Song of the Day #3,272: ‘Colorblind’ – Counting Crows vs. David Bowie

It’s Week Two of Round Two of Montauk Madness, and we start with a showdown between Counting Crows and David Bowie.

Counting Crows advanced following a unanimous decision over Morrissey in Round One, while David Bowie faced stronger competition in U2 but still won easily with 82% of the vote.

On its face, this seems like a pretty easy matchup for a legend like David Bowie, but most of this blog’s loyal followers are hard-core Counting Crows fans, so I suspect it might go the other way.

I’m a big Counting Crows fan myself, and I’m struggling with this decision. It was just a year or so ago that I took a deep dive into Bowie’s discography and came to appreciate the man for more than just a few hit songs and his stellar reputation. And it’s hard to argue against that reputation. Bowie has influenced an entire generation of songwriters and performers — it’s no contest on that front.

But while there are no rules about how to arrive at your decision in these matchups, I’ve been leaning against historic or cultural importance and toward personal preference, unless I need to appeal to the former as a tiebreaker.

With all that in mind, I’m going against my initial instinct here and voting for Counting Crows, the contestant whose music I’ve enjoyed more consistently and more thoroughly over the past 25 years.

[Chorus]
I am colorblind
Coffee black and egg white
Pull me out from inside
I am ready
I am ready
I am ready
I am

[Verse 1]
Taffy stuck, tongue tied
Stuttered shook and uptight
Pull me out from inside

[Break]
I am ready
I am ready
I am ready
I am fine

[Verse 2]
I am covered in skin
No one gets to come in
Pull me out from inside
I am folded, and unfolded, and unfolding
I am

[Chorus]
Colorblind
Coffee black and egg white
Pull me out from inside
I am ready
I am ready
I am ready
I am fine
I am fine
I am fine

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4 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,272: ‘Colorblind’ – Counting Crows vs. David Bowie

  1. Dana says:

    For the same reasons you cited, I too will cast my vote based on personal preference over legendary status. I know that, at some point, it became fashionable to diss the Counting Crows–maybe it was Adam Durwitz’s celebrity dating or a dislike for some of the more commercial work. However, I suggest that any naysayers take the time.to listen to the deeper cuts on the Crows’ albums, including songs like the one you feature today, and you will come to appreciate how wonderful this band is.

  2. The Cool Guy (Daniel) says:

    This isn’t a difficult decision for me. Counting Crows is one of my favorite bands of all time. I personally think Adam Duritz is in the Top 3 best lyricists of all time (1. Bob Dylan, 2. Joni Mitchell) and the musicians of Counting crowd have always been incredibly tight. They have the ability to cross Genres and still represent that same core of their band. It is a shame as Dana said that naysayers who’ve only heard “Mr. Jones” (which is an amazing song) or “Big Yellow Taxi” (which is an amazing cover) could think that Counting Crows isn’t as good as their constitently great discography demonstrates. Though I appreciate Bowie very much and there are a few songs I enjoy quite a lot of his for personal preference I’ve gotta I’ve this one to Counting Crows.

  3. Peg says:

    Bowie for me!

  4. Amy says:

    Counting Crows, Counting Crows, Counting Crows… what a great touring band they are and how much they appreciate their fans are two more reasons I will add to those you have listed above. I may appreciate many Bowie songs, but it’s Counting Crows that I want to listen to …

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