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Welcome back, my friends, to the "Battle" that never ends.
We're so glad you could attend. Come inside! Come inside!
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This is 'BATTLE OF THE BANDS' ('BOTB') where you listen to different recordings of the same song and vote for the one you like best. A new Battle gets posted on the 1st and 15th of each month and six days later, on the 7th and 21st, I place my own vote, tally 'em all up and announce the winner.
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Friend? Foe? Stranger? No matter, ALL are welcome. So pull up a chair, pour yourself 24 oz. of DOG BITE High Gravity Lager (or the poison of your choice) and turn it up to Eleven!
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[NOTE: Links to the first year of 'BOTB' (#1 - #24) can be found at the very bottom of this page.]

Saturday, June 15, 2019

2019, JUNE 15: BATTLE OF THE BANDS (Or, NINA SIMONE VERSUS MAHALIA JACKSON)

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FAE Vs. STMcC, Female Vs. Male, War Vs. Peace, Light Vs. Dark, Good Vs. Evil, Man Vs. Machine, Love Vs. Hate, Dog Vs. Cat, Sun Vs. Moon, Brain Vs. Brawn, Oscar Vs. Grammy, Angel Vs. Demon, Laurel Vs. Hardy, Beer Vs. Wine, TV Vs. Radio, Pitcher Vs. Batter, Paper Vs. Plastic, Reality Vs. Fantasy, Yeshua Vs. Beelzebub, Conservative Vs. Liberal, You Vs. Me, House Vs. Senate, Offense Vs. Defense, Kramer Vs. Kramer, Spy Vs. Spy, Fischer Vs. Spassky, W.C. Fields Vs. Sobriety, Harold Gimpy, Jr. Vs. Sheldon J. Pismire, Rock Vs. Paper Vs. Scissors, Islam Vs. Everything, Singer Vs. Singer, Band Vs. Band...
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BATTLE OF THE BANDS (BOTB)
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Shoop-Shooby -
Shooby-Duh-Dooby-Doop-Dooby-Dooby-Doo-Wah -
Buh-Doo-Wah!
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Yes, it's time once again for 'Battle Of The Bands' ('BOTB').
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Alright, let's get on it. Let's get ON this thing!...
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Eugene Martone Vs. Jack Butler
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The first thing you noticed was that the date's wrong. Yip! I misread my notes and mistook 7/10/2013 for June instead of July. This 6th Anniversary BOTB installment is about 1 month too early. Oh, well. (I do letters better'n numbers.)
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No, BOTB did NOT begin as a blogfest and, no, I did not take over hosting it when my friend FarAwayEyes (aka FAE) split the scene. Back in 2013, FAE blogged regularly and kept to a schedule. On July 10, 2013, she was due to post something, but being preoccupied with house guests, she just quickly threw together a "Battle of the Bands" blog bit. She chose the song 'SUMMERTIME' from 'Porgy & Bess' ["I loves you, Porgy!"] and put Nina Simone up against Muse. Nina got 8 votes, Muse got 3. You can see that first BOTB installment and its comments / votes by clicking HERE.
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FAE had not intended to do another BOTB installment. As far as she was concerned, it was a 'one and done' type of affair. But as my comments on her original post show, I thought it was a terrific idea, which I indicated I was inclined to steal:
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STMcC to FAE: "Hey, I really like your 'Battle Of The Bands' concept! Maybe you should run with that idea, making it a regular feature on your blog. [...] Incidentally... if you decide NOT to make this 'BOTB' concept a regular feature on your blog, I am DEFINITELY going to steal the idea and make it a semi-regular feature on MY blog. Just sayin'."
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I later Emailed FarAwayEyes and yakked her into doing semi-regular BOTB installments WITH me. That's how it started. It wasn't meant to be a blogfest; it was just something two "blog buddies" decided to do together. But other folks saw what we had begun doing, liked it, asked to join, and - voila! - a blogfest was born.
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Good-niks Vs. No-Good-niks
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FAE has long since ceased blogging. But because she always used to post in "blue", I incorporated that color into the official 'BOTB' logo, and I have always written 'Battle Of The Bands' and 'BOTB' in blue as a tribute to FAE, who did it first.
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For this (one month premature) 6th Anniversary BOTB installment, I decided to re-use the first song ever used in BOTB - 'SUMMERTIME' - and take FAE's first-ever BOTB winner, Nina Simone, and pit her against a new challenger. In July of 2013, Muse lost to Nina by 5 votes. Now, nearly 6 years later, let's see if Mahalia Jackson can put up a better fight.
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Godzilla Vs. King Kong
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SUMMERTIME -- Nina Simone
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmrUrEbaYWE

