It’s time for Battle of the Bands again! This battle came to me as I was driving the other day when this song came on the radio. I had forgotten how much I liked this song! I cranked it up and blasted on down the highway. Hopefully you’ll like it as much as I do. For those who may not be familiar, “I Got You” is a 1979 song by New Zealand rock group Split Enz from their studio album True Colours. Split Enz’s most commercially successful single, “I Got You” was written by Neil Finn and released in late 1979. In 2001 it was voted 11th best New Zealand song of all time by APRA.
Here is the Split Enz version, for your enjoyment only. Don’t vote on this version!
Pearl Jam, Marilyn Manson, Something for Kate and Semisonic are among the artists who have played the song live. The song was recorded by my battle contenders, Vitamin C and The Connells.
Contender #1: Vitamin C
Wikipedia tells us that Colleen Ann Fitzpatrick (born July 20, 1972), better known by her stage name Vitamin C, is an American pop music singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actress. Her singles include “Graduation (Friends Forever)”, “As Long As You’re Loving Me”, “The Itch”, and her most successful hit the Top 20 Gold certified “Smile”. Vitamin C is also the former lead singer of the alternative rock band Eve’s Plum. As an actress, she has appeared in the films Hairspray (1988), Dracula 2000 (2000), Da Hip Hop Witch (2000), Scary Movie 2 (2001), and Get Over It (2001).
She was ranked No. 76 on the Maxim Hot 100 Women of 2001. Mattel released a Vitamin C doll in 2000. She was a video game character in the game EA Sports Triple Play by EA Sports. Vitamin C has her own Tommy Hilfiger lipstick color developed after her signature yellow and orange hair.
On March 21, 2012, Vitamin C was appointed as Vice President of Music at Nickelodeon
Contender #2: The Connells
The Connells are an American band from Raleigh, North Carolina. They play a guitar-oriented, melodic, power pop style of rock music with introspective lyrics that reflect the American South. Though mostly dormant, the band continues to play to this day. The band is best known for their song ’74–’75, which became a Top 20 hit in the UK and made them quite popular in Europe at the time.
Here is their cover version of I Got You:
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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