SoapChat Standards "San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair)"

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  1. Mel O'Drama

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    Next standard...
    Life On Mars?



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    Suggested by @Ome, "Life On Mars?", also known as "(Is There) Life On Mars?", is a song by written by David Bowie whose original rendition first appeared on the 1971 album Hunky Dory.

    In 1968, Bowie wrote the lyrics "Even a Fool Learns to Love", set to the music of a 1967 French song "Comme d'habitude". Bowie's version was never released, but Paul Anka bought the rights to the original French version and rewrote it into "My Way". The success of the Anka version prompted Bowie to write "Life On Mars?" as a parody of Sinatra's famous 1969 recording. Bowie noted that Rick Wakeman "embellished the piano part" of his original melody and guitarist Mick Ronson "created one of his first and best string parts" for the song.

    The liner notes for Hunky Dory say the song was "inspired by Frankie". One reviewer suggested the song was written after "a brief and painful affair" with actress Hermione Farthingale. While on tour in 1990, Bowie introduced the song by saying "You fall in love, you write a love song. This is a love song.

    With cryptic lyrics, the song has been described by by BBC Radio 2 as "a cross between a Broadway musical and a Salvador Dalí painting". The line "Look at those cavemen go" is a reference to the song "Alley Oop", a one-off hit in 1960 for American doo-wop band The Hollywood Argyles.

    Bowie summed up the song as "A sensitive young girl's reaction to the media." In 1997, he added: "I think she finds herself disappointed with reality... although she's living in the doldrums of reality, she's being told that there's a far greater life somewhere, and she's bitterly disappointed that she doesn't have access to it."

    When released as a single in 1973, Bowie's version reached #3 in the UK Singles Chart and stayed on the chart for thirteen weeks. The song re-entered the UK charts at #55 over thirty years later, largely because of its use in the original British television series Life On Mars. It also belatedly became a Top Ten hit in France in 2013.

    "Life On Mars" has been covered many times, including... Barbra Streisand (1974); The King's Singers (1975); Anni-Frid Lyngstad ("Liv på Mars?", 1975); The London Symphony Orchestra (1977); Marti Webb (1985); Cæcilie Norby (1996); Anggun (1998); Jasper Steverlinck and the Kolacny Brothers (2002); Seu Jorge (2004); The Dresden Dolls (2008); VAMPS (2009); Keren Ann (2010); Momus (2015); Trey Songz (2016); Joanna Forest (2017).

    Over a hundred and thirty versions can be found here. Explore, enjoy and then list your favourites in this thread. Please list up to ten versions with a minimum of three choices.

    We'll bring voting to a close next Wednesday night after which our favourite version will be revealed.


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  2. Ome

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    I'd love to explore this one.

    If I haven't posted in her by Tuesday, please give me a nudge :)
     
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  3. Long Lashes

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    Unfortunately I think I might have chosen a song which isn't popular with anyone else.

    Although, I am very happy to have the luxury of having chosen the definitive favourites. Thank you @Mel O'Drama for organising that round, which in the end was just for me :D


    I can't wait to get started on this one!
     
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  4. Willie Oleson

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    Well, if you put it like that….:lol:


    1. Buddha Of Suburbia Band
    It has such a warm, seventies sound - as if it were taken from a 70s children movie à la The Snowman or Watership Down.

    2. Aneurin Barnard
    I love the baroque sound of this version, if Queen had covered it I imagine it would be somewhat like this.

    3. ORCO
    There's some chaos and confusion going on that seems to fit this song, as if something went terribly wrong "up there".
    Maybe someone lost his heart to a starship trooper, who knows?

    4. Anggun
    No particular reason, I just like it very much and also a little bit more than #5.

    5. David Bowie
    Alas, not my personal favourite, eventhough he's probably the only one who sang it exactly the way he meant it. But such are the trappings of the Standards thread.
    It's a great song and there's a lot to play with, instrumental wise. Vocal wise I prefer to keep it to the point, whatever that point may be.
    I see "Mars" and I start to create my own story, but I don't think David Bowie would object to that.

    6. Ituana
    Very cool, it reminds me of Ladytron.

    7. Obsession
    A pumping NRG version, shameless but fun. The vocals are not so bad either.

    8. The City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
    As pompous and bombastic as the Star Wars theme. Although it sounds more like a score (used for certain scenes) rather than the main theme.

