Battle of the Bands RESULTS: Get Ready


Is everybody having a good year so far? We’re ten days in… Which also means I’m late in posting the results from our New Year’s battle. The song was “Get Ready” and Rare Earth handily won this battle! Most of you preferred their version over the Supremes. And so did I. But The Supremes did garner a respectable three votes. I just love Rare Earth. Which is why I’m closing this post with another one of their great hits.

The battle tally:

Rare Earth:   10 votes

The Supremes:  3 votes:

Here’s Rare Earth’s 1972 hit Hey Big Brother. Enjoy!


As always, thanks for participating in my battle. See you on the 15th for the next one!

Battle of the Bands – Get Ready


It’s a brand new year so let’s GET READY! 

It’s the first day of January and that means Battle of the Bands. I’ll present two covers, you listen and vote which version you like better. I’ll post the results in 6 days!

I’m in a Motown mood. Are you ready??

“Get Ready” is a Motown song written by Smokey Robinson, which resulted in two hit records for the label: a U.S. #29 version by The Temptations in 1966, and a U.S. #4 version by Rare Earth in 1970. It is significant for being the last song Robinson wrote and produced for the Temptations.

The original Temptations version of “Get Ready”, produced by Smokey Robinson, was designed as an answer to the latest dance craze, “The Duck”. The Temptations’ falsetto Eddie Kendricks sings lead on the song, which Robinson produced as an up-tempo dance number with a prominent rhythm provided by Motown drummer Benny Benjamin. In the song, Kendricks informs his lover to “get ready” because “I’m bringin’ you a love that’s true”. Melvin Franklin sings lead on the pre-chorus: “fe, fi, fo, fum/look out/’cause here I come” along with several other similar lines. The song made it to number one on the U.S. R&B singles chart, while peaking at number twenty-nine on the pop charts

Here is the Temptations version, for your enjoyment only. Don’t vote for them…Just listen and groove.


CONTENDER #1: Rare Earth 

Rare Earth has the distinction of being the first white band to be signed to Motown. In 1970, Motown’s rock band Rare Earth released a cover version of the song as a single. Rare Earth’s version of “Get Ready” was the band’s first recording for Motown, and was based upon a version of the song it performed as the closing numbers to their live performances.

The band wanted to release “Get Ready” as a single, but Motown declined at first, issuing the unsuccessful “Generation, Light Up the Sky” as the band’s first single. Finally deferring to the band’s wishes in February 1970, Motown released a three-minute edit of the song as a single, which became a hit. “Get Ready” hit #2 on the Cash Box Top 100 and peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, a far better performance than the original.

Their 45 RPM single version sold in excess of a million U.S. copies, earning a Gold certification from the RIAA. In the live show, each member of the band performed a solo, resulting in a twenty-one-minute rendition of the song. (If you’re interested in hearing the full version, I’ve included that video at the bottom of this post; for the battle, of course I’m using the shorter single version).


CONTENDER #2:  The Supremes

The Supremes covered the song on their 1966 album The Supremes A’ Go-Go. It was produced by Motown writing team Holland-Dozier-Holland. Lead vocals by Diana Ross,
Background vocals by Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard. Produced by Brian Holland and Lamont Dozier. Instrumentation by The Funk Brothers.


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:


Here is Rare Earth’s 21 minute version of Get Ready, in case you’re interested. This is from a 1971 concert:


As always, thanks for participating in my Battle of the Bands today!

Happy New Year!



A Great and Timely Short: Mni Wiconi: The Stand at Standing Rock

Nicole over at The Madlab Post is hosting a blogathon highlighting the injustice of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), which is threatening the water and land of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. To see what’s at stake, take a moment – well, just 8 minutes really – to watch this eye-opening documentary short by Lucian Read.

And head on over to The Madlab Post to see how you can join the #DeFundDAPL movement and what you can do to help.


Thanks Nicole for helping to bring attention to this important issue!

Twisted Christmas Battle RESULTS


Time for the results for my Twisted Christmas Battle, Jeff Foxworthy vs Cheech & Chong. I’m glad that so many of you got some good laughs from these contenders.

I have to say that I was surprised that more people weren’t into the Cheech & Chong skit. I think those guys are hilarious. Like Stephen says, and this is so true, sometimes it’s not what they say but how they say it.

Chong cracks me up:

“Yeah, I played with those dudes, man. Last year at the Filmore…”


(Cheech: “You don’t know who Santa Claus is!”)

“Well I’m not from here. Like I’m from Pittsburg, man. I don’t know many local dudes.”


(Cheech: “Now he’s got a job in front of the department store, ringing this bell and playing the tambourine next to this black pot.”

“Oh yeah I seen the dude, man! Yeah man, I played with that cat last year…”

(Cheech: “Wait a minute, man! Santa Claus is not a musician!”)

“I’m hip, man. That cat didn’t know any tunes…”


hahahaha! OMG, that cracks me up!

Cheech & Chong were real big when I was in high school. I remember going to see their movie Up In Smoke back in ’78 and the audience roaring. Of course we were all pretty buzzed up and everything was funny…

Re: this battle though, most of you found Jeff Foxworthy’s Redneck 12 Days of Christmas to be more funny. I love the Blue Collar Comedy Tour (Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall, Ron White and Larry the Cable Guy) and laugh just as hard every time I see it. I love Foxworthy’s Redneck jokes and they always crack me up too but overall my vote went to Cheech & Chong.

Final tally:

Jeff Foxworthy:  9 votes

Cheech & Chong: 6 votes

To close, I’m leaving you with a scene from the hilarious film Up in Smoke. Maybe you have to be an old stoner to really appreciate it, but hope you like it. MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY!