Good morning, kittens & dawgs! These past two Saturdays I featured mewsic talent from Finland. Today I continue the trend with a female pop recording artist. Jenni Vartiainen.
Prior to Jenni’s singing career, she was a figure skater in her teens and after winning the talent show Popstars in 2002, she joined a girl band who called themselves, Gimmel. Once the group broke up, Jenni embarked a solo career. Selling more than 330K records, Jenni is regarded as one of the 50 best selling Finnish artists of all time.
The site where I got the English translated lyrics from above have several song titles and most have accompanying YouTube mewsic videos. My favorite song featured today is “Missä muruseni on (Where is my Sweetie?)” I really wanted to buy it from iTunes but sadly she has only one song listed which I did not share. 🙁
Don’t tell me it’s another new month already? Yep, the calendar says it’s September 1st and it’s time for another Battle of the Bands. Last time, I featured a Blondie classic. Stephen is really going to hate me for this, but I’m going that route again. Actually, I’ll be pitting two new rivals neither of which will be Blondie for the heavyweight title in the sing-off cover song Call Me!
This is for entertainment only and is not included in the battle, so please do not vote for Blondie. 😉 Allow me to introduce to you two new-to-me artists going head-to-head in today’s showdown.
First up, is an American rock band from Portland Oregon. Gosh, I’d love to see the pacific northwest! Focus Cathy, focus! Anywho, this group came together in 1994 and released their first major record cut in ’97 with Capital Records. I bring to you Courtney Taylor-Taylor and his merry band members: Peter Holmstrom, Zia McCabe , and Brent DeBoer who are… The Dandy Warhols!
Next is a British singer/songwriter who started her career also in 1994 with four brothers forming a different band who released five albums with this female lead vocalist. The band split in 2003 giving her the opportunity to spread her wings cranking out two solo albums. Give a listen to Skye!
Do you know which band you like the best? Are you going with The Dandy Warhols or Skye?
Voting is open to everyone visiting my site. There is no wrong vote, except if you don’t vote. You can start by telling me in comments which artist you like best and why (optional). Then, I’d like you to do me a favor in telling your friends to come by to get in on the action. The more the merrier!
Now, if you’d like to know how this works and/or how to join all this madness fun you can check with Stephen (at the top of the list), the official BoTB list keeper! 😉
Thanks for joining in on the fun. This is Curious as a Cathy signing off with have a bandtastic day and I hope you’ll decide to come tomorrow for a few giggles with my newest edition of Friday Sillies and other fun stuff!
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!