Stephen T. McCarthy has asked a couple of times if I would return to BOTB as a regular, and July 15th's post was meant as a joke to him.
Now I am not promising that this post means anything, but the other day I was listening to a new (for me) CD and heard a song that I thought would be perfect for a BOTB post.
Robin McKelle is a recent discovery for me, and her albums seem to vary between old-school soul/R&B (which I love) and jazz (which I've been experimenting with more over the past few years).
The jazz experimentation comes after years of McCarthy being a pain in my ass, "Jazz, jazz, jazz, fuck rock, liberals suck, star trek fans are wussies, Springsteen fans are commies, jazz, jazz, jazz"
These are real quotes-he calls me and leaves this stuff on my voice mail-I wouldn't make this up!
Or would I?
Anyway, I heard a song that sounded strangely familiar...you will know it by the Steve Miller original, which I am posting below.
This went on to become one of Miller's biggest hits, topping the charts in six countries, charting and ten, and staying on top of Billboard's chart for two weeks.
Robin's cover was nice and jazzy, and that is my first entry.
Now the easy thing would have been to pit McKelle against Miller. That's what I usually did when I was a regular participant.
Think of the build-up:
Old dog versus young lioness
The battle of the sexes
Nah, too easy.
I still pop over to a few of your BOTB blogs regularly, and I like the trend of finding two versions OTHER than the original-makes it a lot more of a discovery for people and is (often) less predictable. I even went back to Far Away Eyes original BOTB post (remember, she's to blame for all of this nonsense), and there was nothing there saying one version had to be an original-I'd simply inferred that.
So I'm going to follow the crowd and pick another cover of Miller's song, this one by Sugar Ray.
I think everyone knows the drill by now...comment...vote...I was never much good at doing a results post but I will try to remember it.
Remember, the Miller original is there for reference-you are voting between Robin McKelle and Sugar Ray.
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