BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Do It Again”

Did you ever notice that there are songs that have the same title but are completely different songs? In this battle, we’re going to take a look and a listen to three songs that share the title “Do It Again.”

Steely Dan

From their 1972 album Can’t Buy A Thrill, this was the first single and it reached #6 on the Hot 100, #7 on the Cash Box survey and #8 on the Record World survey.

The Kinks

The Kinks recorded their “Do It Again” on their 1984 album Word of Mouth. It did reasonably well on the Hot 100 and Mainstream Rock charts.

The Beach Boys

The Beach Boys’ “Do It Again” was a non-album single that was released two weeks after their 1968 album Friends. Surprisingly, it only reached #20.

I think you know the drill by now:

  1. Listen to all three songs.
  2. Decide which 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 Saturday, June 8, so be sure and get your vote in by then. Remember, you don’t need to participate in Battle of the Bands to vote.

The lines are now open. Good luck to Steely Dan, The Kinks and The Beach Boys!

Two for Tuesday: The Kinks

One of the more prolific bands of the British Invasion were The Kinks, led by brothers Ray and Dave Davies. They recorded some 25 albums between 1964 and 1996 and had five Top Ten singles and nine Top 40 albums in the US, and 17 Top Twenty singles and five Top Ten albums in the UK. While their albums were critical successes, they weren’t especially bestsellers, especially as their albums became more conceptual and focused on English culture and lifestyle. Nonetheless, Ray Davies’ songs have been covered by bands such as The Pretenders, Van Halen, and The Knack, and several British pop bands in the 1990’s credit them as a major influence.

Our first song today is “Sunny Afternoon,” from 1966. It reached #1 on the British charts and #14 in the US.

And our second song, “Dedicated Follower of Fashion,” also from 1966. It reached #4 in the UK and #36 in the US.

The band split up in the 1990’s, but still operates a YouTube channel and a website, and has presences on Facebook and Twitter. A number of their albums have also made it to YouTube, uploaded by fans; definitely worth a listen.

The Kinks, your Two for Tuesday, February 24, 2015.