It’s Results Day for my most recent battle featuring the Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes song “If You Don’t Know Me By Now.” Pitting reggae band Zap Pow against Simply Red probably wasn’t the brightest move because we damn near had a shut out. It seems that the Simply Red version simply brings back a rush of memories for people and the group garnered most of the votes. Zap Pow did manage to pull out two votes though.
I was originally going to use Martina McBride’s version against Simply Red and in hindsight that probably would’ve been a better battle because her version is very strong as well. It’s more closely matched to Simply Red’s version. But I wanted to bring something different to the table and Zap Pow definitely provided that. I think they did a fabulous job with the song. I liked it because it wasn’t overly reggae, giving us just a nice hint of the genre.
That being said, my vote is going to Simply Red as well. Their version is just so strong and powerful. I love the vocals.
So, Simply Red wins this battle hands down! Final tally:
Simply Red: 15 votes
Zap Pow: 2 votes
Here’s another Simply Red song that is a favorite of mine. And I suspect many other folks here like this song as well.
As always, thanks for playing along! See you on the 15th for another oldie but goodie…