Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Battle of the bands

Just pick the band your prefer and stating your reason why would be great too. This time it's two hard rock bands who for the most part have been run by their lead singers. Both are somewhat commercial in their sound, both had some real success in the 80's and both are still going today. So here are your choices:

Dokken vs. Whitesnake

I have never been huge on either band, but I will take Dokken. I probably like them more now then when I was teenager and other than Slide it in, I just think Whitesnake were okay. Both bands come across as trying to be a little too serious despite some really lame, sappy lyrics at time. Coverdale is a better singer than Don Dokken and there have been a lot of talented people in Whitesnake, but I think that Dokken generally rock a little more. I think at their best, Dokken were about having good tight songs.

So who do you prefer?

19 Comments:

Blogger Bruce said...

I always saw Coverdale as a Plant wannabe, so I was never a big fan(although I did like his wife in the videos).
I'll choose Dokken, mainly because I liked their music more. I saw on Vh1 that Dokken and George Lynch are actually talking about touring together again sometime this year. Should be an interesting dynamic onstage if they pull it off.

9:07 PM  
Blogger Bar Bar A said...

I choose Whitesnake cause I think Coverdale acutally has some talent. Ok, and he's hot.

9:55 PM  
Blogger Strutter71 said...

Dokken, no contest. All of their albums were solid, plus they always felt like a real band. You never knew who the hell was in Whitesnake that day, it always depended on Coverdale's mood.

3:58 AM  
Blogger :P fuzzbox said...

I liked both bands but I loved the phrase, 'Rockin' with Dokken.' So I will go with them.

4:14 AM  
Blogger Metal Mark said...

Bruce-If George Lynch plays with Dokken again it will only be because he realizes it would bring in more people than him touring by himself. Both times these guys have been in the band together there have eventually been physical fights followed by Lynch leaving shortly thereafter.

Bar bar a- Coverdale has a good voice. I liked the albums he did with Deep Purple a lot.

Strutter-I remember thinking it was odd that they recorded the self titled album in 1987 and then Coverdale kicked out the line-up before the album came out.

Fuzz-I have a promotional copy of Dokken's Breaking the chains on album. It has a sticker on the front of the album that has the Dokken logo and below it says "rhymes with rockin". So even on the first album they wanted people to know this.

Some time this week I will review the Xciter cd. This is the band that George Lynch and drummer Mick Brown were in during the late 1970's.

5:23 AM  
Blogger FredCQ said...

I really don't like either of these bands but if I had to pick, I would probably go with Whitesnake. Say what you will, but that Self-titled album that they released was pretty good for what it was.

5:25 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

I don't have any Dokken albums so I can't say, but I liked Whitesnake a lot when I was younger. I don't think that anyone will say that "Still of the Night" wasn't a great song. I do agree with Bruce though that Coverdale was a Plant wanna-be (hence the Coverdale/Page project) and that Tawny Kittane was HOT back then!

8:56 AM  
Blogger Vicious Steve said...

I like both bands but I'm going with Dokken.

1. The line-up was stable throughout their heyday in the 80s.

2. Every album was solid, good songwriting and musicianship. Don Dokken is an underrated singer as is Jeff Pilson. Very solid rhythm section. We all know Lynch could play.

3. Dokken had a great run from Breaking The Chains thru Back For The Attack. Whitesnake seemed to have a decent run with the s/t album in 1987 but the follow-up, Slip Of The Tongue (1989), didn't really strengthen the band's hold.

Whitesnake always seemed like David solo with some guys playing in the background. Great bluesy voice and a good songwriter.....give me Slide It In for Whitesnake at their best.

10:23 AM  
Blogger Vicious Steve said...

Oops, forgot something important.

Dokken continues to release new material, whether good or bad, while Whitesnake only recently (last 5 yrs) started touring again. I give Dokken credit for continuing, Erase The Slate was a good album, the last one sucked, IMO.

10:25 AM  
Blogger Sgt Fluffy said...

I always liked Dokken, Whitesnake...not so much

10:28 AM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

Dude, I can't believe I missed Iron Maiden week - I'm such a fan.

Oh well, this is a tough choice . . .

Coverdale is actually a really, really good singer. I've heard that he nails difficult parts in one or two takes. Don, not so much. BUT, Dokken does have some really cool songs and Lynch was pretty darn good. I would put "In My Dreams" and that catchy riff up against any Hair-Metal song of the eighties.

Cool post, dude.

Ben O.

BTW - if you are waiting for me to decide between the two . . . I just can't. Put me down for half a vote for each. I know - I'm a wuss.

11:49 AM  
Blogger CRAIG said...

Gotta go with Dokken here...

They score points for the "Dream Warriors" video.

I also remember just being fascinated when "Back for the Attack" came out and it was an hour long!

1:37 PM  
Blogger Metal Mark said...

Not as close as of a vote asI thought it would be. Everyone in the 80's line-up of Dokken were solid. I saw them play at the Monsters of rock in '88 just a few months before they broke up. They weren't getting along at this time and they had to follow Metallica, but they were very good.

6:11 PM  
Blogger OnMyWatch said...

I saw Dokken at Monsters too in 88 but their sound sucked. But I still like Dokken better, although White Snake was cool, they sort of went over the top too much with sexual stuff and then went commercial. Dokken just rocked.

8:45 AM  
Blogger Captain Howdy said...

Gotta go with Dokken just for the fact I saw Don Dokken in the past few years and he can still belt out the vocals. Oh and it didn't hurt that he had broken his leg or arm the day before during a water skiing accident but still showed up for the show. I can't see pretty boy David C. doing anything for the fans.

4:36 PM  
Blogger Metal Mark said...

I am surprised so many people commented on this one. I didn't know Dokken still had that many supporters. I will have another Battle of the bands out in early June.

4:23 AM  
Blogger David Amulet said...

I lean toward Dokken, but barely. I actually like the "old," bluesy, early Whitesnake after DC left Deep Purple. It's not metal, but it's solid.

-- david

7:49 PM  
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