Music Tournament Round of 128: Division K

According to Guillermo’s number crunching, this is the least-liked Division of the tournament.  It certainly raises the most eyebrows. The Fugees? Manu Chao? Jefferson Starship? It’s hard to believe all these cats will be around for the Salty 64.

Listen at Grooveshark and vote by commenting below or emailing LTDdotorg@gmail.com by 8pm Sunday night.

#1 Stand By Me (Ben E. King) vs. #8 Wouldn’t It Be Nice (Beach Boys).  Is it surf’s up for the Beach Boys?

#4 Billie Jean (Michael Jackson) vs. #5 Killing Me Softly (Fugees).  Kind of a downer matchup. Good thing Jefferson Starship is coming up.  Estimated value of that glove, for all you recession-busters, is $40,000-60,000.

#15 Man In Black (Johnny Cash) vs. #10 Me Gustas Tu (Manu Chao). As you can see, both pulled off upsets to get here.

#3 Johnny Appleseed (Joe Strummer) vs. #6 We Built This City (Jefferson Starship)

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12 Responses to Music Tournament Round of 128: Division K

  1. aiko says:

    Stand By Me (Ben E. King) 10
    Wouldn’t It Be Nice (Beach Boys) 8
    Listening to Stand by Me last night, laying on the couch with my eyes closed, all the fight drained out of me… it was a perfect 10. So I’m sticking with that, even though this silly, sweet Beach Boys song makes me darn happy.

    Billie Jean (Michael Jackson) 5
    Killing Me Softly (Fugees) 4.5

    Man In Black (Johnny Cash) 5
    Me Gustas Tu (Manu Chao) 1
    I bumped up that Johnny Cash score on the off chance that Me Gustas Tu has a shot in hell of moving on. Please.

    Johnny Appleseed (Joe Strummer) 6
    We Built This City (Jefferson Starship) 2.5

  2. Gmo says:

    Alright, old buddy in town last night so scores are me/Paul/georgie.

    Man in black 6.5/7.1/5.5
    Me gustas Tu 4/6.7/8.1

    Billie Jean 9/8.5/8.1
    Killing Me Softly 8.85/9.3/9.6

    Stand By Me 9.1/8.2/8.5
    Wouldn’t It Be Nice 5.7/7.1/4.2

    …then I think settlers got in the way of writing down the last scores, but here are mine

    Johnny Appleseed 3.8
    We Built This City 5.5

  3. Meghan says:

    Stand By Me (Ben E. King) 8.5
    Wouldn’t It Be Nice (Beach Boys) 7.5

    Billie Jean (Michael Jackson) 7
    Killing Me Softly (Fugees) 8

    Man In Black (Johnny Cash) 6
    Me Gustas Tu (Manu Chao) 3

    Johnny Appleseed (Joe Strummer) 4
    We Built This City (Jefferson Starship) 6.5

  4. Adrock says:

    Danno’s Scores:

    #1 Stand By Me (Ben E. King) 7
    #8 Wouldn’t It Be Nice (Beach Boys) 7

    #4 Billie Jean (Michael Jackson) 7
    #5 Killing Me Softly (Fugees) 4.5

    #15 Man In Black (Johnny Cash) 6
    #10 Me Gustas Tu (Manu Chao) 2.5

    #3 Johnny Appleseed (Joe Strummer) 4
    #6 We Built This City (Jefferson Starship) 8

  5. Adrock says:

    My scores:

    #1 Stand By Me (Ben E. King) 6.1
    #8 Wouldn’t It Be Nice (Beach Boys) 5

    #4 Billie Jean (Michael Jackson) 7.1
    #5 Killing Me Softly (Fugees) 3.8

    There are definitely better versions of Killing Me Softly without all the crap at the end. And that garbage pissed me off at least 3 points worth.

