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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.]

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

BOTB's Battle Of The Booze: 2024, May 15 (Or, THE STRAY CATS Vs. JERRY LEE LEWIS)


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Hello, ALL! Welcome to my tenth installment of Battle Of The Bands' Battle Of The Booze, which is an ongoing challenge between songs that mention a type of booze, a brand of booze, or a cocktail made with booze. (No Shirley Temples need apply!)
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Iz you SuperCats & UnderDogGs ready to get on down with yer bad, feline & canine selves and groove to some high-energy, old school Rock 'N' Roll (also known as Rockabilly)?
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HOW THIS CONTEST WAS CONCEIVED:
I bought my first Eddie Cochran album in 1978 or '79. And if I had been born 8 months later than I was, I could have been Cochran reincarnated. (As it was, I had to settle for being James Dean reincarnated.)
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My first Eddie Cochran album totally sold me on the 'Rockabilly' genre, and Eddie remains my #1 favorite Rock 'N' Roller of the 1950s. (Sorry, Elvis and Mr. Berry.) Have any of you seen the movie 'American Hot Wax'?
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Loving Rockabilly like I did, the first time - in 1982 - when I heard on the radio the song 'Rock This Town' by The Stray Cats, I headed straight to my nearest record store and bought their album. And I played the helck out of it!
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My Ma - God rest her soul - was born on May 13th, and a goot number o' years after I discovered The Stray Cats, I introduced my Ma to them. She fell completely in love with Brian Setzer's voice (particularly in the song 'Since I Don't Have You'). 
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I was unfamiliar with the Jerry Lee Lewis song 'Drinking Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee' until my buddy, Sixgun McItchyfinger, sent me this gift in 2012:
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Honestly, I am still surprised that song is in this collection, because it is definitely more Rockabilly than it is CountryAt any rate, that's the background behind this boozy Battle.🍸.
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In ye olde comment section, please vote for which song you liked better betwixt these two, and then please visit the other wonderful BOTBers and also drop your two cents in their comment sections.
* See the BOTBer links over there --->
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I'll return here on or about May 22nd with my own vote and the final tally. 
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Alright, let's get on it.
Let's get ON this thing.
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"Well, we found a little place that really didn't look that bad
I had a whiskey on the rocks
And change of a dollar for the jukebox
Well, I put the cold rock into that can
But all they played was Disco, man
Come on, pretty baby, let's get out of here right away!"
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Rock This Town
by The Stray Cats
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["Message In A Bottle"]
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"W-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-ine!
Elderberry
Whoa, little taste of sherry
G-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r.......
Give it to me now.
Pick it, Killer, pick it, pick it!"
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Drinking Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee
by Jerry Lee Lewis
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~ Stephen T. McCarthy 
DogGtor of Alcohology & 
King of Inebriation Nation

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

BOTB RESULTS: MAY 1, 2024 (Or, TOM & BETTE MIDLER VS. TOM & CRYSTAL GAYLE)

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Well, hoot 'n' holler!
Got change for a dollar? 
If not, I'll ask Rockefeller.
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My 9th, 9th, 9th, 9th, 9th, 9th, 9th, 9th, 9th BATTLE OF THE BANDS' Battle Of The Booze contest took place HERE. It may have been Chihuahua-like, but it warn't no dog!
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We talked about horse racing; 99-cent Margaritas; me ol' pal, General Poohregard; my dearly missed friend, Martin Brumer; and we also yakked about movies & music. And I thanks each 'n' every one o' youse who came by to listen and vote. It was a nice turnout!
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After adding in my own vote for Tom Waits & Crystal Gayle (I'm sure my vote came as no surprise to anyone), the BOTB outcome was very much like what I had anticipated:
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FINAL TALLY: 
Tom Waits & Bette Midler = 4 votes
Tom Waits & Crystal Gayle = 9 votes
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Waits & Gayle will advance to the post-season playoffs round. And on May 15th I expect to return here again for a very high-energy old school-like Rock 'n' Roll contest in the "Rockabilly" style. I hopes all y'all will return here, too! 
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Until then, may you all...
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Bless & Be Blessed 
and Cheech & Chong!
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~ Stephen T. McCarthy 
(Or a reasonably unreasonable facsimile thereof. Doeth thou understandeth?)

