Tuesday, September 1, 2015

BOTB: "The First Cut is the Deepest"


Jump on before crazy train leaves without you!

WELCOME TO THE BATTLE OF THE BANDS!!!

Our battles take place twice a month: on the 1st and 15th. 
The results come six days later: on the 7th and 21st. 
That's when I return, total all of the votes, including mine (if necessary), 
and announce the winner. Feel free to return and see if your choice won! 

This music blogging event first introduced by our friends 
and I'd like to give them a heartfelt "thank you":
Fae @ Far Away Eyes 
Stephen T. McCarthy presents... 

You're on the train, the music is waiting - the question is: 

ARE YOU READY?

The Original: Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam)


He was born July 21, 1948, in London, England, and given the name Steven Demetre Georgiou, but that would change. From 1966 to 1978, he was known as Cat Stevens. Religious conversion came after 1978. With his passion to know God and learn more about the Islamic faith, he was reborn as Yusuf Islam and disappeared from the music scene for many years.

But miracles do happen. In 2006, he was recording once again and in 2014, he played for American audiences once more.

"The First Cut is the Deepest" was written by Cat Stevens in 1965 and recorded by American soul singer, P. P. Arnold in 1967 - but it wouldn't be the last time. 


Cat still has IT, by the way. Time cannot diminish the impact of his sweet, heartfelt rendition.




Contender #1: Rod Stewart


Roderick David Stewart was born January 10, 1945, in North London, England. In the ranks of rock and roll royalty, Rod Stewart might be a prince...or maybe the court jester. With his unique raspy voice and custom gyrations, there's no one like Rod the Mod.

Stewart took his turn at recording "The First Cut is the Deepest" in 1976. Oh, peeps, you KNOW I was loving Rod back in the day. 

This video also shows the standard Rod moves...I hope I get to ask him about those one day.



But the way...he also still has it...



Contender #2: Sheryl Crow 


Sheryl Crow is a versatile and talented artist with a career that is shocking in it's depth. Music teacher, jingle writer, back up singer (Michael Jackson Bad Tour - not too shabby), guitarist, songwriter...she's a big bunch of wow.

"The First Cut is the Deepest" was one of her big hits. Not only does SHE still have it, but I don't really think she ever lost it.


Who did it better: Rod or Sheryl?  Does one of these able contenders jump off the page at you or is it close? Vote, peeps, vote! 

And then, head over to the other participants' blogs and take part in their battles. 

59 comments:

  1. Nice one, Cherdo. This is one of my favourite songs. ☺ Rod Stewart gets my vote - hands up, down, every which way! ♥ We've seen him live about 20 times and he always does this one. Never a disappointing performance. He definitely still has it!

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    1. ROD STEWART GETS THE VOTE!!

      I've seen him a few times, too, and he never fails to please!

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  2. I've never been a fan of this song even before I knew it was originally by Cat Stevens who I never cared much for even before he had his conversion. I guess I'm just not a fan.

    Rod Stewart doesn't do the song any favors as far as I'm concerned. Sheryl Crow takes it to a more pleasant level for me so I guess my vote will have to go to her.

    Didn't Bryan Adams have a hit with this too?

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

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    1. SHERYL CROW GETS THE VOTE!!

      I couldn't pick songs that everyone liked if I tried, but I'm glad to have your vote, my friend!

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  3. DOC CHERDO ~
    I done learned a couple things here tonight...

    I had no idea that Cat Stevens wrote this song. I always liked Cat Stevens though, but I mostly only knew (and owned) his hit songs. Some of 'em were really great.

    Rod Stewart has always kind of given me the creeps. At one time I liked his song 'Maggie May', but I finally got tired of it. The one Rod Stewart song I always did like and still do is 'The First Cut Is The Deepest'.

    I predominantly stopped listening to Rock music on the radio in about 1985, so I don't know much about hit songs that came later. Therefore, I had no idea that Sheryl Crow had a hit with this song also.

    Even without listening to radio, it was impossible not to hear her first hit, 'ALL I WANNA DO'. I did NOT like that song at all - at all! And I think that set me up for not liking Sheryl Crow thereafter. I've heard a few of her other songs here and there, and although I didn't dislike any of them the way I dislike 'All I Wanna Do', they just never generated in any interest in me.

