#BattleOfTheBands Results : Ain't That A Shame
Wow! This week went by so quickly, I *ALMOST* forgot to do this post. I mean, I would have still posted the results, but they would have been a day or two late.
Before we get started with the results, though, I want to extend my heartfelt condolences to my good friend, Michele of Angels Bark. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers as she goes through the grieving process. Michele, if you ever want to just talk, or scream and yell… you have my number. I’m here for you.
Okay, let’s think about something a bit more happier.
This past week was a showdown of Fats Domino’s ‘Ain’t That A Shame’.
While researching the song, I learned that Cheap Trick had done a cover, and their cover did very well on the charts. They reached #35 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and #10 on the Canadian RPM Top Singles Chart. Call it a hunch, but I suspect the intro was cut from radio airplay - and that is the secret to their chart success. (there are no facts to back this theory up, it’s just my theory)
I also learned that John Lennon had done a cover of the song. According to Wikipedia, ‘Ain’t That A Shame’ was the very first song the Lennon learned to play.
While searching for the John Lennon cover, I found covers done by Paul McCartney. I *ALMOST* left my battles as a John vs Paul battle - but I knew Paul’s version was rather weak. To quote Stephen T McCarthy, “I don't know what Paul was doing here but it was... not good. First, his voice didn't sound right. Ragged, off-note, off-key? I don't know, but he didn't sound to me like a professional singer. More like some dude who's had 3 too many Martinis on Karaoke night at the local dive. “ The more I listened to his version, it just sounded like he usually does. And now I question whether Paul was ever a good vocalist.
So how did this battle shake out?
Well, it ended up pretty much as I had thought it would. There was a tie between Cheap Trick and John Lennon, and that left me to break the tie with a vote. I was a little put off by the lengthy intro that Cheap Trick gave, but after the intro, I really enjoyed their version. However, John Lennon did a smashing job from the get-go and the keys and sax won me over.
The Final Tally, including my vote:
Paul McCartney with 1 vote
John Lennon with 5 votes
Cheap Trick with 4 votes
I found a mashup of Lennon and McCartney doing the song, but quite honestly - it sounded like a trainwreck. But I will leave you with another find.
Be sure to come back on the 15tht for a brand new battle! But before you go… tell me, what did you think of this battle? Did you hate it? Did you enjoy it? What should I battle next?