Friday, July 1, 2016

Battle of the Bands - When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman

A Doctor sings this song.
Doctor Who?
No, Dr. Hook.

Sorry, I can never resist nerd humour.

As you may have noticed, for this Battle of the Bands, I have travelled back to the late 70s. In this battle, we will be discovering how difficult it can be, at times, to be in love with a beautiful woman. This song has it's own battle; jealousy and trust battle it out. Which will win out? I mean, which song will win out?

I'm kind of concerned about that previous question because it seems my last few battles have been very lopsided. If it were up to me, I wish every music battle was a true BATTLE, rather than one tank rolling over a machine gun turret. And that's how I've felt. But at the end of the day, it's all about fun. So even if this turns out to be another lop-sided battle, I'm still having fun and still loving reading the reactions and the reasoning's behind why you like one song over another. So let's get to it! If you are unfamiliar with the song, please follow the link below to listen to the original version. Then, well, you should know what to do by now.

For reference only: Dr. Hook - When You're In Love With a Beautiful Woman



BATTLE OF THE BANDS
The two musical contenders for this Battle of the Bands are below.
Please listen to both and tell me who you like best.

Cecil


Brotherhood of Man


If that link does not work, try this one: (Thanks Debbie)



Those are the two contenders. Ignoring the actual videos, who do you think performs the song best? I collected the two bands to battle it out, now it's your job to vote on your favourite. Please list your preferred song choice in the comments. Additionally, let me know why you feel the way you do. Voting ends on the 8th when I'll cast my vote (if needed) and announce the winner in a separate posting.

Additional Questions:
Have you ever had to battle for the love of another?
Are you a Dr. Hook fan?
Do you have a 70s band you love the most?


If you enjoyed this Battle of the Bands feature, don't forget to visit the other participants in the Battle of the Band to see what sort of music they are featuring. You will certainly be entertained, so click on their links below.

FAR AWAY SERIES
STMcC PRESENTS 'BATTLE OF THE BANDS'
TOSSING IT OUT
JANIE JUNEBUG RIGHTING AND EDITING
YOUR DAILY DOSE
MIKE'S RAMBLINGS
CURIOUS AS A CATHY
DCRELIEF - BATTLE OF THE BANDS
THE DOGLADY'S DEN
CHERDO ON THE FLIPSIDE
ANGELS BARK
QUIET LAUGHTER
BE_REINVINTAGED
THE SOUND OF ONE HAND TYPING
JINGLE JANGLE JUNGLE
eViL pOp TaRt
HOLLI'S HOOTS AND HOLLERS

Are you currently in the BOTB and don't see your name in the list above? Let me know in comments and I'll include it.

43 comments:

  1. Hi, Jeffrey; The 2nd video is not available in Canada. :( Found an alternate HERE. No worries about how these battles turn out. We've all had our "blowouts". Main thing is, the people show up, yes? ☺ As this is a long weekend in both Canada (Jul. 1) and and the U.S. (Jul. 4), I'm a little concerned about that.

    Back to the song: Not a favourite of mine, I'm sorry to say. The covers didn't improve on it much. I ruled Cecil out because falsetto voices are a turnoff, so my vote goes to Brotherhood of Man.

    Have you ever had to battle for the love of another? Only once and I lost. (Not hubby, obviously.)
    Are you a Dr. Hook fan? Not really, but "Cover of the Rolling Stone" wasn't bad.
    Do you have a 70s band you love the most? Too many! ☺ Incl. Steppenwolf, Stones, Led Zep, Aerosmith, The Moody Blues, The Who, Black Sabbath, Jethro Tull, King Crimson, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, etc. etc.

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    1. Sorry the song is not one of your favourites. Also, thanks for giving me the second link to the video. So, you do like the 70s, huh? ;)
      Vote Brotherhood.

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  2. Yes I've entered into the ring of romance to battle for my love, sometimes winning, sometimes losing. I mostly like Dr Hook. Favorite 70's band? There are too many--it's my favorite era of pop music.

    Both of these versions make for pleasant listening. Cecil took the song into a different level which added value to their version to my ears.

    Give my vote to Cecil--I was tripping out to that version.


    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Mostly, I think the only battles I have are in my head and when that happens, I generally lose.
      Vote - Cecil.

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  3. Hi Jeff,
    Same here. Brotherhood of Man was not available in Germany but thanks to Debbie I followed her link and listened. Thanks, Debbie!
    My vote goes to the Brotherhood of man. I like it because it softer and I love the harmonies. Cecil was too rough, not gentle.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Patricia

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    1. Once again these country restrictions are ruining our battles. I'm glad Debbie found that link. It's close to the first.
      Vote - Brotherhood of Man.

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  4. I much preferred Cecil as the group added more rhythm and variety. Somehow, the Brotherhood of Man's version seemed dead to me.

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    1. I prefer alive bands to dead any day. Thanks for the vote.
      Vote - Cecil.

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  5. I'm glad you had the 2nd video:) I give it to Cecil because it seemed more unique and less whispy than Brotherhood of man. I couldn't get into that 2nd one at all so Cecil gets my vote

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    1. I should almost have a battle over which video works, the first or the second. LOL
      Vote - Cecil

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  6. Hi, Jeffrey!

