BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Sunday Morning/Mornin'”

Thanks to Stephen T McCarthy for yet another idea. Knowing I’ve been doing these "same name, different song" pairings, he suggested this one, between two songs named "Sunday Morning" (more or less).

The Velvet Underground with Nico

The Velvet Undergroung with Nico did "Sunday Morning" on their eponymous 1967 album.

Spanky & Our Gang

According to the notes that accompany the video, ""Sunday Mornin’" written by Margo Guryan, recorded by Spanky and Our Gang, and released as a single by Mercury Records reached No. 30 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #39 on the Billboard easy listening chart on February 10–17, 1968. It was included in The group’s second album, Like to Get to Know You, released in April 1968."

OK! Those are our contestants. Now, here’s what I’d like you to do:

  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:

I’ll tally the votes and announce the winner next Wednesday, January 22, so be sure and cast your vote by then. And remember, anyone can vote!

The lines are now open! Good luck to The Velvet Underground with Nico and Spanky & Our Gang!

19 thoughts on “BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Sunday Morning/Mornin'”

  1. Give my vote to The Velvet Underground! I’ve been a fan for a long time, and am not surprised that I prefer their laid-back psychedelia to the psychedelic pop of Spanky and Our Gang. And I know this isn’t a factor in the sound of the song and it didn’t influence my vote in the least, but the video that accompanies The Velvet Underground’s version is mesmerizing.


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  2. I do like Velvet Underground, though this song might be one of their weaker songs, but they are no competition for the great Spanky and Our Gang. Give Spanky and Gang my vote.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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  3. You’ve got a real competitive Battle going with this match-up, JOHN!

    I like both of these songs. I owned the Velvet Underground song on LP back in the era of “Licorice Pizza”, and I STILL own the SPANKY & OUR GANG song of CD. That probably tells ya something.

    Yip! My vote goes to Team Spanky. I have always loved their melodic songs and tremendous harmonizing. To me, they are like an even better version of The Mamas & The Papas (who were also wonderful).

    I’m glad this Battle is a winner for ya, John.

    ~ D-FensDogG

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  4. Oh there are so many songs called Sunday Morning but if I need to chose between those two my liking goes to The Velvet Underground. I used to wake up with this song on a Sunday as I made a whole playlist for that purpose only. So I chose from my nostalgic point of view.

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