Stephen dropped me a comment recently, along with an idea for a Battle of the Bands that he felt fit right into my current theme of "Same Name, Different Songs." I looked it over, and yes, it would be perfect for one of those battles. I’ll let Stephen explain:
IMO, the greatest year for Western movies had to be 1969. In that single year, we were given four truly great Westerns: Paul Newman & Robert Redford in ‘Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid’, John Wayne’s ‘True Grit’, Sam Peckinpah’s ‘The Wild Bunch’, and Sergio Leone’s true masterpiece, ‘Once Upon A Time In The West’. Ennio Morricone provided the Classical-like musical score:
In 1979, ten years later, Dire Straits released their second album ‘Communique’ which included a song titled ‘Once Upon A Time In The West’. I’ve never researched it, but I figure it’s almost a sure thing that the Dire Straits song was inspired by the Sergio Leone movie.
Stephen had a good idea, I think, because, as he says, they’re at completely different ends of the musical spectrum, but the second might have been inspired by the first. I wasn’t able to find anything that would confirm or deny that, but, I think he’s got something there.
So to recap: We have two different songs named "Once Upon A Time In The West": the first is the theme song from the 1969 Sergio Leone film, the second is from Dire Straits’ second album Communique. So, here’s what I’d like you to do:
- Listen to the two songs.
- Decide which song you like the best.
- Vote for your favorite by leaving me a comment with your choice. If you feel like telling us why, feel free.
- Then, visit the other participants and vote in their Battles:
Remember, anyone with ears to hear can vote in this (or any other) battle. Next Sunday, November 8, I’ll tally all the votes and announce the winner, so you have one week to get me your votes.
The lines are now open. Good luck to Ennio Morricone and Dire Straits!