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...
|EUGENE MARTONE VS. JACK BUTLER|
I'm a little late getting it up, but better late than never, right? (That's not what she said!) OK, I'm a few hours latter'n usual but... I'm butt in the saddle again.
The problem is that I went to my favorite Reno casino ('The Peppermill') yesterday for lunch/dinner and to play a little video poker, but the only thing I won was a cold.
Yep, it seems I was playing a poker machine that some sick beeztard before me had played and now I've got the sore throat, the stuffy nose, the empty wallet...
|GOODNIKS VS. NO-GOODNIKS|
From time to time I return over and over again to ponder certain mysteries, such as "Why did N.A.S.A. come to mean 'Never A Straight Answer' and how did they lose all of the Moon landing knowledge and evidence?"
Or "What constitutes an actual 'sport'?" I mean, for instance, we know golf is a game and not a sport, because if golf is a sport then so is bowling... and we know it ain't.
Running is not a sport unless hurdles are involved. If Beer-Drinking were a sport it would be in the Olympics and I'd be a Gold Medalist. Someone once said that anything you can do while drinking beer is not a sport. Is Race Car Driving a sport? You can drink and drive, can't you? No, you're not going to win the race but you could still compete. OK, my mind is tired. I quit... for now.
Here's one I've contemplated for decades: "What was the first Punk Rock song?" I'm not sure there's a definitive answer because Punk as we think of it is comprised of Angry Arrogance and Acne. When did they first come together with loud, poorly played electric guitars?
For some time I've thought that in the "sound" department a good argument could be made for Elton John's 'Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting' (1973). That "buzzsaw" guitar is, musically, the foundation of Punk Rock.
OK, but what about the cornerstone of Punk? The "attitude"? I would describe it foremost as "hopelessness in the face of the system or machine" plus "anger and rebellion against 'the man' who upholds the system". Until recently I'd been thinking that maybe the first good example was 'Roadhouse Blues' by The Doors (1970). When Jim Morrison sings "I woke up this morning and I got myself a beer; the future's uncertain and the end is always near" that really encapsulates the Punk Rock sensibility.
[FUN FACT: It's been said that Alice Cooper inspired Jim Morrison to write that lyric above. During his drinking years, Cooper would place an ice chest full of beer beside his bed before going to sleep at night so he could crack a cold one the moment he awoke in the morning.]
But within the last couple years I've begun to think that perhaps that Punk Rock attitude appeared much earlier, in the form of that famous song about Summer depression.
In 1958, Rock 'N' Roll pioneer Eddie Cochran recorded 'Summertime Blues' which has gone on to become a classic that's been covered by every singer and singer-wannabe who's ever played in a bar. The song expresses youthful hopelessness against the system maintained by parents, employers, and even the United Nations - an evil organization if there ever was one! And since Summer is now here, I've decided to run with 'Summertime Blues' in this BOTB installment.
What? You don't think Summer has started yet? Tell that to my Brother in Phoenix! Have you seen THIS one?...
Phoenix, Airheadzona, May 2016 temperatures: 9th/86, 10th/91, 11th/95, 12th/101, 13th/102, 14th/101, Today/666?
|GODZILLA VS. KING KONG|
'SUMMERTIME BLUES' by Eddie Cochran
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.
And OH DONNA! (the 'Wild Thing' who "makes everything groovy") is joining us today right 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