#BOTB The Boys are Back In Town
Time for Monday’s Music Moves Me and also time for our next Battle of the Bands! If you recall, I posted my main post for the theme last week, you can find that post here (be sure to check it out - some great tunes there!) So today I’m focusing more on the Battle of the Bands.
The Song: ‘The Boys Are Back In Town’
Wikipedia tells us: "The Boys Are Back in Town" is a single from Irish hard rock band Thin Lizzy. The song was originally released in 1976 on their album Jailbreak. It was given 499th position among the 2004 Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, though it was not included in the 2010 update. Rolling Stone praised lead singer Phil Lynott's "Gaelic soul" and called the "twin-guitar lead by Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson" used "crucial to the song's success". The song is played at most Irish Rugby matches. In March 2005, Q magazine placed "The Boys Are Back in Town" at No. 38 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks.
Today, I’ve got three different contenders for you to choose from.
Contender # 1 The BusBoys
The BusBoys are an American musical group known for playing rock and roll with a flavoring of soul, funk, and rhythm and blues. Formed in Los Angeles in the late 1970s, the original lineup featured brothers Brian O'Neal and Kevin O'Neal, Gus Louderman, Mike Jones, Vic Johnson, and Steve Felix. All of the original band's members were African-American except Felix, who is of Hispanic heritage.
Contender #2 Everclear
Everclear is an American rock band formed in Portland, Oregon in 1991. The band was formed by Art Alexakis, the band's lead songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist; and for most of the band's height of popularity, consisted of Craig Montoya on bass guitar and Greg Eklund on drums. After the limited release of their independently released debut album, World of Noise, the band found success with their first three albums on Capitol Records: Sparkle and Fade, So Much for the Afterglow, and Songs from an American Movie Vol. One: Learning How to Smile, which were all certified platinum in sales. However, the following two albums Songs from an American Movie Vol. Two: Good Time for a Bad Attitude and Slow Motion Daydream, were not as well received, and as sales suffered, Montoya and Eklund left the band shortly after in 2003.
Contender #3 Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi is an American rock band from Sayreville, New Jersey. Formed in 1983, Bon Jovi consists of lead singer and namesake Jon Bon Jovi, pianist and keyboardist David Bryan, drummer Tico Torres, lead guitarist Phil X, and bassist Hugh McDonald. The band's lineup has remained mostly static during its history, with the only exceptions being the 1994 dismissal of bass player Alec John Such, who was unofficially replaced by Hugh McDonald, and the departure of longtime guitarist and co-songwriter Richie Sambora in 2013. Phil X and McDonald both became official members in 2016.
Please vote for your favorite version in the comments, whether it be The BusBoys, Everclear, or Bon Jovi. Voting will end on August 20, 2017 at 6pm EST with results being posted on August 21.
I’d like to encourage you to visit the other bloggers participating in the battle of the bands as well as the Mondays Music Moves Me blog hop. You can find a current list of battle participants HERE, or on Stephen’s blog (you can also request to join the battle of the bands blog hop on his blog).