Republican Vs. Democrat, Male Vs. Female, 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...
Alright, let’s get on it...
|EUGENE MARTONE VS. JACK BUTLER|
Like everyone else did, I loved 'AMERICAN GRAFFITI' when it hit the silver screen (I believe it might still be my Brother's very favorite movie). I purchased the soundtrack album which contained 41 classic Old School Rock & Roll songs. Years later, sometimes I'd wake up in the middle of the night / wee hours of the morning, get in my car and just drive the L.A. freeways with the 'American Graffiti' soundtrack playing and with no particular place to go. (100 points if you caught that one!)
Back in the LP era (hell, in the CD era, too, for that matter) one of the all-time greatest collections of early Rock 'N' Roll & Doo-Wop was the soundtrack to the classic American movie 'AMERICAN GRAFFITI'. The double LP / double CD includes stuffs by Chuck Berry, the Beach Boys, Booker T & The MGs, Buddy Holly, The Platters, Fats Domino, Del Shannon, The Del-Vikings, The Big Bopper, and many mo'. No Eddie C. or Elvis P., but...
I LOVE the song 'Chantilly Lace' by The Big Bopper, which reminds me of this sweet girl, Lisa, whom I had it bad for, back when I earned my living on Hollywood movie and TV sets, and girls were girls and boys were boys. (A few times, I worked with Lisa on the TV show 'Happy Days' which, ironically, was inspired by the movie 'American Graffiti'. I remember that once or twice the director put us together at the diner because he thought we looked like brother and sister. Lisa was blonde; I had dark brown hair. I think it was the sexual attraction yakking, which the director picked up on. I should have asked Lisa to marry me. "Uhp! I was an idiot!")
Did you know The Big Bopper died in the plane crash "the day the music died"? Buddy Holly's bass guitar player, Waylon Jennings, let The Big Bopper have his seat on the plane, and Waylon took the bus. Good decision, Waylon!
|GOODNIKS VS. NO-GOODNIKS|
Undoubtedly, I first heard this song by The Skyliners in the 'American Graffiti' movie and later on my soundtrack album. In the film, the song starts playing around the time that Laurie (Cindy Williams) gets into Bob Falfa's (Harrison Ford) "Wicked '55 Chevy" and it fades out just as Carol (Mackenzie Phillips) disappears inside the front door of her house after saying goodbye to John Milner (Paul Le Mat).
Then Wolfman Jack says over the radio: "I haven't cried so much. And the tears and everything, man... I leaned down towards the microphone and almost shorted myself out!"
Let's hear it now, shall we?
'SINCE I DON'T HAVE YOU' - THE SKYLINERS
|GODZILLA VS. KING KONG|
In 1998 or '99, I purchased a compact disc by Brian Setzer. There was one song on the album I thought my Ma would really dig big time, so I took it over to her house one day and played it for her. (Of course, she'd never before heard of Brian Setzer.)
Did she dig the song, 'You're The Boss'?
Eh... it was... OK.
I played her a different song.
It was... alright.
Tried a third.
Mmmmm... not bad.
So, I was about to put the CD back in the case when, on a whim, I decided - just for the helluvit -
I'd hit 'Play' on track #9...
ALLAH'S UNHOLY TROUSERS!
WINNER, WINNER, CHICKEN DINNER!
It knocked her for a row o' lib-labs! I used to call my Ma "Binky Buckeye, Ohio's Flippin' Squirrel". Well, yak about "flipping", she ABSOLUTELY FLIPPED over Brian Setzer's version of 'Since I Don't Have You'. I mean, "flipped" as in every single time I drove her anywhere, I was required to play that song in my car.
I mean, "flipped" as in she thought Setzer - at least on that song - probably had the "sexiest" voice of all-flippin'-time! (It gave her goosebumps. I'm not kidding, I saw her shiver many times at a certain point in the song. Thank God my Pa was already in Heaven!)
I mean, "flipped" as in 'Since I Don't Have You' by Brian Setzer was now one of her Top Ten favorite songs ever! More like Top Five. Quite possibly Top Three. All I know is that a whole lotta Sinatra, Count Basie, Bobby Darin, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey songs got bumped down a notch the day she heard Brian Setzer singin' 'Since I Don't Have You', and she started asking me questions like "Where's he from?" "How'd you hear of him?" "Is he a good guitarist?", et al.
And there I was only seconds away from giving up when I hit "Play" on track #9. Ha!
Every year, on my Ma's birthday and the anniversary of the day she went "Home", I play several of her very favorite songs (e.g., 'April In Paris', 'Mercy, Mercy, Mercy', Tommy Dorsey's 'Boogie Woogie', 'We'll Be Together Again'). I KNOW that if I ever failed to play Brian's 'Since I Don't Have You', she'd come back and haunt me inside of 10 seconds.
OK, let's hear it. (And by the way, I'm officially recording one vote for Brian Setzer on my Ma's behalf right out of the chute. At this very moment, Brian leads this Battle 1 to 0. What say you 'bout that?)
'SINCE I DON'T HAVE YOU' - BRIAN SETZER
|RIDDLER VS. BATMAN|
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.
@ '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.
@ 'THE DOGLADY'S DEN' by clicking HERE.
@ 'CHERDO ON THE FLIPSIDE' by clicking HERE.
@ 'ANGELS BARK' by clicking HERE.
@ 'JINGLE JANGLE JUNGLE' by clicking HERE.
@ 'WOMEN: WE SHALL OVERCOME' by clicking HERE.
@ 'J.A. SCOTT' by clicking HERE.
@ 'NOVELBREWS' by clicking HERE.
@ 'HOLLI'S HOOTS AND HOLLERS' by clicking HERE.
@ 'QUIET LAUGHTER' 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