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

BATTLE OF THE BANDS: 2024, MAY 1 (Or, TOM WAITS & BETTE MIDLER VS. TOM WAITS & CRYSTAL GAYLE)


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INTRODUCTION
Warning: This Intro is going to be a goot amount of yakking, but it is important to me. I want to acknowledge some folks & explain my thought-process in concocting this BOTB's Battle Of The Booze  installment. However, if you are Patience-Impaired ("In your patience possess ye your souls"), skip reading this section and scroll down to where it says "START BATTLE".
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Mention the word "cinematography" and the first three films that pop into my mind are 'Koyaanisqatsi', 'The Black Stallion', and 'One From The Heart'. 
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I first saw 'One From The Heart' (movie trailer here) in an L.A. movie theatre when it was released in 1982. I was with Marty Brumer, one of the very, very best friends I've ever had. Marty was a professional actor who was killed by a car thief in 1989 (here). 
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Marty so loved the music in 'One From The Heart' that he bought the soundtrack on LP. I can't say with absolute certainty that 'Broken Bicycles' (here) was Marty's all-time favorite song, but it was unquestionably the song he was most often singing to himself. 
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As much as I loved 'One From The Heart' the first time I saw it, it wasn't until a few years later that I embraced the Tom Waits musical soundtrack the way Marty had: 
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For a short dog time in 1984 I was unemployed and decided I would make my living by betting on the horse races at Hollywood Park. (Ha! That "job" didn't last very long!) Mornings, I would drive to the race track and place that day's bets. Then I'd meet my dear pal Pooh and we'd go to Azteca Mexican Restaurant in Venice for a 99-Cent Club meeting. (Margaritas were just 99 cents until Noon.)
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After the 99-Cent Club meeting adjourned for the day, Pooh and I would go to his place (the house at Pooh corner) to drink beer and listen to music. It was then & there that Pooh thoroughly indoctrinated me into the music of Tom Waits via the album 'Small Change'. (The other album I most remember us listening to during that time in 1984 was Randy Newman's 'Trouble In Paradise'. We nearly played the grooves off those two LPs.) Before long, I owned all of the pre-'83 Tom Waits albums, including the soundtrack for 'One From The Heart', which I fell in love with! Finally, I understood Marty's fascination with those songs and, today, that is my second favorite movie soundtrack album of all time.
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START BATTLE
Although it is one of the most notorious movie bombs in Hollywood history, Francis Ford Coppola's 'One From The Heart' has always been on my Top 25 favorite movies list. Coppola wrote: "My son Gian-Carlo brought me a Tom Waits record ...it was 'Foreign Affairs', and it had this beautiful duet called 'I Never Talk To Strangers' with Bette Midler singing the female part, and I thought, wow, that's a concept! I can have the male voice and the female voice and they can be involved in dialog, working out issues in song, sort of paralleling the male and female protagonists in the story"
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This Battle Of The Booze contest features the Tom Waits song with Bette Midler that inspired Frances Ford Coppola to make the movie 'One From The Heart'. The challenger is an actual song from the movie soundtrack which has Tom Waits singing a duet with Crystal Gayle. Both duets happen to mention booze - or, as some of us call it, "evidence":
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"Bartender, I'd like a Manhattan, please." 
~ 'I Never Talk To Strangers'
(Psst! A Manhattan is a cocktail made with whiskey. And the line "You must be reading my mail" is one I have used countless times!)
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"I'll be living on chicken and wine after we're through, with someone I pick up after you."
~ 'Picking Up After You' 
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I Never Talk To Strangers 
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Picking Up After You 
Tom Waits & Crystal Gayle
 
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Please vote for your duet of preference in the comment section, and then please visit the other participants and also vote on their Battles
* See the BOTBer links over there --->
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I intend to return with my own vote and the final tally on or about May 8th of this year.
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~ STMcC

Monday, April 22, 2024

BOTB RESULTS: 2024, APRIL 15 (Or, SINATRA & RIDDLE VERSUS BASSEY & RIDDLE)


