Thursday, March 15, 2018

The Greenest Battle of the Bands Ever

What could be better than an Irish battle of the bands? How about an actual knock down, drag out? Who would want to be in such a whallop-o-looza? 

As always, this love fest is the product of my friends, FAE (never absent in my heart, always in my prayers, and just one heck of a gal and she'd make a great Irish lass) and Stephen T. McCarthy (might be Irish...there are telltale signs...). I'm a once a month participant on the 15th, and returning on the 21st with results of YOUR voting, so let's get this show on the road.

Go ahead, guess the top three Irish singers/bands. Neuro synapses can be created with this simple exercise of mental recall (according to me). As much as I hate to reference the big wigs, here I go: according to Billboard, the top ranking Irish artists are U2, Gilbert O'Sullivan (not even his real o'name), and Sinead O'Connor. 

Let's pit those big boys (and girl) against each other and see what shakes out, for the love of St. Patty.

CONTENDER #1:
U2
"With or Without You"
Peak date: 5/16/87


CONTENDER #2:
GILBERT O'SULLIVAN
"Alone Again, Naturally"
Peak date: 7/29/72


CONTENDER #3:
SINEAD O'CONNOR
"Nothing Compares 2 U"
Peak date: 4/21/90


Ha! How will they do? Will someone walk away, head handing low, too big for their great green britches? Will I have to call the WAAAAmbulance?

Time to vote, peeps! Bono vs Gilbert O vs Sinead O....you decide the REAL top irish artist. Vote as many times as you like, as long as you like the number one. Then visit the rest of the gang, who are ALL irish on the 17th, I swear on me mudder's potato recipe.


Happy St. Patrick's Day, too - I've got to have a jump on everyone else, I started two days early.
Hugs, Cherdo


30 comments:

  1. What kind of site is that anyway? Where's Van Morrison?

    Sinead is definitely out for me as I don't care much for her and I don't like the way she does this song.

    The other two are really disparate choices. I generally like U2's music but between the songs here I have to go with "Alone Again" because I have kind of a soft spot for that one and I used to hear it on the radio a lot during an interesting time of my life.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. THANK YOU. I said the same thing and I was actually looking for someone to battle against Van Morrison or Glen Hansard when I found the list!!

      A VOTE FOR G-O!

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  2. All three good songs. But GILBERT O'SULLIVAN wins my vote. Maybe it's because it takes me back.

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    1. Yaaassssss...there was a time when those opening bars of piano were everywhere!

      A VOTE FOR G-O!

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  3. U2 hands down. Not their best song, but can't beat that sound.

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    1. It's haunting, right? That's what I love about THAT version.

      A VOTE FOR BON-O!

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  4. Cherdo,

    What a fun battle with three good songs!

    I knew right away which song would be my pick after I hit play. The 70s produced some excellent mewsic. Give my vote to Gilbert O'Sullivan with "ALONE AGAIN".

    You're invited to check out my latest BoTB!

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    1. And, by the way, your latest offering was fantastic!

      A VOTE FOR G-O!

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    1. Some folks aren't crazy about that video, but I actually like the close up and emotion of it.

      A VOTE FOR S-O!

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  6. >>... and Stephen T. McCarthy (might be Irish...there are telltale signs...)

    DOC MacSIS, indeed I do have some of that green blood flowing through my veins, but for the life of me, I can't imagine what may have tipped you off! GOL!! (GUFFAW-OUT-LOUD!!)

    Alright, this one was a slam dunk for me. I listened to parts of the U2 and Sinead recordings just to be able to say I played fair and gave them a chance. But, truthfully, I think U2 is probably the single most overrated band of all time, ever, whole the world. Never an ounce of variety to their songs, same guitar tone over and over without any display of actual notable musical ability on the fretboard, and Bono's singing which sounds like just some normal dude singing to himself in the shower.

    Sinead... OK, whatever. Not bad, not good, just there.

    Now then, GILBERT O'SULLIVAN and 'ALONE AGAIN (NATURALLY)'. One of the saddest songs ever recorded, and it would make my 'All-Time Favorite Songs' list. Even the short version of that list. I give it an "R", which on my own personal grading scale (borrowed from my Pa, may he rest in peace) is the only mark above an "A+".

    Thanks for the great laugh and the great tune, Friend O'Mine!

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

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    1. Ha ha ha...I knew you'd like the tip o' the hat to your inherent Irishness.

      Yes, Gilbert O'Sullivan was such a part of my radio obsession back in the day. My Da (see what I did there?) had a friend who re-filled the jukeboxes and we got the old 45s. Practically wore out Gilbert on this one.

      Brudder O'Mine, I'm chalking one up as A VOTE FOR G-O!

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  7. Such a great unique battle!

    Like the others, I think U2 is highly overrated. I do enjoy Gilbert O'Sullivan, and the song does manage to transport me to a simpler time in my life. That being said...

    Sinead O'Connor has always managed to capture my full attention with this song. Her voice brings out the emotion of the song for me.

    I'm going to give my vote to Ms O'Connor.

    Hope to see you over at my place. I've got Three Dog Night taking on Leo Sayer.

    ~Mary
    Jingle Jangle Jungle

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    1. Your battle was dang near perfect.

      A VOTE FOR S-O!

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  8. I love U2 and love this song and that unique sound The Edge (dumb name) does on his guitar so they get my vote. Sinead is so good and emotional and I always liked the song by Gilbert O'Sullivan but U2 wins it for me. Nice to see you here and hope you are doing well and your son is too.

