Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Battle of the Bands- Everybody wants to rule the world



It is September y'all!!  The battles are also always on the first day of the month. Seriously where did August go?
My battle this week is the song " Everybody Wants to Rule the World.

This song was originally done by Tears for Fears in the wonderful time The 80's.
Here is their version:


A few years ago the song was covered and released for the movie Hunger Games.  Its sung by the performer and young lady Lorde.  Here is her version:

The very popular singing show that was on for several seasons was GLEE.  They also did cover of this song :


I added the same song by Glee with a 2 minute clip from the show to prove that it actually is a different singer than Tears for Fears.

The battle is between Lorde and the cast of Glee.  Let me know which one you like the best.  
Then make sure you check out the other battles and vote on theirs. 



36 comments:

  1. Hi, HolIi; Hard to believe it's September already!
    I was never a huge fan of this song and the Glee version sounds like a carbon copy. Lorde on the other hand, has a fabulous voice and I love what she did with the arrangement. Please put me down for Lorde.

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    1. Hi Debbie- thanks for being my first vote today. I have you down for Lorde.

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  2. The Glee version, as is usually the case with songs from that show, is flawlessly executed and very nice to listen to, but they didn't really do anything new with the song (other than choreography, which I can only assume since you can't see the performance in this video). The Glee cast is excellent, but the Lorde version is unique and adapted well to her style.

    Over all I like the more upbeat tempo better for this song, but in this match-up I'm going to cast a vote for the rather depressing Lorde version because she changed it up a lot and pulled it off well.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Thanks Arlee, I have you down for the "rather depressing Lorde". I went back and added a 2 minute clip from the Glee show performing the song.

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  3. I loved Tears for Fears. I vote for the Glee version because it's upbeat. Lorde sounds so dark and ominous.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Thanks Janie. Got you down for the Glee version.

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  4. The Glee version sounds so much like the Tears for Fears original I had to click over to YouTube to confirm that this was actually a Glee cover (and not a mislabeled mistake). The first time I listened to the Lorde cover I didn't care for it at all. I appreciated the fact that she took the song in another direction (which a good cover really should do), but I didn't LIKE it. So, after listening to Glee do a nearly perfect redo of TFF (the guy even sounded the same) I went back and listened to Lorde again. Dang if I didn't like it better the second time. I might love this arrangement had it been recorded by someone whose voice I really adore. As it is, I like it more with each listen. And I think a cover should change it up because that's what gives the personal touch!

    So a vote for Lorde.

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    1. Thanks Robin, I actually went back to edit and added a 2 minute clip from the Glee version so that others can see its a different singer .
      Hope you're feeling better today and have some relief from the migraine.

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  5. Hi, dear Holli! I have a bad habit of making up my mind how to vote BEFORE listening to the two performances. Your band battle today helped me break that habit. I have a negative reaction to the very word "Glee" and was determined that their version of this 80s New Wave classic would not get my vote in a million years. I enjoyed the darker version of the song performed by Lorde for the movie soundtrack but I have to admit that I liked the version by the Glee cast more. The arrangement is nearly identical to that of the Tears for Fears original and there's nothing wrong with that since I loved the T4F recording. Moreover the vocals are not rendered in a bland, wimpy karaoke style as I "feared" they would be. Call it a guilty pleasure, but I enjoyed the Glee version more and they get my vote.

    Thank you, dear friend Holli!

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    1. Hi sweet Shady, I have your vote down for the Glee version. It sounds so similar that others weren't sure it was actually different. I added a clip from the show so you can see the guy singing. I can tell when he makes it his own.

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  6. Hiyah! So, immediately I thought I'd vote for Lorde without having listened to any of them yet. I dislike Glee - it's just.. yuck. But after having listening to them both, I'm still voting for Lorde haha I just love her voice and the ominous sound to the whole song. :)

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    1. Thanks for listening to both of the versions even though you're not a fan of Glee. I got your vote down for Lorde. Thanks for voting!!

