Music Tournament Round of 32: Division I, J, K and L Championships

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).

Division J Championship: #6 Twist and Shout (Beatles) vs. #9 Train in Vain (Clash)

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).

Division K Championship: #1 Stand By Me (Ben E. King) vs. #6 We Built This City (Jefferson Starship)

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).

Division L Championship: #1 Son of a Preacherman (Dusty Springfield) vs. #11 Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison)

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).

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18 Responses to Music Tournament Round of 32: Division I, J, K and L Championships

  1. marconi's last mambo says:

    Thanks for the shout out. Marconi will mambo on regardless of the outcome.

    #4 A Day in the Life (Beatles) 10 vs. #6 Free Fallin’ (Tom Petty) 7
    #6 Twist and Shout (Beatles) 10 vs. #9 Train in Vain (Clash) 7
    #1 Stand By Me (Ben E. King) 5 vs. #6 We Built This City (Jefferson Starship) 10
    #1 Son of a Preacherman (Dusty Springfield) 6 vs. Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison) 4

  2. Matt says:

    #4 A Day in the Life (Beatles) – 9 vs. #6 Free Fallin’ (Tom Petty) – 7
    #6 Twist and Shout (Beatles) – 8.5 vs. #9 Train in Vain (Clash) – 5
    #1 Stand By Me (Ben E. King) – 8 s. #6 We Built This City (Jefferson Starship) – 6
    #1 Son of a Preacherman (Dusty Springfield) – 8 vs. Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison) – 8.5

  3. Marc says:

    #4 A Day in the Life (Beatles) 10
    #6 Free Fallin’ (Tom Petty) 6.5

    #6 Twist and Shout (Beatles) 10
    #9 Train in Vain (Clash) 4

    #1 Stand By Me (Ben E. King) 7
    #6 We Built This City (Jefferson Starship) 3.5

    #1 Son of a Preacherman (Dusty Springfield) 8
    #11 Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison) 3

  4. Ryan Quinnelly says:

    #4 A Day in the Life (Beatles) 9 vs. #6 Free Fallin’ (Tom Petty) 7
    #6 Twist and Shout (Beatles) 5 vs. #9 Train in Vain (Clash) 9
    #1 Stand By Me (Ben E. King) 9.5 vs. #6 We Built This City (Jefferson Starship) 6.5
    #1 Son of a Preacherman (Dusty Springfield) 9 vs. Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison) 8.5

  5. guillermo olivos says:

    OK as an administrator and after discussion with Janos, I’m going to post my commentary. The principal issue was first “you can’t give a song a 0, we talked about that,” but there’s a difference between a 0-5 and a 0-10. Regardless, I adjusted up my scores to 1-6 for a second. But now that I’m defending, I’m going back down to a 0-5. This is why:

    A Day In The Life 0
    Free Fallin’ 5

    Please, no more Beatles except T&S and Let It Be. I actively dislike this. When it starts, I want it to stop. When it gets all experimental and cacophonous, my face hurts. The only maybe redeeming part is the fact that Paul McCartney has a part in the middle where he sings. I really hate the Lennon part. And I think the backwards playing part at the end is ridiculous, not deep.

    Astrid, Danno, Jacob, I don’t know what I’m missing. Maybe my parents didn’t raise me right in the ways of the Fab Four or something. Also, the grinding noise between sections is actively featured in the animated film “The Yellow Submarine” along with this montage of weird chromatic pictures that flash through the screen really fast. My parents really had no business at all shuffling into the catalog of movies I was exposed to between the ages of 4 and 6, but during those ages I lived on a naval base in Japan and besides Japanese cartoons and 4 hours of “Saturday Morning Cartoons” on the on-base single channel, we only had video tapes of cartoons, and that was one of them. So I associate that sound with the nightmares that that part gave me as a kid. And to top it all off, I had a nightmare last night- I’ve been having them a lot lately because I’m on the nicotine patch and that’s part of the fun of that.

    This is my second 0 of the tournament. My first one was on “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” back in January when I listened to match-ups literally 2 minutes after I had a dinner date canceled on me for which I’d already bought food and started prepping food. I promise, I know I’m a contextual voter, but this a more pure 0 and a less contextual 0- my scores on ADITL have been consistently dropping, but the intersection of everything just hit the fan today. I just really don’t want to listen to this anymore in this tournament.