    Her version of 'The First Cut Is The Deepest' maintains that long pattern. I listen to it and think: It's OK. She sings it well enough, but it kind of bores me. There's no real identifiable characteristic that compels me to pay attention. My mind starts to drift off to other things while she sings on.

    Rod DEFINITELY has a vocal characteristic - no one can deny that - regardless of whether or not a person LIKES it. In the case of this song, I DO like it. So... STEWART gets my vote. (But I also think he should have been put in jail for 'Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?' Ha!)

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    1. ROD STEWART GETS THE VOTE!! And yes, he should have had some kind of punishment for "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?" That is in the same category as "I'm Too Sexy" or "I Want Your Sex". Answers to Musical Questions: Kinda. No, You're Not. Too Bad.

      There's something about Cat Stevens that I have always loved; I'm a sucker for acoustic performance, too. On one of the videos I was screening, Rod Steward referred to Cat as "terrorist # 1." Poor, poor taste and uncalled for, but I guess he was referring to his problem entering the US (at one time). I don't have a problem with his conversion; we don't believe the same way but I respect him. He seems to be a genuinely peace-loving guy.

      I was always on the fence about "All I Wanna Do"... Liked it then hated it with all the overplay on the radio.

      Thanks, doggle. :-)

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  4. Never been a fan of Rod Stewart, so Cheryl gets my vote.

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    1. A VOTE FOR SHERYL CROW! Thanks, Alex!

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  5. I think Sheryl takes this one. Greetings!

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    1. Thanks, Blogoratti! A VOTE FOR SHERYL CROW!

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  6. Good morning, dear Cherdo!

    As you might have noticed, I have developed quite a passion for female vocalists in the last couple of years. I listen to female fronted bands, girl groups and solo female artists much more often than male artists. Most of the acts presented on SDMM in the last two years have been female. Be that as it may, I am not voting for Sheryl Crow in this contest because her version of "First Cut" doesn't grab me, doesn't capture the feeling and meaning of the song the way the Rodster's does. Rod nails it. Rod gets it. (Call me a prude, but I think Rod should only be filmed from the waist up to prevent women like you from experiencing dangerous heart palpitations.) In the 60s, 70s and 80s Rod Stewart was on fire. Please watch this classic performance from beginning to end when you have time:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fy2BBkzFU8U

    I might be proven wrong (BA-DUM-BUMP) but I gotta go with the inimitable Rod Stewart.

    Thank you, dear friend Cherdo!

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    1. ROD STEWART GETS THE VOTE!!

      I'm with you, we need LESS Rod bod on video. I've got to think of my cardiac health. Especially that shot of him with the guitar behind his back (the dumbest pose ever...seriously).

      The video link you supplied was the one that I remember getting all the play on TV. By the way, that is the best Rod haircut. And really...why does he ever chose any outfit that isn't animal print? There's not enough leopard print floating around. YET.

      Have a good week, SDK!

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  7. I think they both do a great job on this song. I also like Bryan Adam's version too as Arlee mentioned.
    My vote goes to Rod though. I love him. I've seen him in concert and he's a great entertainer. I love his music and yes I DO think he's sexy.

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    1. I'm getting mad at my tablet - I posted a response. Where is it??

      A VOTE FOR ROD! Thank you, sweet friend!

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  8. Being more of a Cheryl Crow fan, my vote is for her rendition. But nothing compares really to the passion of the original writer of a song...it belongs to Cat.

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    1. A VOTE FOR SHERYL CROW!

      Cat Stevens is the best; oh, I loves me some Cat.

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  9. I love Cheryl, but I must vote for Rod Stewart and that raspy I-smoked-a-pack-of-cigarettes-right-before-I- came-on-stage voice. I saw a clip of Rod doing carpool karaoke with one of the new late night TV hosts. It was hilarious! Rod was so funny. The host (can't keep them all straight since Johnny Carson retired) rolled down the car window and shouted to people, It's Rod Stewart. I have Rod Stewart in the car.

    The people in the next car were excited. Rod waved. He sang along to his songs. It was a hoot.

    I love Cat Stevens and always have.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Janie Junebug wrote:

      << The host (can't keep them all straight since Johnny Carson retired) >>

      Shirley the late night host you're thinking of is either Steve Allen or Jack Paar. They're the latest and the greatest!

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    2. Oh, that made me laugh. I know who they are, but I'm too young to have watched them on late night TV.

