Round of 64: Divisions C and D Semi-Final Results

Welcome to a late night posting session.  I got out of work about 30 minutes ago, and even though it’s Guillermo’s week at the helm, he graciously allowed me to post tonight’s results.  The reason? The death of a song that launched 600 more.

If you recall, it was my venom at the Rolling Stone Top 500 list that prompted this grand experiment in the first place.  Though the Rolling Stone list had many deficient qualities, the most unseemly was its self-serving choice of “Like a Rollin’ Stone” as the top rock song of all-time.  Not, mind you, because it is a bad song.  Far from it.  But seriously, Rolling Stone magazine….

Much to my surprise and increasing embarrassment, “Like a Rollin’ Stone” dominated the early rounds of the tournament, earning a top seed on the way.  That’s when it ran into Dylan-killer, “Lookin’ Out My Back Door.”

And so now I proudly present to you:

Division C Championship: #4 Lookin’ Out My Back Door (Creedence Clearwater Revival) vs. #11  Hallelujah (Jeff Buckley)

You see, “Lookin Out My Back Door” is a fun, infectious song.  Nick said it left a smile on his face all day.  It had definitely raised some eyebrows when it knocked out “Blowin in the Wind” by 15 points in the Round of 128.   And people were NOT feeling “Like a Rollin’ Stone” this round.

It got off to a strong start, despite Aiko’s 3.  Then Nick gave it a 1.5, calling it “cacophonous and rambly.” Lindsay downgraded it to a 2, complaining about the length and overuse of harmonica (it does get out of hand late in the song).  Meanwhile, CCR hummed along, and ended up the victor, 114-104.

I come to praise “Like a Rollin’ Stone”, not merely to bury it.  It will always be one of the most important songs in the history of rock and roll, and on a bitter fall day there’s nowhere you’d rather be than slamming on that accompanying organ as the crescendo builds.  But in the tournament, it’s one and done.  Best of luck to CCR.

I’ll have less editorializing on the other match-ups.  Yes, you all still love Jeff Buckley very much.   He easily registered the high score of the day, winning 152-133.  Led by Astrid and Mark B, who hoisted it on to the Wall of 10s, Hallelujah defeated a respectable performance from Hey Ya.  Outkast is artist #238 to bounce.

Division D Championship: #5 Mrs. Robinson (Simon and Garfunkel) v. #6 What It’s Worth (Buffalo Springfield)

How about these seedings, by the way? They don’t seem to mean much in these parts.  An interesting side note about this match-up- both Buffalo Springfield and Paul Simon will be headlining major concerts this summer.  And they say this is no country for old men (I haven’t seen the movie, do they literally say that?).

How did they get to the Division D championship?  Well, people thought Born to Run might be the Bruce song everyone could get behind after it shocked Don’t Stop Believing in the Round of 128.  I’ve said from the beginning, though, Paul Simon is a crafty mofo, and possibly the most underrated superstar in music.  This was a really tough matchup for me- both Born to Run and Mrs. Robinson have won smaller personal tournaments in the past.  In the end, Mrs. Robinson prevailed, 126-118. For Bruce, only Thunder Road remains, and I know a couple people (inexplicably) hate that song.

On the other side of town, Buffalo Springfield gave Aretha the boot, 131-129.  Respect was shown- this was easily the closest battle of the day. And not to go all critical studies on the situation we’re seeing, but since the Round of 64 began, women and minorities are 0-4, while white men are 8-4.  And Lady Soul is out of the tournament, artist #240.

Ok, Guillermo’s got ya’llz backs for the rest of the round, I just thought I’d poke my head in.  Have a great night.


About g-mo

The day I was born, Michael Jackson's Thriller album was at the top of the Billboard 200. I've been trying my best to live up to that expectation ever since.
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