Round of 256: Division C, Right Side

Votes due by Monday, June 13th at 8 pm EST: The right side of Division C is the stuff of legends- literally. There’s no denying it, this is a ridiculously potent group of rock stars and you can’t help but have fun with these match-ups. Grooveshark link is here, vote by commenting on this post. Period. Yes, after some discussion we’ve decided to do away with the e-mail voting- we have too many voters to reasonably manage multiple channels. The only exception is extenuating circumstances (like if you are going on vacation somewhere without internet, want to listen to future match-ups using the brackets, and submit scores for posts that haven’t gone up yet. We will of course take e-mail votes if that is the case.) Otherwise, let’s keep it live and keep the votes here in the comments section- everyone follow your hearts and let the best song win.

#2 A Boy Named Sue (Johnny Cash) vs. #15 Gold Dust Woman (Fleetwood Mac) Anyone who has ever wanted to fight his father can find something in ABNS- a true Cash classic. As for Gold Dust Woman, I think Wikipedia best sums it up in this sentence: “One interpretation suggests that ‘Gold Dust Woman’ has less to do with cocaine and more to do with the triple goddess Morrigan.” Exactly what I was thinking.

#7 You’ve Got The Silver (Crooked Still) vs. #10 Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad (Derek & The Dominoes) 21st century folk with Boston roots meets Clapton and a Duane Allman slide guitar.

#3 Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (U2) vs. #14 You Are Not Alone (Mavis Staples) To date, no track off “The Joshua Tree” has failed to make it to the Round of 128 in a tournament. Mavis Staples may have something to say about that.

#6 Innocence (Bjork) vs. #11 Don Quixote (Gordon Lightfoot) Bjork brings it with a vengeance here. With Lightfoot, another Canadian folk singer on the heels of the Great Big Sea.

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30 Responses to Round of 256: Division C, Right Side

  1. Mark B says:

    #2 A Boy Named Sue (Johnny Cash) 4
    #15 Gold Dust Woman (Fleetwood Mac) 6.5
    I should start by saying that Rumours is probably my favourite album (top 3 at the very least) – even the less well-known tracks are really wonderful. I think that GDW is far from the best on the album but it’s all relative. A Boy Named Sue didn’t strike any chords with me I’m afraid, but then again I’m not a Cash fan at all so don’t be offended.

    #7 You’ve Got The Silver (Crooked Still) 5.5
    #10 Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad (Derek & The Dominoes) 8
    I was expecting to hate the Crooked Still track but, surprisingly, didn’t. Nice surprise. Why Does Love… got me going right from the get-go though…brilliant.

    #3 Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (U2) 7
    #14 You Are Not Alone (Mavis Staples) 5
    I really struggle with U2…I never think I like them but if I only hear them every once in a while, it’s OK, right? Even despite Bono being a bit of a tool? I enjoyed Not Alone more as it went on but it was just OK for me.

    #6 Innocence (Bjork) 9
    #11 Don Quixote (Gordon Lightfoot) 5
    I have only seen Bjork play live once. It was in Tokyo, on this album’s tour and it blew my little mind. I was with a co-worker who used to be her tour cellist. Then we went dancing with her and to karaoke. Best night ever. I think this song is incredibly powerful but possibly needs a live stage and massive dancefloor to be fully appreciated. The contrast of these two songs is almost hilarious…so different. Don puts in a good performance but Innocence is so brilliantly raw in comparison.

  2. deltaRhythms says:

    #2 A Boy Named Sue (Johnny Cash) 7.5
    #15 Gold Dust Woman (Fleetwood Mac) 6.5
    I haven’t listened to “Sue” in a while, but I really like the song and it’s a great story. “Gold Dust Woman” was definitely solid, but not my favorite.

    #7 You’ve Got The Silver (Crooked Still) 5.5
    #10 Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad (Derek & The Dominoes) 3
    “Silver” is a great song, but the original version is better. “So Sad” was disappointing in my opinion. It was a bit too busy.

    #3 Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (U2) 7
    #14 You Are Not Alone (Mavis Staples) 6

    #6 Innocence (Bjork) 4
    #11 Don Quixote (Gordon Lightfoot) 6.5
    “Innocence” was just a bit too out there for me. Might be better live, but that’s not good enough to win this thing. “Don” was much more up my alley, but too similar to better songs.

