Sunday, May 15, 2016

BOTB: The Battle of the Unknowns


This music blogging event was first introduced by our friends and I'd like to give them a heartfelt "thank you":

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. 

One hit wonders are not uncommon and everyone has a few favorites. I'm no different. Couple that with my age, the fads I've lived through (Disco? Hello?), and my love of acoustic guitar and bam -- Paul McCrane's hit "Is It Okay If I Call You Mine?" was destined to appear on the Battle of the Bands. You may remember this tune from the movie, Fame. Or you may not. 


Next question: who will be the contender? Can anyone stand against the mighty-ish Paul of McCrania? Okay, I jest. Anyway I spin this, it's a battle of unknowns. I kid you not: very, very few singers are covering this song unless they are relatively unknown. I've done the leg work...it's a vast, black vacuum of worthwhile covers...except for one fellow and I can't find out anything about him except that he is Canadian.   


CONTENDER #1: PAUL McCRANE



CONTENDER #2: RVQ



Now comes your part: vote for the one you like most and if you want to tell me why, go for it. If you just one to write one word: I appreciate that, too. Heck, if you just step in this accidently and don't want to comment 'cause you're on the way to your nappy nap - snooze away!

But if you love the Battle of the Bands, there's more where that came from:


See you back here on the 21st!

49 comments:

  1. I do remember "Is It OK" from Fame. That was a film I related to when it came out since I was doing the touring show at the time. We listened to that soundtrack album many times as we rolled down the highway in my van. It's a nice song.

    I much preferred the Paul McCrane version as the other seemed too karaoke to me.

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

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    1. Thanks, Lee! I remember when this movie came out like it was yesterday. Most of my friends were in deep into music and theatre. Fame was one of those musicals where we knew every song.

      A VOTE FOR PAUL!

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  2. Well, I saw the movie Fame, and I do not remember this song. It must not of made any impression on me. But out of the two versions I listened to, if I were going to listen to this, I'd choose the Paul McCrane version. The second one is nice, but just lacks a little something.
    Barbara, blogging at Life & Faith in Caneyhead

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    1. That seems to be a common thing! See? He was an unknown even though he had one of the main roles, ha ha. Some things just go under the radar like that. Thanks, Barbara!

      A VOTE FOR PAUL!

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  3. The Paul McCrane one has more authenticity; I go with it.

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    1. In the film, he really embodied a marginalized character of that era and I always found this song to be sadly touching.

      Thanks, Poptart!

      A VOTE FOR PAUL!

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    1. Then I will register A VOTE FOR RVQ!

      I'm having a love-hate relationship with the tight facial view but I love his voice.

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    1. You're experiencing the same feelings as I am: a little unsure about the perspective. Thanks, Chris!

      A VOTE FOR RVQ!

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  6. Although I saw the movie, I didn't remember this song. RVQ sounded better to me.

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    1. Again, Paul McCrane just blended into the film. He's known and unknown at the same time, lol.

      A VOTE FOR PAUL! Thanks, Debbie!

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    1. Mike?... MIKE! Oh, sorry, you did vote...go back to nappy-nap.

      A VOTE FOR RVQ!

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  8. I didn't care much for the song or for either of the contestants. Based purely on sound quality, RVQ did this a little better, so I'm voting for them.

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    1. And I'll take that vote, John! Thanks.

      A VOTE FOR RVQ!

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  9. I do remember Fame—loved it, actually—but I do not remember this song. How sad is that, haha... It's not really my cup of tea, though (maybe that explains the memory gap?), but I slightly preferred RVQ's version. You know, if I was on a deserted island with only one song, etc. etc.... :D

    All joking aside, Cherdo, great battle. And great research, too. I had a tough time finding contenders for my own battle... Apparently there are only two covers of the song I featured. (Which is, also apparently, one more than for yours, haha.)

    Have a great Sunday, my friend!
    Guilie @ Quiet Laughter

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    1. This is cracking me up that people totally missed this song and yiddle Paul singing his heart out, ha ha. The storyline with this character is key to the movie and I always thought this scene was one where I just wanted to go: "Awwwwwww...come here and let me hug you, man."

      A VOTE FOR RVQ!

      Thanks, my friend!

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  10. I like Paul McCrane's version better. Although both are good and both are enjoyable. I just liked Paul's better...
    Good battle, especially because there aren't many covers available, you found a good one. It's a hard decision really but I'm giving it to McCrane.

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. I'm trying to dig in a little more with the songs I pick. I find the big hits and the obscure ones are both pretty good targets, IMHO.

      A VOTE FOR PAUL! And thanks, Michele!

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  11. Howdy, Neighbor! What's shakin'? :D This is a new one on me. I don't remember the song or the artist and I did not see the movie. I'm three for three. Paul McCrane was good, but I actually preferred contender #2. Why? Simply his vocals sounded better to my ear, but the way he sung the song with such warmth touched my heart. Please give my vote to RVQ! Good battle. Thanks for the song intro!

    Urgent #BoTB showdown

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    1. Howdy doodle, right back at ya, CK! I'm a-packin' up my abode and trying to minimize the collective flotsam of my life as I prepare to move in June. Gonzo will be out of commision post-op, so I have to get it in shape while he can help. Insert a little sense of dread here...middle aged lazy, ha ha.

      A VOTE FOR RVQ! Thanks, Cathy!

