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?


CONTENDER #1:
ASIA
Steve Howe (Yes), John Wetton (King Crimson), 
Geoff Downes (The Buggles, Yes) 
and Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake & Palmer) 



CONTENDER #2:
THE TRAVELING WILLBURYS
George Harrison (Beatles), Bob Dylan (solo career), 
Tom Petty (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers), Jeff Lynne (ELO) 
and Roy Orbison (solo career)


CONTENDER #3:
DAMN YANKEES
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

42 comments:

  1. The Traveling Wilburys gets my toes a tappin'.

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    1. Boy, that's the truth. They have a special mix, indeed.

      WILBURYS! Thanks, Mike!

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  2. Asia hands down. I liked Damn Yankees, but not that song.
    It doesn't seem right that Richards is still alive and kicking but not Petty, does it?

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    1. Amen, how did that happen? Keith is immortal, I'm sure of it.

      ASIA! Thanks, Alex!

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  3. My dear friend, Cherdo, how are you doing? Getting back into the BoTB groove is slow coming. I'm sorry for missing your last couple of rounds and hopefully I won't make this mistake (probably will) again. Anywho, I enjoyed all three bands. Until a few years ago, I didn't know some of my favorite groups were composed of established artists (solo or bands) like ELO and The Traveling Wilburys. Now, you've added two other new bands to this list. I think I'm going to give my vote to those Darn Yankees! ;)

    Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree #BoTB showdown

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    1. It IS a slow roll, for sure. I'm having trouble with my back and sitting in front of the computer (which I do all day at my job, by the way...). Breaking it up into small, managable time periods isn't working well. Something else always gets in the way!

      DARN YANKEES! Thanks, Cathy!

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    1. DAMN YANKEES (with reservations...).

      Thank you, Roth!

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    1. CAN'T GO WRONG WITH A WILBURY! Thank you, Evil One!

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  6. Most of the time it would be Damn Yankees. Today the Wilburys.
    I'm enjoying your blog.

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    1. Thanks, Debi! Appreciate the thought, girl.

      WILBURYS, it is!

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  7. The Traveling Wilburys, of course! All those great sounds mixed together. A group made of artists, each one unique.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. It's a lot of ego and talent in one room, eh? Hope you are well, Janie-poo.

      WILBURYS! Thanks, Janie!

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  8. No question for me. It's definitely the Traveling Wilburys. Here's a fun fact: The music video for "End of the Line" was filmed after Roy Orbison's death in December 1988. To honor the loss, a shot of a guitar sitting in a rocking chair next to a photo of Orbison was used when his vocals are heard.

    Good battle!

    ~Mary

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    1. Roy was definitely gone too soon. I was just getting into him in that second act of his career.

      WILBURYS, it is! Thanks, Mary!

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  9. Did you know that two weeks ago 58 people went to see Jason Aldeen and woke up to the most amazing Tom Petty concert ever. Wish I had come up with that all on my own, but alas I lifted it from a friend.

    Gotta be the Traveling Wilburys!

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    1. ...works for me! Tom Petty gone - that's a hard one to swallow. Loved him and the Heartbreakers.

      WILBURYS, it is! Thanks, FAE!

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  10. Damn Yankees, I don't like band members who have longer and better hair than me, Traveling Wilburys are always great but I will vote for Asia.
    Why not ?

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. So many things to consider before you vote, ha ha.

      ASIA, it is! Thanks, Gayle!

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  11. Asia...love that song, so it gets my vote.

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    1. A vote from WV's finest mama! Been watching your posts...wow, that's all I can say. Prayers for you all.

      ASIA! Thanks, Elizabeth. Go get 'em, girl.

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  12. Wow, great concept, great battle. Don't even have to play these contestants! Actually owned all three. Heat Of The Moment came at a special time- a time when it came roaring in against a music landscape I was losing hope for. It brought back that hope. Asia for me.

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    1. Truth be told, I love all these songs - BIG TIME.

