Battle of the Bands for 08.01.2020

August is here, and that not only means that summer would normally be winding down for school kids and that we’re now nearly halfway through the calendar summer and inching towards autumn, but the first means it’s time for another Battle of the Bands!

What is Battle of the Bands?

It’s a twice-monthly blog hop hosted by Stephen T. McCarthy. On the 1st and 15th of each month, participating bloggers choose two covers of the same song and pit them against one another in a “battle”, and their readers choose the winner by listening to both versions and voting for their favorite in the comments. Some bloggers only participate on either the 1st or the 15th. I participate both times, most of the time. On the 7th and the 21st, the votes are tallied and a winner announced in a separate post.

With this Battle, I decided to continue with covers from The Clash, this time with “Train In Vain”. Again, be sure to listen to each song. Decide which you like best (or dislike the least, if that applies), and vote for it in the comments. Be sure to let me know why you chose the version you chose, if you like. You do not need to know the original to know which of these two covers you prefer.

The first cover is by Annie Lennox:

And here is a completely different version by Dwight Yoakam:

Which version do YOU prefer, Annie’s dance-y sound, or Dwight’s twangy country one?

Come back on the 7th, when I will have the votes counted and a winner announced in a separate post.


  1. Arlee Bird says:

    I do like Dwight Yoakam and have a couple of his albums from the 80’s on cassette. His version of this song is quite good.

    The Medusa album I have on CD and really like it. Haven’t listened to it in a few years. I’m going with Annie Lennox in this match. Like her a bit better. And it’s late for me so I’m enjoying the mellow sound better.

    Nice Battle!

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

    • Kim says:

      I need to listen to the rest of Medusa; I haven’t heard the whole thing through. I got your vote for Annie!

      Annie Lennox – 1
      Dwight Yoakam – 0

  2. Hey Kim,

    I prefer Annie Lennox over Dwight in this round. The country version just didn’t resonate well with me today. Nice battle!

    Incidentally, I don’t have a BoTB up but I’ll be back on the 15th to play alone. 🙂 Have a good weekend, my dear!

    • Kim says:

      Thanks! You won’t be alone; I’ll be back on the 15th as well 🙂 Got your vote for Annie. You have yourself a great weekend, too!

      Annie Lennox – 3
      Dwight Yoakam – 1

  3. Sixgun McItchyfinger says:

    Very nice battle! I had not heard either of these covers before, and I really like them both! This one was a pleasure listening to. So very different. And I am a big Annie Lennox fan and as she often does (very well for a white girl) fills her singing with soul, but… I dug Dwight Yoakam’s version a lot. I am going to vote country this time.

    • Kim says:

      Awesome; another vote for Dwight! They both sounded quite different from the original to me for sure, and of course very different from one another.

      Annie Lennox – 3
      Dwight Yoakam – 2

  4. Stephen T. McCarthy says:

    Really great Battle, KIM!!

    As I always do, I first looked to see who the competitors are. In this case, Annie Lennox and Dwight Yoakam.

    1) I have ALWAYS disliked Annie Lennox. Can’t think of a single song of hers that I have ever really liked; and more times than not, I actually find her songs annoying, pretentious, artsy-fartsy.

    2) I have ALWAYS like Dwight Yoakam; I owned his first two albums and played them to death.

    This was a no-brainer… or so I thought.

    But, after more than 6 years of Battle Of The Bands, the most important lesson I’ve learned is this: when it comes to BOTB, don’t no one know nuttin’!

    I did like Dwight’s rendition (Dwight Yoakam, he’s no jokeum!), but I especially dug the ANNIE LENNOX version (and way more than the Clash original!) She gave it a pronounced “Gospel” feeling, which I think went really well for the song.

    I figured Yoakam would be a shoe-in for my vote but… it’s BOTB, so I din’t know nuttin’!

    ~ D-FensDogG

    • Kim says:

      Wow! That’s how battles usually go for me. I just don’t know till I hear all the selections. There have been a few times where I surprised myself with my own votes, especially when I voted for a band or artist I generally don’t like.

      Got your vote for Annie!

      Annie Lennox – 4
      Dwight Yoakam – 2

  5. Michael Todd says:

    Both covers were fun to listen to. However, the Dwight Yoakam duet with Ralph Stanley (Vocals, Banjo) was too big of a musical moment in history, in that they were covering a punk rock song.

    Vote for Dwight, please.

    • Kim says:

      I got your vote for Dwight! Personally, I think their cover was excellent, and to hear “Dwight Yoakam covers The Clash”, most people probably wouldn’t expect it to be.

      Annie Lennox – 4
      Dwight Yoakam – 3

  6. Hey, Kim! I do like me some Dwight Yoakum, fer sure! But you put him up against another FAV…ANNIE LENNOX. I gotta give her my one and only vote.

    The other thing about dear Dwight…I love SOME of his stuff and I’m a bit picky on that topic. There’s only so much twang and honky tonk I can have in my world. Then, Mama shuts the door on that stuff.

    But Annie? I have a hard time remembering anything of hers that I don’t like. “Would I Lie to You?” is a particular favorite of mine. I need to use that some time soon. You inspired me!

    Thanks, girl! Have a good week!


    • Kim says:

      I can see where twang and honky tonk can be a bit much. I kind of have to be in the mood for it myself, but when I am? I LOVE (some of) IT! I got your vote for Annie! Most of you are really digging her cover.

      Annie Lennox – 6
      Dwight Yoakam – 3