  3. Brian Orce says:

    boy named sue: 10. This song is flawless. Shel Silverstein and Johnny Cash teaming up. Unstoppable.
    gold dust woman: 7. Good song. Haunting… but it was barely there.

    got silver: 4. Banjos brought this “look at my vocals” bullshit up from a 3.
    why does love: 6. Good, nothing special. Nothing done particularly well in the song.

    what i’m looking for: 9. A reminder of U2’s former glory.
    you are not alone: 5. Not terrible. Juuust able to get through it. But it felt more like 30 minutes than 4.

    innocence: 1. it sounds like when you put a computer CD into a car stereo and it just goes buckshot. this song was offensive in the true sense of the word. this is like one of those songs pseudo-intellectuals tell you is over your head.
    don quixote: 5. fun in a limited song, but boring and not enjoyable as a song. maybe a poem or something.

  4. Bill or George or any damn thing but Sue says:

    #2 A Boy Named Sue (Johnny Cash) 10 How this song didn’t make the last tournament is beyond me. I actually thought about using one of picks here to nominate Shel Silverstein’s sequel, Father of a Boy Named Sue, which provides another perspective on the original tale. I couldn’t find a youtube video, but I highly recommend pulling it off of grooveshark (search shel silverstein).
    #15 Gold Dust Woman (Fleetwood Mac) 3 With the exception of two songs, I don’t understand the appeal of Fleetwood Mac. The 70’s must have been one gloomy decade to make Rumors the best seller of its era.

    #7 You’ve Got The Silver (Crooked Still) 3 A breathy cover of the mediocre Keith Richards ballad off of Let It Bleed? Ugh.
    #10 Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad (Derek & The Dominoes) 7 This whole album is a sick slice of music. Even though the song doesn’t do much, the guitar work is lovely. I’m really looking forward to the Blind Faith submission coming up later in the tournament

    #3 Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (U2) 7 I always thought this was the best of the big three off of the Joshua Tree (this, With or Without You, and Where the Streets Have No Name). Oddly, all three are in the same key. It’s either a coincidence or Bono has a very particular range. My favorite part of this song is the guitar slide towards the end of the non-solo solo after the four minute mark. Reminds me of the same effect in Jimi Hendrix’s All Along the Watchtower.
    #14 You Are Not Alone (Mavis Staples) 5 Was this produced with Jeff Tweedy? I love Mavis Staples and wish some of the Staples Singers’ songs had been nominated (I’ll Take You There or Respect Yourself). I’m just not that crazy about her voice carrying Wilco-esque material. When she digs into some of her older gospel stuff it practically lifts you up, but this song never gives her the opportunity. Check out these performances of Oh La De Da and Respect Yourself from Wattstax . She’s a a legit soul diva:

    #6 Innocence (Bjork) 4 I love Bjork, but when this song started I was worried my computer had been hijacked by someone playing Street Fighter. Bjork is entitled to do whatever she wants, but this is not my cup of tea.
    #11 Don Quixote (Gordon Lightfoot) 5 I wish this song had been funnier.

  5. Eileen says:

    Boy Name Sue – 7.5 vs Gold Dust Woman – 7.0
    You Got the Silver – 5.5 vs Why Does Love – 3.5
    I Still Haven’t Found – 7.5 vs You Are Not Alone – 8.5
    Innocence – 3.5 vs. Don Quixote – 8.5

  6. caroline says:

    Boy Name Sue – 7.5 vs Gold Dust Woman – 5.0
    You Got the Silver – 5.5 vs Why Does Love – 4.0
    I Still Haven’t Found – 9.0 vs You Are Not Alone – 6.0
    Innocence – 4.5 vs. Don Quixote – 6.0

  7. Danno says:

    Family is in town for graduation, so this is for me, Papa Danno, Mama Danno, Sister Danno 1 and Sister Danno 2

    #2 A Boy Named Sue (Johnny Cash) 7/4/5/5/5
    #15 Gold Dust Woman (Fleetwood Mac) 5/5/4/4/3

    #7 You’ve Got The Silver (Crooked Still) 5.5/3/4/4/7
    #10 Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad (Derek & The Dominoes) 4.5/6/2/3/5

    #3 Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (U2) 8/9/7/5/7
    #14 You Are Not Alone (Mavis Staples) 4/6/5.5/4/5

    #6 Innocence (Bjork) 2/5/1/2/3
    #11 Don Quixote (Gordon Lightfoot) 4.5/7/7/6/6

  8. The Progenitor says:

    Boy Named Sue – 7.5 vs Gold Dust Woman – 7.4 – Boy may not be great music but it does do a lot to lift one’s mood and that’s part of what music is all about; Gold Dust – haven’t heard this effort for quite awhile but Mick and the gang still got it; just not quite enough to win this one.

    You Got the Silver – 7.5 vs Why Does Love – 3.0 – Didn’t realize that bluegrass had received an update; might have to look for a little more of this; unlike the rest of my family I am not frightened away by the twang of a banjo. Derek came across as just a lot of noise.

