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Welcome back, my friends, to the "Battle" that never ends.
We're so glad you could attend. Come inside! Come inside!
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This is 'BATTLE OF THE BANDS' ('BOTB') where you listen to different recordings of the same song and vote for the one you like best. A new Battle gets posted on the 15th of each month and six days later, on the 21st, I place my own vote, tally 'em all up and announce the winner.
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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!
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[NOTE: Links to the first year of 'BOTB' (#1 - #24) can be found at the very bottom of this page.]

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

2017, MARCH 15: BATTLE OF THE BANDS (Or, DJANGO REINHARDT VS. CLYDE McCOY)

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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...
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'BATTLE OF THE BANDS' ('BOTB')
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Shoop-Shooby -
Shooby-Duh-Dooby-Doop-Dooby-Dooby-Doo-Wah -
Buh-Doo-Wah!
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Yes, it's time once again for 'Battle Of The Bands' ('BOTB').
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Alright, let's get on it. Let's get ON this thing!...
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As everyone knows, March 15th through April 14th is officially "Jazz Month", and in honor of that, my next two Battles will feature Jazz recordings. Settle down, children, settle down! I'm not asking you to write a theme, and I promise you that this won't be as painful as all that. It's not like I'm going to be using any Free-Form Be-Bop stuffs or anything like that.
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In fact, I think if you'll just open your mind a tiny crack and give this stuffs a chance, you might find you really like it. I believe these Battles are going to be pretty good because I am using RADICALLY different versions of the songs which should really give you a lot to ponder.

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In this first Battle, it's a very old Jazz song titled 'I've Found A New Baby'. The first recording is by the legendary French Jazz guitar virtuoso Django Reinhardt.
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Django will be going up against trumpeter Clyde McCoy, whose recording of the song is, as far as I know, the first example of what I've coined "Punk Jazz" due to its energy and tempo. McCoy, from the family line of the famous Hatfield-McCoy feud, was a co-founder of Down Beat magazine.
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{A tip o' me Leprechaun hat to Mary, Mary, Quite Extraordinary for the inspiration.}
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Question:  Will the Mick win this Battle?
Magic 8-Ball sez:  "As I See It, Yes"

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I'VE FOUND A NEW BABY -- Django Reinhardt
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVHzYPOr5bw

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I'VE FOUND A NEW BABY -- Clyde McCoy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMpj2kqdLt4

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Special Note For CANADIAN Voters:

If that video would not play for you, try link #2 below. If that one won't play either, use link #3, which I am nearly certain will play in Canada. (It's not the same recording but close enough.) And please do me a favor by telling me which of the links played for you. For future reference I'm trying to find a pattern in the YouTube Region Restriction Checker's inconsistent results.
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#2:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i17AK151jWs
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#3:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sInLyOxyT3U

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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 vice your voice ...vote your vice ...voice your vote.)

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.
@ 'ANGELS BARK' by clicking HERE.
@ 'JINGLE JANGLE JUNGLE' 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.
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~ Stephen T. McCarthy
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47 comments:

  1. Stephen, I didn't know it was Jazz month. One of the cover versions I used today is jazz, so how cool is that? I was able to pay tribute without knowing I was honoring the jazz scene until now. :D I like jazz but not all the time. It was fairly easy for me to pick between these two artists. My ear instinctively was drawn to guitar picking over the horn, so Django Reinhardt gets my vote. Interesting and not all painful battle!

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    1. CATHY ~
      I'm pleased to hear that the Battle was not overly painful for you. It's pretty rare that I set out to hurt my voters' ears. (I've only deliberately done it a few times in 87 Battles.)

      First vote goes to France.

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  2. Seems like I remember a good version of this that Betty Boop did. I think it was in some old cartoon back when cartoons had some really cool (hot) music. Either way both these versions are really good so it makes for a tough choice.

    Guess I've got to go with Grappelli's hot fiddle playing.

