It was a year ago today that I joined the group of bloggers doing Stephen T. McCarthy’s “Battle of the Bands,” and I think I’ve just about got the hang of it.
“The Loco-motion” was written by the songwriting superduo of Gerry Goffin and Carole King, and it was a hit in three successive decades. It reached #1 for Little Eva in 1962. Here is her original version, for comparison purposes only (i.e. she’s not in the Battle, don’t vote for her).
Wikipedia tells me the song was written for Dee Dee Sharp, but that she turned the song down for whatever reason. Her loss.
Anyway, that was the original version. Here are the contenders for the battle.
CONTESTANT #1: Grand Funk Railroad
Flint, Michigan’s favorite power trio (although by then they had added Craig Frost on organ) scored a #1 with the song in 1974, making it the second song to have reached #1 in the United States by two different artists (“Go Away, Little Girl,” featured here a couple of Battles ago, was the first). It was on their 1974 album Shinin’ On.
CONTESTANT #2: Kylie Minogue
Australian actress and singer Kylie Minogue also had a hit with the song. It was on her 1988 album Kylie, and as a single it reached #3 in the US, her only song to crack the US Top Ten.
Now, it’s time to vote…
So, which of these versions of “The Loco-motion” did it for you? The hard-rock power trio (plus one) version by Grand Funk Railroad? Or the ’80’s pop/dance version by Kylie Minogue? Whichever one you choose, let me know what it is in the comments by Tuesday, September 8 (I figure that Monday is a holiday in the US and Canada, so I’ll give you some more time). The winner will be announced Wednesday, September 9.
And, after voting here, the blogs below might or might not be holding Battles, so be sure to visit them and vote on theirs as well.
Tossing It Out
Far Away Series
StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands
Your Daily Dose
Curious as a Cathy
DC Relief – Battle of the Bands
This Belle Rocks
Alex J. Cavanaugh
Shady Dell Music & Memories
Debbie D. at The Doglady’s Den
Jingle Jangle Jungle
Women: We Shall Overcome
Cherdo on the Flipside
Holli’s Hoots ‘n’ Hollers
J. A. Scott
Again, I’ll announce the winner of this Battle on Wednesday, September 9. See you then!