BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Candyman” Results

The “Candyman” battle between Christina Aguilera and the Mary Jane Girls was pretty much over before it got started.

Christina Aguilera: 9

Mary Jane Girls: 0

So, congratulations to Christina Aguilera, and Mary Jane Girls, I feel badly, but that happens sometimes. I have to ask, if anyone feels like answering: had these videos been pretty much only the songs (i.e. the song played behind a single image), would your choice have been any different?

Anyway, the next battle will be on Sunday, September 1. See you then!

13 thoughts on “BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Candyman” Results

  1. JOHN ~
    Ha!-Ha! Full disclosure: I’m not really very familiar with Christina Aguilera, but I tend to think that nearly all musical artists (and most actors) who made names for themselves in the 21st Century are weak and unoriginal compared to performers from the past. So, that’s why I was prepared to read you the Riot Act about using Christina. (You know what a pain-in-the-a** I can be sometimes. ;^) )

    But I really dig the old Big Band / Boogie Woogie sounds, which is why Christina’s song and video pleasantly surprised me.

    I always try to find videos with just a static image when possible, in order to cut down on the visual influence in BOTB. I’m pretty good at not letting videos affect my judgment of the music itself, but I’m not sure everyone is equally able to make that separation in their minds.

    So, in my case, the videos did not affect my vote (although I thought Christina’s video was a terrific homage to The Andrews Sisters and that whole musical era). And, frankly, I could name on one hand how many Disco songs I genuinely like. The rest of Disco I find annoying. So, yeah, my BOTB bote would have been the same regardless.

    And, lastly, there are a few legendary performers who seem to have achieved almost god-like stature but whom I have never really cared for. Johnny Cash is one of them, and so is Roy Orbison. As far as I can recall, I’ve never heard Roy’s ‘Candyman’, but I’d be willing to bet a pretty penny that I would have voted for Christina’s version over his.

    ~ D-FensDogG


    1. You feel about Roy about the same as I feel about Led Zeppelin. I never understood the attraction. And, to me, “Stairway To Heaven” is the quintessential EBS Special. That might be due to the local rock station (96 Rock in Atlanta, now playing boy bands) having a fixed playlist that they would play Monday to Friday during work hours. The songs might be in a different order, but it was the same damn songs every day. There was “Stairway To Heaven,” “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Free Bird,” “Jessica” etc.

      I really don’t have the visceral hatred of disco that a lot of people do. That’s not to say that I don’t prefer just about every other type of music, and I wouldn’t turn on a station that was just playing disco.


  2. Good question…but I don’t know. Christina is TIGHT with the vocals and showmanship and like someone else said, I just don’t like the Mary Jane Girls. And I’ve seen them live! Usually, that changes my opinion…but nope.

    Thanks and don’t be discouraged – I had a bad one, ha ha.


    1. That’s natural. I should choose the ones that are just the song, maybe with an image. I don’t think it would have made much of a difference here, though.


  3. It does seem unusual to have a shutout, John. I didn’t vote because I couldn’t listen to the videos when I read the post, and I never got back to them. I almost voted for Christina Aguilera anyway, as you say, most everything she does is good.


  4. No, my choice wouldn’t have been different without the videos to influence me. Actually I didn’t pay that much attention to the videos. I doubt whether you are overly surprised by this outcome nor do I think any of us are.

    In fairness though, speaking from the standpoint of personal taste, I didn’t think the Mary Jane Girls song was all that bad, It was Disco, sure, but I have kind of a fondness for Disco music. Up against another song I very well could have voted for the Disco girls.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out


    1. I honestly thought it would be a little closer (maybe 8-1 or 7-2). In retrospect, Christina Aguilera is spectacular; everything she does is excellent. I mean, even Stephen liked it, and he was ready to chew me out for using her. Oh well. Time to find a tough one for next time.


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