BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “The Look Of Love” Results

This wasn’t much of a contest, but then, hindsight is always 20/20. I’m talking, of course, about my most recent BotB, which pitted Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66 against Isaac Hayes to determine who you thought did the better version of Bacharach and David’s “The Look Of Love.” Anyway, I’ve tallied the votes and here are the results:

Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66: 9 ½

Isaac Hayes: 4 ½

The half-votes were from Willow, who couldn’t decide but liked them both. Hey, I know the feeling. Anyway, Congratulations to Sergio, Janis, Lani and the rest of Brasil ’66 and a pat on the back to Isaac for a job well done.

Somehow, this seemed too easy. I’ll haev to come up with something really weird for my next Battle, which will be next Wednesday, May 15. Be sure and join us then!

18 thoughts on “BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “The Look Of Love” Results

  1. That was a predictable outcome in my view. Hayes is good, but his knack of creating interminably slow drawn out songs was a hindrance when put up against the bright sounds of Mendes. I wonder if Isaac Hayes and Vanilla Fudge have covered any of the same songs? That might be an interesting Battle.

    Hey, I’m all in for “really weird” and you’ve seen that with some of my Battles. I like weird if it’s good–or at least interesting.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out


    1. I’ll check the Isaac Hayes/Vanilla Fudge connection and see if there’s anything more than this song. A lot of more recent battles have gone with different artists doind different songs, so maybe I’ll do that.


  2. I’m on Team Sergio of course. Not because he won but because the mere mention of that song I think of him and the Brasil ’66. Now I have my earworm for the day. Not a bad one really…


    1. I think most people think of their version of this, even though it was Dusty Springfield who sang it for the movie. I like their “The Fool On The Hill” better than The Beatles, to be honest.

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  3. John,

    I’m sorry for missing your BoTB. I meant to scoot over to check it out but with DH’s surgery and my mini break then it slipped my mind. Had I voted, I would’ve gone with the majority. Issac’s opening is way too long and then his arrangement didn’t touch on the emotions like Mendes’s cover which is more true to Dusty’s version.


  4. JOHN ~
    I would also take Sergio’s ‘Fool On The Hill’ over The Beatles’ original.

    I only got into Brasil ’66 relatively recently but I sure dig them! That’s my kind of music, with the excellent harmonizing and so much of that Bossa Nova-like rhythm. I can’t believe how long it took me to discover them. I’d hear their songs on the radio but never knew who the group was. I think it was when FAE and I did that BOTB tournament with 4 different versions of ‘The Look Of Love’ that I finally realized who Sergio and Brasil ’66 were. Since then, I have acquired 48 of their songs on two compact discs and I like every one of those 48 recordings.

    ~ D-FensDogG


    1. His “Timeless” album (which is him with some crossover artists) is really good. I bought that a while ago (it was released in 2006) and really enjoy it, and I’m not much of a fan of some of the newer artists. Worth a listen…

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  5. Sorry I missed this one, John! We have a new baby in the family and another family member was in the hospital and I confess, I’m a little scattered.

    Great battle, though!


    1. Hey, I know how that is. Congratulations to the parents and grandparents of the new baby and I hope the other person gets out of the hospital soon. Having spent almost two months in the hospital when I had my stroke, I can tell you that the hospital is noplace for a sick person.


  6. Somehow I missed this and its too late to vote. But I have to say that my vote would have surprised me. As I’m partial to Isaac Hayes, I thought I would have voted for his version. Nope. I’m with Team Sergio.
    Fun battle!


    1. Definitely a different feel: Isaac did it as an album track and really stretched it out, while Sergio’s was a Top 40 single and conformed to the “3 minute and under” rule. From that perspective, Isaac’s was pretty good if you’re on the couch with the lights down and sipping a snifter of cognac with your latest romantic partner…


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