Welcome to the third of our four championship match ups. Did you know that only six of the thirty two songs we’ve voted this far were released after 1979? Listen to today’s tunes here (except for A Day in the Life and Twist and Shout), and vote by commenting below or emailing LTDdotorg@gmail.com by 8:30pm on Saturday. Dear lurkers, we know you’re out there, and it’s OK if this is the first time you’re voting. Just dive in.
Division I Championship: #4 A Day in the Life (Beatles) vs. #6 Free Fallin’ (Tom Petty)
Tom Petty had two songs make it this far, an impressive feat that’s gone under the radar. For John Lennon, a chance at revenge against Tom Petty (see below).
A Day in the Life defeated: Ohio (CSNY), Crimson and Clover (Tommy James), Thriller (Michael Jackson), Tangled Up in Blue (Bob Dylan).
Free Fallin’ defeated: Just Like Startin’ Over (John Lennon), Signed Sealed Delivered (Stevie Wonder), Layla (Derek and the Dominoes), I Heard it Through the Grapevine (Marvin Gaye).
This could get interesting. If such a thing as “Beatles fatigue” can exist, it should kick in. Meanwhile, a promised Train in Vain anecdote, which comes at you from a great book called The Clash and London Calling– yes, a 450 page book devoted to the making of London Calling. As some of you know, Train in Vain was the hidden 19th song on the album, a little bonus for the fans. The American label would have none of that, and even renamed the song “Train in Vain (Stand By Me)” so pop fans would recognize the radio hit. Joe Strummer was not impressed, saying that songs “about jealousy and heterosexual whining” bored him. For Mick Jones, the lyrics are an alternative take on Division K song “Stand By Me”, based not so loosely on his recent break-up, and the name comes the song’s beat, which reminded him of an old train rumbling down the tracks.
Twist and Shout defeated: Country Roads (John Denver), The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (Band), Buddy Holly (Weezer), America (Simon and Garfunkel).
Train in Vain defeated: Sleeping Aides and Razor Blades (Exploding Hearts)(*Play-in Round), Caress Me Down (Sublime), Imagine (John Lennon), Let’s Get It On (Marvin Gaye), Rock the Casbah (Clash).
This one’s for you, Jacob. Pictured above is none other than Marconi, famed inventor in the field of radio techonology. Marconi won a Nobel Prize in 1909 for his work in radio telegraphy, and while Mussolini and the British gave him credit for many radio patents, like many, Marconi saw his demise in the U.S Supreme Court, which had many of them overturned.
Based on last round’s scoring, this should not be close. Starship came in 32nd in scoring average out of the 32 songs left in the tournament.
Stand By Me defeated: Run Around (Blues Traveler), Just My Imagination (Temptations), Wouldn’t It Be Nice (Beach Boys), Billie Jean (Michael Jackson).
We Built This City defeated: Around the Dial (Kinks), For Once In My Life (Stevie Wonder), Johnny Appleseed (Joe Strummer), Man in Black (Johnny Cash).
This is by far the least attractive picture that comes up when you google “Brown eyed girl.” Speaking of the ladies, Dusty is one of three left in the tournament, and the only favored to advance to the Sweet 16.
Son of a Preacherman defeated: Angie (Rolling Stones)(*Play-in Round- six people voted on this Day 1 match-up), Heartbreak Hotel (Elvis Presley), North American Scum (LCD Soundsystem), The Boxer (Simon and Garfunkel).
Brown Eyed Girl defeated: What’s Goin’ On (Marvin Gaye), Me and Bobby McGee (Janis Joplin), Come Sail Away (Styx), Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay (Otis Redding).