    9. Jessica Lange
    But not without the context of that fascinating character.

    10. Wall Street Crash
    Underlined for consistency.

    p.s. I really wanted to like La Vie En Mars, it's not bad but not good enough to be a standard version (imho)
     
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  5. Payton Cross

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    Me too, i already know how's gonne be my #1 and 2, and can't wait to hear the rest of the other versions of "Life On Mars" :)
     
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    If anyone asks me what my favourite song is or who is my favourite singer I always reply -“I haven’t got one, I enjoy so many songs/artists and sometimes change my mind.” - If my life depended on an answer then it would be this song and Bowie. I can never over-hear this song or Bowie


    1. David Bowie
    2. David Bowie Acoustic
    3. Lorde (In a couple of years or so Lorde might not be so high up my list, but right now I still get the same shivers as when I first heard her sing this along with Bowie's band, not long after he had passed away)
    4. Anggun
    5. Sarah Blasko
    6. Buddha Of Suburbia Thank you Willie
    7. The London Symphony Orchestra
    I enjoyed hearing Bowie's work played by a full orchestra, it shows what a genius he was.
    8. Aneurin Barnard
    9. Jasper Steverlinck

    10.Steve Hogarth
     
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    01. Barbra Streisand (before I found out that Bowie's version was the original one, I was already very familiar with Barbra's version and is still my most favorite).

    02. David Bowie
    03. Cyberauts
    04. Hayley Sanderson
    05. Anne-Frid Lyngstad (swedisch version "Liv pa Mars")
    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=life+on+mars+songs

    06. Jessica Lange
    07. Yann Tiesen avec Neil Hannon
    08. The Flaming Lips
    09. Falcon Heavy
    10. Anggun
     
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  9. Mel O'Drama

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    SoapChat's Martian exploration is over.

    Four intrepid astronauts have re-entered Earth's atmosphere and reported twenty four significant discoveries involving twenty six unique lifeforms. Here is a copy of their official report about Life On Mars....





















































































































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    1. David Bowie - 35
    2. Barbra Streisand - 16
    3. Anggun / Buddha Of Suburbia Band - 15
    4. Aneurin Barnard / Jessica Lange / ORCO - 12
    5. Lorde - 11
    6. David Bowie Acoustic / The Divine Comedy / Steve Hogarth - 9
    7. Cyberauts - 8
    8. Arcade Fire & David Bowie / Hayley Sanderson - 7
    9. Anna-Frid Lyngstad / Sarah Blasco - 6
    10. Ituana - 5
    11. The London Symphony Orchestra / Obsession / Yann Tiesen avec Neil Hannon - 4
    12. The City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / The Flaming Lips - 3
    13. Falcon Heavy / G4 / Jasper Steverlinck / Wall Street Crash - 2




    For the second round in a row, it's a win for the originals. ​
     
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  10. Mel O'Drama

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    Our next Standard will be along later this week.

    Please take advantage of our other facilities during this intermission.



     
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  11. Willie Oleson

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    When can we expect the sequel?
     
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  12. Mel O'Drama

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    Sorry, Willie. That's restricted information. You're safer not knowing.

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  14. Mel O'Drama

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    After a bit of a summer break, we're back. Which means, sadly, I'll have to interrupt the epilepsy-inducing crickets.

    Hope you find it worth the wait, Willie. The next one is your very own choice.









    Our next Standard is...
    San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair)



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    Suggested by @Willie Oleson, "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)" is a song written by John Phillips of The Mamas & The Papas and and first recorded in 1967 by Scott McKenzie.

    Phillips reported writing the song in around twenty minutes.

    McKenzie's version, released in May 1967, was produced by Phillips and Lou Adler who used it to promote their Monterey International Pop Music Festival held in June of that year. John Phillips played guitar on the recording and session musician Gary L. Coleman played orchestra bells and chimes. The bass line of the song was supplied by session musician Jo Osborn.

    The song became one of the best-selling singles of the 1960s in the world, reaching #4 on the US charts (where it remained for four weeks) and the #1 spot on the UK charts.

