CLOSE YOUR EYES. TAKE A DEEP BREATH. OPEN YOUR HEART.

SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR

SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR
High School Yearbook Photo

"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight
HELLO STRANGER ... IT SEEMS LIKE A MIGHTY LONG TIME!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Battle of the Blands


 BLAND #1 


READ MY LIPS...

NO NEW TAXES!

JUST TO MAKE IT CRYSTAL CLEAR,

THIS IS THE FIRST COMPETING SONG

IN TODAY'S BATTLE OF THE BLANDS.






 BLAND #2 


JUST TO MAKE IT CRYSTAL CLEAR,

THIS IS THE SECOND COMPETING SONG

IN TODAY'S BATTLE OF THE BLANDS.






JUST TO MAKE IT CRYSTAL CLEAR,

I WANT YOU TO LIST 10 WAYS

THOSE TWO SONGS ARE SIMILAR

TO EACH OF THE FOLLOWING:


The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking
...in theaters this Christmas


Her name was Magill, and she called herself Lil,
But everyone knew her as Nancy.


"Sadie" the world famous diving horse
at Atlantic City's Steel Pier circa 1967



 WHAT'S WRONG WITH MY POST? 

 I'M SURE YOU'RE DYING TO TELL ME. 

PICK THE ANSWER THAT MOST CLOSELY

MATCHES YOUR OPINION:

A. Too confusing

B. Too many songs (it got confusing - see "A")


C. Too different (me no likey different)


D. Did not follow the BOTB rules and regulations established by the founding fathers and handed down through the millennia.


E. Needs more Debby Boone


F. Did I mention confusing? (Oh yeah, I did.)


G. All of the above


H. None of the above


I. Scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream 
































 Allow myself to introduce...(long pause)...myself. 


 I'm Austin Powers...super secret spy, 

 international man of mystery, bon vivant, 

 swinging playboy and irresistible babe magnet. 

 London is my home, shag is my bag, 

 planet earth is my playground and 

 danger is my middle name, baby. 

 Maybe I should change that. 

 Confusion is my middle name. 

 How's that luv? 

Your regular host, Shady, couldn't make it today.
He's in the slammer. Seems he was pulled over last night
during a routine traffic stop and wrestled to the ground
when deputies found one of those Swedish-made pump
thingies on the passenger seat of his Nash Rambler.
They slapped Shady with additional charges when
he insisted on demonstrating the device.  

As you might have guessed, this is not a real
Battle of the Bands post. It's only a gag, baby.
It's Shady's way of letting you know that he is
out of town for the day and that he will visit
your blog, read your latest post and leave a
comment a.s.a.p... so please be patient.

Oooops, mum's calling so I gotta go, mate.
Goodbye for now and remember.....
don't take any wooden knickers!


 That's a joke, pussycat, oh behave yourself. 

 I saw you crack a smile just then, luv - YEAH! 


50 comments:

  1. Uh...Shady... I'm trying to do what you asked and list the 10 ways those two songs are similar to the 3 pictures and the 3 captions. I thought of 9 ways so far but I can't seem to figure out the 10th. Can you give me any clues?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The first thing I will tell you is, there’s a man...in a smiling bag.

      Second thing is, the owls are not what they seem.

      Third thing is, without chemicals...he points.

      Delete
  2. Can't you find a better picture of me?

    That's not my good side!

    ReplyDelete
  3. All of the above?
    I can list one way they are similar - both are way overplayed. (Or they were back in the day.)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi, Alex! You got that right, my friend. If I never heard these two songs again it would be too soon. :) Hey, I'm happy to see you here today, Alex. I've been looking for your BOTBs all along and happy to see that you are participating in this one. I'll be over to your site shortly and I hope you'll join me here again soon. Thanks, Alex, and have a great day!

      Delete
  4. Goodness me, Shady. I saw the two song choices and almost (almost) got nauseated. I really don't like either song. They were simply played to death in my part o the world. And I chose the answer 'I'... scream, scream, we all scream for ice scream... and less Debbie Boone!

    So, you're slammed and it involves a Swedish pump? Better than a Swedish pimp, dear. Looking forward to the comments on this battle! Take care of yourself, and those Swedish meatballs, (ooh).

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi, dear Dixie! I'm still home at this hour but preparing to leave soon for a full day and evening of travel. I'm glad I had time to visit your blog before I left and to reply to your comment here. Thanks for coming!

      Yessum, this one's just a gag because I don't have very much time to devote to blogging today. I picked two recordings that appear on lists of the most annoying of all time. :)

      Thank you again for coming, dear friend Dixie. I am eager to check out the other comments on your post as well. Take care!

      Delete
  5. "Feelings" is a song I never hear played anywhere anymore. I do occasionally hear "You Light Up My Life" now and then.

