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Battle of the Bands: Using the Mind to Solve This Matter

Welcome to another Battle of the Bands! This month’s battle comes from a song that I wanted to use in a #SongLyricsSunday post a couple of weeks ago. The topic was “mind / brain / think / thought”. I eventually used the song “Stop & Think” by an unknown 80s singer named Michelle Goulet (but still one of my favorite songs). However, I also thought of using another 80s song that went by the name of “Mind Over Matter”, but eventually I scrapped that idea.

Now, for March’s Battle of the Band, I want to revisit “Mind Over Battle” and the two (maybe) well-known version by former Blondie singer Debbie Harry and actress and voice actress E.G. Daily (who you might know as the voice of such iconic characters like Tommy Pickles from Rugrats and Buttercup from The Powderpuff Girls). Before we pick our favorites, let’s first take a look at the history of the song.

Movies and Label Disputes

Cover art for the Summer School soundtrack
Cover art for the Summer School soundtrack

“Mind Over Matter” was written by Michael Jay (who wrote 80s hits like Gloria Estefan’s “Hot Summer Nights” for the Top Gun soundtrack and Martika’s “Toy Soldiers”) and Rick Palombi. It is described by Jay as an “anthem pop song”.[1] Before Harry or Daily had a chance to record the tune, Dutch-born Nikki Leeger was the first to release as a single in 1986. You can hear this version in the trailer for the 1987 movie Summer School, in which Harry’s and Daily’s versions would be included on some pressing of the soundtrack.

Originally, Debbie Harry recorded the song for the Summer School soundtrack. However, Chrysalis Records refused to release Harry’s version as a single. The reason was that, at that time, Harry just left Chrysalis for Geffen. “While Chrysalis was given clearances to include Debbie’s version on the movie soundtrack album, they would not be allowed to release it as a single. The song was always positioned to be the hit single to help promote the film. Not being allowed to use Deborah Harry’s version for that purpose meant that Debbie would need to be replaced with another artist.”[1]

The Cover art for E.G. Daily's single "Mind Over Matter"

This caused Jay and Palombi to scramble to find a new singer for the track, which the duo called E.G. Daily to ask her to lend her vocals (Jay previously worked with Daily, so they knew each other well). Daily recounts that the decision was very quick. As soon as she said “yes” to Jay’s and Palombi’s offer, she was flown to London to record with Stock, Aiken, and Waterman (who also produced the track). After finishing recording, the singer/actress flew back to the States and recorded a music video with the movie’s cast.[2] Daily’s version ranked in various charts all over the chart, including #7 on the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play.

So Who Will It Be?

So, who sang “Mind Over Matter”: Debbie Harry or E.G. Daily? Listen to both songs below and let me know the one you like the best in the comments. Afterwards, check out the battles of other participants in the links below!

Debbie Harry’s “Mind Over Matter”


E.G. Daily’s “Mind Over Matter”

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!

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[2] EG Daily talks about Michael Jay and “Mind Over Matter” (

This Post Has 22 Comments

  1. renee

    I like Brandy’s hair! Great post- so fun!

  2. Arlee Bird

    One version was pretty much like the other, but I’m giving the edge to Debbie Harry. I always liked her and she’s my favorite of these two choices.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

  3. Neely Moldovan

    Debbie Harry fan for life! I just love her so much!

  4. Stephanie

    They are both good, but all I can think about when I hear EG Daily is Tommy Pickles since I grew up watching Rugrats. It was one of my favorite shows. For that reason, I have to go with Debbie Harry.

  5. Marjie Mare

    I always find some great songs whenever I come to your blog. I have heard Mind over Matter for a while.

  6. Anosa

    I think they are both good but I think I love Debbie’s one for some reason.

  7. Sarah M

    Both sang the song beautifully and my vote goes to Debbie.

  8. Shiela

    This song reminds me of the good ol’ day when everything seems fine and beautiful.

  9. Kendra

    Wow! This was fun and tough to pick which version I like better. I love E.G Daily’s edginess, but I think I’m going to go with Debbie Harry because I grew up loving the “Bubble Gum” pop sounds like hers.

  10. Renata

    I actually don’t know this song, but I’ve always liked Debbie Harry – also, I’ve never heard of this other lady 😉

  11. Kimberley

    I love Debbie Harry so definitely picking her!

  12. Di Hickman

    I had never heard of this song before. But listening to both and I have to vote for Debbie Harry. Voice is way more powerful!

  13. Knycx Journeying

    They are simply legendary and appreciate that you bought out some wonderful memories. Thanks for sharing their music to the world, looking forward for more – Knycx Journeying

  14. Kenneth

    im really not aware of the aritist singer…..listen to some of their song just now and their voice are amazing they are both talented

  15. Marjie Mare

    I think they both sing the song beautifully. I love Debbie the most.

  16. DEBBIE HARRY — it’s the ultimate transgender name!!

    No, I’m not voting for her. I’m… just… saying.

    Neither of these dogs are in my fight.
    Er– I meant to say, “I don’t have a dog in this fight”.

    ~ STMcC

    1. aisasami

      Stephen, how are you? I saw that you retired your BotB series. I hope you restart it someday.

      1. Thank you, AMY!

        Although I still think I may, on very rare occasions, post a new blog bit on my old ‘Ferret-Faced Fascist Friends’ blog (always my most important blog and the one that was dearest to me), I seriously doubt I will ever return to my BOTB blog. I believe that I still have many A-List & E-Ticket BOTB ideas, but Google / Blogger has made blogging way too unnecessarily complicated. Plus, IMO, it is “way late in the day” to be spending time on things like music battles. The end of the world as we know it is only 8 years away. Jesus Christ is very likely returning to Earth in late 2029, so I have more important things on my mind than music battles.
        But I sincerely thank you for your reply, and I wish you well.
        Bless And Be Blessed!!
        ~ STMcC

  17. Daniel

    I like Debbie’s version, she sounds great!

  18. Prajaktasfoodlab

    I don’t really know these bands. But after listening to the songs I did like Debbie.

  19. Mike

    EJ Daily gets my vote on this one

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