Monday, October 15, 2018

Battle of the Bands: God Save Queen Battle


Oh, sweet-peeps, we are heading into a Queen tale on the big screen as Rami Malik attempts to embody the late, great Freddie Mercury. God Save (the) Queen! Will he pull it off? Will Stephen T. McCarthy's 8 Ball chime in?

All hail my dear friends, FAR AWAY EYES (never gone...never forgotten...NEVAAHHH!) and STEPHEN T. McCARTHY. This is our game plan: a new Battle gets posted on the 1st and 15th of each month and results appear magically six days later, on the 7th and 21st, when I add my own humble and unroyal vote to break a tie (if necessary), math it up, and announce the winner.

What would Freddie say about all this? Who wants to live forever...on film? I suspect he would; he always seemed to crave the audience's attention and delight in the way he would control their responses. 

THE ORIGINAL: BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY



The original, the iconic, BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY is the tune to beat for this battle. Who dares challenge such a powerhouse? Wayne and Garth?

CONTENDER #1:  PANIC AT THE DISCO



Are instruments required for this battle? Aw, heck no! Next up.....

CONTENDER #2:  PENTATONIX


How much of a purist are you? You have to admit it takes guts to take on a classic. In two versions that are very close to the original, which one do YOU prefer? Come on, you can tell me, your ole' pal Cherdo...but I won't keep it a secret!

Speakin' of secrets I won't keep...there are some great battles that need your input. Click on the links below and give them your two cents or more. Round it up to a nickel, we're a wild bunch.  See you on the 21st with the outcome!

43 comments:

  1. Howdy, DOC MacSIS ~
    Put me down for PENTATONIX, even though I still say it sounds like something your doctor would give you an injection of to prevent you from coming down with a bad case Cameraitis.

    I liked how they changed the song up a bit - a twist here, a dip there, a whatchamacallit in the corner pocket. Whereas the first group - although they did it really well - sounded too much like a note-for-note reproduction to score my vote. If I want to hear the song identically done, I'd just play my Queen album, because they get it perfect every time. (No. I don't really have a Queen album. C'mon!!!)

    I had never even heard of Pentatonix until the creation of BOTB. But I know Robin used them a few times, and so have others. And I gotta say, for a group I'd never heard of... until I did... they're quite good!


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

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    1. I'm slow on all the replies! I dig Pentatonix but I'm just getting into Panic at the Disco, too!

      A VOTE FOR PENTATONIX! Thanks, Stephen!

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  2. The only one of the 3 (yes, 3) that I liked at all was Pentatonix!!

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    1. Well, there ya go!


      A VOTE FOR PENTATONIX! Thanks, Fran!

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  3. I'd have to say Pentatonix. They have the best sound and the fullest.

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    1. You have to admit - they're tight.


      A VOTE FOR PENTATONIX! Thanks, Alex!

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  4. I was listening to some healthy eating doctor yesterday who was saying that processed meats are bad for you so you should limit your intake. That's kind of the way I think of Pentatonix--nice to listen to, but highly processed. It's fun and pleasing to the ears, but I'm not going to give them my vote.

    I like having the instruments so give my vote to the faithful recreation by Panic at the Disco. They do a great job with this.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. I'm really starting to like Panic at the Disco. They slid under my radar for a while.

      A VOTE FOR PANIC! Thanks, Arlee!

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    1. I like a gal who knows what she wants.

      A VOTE FOR PENTATONIX! Thanks, Evil One.

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  6. I'm impressed with the Pentatonix version so I vote for them!

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    1. Debra, that's a solid!

      A VOTE FOR PENTATONIX! Thanks, DSWS!

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  7. OK Panic is live. PENTATONIX is recorded. Panic's lead singer butchers the the song horribly. I like the original best. I think I have the album but I would have to look for it. But for this battle PENTATONIX gets my vote.

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    1. Well, live might earn a few brownie points with some...

      But not you, Mike! You're a purist who can't be swayed. A VOTE FOR PENTATONIX! Thanks!

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  8. Cherdo,

    This is not one of my favorite Queen songs. It was a bit hard for my brain to decipher my likes and dislikes of each version. Panic is live and Pentatonix is recorded. In the end, despite Panic's vocals sounding less superior than Pentatonix and their less flamboyant mewsical arrangement edged out their competitor winning me over. Give my vote to PANIC AT THE DISCO!

