After a long struggle with pneumonia complicated by asthma, I’m finally feeling somewhat normal again and posting more regularly. It’s good to be back! My last BOTB was a month ago. How time flies when you’re
having funsick and miserable.
BATTLE OF THE BANDS
BATTLE OF THE BANDS (BOTB), hosted by Far Away Series and 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.)
Since we’ll be attending “The Who Hits 50” concert tonight, and it’s Roger Daltry’s birthday, I’ve chosen one of their songs. Not just any song, but a rebellious anthem for my generation, the Baby Boomers.
Roger Daltrey – lead vocals, guitar, harmonica / Pete Townshend – guitar, vocals/
Zak Starkey – drums / Simon Townshend – guitar, backing vocals /Pino Palladino – bass guitar
[reference only – please do not vote on this one]
The Who are an English rock band that formed in 1964. Their classic line-up consisted of lead singer Roger Daltrey, guitarist Pete Townshend, bassist John Entwistle, and drummer Keith Moon. They are considered one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th century, selling over 100 million records worldwide and establishing their reputation equally on live shows and studio work.
Pete Townshend wrote this on a train ride from London to Southampton on May 19, 1965 – his 20th birthday. In a 1987 Rolling Stone magazine interview, he explained: “‘My Generation’ was very much about trying to find a place in society. I was very, very lost. The band was young then. It was believed that its career would be incredibly brief.” Townshend wrote this for rebellious British youths known as “Mods.” It expressed their feelings that older people just don’t get it. He called My Generation “The only really successful social comment I’ve ever made.”
The song was released as a single on 29 October 1965, reaching No. 2 in the UK, the Who’s highest charting single in their home country and No. 74 in America, where they were lesser known. “My Generation” also appeared on The Who’s 1965 debut album, My Generation (The Who Sings My Generation in the United States), and in greatly extended form on their live album Live at Leeds (1970).
The foregoing serves as background information only.
Now, on to the actual contest……
Hollywood Vampires is an American rock super-group formed in 2015 by Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry to honor the music of the rock stars who died from excess in the 1970s. The band name derives from The Hollywood Vampires, a celebrity drinking club formed by Cooper in the 1970s whose members included Ringo Starr and Keith Moon.
They have released one studio album, Hollywood Vampires (2015), featuring guest appearances by Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Joe Walsh and Dracula star Christopher Lee, among others. “My Generation” is the 3rd track.
Slow Feet (a play on Eric Clapton’s nickname, “Slow Hand”.) is an Italian blues/rock band founded in Milan, circa 2005. Their debut album, Elephant Memory was released in 2007. “My Generation” is the 1st track.
Information on this band is skimpy, but there is a Facebook page.
Please state your preference in comments below and why you chose it.
Click on your preference here too:
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Voting remains open until midnight ET, Mar. 6
after which I will count the votes, add mine and publish the results.
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 / Far Away Series** / J.A. Scott / Janie Junebug Righting & Editing / Jingle Jangle Jungle / Mike’s Ramblings / Novel Brews / Quiet Laughter / ReInVintaged / Sound of One Hand Typing / StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands** / Tossing It Out / / Your Daily Dose
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Until next time.
♫♪♫♪♫ Rockchick Rapture!