BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Harbor Lights” Results

To review: my most recent BotB pitted two different songs called “Harbor Lights” (neither of which is the old standard) against each other: one by Bruce Hornsby, which was the title track from his 1992 album, the other by Boz Scaggs, from his 1976 album Silk Degrees. The votes have been tallied, and here are the results:

Bruce Hornsby: 4

Boz Scaggs: 8

Congratulations to Boz Scaggs, and an “attaboy” to Bruce Hornsby, who made a strong showing toward the end.

Our next battle will be this coming Thursday, August 15. Be there or be square!

10 thoughts on “BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Harbor Lights” Results

  1. That one turned out a bit closer than I anticipated it would.

    Just yesterday I was in a grocery store about a block from my house and Hornsby’s song ‘The Way It Is’ came on over the in-store sound system. Fortunately, I was already on my way out the door at that point. GAH! In my opinion, it was never that great a song to begin with and hardly deserved the non-stop playing. I feel the exact same way about Sheryl Crow’s ‘All I Wanna Do’. I can’t help wondering how much payola was involved in those two songs.

    ~ D-FensDogG


    1. Yeah, those two became EBS specials after about a month. Maybe I’ll do that for a future BotB: put a song up against an EBS test (there are a whole bunch on YouTube) and see which people prefer.


  2. I’m kind of surprised by Hornsby’s loss in this match. I thought his song was far superior to the Boz song, but I guess Boz has a larger following and appeals more to the mass music market.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out


    1. Plus I think that Bruce was in a transition period where he was integrating more jazz into his music, and some folks gave up after a minute of the extended piano solo at the beginning. At least I think that was the case. That said, Boz had a definite advantage in that “Silk Degrees” was such a good album. He was definitely at the top of his game.

      Had the Steve Miller Band’s “Harbor Lights” been better, it would have been kind of fun to throw it up against Boz Scaggs’s, because Boz used to play with Steve (although I don’t think Boz was on that track)…


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