    I Still Haven’t Found – 7.8 vs You Are Not Along – 8.1 – Still is a great track – sound, beat, lyric; one of the few U2 cuts I enjoy but Mavis, though a bit of a mood depressor takes this one with her voice, emotion and beat.

    Innocence – 1.0 vs Don Quixote – 9.0 – Gordon is just a joy to listen to; his longevity says it all. Bjork – don’t know what came after the 10 second mark; had to turn it off before I lost my hearing.

  9. sarita says:

    johnny cash – 5 –
    fleetwood mac – 7 –

    crooked still – 6 –
    derek/dominoes – 5 (liked it for the first 3mins)

    u2 – 4 – a great song but i’ve been sick of U2 for the last 5 years.
    mavis staples – 7.5 –

    bjork – 2 – i really tried to keep an open mind…
    gordon lightfoot – 6 – this may be inflated because it was a welcome respite from bjork…

  10. natalie says:

    a boy named sue – 4 (it’s a great story & of course i love cash’s voice, but musically it really doesn’t do much for me)
    gold dust woman – 6 (meh… i sort of like it but something about fleetwood mac has always irked me)

    you’ve got the silver – 9 (i honestly have no idea how this song will be received by the general voting public. i think crooked still is one of the best & most talented bands out there. this isn’t my favorite song of theirs, but i thought it may be the most accessible, and it has a lot of subtle elements that grab me on every listen. i actually had never heard the original until just now, so i guess some credit needs to go to the stones…)
    why does love got to be so sad – 6 (started strong but didn’t keep me engaged)

    still haven’t found what i’m looking for – 7 (i feel like u2 is one of those bands i was supposed to have “outgrown” at some point, but i still love them… song is good but not the best)
    you are not alone – 6 (mavis is amazing – so much soul & passion in her singing, loved seeing her live a few months ago. this song is a bit sleepy though.)

    innocence – 7 (not something i’d normally listen to but was digging it)
    don quixote – 6.5 (pleasantly folksy)

  11. janos marton says:

    #2 A Boy Named Sue (Johnny Cash): 4.5
    #15 Gold Dust Woman (Fleetwood Mac): 6.5
    I completely agree with Mark B. Copy and paste.

    #7 You’ve Got The Silver (Crooked Still) 6
    #10 Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad (Derek & The Dominoes) 6.3
    This was really hard. You’ve Got the Silver is one of my favorite Stones songs, and other than good pipes, I’m not sure what this cover brings. Not more heart or better guitar. Derek and the Ds weren’t doing much for me, but it was lively.

    #3 Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (U2) 8
    #14 You Are Not Alone (Mavis Staples) 6.4
    I would have put this U2 song in the last tournament, but I felt like three songs from one album was a little excessive.

    #6 Innocence (Bjork) 5.5
    #11 Don Quixote (Gordon Lightfoot) 4
    Both of these were ambitious reaches in their own way, and neither quite worked for me.

  12. Lolly says:

    A Boy Named Sue (Johnny Cash) = 9.5
    vs. Gold Dust Woman (Fleetwood Mac) = 7

    You’ve Got The Silver (Crooked Still) =8.5
    vs. Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad (Derek & The Dominoes) = 7.5

    Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (U2) = 8.5
    vs. You Are Not Alone (Mavis Staples) = 7

    Innocence (Bjork) =2
    vs. Don Quixote (Gordon Lightfoot) = 5

  13. Meghan says:

    Scores for me, my brother Brendan, and his girlfriend Caitlin:

    #2 A Boy Named Sue (Johnny Cash) 8.5/9.5/9
    #15 Gold Dust Woman (Fleetwood Mac) 5/2/6

    B: Now this Cash song is what music should sound like- this is great. This Fleetwood Mac song sucks- there’s much better Fleetwood songs out there.
    M: I think I love Johnny Cash maybe a little after these tournaments…

    #7 You’ve Got The Silver (Crooked Still) 6/0.0/6.5
    #10 Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad (Derek & The Dominoes) 5/3.5/4.5

    B: (within the first few bars of You’ve Got The Silver) Zero. Clapton should stick to writing songs about other people’s wives. I can’t vote for either of these, they both suck and get 0s. I can appreciate the Clapton-ness of this, though, so I’ll give it a 1. The Clapton song grew on me
    C: I like things that have a beginning, middle, and end. This just seems to be a middle. I give it’s points based on the Clapton part of it. But it was an apple-shaped song.