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    3. A VOTE FOR ROD STEWART!

      That was James Corden and Rod Stewart in the car. I laughed so hard at that one; especially when ASAP appears and they did "Everyday." So funny!

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  10. Great battle! Both versions are pretty good, but my votes going to Rod. Just that voice, man. Nice stuff, that! :)

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    1. A VOTE FOR ROD STEWART! Thanks, Madilyn!

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  11. Fellow Missourian Sheryl Crow!

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  12. I really like Sheryl Crow. However, Rod Stewart has that gravelly voice that just appeals to me. I can't help but like it. So, give him another vote. (I hate to see him steal this battle, because I think Sheryl is very good... but...)

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    1. A VOTE FOR ROD STEWART! Yeah, that raspy rock voice...awesome.

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  13. Both versions are great, but I prefer the sweet sounds of the Cat Stevens original.

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    1. Of course...he can't be touched, ha ha.

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  14. Wow, this is a tough one. I like Sheryl Crow's version but Rod's raspy voice gets me every time. My vote is going to Rod for this one. Good battle!
    Michele at Angels Bark

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  15. Lady Cherdo, I'd like to think I really understand this song, but in my world I can't say that I do. I know, I know... love, love, love..."cruel to be kind," and all that. Forget the Cat and the Crow. If anyone wants to me love again - it might as well be Rod. (LOL) Moral of the story: Share the Rod, spoil the chick! (Something close like THAT).

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    1. A VOTE FOR ROD STEWART!

      I like your style, Dixie! So much!

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  16. Right or wrong I don't like Sheryl Crow. She had a chance to to help out John O'Brien and took all the credit. It has colored my view of her. It is something I have always remembered.
    Yes I know this one incident did not lead to his suicide but his was just part of the problem that helped it along. I think possible the last straw. She seemed very arrogant about it.
    But then again what do I know.

    Plus I love me some gravely voice so I vote for Rod.
    Just no Maggie May .... Please.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. A VOTE FOR ROD STEWART!

      Wake up, Maggie, I think parsnip has something to say to you....

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  17. I'm partial to the Sheryl Crow version. She's one kick-butt woman. I always thought she lacked range...she seems to lose it on the higher notes sometimes...but when she's within her vocal range, she's amazing.

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  18. I am another one who didn't know of Cat's connection here, and frankly he'd have gotten my vote on a song it's hard to screw up. But as I've not that choice, sorry Sheryl, I'll meet you after the show but Rod gets the vote.

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    1. A VOTE FOR ROD STEWART!

      Thanks, Chris!

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  21. My vote goes to Mr Rod Stewart.. and yes, I do think he's still got it!

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    1. Lay it on me, sister! A VOTE FOR ROD STEWART!

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  22. I have vote for Rod Stewart on this one. Sheryl does a great job on the song. I like Cat Stevens version the best.

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    1. Me, too, Mike! I love Cat.

      A VOTE FOR ROD STEWART!

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  23. Rod Stewert is a great singer. I love so many of his songs. But I also love Cheryl Crow. I think when I compare the two, side by side, I like the Sheryl version the best. She's a great singer and I love listening to her. Thanks for offering this great song in the battle. :)

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    1. A VOTE FOR SHERYL CROW!!

      Thank YOU, Jeff!!

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  24. I gotta go with Rod, even though I don't think he's sexy!

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  25. Oh I was distracted by Rod Stewart's bottom:) He actually was pretty in a Caitlyn Jenner kind of way. Anyway, I am not one for Sheryl Crow's version because it never really did much for me. After listening to Rod Stewart I have a better appreciation for the song. I like his rawness of voice with this song

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    1. Bwahahahahaha.....

      A VOTE FOR ROD STEWART!

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    2. For some reason I couldn't comment at the end, but I loved Birgit's Caitlyn Jenner comparison, so I'm casting my vote here! I prefer the older Rod, because he doesn't seem to take himself as seriously now. Sheryl Crow is good, but this is Rod Stewart's song. This was fun, Cherdo!

      Julie

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  26. Cherdo, I love Cheryl Crow, but you pitted her against Rod Stewart. How on earth do I chose? Okay, I think I'm just gonna go with my immediate first impression of which artist made my ears the happiest. My vote goes to Rod! Fabulous battle. Loved it!

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    1. A VOTE FOR ROD STEWART! Thanks, Cathy!

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