Welcome to another edition of
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.)
Once again, I’m going with a popular song, using lesser known versions for the battle.
PAINT IT BLACK
[for reference only – please do not vote on these two]
Written by Mick Jagger (lyrics) and Keith Richards (music), “Paint it Black” was the first single released from the Rolling Stones 4th album, “Aftermath” in May, 1966. It reached number one status in North America as well as the U.K. and ranks #176 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Apart from its popularity, it has the distinction of being the first major hit to use a sitar. Many musicians have covered “Paint It Black”, in various genres. There’s even an Italian version, also from 1966, by singer turned record producer Caterina Caselli.
The foregoing serves as background information only.
Now, on to the actual contest……
ERIC BURDON AND THE ANIMALS
Yes, I know they were mentioned in the last BOTB post. Coincidence, or is it? 😉 Actually, this is not the same band. The original Animals broke up in 1966 and Eric Burdon formed a new group the following year, giving himself top billing. This marked a shift in sound from gritty blues to psychedelic rock. “Winds of Change” was their first album, including a trippy adaptation of “Paint it Black”, which they also performed at the Monterey Pop Festival in June, 1967. It was filmed and included in the “Monterey Pop” documentary. See it HERE. Eric later recorded a different arrangement with his new band, War, in 1970. If you’re interested, you can view it HERE, but it’s not part of the contest.
This is a popular British Goth rock band, formed in 1989, under the name “Incubus Succubus”. The incubus and succubus are mythical creatures from Medieval demonology who perform their evil deeds by having sex with their victims. The incubus is the male demon and succubus the female counterpart. Seems fitting. 😀 The group consists of two men and one woman: Candia Ridley – vocals, lyrics (contralto) / Tony McKormack – guitar, production, songwriting, some vocals / Dave Saunders – bass. They decided to change the name to “Inkubus Sukkubus” in 1995 for the sake of better numerological vibes. In 1997, their 6th album, “Vampyre Erotica” included this dramatic interpretation of “Paint it Black”:
Please state your preference in comments below and why you chose it.
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Voting remains open until 6:00 p.m., EDT June 7,
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]
Alex J. Cavanaugh Angels Bark Book Lover Cherdo On The Flipside Curious as a Cathy
DC Relief Battle of the Band Far Away Series Jingle Jangle Jungle Mike’s Ramblings
Sound of One Hand Typing StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands This Belle Rocks
Tossing It Out Women: We Shall Overcome Your Daily Dose
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Until next time.