Friday, March 15, 2019

Battle of the Bands: The Blame Game


The Democrats...the Republicans...the Christians...the Muslims...the rich...the poor...the students with SAT/ACT scores that stink...the parents that buy them a better score (hey, it's not like you can just create your OWN good score, right?). 

Gawd, there's plenty of blame to go around...wait...did I hear music?

This is the BATTLE OF THE BANDS, folks. We proudly blame this funfest on FAR AWAY EYES and is currently maintained in the center ring by dear STEPHEN T. McCARTHY (my brudder from anudder mudder). IThe mighty Battle gets posted on the 1st and 15th of each month and results appear magically six days later, on the 7th and 21st. You then vote in the comments below and tell me which tune is your favorite and why (if you want to elaborate). If it's absolutely necessary, I add my own humble vote to break a tie and announce the winner. Then you CAN blame me.

Let's look at three very different tunes that conjure up the word "blame" in three different ways. And, as always, I gotta ask: which is your favorite? Why? Share your thoughts, my peeps.


 CONTENDER #1:  
HOWARD JONES
"No One Gets the Blame"



 CONTENDER #2: 
CALVIN HARRIS
"Blame"



 CONTENDER #3: 
GEORGE EZRA
"Blame It On Me"


Remarkably, this Battle reminds me of our media coverage: no one gets the blame, blame it on every outside factor (but personal choice) and last, but rarely, okay...blame it one me. 

Cherdo's Observations: Howard Jones, your hair has to obey the laws of gravity, just like everything else. Calvin Harris, that's a lot of underwear just to sing a song. George Ezra, I still can't believe that low voice is coming out of you. You look like my old paperboy who had a voice like Buffy from Family Affair. Back to biz...

If you hate every one of these tunes, blame it on me. 'Cause I'm a stand up gal. I can take it. The buck stops here. But first, pick the one you hate least OR (hopefully), vote for that gem you like the most. 

Are you done? Nawwwww, what about my peeps? Check out these fine battles and give them your two cents. We all appreciate it. See you on the 21st!


28 comments:

  1. You found a good one that I haven't heard in a while. Howard Jones is #1. Recorded in 1986. Hardly ever played anymore. Who's to blame for that? Not Cherdo anymore. I could still play air instruments to this.

    Calvin Harris, great video. Song? Not so much. So open one window and play Howard. Then open another window for Calvin and turn the sound off.

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  2. Lots of blame being flung around, these days, and nobody wants to own up. As for the songs, 1 and 3 were pretty good, but 2 - not my taste at all. Slight edge to Howard on this one; probably because it was more familiar.

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    1. And Howard was a cutie patootie, in a middle class punkrock way.

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  3. Howard Jones gets my vote hard to top that one.

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  4. I enjoyed all of these for different reasons. #3 was a good song and was definitely the best video--what fun! #2 was very good as well. #1 gets my vote as far as just the music. It's the one would probably have the most staying power for me as an aural experience.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Yeah, I've said it before: I never use songs I actually hate. Sometimes, I'm not fond of the videos for the songs.

      But Howard Jones...how could you not like him?

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  5. >>... Cherdo's Observations: Howard Jones, your hair has to obey the laws of gravity, just like everything else.

    So, speaking of super-stupid band names, there was 'Spock's Beard' and 'Natalie Portman's Shaved Head'. I propose some bad band complete the trinity by naming themselves 'Howard's Hair'.

    Just because his name is Calvin doesn't mean that Calvin Harris' video needed to look like a Calvin Klein commercial, does it?

    That leaves GEORGE EZRA, whom I don't really have anything snarky to say about so... he gets the vote. (Poor guy was having a "mucho Mojitos!" kind of day.)

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Stephen T. McCarthy Reviews...'

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    1. Somehow, I knew your one and only BOTE would not go to Howard; he didn't seem like the kinda artist that would float your boat. And he has to stay away from water with that 'do.

      But George Ezra...I like him, too. That voice! And the dude is English...also a surprise.

      Thanks, brudder!

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  6. thank you for no. song. Love it.
    have a great day

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  7. Your observations made me chuckle.
    None of them really stood out so I'll go with Howard Jones since it was the most familiar.

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    1. I aim to please, my friend...I aim to please.

      Howard thanks you and he'll take it any way he can get it.

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  8. Big HJ fan so the vote goes there. But I know I've heard the GE song somewhere else... I can't shake the feeling that someone covered it, but no idea who.

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    1. Go Big (HJ) or go home! I'll have to see if the Ezra song was a cover...I thought it was original to him, but whatta I know?

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  9. I love Howard Jones' tune, nice and smooth. I like Calvin Harris' song, great dance music. My vote goes to George Ezra. I do not like that video at all. First time hearing his voice. It's a great song, sung by one perfect voice. This guy is going places! My vote is for #3.

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    1. Oh, I do love George Ezra, too. Thanks, Jade! Good to see a new commentor. I hope to see you again!

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  10. Of the three, I found Howard Jones's voice the least annoying, so I'm going with him.

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    1. If "least annoying" is all you got, we will gladly go with that,John. :-)

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  11. I'm going to give my vote to Howard Jones for the nostalgia factor, although George Ezra did an alright job. Calvin Harris should just give up. His 15 minutes of fame were over long ago.

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    1. Calvin Harris, you have been warned. Mary ain't kiddin', brother.

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  12. Cherdo,

    I have you to know Howard paid good money for his hair to defy gravity. Sometimes my hair looks like his without trying. The good thing is, I like the volume as long as I can control it better than Howard's hair stylist. :) Calvin is a smart boy. He knows that sex sells. Put some hot lookin' babes in underwear and you have a winner mewsic video. :) I hear ya about George. Isn't that interesting how the voice sometimes doesn't match the person. Noone likes to be the cause of the blame, to get blamed rightfully or not, or have to admit to the blame. I believe I like HOWARD JONES song the best 'No One Gets the Blame' which is totally unrealistic because someone always does get the blame. Cool battle!

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    1. You are so right! There's always a scapgoat for blame...or someone who actually deserves it. And sister, there is plenty to go around.

      I'm no prude, honestly...but I'm a little tired of all the overt sexuality in music. Just sing, people. (Thanks, Cathy)

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  13. Hmmmm I love the Howard Jones version because that's what I heard going through the 80's but I do like George Ezra's version so i'll go with George to be different.

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    1. Be different, girlfriend! I think that you can't lose with George and Howard will weather it fine.

      Hope all is well with you, Holli! :-)

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  14. This time I'm not voting, just listening and applauding.

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