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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 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.
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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.]

Saturday, January 8, 2022

BOTB RESULTS: MARGARITA DAY, 2022 (Or, THE CHAMPS VERSUS JIMMY BUFFETT)

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Sometimes the underdog wins!

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I created this Battle Of The Bands installment (HERE) believing that 'Margaritaville' by Jimmy Buffett would probably beat The Champs' 'Tequila' by a fairly comfortable margin. And although I really dig BOTH songs, I also came into this Margarita Day (Jan. 1, 2022) Battle thinking I would be voting for 'Margaritaville' - no question.

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But then, listening again, closely, to 'Tequila' by The Champs, my own vote suddenly seemed less certain. Mang, I LOVE that raunchy saxophone! I seriously had to reconsider my BOTB bote a couple of different times but I finally did decide to stick with my first impression, voting for Jimmy Buffett's hit.

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See, here's the thing: although I'm a rebel's rebel, and therefore I haven't a single tattoo on my body, this verse really tickles me:

Don't know the reason

I stayed here all season

Nothin' to show but this brand new tattoo

But it's a real beauty

A Mexican cutie

How it got here I haven't a clue

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Also, there was a kind of Lost Weekend on Catalina Island, circa 1982. In my book manuscript about The League Of Soul Crusaders, the story was told in chapter 16, 'Twenty-Six Miles Across The Sea'. Nappy, my friend Dean, and I took the boat to Catalina. The weekend started with a fifth of Bacardi 151, and it ended with us drinking daiquiris until our money ran out. We had only enough money to get the van out of the parking lot in San Pedro when we got back to the mainland. And in between the rum and the daiquiris, there was one wild story after another (like sleeping on park benches, sleeping on a mountain top, and running from the cops).

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The rest of that day we spent lying under palm trees on the knoll near an outdoor bar and we had the waitress bring us a steady flow of daiquiris. A stranger and his wife passed by and he stopped when he saw us. "You know, I haven't seen you guys without a drink in your hands for three days", he said. This was the first time we had noticed the gentleman but apparently we had made our presence known on Santa Catalina Island.

~ pages 119 & 120

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Although rum & daiquiris were the alcoholic theme of that trip, because of the laid-back island atmosphere, any time I hear Jimmy Buffett's 'Margaritaville', I am immediately nostalgically transported back to Catalina and that wild, wild weekend. So... as much as I dig 'Tequila' by The Champs, it's 'Margaritaville' for me.

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THE FINAL TALLY

The Champs ('Tequila') = 8 votes

Jimmy Buffett ('Margaritaville') = 4 votes

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My genuine thanks to each and every one of you who came by here with two cents for the BOTB kitty. Also, my sincere wishes for a healthy & happy 2022! Hopefully you will all return for my next Battle Of The Bands contest on February 1st. Until then, may you...

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Bless And Be Blessed!!

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~ Stephen T. McCarthy

Friday, December 31, 2021

BATTLE OF THE BANDS: MARGARITA DAY, 2022 (Or, THE CHAMPS VS. JIMMY BUFFETT)

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HAPPY MARGARITA DAY!

"A Tradition Since 1986... Except For 1994."

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MY FRIENDS, MY FRIENDS ~

It was on January 1, 1986, that my Pa started the tradition of having a Margarita (or two... or more) on every New Year's Day, which came to be called "Margarita Day". Somehow we both inexplicably forgot to have a Maggie on January 1, 1994, and that's how the humorous slogan came to be. Sadly, on April 10, 1996, my Pa passed on, but I have kept our tradition alive every year since then.

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My non-drinking friends (yes, I have a few) may need to be informed that the principal liquor in a Margarita is tequila (also known as "cactus poison"). If you didn't know that, this Battle Of The Bands installment wouldn't make much sense.

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So, please...

1) listen to these two songs, 

2) vote for your favorite one in the comment section, 

3) visit & vote on the BOTB installments posted at the other participants' blogs, and then 

4) go out and have a Margarita (or two... or more) to celebrate the start of the New Year!!

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TEQUILA - The Champs   (#1 in 1958)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_JFLb1IItM

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MARGARITAVILLE - Jimmy Buffett   (#8 in 1977)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CICf8xoLyG8

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Have You A Happy New Year, Y'All!

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~ Stephen T. McCarthy

DogGtor of Alcohology & 

King of Inebriation Nation

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

BOTB RESULTS: DEC. 1, 2021 (Or, ELLA FITZGERALD VS. KAREN CARPENTER)

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The song was 'WHAT ARE YOU DOING NEW YEAR'S EVE?' and our contestants were Ella Fitzgerald and Karen Carpenter. The Battle took place [link> HERE.
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It was a good turnout and some fun conversation was had. I sincerely thank each one of you who took the time to visit, listen, and bote.

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It was a very traditional Christmas discussion that took place in the comment section. We covered Taylor Gomez and Selena Swift; Earl Campbell and Larry Csonka; Lampwick, Mr. Magoo and Emily Ratajkowski; inflatable dolls, sex robots and hallucinogenic drugs. You know, just the typical stuffs you find being discussed during a Christmas holiday 'Battle Of The Bands' blog bit.

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I was expecting a likely blowout in Ella's favor, but it didn't play out that way at all. Here's the final tally:

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Ella Fitzgerald = 8 votes

Karen Carpenter = 7 votes

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(Near the end, I was actually starting to get nervous, thinking maybe I'd wind up with a second BOTB tie in a row.)

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I honestly feel that BOTH renditions of the song were excellent. Of course Ella has a marvelous voice and I loved the Big Band arrangement behind her. But my ol' friend G DogG zeroed in on something that I agreed with. In part, he said, "I think Ella does the phrasing like a Sinatra would, meaning ... a bit too ... practiced ... focused more on technique." 

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Yeah, Queen Ella performs the song like the royal ruler she is. There is no hitch in her confidence. Ella gets what Ella wants. But with that natural, God-given quality of "loneliness" in Karen Carpenter's voice, the vulnerability that the song's lyrics are conveying comes through. According to the lyrics, the singer of the song is a little apprehensive, facing the possibility of rejection. You can definitely hear that in Karen's version of the song, because of that unique voice she had. Ella - as great as she was - just glides forward without the slightest bit of hesitation; rejection is an impossibility in Ella's world.

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So, really, Karen makes the song sound very personal; Ella makes it sound like a lovely performance. And THAT is why Karen got my vote in this Battle.

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I hope all y'all will have a Merry Christmas and/or a Happy Holiday, and I hope all y'all will return here again for my January 1st, 2022 Battle on New Year's Day.

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My friends, this is Stephen T. McCarthy saying, "Until next time, this is Stephen T. McCarthy saying, 'Bless And Be Blessed'."

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~ Stephen T. McCarthy

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