    #15 Man In Black (Johnny Cash) 8
    #10 Me Gustas Tu (Manu Chao) 4.8

    Liked Me Gustas Tu much more than I have in a while, but Man In Black was dead on target. Can’t say why, just that it was.

    #3 Johnny Appleseed (Joe Strummer) 3.5
    #6 We Built This City (Jefferson Starship) 6.6

  6. Marconi Forever says:

    #1 Stand By Me (Ben E. King) 6 vs. #8 Wouldn’t It Be Nice (Beach Boys) 9

    #4 Billie Jean (Michael Jackson) 8 vs. #5 Killing Me Softly (Fugees) 6

    #15 Man In Black (Johnny Cash) 7 vs. #10 Me Gustas Tu (Manu Chao). 4

    #3 Johnny Appleseed (Joe Strummer) 3 vs. #6 We Built This City (Jefferson Starship) 10 This is kind of an ironic 10, but I’d really like to see a what the fuck song sneak into the finals. Plus, this was my favorite song when I was six.

  7. mike says:

    #1 Stand By Me (Ben E. King) 8.8
    #8 Wouldn’t It Be Nice (Beach Boys) 8.7

    #4 Billie Jean (Michael Jackson) 8.4
    #5 Killing Me Softly (Fugees) 6.6

    #15 Man In Black (Johnny Cash) 7.3
    #10 Me Gustas Tu (Manu Chao) 3.4

    #3 Johnny Appleseed (Joe Strummer) 6
    #6 We Built This City (Jefferson Starship) 5

  8. Astrid says:

    Stand By Me (Ben E. King) 9.1
    Wouldn’t It Be Nice (Beach Boys) 8.8

    Billie Jean (Michael Jackson) 8.2
    Killing Me Softly (Fugees) 6.1

    Man In Black (Johnny Cash) 9
    Me Gustas Tu (Manu Chao) 5.5

    Johnny Appleseed (Joe Strummer) 7.6
    We Built This City (Jefferson Starship) 7.5

  9. G says:

    Stand By Me (Ben E. King) 9.6
    Wouldn’t It Be Nice (Beach Boys) 6

    Billie Jean (Michael Jackson) 4
    Killing Me Softly (Fugees) 6

    Man In Black (Johnny Cash) 4.5
    Me Gustas Tu (Manu Chao) 2

    Johnny Appleseed (Joe Strummer) 8
    We Built This City (Jefferson Starship) 7

  10. Pillanattolvaj says:

    Stand By Me (Ben E. King) – 9
    Wouldn’t It Be Nice (Beach Boys) – 3

    Billie Jean (Michael Jackson) – 9
    Killing Me Softly (Fugees) – 9

    Man In Black (Johnny Cash) – 9
    Me Gustas Tu (Manu Chao) – 8.5

    Johnny Appleseed (Joe Strummer) – 6
    We Built This City (Jefferson Starship) – 5.5

  11. Mark B says:

    Stand By Me (Ben E. King) 9.5
    Wouldn’t It Be Nice (Beach Boys) 6.5

    Difficult next to each other because they’re so different. BEK kills it on hid darned emotional heartstring-pulling. Love Wouldn’t It Be Nice but there’s no way it is a patch on Ben.

    Billie Jean (Michael Jackson) 8
    Killing Me Softly (Fugees) 7

    Still can’t get that scene from About A Boy out of my head when I hear Killing Me Softly. Perhaps that explains this.

    Man In Black (Johnny Cash) 4
    Me Gustas Tu (Manu Chao) 1

    I think that Me Gustas Tu is really horrible. Like, REALLY horrible. Barely a 1. Actually, not in love with Man In Black either…

    Johnny Appleseed (Joe Strummer) 4
    We Built This City (Jefferson Starship) 7

    Find Johnny Appleseed very underwhelming right now. Nostalgia tips the balance Starship’s way for me.

    • Mark B says:

      actually, make that an 8 for Starship. Second listen today and the chorus is making me outrageously happy and I’m in no way embarrassed to admit that.

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