Monday, June 15, 2015

"Torn" BOTB: Ednaswap, Natalie Imbruglia and Lea Michele




Stephen T. McCarthy's Battle of the Bands!   And darn if I'm not on board this crazy train. 

Okay, here's my submissions for June 15th. I'm a big fan of the song "Torn" and boy, it's been done by a lot of people. Who's the cover and who's the original?  Most people would guess Natalie Imbruglia was the original, but they'd be wrong. 

As I lined up covers, I decided they all sounded like pop to me now; just to highlight that point, let's throw Lea Michele in the mix, too.  

American alternative rock band, Ednaswap, included the 
song "Torn" in their debut album (1995). 



Natalie Imbruglia unleased her version of "Torn" in 1997. 



Even Lea Michele did "Torn" on Glee in Season 4...




Who did it better and why?

BOTB occurs on the 1st and 15th - then check back for results on the 7th and 21st of the month. Let the games begin (of course, I alphabetized it). If I missed a new participant, I'll add you as we go along.

49 comments:

  1. Good morning, dear Cherdo! I was afraid you were gonna be a no-show on this important day of the month, Battle of the Bands day. This was an easy vote for me because I squirm when I am required to listen to female pop divas. Ever notice how many chick flicks, date movies and episodes of scripted television dramas with women as lead characters end with a song of this type? Therefore, I proudly cast my vote for Ednaswap because they give the song an alt rock treatment and make it more palatable for those of us who are hooked on the hard stuff.

    Thank you and happy Monday to you, dear friend Cherdo!

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    1. I kinda cringe on the soft chick takes on music, too. But I'm going to try and do different genres and get outside of my comfort zone. If you haven't checked out Janie's yet, you'll love it.

      My post didn't show up in the reader, so I pulled it and tried to figure out why. In the end, I left it for morning. See what the years have done to me? I'm a quitter...a fake...a loser...a late-poster...what is my reason for living?

      Oh, yeah...it's this magnificent cup of java I have and Shady Dell Knight's Music and Memories. Now my head is on straight again. That was close.

      Are ya burning up in Shady town yet? We're looking at 100. That is gonna melt our mountains.

      Have a good day and wear that sunblock (SPF 100).

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    2. Really? 100 degrees today in the Knoxville area? Wow! It rarely gets to 100 degrees in Central Florida, even inland where I used to live. Here along the coast it is much cooler and there's always a delightful breeze blowing in from the Gulf. Wish you were here, dear friend!

      Yessum, I visited Janie's battle first thing this morning and enjoyed it. I can't wait to see my comment and the others when she finally gets around to publishing them 23 hours from now! (LOL)

      Have a great day, kiddo!

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  2. I like Natalie, and the backup band.

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  3. I totally Natalie was the original for this song. Very cool to learn this today. I really like all the versions. Lea Michelle really does have an outstanding voice but I think I will go with Edna Swap. I've never heard of her but I like the edge she gives to it.

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    1. EDNASWAP: Check!

      This is my pop offering of the month, ha ha. I do like Ednaswap, too. I like them all for one reason or another, though I do the "chick in a box cringe" at a lot of young female singers. Somewhere, there is a machine popping them out....trust me on this one, Holli...

      Thanks!

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  4. I like the second one best because her voice is very smooth.

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  5. I have to go with number 2, came off a little better than the rest I think.

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  6. As someone very familiar with the Natalie Imbruglia version, Ednaswap was just too different. I didn't really like the singer's voice. The arrangement was harder than I liked. Just not it.

    I don't watch Glee (which shocks me a little since being in Chorus was such a big part of MY high school life), but I don't, so this was new for me. I really like Lea Michele's voice. In some ways, I think it is just a bit more melodic or prettier or whatever than Natalie Imbruglia's voice. I also like what they did with the end of the song, layering her voice. No one harmonizes better with you than YOU. I also like that by concentrating strictly on the vocals that song went down to just over two minutes (mostly since there wasn't all that much exciting in Natalie's longer version in terms of the instruments).

    I thought I'd probably vote Natalie out of familiarity (and likability), but I preferred Lea Michele. I'm shocked!

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    1. Again, I feel a clone attachment. I was in a choir that was pretty much my obsession in high school, yet I could not get into watching "Glee." I tried. There are a few songs they did that I've caught on YouTube and I liked.

      LEA MICHELE: Check! Thanks, Robin!

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  7. These are all very good versions.

    The recordings from Glee are consistently outstanding from everything I've heard. Lea Michele's version is of the usual high quality of the songs from that show, but I'm going to disallow this one as slick prefabricated music.

    I've always liked Imbruglia's version of this song. It's slick and well performed and produced.

    I'd never heard the version by Ednaswap, but I really like it.

    Maybe because it's new to my ears and it's very well done but I'm going to vote for Ednaswap.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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    1. It's always interesting to me to see all the "versions." Especially when I didn't realize how many versions were floating around out there.

      EDNASWAP: Check! Thanks, Arlee!

