Songs with the Same Title – The Black Crowes Edition

Recently, I’ve been diving into Steve Gorman’s Hard to Handle: The Life and Death of the Black Crowes book, which was released in 2019. I’m taking my sweet old time with it and honestly, it’s really good! There was so much chaos and issues going on with The Black Crowes, and I found their story fascinating to read about. Therefore, in honor of Gorman’s wonderful book, I’ve decided to take on The Black Crowes for my Songs with the Same Title series. I covered Deep Purple last time, so if you want to check out that post, click here!

How this works is, there are six rounds total. In each round, I’ll compare two songs with the same title, one by The Black Crowes and one by a different artist, and then, I’ll pick my favorite of the two. After the final round, I’ll tally up the score and pick the winner of the overall battle, The Black Crowes or the other artists. With all that said, let’s get on with the music!

“Remedy” (1992) by The Black Crowes

“Remedy” (2015) by Adele

Adele’s “Remedy” has a pretty keyboard melody and the chorus is memorable. I’m not crazy about Adele’s vocals, but they’re decent in the song. The Black Crowes’ “Remedy,” however, has an insanely catchy chorus. The keyboard and guitar parts blend in well together, and Chris Robinson’s personality really shines in the song, especially when performed live. With these factors in mind, The Black Crowes take the win for round one!

“Descending” (1994) by The Black Crowes

“Descending” (2019) by Tool

First of all, 13 minutes is too long for a song, unless you’re Iron Maiden. But other than that, Tool’s “Descending” has an epic guitar riff, a sick bass line, and a lot of percussion instruments. Everything from the toms to the bass drum, gives the song an atmospheric sound. The Black Crowes’ “Descending” also has an atmospheric sound, thanks to Eddie Harsch’s lovely keyboard parts. The song has a nice country guitar riff that I really dig, which is strange because I’m not even a fan of country music. Obviously, country music prevails because The Black Crowes take the win for round two!

“Evil Eye” (1994) by Black Sabbath

“Evil Eye” (1996) by The Black Crowes

The Black Crowes’ “Evil Eye” has a great groove, thanks to Gorman’s drumming. The song has a cool guitar riff too. Black Sabbath’s “Evil Eye,” however, kicks butt. It’s got an aggressive guitar riff, an awesome bass line, and though I hate when bands constantly change their lead singers, Tony Martin’s vocals are excellent in “Evil Eye.” Both songs have different feels; The Black Crowes’ song makes me want to lie peacefully in a meadow, while Black Sabbath’s song makes me want to bang my head against a wall. I like Black Sabbath’s song more, so they take the win for round three!

“Diamond Ring” (1995) by Bon Jovi

“Diamond Ring” (1999) by The Black Crowes

I absolutely love Bon Jovi’s “Diamond Ring” because it’s a soothing acoustic ballad with pleasant harmonies from Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. It’s one of my favorites from These Days (1995). However, The Black Crowes’ “Diamond Ring” is upbeat, it’s got a fun groove to it, and the chorus is insanely catchy. It also has a gospel feel, thanks to the backing vocals, which I really dig. To sum it all up, The Black Crowes take the win for round four!

“Lay It All on Me” (2001) by The Black Crowes

“Lay It All on Me” (2015) by Rudimental featuring Ed Sheeran

Rudimental’s “Lay It All On Me” is a DJ song that can be heard in a club and the chorus repeats the title over and over again, which can be annoying. Even with Ed Sheeran’s vocals, I can’t see myself listening to the song over and over again because I’ve grown away from pop music, for the most part. The Black Crowes’ “Lay It All On Me” is bluesy, it has a killer guitar solo, and I love Chris Robinson’s emotive vocals in the song. I do enjoy both songs, but I’m a sucker for blues rock, so The Black Crowes take the win for round five!

“And the Band Played On” (1995) by Simple Minds

“And The Band Played On…” (2009) by The Black Crowes

Technically, The Black Crowes’ “And the Band Played On…” has three periods at the end of the title, so it’s not the exact same title as Simple Minds’ “And the Band Played On,” but it’s close enough. The Black Crowes’ “And the Band Played On…” is laid-back, it has a folk vibe to it, and a nice country guitar riff. On the other hand, Simple Minds’ “And the Band Played On” is a headbanger with pounding drums, a thumping bass line, and a killer guitar riff. This is the band that wrote “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” surprisingly. All in all, Simple Minds take the win for the final round!

In the end, The Black Crowes won four of the six rounds, making them the winner of the overall battle. I had a blast listening to their music for the Songs with the Same Title series, which was surprising because again, I’m not a fan of country music. Yes, The Black Crowes are a southern rock band, but there are also blues rock and hard rock elements in their songs, and their riffs are amazing! I just bought Shake Your Money Maker (1990) and I plan to buy more of their albums in the near future.

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10 thoughts on “Songs with the Same Title – The Black Crowes Edition

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  1. Interesting that Steve Gorman named his book after their Otis Redding cover instead of one of their original songs.

    I hate The Black Crows, but this was an interesting post!

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