Guillermo and I are beyond excited that we’ve all made it this far. Of the eight remaining contenders, five or six have a real shot at this thing. Back in January, an impressive win meant little for a song’s fortunes, as the title was still eight wins away. Now a mere three matches (and eight days) separate these intrepid songs from being crowned champions. To bring you the quarter finals we are deviating from our usual four match-ups a day to spread the quarters over two days.
Listen to the songs of Grooveshark here, except for Twist and Shout. Vote by commenting below or emailing LTDdotorg@gmail.com by 8pm EST on Sunday. And RSVP here for the D.C and New York listening parties- we’ll keep you apprised of other outposts hosting.
With the elimination of Hallelujah, Twist and Shout has sneakily become the longest lasting cover in the tournament. Also, very surprisingly, it is the last remaining Beatles song, a fact not lost on the Beatles faithful out there. Meanwhile, Under Pressure has been sharp throughout the tournament. The tune has few serious detractors among the regular voters, but with the recent infusion of new blood, there’s no such thing as a heavy favorite. Under Pressure has a random fact of its own- recorded in 1981, it is the most contemporary song left in the tournament, which is a little bizarre, as much of the voter base was born in the early 80s.
This is as excited as I’ve been for a match-up all tournament. These boys can rumble. Baba’s had some close calls over the last four months, and watched its fellow Who songs flame out early, but relied on a steady diet of 9s and 10s from its biggest supporters. Meanwhile, Queen has somehow put itself in a position where an all-Queen semifinal is a legitimate possibility. What this match-up really comes down to is whether you are voting for the song you blast pulling out of a parking lot hungover in some shitty midwestern town where you just spent the night, onto a highway with the sun shining or the anthem you rock out to with a bunch of foreigners at Bolivian dive bar half an hour after the posted closing time. Eleven+ great minutes of rock and roll coming up.