    There is indeed a certain blandness to these cuts I suppose, but actually listening again I think these are both pretty decent songs that have gotten a bad rap over the years. Part of it comes from overplay and over covering. I think The Gong Show played a big part in turning "Feelings" into a trivialized cliche of a song. It was funny, but that show and others made it so people couldn't listen to it with straight face.

    It makes me sad to hear these songs again and to think they've been kind of trash heaped since to me they are very listenable tunes.

    As to which of these recordings is best is a tough choice for me. "Feelings" has beautiful orchestration, it's sung well, and the song itself is a passionate plaint that kind of tears at my heart.

    Overall though I'm going to have to go with "You Light Up My Life". I like the song better as well as prefer Debbie Boone. She gets my vote.

    Everything else in your post gave me a chuckle but I ain't got no answers.

    Interesting Battle that evoked memories of the past and brought a new perspective to a couple of oldies and not so baddies.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi, Lee! Well, I can't argue with you on the point you made about these two recordings being trashed over the years, perhaps unfairly. There is value in all types of music if you keep an open mind and try to feel what the songwriter was feeling. You had that same experience with "Cherish," didn't you?

      As noted in the Austin Powers tag, Battle of the Blands is not a real Battle of the Bands. It was my way of lightening things up and poking fun at myself and others involved in the 120 comment fiasco that resulted from my previous BOTB post. Since this post is only a gag designed to keep you company while I'm away on another trip, I will not be counting votes and there will be no follow-up post announcing a winner. I do have important announcements coming up in my next post, June 5, and I know they will interest you.

      Thank you very much for taking time to visit today, Lee, and for offering a new way for us to regard these syrupy songs that so many people love to hate. Take care, good buddy!

      Delete
  6. What are the odds of you and I both mentioning the song Feelings in the same day? I had not seen your post but I was responding to your comment. Truthfully, I know my friends from childhood read the posts, too, and I knew they'd laugh out loud because they know the backstory to my dislike of that song.

    Feelings is a song I despise. Not because it was overdone (and it was), but because of the number of lounge lizard locals I saw overdo it and cruise ship wannabees. AHHHHHH!!!!

    True story: I was in a touring choir and the director announced that we'd be doing a choral version of Feelings. I went home and cried; I did not want anyone to see me on a stage singing that song. I got over it and was forced to do it over and over and over...which just adds to my dislike of the song to an exponential degree.

    The song - I hate. Love you, though!! It balances out.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Dang spoilers, Cherdo! I hadn't made it to your post yet!

      Delete
    2. Hello, dear Cherdo! I just returned home after a long and grueling day of travel and family functions across the state including my granddaughter's high school graduation in one city, having dinner with her in another city and visiting my new baby grandson in a third city. What a pleasure it is to get back off the road, log on and find this wonderful comment of yours. Knowing how busy you are with multiple hops and all your other obligations, a comment of this quality is very much appreciated. Thank you!!!

      Yessum, I noticed first thing this morning that you mentioned "Feelings" on your blog. At the time I assumed it was because you had already taken a sneak peek at my post. Seems you and I are on the same wavelength when it comes to that song.

      You were forced to sing "Feelings" over and over again? And here I thought waterboarding was cruel and unusual punishment! :)

      Thank you again for the gifts of your time and your bloggy love, dear friend Cherdo. I'll see you tomorrow!

      Delete
    3. Chris - Granny C. sends her love! :)

      Delete
    4. What a day for you, Shady. I would collapse. I am so sad for Cherdo and her hurt "Feelings."

      Delete
    5. Yessum, it was a big day for me, first watching graduation ceremonies with thousands of other people inside a domed major league baseball stadium, then having dinner across the bay at a nice restaurant, then driving back across the bay again to visit our two week old grandson. He has a cold but will be going to the doctor tomorrow. Hopefully it's not a major concern and he will be fine.

      Thank you very much, dear Janie!

      Delete
  7. Zzzzzz. . . Zzzzzz. . . Oh Sorry, Shady a , I mean, Austin! Hearing those songs makes me wanna catch some Z's!
    You asked so, here's my list, I do try to comply!
    1. Both a snore and a bore
    2.dull
    3.irritating
    4. drab
    5. humdrum
    6. a drag
    7. ho hum
    8. monotonous
    9. annoying
    10.sedating
    After my short nap, I did get a good laugh!!!! You sure did spell it all out so COMPLETELY there were no mistakes, no errors, NO CONFUSION. I completely understood thanks to, Austin, Yeah, Baby!
    I must admit the "You light up my light" was my father/daughter dance song at my wedding!
    Thanks for making me LOL today!
    Toni Deroche

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi, dear Toni! Thank you very much for dropping in to see what condition my condition was in!

