Had enough of sappy Valentine's Day? Let get our feet back on the ground while keeping our heads in the clouds as we celebrate another Battle of the Bands, the popular event where music loving bloggers offer up two different versions of one song and you the readers decide which version you love the best. The Battle of the Bands blog event was founded by Stephen T McCarthy and Faraway Eyes. After you vote on my pairing, please visit their posts and vote on theirs. More possible participants will be listed at the end of this post.
Slip Inside This House
There are some who might declare that "Slip Inside This House", the tour de force song penned by 13th Floor Elevators' Roky Erickson and Tommy Hall for their 1967 album Easter Everywhere, is one of the greatest rock songs ever recorded. It's certainly one of the strangest most mystical songs. Clocking in at eight minutes, the song has infiltrated the psyches of musicians ever since.
Many people are unfamiliar with the song not to mention the group 13th Floor Elevators. However the rock music community has an awareness of both as they have attained a cult status with a story that is the stuff of pop culture legendry. The song "Slip Inside This House" has been recorded numerous times in a swirling array of stylistic approaches.
I agonized over which two versions to choose since I didn't want to do another three way battle. I finally opted to go with two in a more techno-alternative style. Before listening to my choices you might want to check out the original if you are curious to hear what it sounded like, but please don't include that one in the voting options. To hear that version click Slip Inside This House.
And now on to the contest:
This techno-electronica version pays a special tribute to the unique electric jug sound used by the Elevators. Also the lyrics are very easy to hear in this version unlike many of the other versions including the original. I get a special kick out of the Sprechgesang rap style interlude. Go ahead and get up to dance for this one.
Primal Scream "Slip Inside This House" (2010)
Of all of the versions of "Slip Inside This House" the one by Primal Scream is probably the most well known and perhaps even more familiar with modern day listeners than the original recording done by the Elevators. Primal Scream first recorded this song in 1990 for the Roky Erickson tribute album Where the Pyramid Meets the Eye. The song appeared again the following year on Primal Scream's Screamadelica album. There are numerous versions of this song by Primal Scream on YouTube but this live version recorded in 2010 is most interesting to me. It's very similar to their original cover except it's live which is pretty cool. Hope you enjoy this one:
Time to Vote!
Which do you prefer? I'm not revealing my pick until I announce the tally of votes on this coming Friday February 20th. It's up to you to determine the winner. Please vote on your favorite by letting us know your choice in the comment section and tell us why you prefer the one you chose. Then after you've finished here, please visit the other blogs listed below who may or may not be participating this time around. And if you've put up your own BOTB contest let us know that as well so we can vote on yours.
Here are some other places where you might find BOTB posts:
‘FAR AWAY SERIES’
StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands
‘YOUR DAILY DOSE’
DC Relief Battle of the Bands
The results of my Battle will be announced on this coming Friday February 20th. No post this Monday since I've posted this and want to give this post more of a chance to allow for voting. I will be here on Wednesday Don't know what I'll talk about then, but I'm sure I'll come up with something.