March 1, 2023

Call Me! Battle: Pickett vs B52s



Welcome back to the Call Me! Battles….

These are songs that mention phone numbers either in the title or the lyrics. 

Just a quick recap of this battle series so far:

October: The Marvelettes took on Brenda Lee, and The Marvelettes won that battle.

November: The Marvelettes took on Glenn Miller. It was a tight race, but Glenn Miller took the win!

December: Glenn Miller took on  Tom Waits and maintained his hold in first place.

January: We took a little break in the series for a special Tiny Tim battle

February: Glenn Miller took on Wilson Pickett and it was extremely close. I broke the tie and Wilson Pickett won

Here we are in March and we have Wilson Pickett taking on a new contender.

So let’s get right to it!

Wilson Pickett

The B52’s

Will Wilson Pickett hold his title for another month or will we have a new title holder? 

In the event that you are new here, or you have simply forgotten… Here’s a review of how a battle works:

  1. Listen to each of the contenders. Try not to be persuaded by the videos. I like to close my eyes and let the music transport me. Keep an open mind and don’t be persuaded by the artist name. 

  2. Pick the contender that you prefer the most

  3. Leave a comment with the name of the contender you have chosen. Feel free to expound upon your choice. 

  4. Visit the other bloggers that have battles taking place. Their battles are different from each other, so be sure to check them out.  

    1. Stephen McCarthy 

    2. Tossing It Out

    3. Mike’s Ramblings

    4. The Sound of One Hand Typing

    5. Curious As A Cathy

    6. dIEDRE’s Stream Pebbles

    7. Debbie DogLady

Alright now… Cast your votes in the comments! Voting Results will be posted on the 8th of this month.  


  1. Thanks for casting the first vote on my BOTB! ☺ The B52s are always fun, but I like Wilson Pickett's sound more, so I'm going with the incumbent.

  2. Hi Mary,

    I'm going with Wilson Pickett in this round. It just called my name over B52s. :) Wouldn't it be cool to cleverly incorporate your name into your phone number Cathy would be 22849? :) Have a bandtastic day. My latest battle is now up Beatles Greatest Hits BOTB series "Love Me Do"!

  3. Oh...I'm a suckered for the eclectic B52's. I believe Wilson will win but I just love the B52's so they get my vote

  4. Hi Mary,
    Hope March is off to a good start for you. For some reason I just figured I'd vote for someone else this time, but no. It's Wilson for me ;-)

  5. Hate to stick it to Pickett, but the B-52 song is so weird and quirky (like most of their songs) and it had my head bobbing to the beat so they get my vote.

    B-52's for me! They the bomb!


  6. Knowing the Pickett song so well, I listened to the B-52's (fellow Georgians!) to see if theirs was better. It wasn't. Give my vote to Wilson Pickett.

  7. From Stephen
    MMQE ~

    I dig your new 'Laugh-In' styled BOTB header. And that reminds me that Tiny Tim appeared on 'Laugh-In' more than once. Is that why you styled it such, as a tribute to your secret love, Tiny Tim? 'Fess up, Mary, it's goot fer da soul!

    In the song Battle, I'm voting for Glenn Miller. No?
    Joe Biden? (Ha! Kiddin', kiddin'. Nobody votes for Joe.)

    Well, as the founding member of the official B-52s Hate Club, this is a no-brainer vote for WILSON PICKETT. As far as I'm concerned, it was groups like The B-52s, Devo, and Flock Of Shitgulls that killed Pop Music back in the '80s. But I suppose I really should thank them all for FORCING me to discover older 'n' better forms of music, like Blues & Jazz.

    Judge Al Bondigas is also rulin' fer Mr. Pickett. Give the soulful man two botes, please, ma'am.

    ~ D-FensDogG

    POSTSCRIPT: I won't be offended if you decide to change "Shitgulls" to "Seagulls". 😉

    1. MMQE ~

      I'm surprised you allow that sort of language on your blog. Tsk!-Tsk!

      ~ D'DogG

  8. a vote from Facebook friend Donna: B52s


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