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MY FRIENDS, MY FRIENDS!! ~
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My most recent Battle Of The Bands' Battle Of The Booze contest took place HERE. The song was 'I Get A Kick Out Of You'; the contestants were Frank Sinatra & The Nelson Riddle Orchestra versus Shirley Bassey & The Nelson Riddle Orchestra; the booze was champagne
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Unquestionably, Shirley Basset Bassey had to be considered the underdog going into this match-up, and doggone if Frankie baby didn't capture the first 3 votes submitted! But Bassey & her bongos weren't going down without a fight. 
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Like many, I grew up listening to the (Classic) Rock of the '60s & '70s. I owned hundreds of LPs and went to the major concerts (Bob Seger, Blue Oyster Cult, Thin Lizzy, UFO, REO-Journey-Styxwagon, etcetera, etcetera). 
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In the '80s, my musical tastes began to change drastically and I eventually came to love Jazz far more than Rock. And that's why today, with only some rare-ish exceptions (e.g., The Beach Boys & The Carpenters), I'm more about the arrangement and instrumentation than I am the vocals. I definitely preferred Frank's singing to Shirley's singing, but I also preferred the Nelson Riddle Orchestra's musical approach to the song in Bassey's recording. As usually occurs, the music won out over the vocals for me, and I gave my vote to Shirley. This contest was a close call for me, and it was a close call for Frank and Shirley, too!
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FINAL TALLY: 
Frank Sinatra = 7 votes 
Shirley Bassey = 5 votes 
Nelson Riddle Orchestra = 12 votes 
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My great THANKS to every one of you who came by here with your two cents for the BOTB kitty! I intend to return here on May 1st with a new Battle, and I hope YOU will return here, too!
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I'll send you off with what Beer Boy Bryan rightly said was the best-ever recording of 'I Get A Kick Out Of You'
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Bless & Be Blessed, 
My Friends, My Friends!!
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~ Stephen T. McCarthy 
DogGtor of Alcohology & 
King of Inebriation Nation 

Monday, April 15, 2024

BATTLE OF THE BANDS: 2024, APRIL 15 (Or, FRANK And NELSON Versus SHIRLEY And NELSON)


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Howdy, Handsome DogGs & Pretty DogGesses!
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It's time for Round #8 of Battle Of The Bands' Battle Of The Booze.
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This time we have two classic singers - one male and one female - going up against each other. The hooch (a.k.a. "evidence") in the song is champagne (a.k.a. "bubbly"). The male singer is Frank Sinatra; the female singer is Shirley Bassey. BUT!...
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...a thing I find particularly interesting in this match-up is the fact that behind both singers is the SAME orchestra and conductor. Have you ever heard of Nelson Riddle and The Nelson Riddle Orchestra? Yeah, of course you has, you marvelously musically edgeukated friends o' mine!
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I also find it ultra-interesting how the same orchestra operating under the same conductor sounds so completely different in both versions of the same classic song! Listen and you'll see what I means:
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I Get A Kick Out Of You
by Frank Sinatra (& The Nelson Riddle Orchestra)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=II78P4HxcX8


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I Get A Kick Out Of You
by Shirley Bassey (& The Nelson Riddle Orchestra)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDFA4NkDStc

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In ye olde comment section, please vote for which recording you liked better betwixt these two, and then please visit the other wonderful BOTBers and also drop your two cents in their comment sections.
* See the BOTBer links over there --->
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I plan to return here on or about April 22nd with my own vote (*if I can figure it out*) and the Final Tally of this BOTB installment. Until then... get a goot juan!
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~ Stephen-Boy

Monday, April 8, 2024

BOTB RESULTS: 2024, APRIL FOOLS' DAY (Or, TINY TIM VERSUS THE CHARLIE DANIELS BAND)


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As Tiny Tim said 54 years before beating Charlie Daniels in Battle Of The Bands:
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"MOST OF ALL, I’D LOVE TO SEE CHRIST COME BACK TO CRUSH THE SPIRIT OF HATE AND MAKE MEN PUT DOWN THEIR GUNS. I’D ALSO LIKE JUST ONE MORE HIT SINGLE."
~ TINY TIM
[Interviewed by Harold Ramis for
Playboy magazine, June, 1970]

