BATTLE ROYALE: Super Tuesday! Posted by Mr. Moderator Feb 052008 What’s the most super-duper of “Tuesday songs”? If applicable, get out and vote! 31 Responses to “BATTLE ROYALE: Super Tuesday!” sammymaudlin says: 02/05/2008 at 10:11 am I don’t hear how anything could beat Ruby Tuesday but here’s another Tuesday fave of mine. 0 High Five michael k says: 02/05/2008 at 10:15 am I’d go with “Super Tuesday” by The Shazam. Honorable mention to “Groovy Tuesday” by The Smithereens. 0 High Five Mr. Moderator says: 02/05/2008 at 10:17 am “Ruby Tuesday” is the early favorite and now current holder of the belt, but there may be another contender or two. I can think of one Tuesday song, in particular, that a Townsman – definitely not Townswoman – will put forth. 0 High Five hrrundivbakshi says: 02/05/2008 at 10:30 am “Tuesday Heartbreak” by Stevie Wonder. Hand over the belt! 0 High Five alexmagic says: 02/05/2008 at 10:33 am Whether either wins, I don’t think you can have this Battle Royale without “Tuesday’s Gone” having a staredown with “Ruby Tuesday” in the middle of the ring while all the other Tuesday songs wait to see who flinches first. 0 High Five Mr. Moderator says: 02/05/2008 at 10:39 am YES, Alexmagic, “Tuesday’s Gone” is the fierce competitor that I expected would show up to claim the belt! I can’t wait to see which song comes out the vicor – or what upstart takes the belt for itself! Hrrundi, is “Tuesday Heartbreak” one of those sappy love-songs-to-Jesus-masquerading-as-praise-for-coke-off-a-backing-singer’s-nipples numbers that Stevie’s been known to crank out? I sense I’ve lifted the needle over that one. 0 High Five mwall says: 02/05/2008 at 11:42 am I’m noting now that both “Tuesday’s Gone” and “Ruby Tuesday” wish goodbye to the vanished Tuesday, who was finally not able to carry the emotional weight of the situation. How does this reflect on the supposed promise of today’s Super Tuesday? Tuesday almost always lets us down, it seems, although wistful feelings about failed promise remain. 0 High Five sammymaudlin says: 02/05/2008 at 11:49 am I like Tuesday’s Gone. I love the way it was used in Dazed and Confused. However, ANYTHING by Skynyrd always comes with a faint waft of southern b.o. STOHHHHHHHNES! 0 High Five Mr. Moderator says: 02/05/2008 at 11:55 am I love “Ruby Tuesday”, but it’s got candy-ass instruments like harpsichord and flute on it, no? “Tuesday’s Gone” is a much tougher song. I think it does a number on those delicate Brian Jones overdubs. 0 High Five sammymaudlin says: 02/05/2008 at 12:14 pm I’m sorry. I couldn’t understand you through all that pot smoke and eye-watering b.o. Are you saying that if stranded on a desert isle and you had to chose between Ruby Tuesday and Tuesday’s Gone, you’d go southern fried on us? 0 High Five Mr. Moderator says: 02/05/2008 at 12:22 pm Sammy asked: Are you saying that if stranded on a desert isle and you had to chose between Ruby Tuesday and Tuesday’s Gone, you’d go southern fried on us? No, I’m saying that I think The Mouth From The South smashes Mick’s Ruby Red Lips into a turnbuckle, then triumphantly parades around the squared circle until a suprise challenger enters the ring and tosses that b.o. out of the arena altogether. I leave open the possiblity that I am wrong and the favorite simply wins outright. What do you say, Townspeople? Does Stevie’s playground song do the trick? The Moody Blues’ contribution? The band Til Tuesday? 0 High Five BigSteve says: 02/05/2008 at 12:22 pm Speaking of Ruby Tuesday, which I too don’t see how anything is going to beat, does the restaurant chain have to pay Jagger/Richards some kind of royalty? Does the expression predate the song? My nomination is Professor Longhair’s Mardi Gras in New Orleans (also known as Go To The Mardi Gras), one of the greatest grooves ever. Happy carnival everyone! Lent begins tomorrow. 