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Riddler Vs. Batman
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Mahalia Jackson's version is actually a medley, in which she briefly incorporates 'Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child' into the middle portion of the song. But she quickly transitions back into 'Summertime' after just a couple minutes:
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SUMMERTIME -- Mahalia Jackson
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0M4zUEGkdBw

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QUESTION: Will the challenger, Mahalia, beat Nina, the reigning queen of 'Summertime'?
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SIKIKE PHTEVEN (0-2): If she doesn't, may The Amazing Sixwell push me right in front of a speeding bus driven by the Magic 8-Ball!
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Alright now, “you know the gig”... I welcome you (whether I know "you" or notto vote for your favorite of these songs in the comment section below. And feel free to tell us WHY you chose one song over the other.
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After voting here, "I suggest - actually I insist - you pop over to the blogs of the other 'BATTLE OF THE BANDS' participants to see which songs they have chosen and vote there also". 
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Voice Your Vote...
@ ‘TOSSING IT OUT’ by clicking HERE.
@ 'MIKE'S RAMBLINGS' by clicking HERE.
@ 'THE SOUND OF ONE HAND TYPING' by clicking HERE
@ 'JINGLE JANGLE JUNGLE' by clicking HERE.
@ 'THE DOGLADY'S DEN' by clicking HERE.
@ 'CHERDO ON THE FLIPSIDE' by clicking HERE.
'AI LOVE MUSIC' by clicking HERE.
@ 'ANGELS BARK' by clicking HERE.
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As I've done in the past, I will continue to return to my 'BOTB' blog bits on the 7th and 21st of each month to post my own votes and announce the winners in the comment sections. 
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~ Stephen T. McCarthy
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Friday, June 7, 2019

BOTB RESULTS: 2019, JUNE 1 (Or, BRIAN SETZER VERSUS BRIAN SETZER)

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STMcC’s Vote On '2019, June 1st: Battle Of The Bands' (BOTB) - Or, The Stray Cats Versus The Brian Setzer Orchestra - And The Final Tally:
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Dogged if The Stray Cats didn't win! It wasn't one of my better Battles, but the comment section was fun and I appreciate all of you who took the time to listen and vote (aka bote).
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The song was 'Rock This Town' and the Battle was between Brian Setzer's 'Stray Cats' and Brian Setzer's Orchestra. It took place [link> HERE.
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The Orchestra got the very first vote. It also got the very last vote (mine). And those are the ONLY votes it got!
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'Rock This Town' was a Top Ten hit for The Stray Cats in 1982, and I liked the song so much that I went out and bought the album. Setzer covered the song with his Orchestra in 1998, and I liked the cover so much that I went out and bought that album, too! Obviously, I like this song. However, I like the Big Band version just a smidgen more because on rare occasions, less isn't really more.
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The Stray Cats = 15 votes
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Brian Setzer Orchestra = 2 votes
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STMcC: What the hell happened to you? You guaranteed a win for Brian Setzer's Orchestra!
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Sikike Phteven: You didn't tell me that people won't vote for a cover over an original hit.
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STMcC: I shouldn't have to tell you anything. As a psychic, you're supposed to have supernatural prescience.
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Sikike Phteven: I never said I was psychic. I said I was sikike. Stop mislabeling me! .....My next one will be better.
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My friends, the "next one" will be a special anniversary edition of BOTB on June 15th, and I hope all y'all will return for that one. See ya then!
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~ Stephen T. McCarthy
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Saturday, June 1, 2019

2019, JUNE 1: BATTLE OF THE BANDS (BRIAN SETZER VERSUS BRIAN SETZER)

