Sunday, July 15, 2018

The Ultimate Dog v Cat Battle of the Bands Tournament, Round One





I’m really excited about the battles today! Why?  Because my good friend Michele from Angels Bark and I are collaborating on a small battle tournament.


Recently, I had a ‘Feral Cat’ Battle followed by a ‘Dog Fight’ Battle.  We’ve decided to expand on this idea.






As a reminder for you seasoned readers and to help out those of you who may be new here

Here is how a battle works:

Step One - Listen to each of the contenders. TRY not to be persuaded by the videos (unless specifically requested - in the case of today’s battle, listening is more important than watching)


Step Two - Pick the contender that you prefer the most


Step Three - Comment with your selection. (Yes, I know my blog can be pretty sometimes. Yes, I know you may not be familiar with the song(s) or artist(s). Don’t tell me about that. Instead, give me your opinion on which is the better contender.) 


Step Four - Visit Stephen’s blog to check out his battle and for a list of other bloggers that have have battles going on. We each have different battles, so please be sure to visit everyone. I'll provide a link below the videos to Stephen's blog for your convenience.


Alright - I’ll make this next part quick because I know you’ll want to get on to the other battles taking place today.



In 1977, rocker Ted Nugent released the song Cat Scratch Fever. It was the title song for his album of the same name. In 2009, it was named the 32nd best hard rock song of all time by VH1  This song has been covered by quite a few bands, but I’ve narrowed it down to 2 for you to choose from.


Contender #1 - Nitro
Nitro is an American heavy metal band from Hollywood, California. Formed in 1988, the group originally featured vocalist Jim Gillette, guitarist Michael Angelo Batio, bassist T. J. Racer and drummer Bobby Rock. Nitro released its debut album O.F.R. in 1989, which reached number 140 on the US Billboard 200. Rock was replaced by K. C. Comet for the album's promotional tour. Nitro II: H.W.D.W.S., released in 1992, featured Ralph Carter on bass and Johnny Thunder on drums.
The group broke up in 1993, with a number of previously unreleased demo recordings issued in 1999 on the M.A.C.E. Music compilation Gunnin' for Glory. In late 2016, it was announced that Gillette and Batio were set to reform the band, with Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler added to the group's lineup. Alongside bassist Victor Wooten and producer Kane Churko, Nitro is currently recording material for its upcoming third studio album, and has toured with Matt DeVries on bass.





Contender #2 - Pantera
Pantera was an American heavy metal band from Arlington, Texas. The group was formed in 1981 by the Abbott brothers – drummer Vinnie Paul and guitarist Dimebag Darrell – along with lead vocalist Terry Glaze. Bassist Rex Brown joined the band the following year, replacing Tommy D. Bradford, who was the unofficial original. Having started as a glam metal band, Pantera released four albums during the 1980s. Looking for a new and heavier sound, Pantera replaced Glaze with Phil Anselmo in late 1986 and released Power Metal in 1988. With its fifth album, 1990's Cowboys from Hell, Pantera introduced a groove metal sound. Pantera's sixth album, 1992's Vulgar Display of Power, exhibited an even heavier sound. Far Beyond Driven (1994) debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.
Tensions began to surface among the band members when Anselmo became addicted to heroin in 1995; he almost died from an overdose in 1996. These tensions resulted in the recording sessions for The Great Southern Trendkill (1996) being held separately. The ongoing tension lasted for another seven years, during which only one studio album, Reinventing the Steel (2000), was recorded. Pantera went on hiatus in 2001 but was disbanded by the Abbott brothers in 2003 amid communication problems and their conclusion that Anselmo would not return to the band.
The Abbott brothers went on to form Damageplan, while Anselmo continued work on several side projects, including Down, which Rex Brown joined as well. On December 8, 2004, Dimebag Darrell was shot and killed on stage by a mentally unstable fan during a Damageplan concert in Columbus, Ohio. Vinnie Paul died in 2018, permanently ending hopes for a reunion, and leaving Glaze as the only surviving member of the band's first line-up.





YOU DON’T NEED TO BE FAMILIAR WITH AN ARTIST OR A SONG TO KNOW WHICH ONE YOU PREFER.  There are no right or wrong votes, unless you vote for someone not listed as a contender or don’t vote at all.


I’ll keep the voting open until Sunday, July 22 @ 3pm EST with results posted on Monday, July 23. 


I’d like to encourage you to visit the other bloggers participating in the battle of the bands as well, but especially would like to encourage you to visit Michele’s battle in this tournament. . We’ve put a lot of time and effort into putting together these battles and they are a lot of fun. Each blogger has a different battle taking place. You can find a current list on Stephen’s blog (don't forget you can also request to join the battle of the bands blog hop by simply commenting on his blog that you'd like to join us).