      You wrote:

      << You sure did spell it all out so COMPLETELY there were no mistakes, no errors, NO CONFUSION >>

      ...and NO NEW TAXES! :)

      You wrote:

      << "You light up my light" was my father/daughter dance song at my wedding! >>

      Really? Well, I'm sure yours wasn't the only wedding that used one or both of these syrupy songs. It was okay when they were first released, but after hearing them the first million times most of us got downright tired of them. Let's put it this way. There are two kinds of people in the world - the ones who hate songs like these... and the ones who REALLY REALLY hate songs like these. :)

      Thank you for getting into the spirit of the proceedings and leaving a very entertaining comment, dear friend Toni. I hope you enjoy the rest of your week!

      Delete
  8. My answer if D. you naughty BOTB'er you. You had so many things I don't like (Debby Boone, soft vocals of Feelings, which was better done in CATS, the musical, and Austin Powers. Sheesh. I am confused.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi, D.G.! I'm delighted to see you, my Vancouver friend! Yes, I'm a naughty BOTB'er for violating so many rules and regulations in a single post. Ironically, the two founders of the BOTB already unfriended me long before this baby ran! :) I'm glad I managed to present so many things you don't like. Mission accomplished! (I had also planned to read The Great Gatsby aloud from cover to cover. :)

      Thank you very much for your visit and witty comment, D.G. I hope you will visit SDMM again soon. Until then, take care!

      Delete
  9. What a gas! Okay, I vote "G for all the above" & "I Scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream" I'm never too confused for ice cream, except for maybe the flavor of ice cream that I want. Now, why on earth did you have to bring up ice cream? I mean, I'm trying to be a good girl in staying away from sweets and then you throw a little power of persuasion my way causing me to crumble like chocolate doughnut. BTW, I like these mushy songs no matter what anyone else says. Thanks for the laughs and for your visit. Now, enjoy your time away. I want to read the rest of the comments. :D

    Mad World #BOTB

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi, dear Cathy! Thank you very much for coming by and experiencing my Battle of the Blands. You say you actually like these two ditties? You are not alone. Arlee found something to like in them as well. To each his own. We are here to celebrate, not only our similarities, but also our differences, because they make us unique and interesting.

      I'm glad I gave you a chuckle with this one, dear Cathy, and once again I thank you for making time for me. Enjoy the rest of your week!

      Delete
  10. Feelings still has a magic to me that the Gong Show couldn't erase. Debbie has not that advantage.

    With that, I shall retire to my room, only to find Gideon's Bible.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi, Chris! I think I saw something on your blog about you liking "Feelings" and I knew you'd probably speak up in defense of the song. That's AOK. partner. So did Arlee and Cathy. Cherdo? Not so much! :)

      I say what the world needs now is

      Mo Debby
      Mo Debby
      Mo Debby

      C'mon chant it with me! :)

      Thank you very much for your visit and comment, good buddy Chris. I'll be seeing you again soon.

      Delete
    2. Gideon checked out and he left it, no doubt, to help with Chris Martin's revival.

      Delete
  11. Replies
    1. Hi, Susie! You voted for D? That does it! That was the decisive blow!

      D, the tribe has spoken. Grab your torch and leave the tribal council area immediately.

      Thank you very much for your visit and comment, dear friend Susie. I hope you didn't wind up with carpal tunnel from typing so much. :)

      Delete
  12. LMAO! Put me down for "H" - NONE OF THE ABOVE. I loved your facetious post, but must admit, the music SUCKS with a capitol SUCKS. ☺ That said, I did perform a credible rendition of "You Light Up My Life" at a party once. Carry on......

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi, dear Debbie the Doglady! Thank you very much for dropping by to sample these saccharine smoothies. Yessum, I picked both recordings on the basis of their suckability, but don't tell that to Arlee, Cathy and Chris. Their ears detect greatness in recordings that drive most people up the wall.

      I'm so glad you enjoyed the humor, dear friend Debbie, and I am very grateful to have you as a new follower. See you soon!

      Delete
  13. Dear Mr. Powers,

    It's so kind of you to fill in for Shady. I actually wrote out the lyrics to You Light Up My Life and gave them to my first serious boyfriend. I would feel quite stupid about that if I weren't 56 years old and almost totally over him.

    Please tell Sir Shady I miss him. If I were going to vote in the Battle of the Blands, I really would vote for Debby.

    Love,
    Janie

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi, dear Janie! The good news is that I've been released from the slammer. The bad news is that authorities confiscated my Swedish-made pump thingy and it's now locked away in the evidence room. (A lot of good it'll do me there! :)

      You say you are "almost" over your first serious boyfriend? Cheer up. I'm still pining away over my first serious boyfriend, too. :) I wrote out the lyrics to "I'm Too Sexy For My Shirt" and gave them to him. The cad used the paper to line his gerbil cage.

