Sunday, March 1, 2020

Battle of the Bands: A Challenge in Honor of (hic) St. Paddy's Day and the Like


As always, a big thank you to FAE (faraway eyes) for the original creative spark that started what would become the Battle of the Bands and to STEPHEN T. "Brudder!" McCARTHY for hosting and keeping us on track. My personal Battle gets posted on the 1st of each month and results appear magically six days later, God willing. Several of the battling buddies post on the 15th also, so make sure you check them out!

First of all, let's review the challenge posted by dear, ole' Stephen T. McCarthy of Battlin' bloggers' fame, on the occasion of my LAST battle wrap-up:


Stephen T. McCarthy, February 22, 2020 at 2:07 PM:
Pretty decent Battle, vote margin-wise, DOC CHERDO.

You've done this before, huh? This warn't yer first rodeo, wuz it?

Hey, see ya again March 1st-ish.  I'm trying to decide what to do in my next Battle. And since Saint Paddy's Day is next month, I've thought that maybe you and I should team up to do Irish singers / musicians and tell some of the old wild 'n' crazy 'n' embarrassin' drinking stories from our rebellious youts. (You got any? ;^) If not, I'll rent you one of mine at a special low "Green Beer" rate of only $1.99 per day. Because that's just the kinda friend and brudder I yam!)
~ Stephen

DogGtor of Alcohology & King of Inebriation Nation

CHERDO: "Uh...yes please."

STORY HOUR WITH MS. CHERDO
Rebellious youts? Of course, I've got a tale or two, but I must see your ID to make sure you're old enough to hear them. After all, I grew up during the rule of DISCO, where everything you did had a two drink minimum and that was the one peer pressure "thing" I caved on. 

Now, young Stephen T. McCarthy has given me the impression that he is the expert on rabble rousing and bar hop-o-pedia. You may think that I'm going to pull out a shocking tale of debauchery that will be whispered about for years to come; perhaps a night in the lock up or forgotten, blacked out weekends.

I got nuttin' like that, but I do have one story that we still laugh about amongst my Ohio pals...and it involves "the drink." 

Cindy, my dear pal, and I had just experienced a horrid week, stressful and pushing all the buttons. We've all been there at one time or another, I'm sure. It was Saturday and a gang of musicians were at her house and we set off to the grocery store to by supplies to whip up a meal. 

Along the way, we decided that we'd stop at The Lodge, a local tavern, and have a beverage.

You must understand this: we were BOTH the non-drinker kind of drinkers. We liked our drinks in beautiful pastels with umbrellas or skewered fruit, you savvy? In fact, when I used to have to deal with the "two drink minimum," I usually let my buddy pick for me or I ordered the first thing that came to mind because I really didn't like ANY alcoholic drink but I was stupid enough to drink them to fit in to the scene, so to speak. So screwdrivers, rum and Coke, mimosas, anything I'd heard of before might be my order...but not because I actually liked it. I knew very little about drinks and drinking and as a result, I was also the first one to get snookered because of my lack of expertise, shall we say.

On this particular evening, we decided to follow the suggestion of a friend who told us: "The Lodge has really good Long Island Ice Teas."  

The website www.liquor.com says this about the Long Island Ice Tea: "On paper, the Long Island Iced Tea is one hot mess of a drink. Four different—and disparate—spirits slugging it out in a single glass, along with triple sec, lemon juice and cola? The recipe reads more like a frat house hazing than one of the world’s most popular cocktails. And yet, somehow, it works."

Uh...I didn't know any of that at the time. It just sounded harmless and we had a small amount of time, so as we reviewed Hell Week in conversation as we slurped down an awfully large Tom Collins glass of the legendary Long Island Iced Tea. Wow. It hit me all at once and I was rubber-legged.

Believe me, friends of Blogland, when I say I staggered out the door...shocking, really, if you don't know the Long Island Iced Tea recipe but you better believe I looked it up later: vodka, rum, tequila, gin...OH MY. It's no wonder I was the one-drink-drunk. 

Off to the grocery store we went; at this point, we were in a bit of a hurry. Rounding the corner of one of the aisles in the store, we saw a huge display made of canned goods. HUGE. It was pretty cool and I think the words "pretty cool" were still hanging in the air as I bumped the base of the display and it all came tumbling down. The noise seemed to go on forever and the cans rolled so far away from original location that it was really quite impressive. Cans were everywhere...like the store was suddenly filled with them. I thought the stock boy was turning blue; his mouth just hung open and he stared at the can carnage...it was a Libby's Libby's Libby's Humpty Dumpty scenario. No chance at putting it back together again.