For those of you who may be interested - The battles take place twice a month. Once on the 1st, and again on the 15th. Some participants have chosen to participate only once a month - and that’s okay - we’re just happy to have you join us! Your battle can consist of covers of the same song, different songs with the same title, or even a themed type battle. We just want you to join in the fun! All you need to do is drop Stephen a comment on his blog and he’ll add you to the roster of participants. 





37 comments:

  1. MARY, MARY, QUITE EXTRAORDINARY ~

    This is a very cool idea you and Michele have put together. It's like an expanded and upgraded concept that FAE (the other founder of BOTB) and I did way back in "the day", using the song 'The Look Of Love'.

    I love the dog versus cat bit. (I hope the dogs win. I'm more of a canine than feline fan.)

    Hmmm.... Well, I must say that I like Ted Nugent a little more politically than I do musically. I honestly can't think of a single Nugent song I can truthfully say I like.

    Instrumentally speaking, both of these recordings sound almost identical to me. Not surprising, because there's probably not a whole lot one can do with a Ted Nugent song. They are what they are.

    However, I'll cast my vote for NITRO based on the sound of the vocalists. That second guy... I dunno, he just sounded like he was shouting in an alley, spoiling for a fight. His girlfriend (if he has one -- which I doubt) needs to try to calm him down and drive him home -- he's had too many Boilermakers.

    It's going to be fun watching this tournament play out!

    ~ D-FensDogG
    STMcC Presents 'Battle Of The Bands'

    POSTSCRIPT: Is there a trick I'm not familiar with to make that column of "share links" on the left side of the blog disappear? I can't find an "X" to click to make them retract, and they are blocking out the first word or two on the left edge of every one of your sentences. Is there a way for me click something to make that collection of "share links" sleep with the fishes?

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    1. Hey there Mr Stephen!

      I played with the settings a little bit for you. Hopefully you can see everything now. Was it just this post you've had issues with, or has it been all of them? On my side, I see two distinct columns with nothing cut off.

      You won't have to worry about hearing anything new from the lead singer of Pantera as he died this past week. His brother, Dimebag Darrell, was killed onstage by a crazy fan back in 2004.

      If you listen close enough, you can hear differences in the two contenders. Perhaps you need your hearing aids adjusted, old man! (only kidding ya, you know I loves ya!)

      I'm super excited about this Tournament. Really glad that Michele suggested the idea to me. I went with cats because well, Michele is a dog person, and back in the day (a little over 20 years ago) I had a cat themed website/humor mailing list MsKitty's Daily Mews (Clean Humor) and Litter Box Mews (Not so clean humor) Perhaps one day I will bring those back to life.

      ~Mary
      Jingle Jangle Jungle

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    2. Howdy, MMQE ~

      No, those sharing avatars are still obstructing my view of the left edge of the blog, but don't worry about it. It's like having a speck of something in my eye, but I can still figure out what the first word or two is simply by context. Maybe it's just me, so don't fiddle with the settings on my account.

      [This occurs on ALL of your blog pages for me, BTW. But it's a new development (i.e., it just started occurring in the last couple of weeks). Did you fix something that wasn't broken a couple weeks ago? ;-) ]

      That's wildly insane -- the guy getting killed onstage. I never heard about that but will have to look into it.

      "Dimebag" -- SMH.

      Your cat-themed mailing lists sound like fun. I can always use another good joke to help me make it through another day.

      ~ D-FensDogG
      STMcC Presents 'Battle Of The Bands'

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    3. Ah... The floating share buttons. Yes, I did make a change to those recently. I've made them smaller now, so hopefully you'll be able to see the posts better.

      Off to make my rounds to the other participants before I get distracted and sidetracked.

      ~Mary
      Jingle Jangle Jungle

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    4. Perfect!
      They are actually still obstructing my view of the left edge, BUT(!)... now they're small enough that I'm able to see and click the "Retract Arrow" which removes them from view.

      Mary, this is actually the second time this has occurred. Some time back -- a year, maybe? -- this same problem arose. I made mention of it, and you were able to "fix it back" again. Unfortunately, I couldn't recall what you had done then to remedy the problem, so I was unable to tell you what the root of the trouble was now.

      This is now perfect (again).

      STMcC's Observations On Life (I'm making this up on the spot):

      1) Change is BAD (at least 95% of the time).

      2) If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

      3) If it still ain't broke, still don't fix it.

      4) Less may not be more, but most of the time it is BEST.

      5) Change sucks! (See: "The Second Law Of Thermodynamics".)

      Thank you, MMQE. You dun good! Your blog is perfect. It cannot be improved upon at this point. (Ha!-Ha! Hint-Hint. ;-)

      ~ D-FensDogG
      STMcC Presents 'Battle Of The Bands'

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    5. But... But... but...