    Django (and Stephane) for me.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. LEE ~
      I'm pretty sure that wasn't the real Betty Boop, but just someone impersonating her. (Fake Boop)
      [;o)

      I'm glad you liked both versions, but I knew Stephane's fiddle was going to seal the deal on your vote.

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  3. Stephen ~

    It makes me happy that your post that inspired my post has now inspired another post from you. In the music world, I believe this would be termed 'Call & Return' or something like that.

    These songs were fun to listen to, and while I did the Charleston in my head while listening, I did find myself with a preference to Django.

    Off to find me a flapper dress, so I can take this chair dance to the floor!

    ~Mary
    Jingle Jangle Jungle

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    1. MARY! MARY!... ~
      I knew that wasn't quite it, but it took me a couple moments to get it right myself. (Call & Response.) These Up-At-4:30 mornings really don't agree with me.

      Well, Django is off to a 3-Zip lead. If the Magic 8-Ball gets this wrong, that'll be two in a row and time for an electrolyte transfusion.

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    2. I used to do the 4:30am thing.. now I'm lucky to get my butt out of bed by 9am. I could stay up all night and never tire, but getting up in the morning makes me exhausted all day long. (and then I can't sleep at night!)

      Hopefully someone will come along and prevent this from being a complete shutout.

      ~Mary

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    3. If God had intended people to get up at 4:30 AM He would have created an alarm clock when He created Adam! That's just another thing mankind has screwed up.

      I'm really not at all worried about this being a shutout (YET!). I can think of certain voters whom I believe will choose the Punk Jazz.

      We shall see what we shall see... said the blind man to the deaf man.

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  4. Clyde McCoy's version was good, but I'm a big Django fan, especially when you add in Stephane Grappelli. So, Django's the winner for me.

    Given some of the groups Django played with that included horns etc., I could easily hear him playing with McCoy's band. That would be something...

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    1. JOHN ~
      Yeah, Django and McCoy playing together would be quite a stylistic dichotomy and would have maybe been magic. Like an open switchblade lying on a purple satin sheet.

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  5. And Stephen,

    Hmmm.....another good battle. Well, Django is no Edge, why he must have changed chords a thousand times during that song, and Clyde's version was a bit livelier. I'm gonna have to think hard, OUCH, my note goes to Django!
    Yah, I said it! What you gonna do? Whatever you do I hope you have a happy Saint Patrick's Day.
    JW,
    O'Pooh

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    1. ...AND O'POOH...
      "Put da ting on da ting."

      Thanks for keeping your voting streak alive.

      Shirley you know that your vote surprises me though. I remember you as being a rather horny guy, so I thought for sure you'd side with Punk Jazz.

      There's only one thing a person can be abbalouly sure about when it comes to BOTB, and that is that there ain't nuttin' you can be abbalouly sure about when it comes to BOTB.

      And I STILL say: No cover charge and no band.

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    2. Ok, but don't call him Shirley!

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    3. Don't call him Shirley?!
      Shirley, you jest!

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    4. Regardless of the cover charge or band, God knows we paid dearly for dat noight. But as I recall, not for long.....

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    5. I woke up that morning and I got myself a beer. The future was uncertain and the end was always near. (But NOT Near Beer!)

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  6. I remember this tune from some very old movies and even cartoons. Betty Boop, I think. It was link # 3 that worked for the second video. My preference is guitar, almost every time. The McCoy version was good, but I'm going with Django Reinhardt.

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    1. DEBBIE ~
      Lee also said he'd heard Betty Boop do this song. I'm definitely gonna have to go look for that now.

      Thanks for the vote and thanks for the info about which link worked. FYI, the official YouTube Region Restriction Checker said that ALL 3 of those videos would play in Canada, but I had reason to doubt it when it came to #1 and #2. But just as I suspected, #3 was the only one that really would play in Canada.

      Everybody seems to like the McCoy version but the Reinhardt rendition better. I did not foresee this being a blowout, and the Magic 8-Ball be as big an idiocracy as I am!

