, between the Thirteenth Floor Elevators’ “You’re Gonna Miss Me” and the Count Five’s “Psychotic Reaction” (voting runs through 11:59:59 pm this Saturday, August 27), chew on this great little story that Prunes’ singer James Lowe passed along last week, when notified of his band’s inter-division showdown:

After I left the EP I engineered the next 2 Nazz albums, Nazz Nazz and Nazz III (and 4 subsequent Todd Rundgren albums after that).

Todd played me “Open My Eyes” to show me what they had done on their first album. I had never heard it. Good record. Small world!

Thanks for remembering.

jAMES

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Aug 242011
 

As ongoing Nuggets Divisional Series showdown between Side 1’s “I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night” (The Electric Prunes) and Side 4’s “Open My Eyes” (The Nazz) plays out (voting is open through August 24th at 11:59:59 pm!), it’s time to open the battle between the inner sides in this effort to determine—once and for all—the Best Song on the Original Nuggets LP.

This divisional battle pits The 13th Floor Elevators, whose “You’re Gonna Miss Me” narrowly edged out The Remains’ “Don’t Look Back” and The Seeds’ “Pushin’ Too Hard,” against runaway Side 3 winner “Psychotic Reaction,” by The Count Five. One team, I mean, song enters this round in peak form, having had to earn every vote it accumulated, while the other stormed through the competition with among the purest fuzztone riffs in rock history. Voting runs through 11:59:59 pm on Saturday, August 27. Then, on Monday, August 29 we begin the championship showdown!

SHOWDOWN (choose one): What's the BETTER song between the division winners of sides 2 and 3 of the original Nuggets?

  • The Count Five, "Psychotic Reaction" (72%, 33 Votes)
  • The 13th Floor Elevators, "You're Gonna Miss Me" (28%, 13 Votes)

Total Voters: 46

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Aug 222011
 

It’s showtime! Round 2 of the Nuggets Divisional Series (NDS) gets underway with a SHOWDOWN between the winners of albums sides 1 vs 4.

The Electric Prunes’ “I Had Too Much to Dream Last” night lived up to its top-seed status by outlasting a tough Side 1 field that included The Standells’ “Dirty Water,” The Knickerbockers’ “Lies,” and The Strangeloves’ “Night Time.” This stomping psychedelic classic, in my opinion, outdid the mighty Rolling Stones in that legendary band’s efforts at recording a “turned on” classic.

The Prunes’ scene-setting album opener will go up against The Nazz’ “Open My Eyes,” which jumped to an early lead against the compilation’s least-gripping songs and easily outdistanced a late challenge from The Premiers’ “Farmer John.”

Efforts to reach “Open My Eyes” composer Todd Rundgren were unsuccessful, as he could not risk missing his hair salon appointment for touching up his blond highlights, but James Lowe, lead vocalist and autoharpist of The Electric Prunes responded to Rock Town Hall’s questions regarding the creation of his band’s masterpiece. No joke! Check out his excellent anecdotes…after the jump! And vote for the winner of our first NDS match-up!

SHOWDOWN (choose one): What's the BETTER song between the division winners of sides 1 and 4 of the original Nuggets?

  • The Electric Prunes, "I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night" (Side 1) (62%, 41 Votes)
  • The Nazz, "Open My Eyes" (Side 4) (38%, 25 Votes)

Total Voters: 66

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Aug 202011
 

The first round of Rock Town Hall’s playoff series to determine—once and for all—the best song on the original Nuggets compilation moves toward interdivisional play as we kick off the process to determine the Best Song on Side 4. Competition should be unexpectedly fierce, as the comp’s gentlest and grooviest numbers mix it up.

Review the songs on Side 4, then make your choice. As always, you are encouraged to state your choice for BEST SONG on Side 4 in the Comments section (you must be registered to add comments, if you’re not already registered, please do so: the more chatter the merrier) and place your vote in the poll associated with this thread. The winner of this album side will move onto a playoff against the winner of Side 1. Voting on the BEST SONG on Side 4 is open through Sunday, August 21.)

What is the BEST SONG on Side 4 of the original Nuggets LP?

  • Nazz: “Open My Eyes” (50%, 17 Votes)
  • The Premiers: “Farmer John” (26%, 9 Votes)
  • The Chocolate Watch Band: “Let’s Talk About Girls” (15%, 5 Votes)
  • The Mojo Men: “Sit Down, I Think I Love You” (3%, 1 Votes)
  • The Third Rail: “Run, Run, Run” (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Sagittarius: “My World Fell Down” (3%, 1 Votes)
  • The Magic Mushrooms: “It’s-a-Happening” (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 34

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Review Side 4 contenders…after the  jump!

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Aug 192011
 

Rock Town Hall’s playoff series to determine—once and for all—the best song on the original Nuggets compilation continues with the determination of the Best Song on Side 3. In my opinion, this is one of the album’s strongest sides.

You know the drill by now: carefully review the songs on Side 3, then make your choice. As always, you are encouraged to state your choice for BEST SONG on Side 3 in the Comments section (you must be registered to add comments, if you’re not already registered, please do so: the more chatter the merrier) and place your vote in the poll associated with this thread. The winner of this album side will move onto a playoff against the eventual winner of Side 2. You may vote on the BEST SONG on Side 3 through Saturday, August 20.)

What is the BEST SONG on Side 3 of the original Nuggets LP?

  • Count Five: “Psychotic Reaction” (78%, 31 Votes)
  • The Leaves: “Hey Joe” (13%, 5 Votes)
  • The Amboy Dukes: “Baby Please Don’t Go” (8%, 3 Votes)
  • Michael and the Messengers: “Romeo & Juliet” (3%, 1 Votes)
  • The Cryan’ Shames: “Sugar and Spice” (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Blues Magoos: “Tobacco Road” (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 40

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Review Side 3 contenders…after the  jump!

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