      My feminine tendencies wile me into making changes every once in a while.

      And change CAN be good sometimes, especially if it means progress :)

      ~Mary
      Jingle Jangle Jungle

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    6. >>... My feminine tendencies wile me into making changes every once in a while.

      Yes, I know. Believe me, every man... knows.
      [;oD

      >>... And change CAN be good sometimes, especially if it means progress.

      Yes. And you might win the lottery, too!
      [;oD x 2.

      ~ D-FensDogG
      STMcC Presents 'Battle Of The Bands'

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    7. Winning the lottery... now THAT is something I can get behind! I would definitely support that :)

      I suppose one needs to PLAY the lottery in order to win...

      ~Mary
      Jingle Jangle Jungle

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  2. Hi Mary; This is a fabulous idea you and Michele cooked up! Great way to have people coming back, as well. ☺ I've always liked "Cat Scratch Fever" and both of these covers were pretty good. Pantera has such a tragic history; I saw that news item about Vinnie Paul. May he R.I.P. My vote is going that way, since I preferred their heavier, more dramatic sound. Nitro didn't give it enough "oomph" in my opinion.

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    1. Thanks, Debbie!

      First two votes in and we already have a tie! I'm curious as a cat to see how this one turns out.

      ~Mary
      Jingle Jangle Jungle

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  3. My compliments on the blogging idea! This should be fun.

    Way back in the mid-'90's, I attended the National Guitar Summer Workshop in Claremont, CA and had a chance to witness Victor Wooten working with young bass players. He was like R. Lee Ermey handling them, but damn, could those guys play bass when he was through with them. I'd vote for Nitro just on the basis of that, but there's more to it: I liked their sound better than Pantera's, parrticularly that of the vocalist. So, Nitro gets my vote.

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    1. Thanks, John!

      No Pantera for you :) It's Nitro all the way!

      Thanks for stopping in with your vote. That workshop sounds like it would have been a good one to attend.

      ~Mary
      Jingle Jangle Jungle

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  4. Not one of my favorite songs, but both of these renditions seem pretty credible to me. I'll give my vote to Pantera for their fuller deeper sound.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Thanks, Lee!

      I hope your travels have you home safe and sound soon. Appreciate you taking the time to drop in with a vote :)

      ~Mary
      Literary Gold

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  5. I give my vote to Pantera. I really don't know why but I guess it is because they had a richer, deeper sound? The sound of the instruments were pretty distinct too, I love it when music has a rich bass sound.

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    1. Hi Nicole!

      Somehow I just KNEW you would be by with a vote. Looking forward to seeing you throughout the tournament :)

      With your vote, Pantera takes a lead (by one vote)

      Thanks for stopping by!

      ~Mary
      Literary Gold

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  6. Mary,

    Groovy idea you and Michele have going with your upcoming battles!

    I enjoyed listening to both covers. I'll have to say you probably won't find me buying either bands' mewsic but I always like the induction of stuff I normally do not gravitate to.

    I'm giving my vote to NITRO because they sounded less heavy to me and the vocals were overall more pleasing to my ears. That was crazy to read the lead singer from Pantera was killed recently. WOW!

    I'll see you on the dance floor shortly. Have a bantastic day, dearie!

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    1. Hi Cathy!

      Nitro definitely has that 80's hairband sound going for them. The lead singer of Pantera, Vinnie Paul, had a heart attack and died on June 22 of this year. His brother, Dimebag Darrell, died in 2004 when a crazed fan rushed the stage and shot him during their concert.

      I hope to out and about soon. Mondays are always crazy time for me, plus I'm waiting on the landlord to show up sometime between now and Wednesday. Something about upgrading my lights to LED.

      Have a great week!

      ~Mary
      Jingle Jangle Jungle

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  7. Well, you have come upon a nerd. I am not a fan of any of these. Buy i love the idea. Sounds like a fun thing to do.

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    1. Whomp Whomp! You must have missed the part about the only wrong answer is a non-answer. Even though you don't care for either of them, surely you are able to decipher which of the two you like better.

      Would you like to try again?

      ~Mary
      Jingle Jangle Jungle

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  8. Hi there, a great way to get your readers and listeners engaged more. This is a great idea battle of the bands. I definitely prefer band number two. Pantera's version of Cat Scratch Fever is more melodic and less dramatic for my tastes.

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    1. Hi Kathryn!

      Thanks for stopping by with a vote. We like to have fun here on the blog - so lots of interaction and engagement. I've got your vote counted. Be sure to check out the results on Monday :)

      ~Mary
      Literary Gold

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  9. Both were cool, but I'd have to give my vote to Pantera. This is a really cool, fun blog concept. I enjoyed reading/watching. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hi Kala!

      Thanks for stopping in with your vote. I've got you down for Pantera.