    Come by to vote in my BoTB when you get a chance, dearie ;)

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    1. To be sure, my friend! I think I already did!

      A VOTE FOR PANIC! Thanks, Cathy!

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  9. Hey Cherdo!
    So good having you back in the BOTB craziness! Wow, you're right: this is a tough song to take on in a cover.
    Although I've become a recent fan of Panic at the Disco after an introduction to them not too long ago and the fact that they did a great job taking on the Queen in this cover of Rhapsody, I didn't care for the vocals at all.

    Pentatonix, on the other hand, shines with their vocal harmonies in this cover. They are an amazing group of singers who always blow me away with their talents. They did a fantastic job with this Queen classic. And of course, I'm tossing my vote to them.

    Great battle Girl! I really enjoyed both covers.
    Have a great week,

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. Anyone covering this has to brace, in my humble opinion. After that, the talent better kick in, big time.

      A VOTE FOR PENTATONIX! Thanks, Michele!

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  10. Pentatonix's version is absolutely amazing. They get my vote here.

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    1. I'm here to serve, Sir John!
      A VOTE FOR PENTATONIX! Thanks!

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  11. Yes, after a second listen I agree that Pentatonix is my favorite. I like the different harmonies.

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    1. What's not to like? A VOTE FOR PENTATONIX! Thanks, Janet!

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  12. Pentatonix- good ol Texas group!!!

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    1. Girl, I've missed ya! Hope all is well in the big T. A VOTE FOR PENTATONIX! Thanks, Holli!

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  13. Pentatonix for the win !
    Love Panic at the Disco name, but the lead vocal was weak (?) not sure about the correct term.

    cheers, parsnip and badger

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    1. Amen, this is a landslide! And not in a "Stevie Nicks" way, either.
      A VOTE FOR PENTATONIX! Thanks, Gayle!

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  14. It's Panic At the Disco for me. Pentatonix were okay, but one needs the full experience to enjoy Bohemian Rhapsody.

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    1. Live music does have it's advantages, too.
      A VOTE FOR PANIC! Thanks, mARY

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  15. While Pentaeonix did a LOT better than I would have believed- Panic gets the vote.

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    1. And who I am to deny you?
      A VOTE FOR PANIC! Thanks, Chris!

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  16. Panic at the Disco gets my vote there version is so fun! Great battle

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    1. You got it, buddy!
      A VOTE FOR PANIC! Thanks, Mike!

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  17. Pentatonix (Contender #2)all the way.

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    1. Not half way...no sirree. A VOTE FOR PENTATONIX! Thanks, Mirka!

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  19. My vote to Panic at the disco sounds as good as the original. Very emotional, gut-wrenching, now if you'll excuse me I have to curl up on the shower floor.. and cry in sweet catharsis.

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    1. Crying? There's no crying in the Battles! (Say in your best League of Their Own, Tom Hank's voice). A VOTE FOR PANIC! Thanks, G Dogg.

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  20. My vote goes to Panic at the Disco who gave a great rendition of this classic. Pentatonix is a group I just can't enjoy. I try every single time and, at the start, I think they are pretty good but by the end of the song, I just want it to end.

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    1. I've heard similiar things from others. You love Pentatonix or you pass 'em by. No middle ground.


      A VOTE FOR PANIC! Thanks, Birgit!

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  21. Hi Cherdo; Sorry I missed this earlier! Trying to get back into the blogging groove after a long break. Pretty gutsy to take on such a classic! I have to give it to Panic at the Disco. Pentatonix didn't appeal to me that much. There's still time to vote in my BOTB as well. Have a good weekend!

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    1. I thought you were still traveling, girl! What a FANTASTIC trip that was; I'm so jealous. Good to have you back.


      A VOTE FOR PANIC! Thanks,

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  22. السلامه عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته نحن فى شركة الكمال نقوم بافضل واقوى المبيدات العالميه الموجودة

    التى تقضى على جميع الحشرات الطائره والزاحفة وابادة الحشرات
    شركة مكافحة حشرات بالطائف
    شركة مكافحة حشرات بجازان
    شركة مكافحة حشرات بحائل
    شركة مكافحة حشرات بحائل
    والسلامة عليكم وحمة الله وبركاته

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