BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “(Don’t Mess With) My Toot-Toot”

Sine it’s late Monday afternoon here and I didn’t sleep very well last night, I’m going to keep this to the point.

A couple of weeks ago, the prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday was “eco.” My post was about words that contain, but don’t start with, “eco,” the last one being “zydeco.” Kip commented with this video of Buckwheat Zydeco doing a song called “(Don’t Mess With) My Toot-Toot.”

I looked at YouTube and saw that it was covered a number of times since Sidney Simien, a/k/a Rockin’ Sidney, wrote and recorded it back in 1984. So today, I’ve picked a couple of covers of the song as contestants for this week’s battle.

CONTESTANT #1: Denise LaSalle

CONTESTANT #2: John Fogerty

So, those are the contestants, and you know what to do: listen to both versions of the song (Buckwheat’s is not a contestant), decide which you like better, and vote for it by leaving a comment below. Optionally (but I’m sure most veterans of the BotB do it anyway), tell us what it was about that version you liked so well, or at least in preference to the other. Then, go visit Stephen T. McCarthy’s Battle of the Bands blog, where he has a list in the right-hand column of all the current participants, visit those bloggers, and vote in their battles, presuming they’re holding one today. I’ll tally the votes and announce the winner next Monday, so be sure and vote by then.

The lines are now open. Good luck to Denise and John!

20 thoughts on “BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “(Don’t Mess With) My Toot-Toot”

  1. Howdy John! Thanks for putting up some zydeco music! Having friends in Louisiana and spending a bunch of time in a little coastal town there, I sure did get a taste of the zydeco sound and the coon-ass lifestyle. It’s crawfish-crazy! And super fun. Ain’t nothin’ serious down in them-thare parts, that’s fo sure. Nothin’ but a party, all day, all night and then some…
    So I really enjoyed your battle. My vote is going to John Fogerty. I like Denise LaSalle’s version okay but Fogerty has it goin’ on. And the video sums it all up.
    I definitely wasn’t familiar with the song and was darn curious to know what a toot-toot was, so I went on a search, coming to the conclusion that it’s basically anything you want it to be, anything of value, anything you consider your “all”.

    btw, I didn’t do a battle this month, but will be back with one next month…

    Have a good weekend,
    Michele at Angels Bark


  2. Great Battle, JOHN!

    I am NOT UNfamiliar with this song, and I liked BOTH versions. This type of music is right in John Fogarty’s swampy wheelhouse, but in this case I’ll give my vote to DENISE, and for the same reason Mike did: it’s more sassy.

    I have NOT read the article that Cathy linked us to, so I don’t know what it says. (Maybe I’ll return later when I have more time and read it for myself.) But I am of the impression that Toot Toot is pot or Marijuana. In essence, I believe the singers are saying “Don’t mess with my stash”. I’ll try to look into this later and see if I was right.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    STMcC Presents ‘Battle Of The Bands’


        1. It’s one of those things that doesn’t have a fixed meaning, though I would imagine it generally refers to a member of the opposite sex. But it could be marijuana, a guitar, just about anything.


  3. If anyone is interested in what a Toot-Toot is, read the article referred to in Cathy Kennedy’s post. After reading it I’ll say this: if you thought you knew what it meant I bet you didn’t.


  4. John,

    Well…I think I recognized the song name but I this is the first time hearing it. It’s not a song I’ll be downloading anytime soon. 🙂 I can’t say that I was crazy about either artist. Maybe, that’s due to my discord with the song. It just didn’t resonate well with me for some reason. Could it be I need a second cup of coffee? Are my ears frozen shut? I don’t know but I’ll tell you which of the two I liked the best. I’m giving my vote to John Fogerty. His vocals are better and mewsic arrangement more simple. Denise LaSalle reminds me of someone who belongs in a choir. It’s way too showy to suit my ear. FYI: I didn’t know what a toot-toot is either, but I found this article giving insight into this $10K question for your quizzical minded readers. Fun battle, my friend. Thanks for sharing. Now, to boogie over to the dance floor to see what you’ve got playin’!

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  5. I was greatly influenced by “the whole package” of the Fogerty version. The visuals made the song a lot of fun to see and listen to. I vote for Fogerty. I guess I can just use my imagination, but what is a Toot Toot?


  6. Zydeco music is so infused with colour and culture! For this battle, I have to go with John Fogerty. It sounded more “authentic” to me.


  7. Fun song! I don’t know that I’ve ever heard it before. I have to disagree with Lee on this one. While Fogerty seemed like they were having a good time playing the song, it felt more authentic to me sung by a female. I’m giving my vote to Denise LaSalle.


  8. Thank you John! Honored to see you thought it was worthy of a BOTB.

    Loved them all, it’s a great song, but I’m going with Fogarty because it includes Rockin’ Sidney on the squeeze box.

    Definitely a song they should play at wedding receptions!


  9. LaSalle’s version struck me as overly canned or synthesized. It didn’t seem to have real instruments on it. However the singing was good and the song rocked Zydeco style.

    Fogerty’s version was more authentic sounding and having the real musicians in that fun video was a big plus. I’m going with John Fogerty on this pairing.

    Tossing It Out


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