Once upon a time there were sixteen divisions, and each division had thirty two songs. During those cold December days, it seemed that crowning a champion was unimaginably far away. Now spring has sprung, and champions are on the horizon. Winning the Music Tournament will be an epic accomplishment, but no matter what happens in the rounds ahead, we salute our Division Champions.
Division A Championship: Sounds of Silence (Simon and Garfunkel) defeated You Can’t Always Get What You Want (Rolling Stones),171-156.5. Only a few weeks ago, the Rolling Stones looked like the formidable rivals to the Beatles they’d always been. Tonight, however, two boys from Queens sent them packing for good. Sounds of Silence has great lyrics, but what really makes the song tick is that S & G take poetry that could come off as aloof and sound like they really mean it: “And the sign says the words of the prophets are written on the subway walls! And tenement halls.” With 171 points, Sounds of Silence posts the 2nd highest total to date (Don’t Stop Believing dropped 176 in the Round of 128 [Note from G-mo: Well, third highest. Because DSB dropped that and still lost to “Born To Run,” which got 179 points that round). The Rolling Stones are the 257th artists eliminated from the tournament.
Division B Championship: Hey Jude (Beatles) def. Creep (Radiohead),158-146. Creep put in an impressive run, easily outlasting it’s more highly touted Radiohead siblings. In the end it went down to a song that spent nine weeks at #1 and sold eight million records. Radiohead is the 258th artist eliminated.
Division C Championship: Hallelujah (Jeff Buckley) def. Lookin’ Out My Back Door (CCR), 162-151.5. It’s been a heck of a run for tamberines and elephants playing in the band. CCR actually won Thursday’s voting, but fell short overall to Buckley, as people pined for Rufus Wainwright. Hallelujah’s monster average took a hit this round, but it still made the Walls of 10s thanks to former bandmates Grant (G) and Tim (Tspell).
Division D Championship: For What It’s Worth (Buffalo Springfield) def. Mrs. Robinson (Simon & Garfunkel), 160.5-155.5.
This was a fierce battle. In the end, 15 folks went for Buffalo Springfield, 9 went for Simon & Garfunkel, and one voter tied them. The Bonnaroo headliners will be advancing to the Sweet 16. Paul and Art live on through Sounds of Silence. Amusing youtube clip forthcoming.