Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Battle of the Bands ~ I'm On Fire

I'm interrupting my posts on What I Learned This Summer for a fun round of Battle of the Bands. If you came here looking for the What I Learned posts, skip back one (and then one more).

I've been a bit swamped and didn't have a good idea for this round of BoTB. So, I sent an email to my CP, Bryan, over at A Beer For The Shower, and asked him if he had any ideas for a good BoTB match-up.

He sent me back this:

Since I was THAT DESPERATE, I laughed and said, "Yes, bring it on."

So, he sent me back the links to two covers of the Bruce Springsteen song I'm On Fire. I hadn't heard either of the covers, so this was a delicious surprise. Plus, you got some relief from my taste in music and get Bryan's instead. A win/win, right?

I can say with all honesty that I know nothing about either of these covers. I'm not even going to look them up on Wikipedia, because this is really just about listening to the music and deciding what you like best. So, let's just do that.

Just a reminder: video presentations are not part of the voting in this battle. It is solely about the music.

Here is the link to the Springsteen original (which is NOT an option in the voting): The Original.

Okay, the first cover is by the band Du Tonc:

The second cover is by Crozet:

Please vote for the version of this song you prefer. If you want to get into the Ins and Outs of why you like one better than the other... I LOVE long comments!

For more Battle of the Bands fun, check out the other BOTB bloggers to vote on their battles:


  1. I like the second one. It's smooth and makes me sleepy. :)

    1. Rosey,

      It could be because you're listening in the wee hours of the morning... ha!

      Got you down for Crozet:)

  2. Robin and BB boyz!!

    I gave a few spins.

    Du Tonc - are a bit too noisy for me. All the little syntho-sounds, or whatever it is they're called. Plus- the happy distorted voice was not fer me.

    Crozet - might be considered too close to the original, but I say, "pooh." I like their drums and saxophone. Bruce rocks this,even though this song is not a favorite of mine. Ha!

    Log me for Crozet, please. Thank you. Tough choice, actually (smile).


    1. This is a strange battle for me in that I'm not any more familiar with these versions than you guys. I'm (still) undecided on my own vote on this one,so I can see why it required a couple of listens. It is a tough choice!

      Got you down for Crozet!

  3. Good suggestion, Bryan.
    The second one sounded a lot like the original. While the first isn't a type of music I would listen to, the band did go for something really unique. For that reason, Du Tonc gets my vote.
    Sorry, that's about as long a comment as I can write...

    1. Are your fingers cramping Alex? ;)

      I can see your point about the first one. It does stray a bit more from Bruce's original.

  4. Both versions are fairly well done. The Du Tonc vocals are a bit wimpy sounding and the instrumental stuff gets to be kind of a mess toward the end.

    The Crozet version was smooth flowing with vocals that were much preferred by my ears.

    It's Crozet for me.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

    1. Wimpy? Hmm. Okay.

      I think we should always pick the version our ears prefer!

      Vote noted!

  5. Crozet gets my vote, since it's close to the original. Love Springsteen's music, most of it anyway. The first song was a little too hyper distorting what's good about the music, IMO. Also liked the visual in the second version.

  6. To be honest I didn't like either one of these! Yikes!! But I would vote for Crozet for the same reason as Arlee. It was easier on my ears.......

  7. This was tough, mainly because neither one wowed me. People have already noted my feeling about the Du Tonic version-while not a huge departure from the original, too much going on in the mix.

    The Crozet version was pretty close to the original, begging the question "why bother?"but in fairness to the artist, this was such a big song for Springsteen that a wide departure would have probably drawn cries of sacrilege.

    Overall, the second version had more appeal for me than the first, but I am not joining the Crozet fan club anytime soon.


  8. I'm voting for Crozet on this one. It was very close to Springsteen's -- not that that's the reason I voted for it; the other version was just too electronic for me. I didn't enjoy it. So put me down for Crozet. Never heard of either band so it's cool to be introduced to these bands. Good battle. Tell your friend he did good! :) Love what he sent you! (the You Must Be So Desperate to Come to Me): that's awesome! I may have to borrow that!
    Michele at Angels Bark

    Yep, I'm going along with the crowd on this one. (That doesn't happen often, eh?)

    I don't like the "electronix" in the first version. It just starts to get on my nerves after awhile. (In this case, "awhile" means about 10 seconds.)

    And, yep, the CROZET cover is nearly identical to the Springsteen original, but it doesn't get on my nerves, so... I'm coming out of the closet for Crozet.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

  10. Today I have a headache. It started out this morning as a real screamer and was beginning to mellow into an irritating dull roar and then I listened to Du Tonc. YIKES! I think I could actually feel my eyeballs being scrambled.

    I'll go with Crozet and the BS wannabe biker on this one.

  11. I liked both versions. But something about the first one didn't poke my attention enough. I think the way the lyrics were performed. I didn't like how they were done. It wasn't bad, just didn't grasp me as much as the second song. Please give my vote to Crozet.

  12. Hi human, Robin,

    Both versions are quite nice. The first one was a bit too elevator music for me, but still, not bad. However, I did like the second one bestest.

    Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses,

    Penny xx

  13. There is something about Du Tonc that I really enjoyed because they made it very original. I could see it being played in a 1970's British science fiction show like Blake 7 (I know no one has heard of it) so they get my vote. the 2nd one is good but it sounds too similar to the original-good but not unique

  14. Crozet's version was too close to the original, which I don't care much for, anyway. Du Tonc's tried to take it in a different direction; how well they did is up for grabs, but I give them my vote for at least trying.

  15. I like the original and prefer Crozet's version because it's fairly close to it. The musical arrangement of the first selection was off-putting.

  16. Well, no danger of me voting for the original- that song easily would make the top ten of tunes I hate the most. Can't win 'em all, Boss!

    And after listening, I don't think either contestant exactly did it any favors. So in the spirit of not poisoning the vote... I'll take a pass on this one.

  17. I've never heard this song, nor either of the covers... so completely unbiased here! Alright, Crozet had this 80s sort of feel to me that I wasn't really digging. Felt harsh and while the lyrics mellowed it out... I really did jam to the sorta futuristic sound of Du Tonc.

    - Madilyn Quinn @ NovelBrews

  18. Du Tunc get my vote, the second one really didn't do anything for me.

  19. Both artists are new-to-me. Give my vote to Crozet, Robin. I simply liked this cover over-all better than the first. Yeah, I'm not very analytical about these things, am I? lol

  20. I like Bryan's taste is music :) Hmm, hard to say, but I almost like Crozet better than Bruce. Smooth voice.

    My vote is going to Du Tonc though; I'm a techno fan, and like the subtle tech beat. The difference was refreshing.

    Have a good weekend Dear :)

  21. Give me Du Tonc or give me death. Actually, just give me Du Tonc. I don't really want death.

    (sorry, thought I had voted on this already)


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