*Utilizing the producing talents of Jeff Lynne for a half decade, this artist decided it was time to strip things back for a 1994 album. He engaged Def Jam founder, Rick Rubin for this album and put together a team of musicians anchored by a couple of his notable bandmates from his past, achieving a sound that was lean and graceful. Name the born in Florida artist...
*The lyrics of this 1970 track suggest that the person singing is lost and feels like an outsider in their own life. The song can be interpreted as a call for help or guidance during a time of confusion and is intended to be positive and uplifting. The track actually speaks of the desire to be taken to someone to find guidance and direction. Name the artist who actually lived sometimes in the very conditions he sang about...
*The 1971 demo version of this track featured Flo and Eddie (most notable from their stint with The Turtles) on backing vocals and is one of this band's earliest songs. The better-known version kicks off side 2 of the band's exceptional 1975 album as a jazzier, more Latin-flavored vein. The chorus sounds a bit like it belongs on some old puppy love single from 1963. Name the band and extra credit for the name of the track.
*This excellent ballad from 1973 was written by the band's lead singer/guitarist and is open to interpretation and the writer prefers it that way. He simply and politely refuses to tell us who or what the song is about. The "you" in the song (and title) could be a literal person, but it could be the demands of touring....the road can be draining, but the shows, exhilarating. Name the band and extra credit for the name of the track. Good luck on this one, as I know these are all a bit tough...
BATTLE OF THE BANDS
No Time by Guess Who vs Looking out My Back Door by John Fogerty
1. Tom Petty
2. Elton John
3. Steely Dan, Everyone’s Gone to the Movies
4. Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Still … You Turn Me On
Battle of the Bands : John Fogerty won with 51% of votes
*The 1st half of the 1970's was the heyday of introspective songwriting and close-harmony singing. This band lay at the commercial end of this movement, releasing a string of singles that earned significant radio play for years. The members of the band all met in the school they attended. Name the band...
*Although musically this song is quite a jangly and catchy track, its lyrical theme is actually pretty dark. The concept is quite serious...it's all about people that crave power, about warfare and the misery it causes. It was even darker prior to the re-write of the title phrase, but got a bit more positive with the new lyrics. Name the band and extra credit for the name of the song from 1985...
*The story behind this 1967 track was the fact that the co-writer band members realized as musicians, that their busy schedules were extremely tight and that they could only see their significant others on a certain day of the week. The track was presented to the executives at Atlantic Records, who were not impressed. But influential DJ at the time, Murray the K, heard it, loved it and it got recorded. Name the band and extra credit for the name of the song....
*This great artist reached her commercial high point with the release of this album in 1974, a remarkably deft fusion of folk, pop and jazz...her best-selling work to date. A number of tracks on the album explored the roles of honesty and trust in relationships, romantic and otherwise. This track tends to be fraught with worry and self-doubt in direct opposition to the music, which is smart and smooth from start to finish. Name the legendary California artist and some serious extra credit for the name of the song we'll enjoy later today...
BATTLE OF THE BANDS
Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Tears for Fears vs Imaginary Lover by Atlanta Rhythm Section
2. Tears for Fears, Everybody Wants to Rule the World
3. The Rascals, Groovin’
4. Joni Mitchell, Same Situation
Battle of the Bands : Tears for Fears won with 54% of votes
*Described as a more radio-friendly version of Lynyrd Skynyrd or The Allman Brothers, this Southern band hit the upper reaches of the charts during the late 70's. Starting in the early 70's and created from the remnants of two groups, they were a studio house band that elevated their game and popularity. 3 albums in the first 3 years did little for them, but in 1976 they started anew and had a breakout album in 1978. Name the band...
*This legendary artist got his start as a DJ on a Memphis radio station. He played a 1951 track often...the subject of which was about moving on from a relationship gone bad. The DJ turned musician would go on to play and record this song more than a few times over the next 2 decades. That said he didn't ever feel great about any of those efforts. A producer he hooked up with later suggested he record the song with strings. He did and that was the version that became a huge hit. Name the artist and extra credit for the name of the track...
*We'll go back to 1964 for a track about a guy who goes to Mexico and enjoys the company of a young lady whose boyfriend, Jose, is one bad dude. The story ends with our character escaping out the window, lucky to live to tell the tale. The songwriting team of Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart wrote the song for this band. Name the band and extra credit for the name of the song....
*The characters of this popular track from 1977 are all cronies of the infamous Andy Warhol Factory, as was the artist who recorded it. The track was worded so straight folks could miss out on the implications of the lyrics without being offended, while very much leaning in appeal to the gay community. Name the artist and extra credit for the name of the track...
BATTLE OF THE BANDS
Hello It’s Me by Todd Rundgren vs Hold On by Santana
1. Atlanta Rhythm Section
2. B. B. King, The Thrill is Gone
3. Come A Little Bit Closer, Jay & the Americans
4. Lou Reed, Walk On The Wild Side
Battle of the Bands : Santana won with 52% of votes
*Very few rock & roll songs rival the sexual excitement and anticipation of this track originally recorded in 1965. It is a classic 3-chord rocker that became a garage rock anthem, one that would be covered by a number of great bands including The Doors, Jimi Hendrix and Patti Smith. The original version finds the lead vocalist doing his best Howlin' Wolf growl as he identifies the source of his lust. Name the band and extra credit for the name of the song...
*The opening line of this song from 1982 makes it seem like it is going to be a love song to the woman identified in the title. However, a few lines into the track we learn that she's a heartbreaker. By the end of the song, we learn that she's been gone for nearly a year, leaving the poor guy a wreck. Keyboardist and founding member of the band actually thought the song might impress the girl who was the object of his desire. Name the band and the song...
*From the outset, this artist was extremely hard to pigeonhole into any one category. Was he country, blues or perhaps even retro-jazz? To him and fans it really didn't matter. His 1989 album almost certainly sidelined any career aspirations as a mainstream country artist, but probably openly invited and created an even broader fan base. This album shows vocals full of subtle nuance along with a brilliant band. Name the artist and extra credit for the name of the album...
*Born in Southern Mississippi and raised in Alabama, this artist moved to Nashville to try and make it in country music in the late 60's. Since then his easygoing Gulf Coast persona has built not only a great catalogue of music, but a truly diversified business empire. Name the artist...
BATTLE OF THE BANDS
Happy Together by The Turtles vs You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice by Lovin’ Spoonful
1. Gloria, Them (Van Morrison)
2. Toto, Rosanna
3. Lyle Lovett, Lyle Lovett and His Large Band
4. Jimmy Buffett
Battle of the Bands : The Turtles won with 51% of votes