Battle of the Songs V

Hope they’re better than last week… because everyone strives to improve.

1. November Rain (Guns N’ Roses) vs. Kentucky Rain (Elvis Presley): Two birds with one stone: Nolan must be happy I’m finally using November Rain and how could my dad disagree with an Elvis pick? Sadly, I must disappoint someone, and I shall. Nolan’s right in that November Rain is one of the best break-up songs ever. So what? Kentucky Rain not only is a better song, but it’s a better break-up song. The only thing I can deduct Kentucky for, is that Elvis just sounds a little too conscious of his awesomeness. That hurts the song, a bit. Axl doesn’t do power ballads well, either. Kentucky Rain signifies family over friendship.

2. Changes (David Bowie) vs. Let It Be (The Beatles): Easily two of the greatest classic rock songs of all-time and both are long-standing classics in their own ways. The way the Beatles plod through their piece melodically overpowers anything Bowie could dream of. However, there’s more to it than that. Bowie crafted arguable his best song (Space Oddity and Life on Mars? are close, as well) with Changes, and the rhythmic beginning reminds me of a bus that stops to pick up passengers before resuming it’s journey. Plus, the lyrics are, well, Bowie-esque. Changes in a major upset.

3. Hey You (Pink Floyd) vs. Hey Ya! (Outkast): Back when Hey Ya! came out and was all over the charts, I came closer than I’d ever like to admit to liking rap. I actually know all the words, which probably doesn’t make me special since I have the feeling this song turned many a fine boy wangster. The song’s great, but the music video is greater. And despite what any might tell me, I never have and hopefully never will enjoy Pink Floyd. Apparentally they were going for the whole “apathetic, fight the man” thing? Nevertheless, Hey Ya! wins in a fairly biased fight.

4. Alison (Elvis Costello) vs. Angie (Rolling Stones): It seems like ever single Battle of the Bands has a Rolling Stones song on here, and I apologize but their songs are not only well-known, but match up fairly well with other ones. Costello’s Alison affirms what the tortoise already knew: that slow and steady wins the race. Costello doesn’t rush through his song, and it helps that he doesn’t wail “Annnnnnnnn-jay!” in a garbled English accent. Part of what makes the Rolling Stones such a good band is all of their musicians are top notch. The problem occurs when you have very little playing and you get too much Mick, e.g. Angie. Alison helps put Elvis’ at 2-0 in this blog.

5. Sunday, Bloody Sunday (U2) vs. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (Black Sabbath): Right now on iTunes, Slash has posted a list of his favorite guitar-flavored songs. On the list is Sabbath. He calls it “the heaviest song ever written.” Now, it’s undeniably a song. That part we can’t argue with. But the rest is definitely debatable, if not plain wrong. The drums are loud and overpowering, just like they should be in a Black Sabbath song, and Ozzy is superb (at least on the version I heard) but Sunday is more than a song. It’s an anthem. It’s a collective voice of a generation. And that, dear Slash, is heavy. Sunday, Bloody Sunday in the most lop-sided match of the blog.




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