We said "sorry", paid for our minimal purchases, and left. We should have walked home; seriously. And no...I never did go into that store again.

The End.

[I learned to order Seven-Up with lime...it looks like a drink. Bam. Take that, peers. Who's walking a straight line now?]

ON TO THE BATTLE!
IT'S IRISH VERSUS IRISH VERSUS IRISH! 

The song that every Irish lad and lass knows: Whiskey in the Jar.  It's rock versus folk versus travelin' show! 

CONTENDER #1: DUBLIN'S OWN THIN LIZZY



CONTENDER #2: THE IRISH ROVERS



CONTENDER #2: CELTIC THUNDER(2016)


You know that St. Patrick would be proud.

Enough about me and my misspent yout...these fine bloggers have battles that need votes as much as mine! So, tell me which one you prefer and maybe even why you prefer that particular version and hurry on down to the other battlin' bloggers.

We will all see you back here on the 7th. 


32 comments:

  1. All three versions are top rate, but if I were rate them from least favorite to mostest bestest I'd start at the the bottom and go upward to the top last.

    Thin Lizzy was definitely my favorite here. I don't recall having heard this version by them, but I really liked it.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Ain't nuttin' wrong with a bit o' Thin Lizzy for St. Paddy's Day...

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  2. Interesting battle here, Cherdo! I agree with Lee that they are all great contenders. I had a hard time choosing, but in the spirit of the Irish, I'm going with Irish Rovers.

    ~Mary
    Jingle Jangle Jungle

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    1. I'm likin' all the Rover-love I'm seeing, Mary B. :-)

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  3. Where's the Metallica version? That would be my pick. Of the three though, I'd go with Celtic Thunder.

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    1. They didn't meet the criteria of " Irish singer or musician." But I definitely liked their version. 😊

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  4. I am very much a traditionalist when it comes to Irish folk music -- I vote for #2, The Irish Rovers, all the way on this one!

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    1. How can one not love the Irish Rovers? Traditionalist or not, they folk-rock.

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  5. DOC MacSIS ~

    ROLLIN', ROLLIN', ROLLIN'
    KEEP THEM CHICKPEAS ROLLIN'
    RAWHIDE!


    Sounds like some of those cans rolled all the way to Long Island!

    I think we now know the origin of those famous admonishments:
    DON'T DRINK AND SHOP!
    and
    DRINKING AND CANNED GOODS DON'T MIX!

    Was that the flashpoint which eventually led to the formation of that activist group M.A.D.S. - Mothers Against Drunk Shopping?

    Well played, DOC!

    Based on what I wrote in my own BOTB installment, the "smart money" would be on me voting for Thin Lizzy here. But... sometimes the "smart money" is wrong.

    I definitely most enjoyed the ramped-up tempo and whistlin'-like sound of THE IRISH ROVERS. I'd knock back a few pints with them boys any time!

    I can't begin to 'splain this, but for some reason I suddenly have a strong urge to watch (for the 101st time) the fantabulous John Wayne movie 'THE QUIET MAN'.

    ~ Stephen
    DogGtor of Alcohology &
    King of Inebriation Nation

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    1. You know, the Irish Rovers don't get enough respect on this side o' the ocean. I'm sure they appreciate your vote and are currently raising some kind o' glass to their ole' pal, Stephen O'McCarthy.

      John Wayne is a lot easier to take with a sassy Irish gal pal, ya know? He needed one in every movie...except maybe not True Grit...

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  6. Oops! Back again because I forgotted to checkmark the "Notify Me" box.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    STMcC Presents BATTLE OF THE BANDS

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    1. Notify you, indeed! I'll need a W-4 for that job.

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  7. I'm a bit of a traditionalist, so give my vote to the Irish Rovers.

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  8. I really liked #3 but for this song on St. Patrick's Day, # 2.
    parsnip

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  9. I can’t believe you managed to shop after having Long Island Iced Teas! I brought new meaning to “slipping off the stool” and there wasn’t anything remotely alluring – or graceful about it ;-) Thankfully, I’m a fast learner, but they really should add atomic hot sauce to those drinks so they don’t go down so easy.

    Interesting Irish song choice. Both Thin Lizzy and Celtic Thunder could easily call up a thirst for whiskey in any container ; -) But, I could practically hear tiny black buckled boots clicking in celebratory rhythm to the Irish Rovers authentic sound. A vote for the Irish Rovers, please ;-)

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    1. Diedre, I can't believe I lived my life without knowing what the heck was in that drink. It wasn't pretty...and we cooked afterwards, too...and giggled A LOT.