    On Petty, Free Fallin’ is nothing special at this point. That’s why it’s a 5. But for the aforementioned reasons, that’s why I give A Day In The Life a 0. In addition to my explanation, here’s my strategic defense if someone thinks I’m trying to swing it:

    1) It’s the same effect on the outcome as a 3-8 or a 4-9, or a 5-10, and i’m sure we’ll see some of those in the Div K match-up.
    2) I’m voting early, so no one can accuse me of dropping a bomb that swings the tide only after looking at everyone else’s scores.

    (…so that’s why I give Day In The Life a 0)

    Twist & Shout 6 (suffered due to Beatles fatigue, as explained earlier. I normally like this song)
    Train In Vain 7.8 (thank you Clash, now I feel normal again.)

    Stand By Me: 10 (when I was 11 I used to practice slow dancing to this song by myself because i was really nervous about the 6th grade dance. while it may be no wonder that I get dinner dates canceled on me 17 years later, I can’t fault Ben- this is just perfect.)
    We Built This City: 4 (that’s a generous 4. thanks for taking us to see Walk The Line, Gary Cobb.)

    Son Of A Preacherman: 7.7
    Brown Eyed Girl: 9.4 (huge underdog, but Brown Eyed Girl is a fighter. i believe. this hit good.)

  6. Mark O says:

    #4 A Day in the Life (Beatles) [9.25]
    #6 Free Fallin’ (Tom Petty) [6.85]

    #6 Twist and Shout (Beatles) [8.9]
    #9 Train in Vain (Clash) [6.25]

    #1 Stand By Me (Ben E. King) [7.5]
    #6 We Built This City (Jefferson Starship) [6]

    #1 Son of a Preacherman (Dusty Springfield) [8.25]
    #11 Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison) [7]

  7. Adrock says:

    #4 A Day in the Life (Beatles) 1
    #6 Free Ballin’ (Tom Petty) 6.1

    Not even Beatles fatigue – I just don’t like this song. Not a stellar performance from Petty, but Free Ballin is still a righteous enough statement to garner a decent score.

    #6 Twist and Shout (Beatles) 5.5
    #9 Train in Vain (Clash) 4.5

    The sound quality on Twist pissed me off for the first 2 minutes – just too old and tinny. But the song is just so infectious that it can’t get a bad score. Train in Vain just sounded like white noise. Not a fitting last hurrah for the Clash.

    #1 Stand By Me (Ben E. King) 7.3
    #6 We Built This City (Jefferson Starship) 8.5
    The power of Stand By Me is worthy of moving on… but something about a friday evening, trying to escapte the office made Starship seem more perfectly tuned.

    #1 Son of a Preacherman (Dusty Springfield) 5.8
    #11 Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison) 9

    Dusty just wasn’t doing it for me. Van was upbeat and just what I needed to send me home for the weekend… to work more.

  8. Danno says:

    #4 A Day in the Life (Beatles) 10
    #6 Free Fallin’ (Tom Petty) 4.9

    FYI Guillermo, the fab four were never even once played in my house growing up (unless it randomly came on the radio) 🙂 The 10 is associated with a memory of a Beatles cover band backed by an orchestra in the Sydney Opera House 2 years ago. In general I hate it when the Beatles go all experimental, but for whatever reason this one will forever be a 10.

    #6 Twist and Shout (Beatles) 8
    #9 Train in Vain (Clash) 6

    #1 Stand By Me (Ben E. King) 6.5
    #6 We Built This City (Jefferson Starship) 8.5

    #1 Son of a Preacherman (Dusty Springfield) 7
    #11 Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison) 9

  9. Meghan says:

    #4 A Day in the Life (Beatles) 5
    #6 Free Fallin’ (Tom Petty) 7.5

    It always sounds weird to me when A Day in the Life doesn’t have the weird spliced songs thing at the end….

    #6 Twist and Shout (Beatles) 6
    #9 Train in Vain (Clash) 5

    #1 Stand By Me (Ben E. King) 8
    #6 We Built This City (Jefferson Starship) 4

    #1 Son of a Preacherman (Dusty Springfield) 9
    #11 Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison) 8.9

  10. G says:

    A Day in the Life (Beatles) 5 [didn’t win me over today.]
    Free Fallin’ (Tom Petty) 7

    Twist and Shout (Beatles) 8
    Train in Vain (Clash) 7.5

    Stand By Me (Ben E. King) 9.5
    We Built This City (Jefferson Starship) 3 [chorus get 3 points.]

