Saturday, February 1, 2014
Battle of the Bands: Gonna Get Close to You
It's Battle of the Bands number 13. Time for some creepiness. And I've got a song today that's pretty darn creepy. Check out the lyrics on this song told from the viewpoint of an obsessed stalker. Not sure any of us would want this creep lurking about, but it makes for a pretty cool song. Take a listen to the two versions and then let us know in the comments which version you like the best. Listen closely--the arrangements are similar, but also very different in some important ways.
Queensryche "Gonna Get Close to You" (1986)
Gritty heavy metal action in this early Queensryche outing. Vicious vocals and cutting guitars give this version an edge. Listening to this and watching the video kind of freaks me out. Pretty sinister. But some great hard rock. And actually they could have made the video a bit scarier. The vocalist doesn't look all that threatening in the end. How do you like this one?
Lisa Dalbello "Gonna Get Close to You" (1984)
Before Queensryche released their version of this song, the composer had already released her own version. Lisa Dalbello could have been a fashion model, but instead chose to be a singer-songwriter and voice-over artist. She signed her first record deal with MCA records at the age of 17 at which time she was already a seasoned performer.
My first encounter with Dalbello's music was when I was working in Canada in the mid-1980's and saw her perform on the Juno Awards show--that is the Canadian music awards. Her performance blew me away and I became a fan of her music.
Check out the video on this one. Who's obsessed with whom?
Now Time to Vote!
There you have it. Two similar, but different versions of one song. Which do you like best? Tell us your favorite in the comment section and let us know why you like that one best.
After you've voted here, be sure to visit the other participants and vote on their contests as well. You'll find the others at:
Ferret-Faced Fascist Friends
Your Daily Dose
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