Battle of the Bands: Hooked On A Feeling

It’s the 15th of the month - and that can only mean one thing!

Time for Round #2 of Battle of the Bands!

Here’s how it 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. I’ll tally the votes and post the results in another post 6 days later. The Battles take place on the 1st and 15th of each month, and the results will be posted on the 7th and 21st.  The other blogs participating in the Battle of the Bands are posting different battles (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!

The Song:  "Hooked on a Feeling"

Wikipedia tells us this:

"Hooked on a Feeling" was written in 1968 pop song written by Mark James and originally performed by B. J. Thomas. Thomas's version featured the sound of the electric sitar, and reached number five in 1969 on the Billboard Hot 100.

In 1971, English musician Jonathan King recorded a cover of the song, adding ouga chaka jungle chants that some consider similar to those on Johnny Preston's "Running Bear". King described it as "a reggae rhythm by male voices". His version reached number 23 on the UK Singles Chart in 1972.

NOTE: The above two versions are not part of the battle, therefore, no votes will be counted for BJ Thomas nor for Jonathan King.

Our First Contender: Blue Swede

In 1974, the Swedish pop group Blue Swede, with Björn Skifs as lead singer, did a cover, which included their own version of King's "ouga chaka" introduction. Their version reached number one in the United States. The Blue Swede version of the song tweaked the lyrics to avoid a drug reference. Original lyrics: "I got it bad for you, babe, but I don't need a cure. I'll just stay addicted
and hope I can endure all the good love…" Blue Swede lyrics: "Got a bug from you, girl, but I don't need no cure.  just stay a victim, if I can for sure All the good love…"

Our Second Contender: David Hasselhoff

In 1997, David Hasselhoff covered the song on his album Hooked on a Feeling

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 announced on the 21st!

And don’t forget to visit these other battles going on today!

What does tomorrow bring?

Tune in to find out! 

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