    Son of a Preacherman (Dusty Springfield) 9
    Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison) 5

  11. aiko says:

    A Day in the Life (Beatles) 1
    Free Fallin’ (Tom Petty) 5
    I just don’t like A Day in the Life.

    Twist and Shout (Beatles) 6
    Train in Vain (Clash) 5

    Stand By Me (Ben E. King) 9
    We Built This City (Jefferson Starship) 1
    This spread seems kind of mean, but We Built This City is here because it, by luck of the draw, hasn’t had to face against a serious contender yet. It needs to go. Stand By Me is a song that’s been in the background of my whole, but when I really pay attention to it, it just gets more lovely and poignant. Also, “I’ll be there for you” is one of my favorite song themes.

    Son of a Preacherman (Dusty Springfield) 10
    Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison) 5
    Brown Eyed Girl President George W. Bush’s favorite song. Know who else’s favorite it was? Mine. When I was in 5th grade. Just sayin’.

    Okay, I still like it pretty well, and I was feeling it tonight, but this is no contest in my book. Dusty does it every. damn. time: a perfect 10. There’s no wavering for me on this. Her vocals are a perfect mixture of country, gospel, and rock and roll. The song builds and resolves perfectly. It’s sexy. It’s sultry. It’s… perfect.

  12. Kate M says:

    Alright- can’t believe we are down to the final 32 and a bunch of these songs I don’t even like…. Anyway…

    Arnie who has been visiting us the last couple of days from Botswana is a pretty tough voter and once he figured out he could give half points….well, there you go.

    Preacher Man:
    Kate: 10 Wow, I always sing along to this song.
    Tony: 6
    Arnie: 7.5

    Brown Eyed Girl:
    Kate: 9 Love this song, wish it was not matched against Dusty…
    Arnie: 6.5
    Tony: 5

    Stand by Me:

    This was a hard choice for me. Stand by Me is an enduring classic. We Built this City is all of it’s glorious cheesiness makes me want to stand on top of my desk…

    Arnie: 7.5
    Kate: 8.5

    We Built this City

    Arnie: 7
    Kate: 9

    Train in Vain
    Arnie: 5
    Kate: 7

    Twist and Shout:

    This song just doesn’t work for me when it is not at a wedding…what can I say?

    Kate: 4
    Arnie: 6.5

    Free Fallin:
    Kate: 6

    A Day in the Life:
    Call me a blasphemer but the more I have to listen to this song the more I detest it.

    Kate: 1

  13. The Catholic says:

    A Day in the Life (Beatles) 2
    Free Fallin’ (Tom Petty) 10

    Twist and Shout (Beatles) 9
    Train in Vain (Clash) 6

    Stand By Me (Ben E. King) 9.5
    We Built This City (Jefferson Starship) 3.5

    Son of a Preacherman (Dusty Springfield) 9.4
    Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison) 8.4
    These are all pretty clear cut except Van and Dusty.

  14. Dinah says:

    Day in the Life (5)
    Free Fallin (7)

    Twist and Shout (9)
    Train in Vain (8)

    Stand by Me (9)
    We Built this City (5)

    Son of a Preacherman (6)
    Brown-eyed Girl (9)

  15. maegan says:

    A day in the life 4.4
    Free falling 6

    Twist and Shout 8
    Train in Vain 5

    Stand by me 7
    We built this city 5.8

    Son of a preacher 5.2
    Brown eyed girl 6.4

  16. janos marton says:

    Me and Cristina’s votes:

    #4 A Day in the Life (Beatles) 8.5 / 9
    #6 Free Fallin’ (Tom Petty) 6 / 6.5

    #6 Twist and Shout (Beatles) 6 / 8
    #9 Train in Vain (Clash) 7 / 9

    #1 Stand By Me (Ben E. King) 9/ 7
    #6 We Built This City (Jefferson Starship) 7.5/ 4.5

    #1 Son of a Preacherman (Dusty Springfield) 6 / 6
    #11 Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison) 9 / 8
    Janos: This ones for you, Guillermo. Was really feelin’ Van today, and I still think Preacherman is scoring beyond its means.

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