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  7. Tough choice today. I'm a huge fan of 80's music. I think the cast of glee really nailed it with this song. But, I'm also a fan of Lorde and the rendition she did was amazing, original and unique.
    For me, the uniqueness and vocal talent of Lorde wins out. So I'm voting for Lorde.

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    1. Thanks Jeffrey! I got your vote down for Lorde. I really like the difference and the mood she added to the song.

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  8. Howdy, HOLLI(!) ~
    I am generally NOT a fan of 1980s Pop. By 1985, it had driven me into the waiting, loving arms of Blues and Jazz. But I will admit that I did always kind of like 'EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD' by Tears For Fears. (That's likely the ONLY song of theirs that I could stand.)

    I had/have a stuffed dog named Muddy. (I even wrote and tried to sell a children's book manuscript about him many years ago.) Back when that song was a big hit, I used to sing to him: "Every MUDDY wants to rule the world!"

    Yes, the GLEE version sounds like a nearly note-for-note copy of the original hit. But that's OK, because I liked (and still kinda like) the original hit.

    So, here's the way I'm looking at this BOTB installment:

    It's Tears For Fears (pretending to be Glee) versus the slamming of doors.

    Slamming doors get on my nerves after awhile, so I'm voting GLEE FOR FEARS

    ~ Stephen
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    1. Every Muddy wants to rule the world- I love that!!! I would totally buy that childrens book about Muddy.
      I have your vote down for Glee. Thanks for your comment and vote and support.

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  9. Hi Holli. The song choice is okay for me, though I wasn't a Tears for Fears' fan. I do like the Glee cover better, so my vote goes to them. Have a great battle (smile).

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    1. Thanks Dixie! I have your vote for Glee

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  10. Oh, it's Glee for sure for me on this one. Lorde had a neat take on the song but because Glee's version was closest to Tears for Fears, they're getting my vote. Great battle.
    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. Thanks Michele. I have your vote down for Glee. Thanks for stopping by

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  11. I'm going to, in the interest of fairness, pass on this one. I love the song, and have a very pleasant memory attached to it. And something inside will NOT let me have it be corrupted by anything Glee, lol!

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  12. Tears for Fears was one of my favorite concerts (back in the day...and what a day it was). When I saw the original, I got excited! Yay for Holli!

    When I listened to Lordes, I had the "meh" face. Boo for Lordes.

    Then I clicked on the Glee version. Great voice, perfect delivery and Lord, that guy is pure eye candy...oh, I didn't mean to say that part. I've got to keep some thoughts to myself...in theory.

    A vote for GLEE, and yay for Holli, once again!

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    1. Yay for your vote!! Got you down for Glee. Have a great day sweet friend and thanks as always for your support.

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  13. Lorde gets my vote, I like the melancholy voice!

    Glee was too gleeful! :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and voting Yolanda. I have you down for Lorde. Glee was too gleeful- that's funny!!

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  14. A new song for me! I loved Lorde's version while I sat here listening. But when I listened to the Glee version I knew that was the one I liked better. So put me down for Glee!!

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    1. Thanks Paula! I have you down for Glee. Glad to introduce you to a new song.

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  15. First: the video you have for the original was marked unavailable for play in my country. I heard it here: https://youtu.be/ST86JM1RPl0. I just had to listen to it, because it's such a great tune.

    I really wasn't happy with either of the covers on this one. Lorde was depressing and there was really no melody in her voice, where the Glee version was like Karaoke. Lorde wins it by default, but again, I'm not really happy with either cover, especially on this song.

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    1. Thank you for your honest comment John. I have you down for Lorde by default.

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  16. While Lorde definitely did it differently, being an 80's girl I have to go with the Glee version. It is more true to the original and what I remember. Lorde was a bit too depressing and monotone for my tastes.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and voting Kathy. I have you down for Glee.

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  17. Lorde gets my vote since it was different.

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  18. That is one great song! I was a huge fan of Glee and always enjoyed their performances of songs that I love.

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  19. Holli, Lorde was too dark to suit my taste for this song and although I'm not a Glee fan I am giving my vote to this act because it's danceable and makes me wanna move with the music. Interesting battle!

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