Battle of the Booze: March

Welcome to March!

For this month’s battle, I thought I would go with a much tamer drink - wine.

Red Wine to be exact. 

After listening to both UB40 and Neil Diamond’s versions of this song, I knew UB40 would win by a landslide.

So I decided to go a different direction - I hope you like the selections. 

Let’s get this party started!

La Gran Familia de Guatemala


If you’re a blogger and want to join in the fun, please do so! There’s plenty of content for everyone to join in. 

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. The Sound of One Hand Typing

    4. Curious As A Cathy

    5. dIEDRE

    6. Debbie DogLady

    7. Christine

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

Don’t forget to also check out today’s Song of The Day! 


  1. Nice twist, Mary! 👌 I love Spanish music. Santaferia had a cool vibe, but the vocal tone was off-putting. Please give my vote to LGFG.

  2. I'm giving my vote to Santaferia. The overall sound suited my ears better. I think the first one had too much of disco twist which didn't work well with the song style. :)

  3. Not my favorite song, but can't say I hate it either. I have a cassette of the UB40 album with that song. Neil Diamond was good doing the song.

    OF these two I'm going to go with Santaferia's version. Seems like more actual musicianship going on there. The first one is pleasant enough--I think I might have heard it played at one of my nieces events where they had a DJ and mostly Latino crowd, but the second version really stands out for me.



  4. I'm going to go with Santaferia's cover. It grabbed me right away with the Latin percussion and horns. I'm sure percusion and horns were part of La Gran Familia's cover, but I didn't notice them as much.

  5. MMQE ~

    I think you dun goot thinkin' by not using the UB40 version against Neil Diamond. That would have left only one question (temporarily) unanswered: Will it or will it not be a shutout?

    But I had NO IDEAR that Neil wrote the song and recorded it first in 1967. Wow! I fear it says something about my intelligence that, without even trying, I learn 25-30 new things every single day! (Also, somehow, in a matter of seconds, I seamlessly got from Neil Diamond's original recording of 'Red, Red Wine' to the Marvin Gaye album 'What's Going On?', which I'm listening to as I type this. I'm a strange duck!)

    The La Gran Familia de Guatemala version kind of lost me when it started in with that Rap bit. So, I'm voting for Santaferia. That video was like a free trip home... but I didn't let the helL.A. images influence my "boting".

    Judge Al Bondigas ruled for Familia de Guatemala. Why? "Because."

    I *really* was drinking a glass of red wine while listening to your Boozy Battle. (Jesus recommended it!) Does that mean my "bote" gets counted twice? Or even thrice?

    ~ Dr. DogG
    (Obey-er of Jesus)

  6. Santaferia gets my vote. Their version gets into a real party vibe.

  7. Ay, mamasita! You make this muy difícil!!!! I had not heard this song in any Spanish versions - and now I cannot imagine every listening to it in English again... almost.
    OK... my vote goes to... La Gran Familia de Guatemala. Man. I really dig the tumbadoras and the slightly more latin style of Santaferia, but the group singing and harmonies of La Gran Familia de Guatemala hooked me. ~Ed.

    1. Welcome to the group, Ed! I'll get your site added to my list as soon as I get Internet restored. I've been down since 12am Saturday.

  8. Santaferia puts me in a Saturday in the Park kind of mood. Cool song choice!


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