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Battle of the Bands: A Tale of Two 80s Songs

Hey! Like #SongLyricsSunday, it has been AWHILE since I did a Battle of the Bands segment on my blog. I really wanted to continue this but I just got so busy. I am so sorry to my “Battle of the Bands” friends that I have vanished without any word. But, here I am: back with another Battle of the Bands. I think I am going to do just only one battle of the bands for now until I know I can do more. Without further ado…

This Friday is January 8, which means David Bowie’s birthday. He would have been 74 years old. Also, this weekend makes the 5th anniversary of his death. There is an online musical concert, entitled A Bowie Celebration, happening this Friday to celebrate his life and music. I might buy a ticket as there are some amazing musicians, including David Sansborn and Joe Sumner (I hugged Joe once, a loooooooong time ago).

As Bowie had an amazing discography, it was hard to pick a song or two for this battle. I personally love The Labyrinth soundtrack from the 80s, but I wanted to feature something more and rare. That’s it, I thought, I have to feature his self-cover of “Girls”, which was included as b-side of the for Bowie’s 1987 single “Time Will Crawl”.

Wait a minute, did you say “self-cover”? Yes, I did! You see, Bowie wrote the song (with Erdal Kızılçay) for another 80s powerhouse, Tina Turner. So, I decided to make the battle about who sang “Girls” better: Turner or Bowie. Check out both songs below and vote for your favorite by commenting! I can’t wait to see who will you pick!


80s Song #1: “Girls” by Tina Turner

This was released as a single in 1986 and then featured on the album Break Every Rule. This mellow pop-rock song features Phil Collins on drums. You can hear the “Bowie sound” around the 2:00 mark with that bass part. Of course, Tina Turner’s powerful vocals really do this song justice as they are cusped with such power and emotions!


80s Song #2: “Girls” by David Bowie

David Bowie released his self-cover of the tune a year later as a B-side. To tell you the truth, I love the Japanese version better than the English one as I enjoy Bowie singing Japanese. Actually, it was the Japanese version that I found first this tune through Youtube videos back in 2005. It has a different feel than the original Tina Turner version, but it does feature David’s amazing vocals.


Who Will It Be?

Now it is your turn to vote! Who will be the victor? Tell me in the comments below! I can’t wait to hear what you guys think!

I am also part of the “Battle of the Bands” blog collection. After you vote, please visit the other battles:

Visit TOSSING IT OUT by clicking HERE.
Visit MIKE’S RAMBLINGS’by clicking HERE.
Visit CURIOUS AS A CATHY by clicking HERE.
Visit THE SOUND OF ONE HAND TYPING by clicking HERE
Visit JINGLE JANGLE JUNGLE by clicking HERE.
Visit ANGELS BARK by clicking HERE.
Visit THE DOGLADY’S DEN by clicking HERE.
Visit CHERDO ON THE FLIPSIDE by clicking HERE
Visit STMoC PRESENTS BATTLE OF THE BANDS by clicking HERE.


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