Battle of the Bands – Friday on My Mind

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It’s time for another Battle of the Bands. Today I’m featuring another one-hit wonder, this one by Australian rock band The Easybeats. Battling it out are two cover versions. Give a listen to each contender and tell me which one you prefer in the Comments. I’ll post the results in 6 days!

The song:

“Friday on My Mind” is a 1966 song by Australian rock group The Easybeats. Written by band members George Young and Harry Vanda, the track became a worldwide hit, reaching no. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in May 1967 in the US, no. 1 on the Dutch Top 40 chart, no. 1 in Australia and no. 6 in the UK, as well as charting in several other countries. In 2001, it was voted “Best Australian Song” of all time by the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) as determined by a panel of 100 music industry personalities. In 2007, ‘Friday on My Mind’ was added to the National Film and Sound Archive’s Sounds of Australia registry.

Here are The Easybeats performing their hit song. This is NOT part of the battle and provided here for your enjoyment only.

 

This song has been covered by several musicians, including David Bowie (but I didn’t care for his version). This battle features live performances, pitting electric guitar against acoustic guitar, both with male vocals. See which one you prefer and let me know.

 

Contender #1:  Gary Moore  –  Robert William Gary Moore (April 4, 1952 – February 6, 2011) was a Northern Irish musician, most widely recognized as a singer, songwriter, and virtuoso rock and blues guitarist.

In a career dating back to the 1960s, Moore played with musicians including Phil Lynott and Brian Downey during his teenage years, leading him to memberships of the Irish bands Skid Row and Thin Lizzy, and British band Colosseum II. Moore shared the stage with such blues and rock musicians as B.B. King, Albert King, Jack Bruce, Albert Collins, George Harrison, and Greg Lake, as well as having a successful solo career. He guested on a number of albums recorded by high-profile musicians.

Gary Moore died of a heart attack in his sleep at the age of 58 during the early hours of February 6, 2011. At the time, he was on holiday with a girlfriend at the Kempinski Hotel in Estepona, Spain. After a quiet dinner, they went for a walk on the beach before going up to their room. The girlfriend raised the alarm at 4:00 am, and tried to give him a heart massage. His death was confirmed by Thin Lizzy’s manager, Adam Parsons.

According to The Daily Telegraph, Moore’s fatal heart attack was brought on by a massive amount of alcohol he had consumed the evening of his death. Moore had 380 mg of alcohol per decilitre (100 millilitres) of blood (0.38%) in his system, which meant he was five times the legal drink driving limit. Blood alcohol content from 0.40% to 0.50% is considered to be lethal.

Here is Gary Moore’s performance of Friday on My Mind:

 

Contender #2:  Richard Thompson

Richard John Thompson, OBE (born April 3, 1949) is an English singer, songwriter and guitarist.

He made his début as a recording artist as a member of Fairport Convention in September 1967. He continues to write and record new material regularly and frequently performs live throughout the world.

Thompson was awarded the Orville H. Gibson Award for best acoustic guitar player in 1991. Similarly, his songwriting has earned him an Ivor Novello Award and, in 2006, a lifetime achievement award from BBC Radio. Artists who have recorded Thompson’s compositions include such diverse talents as Del McCoury, R.E.M., Bonnie Raitt, Christy Moore, David Gilmour, Mary Black, Elvis Costello, Marshall Crenshaw, The Corrs, Sandy Denny, June Tabor, Joel Fafard, Maria McKee, Shawn Colvin, Norma Waterson, Martin Carthy, Nanci Griffith, Graham Parker, Jefferson Starship, The Pointer Sisters, Maura O’Connell, Los Lobos, John Doe, Greg Brown, Bob Mould, Barbara Manning, Loudon Wainwright III, The Futureheads, Jeff Lang, Dinosaur Jr., David Byrne, and The Blind Boys of Alabama.

Here is Richard Thompson’s version of Friday on My Mind:

 

TIME TO VOTE! Which version do you like better and why? And when you’re done voting, please visit these other BOTB participants and check out their cool battles:

 

 

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24 thoughts on “Battle of the Bands – Friday on My Mind

  1. Hi, Michele!

    “Friday On My Mind” is a clever choice for a Friday BOTB, dear friend!

    The Easybeats’ record was on the U.S. chart in the weeks leading up to my high school graduation. However I don’t recall it being much of a factor on my local record chart in York, PA, and it was not in the jukebox lineup at the Shady Dell. I became more familiar with the song a few years later when I got caught up in the oldies craze of the early 70s and added it to my collection.

