Friday, July 1, 2016

BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Iko Iko”

BATTLE OF THE BANDS! (BOTB Top Photo)

No, I didn’t forget BotB… This is another suggestion from Kip for a Battle, and I think it’s a pretty good one.

Wikipedia says “Iko Iko” “is a much-covered New Orleans song that tells of a parade collision between two “tribes” of Mardi Gras Indians and the traditional confrontation.” The songwriting credit for this one is an interesting story: It was originally written by “Sugar Boy” James Crawford as “Jock-A-Mo” and released as a single on Chicago’s Checker label (a subsidiary of Chess) in 1953, but it went nowhere.

In 1965, The Dixie Cups (Barbara Hawkins, Rosa Hawkins, and Joan Johnson) were messing around in the studio and sang the song, which they learned from the Hawkins sisters’ grandmother. Since they weren’t aware of Crawford’s original, they took the credit as composers. Crawford sued them, arguing that “Iko Iko” was the same song as “Jock-A-Mo,” and got a songwriting credit along with the Dixie Cups. Anyway, their version peaked at #20 on the Hot 100 and #23 on the British Singles chart. Here’s their version, which is not a contestant this week.

Here are your contestants:

CONTESTANT #1: Dr. John Dr. John recorded the song for his 1972 album Dr. John’s Gumbo. In the liner notes, he says that he does the song more in the style of Sugar Boy Crawford. His version rose to #71 on the Hot 100 in 1972.

CONTESTANT #2: Natasha England Ten years after Dr. John’s version, Scottish singer Natasha England (as Natasha) released “Iko Iko” as a single. It reached #10 on the UK Singles chart in 1982.

Now, it’s time to vote…

You know what to do: After listening to both the Dr. John and the Natasha England versions, leave me a comment telling me which version you prefer, and if you like, a little bit about why you like it better. They’re both excellent, and I like both just about the same. So, the choice is yours.

Then, how about visiting the other BotB participants and seeing what they’ve got going on?

Tossing It Out
StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands *
Your Daily Dose
Mike’s Ramblings
Curious as a Cathy
DC Relief – Battle of the Bands
ReInVintaged
Book Lover
Alex J. Cavanaugh
Shady Dell Music & Memories
Debbie D. at The Doglady’s Den
Angels Bark
Jingle Jangle Jungle
Janie Junebug Righting and Editing
Cherdo on the Flipside
Holli’s Hoots ‘n’ Hollers
J. A. Scott
Quiet Laughter
NovelBrews

* Check Stephen’s blog for further updates to this list!

The results of this Battle of the Bands will be announced next Saturday, July 9 (I’m giving an extra day because of the holidays). The lines are open now. Best of luck to Dr. John and Natasha!




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