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  7. Al Bondigas here. I'm gonna tighten this race up a little and rule fer Clyde McCoy. It's a good contest, but maybe I kind of favor the horns for this song. But what do I know, right? I still think Snoopy and the Red Baron is all time top ten. Anyway, that's it!! That's my rulin'.

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    1. JUDGE AL ~
      I knew you wouldn't let me down! I KNEW I could count on YOU to vote for Punk Jazz. (Hell, you're the punkiest guy I know. Even punkier than Punky Brewster!)

      Can you believe that ol' General Poohregard voted for a Frenchman? Nappy, I implore you to give him "the Wally!"

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    2. Doesn't surprise me at all. He's always been a horney, French voting type of pooh. Now for the Wally George treatment. " YOU'RE OUT OF HERE ". How's that for giving him das boot?

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    3. HA! You came through for me for a second time!!

      Tomorrow, I'll send you an excerpt of an E I sent to 6-B a couple days ago. This is going to crack you up! I introduced him to Wally George and promised him that I could get either you or Pooh to write "You're outta here" just by saying "give him the Wally!"

      You, Judge Al "Napoleon" Bondigas, came through with flyin' colors. (Mostly the colors of yeller an' amber, like beer 'n' whiskey... you know the gig.)

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    4. Teaming up on me again? What else is new? But I know you're coming from a loving/JW place. Happy St. Paddy's day to da both of ya! Now don't be drinkin' Tequila and gettin' arrested. Yah, he said it!

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    5. Who dat? Who dat say "Harrested" when I say "Tequila"?!

      Yeah, it's all "JOHN WAYNE!", Poohregard. I was just looking for any reason I could find to suggest that someone get "the Wally". (It didn't matter if it was you or Nappy.)

      I've been watching some old Wally George at YouTube, and every time I do, it seems like the room starts spinning. Ha! (Damn! Those were the days... and nights!)

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    6. Happy St. Paddy's to you as well O'pooh. I sure do miss the good times and all the green beer. Irish eyes are smilin.

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  8. Sixgun McItchyfingerMarch 15, 2017 at 9:24 PM

    Frankly, I don't hear any punk in the punk horn version. And being a punk and liking punk, I outta know.

    Nonetheless, I much prefer the McCoy version wid da horns.

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    1. SIXGUNBOY McITCHYFINGER ~
      Well, regardless, I sure appreciate your vote for "the real McCoy", because he's been getting his butt kicked by Django. (In a REAL fight, you KNOW the Irishman would rip that little French fry's mustache right off him, right? Ha! :o)

      Can't believe you don't get the "Punk" in this recording. I guess you'll have to wait until the Results post, when I esplain it to ya. (Or, you might wanna give it another listen, but this time approach it in a less "literal" and more "spirit-like" way. Like, how many really "Punk" 1970s Punk Rock bands really included horns?)

      Regardless, I sincerely appreciate the vote and Clyde appreciates your support. (He's now reasonably convinced that you ain't a Hatfield.)

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    2. Well, I always learn something from your battles and I'm interested to learn how you see it. My brain is kinda only running on 11 cylinders right now.

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    3. Well, at least it is still going "up to eleven" though. :o)

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  9. Django gets my vote. He's a favorite along with Grapelli. And couldn't hear the other song as it's not available for Canadians. It wouldn't matter, I would still vote for Django- he could play better with less fingers. . .Liked the song you chose.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by with a vote, D.G.

      But did you try link #3 for the McCoy version? Because that one should have worked. Debbie said it worked for her in Canada.

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    2. StMcC - I checked them again on my VPN with a CA net address, and got the same results as you: 1 and 2 don't work, but #3 does work in CA.

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    3. Thanks for taking the time to double check that for me, Brother.

      I am now about as convinced as I can be that the ONLY YouTube videos that will play in Canada are those that the YouTube Region Restriction Checker says are "UNRESTRICTED" anywhere in the world.

