Saturday, May 7, 2016


Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,

It's time to announce the winner in my Battle of the Bands. The song is Nothing Compares 2 You. The performers are Prince & Mary J. Blige v. Sinéad O'Connor.

Although I prefer O'Connor's poignant version of the song, I thought Prince would be the champion because of his recent death.

He isn't, but the vote is close.

Sinéad O'Connor                 11
Prince & Mary J. Blige  8

When I fell in love with Nothing Compares 2 U, I didn't know that Prince wrote it.

He included it on a couple of his albums, but it became a monster hit for Sinéad O'Connor in 1990. Although most of us interpret the song as a lament for a lost lover, O'Connor sang it as a tribute to her mother, who died in 1985.

In 1992, O'Connor joined the list of those banned from Saturday Night Live when she appeared on the show to sing Bob Marley's War and tore up a photo of Pope John Paul II. Her action met with complaints, threats, and no return engagements on SNL.

She recovered from the incident and continues to record and perform in spite of health concerns.

Congratulations on your win, Sinéad, and farewell to the Purple Prince.

Infinities of love,

Janie Junebug


  1. I remember watching when she did that on SNL. I didn't even know who she was at the time and had never heard of her. I did like her version better, so I'm glad she won the vote. :)

  2. This was a lot closer than I thought it would be! I LOVE sinead o'connor's version. I never heard that story about her escapades on SNL. WOW, shame on her!

    Great battle Janie!

    Michele at Angels Bark

  3. I'm surprised on the winner! I didn't know that Prince wrote that song either.

  4. I love Prince and I love the song. Sinead's version is amazing.

  5. I chose Prince and MJ but I'm fine with the outcome. Nice, close battle, Janie

  6. I'm glad he didn't win even though it is so sad that he died so young and now, it seems, from an overdose...another one. Poor Sinead is a really mixed up gal with. Powerful voice

  7. I was never a fan of Sinead, but I do like "Nothing Compares 2 U." Her voice is just so beautiful.

    Congratulations to Sinead! It's still surreal to say "goodbye" to Prince...


  8. I am sorry I wasn't able to get around and vote in your most recent battle, but sounds like it was a close and well-matched one! I remember actually watching SNL as Sinead tore up the Pope's pic. I don't think that would even be met with a raised eyebrow these days, but of course, I could be wrong. Interesting battle!

    Kim (ReInVintaged)

  9. Both versions were good, but I'd have gone with Prince.

  10. I think Sinead's voice just suits the song better. But both sang it great.

  11. I always loved that song, and Sinead's voice: like buttah. Could listen to that chick all day.

    Exciting news to share with you...I think I might have to call you...

  12. I kind of thought Prince would win as well. Even though I didn't vote for his version.


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