Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Battle of the Bands: You're No Good
BOTB Time Again!
It's time for another Battle of the Bands! Once again I'm joining Far Away Series and Ferret-Faced Fascist Friends to present faceoffs between two versions of songs that you may or may not know. After you've voted on my site visit the other sites to leave your votes on theirs as well so you can increase your chances of winning a prize. Yes there will be a prize awarded! You can find out more at Stephen T. McCarthy's site.
Since the Battle of the Bands (BOTB) posts are supposed to appear on the 1st and 15th of each month, today's post is a special post on a day when I normally do not show up on this space. My future participation in this blog event will most likely mean I will sometimes post on off days when the BOTB falls on them.
And now for today's contest.
"You're No Good"
Nearly everyone is familiar with Linda Ronstadt's 1974 hit version of "You're No Good"--one of her biggest hits. She made #1 on the charts with her recording. However, she was just one of many who recorded this classic song. Many recordings have been made since Ronstadt's popular version and many were made before she scored her hit with the song.
In today's match-up I'm pitting two very different takes on pre-Ronstadt recordings of "You're No Good". Just forget for a moment that you've ever heard Ronstadt's version and see which one of these you like best.
Dee Dee Warwick "You're No Good" (1963)
If her name sounds a wee bit familiar it's partly because she was the sister of popular singer Dionne Warwick. On top of that her aunt was Cissy Houston and cousin Whitney Houston. Though not the star that her sister was, Dee Dee had a fairly credible singing career with a number of recordings after her 1963 solo debut. She's attributed to the earliest version of "You're No Good", written by Clint Ballard Jr. Check out the fuzzy guitar break in the middle.
(You may have to click twice on the video to be taken directly to YouTube.)
Potliquor "You're No Good" (1971)
Some of you rock fans might remember Van Halen's 1979 version of "You're No Good". A decade before they came out with that version Southern rockers Potliquor rocked the song even harder with their own rendition. The Potliquor album made many a spin on my record turntable back in the early 1970's. I'd heard Potliquor's song "The Train" on the radio and loved the sound. Every song on the album was a winner. They took Ballard's "You're No Good" in a very different direction than the earlier versions of the song.
Time to Vote!
What is your favorite version? Do you prefer the traditional sound of Dee Dee Warwick or the Southern blues rock of Potliquor? Is there another version of this song that you would recommend?
Be sure to visit the other participants at:
Ferret-Faced Fascist Friends
Your Daily Dose
If you've done your own BOTB entry please let me know so I can add it to my list.