11 CommentsBattle of the Bands (BOTB), Blogfests, Music

Welcome back to #BOTB!
Time to announce the results of the August 15th showdown.

Evening repast on the back deck. #Summer #SouthernOntario #LifeIsGood #ItalianoVero 😎

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Between the website crashing and all the summer living happening off the grid (my favourite season; see above), I haven’t been making the usual rounds, with the exception of BOTB. The last battle, suggested by Stephen, was a hard-fought tie. Left to my own devices, this one turned into another rout! 😛 With one exception, you preferred Greta Salome’s innovative rendition. And it was well-deserved. She’s incredibly talented! My biggest regret here is that I couldn’t find a better version by The Pretty Reckless. Adjectives like “self-indulgent” and “predictable” were mentioned. While I somewhat agree, the “rockchick” side of me was enjoying the smoky vocals and guitar riffs immensely. Therefore, I’ll be adding another vote to the minority – not that it matters.

Here’s how it went down:

Arlee, Birgit, Cathy, Cherdo, diedre, Janie,
John, Mary, Michele, Mike, Mimi, Myke, Stephen

Total: 13
C.W. Martin, Debbie
Total: 2


Congratulations to:

Here she is again, performing Iceland’s entry for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest:

Don’t forget to check back with the others for their BOTB results:

Angels Bark / Cherdo on the Flipside / Jingle Jangle Jungle / Mike’s Ramblings / Sound of One Hand Typing / HOST: StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands / Tossing It Out /


Until next time.



♫♪♫♪♫ Rockchick Rapture!



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Debbie D.
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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  1. Hi Debbie,
    I’m so glad that you did that battle because you introduced us to Greta Salome. She’s really awesome. And it is always tough to pit a studio version against a live version so don’t fret it. 🙂 It was a good battle. I enjoyed it.

    Enjoy the rest of your week…

    Michele at Angels Bark

  2. Debbie,

    I think I’ve only had one blow out since joining BoTB 2-years ago which is fine by me because I really hate when that happens. I like for my battle to be tight but I don’t want it to end in a tie. I’m glad that I was on the winning side this round. Both contenders this time were new-to-me, so it was a delight to have the introduction. Thanks for sharing the results. Enjoy your time away. I’m doing the same this summer and I’m returning to BoTB the same as you on September 15th. See ya then, my friend!

  3. Even Jack and Megan White would have faltered against Greta Salome.
    There are still four full weeks left of Summer here in Tennessee, with no snow forecast. 😉

    1. I remember what a big deal The Eurovision song contest was when we lived there in the ’60s. I’m happy to see it’s still going strong! Unfortunately, Greta’s song didn’t do so well – finished 34th out of 42 entries. I thought it was pretty good.

  4. DEBBIE, I saw your response to one comment where you said maybe you should have used the White Stripes original against Greta. And considering the margin she won by, that probably would have made a more competitive contest.

    But hindsight being 20/20 and all that… Plus, it’s always dicey to use an original, particularly if it was a hit song. I’ve gotten away with it a few times, but it’s also bitten me in the arse a few times, too.

    BOTB is definitely an art, not a science. There’s no sure-fire formula, and I think we all sometimes find ourselves in or out of the groove for periods of time. And sometimes I find it helps to do a “Twisted” BOTB (by theme rather than by song) to get back on track.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    (link:] Ferret-Faced Fascist Friends

    1. I think what did me in was the live performance video by The Pretty Reckless. Hard to compete with a studio version! That, and the fact that most of you aren’t really into rock music. It’s a fact that Greta’s version was far superior and she deserved the win. I’ll think about doing something out of the ordinary next time to break this curse. 😛 Thanks, Stephen.

      1. HiYa, DEBBIE!
        I don’t think that it’s BOTBers aren’t into Rock music. In fact, I believe that’s probably the preferred genre of most of them. (For me, it’s Jazz, but I’m usually the “odd man out”.)

        Actually, I have one or more compact discs in my music collection by bands such as Deep Purple, The Doors, Blue Oyster Cult, Van Halen, Pink Floyd, Golden Earring, Warren Zevon, and Tiny Tim. (OK, I admit it — that last one doesn’t count.)

        So, I think it’s more a subgenre of Rock that most BOTBers aren’t big on — that style The Pretty Reckless operates in. Not sure what it would be labeled as. “Grunge” Rock, maybe? I really don’t know, because I was already old when that started becoming popular.

        ~ D-FensDogG
        (link:] Stephen T. McCarthy Reviews…
        ~ D-FensDogG

        1. Hahaha! Tiny Tim definitely doesn’t fit the “rock” genre. 🙂 Descriptions I’ve seen for The Pretty Reckless are “hard rock”, “alt rock” and “post-grunge”, so you weren’t too far off, Stephen. Methinks this is not too much of a hard rock crowd. I’m just going to continue indulging my musical muse for the most part but will try to come up with some more mainstream stuff here and there. No promises about abstaining from metal, though! 😉