First and foremost, great, GREAT turnout. We had 21 voters put in their scores for these match-ups, which gives us a new record! I know I’ve been blowing up my friends’ in-boxes and trying to get both old and new voters back on the train. I’m loving it, and I think getting a song to break 200 soon is totally possible- keep recruiting and keep on voting!
Alright, down to business. Division A lost its 3 seed in the Round of 256…and has now lost its 2 seed in the Round of 128. The boys from Forest Hills have come out swinging yet again and caught Dylan with his guard down. “Sounds of Silence,” penned by Simon shortly after the Kennedy assassination, defeats Bobby’s spiteful ode to his Italian ex-girlfriend Suze Rotolo, “Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright”, 156.25-136.15.
“You Can’t Always Get What You Want” continues to not sweat the competition, and grabs the high score here, disposing of David Bowie’s “Changes” 157.55-129.8.
The grandfather of rap was looking very strong in early voting, but a late surge tipped the scales Gibbard’s way. Postal Service’s production value overcomes Grandmaster Flash’s pioneer value; “Such Great Heights” defeats “The Message,” 137.7-130.25, and knocks the guy who literally invented scratching records out of the tourney.
Last, but not least- what in the world do we do about Blondie? For most of us, we continue giving Debbie and the rest of them good scores. I couldn’t help but do some research on “Call Me.” First, it was written specifically for the soundtrack to the movie American Gigolo (what up, Richard Gere.) Second, it was Billboard’s top song of 1980 (for reference, “Another Brick In The Wall” was #2 and MJ’s “Rock With You” was #4.) So it’s got some street credit. That said, to the result- “Call Me” defeats “Modern Love” 139.8-122.85 and shockingly eliminates the man formerly known as Ziggy Stardust out of the tournament.
Grandmaster Flash and David Bowie, in completely different ways, were, are, and always will be innovative legends. Democracy has spoken, but we wish them the best in the next tournament.