PJ Retro 96°F ☀️ The Sun Always Shines on PJ (Winner crowned ⛱️)

A&E

they&she
Ballot 31/33​
12. Floe - Philip Glass
10. 陽の当たる大通り - Pizzicatto Five
8. I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun - Rotary Connection
7. When The Rain Came Down - Happy Rhodes
6. Thalheim - David Sylvian
5. Follow The Sun - Triple J
4. Huri-Khan - Storm
3. Summer Breeze - Piper
2. Cold Café - Karen Marks
1. Tell Him That It's Snowing - Daliah Lavi

Ballot 32/33​
12 POINTS: The Mighty Lemon Drops - Fall Down (Like the Rain)
10 POINTS: Transister - Look Who's Perfect Now
8 POINTS: The Day Zs - Sunny Dayz
7 POINTS: Rotary Connection - I Am the Black Gold of the Sun
6 POINTS: Philip Glass - Floe
5 POINTS: Rebecca - フレンズ (Friends)
4 POINTS: Piper - Summer Breeze
3 POINTS: Alain Souchon - La ballade de Jim
2 POINTS: Luba - How Many (Rivers to Cross)
1 POINT: Sabrina Johnston - Reasons


Leaderboard 16/17
Rotary Connection - I Am the Black Gold of the Sun // NecessaryVoodoo =87
Nadieh - Windforce 11 // WoW73 =86
Philip Glass - Floe // Filler =82
One More Time - Calming Rain // WowWowWowWow =80
Daliah Lavi - Tell Him That It's Snowing // Disco Blister =78
Rebecca - フレンズ (Friends) // TéléDex =76
Tricky - Makes Me Wanna Die // undisco_me =75
The Mighty Lemon Drops - Fall Down (Like the Rain) // DominoDancing =73
Happy Rhodes - When the Rain Came Down // Isobel =71
Alain Souchon - La ballade de Jim // berserkboi =70
Hot Cold - Love Is Like a Game // iheartpoptarts =63
Lone Justice - Dixie Storms // unnameable =61
Opus III - I Talk to the Wind // A&E =61
Baby Fox - Rain // Up N Down =60
Luba - How Many (Rivers to Cross) // klow =59
Piper - Summer Breeze // soratami =59
Pizzicato Five - 陽の当たる大通り (On the Sunny Side of the Street) // Verseau =58
Anna Jurksztowicz - Stan pogody // Phonetics Girl =57
The Primitives - Summer Rain // CatastropheBoy =56
Bang Gang - So Alone // Maki =53
Transister - Look Who's Perfect Now // ohnoitisnathan =52
Triple J - Follow the Sun // Attis =49
Thelma Houston - Ride to the Rainbow // Lego =48
The Hurricanes - Only One Night // Untouchable Ace =46
The Day Zs - Sunny Dayz // invertedbutterfly =46
Karen Marks - Cold Café // If You Go =42
Richard Jacques feat. TJ Davis - Can You Feel the Sunshine? // Dynamo =41
Sabrina Johnston - Reasons // cdd216 =33
David Sylvian - Thalheim // Tiger Suit =31
Milva - Cuori solitari // KamikazeHeart =30
Storm - Huri-Khan // Ezz =29
The Two Tons - I Depend on You // Jeffo =23
Trine Rein - Summernight Magic // pop3blow2 =21


So close to the end and we've got a new leader edging out Nadieh by just 1 point! Really, any of the current top 7 could still win – and it all depends on the final ballot.
 

A&E

they&she
Ballot 33/33​
12. Opus III
10. Tricky
8. Sabrina Johnston
7. Thelma Houston
6. Happy Rhodes
5. Alain Souchon
4. The Two Tons
3. Bang Gang
2. Lone Justice
1. Piper



Which means...




