1. Time for parties and celebration

    People dancing all night long

    Time for presents and exchanging kisses

    Time for singing Christmas songs

SoapChat Standards "Driving Home For Christmas"

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  1. Emeliz Navidad
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    1. Ursine Vulpine & Annaca
    2. Heather Nova
    3. Gemma Hayes
    4. Karen Souza
    5. Chris Isaak
    6. Widowspeak
    7. Fallulah
    8. HIM
    9. Phillip Phillips
    10. Parra for cuva & Anna Neklab
     
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  2. Mel O’Kalikimaka
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    This round is quite the challenge. I have a "short"list of twenty six versions, all of which I like very much.

    Quite impressive - especially since I didn't recognise the song title and only had only heard one version of it before starting this round.

    Please excuse me while I work out how to get all those songs into a Top Ten.

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    Well at least you have a manual.
     
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    1. Midnight Cowboys (Paul Parker & Ian Anthony Stephens)


    2. Hot 22


    3. Baring
    4. La Ley (Spanish)
    5. Chris Isaak
    6. RAIGN
    7. Blake
     
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  5. Mel O’Kalikimaka
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    So much goodness in this round. Unusually, I found myself favouring male vocals on this one.



    1. Ursine Vulpine ft. Annaca
    Haunting and carried by a really powerful voice.

    2. David Cook
    His voice has very sexy raw edge.

    3. La Ley (Sin Ti)
    Close in arrangement to Chris's, but the Spanish lyrics bring something really special.

    3. Kristof De Cleyn
    A really nice clear vocal.

    5. Chris Isaak
    Iconic and divinely retro.

    6. Novaspace
    ^ This one seems right up Willie's street. ;)

    7. Gemma Hayes
    Stripped down, gentle and intimate.

    8. Sons Of Serendip
    To help whittle down my choices, I wasn't going to include live versions. But I had to make an exception because this one blew me away.

    9. Kendra Morris
    She manages to sound detached and intense at the same time. Not an easy feat.

    10. Para for Cuva ft. Anna Naklab
    A great, unique voice and the arrangement is also really something.




    Some more great versions that haven't yet been mentioned…

    Matt Shockley

    Karen Mok

    Paulo Ricardo

    Beelzebubs

    Bossasonic

    Tangerine Dream

    Gregorian

    Giant Drag

    Dean Dyson

    Mimi Page

    Stone Sour
     
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    I mentally replaced the vocals with Paul Parker's and yes, then it works:)
    As a rule, I'm not a fan of live music because the studio recorded/edited song (the one I'm familiar with) sounds so much better.
    Some artists can pull it off (because they're really good) and sometimes a song is supposed to sound live. I guess it can create a warmth and nostalgia that you can't get from the recorded version (especially if you were "there").
    Also, it annoys me that secondhandsongs accepts all and sundry's 5 minutes-o-fame as "a version", but when I submitted a white label release (including links to amazon and YouTube) they didn't accept it - because it wasn't "official" enough, and therefore not good enough for their database. Real-ly!

    Anyway, that Sons Of Serendip version is very lovely- with all that subtle orchestral music, that's what I wanted to say:)
     
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    :D

    That's interesting. And disappointing.

    I'm quite curious now about how easy it is to make a submission to them. Have you had any others accepted?

    You'll hear no argument from me there.
     
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    Last night I downloaded the Ursine Lupine version. Having listened to it a few more times, it's blown me away.



    So epic and film score-ish. Not surprising considering Frederick Lloyd has composed for films.

    Anyway - it's been bumped up from the second to the top spot in my choices. And I think it'll be a long-term favourite.
     
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    My only standard-vote for the female vocalists...I think it sounds like Florence + The Machine.
     
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    That's gorgeous. It was actually one of my twenty six and very close to being in my top ten. I agree with you about the Florence sound. There's something about this track that seems to inspire some real drama in the musical landscapes.
     
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    Chris Isaak has done some real crackers:

    Such a beautiful voice, a little bit of Elvis, a little bit of Alison Moyet...
     
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    It's Wicked Game over


    Four votes on this one gave us twenty six unique versions. And one winner.



    Here's our ultimate SoapChat hit parade for this one…































































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    1. Chris Isaak - 27
    2. Ursine Vulpine ft. Annaca - 20
    3. Gemma Hayes - 18
    4. La Ley (Sin Ti) - 15
    5. Donna Missal / Midnight Cowboys - 10
    6. David Cook / Heather Nova / Hot 22 / Parra for Cuva ft. Anna Neklab - 9
    7. Baring / Fallulah / Kristof De Cleyn / London Grammar - 8
    8. Karen Souza - 7
    9. Milk Inc. / Novaspace / RAIGN / Widowspeak - 5
    10. Blake / HIM - 4
    11. Sons Of Serendip / Tangerine Dream - 3
    12. Kendra Morris / Phillip Phillips / Washed Out - 2




    For the second consecutive round, the originals take the prize. But will they get the hat-trick?!









