Thursday, September 21, 2017


Once again, my Battle Of The Bands installment had a lower voter turnout than it used to have. A couple of my regular DogG and DogGettes did not show up. But beyond that, it just seems the BOTB flame is flickerin'. Oh, well. What can ya do? (Me? I'll just pour some Cruzan Black Strap Rum and make it all better. RRRrrrrr! )

I very sincerely thank each and every one of you who took time out from your life to listen, think, and vote here. You are appreciated.

This was actually a really good Battle (click HERE to see it) and just what I was hoping for. Both versions of WHO'S BEEN TALKIN' were really excellent in my opinion, and several voters expressed the same opinion. And that's why I was surprised when Lucky Peterson came roaring out of the chute and so quickly established a lead over the legendary Howlin' Wolf. It looked like a blowout in the making.

With 6 votes in, Lucky had 5 of 'em! But he was tangling with a howlin' Wolf who came back ferociously. After those first 6 votes came in, Lucky got only 1 more for the duration of the Battle. Even though I too love Lucky's recording, my vote also went to the great, gritty Howlin' Wolf. The outcome looked like this:

Howlin' Wolf = 9 votes

Lucky Peterson = 6 votes

Close Battle, as I thought it should be and fully expected it would be.

Wolf's version of the song was a re-recording that came from an album titled 'The London Sessions', which featured a number of famous British Rock 'N' Rollers such as Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood. If you're interested in reading my full (and kinda funny) review of that album, click here: 

I thank you all again for your votes and invite you to return here on October 15th when I will present another BOTB installment featuring thrills, chills, and spills. Uh... well, featuring music, if nuttin' else. But of course there's always a chance I'll spill my Rum and "drop my wallet".

If this low vote count continues, I may have to start incorporating some pornographic photos into my BOTB installments. Nuttin' too dirty, ya un'erstan'? Just tastefully sexy with lots of class. You know, like photos of convertible Cadillacs with their tops down. Who doesn't get turned on by a topless Caddy?!

~ Stephen T. McCarthy


  1. When I first saw this battle I was worried about the outcome... Now confirmed. Are you ready for the Apocalypse?

    1. SIXGUNBOY ~
      Brother, the end is no longer near...
      it's HERE!

      When I saw you voted for Da Wolf I knew we were doomed. Because Lee had already done that, and I knew my own vote was gonna land on Da Wolf, too!

      Now I am CONVINCED that the [Link:) REVELATION 12 SIGN is a sign of the end of time!

      Sheesh! Suddenly this has gotten really scary!

      ~ D-FensDogG
      'Loyal American Underground'

  2. Holy Crow, I made it just in the nick of time for casting a vote in your battle with two super awesomely cool artists. Good thing I got up early today!

    And just fyi: I'm definitely a woman who gets turned on by cars...and I love a good classic car show. I'm a muscle-car mama. Give me a '67 GTO or a '69 Cutless 442 convertible or a '70 Chevelle SS or just give me back my '71 Monte Carlo Special Edition and I'm all yours Baby... mmm, mmm, mmm... Yep, you might need to add some of these porno images next time around... :)

    Really glad the way your battle turned out! Howlin' Wolf definitely deserved the win.
    Had a good time with your battle. I like me some blues...

    talk soon,
    Michele at Angels Bark

    1. MICHELE ~
      It's true that you made it by the skin of your teeth, but your vote still counted the full 100%.

      I'm glad you liked the Battle. I went back and forth on who to feature this time around, and didn't even make up my mind to do Wolf Vs. Lucky until about 3 days prior to liftoff!

      Not sure what I'll do next time, but I has an idea.

      I used to have a 1970 "Fastback" Mustang. Cool car. But I think my all-time favorite has to be John Milner's '32 Ford Coupe from the movie 'AMERICAN GRAFFITI'. That was too kool for skool! (Or as "Ol' Carol" would have said: Bitchin'.

      Yak Soon...

      ~ D-FensDogG
      Ferret-Faced Fascist Friends

  3. I don't think low turn-out is only the bane of BOTB. I'm seeing drops in comments and postings on a lot of blogs. I'll still do a 2 battle schedule in October. My biggest problem is getting motivated to post anything else on other days. There seems to be a sort of blogging ennui out there or maybe the general divisiveness of the nation is causing more people to avoid internet fun and focus on internet meanness. I'll still be around for a while.

    This was a well-matched contest. One of those where I could have voted either way depending on what mood I was in.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

    1. Thanks, LEE, I'm glad you appreciated what I put together for this Battle.

      As I wrote the other day on Mary's blog, I'm inclined to think that blogging was merely a fad that is now fading from popularity (being replaced by YouTube channel videos for a generation that is less literate and more into images). Like all fads that fade, some folks will continue with them, but without the former zeal or enthusiasm.

      I may be wrong about that, but either way, it is indisputable that blogging does not have the popularity and spirit that it did when we first began participating in it.

      Indeed, blog commenting is barely a shadow of its former self. Compare some of the comment section exchanges I used to have in my much older 'Ferret-Faced Fascist Friends' blog to those I have now. There was a hell of a lot more back and forth exchange of ideas in the earlier years. They were literally extensive conversations back then.

      In those early years, I think the novelty of being able to write anything and instantly publish it for the entire world to see was what provided the energy and inspiration for blogging. That novelty is just old news now -- been there, done that -- and people have moved on to newer technologies, such as making their own mini-movies (YouTube videos). Oh, well, the world is always changing and nuttin' hangs around forever.

      Hey, incidentally, LEE, if you have the time and inclination, maybe take a look at my latest F-FFF blog bit which I just posted last night. I think you will find those 3 videos I posted to be of special interest to you.

      ~ D-FensDogG
      Ferret-Faced Fascist Friends

  4. Howlin' Jack pulled it right out, didn't he? Good for him. I know I voted for his opponent, but I thought they were both good choices, so I ain't even mad about it.

    My nephew drives a 51 Chevy 1-ton. It's his toy that he bought to restore. He's the one that inspired me to start my own blog, as he loves to celebrate Rocktober every year. He has his own blog now, where he shows off pics of cars from various car shows he goes to.


    1. Ha! Yeah, MARY, that "Howlin' Jack", he growled his way right past that young punk, Lucky. (I agree though. Had Lucky been going up against ANYONE other than Howlin' Jack, I'd have voted for Kid Lucky.)

      You should suggest your nephew come to Reno sometime for the Hot August Nights celebration. It's all about restored classic cars and, wow, are there ever some beauties! It's a major event -- probably Reno's biggest street festival, which goes on for about 4 or 5 days -- and it's just an amazing eye-candy feast for anyone who loves old cars with incredible paint jobs and shiny chrome.

      I'll bet your nephew would be in heaven. He could even enter his '51 Chevy in the show.

      ~ D-FensDogG
      Ferret-Faced Fascist Friends


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