0 High Five BigSteve says: 02/05/2008 at 12:23 pm There’s a surprising amount of Mandom in that Moody Blues clip btw. 0 High Five mockcarr says: 02/05/2008 at 12:23 pm I was absolutely thinking of Super Tuesday by the Shazam with the primary hype going on, it’ much more appropriate than these others that could be about any old Tuesday. Groovy Tuesday reminds us repeatedly that nothing lasts. Even if you managed to hold onto a decent weekend feeling through a Monday, or perhaps if that was a holiday – Tuesday is there to remind you that you are really more screwed than screwing. 0 High Five the great 48 says: 02/05/2008 at 12:25 pm Though I disagree strongly with the singer’s politics, I gotta go with “Groovy Tuesday.” I’m feelin’ good, I got a big-ass pot of gumbo in my immediate future, and I’m about to go out and vote for the first presidential candidate I’ve ever felt genuinely inspired by. Life is good. Actually, though, now that I think of it, aren’t all songs about Mardi Gras Tuesday songs by definition? In that case, I’m switching my vote to Fats Domino’s version of “Mardi Gras In New Orleans,” which has the single most undeniable groove in the history of grooves. 0 High Five Mr. Moderator says: 02/05/2008 at 1:00 pm I like the Mardi Gras aspect of this battle. I had not realized that this was more than Super Tuesday, but Fat Super Tuesday. And yes, BigSteve, it’s surprising how much Mandom seems to crop up during that period of Moody Blues. 0 High Five Tom MEANS says: 02/05/2008 at 1:33 pm Don’t look now! The Chairmen of the Board enter the ring with ‘Everything’s Tuesday.’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qM_A4W80xGc 0 High Five alexmagic says: 02/05/2008 at 2:15 pm I’m backing “The Diary of Horace Wimp” as a dark horse in this one, emboldened by the power of love to dump everybody else out of the ring while they fight against the ropes. No Tuesday in the title, but Tuesday is the most important day in Horace’s week, when he hits rock bottom – there’s that wistful, regretful Tuesday theme again – and more importantly, it’s the day that the saucer people visit him and opt to give him relationship advice instead of, say vaporizing or probing him: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFU9HYyMVxQ 0 High Five saturnismine says: 02/05/2008 at 2:32 pm Alex, your Horace wimp argument is weak. I’m backing the mod on this one. I’m not in the mood for flutes or rubies. 0 High Five michael k says: 02/05/2008 at 3:10 pm mockcarr – right on. BigSteve – I think that the Stones would only ask for royalties if anyone from The Verve owned a franchise. 0 High Five alexmagic says: 02/05/2008 at 3:52 pm Alex, your Horace wimp argument is weak That’s OK, man, some day, aliens or god or a bunch of guys with afro-beards will teach you how to love, too. But anyway, you’re not backing the Mod, I brought Skynyrd to the fight, so that belt still belongs to me unless the Stones use flutes as foreign objects to win. On the subject of Ruby Tuesday, the chain is named after the song, but it doesn’t look like the Stones see any money out of it. Wyman owned a restaurant called Sticky Fingers, though, which is a pretty unappetizing name. Incidentally, the company that purchased the Ruby Tuesday chain from its original founders was called Morrison Inc., so while the Doors don’t get any money out of it either, Manzarek may consider their food to have any special spiritual powers. To further swing things in the direction of “Tuesday’s Gone”, it was announced in the last week or so that the Stones are getting their own jukebox musical movie in the style of and written by the Across the Universe writers, but this one is supposed to be all CGI animation. It’s set to be called Ruby Tuesday. Advantage, Skynyrd. 