    This challenge features two great live performances, electric vs. acoustic. My ears had no difficulty voting this time around because they preferred the plugged-in sound of Gary Moore’s version over the unplugged sound of Richard Thompson. Moore and his mates fleshed out the song with fierce, brazen rockitude and I like it even more than the Easybeats’ original.

    Mark me down for Gary Moore, and have a fine weekend, dear friend Michele!

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    • Thanks for stopping by Shady. Good to know that you liked the Easybeats way back when, even though it wasn’t when they were charting. I have discovered many great bands that I now love that I didn’t like when they were popular. That’s the beauty of music: it’s timeless.

      I’ve got you down for Gary Moore. Thanks for being my first visitor today!
      Have a great weekend my friend… Stay out of trouble You!!

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  2. This was one of my friend Marvin’s favorite songs and I always liked it too. Kind of psychedelic folk. It fits Richard Thompson’s style well. Back in the 80’s I went through a Richard Thompson phase where I listened to a lot of his music. He’s good. However between these versions I prefer the harder rocking more cohesive sound of Gary Moore.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    • Another vote for Gary Moore.
      Safe travels to you! hope you’re having a ton of fun! Thanks for stopping by during your road trip…

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  3. Interesting song. I’ve never heard it before. I think I like the Gary Moore version the best. Seemed to rock more and I’m certainly in that kind of mood today.
    Ironically enough, I’ve got Friday on my mind too.

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    • When I pre-scheduled this post, I had no idea that the 15th fell on a friday. That worked out pretty good, eh? 🙂
      For the man in a rockin’ mood, Gary Moore for you.
      Thanks for stopping by…

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  4. The more I heard of Gary Moore’s version, the less I liked it. Richard Thompson did a great job with this one and I liked it consistently from beginning to end, so he gets my vote here. Incidentally, this is the first battle today where I didn’t like both versions. Don’t know what that means…

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    • Glad the song put you in a Friday mindset! Great way to start the day huh?
      Another vote for Richard Thompson.
      Thanks for coming by Mary

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  5. >>… In 2001, it was voted “Best Australian Song” of all time by the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) as determined by a panel of 100 music industry personalities.

    Seriously? Sheesh!
    OK, I’m guessing then that ‘THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF GREAT AUSTRALIAN SONGS’ is a very slim book. HA!-HA!

    I think Gary Moore was an awesome guitarist — he was far, FAR better’n most guitarists who are more famous — and I’ve used him in two BOTB contests in electric Blues battles. In the first one, he justifiably beat Stevie Ray Vaughan (who was also great) and in the second one he tied Eric Clapton (although I feel Gary should have won).

    I’m a huge fan of Gary’s Blues playing, but not a fan of his earlier Hard Rock stuffs. So, in this case, I’m voting for RICHARD THOMPSON, who’s more melodic approach was easier on my ears.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    ‘Loyal American Underground’

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    • Interesting that, being such a Gary Moore fan, your vote fell for Richard Thompson. I can see Gary beating out Stevie…not sure how I would’ve voted in Clapton v. Moore though.

      Lol on your comment about the Australian Encyclopedia of Songs or whatever that was! I could indeed be a very skinny book…

      Thanks for coming by today Stephen. Have yourself a great weekend!

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  6. I remember this song from back in the day!! However I never heard of any of these singers. What does that say?? My vote goes for Richard Thompson because it sounds more upbeat. And in this nasty world we are living in right now, I need that upbeat sound!!

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    • Me too Paula! I need some upbeat in my life right now!!! Glad you liked Richard Thompson and that he brought a little pep into your day…
      Thanks for stopping by.

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  7. I like Richard Thompson’s acoustic version better. I like his voice better and the styling more. Very sad about Moore and how he died but at least he seemed to go out in drunken style.

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  8. Michele, this is a new-to-me oldie. I like both rival artists better than the original. I’m giving my vote to Gary Moore. His version wins by hair with me. That’s how much I liked both rendition. Cool fun!

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  9. Wow- tough one! 🙂 The original is one of my favourite songs from that era and I’m a fan of both contenders as well. Each cover has its merits and I had to listen twice. In the end, my rockchick heart had to go with Gary Moore. More energetic!

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    • A rockchick vote for you! Glad you liked both versions. Good to know that the song was one of your favorites way back then. It’s Monday and I already have Friday on my mind! 🙂

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