Sunday, October 15, 2017

Battle of the "Too Big for Their Britches" Bands: The Super Bands

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, IT'S THE BATTLE OF THE BANDS!  As always, this fine frolic is the product of my friends, Fae (never absent in my heart) and Stephen T. McCarthy and I'm taking part once a month on the 15th!

This past month saw the sad passing of Tom Petty. Boy, I didn't see that one coming. Correct me if I'm wrong: Keith Richards is still here? But no Petty? 

Absolutely certain that Tom and his heartbreakin' buddies would appear on the battle, I decided to go a different route for October. 

Tom Petty's name appears on my mental list of all the truly talented musicians, some uber famous or not so celebrated, who felt the urge to break from their comfortable habitats and regroup with another "pack." You know what I'm talking about...the elusive "super groups." 

What makes a group a "super" variety? Well, in my short list of criteria, they're pretty big for britches to start with, could probably live without the extra influx of cash from a second venture, and yet - they go for it. Guitar World came up with their own list of what makes a super group and they added an interesting component: they can't just join an existing group (their example: Van Hagar, ha ha). I agree!

For your auditory pleasure and analysis, I give you three super groups. All packed with great musicians of note. But the question is this: which one did it best?

Steve Howe (Yes), John Wetton (King Crimson), 
Geoff Downes (The Buggles, Yes) 
and Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake & Palmer) 

George Harrison (Beatles), Bob Dylan (solo career), 
Tom Petty (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers), Jeff Lynne (ELO) 
and Roy Orbison (solo career)

Ted Nugent (Amboy Dukes, solo career), Tommy Shaw (Styx), 
Jack Blades (Night Ranger), and drummer Michael Cartellone

I'll be back with results on the 21st of October...I swear I will. But these fine folks still need your vote! Check 'em out:

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Flipping out, Cherdo

Thursday, September 21, 2017

BOTB Results: La Vitda is Definitely Loca

Who can shake his hips, move those feet, flash them guns and beat out the competition at the same time?  Your boy Ricky Martin, that's who. Shakira didn't stand a chance. Where's Al Penwasser when you need him? He is a born Shakira vote, I'd wager.  But for this time around, Ricky takes all!

No tears for you, Shakira - get on your feet for the standing ovation: to the victor goes the....whatever I should give him (but I'm not).

Sing us out, Ricky!

How did your other votes go? Scamper off to the blogs of my peeps to see how you did.  I'll be back for another battle on the 15th of October...geez, how did it get to be October?


Flipping out, in an Autumn kinda way,

Friday, September 15, 2017

Battle of the Bands: Loca, Anyone?


It's the new and improved once-per-month-on-the-15th Battle of the Bands! YASSSSSSS, Lord!

As always, this lovefest blogging event was first introduced by our friends, Fae and Stephen, and I'd like to give a heartfelt "thank you" to the one and only: Fae @ Far Away Eyes (out of sight, but never out of ind!) and Stephen T. McCarthy presents... (my brudder from anudder mudder, praise the Lord).

Whazzup: Our battles take place once a month on the 15th! On the 21st, come on back! That's when I return, total all of the votes, maybe even add my own tie-breaker, and announce the winner. 

For this month, I've got a theme (it may be repeating in my life, too, but that is another story). One man's crazy is another man's ....vocation? Passion? Celebration? Who can say, crazy is so pathelogically personal. So many hours to fill with delusion, confusion, and allusion. Most of us can recall a time in their life when another person's crazy stepped on their own personal crazy and that may have been one of the "zones" I am moving away from right now. Again, I scream: YAAAAASSS, Lord.

In the meantime, why not celebrate crazy? Here's two well known artists who not only recognize crazy, but celebrate it with a decent beat and a whole lotta attitude. If I had a channel of just these kinda tunes, I'd embrace loca every day of the week. 

Interesting fact: every "loca" song involves wearing less clothing per square inch. The more you know... (That wouldn't work in my personal loca world, as my responsibility to the world is to keep Cherdo under as much fabric as humanly possible to prevent mass hysteria. But, I digress. Wasn't there a song in this conversation somewhere...oh, there he is...Ricky, if you please?).

"Living La Vida Loca"



To recap:  He's living la vida loca. She's crazy...but YOU like it. Dat enough loca for ya?

Then, do your duty, my peeps. Analyze the offerings and then check out the other bloggers (the ones who do this well) and I'll see you on the 21st with the Results of the September 2017 Battle of the Bands.  

Then take a rest. Print out this coupon and use it. It's good in all 50 states and countries that use/acknowledge the Euro or Yen.  私はあなたを忘れていない

Till then...
Flipping Out Daily, 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

BOTB Results: "It's Too Late"

Stop the press!

These two were neck and neck all the way and in the end - BAM! A tie. So, it falls on me to break the tie and I think I'll go against all tradition and LET IT STAND.

Let's be honest, I can't have any ill will between me and the likes o' Amy Grant or Gloria Estefan. Number 1, Amy Grant lives about an hour away and I dig her hubby, Vince Gill, too. It wouldn't be neighborly. Number 2, I like to travel, I know very few people in Miami, and Gloria Estefan would be just the kinda of gal pal I'd want to call to hang with while cruising the steamy streets of southern Florida. The last thing I need to happen is to have Gloria bring up the issue of the Great Battle of the Bands 2017 Tie Breaker Resolution, have her PEOPLE giving my PEOPLE grief, tears and streaming mascara, yada yada yada....

SING US OUT, GALS! Show me a different tune and no hard feelings. Something you OWN!

Amy Grant: "Baby Baby"

Gloria Estefan: "Conga"

Don't you feel better about the whole deal when you hear these songs? Come on, you DO and you know it. 

This will make you feel even better:  check out the other bloggers (the timely ones) and I'll see you on the 15th of next month for the next Battle of the Bands.

Flipping Out Daily, 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Battle of the Bands: "It's Too Late"

"Forgive me, Father Gary, for I have sinned...I actually had another Battle of the Bands to post yesterday, but I got tied up and didn't do it. In my shame, I felt compelled to re-do it and pay homage to lateness."

Friday, July 21, 2017

Battle of the Bands Results: "Always On Your Side"

Well, that was a close one! If you were in on the voting, thanks so much. But nothing can knock Sheryl Crow and Sting off of their perch. It might have helped if I had remembered to say "don't vote for the original, just the contenders." This is an example of what one might call "rusty blogger syndrome."