Hello, kittens & dawgs! Music is what makes my heart beat, but then you already know this with two weekly posts dedicated to tunes. That being said, I’m happy to share with you my participation in the BATTLE OF THE BANDS (BOTB).
A few weeks ago when I got started, I learned the obvious winner (or at least the winner in my book) should not be included in the spin-off to make things more interesting. I had no clue, really that my first installment of BOTB this month would be a runaway victory for The Outlaws doing Ghost Rider in the Sky. That being said, today I’m taking a new approach by presenting artists who are not commonly thought or heard of doing the same song *fingers crossed*.
In 1966, saxophonist Mike Sharpe listed #57 on the US Pop Chart with this familiar song, but it wasn’t until 1968 the song was given life with words and later popularized by a 70s rock band. I said I was changing things up a bit, didn’t I? *Leap of faith* Okay, I’m presenting a gender-reverse version of ARS 1979 hit, Spooky. Are you ready? Let the chick fight begin!
In keeping with my promise (fewer & unusual artists), my first selection in the showdown is The Puppini Sisters. This close harmonizing trio from Europe (Italy & UK) are not really sisters. The jazzy, a cappella singing trio is a breath of fresh air to hear and if you’re an Andrew Sisters’ fan then you will like them. I invite you to shut your eyes to block out the theatrics of the video and give their rendition a listen.
Different? Yep, but I kinda like it. I wouldn’t go so far to say it’s my favorite, but it’s enjoyable in its own right and with this introduction I want to hear more by The Puppini Sisters.
Next up is Imogen Heap, singer/songwriter/composure, is a new-to-me indie rock/synthpop artist from across the great pond. I was vacillating over if this style appeals to me or not. I equate synthesizers with artificial music…ah…that’s not what I’m looking for exactly, but the bottom line is I think of noise with no sound substance. Does that make sense? However, I was surprised to find that Heap doesn’t fall completely in my original perception with at least this song…
A familiar tune, yet distinctive. I’m curious to hear more by Imogen Heap. Who knows, maybe I will discover I have a taste for electro house music after all.
There’s one more chick who did this cover. She is my favorite pick and I’m certain, if I included it in today’s battle then it would be a colossal vote stealer. Where’s the fun in that? I’m trying to learn my lesson. Another thing, I know it’s difficult to absorb and comment on more than two selections so I’m keeping things simple, but if you’re interested then check out Dusty Springfield’s recording.
Okay, here’s what you do to vote. In my comments section, tell me which band you like the best and why. After you’re done, visit other BOTB contributors below:
Visit Stephen for details on BOTB. I will share the winning outcome on Monday’s Music Moves Me post on the 27th, so I hope you’ll stop by to learn the results. Until then, have a tunetastic day and thank you for rockin’ my world on Battle of the Bands!