A Taste of Two: The “Superartist” – New Jersey vs. New England

30 Jan

There are two things that throughout my life have remained constant about the Super Bowl. If you are an alien, the Super Bowl is a debaucherous culmination to the National Football League (just Wikipedia that) season where hordes of individuals gather around televisions and view gargantuan, physically freakish men, attempt to get an oblong-shaped, prickled ball into the opposing team’s endzone (a small section at the end of a 100-yard field), all while gormandizing and drinking large quantities of a fermented beverage that often makes you say/do stupid things.

First, this massive event always comes quickly – even though the football season is several months long. Secondly, my beloved New York Jets are not a part of the event and instead are Super Bowl viewers like the rest of us.

This year’s Superbowl features the New England Patriots and the New York Giants. Can you tell that I’m a little bitter? The New York Giants, the Jets’ cross-conference counterpart, play in the same stadium as the Jets and share a fan-base of downstate New Yorkers. The Jets, like the Mets in baseball, are the new kids on the block, and often have the reputation as the gritty, hard-nosed younger brother of the classic, old-school Yankees and Giants. The rivalry between the Jets and Giants is not as heated as it is with the Yankees. More Mets fans and Yankees fans dislike their cross-town rivals than Jets and Giants fans. Why is this case? I’ll leave that to those who would like to think on the matter. It doesn’t really matter to me. I do possess a strong dislike of the Yankees, though, but many of my good friends are Yankees fans and we get along just fine. I am often jealous of their success, though, and I find myself in the same situation with the Giants. They deserve the accolades for getting into the “Big Game” and I only hope the Jets find a way to win the Superbowl during my lifetime – and preferably before I am in diapers again.

That is my spiel about football. On to the music. Since we are in the Superbowl eve week, I thought I’d try for a creative Superbowl-inspired post. As you can probably deduce from the title, we are going to compare some sort of music from New Jersey (Giants) and New England (Patriots). While the Giants have New York in their title they play in New Jersey so we are going to use the state they play in for our selection. The New England region encompasses several states. The Patriots play in Foxborough, MA, a little south of Boston so we will pick from Boston because it is a major city with deep musical roots. New Jersey vs. Boston, MA. What are we comparing?

Well, we are going to compare the best rock musical artist/band to come out of the area and then put them back-to-back in a one-on-one match-up for superiority. Who is the better band? Who will win our Music Court Superartist?

The best musician to come out of both areas ever (despite genre classification) is Frank Sinatra (from Hoboken, NJ) – but that’s just my opinion. He wasn’t a rocker though.

I will post up a poll at the end of this article and the voting will end on Saturday with the results revealed prior to gametime!

New Jersey


Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band vs. Aerosmith. Who is it going to be? The troubadour from the swamps of Jersey or the Demon of Screamin’? Before anyone cries foul, yes, Steven Tyler is originally from New York City and was brought up there, but, Aerosmith was formed after Tyler (originally Tallarico) moved into an apartment with friends Joe Perry, Joey Kramer, Tom Hamilton, and Ray Tabano (replaced by Brad Whitford in 1971).  They are known as the ‘Bad Boys of Boston.’

I chose “Born to Run”  and “Dream On” to represent the bands because they were voted as the top hits from each band on www.the-top-tens.com. The songs were both released in the early-mid 70s and the musicians are of a similar age. It’s a good battle. So, folks, who wins. Bruce and the Giants or Aerosmith and the Pats?

Also, let us know in the comments who you are rooting for to win the Superbowl?

6 Responses to “A Taste of Two: The “Superartist” – New Jersey vs. New England”

  1. Mister STAP January 30, 2012 at 5:03 pm #

    I’m rooting for the Patriots on Sunday but Bruce vs. Aerosmith is no contest.

  2. Matthew Coleman January 30, 2012 at 5:09 pm #

    Despite my lack of cheering interest for either team, I agree with you on the Springsteen vs. Aerosmith vote. I’m going with the boy from Jersey on this one.

  3. John Phillips January 30, 2012 at 9:04 pm #

    Sorry, I would normally vote Springsteen, but i like the Pats to much. I’ll just pretend you used Boston (or someone else) instead of Aerosmith.

    • Matthew Coleman January 30, 2012 at 9:12 pm #

      Was very tempted to put Boston instead of Aerosmith

  4. fattakin February 1, 2012 at 10:44 am #

    I guess its Bruce for me.

    But as an alien (to the states anyway) I’ll go with

    you’re an american girl
    red headed eyes blank
    living in a freckle on the face of the world
    another dying kid that learned too much too soon
    you’re not as good as your mom
    but you’re as good as dead
    you’re as good as dead
    new jersey ain’t the whole world

  5. Matthew Coleman February 1, 2012 at 5:07 pm #

    Good call with Red House Painters. Favorite song by them – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0S-wOVRm28&feature=related

    And, no, I didn’t get it from Vanilla Sky! Lol

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