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!

BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Candyman”

So, I’m still on my “same title, different songs” kick (and this could go for a while). This round’s songs are both titled “Candyman.” Now, Roy Orbison had a song called “Candy Man,” as did Sammy Davis Jr. (from the 1971 version of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, which was a whole lot better than Johnny Depp & The Chocolate Factory), and I immediately ruled those two out because I knew that Roy would wipe up the floor with Sammy and the two contestants I’ve chosen, and putting Sammy up against the two contestants would have seen him win big as well. Even now, I’m worried that this might end up not being a battle, but I’m going with it anyway.

Christina Aguilera

The New Mickey Mouse Club gave us Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, and Christina Aguilera, who I think gets lost in the shuffle. This appeared on her 2006 album Back To Basics and was written by her and Linda Perry.

Mary Jane Girls

Rick James formed The Mary Jane Girls as his backup singers in the late ’70’s, and later produced their two albums. This is from their 1983 self-titled debut, which was produced by James, who also wrote most of the songs on the album.

So, there are our contestants for this round. 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 Thursday, August 22, so be sure and get your vote to me by then.

The lines are now open. Good luck to Christina Aguilera and The Mary Jane Girls!

BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Harbor Lights” Results

To review: my most recent BotB pitted two different songs called “Harbor Lights” (neither of which is the old standard) against each other: one by Bruce Hornsby, which was the title track from his 1992 album, the other by Boz Scaggs, from his 1976 album Silk Degrees. The votes have been tallied, and here are the results:

Bruce Hornsby: 4

Boz Scaggs: 8

Congratulations to Boz Scaggs, and an “attaboy” to Bruce Hornsby, who made a strong showing toward the end.

Our next battle will be this coming Thursday, August 15. Be there or be square!

BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Harbor Lights”

Battle of the Bands time again, and again I’m going to do two different songs that have the same name. Actually, there are four, including Steve Miller Band’s 1971 song and the standard that’s been done by The Platters and just about everyone else, but I’m going to keep it to two this time. And here they are…

Bruce Hornsby

Bruce Hornsby’s “Harbor Lights” is the title track from his 1992 album. It was written by Hornsby.

Boz Scaggs

Scaggs wrote his “Harbor Lights” and included it on his 1976 album Silk Degrees.

Remember, everyone reading this is welcome to vote in today’s Battle. Here’s what I would 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 announce the winner of today's battle next Thursday, August 8, so make sure your vote is in by then.

The lines are now open. Good luck to Boz Scaggs and Bruce Hornsby!

BATTLE OF THE BANDS (and Monday’s Music Moves Me): “Evil Woman”

Another freebie day here for Monday’s Music Moves Me, and I realized I have a Battle of the Bands due, especially since I didn’t do one two weeks ago. So I decided “why not?” and declared that I would combine the two!

What this means is (a) I won’t be doing as many songs as I usually do, for the M4 people, and (b) I’ll be doing a few more songs than we normally do for BotB. To both groups, I beg your indulgence…

The last couple of BotB’s I’ve done have featured battles between different songs with the same name, which I think has worked well. I found this page that’s an index of songs that fit this description. There are five (count ’em!) different songs named “Evil Woman.” I’ve gathered the five into a playlist, which follows immediately.

Our five contestants are:

  1. Electric Light Orchestra
  2. Spooky Tooth
  3. Crow
  4. Doobie Brothers
  5. Black Sabbath

Your job, should you choose to accept it, is:

  1. Listen to the playlist.
  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 on Monday, July 22, and announce the winner in a post that day, so be sure and have your vote to me by then.

The lines are now open. Good luck to all our contestants!

Monday’s Music Moves Me is sponsored by X-Mas Dolly, Callie, Cathy, Alana, Michelle and Stacy, so be sure and visit them, where you can also find the Linky for the other participants.