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Yep! You understood that correctly. Tiny Tim conquered the hilarious Charlie Daniels Band 7 votes to 6 in my most recent BOTB's Battle Of The Booze contest 
[link> HERE.
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My genuine appreciation to all of you who took the time to visit here and cast a vote. I'm sure everybody figured Tiny Tim was a major underdog in this contest, but I actually had a strong feeling he would win. Why? Because, over the long history of Battle Of The Bands, Tiny Tim has won more contests than he has lost, and everyone is always surprised, re-surprised, and re-re-surprised when they discover (or discover yet again) that a great many of big Tiny's songs were considerably better than his weirdo reputation would seem to imply.
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So, Tiny Tim advances to the future BOTB Playoff round, and Charlie Daniels... continues on his trip to L.A. via Omaha.
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I plan to return here again on April 15th with a new installment of BOTB's BOTB, so I hope all y'all will return also. Until then, may you...
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Bless & Be Blessed!!
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~ Stephen T. McCarthy
DogGtor of Alcohology &
King of Inebriation Nation

Monday, April 1, 2024

BATTLE OF THE BANDS: 2024, APRIL FOOLS' DAY (Or, TINY'S CHAMPAGNE VERSUS CHARLIE'S BEER)


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DogGs & DogGesses ~ 
This being April Fools' Day, I felt that a couple of fun & foolish songs were in order for Battle Of The Bands' Battle Of The Booze
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Hereabouts, I am a legendary notorious Tiny Tim fan. And although I do genuinely dig 73.84% of Tiny's music, I knew that he would be a perfect fit for my April Fools' Day BOTB installment. Q: Is there a fun & foolish song I can find to use against big Tiny? A: Yes! I found an ideal competitor in Charlie Daniels.
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What we've got here is  failure to communicate Tiny's champagne versus Charlie's beer. Or, 'Then I'd Be Satisfied With Life' versus 'Uneasy Rider'.
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All I want is wheat germ for my breakfast
A CHAMPAGNE fountain sizzlin' at my feet
While Rockefeller waitin' on the table
And Lombardo's band a-playin' while I eat.
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If I only owned Western Union cable
And if Tuesday Weld would only be my wife 
(*Tiny, I love you!*)
If I could only stay sixteen forever and ever and ever
Then I know that I'd be satisfied with life.
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Fun Fact: In Tiny's song, Nico (of The Velvet Underground fame) played the role of Tuesday Weld.
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I just ordered up a BEER and sat down at the bar
When some guy walked in and said, "Who owns this car 
with the Peace sign, the mag wheels, and four on the floor?"
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Well, he looked at me and I damn-near died
And I decided that I'd just wait outside
So I laid a dollar on the bar and headed for the door
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Alright, let's get on it. 
Let's get ON this foolishness!
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Then I'd Be Satisfied With Life
by Tiny Tim
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Uneasy Rider 
by The Charlie Daniels Band
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Remember: This is really about the songs and not the booze. So, in ye olde comment section, please vote for which song you liked better betwixt these two, and then please visit the other wonderful BOTBers and also drop your two cents in their comment sections.
* See the BOTBer links over there --->
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I'll return here on or about April 8th with my own vote and the final tally. 
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~ Stephen T. McC

Friday, March 22, 2024

BOTB RESULTS: 2024, MARCH 15 (Or, ERIC BURDON & WAR VERSUS UB40)