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  8. Yep, I thought Natalie's was the original. Hopefully it's not bias, but I still vote for her. Ednaswap's version is not bad but just not as good, and as for Lea Michele, well, I just hate that breathy little girl voice.

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    1. ...but ya gotta have a mix, ha ha.

      NATALIE: Check! Thanks, guys!

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  9. I like them all; but maybe Lea Michele's rendition best.

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  10. Hmmm, all pretty "pop"-like (not my favourite genre), but at least Ednaswap has stronger vocals and an edgier sound. They get my vote. ☺

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    1. Score one for EDNASWAP! Check! Thanks, Debbie.

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  11. I have to vote for Natalie because when her video came out Favorite Young Man said, She is so hot.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. NATALIE: Check! Thanks, Janie-poo!

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  12. Lea Michele only because the music is fuller and there is more harmony.

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    1. LEA MICHELE: Check! Thanks, Mike.

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  13. Ok, so all the voices (even the two in the Glee version) sounded so similar that it was just.. I don't know. Anyway, for nostalgia value I'm voting for Natalie Imbruglia.

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    1. Chicks playing it safe tend to sound the same.

      NATALIE: Check! Thanks, Madilyn!

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  14. I had a 'oh this song' moment... my vote goes to Natalie!

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    1. NATALIE: Check! Thanks, Mary...I have those moments, too.

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  15. DOC CHERDO ~
    Being "Mr.-Outta-Step-With-The-Times", this song is totally new to me. And therefore, I'm coming into the Battle with no preconceived ideas about it and the "Familiarity Factor" doesn't exist in my voting.

    I thought the first version was pretty good - had a slightly hard, ragged edge that seemed alright - and I thought it might get my vote. But then Natalie's version I liked even better because she has a clear voice and modulates it well.

    There was something about Lea's voice that didn't appeal to me, a kind of "pinched" quality at times and what seemed like a "put on" rasp or something on some words.

    So, in the final analysis, I'll give my vote to Natalie (whoever she is).

    Good Battle, as you've got votes falling every which way!

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    1. NATALIE: Check! Thanks, Mr. M.

      I'm thrilled that you didn't know this song. I'm trying to pull things that aren't on my regular play list or are of a different genre from what some of the other folks are doing. I like when something is new to you.

      I'm pretty happy that votes are all over the place.

      Have a good day, Battle Master M!

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  16. Wow, Natalie and Lea Michele sound so similar! My vote goes to Natalie Imbruglia: she does it more passionately, in my opinion. Great song!
    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. NATALIE: Check!

      I think they are all similar, but it's interesting to see how many people have a visceral reaction to one over another.

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  17. Glee girl was trying too hard to sound like Nat, IMHO. Which was smart on her part, because Nat put the most into the song. Nat for me.

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    1. NATALIE: Check!

      You're probably right, Chris!

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    1. Come on, Stephen...you can vote...I have faith in you...do it, come one, do it....

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  19. I am actually going for Ednaswap! I like the harder edge to this song and the musical instruments along with her edgy voice. They get my vote. I have to say I liked Lea Michele's version. There seems to be a big fad to hate her voice and I think she is good and I like her 2nd to Ednaswap

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    1. EDNASWAP: Check!

      (You're right about Lea Michele...it's weird how people gang up on someone they don't even know.)

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  20. My vote goes to Natalie. It's the song I'm most familiar with and I have always loved that version. Kind of hard to change my mind at one listening to two other versions.

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    1. NATALIE: Check!

      Yeah, the one that charted usually pulls the most votes.

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  21. Hmm, all three sounded much the same. But I think I liked Natalie's softer voice best.

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  22. Cherdo - oh wow! Great song and yes, they all smack of pop. I like the alternative rock some, but get lost in the music. Suddenly I'm not listening. Sounds crazy - that's my day. I guess I'll go with my fave - big time fan of Lea, even though she sounds like a cover of Natalie. But I do like Lea doing the dualing duet . LOL

    I vote for Lea Michele. Super tough choice.

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    1. LEA: Check!!

      There's very few genres of music that don't have something I like - even classical. Maybe I'm flaky. Solid possibility.

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  23. YIKES! It's taking me so long to get around to all of these BOTB's that you've already covered this over with not only one but two posts. Well, anyway...I've got a vote for you.

    All three of these sounded pretty much the same as far as arrangement, so I'm voting for the voice that I like better. I'm most familiar with Natalie's version but, I found that I liked Endaswap the best. Lea's voice had that high school girl singer quality that is good enough for the local musical, but just doesn't quite cut it in the world of professional singers (of course, isn't that what Glee is all about.)

    give my vote to Endaswap.

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    1. EDNASWAP: Check!!

      I'm willing to wait for your vote, ha ha.

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  24. Ednaswap gets my vote. They had a little different sound with a bit more rock in their version, at least in my ears.

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    1. EDNASWAP: Check! Voting closed! LOL.

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Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo