WHITE RABBIT – BATTLE OF THE BANDS #BOTB

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Welcome to another edition of
BATTLE OF THE BANDS

Battle of the Bands BOTB

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.)

As threatened promised, I’m going back to my rock roots for this one. Psychedelic Rock left a big impression on me (read more about that HERE) and I’m still getting high on the music, all these years later.

Psychedelic Battle of the Bands, White Rabbit
By Ирина Печкарёва (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

♫♫ To make it even more excruciating interesting,
this battle features Heavy Metal vs Hardcore Punk♫♫

WHITE RABBIT

HISTORY:
[reference only – please do not vote on this one]

White Rabbit” is a song written by Grace Slick, lead vocalist for the American psychedelic band Jefferson Airplane. Recorded for their 1967 album, Surrealistic Pillow, it was released as a single and became the band’s second top ten success, peaking at number eight on the Billboard Top 100. The song was ranked number 478 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and appears on The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. – Wikipedia

Side note: Grace originally recorded this song with her previous band, The Great Society. You can listen to it HERE, but it’s not part of the competition.

The foregoing serves as background information only.
Now, on to the actual contest……


SANCTUARY

Sanctuary is an American heavy metal band founded in Seattle in 1985. They split up in 1992, but reformed 18 years later. White Rabbit is the 6th track from their debut album, Refuge Denied, released in 1987.

VS

SLAPSHOT

Slapshot is a hardcore punk band, formed in Boston in 1985. White Rabbit is the 12th track from their 3rd album, Sudden Death Overtime, released in 1990.

VOTE NOW!

Please state your preference in comments below and why you chose it.
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Voting remains open until 10 am ET,  Oct. 21,
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 / Book Lover / Cherdo On The Flipside / Curious as a Cathy / DC Relief BOTB / Far Away Series / Holli’s Hoots & Hollers / J.A. Scott /Jingle Jangle Jungle / Mike’s Ramblings / Novel Brews / Quiet Laughter / Sound of One Hand Typing / StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands / Tossing It Out / Women: We Shall Overcome / Your Daily Dose

HOSTS

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Until next time.

ROCK ON!

Debbie

♫♪♫♪♫ Rockchick Rapture!






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Canine Innkeeper in suburban Toronto, Canada, known as “The Doglady”. Writer/website owner, photographer, animal lover, music fanatic, inveterate traveller. History, literature and cinema buff. Eternal “hippie/rockchick”. Binational, German/Canadian and multilingual. Looking for the next adventure!

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44 thoughts on “WHITE RABBIT – BATTLE OF THE BANDS #BOTB

  1. No contest here for me; Sanctuary. Slapshot is good, but as dear St Mc observes, some originals just can’t be beaten by a cover. This is one such song. That sound, and this song, just sums up that era perfectly. But, Sanctuary does a decent cover. Awesome band, and they managed to keep the creep factor that makes this song so memorable.

    Awesome match up. I’d listen to more Slapshot on a different song.
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  2. Debbie, Jefferson Airplane gets my vote. Oh wait, they weren’t in the running. Shoot! When I saw you threw a mental group against a hardcore punk rock band I thought I knew which way my vote would swing. You’re gonna love this, but I went with Sanctuary. I’m not a real fan of either genre, but I disliked Slapshot’s cover (the music was okay, it was the vocals that did it in for me) and preferred the heavy mental music arrangement (vocals too scary for me, though. lol) better. So, there you have it why I went with Sanctuary. Interesting battle!
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      1. Debbie, I’m taking the 5th on the reason why I called Sanctuary a “mental” group on grounds that it might incriminate me. Actually, I was thinking mental (how else would you explain it?) so my subconsciousness flowed from my brain to my finger tips. 😀 I knew you would love my pick!
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  3. LOVE this battle, Debbie! I really wanted to vote for Slap Shot; after reading the comments I felt they were a bit of an underdog… But after listening twice I’ve come to the conclusion they probably deserve it (the *under* part, not the dog 😀 ). It sounded like I was listening to two, maybe even three different bands, or at least different arrangements… Like they couldn’t make up their minds on what sound to stick with. Sanctuary, though, did an excellent job all-around; they stayed true to their metal soul, and some of the guitar bits in there actually gave me chills. The guy’s voice is awesome, too. So. I apologize, Slap Shot; I really did try to like you. Sanctuary gets my vote.

    Coolest battle ever, Debbie! (I also have punk rock on my battle today, hehe… Gotta love synchronicity 😉 )
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    1. Hi Guilie; It seems, our taste in music is similar and I enjoyed your battle, as well. 🙂 Interesting observation about Slap Shot; I’ll give it another listen. (The band’s name and the album, “Sudden Death Overtime”, instantly attracted my Canadian, hockey-loving self.) I’m so glad you enjoyed this battle; it was time to cut loose. 😀 Sanctuary gets another vote. I think this will be a close one!
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  4. Hi, Debbie the Doglady! I came here seeking Sanctuary from lame elevator music and I found it. As it happens, I am currently interested in Warrel Dane, Jim Sheppard and Nevermore because I am going through a progressive metal phase. I vote for Sanctuary in your contest because their version of the Airplane’s “White Rabbit,” one of the Shady Dell\’s Greatest Hits, is a majestic power metal interpretation that sounds as fresh as if it was recorded last week. I enjoyed Slapshot but their rendition sounds dated and isn’t dark and dangerous enough to suit me. Sanctuary is right in the pocket with today’s prog metal sound and they get my vote. Thank you very much for introducing this Sanctuary track, Debbie. It’s music to my ears!
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  5. Wow, interesting battle. I love this song. No one does like Grace Slick, that’s for sure. I had to go back and listen to both versions twice. At first I found Sanctuary’s version to be a bit too hard for my taste. So then I listened to Slapshot and although I liked their music better, I hated the vocals in their version. I think if you could take the vocals from Sanctuary and add it to the music of Slapshot, that would be a good song! This is a tough one. I thought I’d be voting for Slapshot but the vocals just killed it for me. So by default, my vote is going to Sanctuary.
    Good battle Debbie. This one should be a close one…
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  6. To be honest, in my view, this is one of those songs that one so strongly identifies with the original artist that I’m not sure covering it is such a wise move.

    But at any rate, I’ll vote for SANCTUARY, because although Slapshot started out kind of good, with the drumming, it got old for me pretty quickly.

    ~ D-FensDogG
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  7. I have this song on my someday list, but you certainly picked different artists than what I have. And I must say you really picked a couple of interesting versions. They both have something interesting to add regarding my taste in music as well as having some irritation factors.

    Sanctuary was scary at first–I thought the devil had come into my room. When the vocal started though I was in more familiar territory. I actually do like a lot of this version.

    Slap Shot was a bit rougher edged and harsh. I wasn’t sure that I’d like the hardcore punk sound–and actually it would probably eventually annoy me–but I think the group uniquely captured the spirit of the original song. So for now I think I prefer Slap Shot. I’m kind of surprised.

    Excellent and challenging choice presented in this round.

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