I’ve gotten into this habit of writing random things for a few sentences and then making viewers click the “continue reading” button to actually see the results, but I’m running out of things to say. There were two close match-ups, that’s exciting, one of which was decided by less than a point. Hmm what else…I’m really happy the federal government didn’t shut down, because that means my first kickball game is on. We’re playing on the Mall near the Washington Monument- one time voter and Round of 512 Van Halen “Jump” killer StephenK roped me into co-captaining a team with him. I can’t imagine it can be boozier than my 09 summer league in Audubon Park in the Garden District, but we’ll see. Oh, right, music tournament- onto the results:
Division K Championship: #1 Stand By Me (Ben E. King) vs. #6 We Built This City (Starship)
The 50s survive! Technically, the Ben E. King version he did without the rest of The Drifters was recorded in 1961, but I mean, come on- this is a 50s song. It was looking as though “Billie Jean” would give “Stand By Me” a run for its money, but some solid differentials coming in from Seattle and Philadelphia sealed the deal. Final score comes out 170.8-146.95. And right on the heels of Bob Dylan’s exit comes another shocker: Michael Jackson is eliminated.
On the other side, Johnny Cash suffers his first loss not to himself at the hands of…Starship. This band changed their name pretty regularly, so not Jefferson Starship at this point. Or Jefferson Airplane. Though it is pretty amazing that songs like “Somebody To Love” and “White Rabbit” are no longer around, but “We Built This City” is. And I don’t even think we have any regular voters from San Francisco (paging Kate Gage.)
Out of curiosity, I went back and looked at songs in Division K that lost in the first round…Peace Train, Sugar Magnolia, California Love, Southern Cross, and Once In A Lifetime. I’m not sure if that answers any questions. City eliminates “Man In Black,” 100.1-96.6, and rides into the final on a 5.56 average. Good luck, guys.
Division L Championship: #1 Son Of A Preacherman (Dusty Springfield) vs. #12 Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison)
Dusty takes her match against Jimi pretty easily, and claims the high average of the day with a 7.78- it should be said though that this is a drop from last round when it steamrolled S&G’s “The Boxer” with an 8.5. “The Wind Cries Mary” goes down, 147.85-125.6.
This is our second consecutive day where our last match-up has come down to the wire. And today’s was even closer than yesterday’s. Having to listen to Otis Redding match-up with Van Morrison was just hard on the soul- both of these artists are seriously ingratiated in the history of my heart. It seemed from the votes and commentary that that might be the case with some other voters as well. Van takes this one by a nose, 139.1-138.3. Otis Redding is eliminated, and Soul/R&B/Motown goes with him.
I’ll toast Otis with this one- if I ever have a wedding this song will most certainly have a part to play. Farewell, Otis (oh yeah, and MJ.)