Best Hamilton Song: Teenage Head vs Rita Chiarelli
What's the better song, 'Let's Shake' or 'These Four Walls'?
It’s time to start the second round of CBC Hamilton’s Best Hamilton song competition, and we’re starting with Juno winner Rita Chiarelli facing off against Canadian punk icons Teenage Head.
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.
There were some hotly contested bouts in the first round, and you can read all about them right here.
Here are our first two contestants in the second round, and we want you to vote for your favourite. Voting for this match up closes at midnight Tuesday.
Teenage Head: Let’s Shake
It’s impossible to talk about Hamilton music and not mention Teenage Head. The band was a vital part of the country’s burgeoning punk scene in the late 70s, and their signature sound helped shape music coming out of Hamilton for years to come.
It’s tough to pick a single Teenage Head track to feature, but Let’s Shake remains the band’s most well known hit. Junior Boys fell to this track in the first round, but these punk icons face some stiff competition in round two.
Rita Chiarelli: These Four Walls
It might sound odd to call a renowned Juno winner an underdog, but that’s exactly what Rita Chiarelli was in the first round when she beat out early favourite Lean on Your Peers by Blackie and the Rodeo Kings.
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.
Now it’s up to you to vote – which is the better Hamilton song? Vote now in our poll at the top of this story.
Here are the other great Hamilton acts that were in the first round of our competition and went head to head last week:
- Junior Boys – So This is Goodbye [Eliminated]
- Blackie and the Rodeo Kings – Lean on Your Peers [Eliminated]
- Caribou – Can't Do Without You [Eliminated]
- Crowbar – Oh What a Feeling
- Dirty Nil – F---in' Up Young
- Jeremy Fisher – High School [Eliminated]
- Ian Thomas – Painted Ladies [Eliminated]
- Warsaw Pack – Poorboy Blues
- Arkells – Whistleblower [Eliminated]
- Stan Rogers – Barrett's Privateers
- Junkhouse – Shine
- Jessy Lanza – Kathy Lee [Eliminated]
- Daniel Lanois – The Maker [Eliminated]
- The Forgotten Rebels – Surfin' on Heroin