Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Battle of the Bands: Good Rocking Tonight

If you visit my blog sometimes there is some Good Rocking going on. Tonight that is the case.

I'll pick a song and share a video with the original artist or someone who made the song famous. Then I pick two contenders to battle it out to see whose cover is best. Who decides the winner? You do when you vote in the comments.

If you like these battles. Check out the other ones going on. This site has the most up to date list of Battles.

I will confess I had not heard the original version of this song until tonight. It is the song "Good Rocking Tonight" by Roy Brown. Going back to early rock way back from 1947..

The original isn't in the contest. However, the next two will be open for your voting pleasure.

Contestant One: Montrose

Contestant Two: Lemmy Kilmister & Johnny Ramone

There are so many versions of this song. Tonight I wanted to take this song on  rocking ride. I am glad you joined me on the adventure. Vote in the comments and we will see who wins.


Debbie D. said...

That original version was a revelation! I've never heard it before. Thanks for sharing it. Both covers were good and I had to listen to them twice to decide. Lemmy and Johnny really rough it up and I liked that a little more. Please give my vote to them. Rock on! \m/

Arlee Bird said...

This is a new song to me. I really liked the original and hear the prophetic sound of what was to come in the next decade. Roy Brown should have been a star!

You really make this a tough choice as both of these versions fulfill the promise of the song title. Haven't heard Montrose in years. They sure sound good on this song. I vote for Montrose. I like the cleaner more flowing sound of this version.

Arlee Bird
Tossing It Out

Stephen T. McCarthy said...

At first I was tempted to say: "I'm voting for MONTROSE because it's a vocals thing." But, no, actually I'm voting for MONTROSE because it's an EVERYTHING thing.

You can't be serious! You'd NEVER heard "Good Rocking Tonight" before? That's impossible!! Sheesh. The first version I ever heard was probably by "The King Of Rock 'N' Roll". Second maybe "The Killer". And after that, who knows? It's been covered by just about everybody who's held a guitar in their hands. As much a Rock & Roll "Standard" as 'Misty' is a Jazz "Standard". Hokey-Smoke! That's hard to believe. It's on a par with someone saying they've never heard 'Wild Thing' or 'Brown-Eyed Girl'.

~ D-FensDogG
'Loyal American Underground'

Arlee Bird said...

STMcC, this is probably one of those songs that went in one ear and filtered into my collective memory. It does have a generic sound that is essentially something that sounds like a lot of things. It's good ol' rock and roll that kind of just blends in--one of those tunes every decent cover band probably should have in their repertoire.

Now I guess I need to look into those "Wild Thing" and "Brown-Eyed Girl" songs.

Arlee Bird
Tossing It Out

Michele at Angels Bark said...

I'm a huge Montrose fan and have that album. I listened to Lemmy Kilmaster and Johnny Ramone version but I'm still most attracted to Montrose's version. Maybe because it brings back memories...
Montrose gets my vote.

Good battle!

Michele at Angels Bark

Dixie@dcrelief said...

Hi Mike. Whoa, tough choice here! I hate to resort to what I know as "southern Rock," but Montrose gives me that feeling. Now if only I could dance, my day would be complete!

Show my vote for Montrose, please.

Mary B said...


I really enjoyed the Montrose version. It lived up to it's name.


I really really liked the Lemmy version. It made me miss him just a little bit, too. Please cast my vote for Lemmy.


Cathy Kennedy said...

Mike, I see I'm not the only person who hasn't heard this song before. I can't say that it even filtered through one ear,as Lee did. I think it just totally did not make it to my ears. Of course, I could be wrong. Maybe somewhere along the way I heard it sorta and I wasn't listening. Anywho, I know which cover song I like the best and that's Montrose. I have to agree with Stephen, they did everything better with their version ~ vocals and music arrangement totally won me over! Good battle!

Janie Junebug said...

I vote for Lemmy and Johnny because they are certified bad asses.


Birgit said...

I am casting my vote for Lemmy because I found Montrose's voice just not quite right for me and it sounded a bit repetitive. Mine goes for the first one but I do like seeing Betty Page I. The second video

Cathrina Constantine said...

I'm a Montrose Fan!!!