      ASIA! Thanks, Chris!

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  13. Though the other two are fine, for me the Wilburys top them all.

    A vote for Travelin' Wilburys.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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    1. The line up of the Wilburys is hard to beat.

      WILBURYS! Thanks, Lee!

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  14. Hey Cherdo.
    How fun: a Super Group battle! Love it! Awesome concept. And I really liked being reminded of who all made up these excellent super groups. Thanks for that!
    I like the Damn Yankees but for this battle, my choices boiled down to Asia and the Travelin Wilburys. Both powerhouses and both fantastic songs. In the end I'm casting my vote for those Travelin' Wilburys. The End of the Line has been playing in my head for the last few weeks since TP's passing: you may remember my 4M post back then was a tribute to Tom Petty and I chose the End of the Line as the final song in my playlist: it felt fitting. I wonder what kind of jams Roy, George and Tom are putting together up there these days???

    Anyway, really fun battle Cherdo.
    Have a great week,

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. Hey, at least they have three jammin' Wilbury's up there. Dylan and Lynne can't pull that off as a duet, though.

      Thanks for the kind words, Michele - and another vote for the WILBURYS!

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  15. DOC MacSIS ~
    Clever idea for a "Twisted BOTB"!

    Funny, when the name John Wetton gets mentioned, I don't think of either King Crimson OR Asia. I think of Uriah Heep. He was in that band, too, for the couple of years I was into them.

    You've got a good, competitive Battle going here, and I'm a-gonna contribute my part in the service of THE TRAVELING WILBURYS.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    STMcC Presents 'Battle Of The Bands'

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    1. Brudder o' mine, you nailed it - Uriah Heep! I didn't think about that one at all. Duh. I thought this battle would be closer than it has been! Who knew? In the end, a whole lotta folks agree with you: WILBURYS!

      Danke, danke, o' partner in crime.

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  16. Asia will always have a place in my heart but... George.

    So, #2 all the way.

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    1. I feel ya, Squid (I don't get to say that phrase often, so I like to use it when I can).

      WILBURYS, all the way! Thanks, Squidiffer!

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  17. Sheboyganboy Sixgun McItchyfinger the SixthOctober 18, 2017 at 11:47 PM

    I rarely make it 'round to any battles except StMcC and Lee's, but I heard the Wilburys were here!

    I was never a Damn Yankees fan, but I liked Asia. I still own the album and this featured song, which i like.

    But the WILBURYS! Love all their stuffs, and to my ears they clobber the competition in this fun battle. Very sad that Tom Petty is gone. I think that now that he has passed, McCarthy and I will have ZERO rock music in common!

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    1. I'd recognize a STMcC refugee anywhere and I'm glad to have ya. Apparently, you're not the only one who thinks they slay the competition.

      WILBURYS! A genuine Sheboyganboy vote on the Flipside! Thanks, buddy!

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  18. I like Damn Yankees, but that song not one of my faves. So, it was between Heat of the Moment and End of the Line. I hadn't heard Heat of the Moment in a long time. I'd honestly forgotten how much I like it. However, in the end, The End Of The Line can't be beaten. I just love it. Dang, I'm gonna miss Tom Petty.

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    1. Tom Petty...soooo great. Irreplacable. Damn the Torpedoes was my first Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers album and I loved every song and played it to death.

      WILBURYS! Thanks, Robin!

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  19. End of the lIne for me..I might be too late in Voting but I’m still here. I love The Travelling Wilburys and this is one song that I just love everything about it especially now that another great has left us. The first song I know well and enjoy it but the last song I didn’t care for and I despise Ted Nugent with a passion!

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    1. Not too late, girlfriend! I'm doing my count on the 21st today (busy week). This is a great song and all the artists look so at ease while they are playing. Didn't anyone tell them they were legends.

      Ted will be heartbroken. (insert smirk)

      WILBURYS! Thanks, Birgit!

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