    Re: "When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman" - I hear ya, good buddy. I know the pain. I've been phoning, texting and tweeting Diana Krall up to 50 times a day for weeks - and NOTHING... as the Beatles sang - "No Reply!"

    I wish I knew something about the artist Cecil. I searched the worldwide web hoping to find some info and all I learned was that Cecil's cover was released on the 1998 CD Essential Interpretations: Today's Great Artists Perform Yesterday's Classics. Is it that UK band I found in my Google search? If you know any more about this artist or band, please let me know in your reply. Given my level of interest in Cecil, you might have guessed that Cecil gets my vote in your BOTB. They had a Bee Gees thang goin' on and I enjoyed it. The version by Brotherhood of Man sounded bland and karaoke to me.

    I vote for Cecil!!!

    Answers to your bonus questions:

    Decades ago I fought for and won the affection of Morgan Fairchild.
    I am not a huge Dr. Hook fan, but I like this single.
    My favorite 70s band is Kiss. (Dr. Love)

    Thanks, good buddy Jeffrey!

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    1. Dear Shady,
      Please stop texting, tweeting and phoning Diana Krall. She asked me to tell you that while we had dinner last night.

      Unfortunately, I don't know much more about Cecil than you do. Sometimes in these battles, we find artists who are fairly obscure. Which is odd, because you'd think they'd want to be found.
      Vote - Cecil

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    2. Did she enjoy her McDonald's Happy Meal... or did you splurge and buy her a pack of cheese crackers from the vending machine at the Sunoco station? :)

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  7. This song.. mmmm mmm mmm. I have to say that I appreciate Cecil's version just a bit better.

    I wouldnt worry too much about the lopsided battles. We've all had them at one time or another.

    Have I gone to battle for the love of another? Yes. When I was much younger. Let's just say the police became involved, and thankfully, they just questioned me and didnt arrest or press charges.

    Am I a Dr Hook Fan? I'd be hard pressed to name another of their songs but I do rather enjoy this one.

    70's bands that I enjoy the most? Far too many to mention by name. Growing up in the 70's I was influenced by the 60's, 70's and 80's music the most. I do love my classic rock. And Dave Grohl. (I know he doesn't fit in that equation, but my love for him is much like your love for Diana Krall)

    Mary
    Jingle Jangle Jungle

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    1. I'm not so worried about lopsided battles, it's when they happen continually. What? Huh? People know about my Diana Krall fascination? LOL Thanks again for stopping by and voting.
      Vote - Cecil

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  8. This is such a great song. I figured I'd be voting for Brotherhood of Man because I really like their sound ... but Cecil did this song better so that's who's getting my vote.

    My favorite 70s band? Wow, there are soooooo many. I love Classic Rock and I'm pretty much stuck in the 70s musically. But I guess my favorite band of all time would have to be a late 60s-mid 70s band, The Guess Who.

    Great song choice Jeffrey. I haven't heard that song in ages...

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. I'm glad someone else really enjoys this song. :)
      Somehow this song just really jumped out at me when I heard it on the radio. I was always fond of it.
      Vote - Cecil

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  9. I've long been a fan of Dr, Hook and wondered if either contender could do the song justice (love this era, by the way), I think Cecil did a decent job and the song just sounds better with one guy singing with a little backup than the other with a chorus of voices you might hear in an elevator. I had to go back and listen to Dr. Hook, just because ;-)

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    1. So for you, Dr.Hook stole the show. :D
      But you know I have to count the vote for Cecil. Just because. :)
      Vote - Cecil

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  10. JEFFY ~
    How come no one ever writes a song about being in love with a Plain Jane woman? Don't women with average looks deserve love and songs, too?

    I liked the Cecil version for awhile, but about halfway through it got old and started annoying me a little bit. My vote goes to BROTHERHOOD OF MAN. I usually like group vocals.

    >>... Have you ever had to battle for the love of another?

    No. I've not met a woman whom I thought was worth getting a black eye for.

    >>... Are you a Dr. Hook fan?

    Not especially, but I DO like Captain Hook.

    >>... Do you have a 70s band you love the most?

    Yoey O'Dogherty And His Corn Liquor Boys
    (Even though they began recording in the 1960s, their best stuffs came out in the early '70s.)

    ~ Stephen

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    1. You want a song about a Plain Jane? Try this one:
      https://youtu.be/dJ294pCLecA
      Sorry, one of these days I'll figure out how to allow people to post links in the comments.
      As for Captains, I do like Captain Morgan.
      Vote - Brotherhood

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  11. Stephen, Good battle. Good song. Good contenders. I liked both, but I liked the simplicity of the first version with one lead singer with backup vocals. The music arrangement is more pleasing, too. So, give my vote to Cecil. Now to answer your questions. No, I haven't battled for another person's love. I figured, if a guy's heart is easily snagged by another then she could have him. Yep, I like Dr. Hook a lot. I forget about him until someone shares his music. Gee, a favorite 70s band? That's a hard one. There were too many of them. That's when artists really knew how to sing, but I guess Chicago might have been at the top of the heap probably sharing the spot with a few others. I just can't think of any at the moment. Have a funtastic, safe 4th of July weekend!