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Setzer Vs. Seltzer, Brain Vs. Brawn, Oscar Vs. Grammy, Angel Vs. Demon, Laurel Vs. Hardy, Beer Vs. Wine, TV Vs. Radio, Pitcher Vs. Batter, Paper Vs. Plastic, Reality Vs. Fantasy, Yeshua Vs. Beelzebub, Conservative Vs. Liberal, You Vs. Me, House Vs. Senate, Offense Vs. Defense, Kramer Vs. Kramer, Spy Vs. Spy, Fischer Vs. Spassky, W.C. Fields Vs. Sobriety, Harold Gimpy, Jr. Vs. Sheldon J. Pismire, Rock Vs. Paper Vs. Scissors, Islam Vs. Everything, Singer Vs. Singer, Band Vs. Band...
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BATTLE OF THE BANDS (BOTB)
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Shoop-Shooby -
Shooby-Duh-Dooby-Doop-Dooby-Dooby-Doo-Wah -
Buh-Doo-Wah!
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Yes, it's time once again for 'Battle Of The Bands' ('BOTB').
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Alright, let's get on it. Let's get ON this thing!...
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Eugene Martone vs. Jack Butler
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As all y'all know, my last BOTB installment was a heartfelt Tribute To My Mom which occurred [link> HERE. It was a 3-way contest in which 1st place and 3rd place were separated by only 2 votes (i.e., it was exactly the kind of Battle we all hope for when we put these music contests together).
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In case you wuzn't here, I'll tell ya that The Brian Setzer Orchestra (barely) beat Count Basie's Orchestra and The Cannonball Adderley Quintet. And that got me to thinking about how I discovered that first Brian Setzer Orchestra album to begin with...
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Good-niks vs. No-goodniks
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The year was probably 1998. My brother Nappy (aka Judge Al Bondigas, which means "Judge Meatball") and I had spent the weekend in Tombstone, AZ. I was driving us back to Phoenix and had the car radio on when this song came on...
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I was thinking: 
Wait a minute! I know this song! This is 'Rock This Town', but it's definitely not The Stray Cats. ...Hmmm.... That DOES sound like Brian Setzer singing, though...
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I was really curious about this, so I looked into it when I got home and discovered that Brian Setzer had reemerged on the music scene fronting a full orchestra. I could be mistaken, but as far as I know, Setzer was the inventor of 'Big Band Rock', which has since become "a thing".
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This Battle *HAD* to be done! Who you boting (or voting) for? 
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The Stray Cats were a 3-piece Rockabilly band out of Long Island, New York, and 'Rock This Town' (#9 in 1982) was their first of three Top Ten hits. It very briefly gave me hope that Rock 'N' Roll was not dead. ...But then Rock 'N' Roll died. 
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ROCK THIS TOWN - The Stray Cats (1982)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-a6ct8aalg

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Godzilla vs. King Kong
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In 1998, The Brian Setzer Orchestra covered the song on their first album 'The Dirty Boogie'. Here's the 3-piece Rockabilly hit given a brassy Big Band treatment:
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ROCK THIS TOWN - The Brian Setzer Orchestra (1998)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvs9ODIjhiU

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Question: Will the older Brian Setzer beat the younger Brian Setzer?
Sikike Phteven (0-1): Is the pope Catholic? Does a bear go poo-poo in the woods? Can a low-I.Q. bartender become a Congresswoman in New York? Will the world end in 12 years if we don't address "Climate Change" today? 
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Question: Huh? I think you're sending mixed signals.
Sikike Phteven: Oh... Right, right. Scratch my last question.
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Alright now, “you know the gig”... I welcome you (whether I know "you" or notto vote for your favorite of these songs in the comment section below. And feel free to tell us WHY you chose one song over the other.
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After voting here, I suggest - actually I insist - you pop over to the blogs of the other 'BATTLE OF THE BANDS' participants to see which songs they have chosen and vote there also. (If their ‘BOTB’ blog bits aren’t posted yet, pour yourself two shots of ‘Grand Marnier’ over ice – do it twice – and then return to their blogs to vice your voice ...vote your vice ...voice your vote.)
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Voice Your Vote...
@ ‘TOSSING IT OUT’ by clicking HERE.
@ 'MIKE'S RAMBLINGS' by clicking HERE.
@ 'CURIOUS AS A CATHY' by clicking HERE.
@ 'THE SOUND OF ONE HAND TYPING' by clicking HERE
@ 'JINGLE JANGLE JUNGLE' by clicking HERE.
@ 'THE DOGLADY'S DEN' by clicking HERE.
@ 'CHERDO ON THE FLIPSIDE' by clicking HERE.
'AI LOVE MUSIC' by clicking HERE.
@ 'ANGELS BARK' by clicking HERE.
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As I've done in the past, I will continue to return to my 'BOTB' blog bits on the 7th and 21st of each month to post my own votes and announce the winners in the comment sections. 
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~ Stephen T. McCarthy
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