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Tom Tobben

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With the lovely spring weather here in the Northern Hemisphere, spring fever is running rampant and hopefully our Southern Hemisphere participants are experiencing lovely autumn weather as well. And, with this week's upcoming celebration of Cinco de Mayo in many places, I thought it might be time for us all to enjoy some cool refreshments to celebrate the season, whatever your particular tastes may be. For this week's battle, I've selected a variety of songs from over the years and from different musical genres, all about various liquid refreshments, as well as including some artists who haven't previously appeared in our weekly battles over the years. Please give them your consideration, comments, and votes.

There are also tons of additional songs about various liquid refreshments, so please pop open, stir up, or pour some of your favorites to share with the rest of us this week.

Without further ado, here are this week's battle contestants:


A. "Chug A Lug", Beach Boys. To start this off innocently, here's an innocuous, teen oriented beverage song by the Beach Boys from their first album, Surfin' Safari, from late 1962, making its debut appearance as a BOTB contestant:


B. "Spill The Wine", Eric Burdon & War. To flavor things up a bit more and cater to more adult beverage preferences, Eric Burdon (post-Animals) teamed up with a then relatively unknown LA area funk band, War, to create this big hit in 1970:


C. "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer", George Thorogood & The Destroyers. Our next liquid refreshment actually offers a range of beverage choices to suit your individual tastes. Originally a lesser-known blues song from the early 1950s, it attained wider popularity in the 1960s when recorded by future Hall of Fame bluesman John Lee Hooker. The song gained even broader notoriety and popularity with a younger rock audience when it became a major extended-form FM rock hit for blues rockers George Thorogood & the Destroyers in 1977, and it remains one of his signature songs in concert. Here's Thorogood's original album recording of this classic:


D. "Tennessee Whiskey", Chris Stapleton. Our final liquid refreshment this week is a smooth-sipping  recording by a contemporary country rock artist, Chris Stapleton, who first gained notoriety as a songwriter for other country artists and as a member of the little-known SteelDrivers band during the past decade. In 2015, he released his debut solo album, Traveler, which became a massive #1 country and mainstream hit in the US and elsewhere. The album and the title song garnered lots of awards for Stapleton over the past year. The album also included his cover version of this week's battle song, which was a minor country hit for David Allen Coe in 1981. Chris Stapleton won the 2015 Country Music Association Award for Best Male Vocalist, New Artist of the Year, and Album of the Year. He received four Grammy Award nominations for the 2016 awards, including Album of the Year, winning two: Best Country Album and Best Country Solo Performance. At the 2016 Grammy Awards, Stapleton's live performance of this song with Justin Timberlake garnered rave reviews (if curious, you can find the live Grammy performance on YouTube), and brought wide attention to his original recording of this song from the Traveler album:


Have at it, gang, with your own comments, votes, and other beverage-focused song selections from over the years and musical genres. With our BOTB participants from all over the world, it's nearly always "five o'clock somewhere", so drink up some sonically intoxicating musical selections!





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Well sure, I'll drink to that as well.  

Gold - George Thorogood - Bourbon, scotch, and beer.  Sounds like a good night.  Fun song too.  

Siver - Eric Burdon - I'm not a huge fan of War, but I'm a huge fan of The Animals.  When Eric Burdon stopped doing stuff with War, I lost interest. 

Bronze - The Beach Boys - The young and innocent Boys.  Root beer?  Indeed.

Tin - Chris Stapleton 

Here's some classic AC/DC - Have a Drink On Me

Thin Lizzy's take on the Irish standard Whiskey in the Jar 

Jimmy Buffett gets wasted in Margaritaville

Sammy Hagar has made a small fortune with tequila, and now makes rum.  Here's his take on Toby Keith's I Love This Bar

John B

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Great topic!  (especially for country and folk music).  I particularly love the standard 'Nancy Whiskey' (the Calton Weaver) as performed by Eddi Reader.  I could hear Elvis Presley sing that song/too bad he didn't.  I'll have to listen to #4 at home before I vote, but I like the first 3.  Prediction: this won't be a Beach Boys win this week...
t bedford

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GOLD to Eric Burden & War. I also lost interest when Eric quit the band, but it's a great single.

SILVER to George Thorogood & the Destroyers. Sounds like a hangover.

BRONZE for the Beach Boys. 3.2% beer was bad enough.

TIN is earned by Chris Stapleton.

Let's flip that Kinks koin:


Meanwhile, here's WPLJ, the original by the Four Deuces...

...and covered by the Mothers:

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Long before they ruled the early days of MTV, ZZ Top sang about beer drinkers and hell raisers.

Van Halen with Take Your Whiskey Home.  These guys were legendary drinkers.  Michael Anthony had a Jack Daniels bass after all

Here's Ritchie Blackmore and Rainbow with Drinking with the Devil

This is a charity single with Tony Iommi, Ian Gillan, Jon Lord, Nicko McBrain, and Jason Newsted - Holy Water


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  You’re taking me back to my run around days.

  Before I lose my sobriety:

                Gold - "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer", George Thorogood & The Destroyers.

                Silver – “Tennessee Whiskey", Chris Stapleton

                Bronze - "Chug A Lug", Beach Boys

                Tin – "Spill the Wine", Eric Burdon & War, I really liked The Animals, but I don’t like this one of Eric Burdon and War.