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    1. All is well here, Birgit - hope it is the same with you! Finally getting to the point of calmness. I can see it on the horizon. Thanks for asking, my friend.

      A VOTE FOR BON-O!

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  9. Easily Gilbert. Showing my age.

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    1. How can a person not like Gilbert, at any age? He's a gem.

      A VOTE FOR G-O!

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  10. Sinead O'Connor has a gorgeous voice, but I didn't care for the way it came out in this video, as if it had gone thru a chorus pedal or something, so she's out. Still, I prefer her to U2, who for various reasons not related to their music I don't like, and besides, this is one of those songs that got played into an EBS Special for me when I first moved to Atlanta, at a time when I was seriously questioning my decision to move here.

    Which leaves Gilbert O'Sullivan, né Raymond Edward O'Sullivan (so he, like me, is as Irish as Paddy's pig) doing a song I heard a lot when it was popular back in the Seventies but I never got sick of. He gets my vote here.

    Incidentally, when talking about an Irishman named after The Emerald Isle's patron saint (or the patron saint himself), it's Paddy, not Patty. The Irish spelling of Patrick is Padraig. Patty is a girl's name. Sorry, but it drives me nuts...

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    1. I'm sorry I drove you nuts and I hope it was a long drive.

      A VOTE FOR G-O! Can't go wrong with that!

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  11. Gotta be U2 for me. Not a fan of Sinead and I just had enough of Alone Again. Nice battle.

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    1. She is no slacker on the pipes, that's for sure.

      A VOTE FOR S-O!

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  13. Wow, that was kinda weird. I read Hulk's comment and I had deja vu...I said to myself, "I think I just read that, didn't I?" so I scrolled up and sure enough, Hulk stole Mary's comment, just keeping the middle two sentences. What's up with that?? I ran into that back during the A-Z and found it so annoying. Why would anyone do that? Is it a bot or what?? Anyway, that just "captured my full attention", so to speak. :)

    Girl! This is a great battle with three awesome songs! I love how you did a St Paddy's theme with three Irish artists. Nicely done! And I gotta say, I'm having a hard time deciding which one I like better. I really am. (oh, off topic kinda: I liked how you have U2 and then Sinead's song is 2 U...Am I just picking up on weird shit today?? Lol).

    Okay, I gotta work out my vote here. I LOVE LOVE LOVE U2. If there were ever an opportunity I would so marry Bono. I understand that some folks are all anti-U2 but I really like their music and a whole lot more about them. So U2 is a strong contender.
    And then you throw in Gilbert O'Sullivan! Wow, I haven't thought about Alone Again, Naturally in some time. I recently heard "Clair" and "Get Down" but can't remember where but it was here, online, blogging. Great song. He had some ups and downs in his career (namely getting ripped off by a manager/record label) but came out okay. That song really takes me back.

    When I saw Sinead O'Connor as a contender I figured it would come down to U2 and O'Sullivan for me but geez, I love her Nothing Compares 2 U song!
    So I went back and listened to all three again and have narrowed it down to Gilbert and Sinead (I think because the U2 song I've just heard so much and it's so accessible in that it's still frequently played on the radio; yes I still listen to actual radio when I'm driving around!).

    So...I guess I'll go ahead and give my vote to Gilbert, only because I hardly ever hear that song...and it really takes me back to a really great time in my life.
    But Honestly, I could've just as easily voted for Sinead and felt good about it too...

    Excellent Green Battle! I definitely enjoyed it.

    Thanks for stopping by at my battle. I haven't yet responded to comments, I don't think, but I will.
    Feel free to stop by my Monday's Music Moves Me post today for my Gold edition...

    Have a great week,

    Michele at Angels Bark



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    1. Oh, girl, we are so on the same page. I mention this often, in a non-bot way, but I usually ONLY use songs I like. What a concept, though; I'm always happy with the final result - bwahahahaha.

      True U2 haters abound, but I like them. Love "One" and I even love the video (it's intimate, ya know?). I don't care how many times they play and over play their tunes; I can change the station. Likewise with Sinead O'Connor. And Gilbert O'Sullivan...he was just good and you wanted to wallow in his heartache and acceptance of his fate with him.

      I have a Clair story: I loved that name and swore I'd name a child "Clair." Then I hosted a party with a boyfriend and we both filled the guest list with people we knew together or just personally. A cute girl came up to me the night of the party and asked for me to point out...ME. She was looking for this my boyfriend's girlfriend (moi) and informed me she was determined to steal him away from the girlfriend no matter what. Her name was Clair. I was a bit ticked and shared my innermost feelings (ha ha) with her; she ruined my Clair fixation.

      A VOTE FOR G-O! And I'm late with my totals...

      Thanks!

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    2. oh lordy! I gotta hear the end of this story Cherdo! So what did that Clair say to you when you ended up telling her that YOU were her fixation's girlfriend? Did you tell your boyfriend of her intentions? What happened to her? Did she fade into the woodwork and slink back to her fantasy world or did her crazy kick in and she try to be devious and competitive? Sometimes women are notorious and they completely voilate girl-code. I've never trusted other women when it comes to men. I think there are a lot of women out there who are so desperate for a man that they'd stab their best friends and seduce their men.

      Anyway: Do tell! :)

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  14. Three-way tie for me. All good, but nothing great. maybe I'm a sour-sport because I came so late...

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  15. I insist on loving you anyhow.

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