Best Hamilton Song: Rita Chiarelli versus Crowbar
Should 'These Four Walls' or 'Oh What a Feeling' move on?
We’re down to the final four in CBC Hamilton’s best Hamilton song competition, and it’s time for two heavyweights to slug it out – a classic rock staple from Crowbar versus Rita Chiarelli’s stunning blues.
With Hamilton as host city for the 2015 Juno Awards, we’re looking for the best song by a Hamilton artist, and we’re doing it with a no holds barred, single elimination, bracket-style online tournament.
Junkhouse’s iconic 90s tune Shine just edged out Surfin’ on Heroin by The Forgotten Rebels on Friday to move on to the final four. Junkhouse will face off against hip-hop fusion outfit Warsawpack later this week.
Here are our next two contestants in the final four, and we want you to vote for your favourite. Now that we've reached the final four, voting time for each match-up is extended to two days instead of just the one. Voting on this match-up closes at midnight Tuesday.
Rita Chiarelli: These Four Walls
Rita Chiarelli just won’t quit. These Four Walls blew past two of the early favourites in this competition from Blackie and the Rodeo Kings and Teenage Head to move on to the final four.
Chiarelli sings the blues with an unbridled enthusiasm and power, and the way she belts out These Four Walls showcases a rich voice with just the right amount of grit at its edges.
The song comes from Chiarelli's ambitious Music from the Big House project, a film in which she takes a pilgrimage to one of the birthplace's of the blues — Louisiana State Maximum Security Penitentiary — which was once the bloodiest prison in America.
Crowbar: Oh What a Feeling
This classic rock radio staple from Crowbar beat out the sleek electronic sounds of Caribou and The Dirty Nil’s energetic punk rock to move on to the final four.
You’d be hard pressed to find anyone over the age of 25 in the country who doesn’t know Oh What a Feeling.
It’s considered the first real CanCon hit, and you’ll still hear this thing all over classic rock radio today. Not bad for a band who was fired by Ronnie Hawkins for being too crazy, huh?
Now it’s up to you to choose – which is the better Hamilton song? Vote now in the poll at the top of this story.
Here’s a look at our final four, alongside the great songs that have been eliminated in our competition:
- Crowbar – Oh What a Feeling
- Rita Chiarelli – These Four Walls
- Junkhouse – Shine
- Warsawpack – Poorboy Blues
- Junior Boys – So This is Goodbye [Eliminated]
- Blackie and the Rodeo Kings – Lean on Your Peers [Eliminated]
- The Forgotten Rebels – Surfin' on Heroin [Eliminated]
- Caribou – Can't Do Without You [Eliminated]
- Teenage Head – Let's Shake [Eliminated]
- Jeremy Fisher – High School [Eliminated]
- Ian Thomas – Painted Ladies [Eliminated]
- Arkells – Whistleblower [Eliminated]
- The Dirty Nil – F---in' Up Young [Eliminated]
- Jessy Lanza – Kathy Lee [Eliminated]
- Daniel Lanois – The Maker [Eliminated]
- Stan Rogers – Barrett's Privateers [Eliminated]