Top 5 Favorite Musical Acts (at the moment)

Hey sorry readers I haven’t been around lately (school work), I should be posting again regularly by the end of next month. Anyway I have had some time to check out some bands I never really gave a chance to before so I figured I would share them with you.

1) The Kills

2) Cage the Elephant

3) The Drums (personal favorite right now)

4) iO Perry

5) The Stills

Who Did it Better? “Sympathy for the Devil”

Now this is a good one, not only because I am a big fan of both bands, but because Guns N’ Roses and the Rolling Stones are universally considered to be two of the greatest bands in rock and roll history (for me top ten). The song is “Sympathy for the Devil” by the Rolling Stones.

First up, The Rolling Stones:

Who Did it Better? “Hey Hey, My My”

Back again after a bit of a hiatus and one of many new things that I discovered is the genius of Neil Young. Growing up my father always called him a poor man’s Bob Dylan, but I really learned to appreciate him. On that note, I figured I would start off with a “Who Did It Better?” segment between Neil Young and another great musical act Oasis for the song “Hey Hey, My My” (which is the song Cobain quoted in his death “It is better to burn out, then to fade away”).

*Note: Neil Young also has a song is called “My My, Hey Hey” lyrically it’s almost exactly the same, musically “My My, Hey Hey” has more of folk sound to it (both are off the album Rust Never Sleeps, “My My,Hey Hey” starts the album, “Hey Hey, My My” ends it) so just to showcase and add to the debate I will start off with “My My, Hey Hey”.

First up Neil Young

“My My, Hey Hey”

“Hey Hey, My My”

Next Oasis

“Hey Hey, My My”

I think the Oasis version has more of a fuller sound then either of Neil Young’s versions, but I think the song requires a more subtle touch (“My My, Hey Hey” is the more subtle) that Neil Young delivers, so I give the edge to Young over Oasis, and I also prefer “My My, Hey Hey” over “Hey Hey, My My”. but I really love all three versions.

Who Did It Better? “Green Manalishi”

O.K. been gone for a little bit so I had time to think of a good one, the song “Green Manalishi” by Fleetwood Mac (Peter Green era) or Judas Priest.

First Fleetwood Mac:

Next Judas Priest:

I have always been drawn to the psychotic so gotta go with Peter and Fleetwood Mac on this one. While I got nothing against heavy metal, Judas Priest’s version seems, well heavy, Fleetwood Mac found the right balance I think.

Who Did it Better? “Let’s Spend the Night Togerther”

Been on a bit of a Bowie and Stones kick lately, so I am really glad to do this song.

First The Rolling Stones:

Next David Bowie:

Really like Bowie’s version but I am going with the original, but I am going with the Stones version. Just a matter of taste really.

Who Did it Better? “China Girl”

Ok this time I have a close one Iggy Pop’s “China Girl” vs. David Bowie’s version.

First Iggy Pop

Next David Bowie

Usually I am the first one to talk about David Bowie’s musical superiority over anyone, and this is no exception. Iggy’s version was raw and powerful and so was Bowie’s but he still made it his song.