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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|
Today marks the 60th installment of 'Battle Of The Bands' and I've never missed a single one. Not a single one.
As most of you know, it's kinda funny that BOTB has become a pretty popular bi-monthly blogfest considering it was never intended to be a blogfest at all. It's just something that FAE and I decided to do every 1st and 15th but music-lovers embraced the concept so much that they began asking if they could join us.
Constructing a competitive and interesting music Battle is not a science, it's an art, and experience is the best teacher. A new BOTBer today has an advantage, as they can look at the contests of other participants and use their Battles as a template, general guide, or essential inspiration. Nevertheless, the most important lessons they would learn the same way we all did: trial and error. But the experience of others would be a help.
When FAE and I first started BOTB, we were at a disadvantage because we were making it up from scratch as we went along. And I know that I made some rookie mistakes in those early Battles.
|GOODNIKS VS. NO-GOODNIKS|
This being BOTB #60, and 60 sometimes representing a full revolution (as on the face of a clock), I've decided to go back to nearly the beginning and "redo" my second ever 'Battle Of The Bands' contest. You see, being a BOTB neophyte at that time, I may have inadvertently corrupted the outcome of that contest.
I was so worried that one of the two bands might get shutout that I kind of overhyped the band that I considered to be the underdog. In the end, to my utter amazement, the underdog blew the other band away, and only my own vote saved "the favorite" (in my mind) from a shutout.
THAT, ladies and gentlemen, was the first of many great surprises that BOTB has treated me to. But I've always wondered how that Battle might have turned out if I hadn't weighted my commentary so strongly toward the underdog band. A total of only 11 votes were cast in my second Battle, and today there are so many more and newer BOTB participants that I feel I can "replay" that old one and it will seem new to most, giving me an idea whether or not I really accidentally had a hand in determining the original outcome.
Please don't go back and review the original Battle, as I will give you every li'l detail about it when I post the results for 'Fleetwood Mac Versus The Rockets, Take 2' here on January 21st.
|GODZILLA VS. KING KONG|
When we think of Fleetwood Mac, we think of that Super-Pop group who scored major hits with songs like 'Dreams', 'Go Your Own Way', and 'You Make Loving Fun'. But that band went through many personnel changes over the years, and before Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks joined it, Fleetwood Mac was a Peter Green-led Blues-Rock band with no Top 40 hits to their credit.
One of the earlier songs from the Blues-Rock era of Fleetwood Mac was titled 'OH WELL'. Let's hear it...
'OH WELL'... by Fleetwood Mac
|RIDDLER VS. BATMAN|
In 1979, a One-Hit Wonder band out of Detroit, Michigan, called The Rockets scored their one Top 40 hit (it climbed to #30 on the Billboard chart) with a cover version of the Fleetwood Mac original, 'Oh Well'.
Let's hear it...
'OH WELL'... by The Rockets
Alright now, “you know the gig”... I welcome you (whoever you are) to 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.
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.
@ '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.
@ 'JANIE JUNEBUG, RIGHTING & EDITING' by clicking HERE.
@ 'J.A. SCOTT' by clicking HERE.
@ 'NOVELBREWS' by clicking HERE.
@ 'QUIET LAUGHTER' by clicking HERE.
@ 'BE REINVINTAGED' by clicking HERE.
@ 'HOLLI'S HOOTS & HOLLERS' 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