    Snap on all three counts, Lashes. :)




    And face. ;)
     
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    Our next Standard is…
    Suspicious Minds




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    "Suspicious Minds" is a song written and first recorded in 1968 by American songwriter Mark James. The song is about a mistrusting and dysfunctional relationship, and the need of the characters to overcome their issues in order to maintain it. At the time James was married to his first wife but still had feelings for his childhood sweetheart, who was married back in Houston. James's wife had suspicions of his feelings. It was a confusing time for him and James felt that all three were caught in this trap from which they could not walk out. The label loved the song and put it out but did not have the money to promote new artists. Consequently the song did not make the charts.

    Later that year, when Elvis Presley had booked their studio to record for his comeback album, James was asked if he had any songs that would be right for Presley. James felt Presley needed a mature rock 'n' roll song to bring him back as Tom Jones was a hot artist at the time. Crews and James thought of "Suspicious Minds". Even though James's recording had not been commercially successful, upon reviewing the song Presley decided he could turn it into a hit.

    Presley's version came out a January 23, 1969 session, that took place between 4 am and 7 am. It took eight takes to produce the final song. The song is noted for its change of time signature, in the bridge section, from 4/4 to a slower 6/8 and back again to the faster 4/4 rhythm. Elvis's primary producer Felton Jarvis made the unusual decision to add a premature fade-out to the song starting at 3:36 and lasting for 15 seconds before fading back in. Chips Moman - who had produced the James version and was instrumental in supporting Elvis's version - disclosed that Jarvis was never happy with Elvis recording at American Sound Studio, saying "it was a control thing… I have no idea why he did that, but he messed it up. It was like a scar."

    Presley first performed the song at the Las Vegas International Hotel (later renamed the Hilton) on 31 July, 1969, and the single was released 26 days later. It reached #1 in the United States in the week of 1 November. It would be Presley's final number-one single in the U.S. before his death.

    In 1986, the band Fine Young Cannibals covered the song, which featured backing vocals by Jimmy Somerville and reached #8 on the UK Singles chart. Singer Roland Gift said that Elvis had come to him in a dream and told him he would record the greatest version of Suspicious Minds ever. The music video pays its homage to Elvis, both in its use of the monochrome filming and the shiny spangled suits that the band wear in the second half of the video.

    In 1992, country singer Dwight Yoakam recorded his version for the soundtrack to the film Honeymoon In Vegas.

    Gareth Gates - runner up of talent show Pop Idol - released a cover version on BMG on 23 September 2002. The single hit the top of the UK Singles Chart for two consecutive weeks.

    Other notable covers include:

    Dee Dee Warwick (1970 - peaking at #24 in May '71); B. J. Thomas (1969); Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter (1970 - peaked at #2 on the country chart in 1976); Judy Cheeks (1978); Ronnie McDowell (1979 - for the soundtrack of John Carpenter's Elvis film); Candi Staton (1982 - #31 in the UK); Bobby Orlando (1988); Avail (2006); Miss Kittin and The Hacker (2009); Rusted Root (2009); Clay Aiken (2010); Amanda Lear (2014) and Martina McBride (2014).

    You'll find over 150 versions here. Check them out then post your favourites below.

    Please list up to ten versions with a minimum three choices. You're welcome to list more than ten, but only the first ten will be counted, with the maximum of ten points going to your #1 choice.

    Everyone's welcome to join in. If we could have our choices in by Saturday night I'll tally them up and let you know our overall winner.

    Enjoy!


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    I never knew Jimmy was on backing vocals.


    I have no recollection of this and can not find anything on the chart number one.

    Though I found the video






    And because I love a good mystery, I did eventually find the answer, it was part of a double A-side along with "The Long & Winding Road"
     
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    Well, I got it from Wikipedia so it must be true. :cool1

    That's my fault. I removed some of the blurb about TLAWR for brevity. Although it turned out a pretty long introduction as it is.

    The single also had Will's version of I Get The Sweetest Feeling, so I wonder why Gareth's song was the double A with the duet. Will did win the competition, after all.

    Were the powers that be that sure that Gareth would win it?
     
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    Yes, everybody thought he was going to win and I think after the show finished they released the voting figures with Gareth coming out the top for most of the final weeks. From what I remember it all changed when Will argued back with Simon and it shocked quite a few people. That's going by memory though, I could be mistaken on some of it.
     
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    Well, I'm glad Will won. I have it on good authority that Gareth is a bit of a tit.


    (Don't I, @Alexis?).
     
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