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Well, shit in me doughnut! I was pert-dern sure that Eric Burdon & War was a-gonna win my last Battle Of The Bands' Battle Of The Booze contest, but I didn't think they was a-gonna win by such a Large Marge-in. 
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The songs were 'SPILL THE WINE' (Eric & his WARriors) and 'RED RED WINE' (UB40), and the contest took place HERE.
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Even if the song 'Spill The Wine' truly is about injecting heroin into one's body, which some websites claim (and which would be an incredibly stupid thing to do), I loved the song when I was 9 or 10 years old, and I still like it today at 64 or 65 (or... 12). So, I too voted for spilling the wine (or, shooting up the horse).
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FINAL TALLY:
Eric Burdon & War = 9 votes 
UB40 = 3 votes
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In other words, Eric & his WARriors will advance to the BOTBs' BOTB playoff rounds, and UB40 will go back to the Unemployment Department, where they belong, and will submit another form 40 for taxpayers' help.
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Because she is a big fan of Eric Burdon, I dedicated this Battle to our friend Debbie the Doglady. Her blogs can be found HERE & HERE. (Check her out, because she's got some really interesting stories and BOTB contests.) It's fittin' that Eric & the WARriors won this contest in true blowout fashion.
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My thanks to everyone who took the time to spill or drink some wine in my March 15th BOTB installment. I 'preciate youz all! I intend to return here on April 1st (April Fools' Day) with an appropriately fun & silly Battle for y'all to "bote" in. 
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Here's a sneak preview of my next BOTBs' BOTB contest. (423.83% kudos will go to anyone who can guess the two songs I'll be using, based on these two photos.)
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Fuhgeddaboudit! Ain't no one who can guess the two songs (unless they're given Holy Spirit help from God Himself!)
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"See ya soon!"
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~ Stephen

Friday, March 15, 2024

BATTLE OF THE BANDS: 2024, MARCH 15 (Or, SPILLING RED RED WINE)


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Hello, ALL! Welcome to my sixth installment of Battle Of The Bands' Battle Of The Booze, which is an ongoing challenge between songs that mention a type of booze, a brand of booze, or a cocktail made with booze. (No Shirley Temples need apply!)
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On February 27th, I read an Email that I had received from one of our loyal BOTBers, Debbie the Doglady. (She can be found HERE and HERE.)
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Shortly afterwards, I found myself at my 'Goldenshadowland' YouTube playlist. (I live there a lot these days, reminiscing about people, places and events I have loved.) The video for the 1976 hit song 'Summer' by War began to play. And 12 seconds into the song, the video showed a photo of Eric Burdon and War.
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At that very moment it hit me: 
UHP! I'M AN IDIOT!!
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I knew that Eric Burdon was one of Debbie's all-time favorites. Later that day, I sent Debbie an Email saying in part:
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It suddenly dawned on me that a song by one of your very favorite musical artists wasn't even on my song list of future BOTB's BOTB challengers! The damn list was 114-songs long, BUT it DIDN'T have this particular song on it, which was a massive favorite of mine when I was a good deal younger than I am today. So, my BOTB's BOTB song list is now up to 115, and I intend to use this mystery song (in your honor) on ... March 15th.
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Therefore, regardless of which song wins the Battle, this BOTB installment is dedicated to Debbie D'Doglady. (Gee, I wonder who Debbie gonna vote for. Hmmm....)
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Today's question is: Are you going to spill or drink the red red wine?
Fun Fact: In constructing this Battle, I learned that UB40 actually stands for Unemployment Benefits, form 40
Guffaw-😂ut-Loud!
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In ye olde comment section, please vote for which you like better betwixt these two wino wine songs, and then please visit the other wonderful BOTBers and also drop your two cents in their comment sections.
* See the BOTBer links over there --->
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I will return here on or about March 22nd with my own vote and the final tally.
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Alright, let's get ON this thing! 
"See ya soon!"
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SPILL THE WINE
by Eric Burdon & War

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRtAKcyl-54

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RED RED WINE
by UB40

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_NMgwW5Ufw

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~ Dr. Stephen

Friday, March 8, 2024

BOTB RESULTS: 2024, MARCH 1 (JIMBO'S BEER VERSUS DONALD'S BEER)


