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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|
In 1975, ZZ TOP released their album 'FANDANGO!' which included the song 'BLUE JEAN BLUES'. The song was not a hit but it did become a staple of ZZ Top's live repertoire. Incidentally, Fun Fact: The name ZZ Top was the band's way of honoring their musical hero B.B. King. "B.B." became "ZZ" and "King" became "the Top".
Let's hear the original recording...
|GOODNIKS VS. NO-GOODNIKS|
'Blue Jean Blues' by ZZ Top
|GODZILLA VS. KING KONG|
HANK WILLIAMS, JR. (nicknamed "BOCEPHUS" by his famous father after a ventriloquist's dummy) is not only one of the very, Very, VERY most successful musicians in Country music history (destroying his legendary dad in record sales and awards), but he has been known to frequently step way outside of mainstream Country and play Blues and even Hard Rock!
As Hank Junior himself sang in one of the most ass-kicking songs of all time (HERE)...
Not everybody loves me
but those that do will fight...
right to the end.
I got some guitar friends from legendary Saturday nights.
I learned some from Lynyrd Skynyrd, sugar
from Daddy, and Ernest Tubb, too.
This is the platinum boy that does the Rock and Roll Country Blues!
Now I'm looking for a lover, and I'm going to have some fun.
Oh, my daddy called me Bocephus - hell, I'm a son of a gun.
Yep, he knows Lynyrd Skynyrd. He knows ZZ Top, too. Bocephus proved that on his album 'STRONG STUFF' where he covered ZZ's 'Blue Jean Blues'.
Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to listen to both versions and - putting familiarity and brand name aside - tell us which one you HONESTLY like better. Vote for your personal preference.
'Blue Jean Blues' by Hank "Bocephus" Williams, Jr.
|RIDDLER VS. BATMAN|
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.
@ '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.
@ 'QUIET LAUGHTER' by clicking HERE.
@ 'REINVINTAGED' by clicking HERE.
@ 'HOLLI'S HOOTS & HOLLERS' by clicking HERE.
@ 'EVIL POP TART' 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