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  12. Both are great versions. I like RVQ's just a little more, because I like the way he sung it better. Now, with that said, will he stop freaking staring at me? It's getting weird, bro.

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    1. RVQ can't stop looking at you - and really, can you blame him? You're giants among cartoon men; hence, it will always get a little weird around you.

      Thanks, buddies: A VOTE FOR RVQ!

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  13. Cherdo - I don't recall this song but it has nice lyrics and gentle tune. For me it was a matter of which voice to choose. The two versions are so close.

    RVQ takes my vote!

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    1. They are really close, I agree! As I said, it's the battle of the unknowns.

      Thanks, Dixie! A VOTE FOR RVQ!

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  14. I don't know this song at all. I am basing my vote purely on audio, as I think the video for RVQ is a bit creepy.

    RVQ's vocals sounded just a bit smoother to me, so I am giving him my vote.

    Mary
    Jingle Jangle Jungle

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    1. Right across the board, the video is not popular. I'm glad his voice makes up for it somewheat. And thanks, my friend!

      A VOTE FOR RVQ!

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  15. This is a close one for me, Cherdo. I had to go back and stop/start them both for a bit in order to get some sort of sense of it (because at the end of the first listen to both it was a tie). I think Paul McCrane edges out RVQ... mostly because RVQ didn't do enough different with it to make it his. He didn't do it better than Paul. Or even different than Paul. So Paul remains the victor for me.

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    1. Agreed: so close. This is one of those times when you project a certain emotion on this performers, too. RVQ is more pleased; McCrane is more lonely and melancholy, to me.

      Thanks, Robin! A VOTE FOR PAUL!

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  16. I prefer RVQ because, even though it is very similar to the first one, there just seems to be something a little extra to it and if you ask me what...I can't find the right words:)

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    1. Girl, we just like what we like, right? Appreciate you!

      A VOTE FOR RVQ!

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  17. I don't remember the song, but I haven't seen Fame in years. I vote for Paul McCrane because of the sweet wistfulness in his voice.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. It's perfect for the next movie night! You could get up and do the whole theme song and the scene where all the kids pour out into the streets, only with added dogs! What's not to like about that plan?

      A VOTE FOR PAUL! Thanks, Janie!

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  18. I second what Janie said !
    I vote for Paul.
    Scrambling to visit my friends. So busy with thehamish.

    cheers, parsnip and thehamish

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    1. ...and I thank you for it! I hope thehamish is feeling better soon, that gud gud doggle. I was at an inspection for my new house and the current owners had a Scottie that was beautiufl (and Scotties were everywhere in decor!).

      A VOTE FOR PAUL! Thanks,Gayle and thehamish.

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  19. DOC CHERDO ~
    I never heard of this song or these performers before.
    I think you sh/could have titled this "THE BATTLE OF THE THREE UNKNOWNS".

    I believe the second guy has the better voice of the two and is probably a better singer as well. But... for some reason I liked the first version better.

    I think it seemed more intimate, more genuinely heartfelt.

    Both were good though.

    Also, McCrane, something about the tone of his voice and style of his singing reminded me immediately of Gilbert O'Sullivan and his (great!) hit 'ALONE AGAIN, NATURALLY'.

    And you know, when it comes to a melancholy song, it's awful difficult to beat the "Mc's" and the "O's". Those Irish blokes got a way with sorrowful songs.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    1. As one Mc to another, I have to agree. Maybe it was all the surrounding countries battering their wee island...or maybe their unfortunate choice of organ stuffed cuisine...who is to say?

      Even now, one of the things I like most about the e-world is the fact that I can listen to international radio stations AND the fact that more and more of those performers get heard across the pond. They don't even have to invade and go on Ed Sullivan (and Irish name if there ever was one).

      A VOTE FOR PAUL! (Tip o' the hat to John, George, and Ringo)

      Thanks, O'McFriend!

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  20. I have to be honest, I'm having a hard time making a distinction between the two. for that reason, I'm going to go with Paul McCrane since he originated it and the other simply copied his style much to much.

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    1. Neither performer has a vast catalog! But RVQ does seem to be channeling Paul. On the Flipside (which we are!), it just kinda seems like the song should be sung that way.

      A VOTE FOR PAUL! Thanks, Jeffrey!

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  21. This is a new one for me, but I'm going to go with the original McCrane. Clean, pure and honest sounding.

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    1. "New ones" are my favorite part of the bloghop, and new old ones...well, they got it all, right? Thanks, sweet FAE!

      A VOTE FOR PAUL!

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  22. I vote for Paul McCrane, dear Cherdo. Sending you a warm hug and much love. :)

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    1. Thank you, Linda! You know you're my dear pal always. Hugging right back! What's the weather like in your neck of the woods?

      A VOTE FOR PAUL!

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    2. Hi Cherdo, the weather is milder now, thankfully. We had a few cold days with temps as low as 3 celsius but today it is 22! Perfect weather for me. :) Love and hugs to you, dear friend. Hope things are going well for you and that the weather is nice where you are. :)

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  23. This was a tough one. I literally played one for a little bit then played the other for a little bit, and went back and forth like that till the end. With that said, my vote goes to Paul McCrane. His version just sounded cleaner and nicer to me.

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    1. Just in under the wire - I'm counting later than usual! Thanks, Chrys!

      A VOTE FOR PAUL!

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