0 High Five sammymaudlin says: 02/05/2008 at 4:49 pm Let’s just everyone calm down. Take a breath and slowly hand that belt over to me. Don’t make any sudden moves, lest The Stones smack you down with their patented Snickers bar move! Where’s 2K when you need him? 0 High Five 2000 Man says: 02/05/2008 at 6:05 pm Here I’m is. Get your Camaro drivin’, Busch drinkin’ NASCAR asses outta here! How can you possibly put that drivel from a band named after a gum teacher’s fermenting jock strap over something done during the Brian Jones era? His recorder on that song along scored him more babes than passed out at any thirty Skynyrd shows. I’m taking the belt, and you guys don’t get to play with it any more until you sell your Camaro’s and quit wearing cutoffs and tank tops with plastic iron ons on them. Stones!!! 0 High Five saturnismine says: 02/05/2008 at 7:57 pm “That’s OK, man, some day, aliens or god or a bunch of guys with afro-beards will teach you how to love, too.” a boy can dream, can’t he? “But anyway, you’re not backing the Mod, I brought Skynyrd to the fight” pardon me. yes. i’m backing you! 2k, i’m sorry. “ruby tuesday” is among the most shameful of the stones efforts….pandering to beatle-isms as it does. Jumpin’ Jack Flash era Keef is disappointed in you. 0 High Five mrclean says: 02/05/2008 at 9:24 pm ‘Til Tuesday just showed up and are gettin’ all “Voices Carry” on ya’all… 0 High Five 2000 Man says: 02/05/2008 at 10:17 pm Saturn, bad Stones is better than good Skynyrd. I think it’s physics or something. And while Ruby Tuesday isn’t my favorite song, Keith or any era won’t fault me. Ruby Tuesday is Brian and Keith in the songwriting department. From what I’ve heard Mick had so little to do with it that Brian almost got partial writing credit (I think that woulda ripped a hole in the universe, though). All Lynyrd Skynyrd had was gumption. Whatever that is. 0 High Five mwall says: 02/05/2008 at 10:50 pm The most surprising thing about this discussion is 2000 Man defending the Stones. I’ve never seen him do that before. I like “Ruby Tuesday” fine, but the greater power of the use of the word “Tuesday” itself is in the Skynyrd number; they make the Tuesday more central. Thus, in this Tuesday context, it gets my vote. The Stones just toss off their Tuesday like it could just as well have been Ruby Wednesday. 0 High Five BigSteve says: 02/05/2008 at 11:18 pm mwall said: I like “Ruby Tuesday” fine, but the greater power of the use of the word “Tuesday” itself is in the Skynyrd number; they make the Tuesday more central. Thus, in this Tuesday context, it gets my vote. The Stones just toss off their Tuesday like it could just as well have been Ruby Wednesday. I’m not familiar with the Skynyrd song, but I propose that the sound of the word ‘Tuesday’ is essential to the meaning of the Stones song, even if the song has little to do with the day of the week in its literal meaning. The song is about, among other things, the passage of time and our feelings about it, so rhyming ‘Tuesday’ with ‘change with every new day’ is crucial. 0 High Five Mr. Moderator says: 02/05/2008 at 11:32 pm We’ve never had so focused a BATTLE ROYALE before, have we? This one’s tough to call! I do lean toward Mwall’s reasoning regarding the dominance of the word Tuesday in the song title. 0 High Five alexmagic says: 02/06/2008 at 9:02 am Prince could have solved this problem if he’d just called his song Tragic 2sday instead of Manic Monday. 0 High Five sammymaudlin says: 02/06/2008 at 10:39 am I would concur that the use of “Tuesday” in Ruby Tuesday is not strong on the subject of the day itself. At least not in a literal sense. And if Lyndyrd Skynyrd didn’t gross me out, like to the max, I’d consider the situation a bit more. But they do, so I won’t. 0 High Five Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.