      I'm so glad you didn't vote for Debby Boone even though you would if you could, because you can't. House rules - no voting is allowed in a bogus band battle.

      Thank you very much for coming out to play with me tonight, dear friend Janie. Enjoy the rest of your week!

      Delete
    2. You made me laugh. You really are too sexy for your shirt.

      Delete
    3. This is the Janie Junebug I know and love! :)

      Delete
  14. I scream, you scream, we all scream for icecream. Moola Moola Pepsicoola...I like chocolate, you like vanula...Happy June to you Tom!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi, dear YaYa! You're in a perfectly festive mood tonight, dear friend, and that makes me very happy. I hope you got a chuckle or two from the post and I thank you very much for having a look and a listen. Please take good care of yourself, dear friend YaYa, and enjoy the rest of your week!

      Delete
  15. Oh that brings back many variety show specials that these 2 songs were played and lip synched over and over again. I go with bland #1 even though he is as lively as 2 snails getting it on. I go for ice cream as long as it's chocolate

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi, dear BB! I'm back off the road and burning the midnight oil writing replies to all these lovely comments. You're right. I remember watching various performers on music variety television programs covering these two songs ad nauseam year after year.

      There's no voting in this gag BOTB post but it is nevertheless fascinating to find out which of the songs people do prefer (or hate the least). Three or four of the people who commented actually like one or both songs!

      Thank you again for coming down to experience my humor, dear friend Birgit. I hope your week is off to a great start!

      Delete
  16. Neither of the songs are my cup of tea, Shady. I must admit, though, that I miss the old variety shows. Humour back then was cleaner and yet people thoroughly enjoyed it! (as did I) :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi, dear Linda! Welcome back, my special Canadian friend! I'm glad these songs aren't you cup of tea. I cherry picked them because they appear on lists of the most annoying recordings ever made.

      My parents and I watched a lot of television together, another practice that now seems close to obsolete. We loved music variety shows like Ed Sullivan, Perry Como, Dean Martin, Red Skelton and Andy Williams. Do you remember any of those? Did you watch them? Red Skelton was my dad's favorite. You couldn't beat Red's show for good clean fun suitable for the whole family.

      Thank you very much for coming by and expressing yourself, dear friend Linda. I'll see you in the morning!

      Delete
  17. Great job selecting the only two songs Sheryl Crow hasn't covered. The rooster is actally awesome at karoake. I always scream for ice cream.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi, Mike! LOL, great comments, good buddy! I wonder if that rooster knows Sheryl Crow. :)

      Hey Mike, I promise I will head over to your BOTB in the morning, listen and vote. I've had a long day of traveling and just got home a little while ago and now I'm too bushed to do justice to your post. I'll listen to your tuneage in the morning when I'm fresh, okay?

      Thanks again, Mike, and enjoy the rest of your week!

      Delete
  18. Great job selecting the only two songs Sheryl Crow hasn't covered. The rooster is actally awesome at karoake. I always scream for ice cream.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Jokes that good are worth repeating! :)

      Delete
  19. None of the above. LOL!
    We all need a little silly now and again. The world would be a better place. ;)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi, dear Rita (and Kitty Kat Karma)! Thank you very much for coming over, dear friends! Well, first of all, thank you for not voting. :) I hope this post gave you something to smile about today and hope you are feeling better by the hour. Thank you again for joining me today, dear friend Rita, and please take good care of yourself until we meet again.

      Delete
  20. Very funny post! This is the first time I've heard 'Feelings' in years. It was okay, but neither of these were a favorite of mine then or now.

    Try going to a big university graduation with tons of graduates and your sister's last name starts with a 'Y'. It took awhile! Glad you are hone safe and sound.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi, dear Belle! Thank you for coming down this evening, dear friend! You're right. The line of grads filing up on stage to collect their diplomas seemed endless. We were sitting on hard, uncomfortable seats in a major league baseball stadium and I was already getting weary of it by the time they reached the B's! (LOL) The whole process took more than an hour, plus there were at least half a dozen speeches. :)

      I'm glad I gave you a laugh with my fake battle of the bands post, dear friend Belle. I am always happy to see you and hope you and your whole family are doing well.

      God bless!

      Delete
  21. Damn these songs sounded a lot alike and I know both of them just saying.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi, dear Jo-Anne! Both songs sounded a lot alike to me, too - like fingernails scratching a blackboard! (LOL) I hope I gave you a smile or a laugh with this one, dear friend, and I thank you very much for coming all the way from Australia. Enjoy the rest of your day!

      Delete

You talkin' to me?