#BattleOfTheBands: Back to School Edition

Here it is the middle of September. Man, has this year gone by quickly, or what?.

Today’s battle is in honor of those who are returning to school. I debated whether I should use 2 unknown artists as contestants, but in the end I decided to with the 2 most known.

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

Step Two - Pick  the contender that you prefer the most (not just the one with the name you are familiar with)

Step Three - Comment  with your selection. The comment section has been set up so that anyone can leave a comment. I do ask that you please include your name, should you use the anonymous feature.

Step Four - Visit Stephen’s blog to check out his battle and for a list of other bloggers that 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.

Now that we’ve got the formalities out of the way, let’s get to it!

Contender #1 -  Brownsville Station

Contender #2 - Motley Crue

Now, to repeat myself:

YOU DON’T NEED TO BE FAMILIAR WITH AN ARTIST OR A SONG TO KNOW WHICH ONE YOU PREFER. You only need to listen to the videos and choose which one sounds better to you.  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 in joining in our fun - 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 - all you need to do is drop him a comment on his blog stating you’d like to participate 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 blog hop as well.  We’ve all 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 of participants 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). 

Alright now… Cast your votes for Brownsville Station or Motley Crue!
Voting will end on Saturday, September 21 with results being posted on Sunday, September 22.

Hey! Before you leave… I want to invite you to join me in #RocktoberMusicFest2019
There’s no commitment - meaning you don’t have to participate each day.  Find out more information HERE


  1. Motley Crue certainly had spirit in their version, but I still prefer Brownsville Station.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

    1. Thanks, Lee!

      Starting off with a vote for Brownsville Station.

  2. I've always thought of this as a Mötley Crüe song, even though it's a cover, and didn't remember the original. Turns out, Brownsville Station sounded better, so they get my vote today. Interesting battle, Mary!

    1. Thanks, Debbie! For the longest time I thought it was a Crue song as well. Thanks for the vote!

  3. Brownsville Station gets my vote. Motley Crue is too much for me.

    Janet’s Smiles

    1. Thanks, Janet!

      Appreciate you stopping in with your vote!

  4. Definitely going with Brownsville Station here. Their original is just fantastic, although Motley Crue did a pretty good cover.

    1. Thanks, John! I'm starting to see a trend here.. Sure hope it's not another shutout :)

  5. Mary,

    I remember the girls used to smoke in the girls' room in between classes and they always worried that they'd get busted. lol Althought I like Motley Crue's cover I'm going with Brownsville Station since that's the one I remember best. Fun battle!

  6. I like both but I am giving my vote to Motley Crue whom, I think, did justice to the song by keeping the original way.

    1. Thanks, Birgit! Appreciate you stopping in with your vote!

  7. MMQE ~

    You remember my 3 Rules (actually, guidelines more than rules) of BOTB? Here's the first of the three:

    1) Don't use a Top 40 hit against a cover of the same song.

    'Smokin' In The Boys' Room' was a #3 Billboard smash hit in 1973/'74 for Brownsville Station. Motley Crue took it to #16 in '85, but still... methinks you otter seen this blowout a-comin'.

    And you should thank Birgit for saving you from a shutout, because I wouldn't have been able to save you from it myself.

    And speaking of Motley Crue, has anyone ever seen them at the same time with Guns 'N' Roses? I mean, is there any actual proof that they're not the same girls playing a joke on the world?

    ~ D-FensDogG

    1. Stephen

      >>...You remember my 3 Rules

      Yup. and Don't Care. (you can't see me, but I'm stickin' my tongue out at ya!)

      This one is more of an age-related battle. Some of us 'younger' folk recall Motley Crue for this song more than Brownsville Station.

      Doesn't necessarily mean one is better than the other.

      Crue, Poison, & GNR all sort of blend together for me so it's highly possible they are truly just one and the same.

      Appreciate you stopping in with your three cents.


  8. I'm familiar with both versions. I prefer watching Motley Crue but my vote goes to Brownsville Station.


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