    Curious as a Cathy presenting,American Girl #BoTB showdown

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    1. I haven't gone by the name Stephen in a long, long time.
      But thanks for the vote. ;)
      Vote - Cecil

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  12. Hello Jeffrey Gotta give my vote to Brotherhood of Man. I thought Ceci was singing too fast. I liked watching the Dr. Hook video too, just for old time's sake. 70's bands...too many but definitely Journey tops the list. Foreigner and Fleetwood Mac are right there too. Great battle.

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    1. Ohh, I love Journey and Foreigner and Fleetwood Mac. Good artists.
      Vote - Brotherhood.

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  13. With some songs, there is just no improving on the original. What's good is good. I liked Cecil right off; it sounds like the Dr Hook; but then it took a sort of dance-extended version.

    This song lends itself well to the group effort, and even if Cecil did not extend it, I think I still would give my vote to Brotherhood. Good vibes, all the way through.

    Yeah, I've "battled" for another person's love; but long before the sought out end, I gave up and backed out. Seriously, the guy was the only one winning that game! And I don't know if I've ever listened to any other Dr Hook songs; guess this just didn't impress me enough. Favorite 70's era band? Abba; Pink Floyd. Hmm, I'd have to do some research; I'm that old I don't know if either was in the 70s. Ah, I have it: BG's! Lets just go all the way with disco, lol.

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    1. So you were never hooked on Dr. Hook? I guess you could say that.
      *groan*
      Great artist selections.
      Vote - Brotherhood

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  14. Good pick, Jeffrey! I really like the Cecil version, so that's my pick. As for your questions, does Pink Floyd count as a 70's band? If not, then no, I don't have one :D Battling for love... No, I don't think I've ever been in that position. Have I loved people who didn't love me back? Yes. Several. Would they have loved me if I had somehow fought for it? Mmmm... I believe love, like any feeling, is either there or isn't. You can't force it, just like you can't force joy or sorrow. Either something makes you happy, or makes you laugh, or makes you cry... or it doesn't. Either you fall in love, or you don't. If that were a rational choice, we'd never end up with the wrong guy (or girl); we'd only love sensible people... and, I ask you, where would be the fun in that? ;)

    Great battle, Jeffrey!
    Guilie @ Quiet Laughter

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    1. Yes, I think Pink Floyd counts. And I certainly see your point about only loving a sensible person. In truth, I think we are all insensible to one person or another. I think it depends on a persons perspective too.
      Vote - Cecil

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  15. Jeffrey, I might be the only non- Dr. Hook fan, even though I enjoyed 70s music!!

    Lop-sided battles are quite the norm. No worries. I'm all too happy to have voter participation...no matter wins.

    In this case I thought I'd be voting Cecil, but the richness of Brotherhood of Man changed that thought. Give them my vote, please.

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    1. I agree with you. Voter participation is paramount. Having an even battle with only four votes wouldn't be any fun either.
      Vote - Brotherhood

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  16. Interesting match up, Jeffrey! I surprised myself by waffling back and forth on this one but in the end, Brotherhood of Man gets my vote! Sorry I'm late but hey, Happy 4th of July!

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    1. No worries, I'm late getting back to my return comments. I was out of town all weekend long.
      Vote - Brotherhood

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  17. My vote does to Brotherhood of Man. I liked the addition of a woman's voice, and the other version was a bit too hippie-ish for me.

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    1. No Bell-Bottoms for Chrys.
      Vote - Brotherhood

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  18. I saw the name "Brotherhood of Man" and I said, "Brotherhood of Man? As in 'United We Stand'?" When I learned that it was, and heard the song, I decided they were the winners for me.

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    1. Seems as good a reason as any.
      Vote - Brotherhood

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  19. Brotherhood of Man get my vote.

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    1. And another vote for Brotherhood. Could we be having a come-back?
      Vote - Brotherhood

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    JEFFY ~
    Without a doubt, you found a song about a "PLAIN JANE". Good job!

    Now, I have a question for you. I've been wondering how you do this for a long time now: How are you able to include a URL (as you did just above in your response to me) and have it post as a live link? All I had to do was click on that URL-Link and it took me directly to that YouTube video.

    Why did that URL post as a link, and NOT as just a URL that I was required to copy and paste into a browser search bar?

    The only way I know of to turn a URL into a live Link is by using the following method:





    But I get the feeling that's not what you did. So how did you make that URL a link, if not by the html method above? Do you have a certain setting activated in your Dashboard or something?

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    1. When I posted my comment, I just included the link. I've noticed when the post is received as an email, the link seems to work automatically. If you came here, I always thought it didn't work. So my question is, how did you access the comment? Via email? Or did you physically come to the comments section?
      In your comment above, the "following method" did not show up.
      Eventually, what I'd like to learn how to do is post a link, like I did, and have it embedded into the actual comment. Outside of that, I have never physically changed any of my setting on blogger to make that specifically happen.

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