BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Once Upon A Time In The West”

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:

  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:

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!

12 thoughts on “BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Once Upon A Time In The West”

  1. JOHN ~

    My buddy Bryan, from ‘A Beer For The Shower’, tells me that he submitted a vote on this Battle which hasn’t appeared in the comment section. You may want to check your Spam file for that missing comment / BOTB bote.

    ~ D-FensDogG


  2. John,

    These two songs sound so different from the other. The instrumental arrangement is nice but DIRE STRAIT nudged Ennio off the stage in this showdown. I needed the rock beat of later song to get me going this morning. Come by when you can to cast your vote in my BoTB!

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  3. JOHN ~

    This one is such a toughie for me. It’s a perfect example of a time when I wish I could split my BOTB Bote in half and give 50% to each contestant! Yes, it’s REALLY that close for me. But I know that “half-votes” aren’t any good in determining the outcome of a BOTB installment, so I’ll never commit that crime.

    I think maybe I give the slightest edge to DIRE STRAITS, and only because it has lyrics that I can identify with. Example: Over the decades, when crappy things have happened in my life, I have sometimes thought or said aloud to myself, “Even the hero gets a bullet in the chest”. I mean, that is such a GREAT line!

    Having said that, I think EVERYONE should make it a point to see Sergio Leone’s ‘Once Upon A Time In The West’. It’s a fantastic movie – definitely one of the Ten Best Westerns ever made – and the crane shot, rising up over the train depot roof, at the moment when Ennio Morricone’s theme music begins to swell, is an absolute classic bit of cinematography that has been copied several times, including a nod to it in ‘Back To The Future, III’.

    My Brother, Nappy, thought BOTH recordings were really good, and he too had trouble deciding between them. But ultimately, he came down slightly on the side of ENNIO MORRICONE.

    So that’s TWO VOTES:

    ~ D-FensDogG
    (aka STMcC)

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  4. I can’t really pick between the two. Morricone’s is great crossword puzzle music and Dire Straits is great drivin’-in-the-car music. I guess since I do more crossword puzzles than car driving these days I’ll vote for Morricone.

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  5. “Once Upon A Time In The West”, one of the best movies ever made. I love listening to the music while watching the movie ( I’ve watched it many times). Each character has their own music which plays as they enter the scene, While I love Ennio Morricone’s version, I like Dire Straits take on this and my vote goes to them.

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  6. After I woke up this morning I went to this BOTB post. I listened to the first one and then after I woke up again I listened to the second one.

    Seriously though, the Morricone piece is lush and nice to listen to, but it doesn’t grab me in the same sense as something by Schubert, Rachmaninov, or even Debussy. Better to hear while movie credits pass.

    Give my vote to the always great Dire Straits.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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  7. Oh for me there is no other choice but the great Ennio Morricone who is one of very many to have died this year. It’s such a great piece of music that stands the test of time.

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