    McKenzie's version of the song has been called "the unofficial anthem of the counterculture movement of the 1960s, including the Hippie, Anti-Vietnam War and Flower Power movements." In Central Europe, young people adopted "San Francisco" as an anthem for freedom, and it was widely played during Czechoslovakia's 1968 Prague Spring uprising.

    The Bee Gees song "Massachusetts", about someone who has been to San Francisco but is now homesick for Massachusetts, is a reaction to this song.

    Singer Johnny Hallyday recorded the song in French with the title "San Francisco". His version reached #5 in Wallonia (French Belgium) in 1967.

    Other versions include those by Petula Clark (1967); Merrilee Rush (1968); Tanya Tucker (1979); and Ted Hawkins (1995).

    Sixty five versions may be found here. Explore, enjoy, and list your favourites in this thread. Please list up to ten versions with a minimum of three choices.

    We'll bring voting to a close on Sunday night after which our favourite version will be revealed.

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    I'm only familiar with this version:

     
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  16. Willie Oleson

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    I've based my list of favourites on the feeling of "being invited" or "being tempted" although it was not a conscious decision.

    1. Scott McKenzie
    Brilliant, magnificent, pure awesomeness.
    I'll quote the most liked comment posted on YouTube:
    "This song makes me sad. It's like an empty nostalgia for something I've not experienced".

    2. Big Wig

    Honestly, it doesn't deserve to be so close to #1, but like I said there weren't many favourites to choose from. Consider it my #7, because #2 to #6 are the missing standards.
    Yeah, I guess you could call it a generic dance cover. After East Side Beat's "Ride Like The Wind" and Undercover's "Baker Street" this was another classic that had-to-be-done.
    But there are good and bad generic dance covers, and I like this one.

    3. Barbados
    From their album of sixties coverversions. This doesn't sound too ambitious, it's just a very lovely alternative version.

    4. Orchester Bruno Bertone

    An interesting instrumental version that features on a (what looks like a) bargain bin compilation LP.
    To be honest, I don't hear "San Francisco" anymore but I still have that feeling of being lured to some place, an American place.
    Come to think of it, it sounds a bit like the theme of "Little House Of The Prairie". Could this be the Californian spin-off?

    5. Scott McKenzie (Matt Pop Remix)
    Normally I wouldn't include fanmade remixes, but Matt Pop is not exactly a bedroom DJ anymore and apparently most of his remixes are now available to purchase so that makes these mixes more "official".

    6. Claus

    Mainly because it's so obscure.
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    And then the nice but not very special versions (imho):
    7. Petula Clark
    8. Catarina Valente
    9. The Starshine Orchestra & Singers
    10. Johnny Hallyday

    That troublesome temptress! We'd probably end up in Dallas not wearing flowers in our hair at all.
     
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    PURE SH#T!!!!!!!!!
     
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    01. Scott McKenzie (I always loves this version)



    02. Roch Voisine (love his voice in this song)



    03. Tanya Tucker
    04. Agents (Instrumental version)
    05. The Shadows
    06. Los Mustang (Spanish version)
    07. Bobby Solo (Italian version)
    08. Audrey Landers
    09. Petula Clark
    10. Johnny Hallyday (French version)

     
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  19. Mel O'Drama

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    It's been a prolonged stay in San Francisco...

    We're almost a week overdue. And even that hasn't given me time to get my act together and listen to the different versions. Fortunately, two of you were on the ball and gave us seventeen versions by sixteen unique artists. What's more - it's a very significant win as will become clear.

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    1. Scott McKenzie - 20
    2. Big Wig / Roch Voisine - 9
    3. Barbados / Tanya Tucker - 8
    4. Agents / Orchester Bruno Bertone - 7
    5. Petula Clark / Scott McKenzie [Matt Pop Remix] / The Shadows - 6
    6. Claus / Los Mustang - 5
    7. Bobby Solo - 4
    8. Audrey Landers / Catarina Valente - 3
    9. Johnny Halliday / The Starshine Orchestra & Singers - 2



    With ten points given by one hundred percent of voters, Scott has become the fifth artist in Standards history to achieve a FULL HOUSE! AND it's a hat-trick for the originals with this being the third consecutive win. Congratulations to Scott and thanks to our voters this time round.​
     

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