We used to start a few nights, days, mornings after night shift with this one:

I prefer a straight corn mash.  

What the world needs now is love, sweet love
It's the only thing that there's just too little of
What the world needs now is love, sweet love,
No, not just for some but for everyone.”

paul g adsett

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gotta have:

though not necessarily in that order...

John E

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Peter Daltrey sings a song he wrote and recorded with Fairfield Parlour:

While Claude Francois covers it! 

t bedford

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Here's a local one from the 1970's, "Skinny" by Alex Bevan, all about chasing women and drinking beer:

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Lee Marshall

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Golden/Great...Eric Burdon declares War...Spill The Wine...GREAT lp.  Great song.  Tobacco Road was top o' the line too.  'THEY' did not treat Eric very nicely afterwards.  Why Can't Oui Be Friends indeed.  B.S.

Long John Silver...George Thorogood...does John Lee...and does it very well indeed.  [Don't try this at home.]  Want the real thing?  Try Johnny Winter.

Bronzed ... but only ever so lightly....And...A long, LONG distant only and merely out of respect...'cause really?  This ain't any o' all that...The Boys.  Stupid then.  Stupid now.

Tin pan.  Perhaps quite a few more drinky-poos will be necessary to lift this one into contention.  I mean if you can't beat Chug a lug...and it isn't, after all, Roger Miller...refurbishing and flipping houses might be you true calling.

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Tom, an very interesting week, already scattered with a plethora of drugs, alcohol, and women in skimpy bikinis.  How did we skew this already?  [biggrin]

Bruno plans to get messed up, and there's no time like the present.

A song for our Deb.  Looks like going out with your folks is about as exciting as watching paint dry.

My sentiments exactly, Sheryl.


Clowns divorce: custardy battle.     Simon Munnery

Tom Tobben

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Well, it looks like we already have a lot of thirsty listeners here today, and plenty of savory tunes to imbibe! 

First, thanks to kds, t, and Deb who quickly knew how to rank their favorite beverages in this week's battle.

Thanks also to kds, t, John B, Deb, paul, and John E., for your additional song suggestions and videos. It appears we've jumped into happy hour in a big way today.

kds, quite a tasty variety of rockin' boozy songs to help get us started this week! Some of them were old personal favorites, such as Thin Lizzy's "Whiskey in the Jar", "Margaritaville", and ZZ Top's "Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers", and a couple were new to me.

t, with your regular early appearances each week, I was hoping you'd weigh in with the two classic Kinks songs you added. Also, I love Zappa's "WPLJ" from Burnt Weenie Sandwich, and thanks for also including the original doo wop version of "White Port and Lemon Juice" (WPLJ) by the Four Deuces (whom I suppose came up with their name as a take-off of the classic Four Aces group).

Deb, we were also big fans of outlaw Willie and his classic "Whiskey River" back in the day, when Nelson was at his peak popularity. Good stuff!

paul, I didn't initially recognize your entertaining submittals by their song title, but they immediately reminded me of this differently titled hit song from 1967:

John E., I hadn't heard either of your two "Bordeaux Rose' " song submittals from Peter Daltry and Claude Francois. Claude's version with the dancing girls seemed most unusual, but of its period perhaps.

Here are a couple other tasty traditional musical cocktails by two classic artists of the past for everyone's enjoyment and happy hour relaxation:

For those of you who have not yet voted, I'd suggest that you listen to Chris Stapleton's recent recording "Tennessee Whiskey" a few times before voting, since it's not as widely known as the other classics in this week's battle that have been well-known for years. After initially hearing it a few months ago, its bluesy flavor and raspy, soulful vocals really grew on me after a number of listens.

Looking forward to more tasty beverages and votes from all here this week. A round on the house for everyone!


Larry Franz

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Tom -- Thanks for introducing "Chug a Lug" to the battle. I love the Surfin' Safari album for it's bubbly effervescence, including this song, which so nicely evokes days gone by in Southern California, when one might stop in at Fosters Freeze for a milk shake or A&W for a refreshing root beer in a frosty mug. And the lyric only slightly stings. 

Gold -- The Beach Boys -- Never get tired of this one.

Silver -- Chris Stapleton -- New to me but I like it.

Bronze -- Eric Burdon & War -- Loses points for Eric's odd storytelling.

Pewter -- George Thorogood & the Destroyers -- Not bad but not something I'd listen to again.

A few wet ones:

Hank Williams, "There's a Tear in My Beer", recorded 1950-51, released 1989

The Kingston Trio, "Scotch and Soda", 1962

Roger Miller, "Chug-a-Lug", 1964

t -- Thanks for "White Port Lemon Juice". That's the first one I thought of this morning.

Lisa G/TS

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"I'm picking up good libations..."    (Sorry) [frown]

Three tunes I'm familiar with...but in fairness to Chris (no relation to Jean or Maureen) Stapleton, I'll give him a few more spins over the next day or two and see if he can squeak past Tin. 

In the mean time, here's a couple more for the liquor cabinet:

Dig the lyrics:

Dig the beat (or not?):

...and if anyone knows anything about "wobbly pops", it's the stork (it's a wonder he never got fired);

Al Forsyth

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Well it has Tequila, so - Glen Frey sings it so beautifully:

The Doors aren't leaving us yet - oh no:

You believe J. Morrison is on the prowl for the next...
Monk and company:

Keeping it country:

Says it all:

This was BIG a few years ago:

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