Monday, July 1, 2019

Battle of the Bands: No Independence from Strange Covers!


Welcome to July, our celebrated independence, and The Battle of the Bands!  

A big thanks to FAE (faraway eyes) for the original creative spark and to STEPHEN T. McCARTHY for hosting this romp, month after month. May he never win his independence from this motley group of music lovers. The Battle gets posted on the 1st and 15th of each month and results appear magically six days later, on the 7th and 21st. You get the honor of casting a vote in the comments below to 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, but why sully the whole event?


Iconic songs are fun. You know what's even more fun? Strange covers...


Do we all remember Saturday Night Fever? Surely, you do!

Don't even try to claim you are a movie buff if you don't see the slim, hip, svelte torso of a young John Travolta strolling through the New York City streets each and every time you hear the opening bars of "Staying Alive," with dear old Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb giving it their falsetto best. If you don't know what I'm talking about, crawl out from under that rock and give it a listen right here.

Who in their right mind would try to cover such a gem? Well, I'll name a few...


CONTENDER #1:
DWEEZIL ZAPPA AND OZZIE OSBOURNE



CONTENDER #2: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN




CONTENDER # 3: CORY HENRY 
AND THE FUNK APOSTLES



We've got metal! Rock! Funk! One thing I'll say about these versions: they put their own unique spin on it. Gotta give the respect to the fearless musicians who aren't afraid to tackle a classic. 

Now, it's on you: Vote! Be safe out there this holiday week and God bless. 

Don't forget to check out the peeps' blogs! 



30 comments:

  1. Each one is really unique. They definitely gave it their own twist.
    Of course, I have to vote for Ozzy's version.

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    1. But of course! I didn't know about that cover and I'm a bit of a Dweezil fan. It's unique, for sure. Thanks, Alex!

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  2. Those are some pretty bizarre covers. Unique is one way to describe them. Of the three, I thought I would vote for the Funk version, but it seemed to drag on a bit too long for me. Overall, I enjoyed Ozzie and Dweezil. They get my vote.

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    1. I have to agree with you...bizarre, but interesting that they chose to cover it!

      Thanks, Mary!

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  3. I'm positively STUNNED that anyone would cover "Stayin' Alive"! And, to have three, no less! All different, too. For me, this was no contest. Dweezil and Ozzy, hands down! Springsteen: ugh, no, nyet, yuck (except for the instrumental interlude, which was good). The Funk Brothers need Bruno Mars to funk them up a bit. ☺ What a fabulous, bizarre BOTB! Congrats, Cherdo. There has to be a prize somewhere for "Most Unique" battle.

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    1. My thoughts! And all versions were so different...and definitely not disco!

      Thanks, DD!

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  4. Dweezil Zappa & Ozzy Osbourne for the best and long interlude. Although Springsteen had a decent interlude also. As far as singing, Cory Henry's girls came the closest to hitting the high notes but not quite as high as the Bee Gees. I think I just voted for Dweezil and Ozzy.

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  5. Ive got to admit that Ozzy and Dweez doing Stayin' Alive is the weirdest concept since Pat Boone donning leather to sing Dio. Springsteen was too 'square peg-round hole' for me. I thought the last one would grab me, until they got singing. My vote for O and D.

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    1. Lord, I still can't get Pat Boone out of my mind with that one...

      Thanks, Chris!

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  6. None of them are a patch on the original. I vote for NO ONE.

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  7. No one outdid the BeeGees here, but they were all okay.

    I've got to give my vote to Springsteen, not because I like him, but his version just works better for me.


    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. They never could outdo them!

      Thanks, Arlee!

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  8. Dweezil and Ozzy but only because I was the least embarrassed for them. Dweezil, Ozzy and Bruce all need to stick to their own sounds.

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  9. Cherdo,

    Oh WOW, this is amazing to know that three different bands covered any of the Bee Gees hit classics and it's hard to imagine their songs done any other way. What's even more unbelieveable is who I'm about to give my vote to because at first glance I figured I would with one of the other two but as it turns out I prefer the cover by DWEEZIL ZAPPA AND OZZIE OSBOURNE! Very cool battle, my friend. Incidentally, I'm taking a semi-break from blogging for the summer. I'll join in again mid-September with my BoTB showdowns. ;)

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    1. I'm gonna miss ya till you return! Thanks, Cathy!

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  10. I certainly remember young John Travolta striding down that New York street. I saw a documentary once about the making of Saturday Night Fever. He said people asked him how he was able to walk with such confidence. His response was that thousands of people were across the street screaming and cheering for him. As for the vote, I don't think jazz works with this song so #3 is out. Bruce's version is too much of a classical arrangement, so #2 is out. I like classical music, but not for Staying Alive. I never thought I'd write these words, but I vote for Dweezil Zappa and Ozzie Osbourne. They aren't my choice by default because I dislike the other two possibilities. I actually like their version.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. I love the logical way to arrive at your conclusion, ha ha.

      BTW, if I were JT walking down the street, I'd have a double dose of confidence, too. He was a fine looking young man, in NY, making the big bucks, getting his day on film...what's not to like?

      Thanks, Janie-poo!

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  11. Sez Doc Cherdo: "And now for something completely different..."

    I guess it's safe to assume that Captain Kirk never covered 'Stayin' Alive', otherwise it would be here? ;^)

    I gotta admit, no Ozzie fan am I, but that opening, where he applied the 'Crazy Train' intro to the 'Disco Train' made me literally laugh out loud! Funny stuffs. But then the song just went into the trite, typical Heavy Metal template.

    I dislike Bruce Springsteen so much that I wouldn't vote for him even if his version were the one I preferred here. But it wasn't, so I can ignore Bruce with a clear conscience.

    My bote, without any doubt whatsoever, goes to CORY HENRY AND THE FUNK APOSTLES. As far as my ears are concerned, there isn't even a Battle here. There's one legitimate recording versus two peculiar oddities.

    I have spoken! "So let it be written, so let it be done."

    ~ D-FensDogG
    STMcC Presents BATTLE OF THE BANDS

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    1. ....where he applied the 'Crazy Train' intro to the 'Disco Train' made me literally laugh out loud!

      That was my response, too! Spread your wings a bit, Ozzie.

      I used to LOVE Springsteen...The River album...Nebraska...now he has alienated me and I still love a lot of his old stuff but stick to the tunes, BS. Please.

      A little funk makes the world go 'round. Thanks, STM!

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  12. First, I don't even like Springsteen when he does his own stuff, let alone covers someone else.

    Both Ozzy and Dweezil and Cory Henry and The Funk Apostles did a fantastic job with this one. The former made me laugh and held my interest, the latter sounded like the song was transported back six years from when it was recorded and was done by Isaac Hayes. I'll go with Cory Henry and The Funk Apostles here.

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    1. Agreed that BS was the weakest link in this thing!

      Thanks, John!

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  13. Dweezil and Ozzie for sure! The other two had parts that I liked but the Dwozzie version I loved every bit of.

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    1. Welcome to the Flipside, Gilly, and thanks for the vote!

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  14. These were fun! Ozzie and Dweezil get my vote

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    1. Thanks, Mike! I thought it was fun, too. :-)

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  15. It's a tie for last place. I have never thought Springsteen could sing. I know, I'm banned now.
    Sorry!

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