Leaderboard 17/17
Rotary Connection - I Am the Black Gold of the Sun // NecessaryVoodoo =87
Nadieh - Windforce 11 // WoW73 =86
Tricky - Makes Me Wanna Die // undisco_me =85
Philip Glass - Floe // Filler =82
One More Time - Calming Rain // WowWowWowWow =80
Daliah Lavi - Tell Him That It's Snowing // Disco Blister =78
Happy Rhodes - When the Rain Came Down // Isobel =77
Rebecca - フレンズ (Friends) // TéléDex =76
Alain Souchon - La ballade de Jim // berserkboi =75
The Mighty Lemon Drops - Fall Down (Like the Rain) // DominoDancing =73
Opus III - I Talk to the Wind // A&E =73
Hot Cold - Love Is Like a Game // iheartpoptarts =63
Lone Justice - Dixie Storms // unnameable =63
Baby Fox - Rain // Up N Down =60
Piper - Summer Breeze // soratami =60
Luba - How Many (Rivers to Cross) // klow =59
Pizzicato Five - 陽の当たる大通り (On the Sunny Side of the Street) // Verseau =58
Anna Jurksztowicz - Stan pogody // Phonetics Girl =57
The Primitives - Summer Rain // CatastropheBoy =56
Bang Gang - So Alone // Maki =56
Thelma Houston - Ride to the Rainbow // Lego =55
Transister - Look Who's Perfect Now // ohnoitisnathan =52
Triple J - Follow the Sun // Attis =49
The Hurricanes - Only One Night // Untouchable Ace =46
The Day Zs - Sunny Dayz // invertedbutterfly =46
Karen Marks - Cold Café // If You Go =42
Richard Jacques feat. TJ Davis - Can You Feel the Sunshine? // Dynamo =41
Sabrina Johnston - Reasons // cdd216 =41
David Sylvian - Thalheim // Tiger Suit =31
Milva - Cuori solitari // KamikazeHeart =30
Storm - Huri-Khan // Ezz =29
The Two Tons - I Depend on You // Jeffo =27
Trine Rein - Summernight Magic // pop3blow2 =21

Tricky jumps up by 10 points but it's not enough and Black Gold aptly claims the gold medal! Congratulations to our winner @NecessaryVoodoo, who last took part in PJOPS round 15 in late 2014.
 

A&E

they&she
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FINAL LEADERBOARD
1.
Rotary Connection - I Am the Black Gold of the Sun // NecessaryVoodoo =87
2.
Nadieh - Windforce 11 // WoW73 =86
3.
Tricky feat. Martina Topley-Bird - Makes Me Wanna Die // undisco_me =85
4.​
Philip Glass - Floe // Filler =82
5.​
One More Time - Calming Rain // WowWowWowWow =80
6.​
Daliah Lavi - Tell Him That It's Snowing // Disco Blister =78
7.​
Happy Rhodes - When the Rain Came Down // Isobel =77
8.​
Rebecca - フレンズ (Friends) // TéléDex =76
9.​
Alain Souchon - La ballade de Jim // berserkboi =75
=10.​
Opus III - I Talk to the Wind (3x12) // A&E =73
=10.​
The Mighty Lemon Drops - Fall Down (Like the Rain) (2x12) // DominoDancing =73
=12.​
Lone Justice - Dixie Storms (2x12, 1x10) // unnameable =63
=12.​
Hot Cold - Love Is Like a Game (2x12, 0×10) // iheartpoptarts =63
=14.​
Baby Fox - Rain (2x12)// Up N Down =60
=14.​
Piper - Summer Breeze (1x12) // soratami =60
16.​
Luba - How Many (Rivers to Cross) // klow =59
17.​
Pizzicato Five - 陽の当たる大通り (On the Sunny Side of the Street) // Verseau =58
18.​
Anna Jurksztowicz - Stan pogody // Phonetics Girl =57
=19.​
The Primitives - Summer Rain (2x12)// CatastropheBoy =56
=19.​
Bang Gang - So Alone (1x12) // Maki =56
21.​
Thelma Houston - Ride to the Rainbow // Lego =55
22.​
Transister - Look Who's Perfect Now // ohnoitisnathan =52
23.​
Triple J - Follow the Sun // Attis =49
=24.​
The Day Zs - Sunny Dayz (1x12) // invertedbutterfly =46
=24.​
The Hurricanes - Only One Night (0×12) // Untouchable Ace =46
26.​
Karen Marks - Cold Café // If You Go =42
=27.​
Richard Jacques feat. TJ Davis - Can You Feel the Sunshine? (1x12) // Dynamo =41
=27.​
Sabrina Johnston - Reasons (0×12) // cdd216 =41
29.​
David Sylvian - Thalheim // Tiger Suit =31
30.​
Milva - Cuori solitari // KamikazeHeart =30
31.​
Storm - Huri-Khan // Ezz =29
32.​
The Two Tons (The Weather Girls) - I Depend on You // Jeffo =27
33.​
Trine Rein - Summernight Magic // pop3blow2 =21
 
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A&E

they&she
Some thoughts and notes:

No ballot rearranging was at play during the reveals, the round really was a nail-biter until I opened the final ballot.

To reiterate how close the round was: almost two thirds of the entries (21 out of 33) have received at least one 12. Everyone got at least 4 voters, but no one had more than half of the participants vote for them. No one's total even crossed 90, which was a first since... PJOPS 24, 8 years ago (when the winner racked up 72 points). I think it shows the overall high quality of the entries.

