Here it is again folks! Battles on many blogs. The ever-growing in fame Battle of the Bands. Faraway Eyes at Far Away Series got this thing started back in the summer. Stephen T. McCarthy at Ferret-Faced Fascist Friends also at the helm is offering a prize for the one who comments most over the first four month span so be sure to leave a comment on all three of our blogs. Be sure to check Stephen T's blog for contest details.
Others have joined in and you can find all participant links at the bottom of the page. If you decide to add your own battle, let me know in the comments so we can come visit your match-up. So without any further introductory blather, let's meet the two contestants.
Black Sabbath "Iron Man" (1970)
I thought my clues on Monday and Wednesday were so obvious that I'd get inundated with correct guesses. Both posts were so permeated with lines from the song that the music could have been playing while you sang the posts. An exaggeration of course, but I did use a lot of lines directly or in variation. There were also the word clues like "Sabbath", "stark", "paranoid", and "superhero". I guess there were not that many of you who knew the song that closely. And I must confess that I probably wouldn't have guessed right even though I've heard this song a gazillion times.
So to those of you who guessed correctly--Alex J. Cavanaugh got it in the first comment--congratulations. To those who didn't, I totally understand.
When I was younger I was a big Black Sabbath fan. The Paranoid album from whence "Iron Man" came received many plays on my turntable. The song is a classic beloved by many out there. To refresh memories or to introduce a new song to some of you, I give you "Iron Man":
The Cardigans "Iron Man" (1996)
Some of you may be disturbed by what the Cardigans did with "Iron Man", but you gotta admit that they sure went in a different direction with it. When I got the Cardigans "First Band on the Moon" CD nearly two decades ago now, I got such a kick out of their take on "Iron Man" that I included it on a mix tape I sent to one of my friends. He didn't want to talk about it after he'd heard it.
In any case, not much I can add to what the music already says. Take a listen:
Now it's up to you to vote for your favorite version. I'll announce the winner on Friday November 8. Leave your vote in the comments and tell why you voted that way. Then after you've voted, go to the sites listed below and vote in their battles.
Alex J. Cavanaugh
Ferret-Faced Fascist Friends
Your Daily Dose