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  10. The first two are like two different songs. The third is like a combination of the first two. I'm voting for Thin Lizzy. I like the guitar part better. Now I'm going to listen to the Metallica version. .... .... I'm back. Thin Lizzy still wins.

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    1. Metallica was interesting, I'll give them that. I actually liked it, probably because of the song.

      Thanks, Mike!

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  11. And here's an interesting music article.
    https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/music-copyright-algorithm-lawsuit-damien-riehl-a9364536.html

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    1. WOW. Maybe the melodies are just math...I actually like that, as I've often thought "how in the world can you be sure that melodic line in your head is totally original?" When I hear that a musician has been sued for "the like" I rarely feel like he or she was trying to pull a fast one.

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  12. Cherdo,

    Like you, I never cared for the taste of alcohol but had the occasional drink to blend in with the gang. That's really a stupid thing to do but you gotta find yourself when you're young sometimes. I'm just happy that it was something that didn't stick with me. Thankfully, I don't even have mishap as yours to happen to me. That would really scar me to feel like the way you described.

    Now onward to your battle at hand...I'm really quite surprised to find myself voting for Thin Lizzy because I was certain I'd go with one of the others but it's TL's style and song that won me over. I really wanted to like Celtic Thunder but they didn't have near the personality as Thin Lizzy.

    Great battle and fun story! Stop by when ya can to vote in my Mad World BoTB Showdown, my dear. Have a good week.

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    1. Cathy, I figure I'm not missing a thing by passing up each and every opportunity to have alcohol. At this age, I'm pretty safe to say I'll go straight to the entrees on all menus.

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  13. I forgot that St. Patrick's Day is coming up. It is on the calendar at the school I work at, but with all this fear of coronavirus and the panic over the weekend, it has been easily forgotten. (I am safe here in Japan, although there is no toilet paper and soap at the moment. I still have to go to work as my workplace is classified as a private daycare. Though, it might change if Shinzo Abe declares a state of emergency).

    I am not much a drinker either. I drink here and there, mostly fruit drinks or wine. But I cannot down one glass. It will take me forever to drink one. My go-to "drink" is Peach ice tea. And if I get from a friend, which is super rare, my go-to relax drink is Snapple.

    Great story and battle! I am going with Lizzy as I am digging their retro rock groove.

    https://ailovemusic.net/hello-projects-color-battle-20-years-later/

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    1. My friend in Japan is super worried about the virus! He was way too excited to find a face mask at the 7-11!

      Stay healthy, friend!

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  14. Fun story! Long Island Iced Tea is a staple at our house in the summer. ☺ As for the song, my favourite version is by Metallica, but I'll take Thin Lizzy as the next choice. Cheers! 🍹

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    1. You're not the only one! But Metallica wasn't Irish enough for this round. Thanks, Debbie!

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  15. My own misspent youth was spent drinking a good bit more than what you've described, and I couldn't hang with Long Island Iced Tea. I was out after a few sips because not only did it not taste like iced tea, it just didn't taste good to me at all. Though I have a feeling that if i"d drunk the whole thing, it would have tasted better as consumption went on. And I'd have been a one-drink drunk as well. I also once tried something called a Flaming Dr. Pepper. No, it did not test like Dr. Pepper at all, only like smoke.

    Anyway, fantastic battle you got there! All of these were so good in their own way, but THIIN LIZZY gets my vote because it's my favorite.

    Kim

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    1. I will say this about The Lodge's Ice Teas: they tasted great. If they didn't, you couldn't have gotten me to finish it. Score one for The Lodge, gone but not forgotten.

      My mom was addicted to Dr. Pepper...we might have talked her into that one.

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  16. You are funny and how embarrassing to have that huge pyramid come crashing down. I love it! Sorry:) Gosh, back in the day, I remember have 3 or 4 Long island Ice teas along with screwdrivers and even a couple of bloody caesars. Yes, all in one night of fun...the next day, not so much but I could rally as could my friends. Now you would need to dig a grave because i would never get up again. Oh I give the battle to the Irish Rovers which made me tap my foot in happiness

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    1. Solidly in the non-drinking tribe, couldn't do it then...never would now!

      If we told stories about coffee...well, I'm your Huckleberry! In fact, I'm sitting in an office, waiting for a diagnostic test and all I can think is "dang, I wish I was allowed to have coffee this morning..."

      The Irish Rovers are doing well this battle. Thanks, Birgit!

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