[NOTE: Due to my work schedule, I won't get to many BOTB contests until Thursday. But I WILL be by in time to cast my votes. And I apologize about the screwed up multi-size text but Blogger has gone all buggy again. The I.T. guys must have "fixed" something that wasn't broken again and broke what was working just fine. Always out to justify being on the payroll and making us miserable in the process.]
We're moving into "the dog days of Summer" (except in Phoenix where it won't be "the dog days of Summer" until sometime in October). It's hot and we're tired of it!
This BOTB installment could have been titled 'Refreshing Summer Sex (Or, Big Sticks Versus Push-Ups)'.
'Closing Time', the debut album by Tom Waits was released in 1973 and it included an original song titled 'ICE CREAM MAN' which began with the following lyrics:
I'll be clickin' by your house about two forty-five
Sidewalk Sundae, Strawberry Surprise
I got a Cherry Popsicle right on time
A Big Stick, mama, that'll blow your mind!
Well, considering that ALL 'Big Sticks' look alike and one isn't any more apt to blow a woman's mind than another one is...
...something tells me that the ice cream is not really what Tom Waits had in mind.
|A 'BIG STICK' IS A NICE TREAT DURING "THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER"|
The eponymous debut album by Van Halen in 1978 also included a song titled 'ICE CREAM MAN'. Their recording was actually a "Van Halenized" version of an old Blues song by a mostly forgotten singer-songwriter named John Brim (link> 'Ice Cream Man'). John Brim / David Lee Roth don't mention 'Big Sticks' but they do say...
I got Puddin' Pie Banana, Dixie Cups
All flavors and Push-Ups, too.
And again, I think this 'Push-Up' may not be an ice cream.
'Big Sticks' may be bigger but 'Push-Ups' are in better shape. And besides, does size really matter? ...Well, when it comes to ice cream, it sure as hell DOES matter!
As you've already guessed by now, this installment of 'BATTLE OF THE BANDS' is really 'BATTLE OF THE ICE CREAM MEN'. Play, Listen, and Vote.
ICE CREAM MAN by Tom Waits
|I'VE ALWAYS BEEN A BANANA-FUDGE 'BOMB POP' KIND OF GUY. BUT THAT'S SOME CREATIVE ADVERTISING THERE: "NEW!" & "THE ORIGINAL". HMMM....|
ICE CREAM MAN by Van Halen
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...
@ ‘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.
@ 'DISCCONNECTED' 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