      Any video that returns a result that it is is restricted ANYWHERE will NOT play in Canada, even when it says that Canada is NOT one of the restricted countries.

      The Region Restriction Checker is really jacked up, but at least now I've learned the way in which it IS jacked up, so there should be no more surprises.

      Thanks again, SixBro!

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    4. Sorry for the late reply, I just now checked the link #3 and I do like that upbeat quite a lot, but I'll stick with Django, and thanks for reminding me that I missed that other link. I did read that info about the restrictions too, sheesh. Thanks for including links for us Canucks. (I Don't get around much lately.. .)

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    5. You're welcome, D.G.

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  10. Fantastic battle, here. You know, it's funny, because any other day I would have voted for Clyde. I love that Big Band sound, and I love Clyde. In fact, I'm almost willing to bet that you would have guessed my vote was for him. That would have been right, had he not been going up against Django, a huge longtime favorite of mine (alone, or with Grapelli on the violin). For being so 'simple' in nature his music had such a vibrant, colorful sound. So effortless.

    I don't know if you ever heard La Mer (long before Bobby Darin's Beyond the Sea') but I always loved the emotion that really poured out of that one.

    So sorry, Magic 8-Ball, but we both vote for Django. My cohort because he prefers strings to horns, and me because, well, Django (not the Unchained variety).

    ~6B

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    1. 6-B ~
      I don't believe I had heard Django's 'La Mer' before.

      Indeed, I had both you and Other B already inked in as a vote for "the real McCoy", because... Fire vs. French Girlie Man Mustache. Oh, well. I'll get over it (...about the same time I no longer have to carefully watch my finances).

      Did you see the Judge Al "Nappy" Bondigas comment above? All I can say is that it's nice that some people don't let some other people down. (;o)}

      Brother, this Magic 8-Ball is already in the shop. Apparently it got ahold of some tainted electrolytes. However, the 8-Ball mechanic assures me that he can have it repaired and back to me in time for the next BOTB installment. The bad news is that it's not covered by my insurance, so I'm looking at about a $100 repair bill. And you know what THAT means! There will be cryin' in my beer TONIGHT!

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  11. Well, I'm in the minority (again), but I'm really used to it by now. As I read these comments I expected to see huge favoritism for Clyde (since that's how I'm voting!), but no. In fact, it was looking like I'd save the day until Al jumped in.

    I didn't actually care for Django. I know. Blasphemy, right? I was bored by the time it was over. In fact, I was ready for it to be done about two minutes before it was.

    As soon as Clyde started playing... Ding Ding Ding. Winner winner chicken dinner!

    In fact, I might play it again. So there.

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    1. GIRL WONDER, it was only right and fitting that McCoy should get the only vote submitted on Saint Patrick's Day. You dun good!

      Several people in this round have voted the opposite of how I expected them to, and you're one of them. But I'm nevertheless glad that you have helped out a poor Irishman in need.

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  12. I love both but I have to give it to Clyde McCoy because of the energy and that brilliant horn playing. Didn't k ow its jazz month...have you ever been to the Montreal Jazz Festival?

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    1. Thanks, BIRGIT. It's about time people started showing Clyde a little love here!

      No, I have never been to the Montreal Jazz Festival, but I've heard of the Montreux Jazz Festival and been to the Watts Jazz & Blues Festival. (I don't think they'd let me in at Montreal and Montreux, but being a fairly Black White boy, I got in at Watts. Of course I found my car was up on blocks and my wheels gone when it was over, but the music itself was good.)

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  13. Love that Gypsy Jazz. Give my vote to Django.

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    1. Whadayaknow, I guessed one right.

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  14. Django gets my vote, close one for me.

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    1. Alright, thanks for the vote, MIKE.

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  15. Stephen, Django makes me want to trip the light fantastic, so he gets my vote. Happy Jazz month!

    Julie

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    1. GEM JULIE, don't hurt yourself! (I know I would.)
      [;o)

      Thanks for the vote.

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