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THE BATTLE OF THE BANDS! (‘BOTB’)
Yes, it’s time once again for ‘Battle Of The Bands’ (‘BOTB’)
Alright, let’s get on it...
|EUGENE MARTONE VS. JACK BUTLER|
Please bear with me as I present one more "TWISTED BOTB". For a lot of you, this may be your least favorite Battle Of The Bands that I've ever presented. Me, I think it's kind of funny and definitely different. But after this "TWISTED BOTB", I will be resuming "normal" BOTB installments again beginning on February 1st.
What I'm doing today is presenting you with two very famous "Classic Rock" songs, both done in that slick "Lounge Act" style. You get to choose which one you like best (or which one you hate less). You can use any criteria for judging them that you please. Is one musically superior to the other? Do you prefer one vocalist to the other? Does one amuse you more than the other? Judge them on whatever you like, just vote for one over the other and tell us why you did.
So slip on your smoking jacket, light your pipe, and settle in and enjoy the music or relish the torture.
TINY TIM did cover a few other "Classic Rock" songs. In fact, I put his version of 'PEOPLE ARE STRANGE' up against Jim Morrison and The Doors in BOTB #17. Pretty gutsy, eh? The Doors won 6 to 3 but they couldn't toss a shutout at Tiny.
However, 'STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN' is the only Classic Rock cover I'm aware of in which Tiny Tim arranged it in a "Lounge" style. In this recording, Tiny is musically backed by Grammy Award-winning Brave Combo. Here's what Wackypedia says about them:
Brave Combo is a polka/rock/worldbeat band based in Denton, Texas. Founded in 1979 by guitarist/keyboardist/accordionist Carl Finch, they have been a prominent fixture in the Texas music scene for more than thirty-five years.Their music, both originals and covers, incorporates a number of dance styles, mostly polka, but also some Latin American and Caribbean styles like norteño, salsa, rumba, cha-cha-cha, choro, samba, two-step, cumbia, charanga, merengue, ska, etc.
As part of their perceived artistic mission to expand the musical tastes of their listeners, they have often played and recorded covers of well-known songs in a style radically different from the original versions. Examples include polka versions of Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze" and The Doors' "People are Strange", The Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" as a cha-cha, and "Sixteen Tons" as a cumbia. While their records may have a sense of humor, they are played straight and not usually considered joke or novelty records.
Alright, take it away, Tiny Tim and Brave Combo. (Try to overlook the brief audio dropout early on and the unrelated music at the end.)
'STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN' - TINY TIM
|GODZILLA VS. KING KONG|
Now there is a performer who routinely takes Classic Rock songs and reinvents them a la "Lounge". Here's Wackypedia:
Mark Jonathan Davis (born November 27, 1965), better known by his stage name Richard Cheese, is an American musician and comedian. He was born in New York. He fronts Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine, a Los Angeles based cover band and comedy act, performing popular songs in a lounge/swing style reminiscent of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Tony Bennett.
Here's Richard Cheese And Lounge Against The Machine performing Pink Floyd's 'ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL' from the album 'The Sunny Side Of The Moon: The Best Of Richard Cheese':
'ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL' - RICHARD CHEESE
OK, which one did you like better or hate the least?
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
Voice Your Vote @ ‘FAR AWAY SERIES’ by clicking HERE.
@ ‘TOSSING IT OUT’ by clicking HERE.
@ ‘YOUR DAILY DOSE’ by clicking HERE.
@ ‘DISCCONNECTED’ by clicking HERE.
@ 'BOOK LOVER' 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.
@ 'DCRELIEF - BATTLE OF THE BANDS' by clicking HERE.
@ 'THIS BELLE ROCKS' by clicking HERE.
@ 'ALEX CAVANAUGH' (when BOTB falls on a Mon., Wed., or Fri.) by clicking HERE.
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.
~ Stephen T. McCarthy