BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “What Goes On”

When I did Monday’s Music Moves Me this week, I found ten songs named “Indian Summer.” Maybe I should have saved a couple for today.

Anyway, we have a couple of songs named “What Goes On” for today’s Battle. Let’s see which one you prefer.

The Velvet Unerground

From their eponymous third album, from 1969.

The Beatles

From 1965’s Rubber Soul (UK) or 1966’s Yesterday and Today (US).

You probably know what to do by this point, but for any newcomers…

  1. Listen to the two songs.
  2. Decide which song you like the best.
  3. Vote for your favorite by leaving me a comment with your choice. If you feel like telling us why, feel free.
  4. Then, visit the other participants and vote in their Battles:
       * Stephen at STMcC Presents Battle of the Bands
       * Arlee at Tossing It Out
       * Mike at Mike’s Ramblings
       * Cathy at Curious As A Cathy
       * Mary B at Jingle Jangle Jungle
       * Debbie at The Doglady’s Den
       * Cherdo at Cherdo On The Flipside
       * Ai at Ai Love Music
       * Michele at Angels Bark

I’ll tally the votes and announce the winner next Friday, November 8, so be sure and get your vote to me before then. And remember, anyone can vote, so don’t be shy.

The lines are now open. Good luck to The Velvet Underground and The Beatles!

13 thoughts on “BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “What Goes On”

  1. John,

    I don’t know the song but that doesn’t matter as we know. At one point, I was a huge Beatles fan but over the years I sorta fell out of love with the band. I find that I prefer others over these mop heads from Britain. I find that with this song my opinion preferences haven’t changed. I’m going with Velvet Underground.

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  2. I give it to The Velvet Underground which. Seemed more complicated if that is the right word. There was more to it than the Beatles. Funny I feel like I am committing a sin for not voting for the Beatles:)

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  3. Hi John.

    Good song, and great artists. Such a vast difference between the two versions. Loved them both, but while I’m normally a Beattles fan, I’m going with Velvet Underground this time. The song talks of the unknown in a person’s mind, and the music is a bit chaotic to match the lyrical uncertainty. The Beatles’ version is a bit to organized.

    Yeah yeah, doesn’t make sense, lol.

    Have a great weekend John. I did not post, just felt like listening to some music.

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  4. JOHN ~

    When I was young, I got into The Velvet Underground quite a bit and owned several of their albums. I recall the first real road trip I took without my parents. My buddy Eric and I went to the Grand Canyon together, because one night while we were drinking in L.A., he told me I “really should see the Sun rise over the Grand Canyon”. I think we were both 19 when we took that road trip.

    I distinctly remember us driving through the Arizona desert on our way to the Grand Canyon, and in the car, I was playing my cassette of ‘1969: The Velvet Underground – Live’ :

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1969:_The_Velvet_Underground_Live

    It struck me as such a strange dichotomy to be viewing the Arizona desert out of the car windows while listening to urban (New York City) Rock music. Somehow, that memory has stuck with me all these many decades later.

    However, to get to the point, and in my usual blunt manner, my youthful love for The Beatles’ and The Velvet Underground’s music did not survive the decades. Therefore, neither of these songs ring my bell. And in fact, listening to The Beatles, I had this thought: If John told me this was The Monkees and Michael Nesmith singing one of his pseudo-Country tunes, I’d have probably unquestionably bought into that fib.

    I’m gonna vote for THE VELVET UNDERGROUND but, really, there wasn’t anything about either of these songs that would compel me play them a second time. Just a matter of personal musical taste, as always.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    STMcC Presents BATTLE OF THE BANDS

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  5. The song by The Beatles is an old favorite of mine while the Velvet Underground song is new to me (or maybe I’ve just not heard it enough to have it register in my memory). Between the two I find the Velvet Underground song to be more musically interesting to me.

    I vote Velvet Underground.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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