Thanks for clarifying the theme criterion for each entry.
I need to mention one more undercover theme connection, The Two Tons aka Two Tons o' Fun later became much better known as The Weather Girls. Technically the song wasn't released under that name but the lyrics did fit.

Regarding the winning song, I'm glad @WowWowWowWow mentioned Nuyorican Soul too!




Hosting was stressful but also fun! I haven't tinkered with the forum's formatting in ages so that took me a while to figure out. I think I actually kind of enjoyed the spreadsheet part. Lots of things to keep track of overall but I think I managed okay, or at least most of the struggle happened only behind the scenes nn

Thanks to everyone who took part for displaying taste with the entries (again: an excellent round), @If You Go and @WoW73 for hosting advice beforehand, the veto panel and also everyone who submitted for patience, @Verseau and @NecessaryVoodoo for finally agreeing to participate (the latter paying my entry dust and winning nn), and all the Opus III / Kirsty Hawkshaw voters:
12: @Isobel @DominoDancing @ohnoitisnathan
8: @Dynamo @undisco_me
7: @Ezz @Verseau
3: @soratami @klow
1: @Disco Blister

I leave you with another cover of I Talk to the Wind. Please forgive it being from 2020 in this thread, but it's another favourite and quite a different take to Opus III (closer to the King Crimson original but more Weyes Blood-adjacent).



Now I can catch my breath!
 
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Congrats @NecessaryVoodoo! Fun fact: this is the PJRetro winner with the second least points ever, only "beaten" by the round 24 winner, and that round had way less people taking part than this one (21 vs 33). Aside from these two, every other winner had 90+ points (and the vast majority 100+). Between that and almost every song having 40+ points, this might just have been the song contest round where the points were the most evenly distributed between all the songs, which is pretty cool.

Anyway, thank you for hosting @A&E and thanks everyone who voted for Piper, especially @TéléDex for the 12! I thought it was going to be a total flop, so a cute top 15 placement is a pleasant surprise.
 
He/Him
Well I can't make much sense of the leaderboard ff. It's like Retro is getting more and more random with each round. I usually root for @Filler but that track gave me anxiety and not in a good way this time. But as was mentioned previously it was all very close indeed.

Pleasure to get the host's 12 for Baby Fox. I think this is the most time I've spent looking for potentials for a theme and looks like it paid off. The singer Christine Leach is a co-writer on Madonna's Ray of Light so that well isn't quite dry yet. Thanks to all the voters!

Congrats to @NecessaryVoodoo and thank you for the impeccable hosting @A&E.
 


Laid eaze... when I tell you I only really took part this time because @A&E bullied me incessantly until I did, and yes the screenshots will be passed on to the relevant authorities for her to be dealt with, this is a nice surprise for a bleak Sunday in February.

Thanks to those who gave Rotary Connection points, I honestly wasn't sure how they'd fair with me being so out of touch with the lay of the land when it comes to PJ song contests.

Luckily for you all my reign of terror will be short-lived, as unfortunately I'm not really in a position to take on hosting duties right now.
 
Was that ever close!!!

What a close call - and what an amazingly varied Top 10!

First of all thanks to @A&E for doing so brilliantly in hosting - and it was such a great theme, too!

Then: thanks to all who voted for Nadieh and her song Windforce 11. If people are interested in reading a bit more about her, I posted something a few pages back.

And lastly: HUGE congrats to @NecessaryVoodoo - now THAT'S a comeback!! I hope you'll be back for many future rounds!

As for hosting, since @NecessaryVoodoo declined, I guess you are all stuck with me....
Just give me a few minutes....

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He/Him
La Ballade De Jim is a song I’ve been sitting on a little while, and would have eventually sent to a round dealing with sadness/depression. The weather being used in songs for these feelings a lot still worked well to introduce you all to Alain Souchon within this theme.

Alain is a great of French music (and even penned two past Retro Silver Medals - Aviateur and Cœur Perdu), who was a school dropout and eventually found his feet in music. The music video (a Victoire De La Musique <French Grammy> winner) also depicts a car accident, which is how his father passed away when he was still young.

A very personal track all in all for Alain, and one I adore - I say a big thank you to my voters (who really saved my bacon at the end when i went from last place to Top 10)

10 @DominoDancing @Untouchable Ace @undisco_me
8 @If You Go
7 @invertedbutterfly @KamikazeHeart
6 @TéléDex
5 @ohnoitisnathan @Disco Blister
3 @Jeffo
2 @Ezz @Isobel

Congratulations to @NecessaryVoodoo (I hope you end up a regular with us!), and thank you so much @A&E for hosting!!!
 
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