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There was a nice turnout for my most recent Battle Of The Bands installment which took place HERE. It was between Jim Morrison's beer ('Roadhouse Blues') and Don Henley's beer ('Sunset Grill'), and I thank every one of you who came by and contributed your two cents and a pint of "evidence" to the punch bowl
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Judge Al Bondigas had predicted a blowout in favor of The Doors. I knew going in that Don Henley was probably the underdog, but I also envisioned a much closer outcome. Like, perhaps a 3-vote margin of victory between winner and loser. After all, 'Sunset Grill' had been a Billboard hit song at #22, while 'Roadhouse Blues' was not even in the Top 40. However, it seems that Judge Al may be BOTB's new psychic. Because (after including my own vote for The Doors' song), the contest was indeed no "contest"!
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FINAL TALLY
Jim & The Doors = 10 votes 
Don Henley = 4 votes 
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So, 'Roadhouse Blues' will move on to the eventual 'Battle Of The Booze' playoff rounds, while Don Henley just... rides off into a tequila sunset.
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I suppose the thing that surprised me the *most* about this Battle was that no one in the comment section - not even the four folks who voted for 'Sunset Grill' - mentioned the intensely energetic horn segment at the end of Henley's song. To me, that is clearly the highlight of the piece, which sounds as good as most classic Big Band stuffs which I greatly love. 
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Anyway, thanks again, my friends, for taking time to visit my blog and participating in my music Battle! I intend to post a new BOTB contest here on March 15th and I hope you'll return for that one. Until then, may you all... 
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Bless & Be Blessed!!
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~ Stephen 

Friday, March 1, 2024

BOTB'S BOTB: 2024, MARCH 1 (Or, JIM MORRISON'S BEER VS. DON HENLEY'S BEER)


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Music-Lovers! 
Hear Ye! Hear Ye! I'm pleased as spiked punch to announce Battle Of The Bands has a new participant! He's an E&I (Educated & Interesting) fellow named Boromax (a.k.a. Ed) from the blog titled  
[link> Trivial Music Silliness. Please be sure to welcome him, vote in his Battle, and add to your BOTB blogs a link to his blog! Thank ye.
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This is my 5th installment of Battle Of The Bands' Battle Of The Booze, an ongoing musical challenge in which winning songs will eventually meet other winning songs in the postseason Playoffs. (It's kind of like the NFL but not rigged.)
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Brief reminder: Every song I use in BOTB's BOTB must mention a type of booze and/or a brand name of booze or a cocktail made with booze.
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In Round 5 we have The Doors' 'Roadhouse Blues' against ex-Eagle Don Henley's 'Sunset Grill '
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In my teens & early twenties I was a major Doors fan; and as a [link> League Of Soul Crusaders member, I could really wrap my mind around a "hair of the dog" line like this:
I woke up this morning and I got myself a beer. The future's uncertain and the end is always near. 
(I consider that lyric important in the development of the Punk Rock timeline.)
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In 'Sunset Grill', Don Henley sings:
Maybe we'll leave come Springtime
Meanwhile, have another beer
What would we do without all these jerks anyway?
Besides, all our friends are here
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Very late one night-- er... about 3:30 or 4:00 one morning in 1985, my friend > Lin and I were driving around dark & deserted Hollywood in her Volkswagen Beetle. We had an open keg of beer in the backseat with the dispensing tube running up to the front seats. We'd just pour another beer straight from the keg whenever we felt like it. (It would have been the all-time ultimate "open container" citation ...if  the cops had caught us!)
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Lin was enrolled in film school, preparing for that career as an editor. She and her team needed to produce a 20-minute movie for the final exam.
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At one point, we pulled up to the curb, parked right in front of the > Sunset Grill, and poured us a couple of beers.
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Curb in front of the 'Sunset Grill'
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It was there, in her VW Bug parked directly in front of the Grill - while drinking beer from the backseat keg - that Lin yakked me into writing a screenplay for her film school project. It would be 'A Day In The Life Of Jim Morrison'.
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Before long, Lin had also yakked me into playing the role of Morrison. I then yakked Alice Amy In Wonderland into playing Pamela Courson, Jim's girlfriend. (I'd have done anything for the sake of Cinematic art! 😇)
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That was the last bit of "acting" I ever did... in front of a camera. And it was 6 years before Val Kilmer portrayed Jim Morrison in the Oliver Stone movie. 
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So, Morrison, The Doors, and the Don Henley song 'Sunset Grill' are all very much connected in a personal way for me.
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In fact, "Matt-Guy" (brother of the legendary Countess), used to insist that I looked like Jim Morrison. Mmm-maybe a li'l bit:
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Photo by Kelly "Andy" Anderson
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Photo by The Countess
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OK, enough yakking! Let's get ON this thing!
In ye olde comment section, please vote for which song you liked better betwixt these two, and then please visit the other wonderful BOTBers and also drop your two cents in their comment sections.
* See the BOTBer links over there --->
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Roadhouse Blues by The Doors

