Greetings from sunny California!
It’s time for another edition of Battle of the Bands
BATTLE OF THE BANDS (BOTB), hosted by StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands. is where you listen to different recordings of the same song and vote for the one you like best. Two “Battles” per month, on the 1st and 15th. Votes will be tallied and posted the following week. (See below for further details.)
I chose this song in honour of the great Burton Cummings, whose fabulous one-man show we attended last week and also because I’m currently in America.
[reference only – please do not vote on this one]
“American Woman” is a song by the Canadian rock band The Guess Who (principal composers Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman), from their sixth studio album of the same name, released in January 1970. The single and its B side, “No Sugar Tonight“, both reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
The song’s lyrics have been the matter of some debate, often interpreted as an attack on U.S. politics (especially the draft). Jim Kale, the group’s bassist and the song’s co-author, explained his take on the lyrics:
“The popular misconception was that it was a chauvinistic tune, which was anything but the case. The fact was, we came from a very strait-laced, conservative, laid-back place (Winnipeg, Manitoba), and all of a sudden, there we were in Chicago, Detroit, New York – all these horrendously large places with their big city problems. After that one particularly grinding tour, it was just a real treat to go home and see the girls we had grown up with. Also, the Vietnam War was going on, and that was terribly unpopular. We didn’t have a draft system in Canada, and we were grateful for that. A lot of people called it anti-American, but it wasn’t really. We weren’t anti-anything.”
The foregoing serves as background information only.
Now, on to the actual contest……
Leonard Albert “Lenny” Kravitz (born May 26, 1964 in Manhatten, NY) is an American singer, songwriter, actor and record producer, whose “retro” style incorporates elements of rock, blues, soul, r&b, funk, jazz, reggae, rock, pop and ballads. In addition to singing lead and backing vocals, Kravitz often plays all of the instruments himself when recording.
He won the Grammy for Best Male Rock VocalPerformance four years in a row from 1999 to 2002, breaking the record for most wins in that category as well as setting the record for most consecutive wins in one category by a male.
His cover version of “American Woman” won him another Grammy in 2000 and helped The Guess Who’s song reach a new audience. It originally came from the soundtrack of Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and was added to his 1998 album, “5” as a bonus track in 1999.
Devil’s Train is a hard rock/metal band based in Germany, with members from Greece, Germany and Scandinavia. Originally formed as a side-project, the band has now recorded two albums and is working on a third. “American Woman” is the last track from their self-titled debut, released in 2012.
Please state your preference in comments below and why you chose it.
Voting remains open until 11:59 pm EDT Nov. 6th,
after which I will count the votes, add mine and publish the results.
Speaking of voting, since I’m in the thick of all the election hoopla, just a little reminder, America.
The whole world is watching!
These are the other BOTB regulars and semi-regulars.
Please cruise on by their sites and, if they have a post up, vote on their selections as well:
[Check back – there’s no set posting time]
Angels Bark / Cherdo On The Flipside / Curious as a Cathy / DC Relief BOTB / DiscConnected / J.A. Scott / Janie Junebug Righting & Editing / Jingle Jangle Jungle / Mike’s Ramblings / Pedestrian Writer / Quiet Laughter / Sound of One Hand Typing / HOST: StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands / Tossing It Out / Your Daily Dose
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Until next time.
♫♪♫♪♫ Rockchick Rapture!