Stories of Division C: This is our first Round of 128 instance where the 1, 2, 3, and 4 division seeds are still alive…whether that stays the case in the Round of 64 is in the fighting hands of the four underdogs. Arcade Fire is going to have to shake off the disappointment of last round’s Intervention loss and fortify its last remaining Tunnels. The CanadiCans are up against 2 seed Hey Ya, the most honest hip-hop song of last decade (get it?)
Mirroring this Disc 8 clash of ’04 vs. ’03 is a retrofit Disc 1 battle of ’65 vs. ’63 between possibly the most intelligible song from a normally unintelligible singer and definitively the most unintelligible song in rock and roll history (just ask the FBI.) Couple that with the eerily Manichaean pairing of Stones and Jeff Buckley tunes, top it off with more Dylan vs. two-time Wall of 10’s winner “Looking Out My Back Door,” and ladies and gentlemen we have ourselves some match-ups.
#1 Like A Rollin’ Stone (Bob Dylan) vs. #9 Louie Louie (The Kingsmen)
#4 Lookin’ Out My Back Door (Creedence Clearwater Revival) vs. #5 Blowin’ In The Wind (Bob Dylan)
#2 Hey Ya (Outkast) vs. #10 Tunnels (Arcade Fire)
#3 Sympathy For The Devil (Rolling Stones) vs. #11 Hallelujah (Jeff Buckley)