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Sunset Grill by Don Henley
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~ Stephen by Stephen
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POST TOASTIES POSTSCRIPT: 
I will post the BOTB voting Results at this blog on or about March 8th

Thursday, February 22, 2024

BOTB RESULTS: FEB. 15, 2024 (Or, NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND VS. BRUCE BLACKMAN)


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As always, first & foremost, my sincere thanks to each and every one of you who took the time to visit my Battle Of The Bands installment, listened and submitted a "bote" in the comment section. Y'all Cool Cats! The Musical Battle took place HERE, and it was between 'An American Dream' by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and 'Doing Nothing' by Bruce Blackman.
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This was a close contest. "Ya see?"...
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FINAL TALLY:
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band = 7 votes
Bruce Blackman = 5 votes

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Anyone who was paying even the least bit of attention already knew from my comments in the Comment Section that I was going to vote for Bruce Blackman. After all, as I wrote, Mr. Blackman (unbeknownst to him) really helped me to overcome my immense shyness! I know! I know! I know what y'all thinkin': "No way was STMcC ever shy!"
"Wrong again, Fishface!" (as my dearly beloved Ma used to say).
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I was so shy that I flunked out of Kindergarten. My teacher called me "anti-social". (I wish she could see me now!)
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Right after graduating from high school, Bruce Blackman helped me in overcoming my shyness. (How? See the comment section.)
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Here's the comment I posted on Bruce Blackman's 'DOING NOTHING' YouTube video 7 years ago:
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@D-FensDogG
7 years ago
I can't believe I'm saying this, but I think "DOING NOTHING" may be my favorite Bruce Blackman song of all time. Yes, even more so than "Moonlight Feels Right". I think... maybe. Sheesh! That's a tough call, but I do know that over the last few years I've become very fond of saying "I NEED A COLD MOJITO". (And most of the time I do, too! Ha!)
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And Mr. Blackman replied:
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@StarbuckMusic
7 years ago
+D-Fens DogG I've been known to down a mojito or two, or three on occasion.
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By the way, *thatmojito, pictured above, was the best one I ever had!  Courtesy of the bartender at the Claim Jumper restaurant in Reno. The first mojito I ever had was at Abuelo's Mexican Restaurant in Phoenix. Abuelo's is also where I invented the word 
[link>"goldenshadow"
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Sadly, of the 114 songs I still currently have listed to eventually use during my BOTB's Battle Of The Booze series, Bruce Blackman's 'DOING NOTHING' was my #1 absolute favorite. I really thought he would win this contest and go on to clobber a whole lotta other songs in BOTB's BOTB future Playoff rounds. As Waylon Jennings sang: [link> "WRONG!"
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Oh well, that's how the cocktail glasses break in a dive bar blog like this one.
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(I once ordered a martini in a bar called Remedy's. The bartenderess asked me if she could serve it to me in a cocktail glass, because she didn't have any real martini glasses. Then she added, "I'm surprised the martini glasses lasted as long as they did... in a dive bar like this." That was perhaps the second funniest thing I ever heard in a bar!)
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Well, anyway... although my very favorite song that mentions booze has already been eliminated from BOTB's Battle Of The Booze, the show must go on! So I will return here on March 1st with a new round of BOTB's BOTB. Until then, may you all...
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Bless & Be Blessed!! 
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~ Stephen
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POSTSCRIPT: Bruce Blackman's 2018 'THE ROAD TO MOONLIGHT FEELS RIGHT: The Story Behind One Of The Most Popular Songs Of The '70s' is an extremely entertaining book! I highly recommend it. (And it goes great with 
"a cold mojito".)