BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Poinciana” Results

Well, it wasn’t a shutout:

The Four Freshmen: 8

Vulfpeck: 1

Congratulations to The Four Freshmen, and Vulfpeck, if it weren’t for Birgit, you’d have been shut out. (Thanks, Birgit.)

The thing that gets me is I thought this might be a horse race. Shows what I know. You know, I think I’ll schedule another “Poinciana” battle and put The Four Freshmen up against a more worthy opponent. Look for that battle in December.

We’ll have another battle next Monday, featuring a lovely standard sung by two lovely ladies. Stay tuned!

14 thoughts on “BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Poinciana” Results

    1. I didn’t think so, either, and I thought they would do better than they did. Oh well. I was going to run another “Poinciana” battle with the Freshmen up against a more conventional opponent, but now I’m not sure…


  1. JOHN, I like your idea of using this winner, The Four Freshmen, in another ‘POINCIANA’ Playoff.

    As you may remember, I used ‘POINCIANA’ back in early 2016 and got the following results:

    Glenn Miller Orchestra = 5 votes
    Danny Gatton = 16 votes

    You might want to consider putting the two winners up against each other: Gatton Vs. Four Freshmen. Or maybe even see how Glenn might fare against the Freshmen.

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


    1. I’ll probably match The Four Freshmen up against another vocal group, mostly because when I pit an instrumental against a vocal the vocal always wins. It’s also why I tend to avoid live versus studio, which is why I used the album version of Santana’s “Europa” against Gato Barbieri’s. The dynamic is different.


      1. JOHN, the majority of the time, I also avoid putting a studio recording against a live one. However, (as my Ma always said) “situations alter cases”, so I kind of assess everything individually and will not hesitate to break my general rules of thumb when I think a situation calls for it. (I try to avoid breaking my real physical thumbs, though.)

        As for instrumental versus vocal, I am less stringent about that. Again, I’ll weigh the potential match-up on an individual basis. And I suspect I have encountered much less of a bias toward vocals in my Battles than you have, which is why I won’t really question that sort of match-up. For example, you saw what Gatton did to Glenn Miller in that old BOTB installment of mine. And Gatton’s version was an instrumental while Miller’s included vocals (and nice vocals, in my op).

        BOTB is definitely more of an “art” than a “science”, and you don’t need me to tell you that it is often full of unforeseen results. That’s partly what keeps it fun for me.

        Regardless, I really LOVE ‘Poinciana’ and I’m sure I’ll enjoy whatever match-up you put together.

        ~ D-FensDogG
        Stephen T. McCarthy Reviews…


        1. I briefly considered making it a three-way contest, but that never seems to work the way I expect: one group (sometimes undeservedly) gets ignored. Tune in on November 15 to see what I ended up doing.


    1. I don’t get a whole lot of people voting on my Battles of the Bands. I think I need to advertise them a little more aggressively. I would guess that Wulfpeck would have received a few more votes had turnout not been so light.


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