The Ultimate Dog v Cat Battle of the Bands Tournament, Round Three
My good friend Michele from Angels Bark and I are collaborating on a small battle tournament. We’ve had our Round One and Two battles, and now we are ready for Round Three.
But first - I’m sure you’re all dying to know the results of Round Two, right?
Round Two proved to be a pretty decent battle. Everyone that voted was very sure of their vote. No wishy-washiness here! I think it’s fairly safe to say that everyone voted on nostalgia - and depending upon which era you are from was your deciding vote. Now I recall the original from 1974, but I’ve always been a bit drawn to the 1992 cover. So my vote goes to Ugly Kid Joe.
The final tally looks like this:
Ugly Kid Joe with 8 votes
Harry Chapin with 11 votes
Now, this leads us to today’s battle - Harry Chapin vs Pantera
The winner of this round will square off against the winner of Michele’s Round Three battle taking place today at Angels Bark. That battle will take place on September 1st.
As I told Michele earlier… look out little doggies we’re coming for you! Your vote today will decide who will go up against those doggies!
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.
Contender #1 - Harry Chapin - Cats In The Cradle
The single topped the Billboard Hot 100 in December 1974. As Chapin's only No. 1 hit song, it became the best known of his work and a staple for folk rock music. Chapin's recording of the song was nominated for the 1975 Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2011. Typically, I don’t like to use the original artist in these battles, but I think the other contender is strong enough to hold their own for a decent battle. In other words, I’m crossing my fingers and praying this doesn’t become a blowout or a shutout.
Contender #2 - Cat Scratch Fever - 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.
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! Catch the link to Stephen’s blog to join in the fun - all you need to do is drop him a comment on his blog and he’ll add you to the roster of participants.
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).
REMEMBER - YOU ARE ONLY VOTING FOR PANTERA OR HARRY CHAPIN TODAY