Whatever the results below bear out, the best closer of all time is probably the Wild Thing.
A joyous 3.5 weeks on the road came to an end today. I’ll have much to post about it- travel adventures, photos, and even videos. But all that in due time.
We’re on the verge of picking the best opening track and best song about the radio. It’s been a tournament with sparse voting, with some regulars complaining that the themes have been a little esoteric. Next time either of these topics come up in conversation, however, you’ll have LTD voters to thank.
Last round I had a listening party with members of Midnight Spin when we were all camped out in Boulder, Colorado. The band became intrigued about what constituted the best closing track of all time. We spent about four hours deliberating on nominees for a 32-song tournament, and they’ve been playing that tournament on their long drive across the heartland. Below I’ve included the finalists for that tournament, which all LTD voters can jump in on.
The playlist is here and the bracket is here. Votes are due by midnight on Friday, April 12.
Best Track One, Side One
“Smells Like Teen Spirit”, Nirvana, Nevermind vs. “Come Together”, Beatles, Abbey Road
Last round Nirvana took out the Who’s “Baba O’Riley” and the Beatles vanquished “Gimme Shelter” by the Rolling Stones.
Best Song About The Radio
“Caravan” by Van Morrison vs. “Radio Free Europe” by R.E.M.
Last round Van Morrison defeated “Roll Over Beethoven” (Chuck Berry) while R.E.M toppled “Video Killed the Radio Star” (Buggles).
Best Closing Track
“You Can’t Always Get What You Want”, Rolling Stones, Let It Bleed
vs. “Redemption Song”, Bob Marley & the Wailers, Uprising
UPDATE: Congratulations to our latest music tournament champions,
Best Opening Track: Come Together, Abbey Road (Beatles)
Best Song About the Radio: Radio Free Europe (R.E.M)
Best Closing Track: Redemption Song, Uprising (Bob Marley and the Wailers)