My Question of the Month answer can be found after this current Battle of the Bands post. I hope you'll enjoy the song picks first and vote on your favorite version before continuing on to this month's Question.
It's the first of August which means it's time for Battle of the Bands. This is an event that takes place on the 1st and 15th of each month. Far Away Eyes at Far Away Series gets the credit for first conceiving this study in song version comparison. Stephen T McCarthy maintains the participant list and answers your questions about the event--you can find his blog with a list of participants at StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands. This is not at all complicated: Listen to the songs presented below and then in the comments vote for your favorite and tell us why you liked it. Then visit the links listed near the bottom of this post for more Battles to vote on.
It's the silly season of summer so I've decided to get a bit silly with Battle of the Bands. You may have seen one or both of these videos since they've been making rounds on Facebook and elsewhere. Each has over ten million hits--not too shabby I'd say.
The song "Royals" (click link to hear original version) was written and first recorded by New Zealand artist Lorde and producer Joel Little. After its release in 2013 the song went on to achieve worldwide acclaim and chart hit status with millions in sales. The song has been covered several times by many artists.
There are numerous interesting covers to be found on YouTube. The ones I've chosen are particularly visually interesting which might influence some voters. However, listen to the actual music in order to make your judgement as to which performance is best. Vote on the following and not the original:
Walk off the Earth "Royals" (2013)
Walk off the Earth is a Canadian band known for its quirky YouTube videos of cover songs.
Puddles Pity Party "Royals" (2013)
The 6' 8" Puddles the Clown and his band work out of Atlanta, Georgia. Their viral YouTube videos have gained them international fame which has lead to touring as an opening act for alt rock band Eels as well as other featured performances.
Time to Vote!
Now it's your turn! Which song version do you like the best? Surely you think one is better than the other even if you don't like the song that much. Just judge what you hear. Which version do you prefer? It's up to you to help 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 version you chose (or which one was the least objectionable to your ears). 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
Shady Dell Music and Memories
The Doglady's Den
Cherdo on the Flipside
Jingle, Jangle, Jungle
Women: We Shall Overcome
Alex J. Cavanaugh
J. A. Scott
Results on Wednesday August 5th
Had you seen either of these videos before? Have you watched any other of the videos on the Postmodern Jukebox YouTube channel? Do you think the lifestyles of music stars and other pop icons are obscenely self-indulgent and egocentric?
Here is this month's question:
"If your parent or child committed a major crime, would you turn them in?"
This is one of those "it depends" questions. In other words what is meant by "major crime"? If the crime had to do with drugs or some other crime with political implications, I would not turn anyone in. I don't consider those types of things major crimes.
However if we are talking about a evil against another person such as robbery, rape, brutal assault, or murder, yes, I would turn them in. For one thing I would not want to be considered an accessory to such a crime. But perhaps more importantly a crime of this nature might be repeated if the perpetrator were not stopped and I would not want to see such a thing happen again.
There is somewhat of an ambiguity to this question when you start thinking about it extensively. Perhaps it would be better to replace "major" with "heinous" or "evil" and even using those terms the meaning of the crime might be up for debate. A crime that frightens and/or appalls me would be one that should be punished no matter who has committed it