It’s time for my first Battle of the Bands Results post!
The song was “Without You” with contending versions by Badfinger and Mariah Carey:
Well, this has certainly been a great first battle! I’ve tallied up the votes and out of 16 votes, 8 voted Badfinger and 8 voted Mariah Carey. So I guess I am going to be the tie-breaking vote. I’ve been undecided all this week and I’ve just listened to each version two or three times in the last hour. As much as it pains me to say, my vote is going for Mariah. The reason being: her version is just so much more powerful than Badfinger’s. After hearing Harry Nilsson’s version for so many years, I’ve come to expect passion in the song and Mariah certainly has that. In my heart of hearts I really wanted to be able to vote Badfinger, and even moreso after reading the backstory to this song, but my ear pulls me to Mariah’s version. Badfinger’s just felt a little flat and knowing how much emotion went into the writing of the song, I didn’t think that emotion carried over into the singing of it.
So, my first battle is over and the winner is Mariah Carey. Wow.
I loved that the votes were split right down the middle though. That made it very exciting. Thanks to all who participated. Hope you’ll join me in the next battle on June 1st. Until then, rock on…
And check out the other BOTB participants for their results posts: