Battle of the Bands RESULTS: Bill Withers’ Use Me


The song was Bill Wither’s Use Me; the cover contenders were Aaron Neville and Hootie & the Blowfish. Wow oh wow, was this ever a tough choice for me! And it was a tight battle all the way through. If I vote for Aaron Neville, this battle will result in a Tie. So… who am I going to vote for?

I am having the hardest time deciding. I love both versions and each stays pretty true to the original. Aaron has that sensual delivery that makes me swoon. There is some very fine sax and haunting strings, and I especially like the way he ends the song (“funky funky funky funky…”). On the other hand, Darius Rucker with the Blowfish do a tremendous job in all facets of the song and I like the sax in their version even better than in Aaron’s version. Plus there’s more beat to it, some great harmonies and an intensity that I really dig.

Arrgh! I want to vote for both — but I already did that once and I’m not going to make a habit of doing that. It pains me to have to make a choice but I will. Instead of resulting in a Tie, I’m choosing Hootie & the Blowfish. (Sorry Aaron).

Final Tally:  

Aaron Neville – 8 votes

Hootie & the Blowfish – 10 votes

This was a fun battle. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. As always, thanks for your participation. Come back on the 15th for the next battle. Have a great week everybody!

14 thoughts on “Battle of the Bands RESULTS: Bill Withers’ Use Me

  1. Hi, Michele!

    Congratulations on staging a very close battle with evenly matched challengers. As usual I am on the losing team but it’s all good because I was introduced to two excellent new versions of one of my favorite songs.

    Thanks again for the entertainment and enjoy the rest of your week, dear friend Michele!

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    • Glad you’re okay with the outcome. I really had a hard time choosing and I just as well could’ve chosen Aaron Neville. I’m going to have both versions in my music library, that’s for sure. Thanks for playing!


    • Glad you liked it Debbie. I had fun with it. Love that song so much and it was really neat to find two excellent versions. Thanks for playing! Have a great weekend. 🙂


    • Yay, Hootie! I nearly killed me to vote against Aaron Neville though. This was probably the hardest time I’ve had voting in my own battles. Was really a toss-up and I listened to both versions so many times! Good thing I liked the song… 🙂
      Thanks for playing Jeffrey!


  2. Sorry I’m late, friend! Yay for Hootie and the Blowfish! I might have chosen another name for this band (lol), but I’ve loved them from the start. Remember Hold My Hand? Yep, I was hooked. Have you heard any of Darius Rucker’s solo stuff? He’s still got it.

    Thanks! Have a nice weekend!


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