Today, I am combining my July 1st, 2016 'BATTLE OF THE BANDS' (BOTB) Results post with another installment in my 'THE SOUNDTRACK OF MY LIFE' (TSOML) series.
First off, I want to thank all you DogGs and DogGettes for taking the time to listen, watch and vote. Considering it is Summer and this particular Battle was a bit more time-consuming than most (because I was asking you to cast two votes -- one for SONG and one for RIDE), this was a nice turnout. I appreciate that. Thanks!
This became a really good dual Battle, and because of the novelty of the contest, it is one of my favorites that I've ever put together.
This was an "E-Ticket" BOTB installment, and I asked you to compare the Disneyland rides "The Pirates Of The Caribbean" and "The Haunted Mansion" and cast your vote for your favorite of the two rides, and also a vote for your favorite of the two ride theme songs: "Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life For Me)" or "Grim Grinning Ghosts".
I liked your answers 'splaining why you preferred one ride or song over the other.
I'm a big fan of both rides -- both "E-Tickets" in every spectacular sense of the expression -- and I have ridden both of them countless times. 100? 150? I dunno, but it's gotta be in that neighborhood.
My great buddy, Kelly, who killed himself in 1986, has his initials scratched into a New Orleans Square window at Disneyland, just a stone's throw from "The Pirates" ride. Now I wonder who might have done that!
One thing I knew beforehand with absolute certainty was that every former member of 'The League Of Soul Crusaders' (meaning Judge Al Bondigas, Pooh, and myself) would be voting in the Song category for 'Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life For Me)' Why? Because one day, circa 1982, Pooh changed the lyric, and from that time on, we would cruise the Los Angeles streets in our topless, 1964 Cadillac ("Tiburon"), beer cans held aloft, and we'd belt out the new line at the top of our lungs: "Yo-Ho! Yo-Ho! A PARTY life for me!"
For us, "Grim Grinning Ghosts" never had a chance.
My favorite part of the "real" song, however, is the line: "Aye! But we're loved by our mommies and dads." Ha!-Ha!!-HilArious!!!
In the Ride category though, I put my own vote in for 'The Haunted Mansion'. Both rides are fabulous, entertaining as all get-out, but 'The Pirates' ride is essentially restricted to the reality of what pirates did and would do. With the exception of a comedic exaggeration -- a fat, old woman chasing a skinny pirate with a rolling pin -- there wasn't as much room for imagination in 'The Pirates' as there was in 'The Haunted Mansion'.
In 'The Mansion', the Disney "Imagineers" were really free to "conjure up" any weird, spooky, or ghostly humorous scenario they could. And there are so many fascinating details in 'The Haunted Mansion' that I enjoy it just slightly more than 'The Pirates', even if 'The Pirates' seems more epic in size and rambunctiousness.
Due to the Johnny Depp movies, I figured that "The Pirates" would likely run away with this Battle in both categories, Song and Ride, but actually it was reasonably close in both. The final tally, including my votes, came out like this:
'Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life For Me)' = 15 votes
'Grim Grinning Ghosts' = 9 votes
18 votes were also submitted for the Rides...
'The Pirates Of The Caribbean' = 9 votes
'The Haunted Mansion' = 9 votes
My thanks again to everyone who took time to vote, and I hope to see you all back here again for my July 15th 'Battle Of The Bands' installment.
And incidentally, as much as I loved 'The Pirates' and 'The Ghosts' at Disneyland, neither of them were one of my Top 3 favorite rides. Two of my three favorites were always these...
Link: --->> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtP5bMoSfRg
Link: --->> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWzGN0Bezz8
My previous blog bits pertaining to 'The Soundtrack Of My Life' (TSOML) can be found by clicking the links below:
TSOML #1 - Prelude To An Introduction
TSOML #2- Introduction
TSOML #3 - First Song: 1959
TSOML #4 - 8th Birthday: 1967
TSOML #5 - Summer: 1974
TSOML #6 - Outlaw: 1978
TSOML #7 - M*A*S*H: Late 1978
TSOML #8 - Innocence Lost: 1980
TSOML #9 - A Friend With A View: 1980
TSOML #10 - The League Of Soul Crusaders: 1981
TSOML #11 - The League Of Soul Crusaders: 1981 - Part 2
TSOML #12 - The League Of Soul Crusaders: 1982 - Part 3
For more TSOML participants, visit the blog of GIRL WONDER ('Your Daily Dose') by clicking HERE.
~ Stephen T. McCarthy
Welcome back, my friends, to the "Battle" that never ends.
We're so glad you could attend. Come inside! Come inside!
This is 'BATTLE OF THE BANDS' ('BOTB') where you listen to different recordings and vote for the one you like best. A new Battle gets posted on the 1st of each month and on the 7th, I place my own vote, tally 'em all up and announce the winner.
Friend? Foe? Stranger? No matter, ALL are welcome. So pull up a chair, pour yourself 24 oz. of DOG BITE High Gravity Lager (or the poison of your choice) and turn it up to Eleven!
[NOTE: Links to the first year of 'BOTB' (#1 - #24) can be found at the very bottom of this page.]