      ~Mary
      Jingle Jangle Jungle

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  10. I love the sound of these battles. Sounds like great fun. Good you explained it all with the steps.

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    1. Stella

      It's truly disappointing that you point out that you read the steps, but you did not follow them. Is it really that difficult to state which contender you prefer? A blogger with no opinion? I'm seriously stumped here.

      ~Mary
      Jingle Jangle Jungle

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  11. What a great idea for a battle! I would have to opt for Pantera on this occassion.

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    1. Hi Jean!

      Sure do appreciate you stopping in with your vote :) Be sure to check back on Monday for the results.

      ~Mary
      Jingle Jangle Jungle

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  12. I am a Canine gal:) I love all animals though. I give my vote to Nitro even though I wouldn't listen to either but this one appealed to me more. i didn't care for that voice from Pantera because of the "devilish" sound which always sounds depressing to me. The last group had major sad events and I feel badly for the people left behind

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    1. Hi Birgit!

      You have swooped in to save the day by narrowing the gap between Nitro and Pantera. It's not a huge gap, and the battle is too soon to call.

      This tournament is certainly taking shape and I can't wait to see who is the final winner - be it cat or dog :)

      ~Mary
      Jingle Jangle Jungle

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  13. Hey Partner!
    How goes it? I'm so excited about our Cat v Dog Tournament!

    Cat Scratch Fever has always been one of my favorite Nugent songs, although I like a lot of Nugent songs having partied to most of them back in the day...
    And weirdly, Cat Scratch Fever has personal meaning for me too. I contracted Cat Scratch Fever when I was a young child. A cat scratched the inside of my arm, between my wrist and elbow, and after a few days the scratch became super inflammed and there was a red streak running down my arm. So my mom took me to the Dr or to the hospital (I can't remember which now) and the doctor said I had cat scratch fever.

    Anyway, Wow, that is really something about Dimebag (love the name!) Darrell getting shot by a crazed fan, ON STAGE!!! Geez, I can't even imagine how freaked out the band must've been. I'll have to go read about the incident. I don't remember that happening at all...
    And then his brother dies of a heart attack. That poor family! If their parents were still alive how horrible to have to bury two sons.

    As for my vote: I'm going with Nitro on this one. I didn't care for Pantera's vocals. Nitro has that typical glam/hair band delivery but I definitely liked their version better than Pantera's. Their video was interesting too (although I swear that had nothing to do with my vote!)

    I read through the comments and can't believe the people that take the time to leave a comment but not place a vote. Good grief! The one that really got me was the one that praised how well you explained the directions. REALLY??? Did that person skip the part about leaving a vote in the comment section?? OMG! That's highly irritating.
    I was thinking as I was reading through that I hope some of these people are interested enough in the concept of the Dog v Cat showdown that they'll come vote in my battle too, even though they aren't regular visitors there, but I don't want those non-voters to come over! :)

    Will be so cool to see how these battles and the overall tournament turns out. It was fun working with you on this too...

    talk soon,

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. Hey again!

      I just rambled on in my last comment to you on the other post. LOL I must be tired or something!

      Yeah, the non-voters really grind my gears as well. And I *TRY* to be nice, but sometimes it just doesn't happen that way. Thankfully, there have only been 2 non-votes so far.

      That 80's sound is one of the reasons I picked Nitro as a contender. I know some prefer that over the heavier Pantera. So far, the votes are VERY VERY CLOSE. It's gonna be a nailbiter to the end

      Working on a few projects with different blog ideas. I know Stephen prefers the 'don't break it if it isn't fixed' But I'm full of ideas here. And ironically, I don't have a post ready for my new Wednesday series. Bwahahaha! So I have some things to be announced soon in addition to the Literary Gold revival. Stoked! (or is that just crazy and tired?)

      Got ya down for Nitro. Message me your contenders for Round Two when you have a moment - so I can do the image.

      Talk Soon.

      ~Mary
      Literary Gold

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  14. Not necessary my jams, and this is the first time I've heard of them, but I will cast a vote. My vote goes with Nitro.

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    1. Hi Cleverly!

      Thanks for stopping in with your vote. I know that not everyone likes the same type of music. Thank you for being open enough to listen and cast a vote. Much appreciated!

      ~Mary
      Jingle Jangle Jungle

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  15. I have never heard this song before, but I must admit it is quite a catchy tune! I think I like the second version better, as its more pop sounding. I actually found myself singing it from time to time haha. :)

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    1. Hi There!

      I think this might be a first. I don't know that I've ever heard a heavy metal band called 'pop'. But I agree with you that it is quite a catchy tune. And.... you may have just saved us from a tie. I'll have to double check my numbers :)

      ~Mary

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  16. Results are In! No More comments here, please :)
    See The Results Here

    ~Mary

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