“What this battle needs is MORE COWBELL!” That’s what blogger Stephen T McCarthy wrote on a recent battle of the band post.
But Stephen T McCarthy isn’t just some blogger spouting off. He is the co-founder of the Battle of the Bands Blog Hop, and current ringleader of a rowdy bunch of bloggers that sometimes listen to what he has to say.
The Battle of the Bands is a musical blog hop that occurs on or around the 1st and the 15th of each month. As I only post Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays, the posting date will be as close to those dates as possible.
Here’s how the BOTB blog hop works: I’ll be posting two versions of the same song and after you give a listen to each, place your vote for your favorite and reason for the way you voted in the comments section.
The other blogs participating in the Battle of the Bands are posting different battles using different songs, So once you’re done voting and commenting on my battle, take a moment to visit the other participants and vote & comment on their battles. There are some really good battles going on!
Alright, now that the fine print is out of the way…
Mr McCarthy, Stephen, dawlin’, Mr D’plorable D’fensedog, BossDawg…
You, Sir, asked for MORE COWBELL, and MORE COWBELL is what you are going to get!
I am sure most of you are aware of SNL’s skit featuring Will Farrell and Christopher Walken. But I’m going to show it to you again, just to refresh your memories. (Just kidding.. Saturday Night Live is stingy with their videos, so this is just a quick excerpt showing the premise of the skit)
As you may have already guessed by now, the song being used for this round of the Battle of the Bands is “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” by Blue Öyster Cult
Blue Öyster Cult's longest lasting and most commercially successful lineup included Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser (lead guitar, vocals), Eric Bloom (lead vocals, "stun guitar"), Allen Lanier (keyboards, rhythm guitar, backing vocals), Joe Bouchard (bass, backing vocals) and Albert Bouchard (drums, percussion, backing vocals). The band's current lineup includes Roeser and Bloom, as well as Jules Radino (drums, percussion), Richie Castellano (keyboard, rhythm guitar, backing vocals), and Kasim Sulton (bass, backing vocals).
"(Don't Fear) The Reaper" was written and sung by the band's lead guitarist, Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser, in 1976. The song is built around Dharma's opening, repetitive guitar riff, while the lyrics deal with eternal love and the inevitability of death. Dharma wrote the song while picturing an early death for himself.
While this battle was intended as mostly tongue-in-cheek, I spent hours upon hours listening to the large number of covers of this song. I finally narrowed it down to two worthy contenders, who had videos that don’t have any restrictions in other countries. (According to the YouTube restriction checker that I use). So hopefully, everyone will be able to listen and cast their vote for the winner of a special coveted trophy created specifically for this battle.
Our first Contender: The Alice Band
Our second Contender: Big Country
Who will you choose?
Alright now, it’s time to cast your vote! In the comments, please enter who you are voting for and why you chose them. Stay tuned, results will be posted on the 9th!
And don’t forget to visit these other battles going on today! Be sure to check out the link to see how you can be part of the battles as well...
Hey Did You Know?
You can check out all sorts of playlists related to this blog RIGHT HERE, including all of the songs for the previous Battles of the Bands!