    #3 Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (U2) 6.5/5.7/7
    #14 You Are Not Alone (Mavis Staples) 5/1.9/5

    B: If this Mavis song came up on Pandora and I had no more skips left, I’d close Pandora. U2 is uninspiring and played out.
    M: The Staples song is sleepy and I usually don’t like sleepy songs unless I know them.
    C: Mavis has a rich voice. I am sure someone out there loves it and I can appreciate the musicianship of it. I’m sure there’s songs out there that I like that others don’t.

    #6 Innocence (Bjork) 4/3.7/6
    #11 Don Quixote (Gordon Lightfoot) 7/6.2/4.5

    C: I actually like Bjork- I would listen to it again- I want to figure out all of the parts. I might look up other Bjork songs too. (to B): I’m not a huge fan, I’m sorry!
    B: Bjork is hit or miss for me. This is a foul ball for me. I don’t hate this. If it wasn’t for the guy getting punched int he stomach, I’d like it less. I’m not going to listen to it again. Don Quixote is awesome, as is Gordon Lightfoot. I’d vote for Gordon Lightfoot over almost anyone.

  14. aiko says:

    A Boy Named Sue (Johnny Cash) 6
    Gold Dust Woman (Fleetwood Mac) 4.5
    I don’t really think of Sue as a song so much as an amusing recitation. It’s something that’s great to listen to every now and again, but it doesn’t bear repeated listenings in a short time. I think I like covers of GDW more than the original.

    You’ve Got The Silver (Crooked Still) 4
    Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad (Derek & The Dominoes) 3.5
    You’ve got the Silver was forgettable, but WDLGTBSS was actively unenjoyable.

    Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (U2) 6
    You Are Not Alone (Mavis Staples) 6.8

    Innocence (Bjork) 5
    Don Quixote (Gordon Lightfoot) 6.5
    Some Bjork I like, and some is too experimental to be tolerable. This was in between. I for some reason have a prejudice against Gordon Lightfoot as being unforgivably dorky, but I’m not sure where that comes from because I haven’t listened to him before. I mean, I love twee 60s folks music. Which is all pretty dorky, but I’m not ashamed to love Simon and Garfunkel, and really what’s the difference? However, I docked it a point for its uncanny similarity to this:

  15. G says:

    A Boy Named Sue (Johnny Cash) 8.5 [This surprised me. Generally, this song interest me that much, but I think since I’ve skipped it so many times in favor of other Cash songs, I really enjoyed it tonight.]
    Gold Dust Woman (Fleetwood Mac) 7 [a great song– interesting call since it’s a downer.]

    You’ve Got The Silver (Crooked Still) 5.5
    Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad (Derek & The Dominoes) 4

    Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (U2) 6.5
    You Are Not Alone (Mavis Staples) 9 [This was another big upset for me. After U2 slumped, (had it up at an 8) I was not thinking bluegrass was what I wanted to hear- then it hit. I added 1-extra point when I realized it was Mavis. Fucking legend.)

    Innocence (Bjork) 6.5 [Enjoyed, disliked, then enjoyed again. There’s some interesting work going on here and some of the production is amazing.)
    Don Quixote (Gordon Lightfoot) 4.5 [Agree with Nos- another right field nomination but glad it was here, even if I didn’t dig it.]

  16. Margot says:

    A Boy Named Sue (Johnny Cash) = 3
    Gold Dust Woman (Fleetwood Mac) = 5

    You’ve Got The Silver (Crooked Still) = 7.5
    Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad (Derek & The Dominoes) = 4

    Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (U2) = 3.5
    You Are Not Alone (Mavis Staples) = 9

    Innocence (Bjork) = 4
    Don Quixote (Gordon Lightfoot) = 6

  17. Boy Named Sue 6
    Gold Dust Woman 6.4

    Surprising. Crazier things have happened on Monday mornings.

    You Got The Silver 5.8
    Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad 4

    Sorry Eric- not the best representative (albeit I’d love to hear people’s thoughts on what would be a good rep besides “Layla.” “Wonderful Tonight” and “Cocaine” can both get sort of annoying in completely different ways…I fucking LOVE “Promises”, but I don’t know if it’s a stayer in a tournament setting, and it might depress the hell out of everyone.)

    I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For 7.4
    You Are Not Alone 7.2

    These are both good.

    Innocence 7.8
    Don Quixote 4

    Bjork is really cute with face paint on. Or maybe I just have a thing for face paint, should explore that. Anyways, I am sort of into this song, I bought it on iTunes a few days after making the playlist. Can’t tell if it’s angrily sexual or sexually angry, maybe both. Thanks for this, Carolyn. This Lightfoot song makes me feel like I’m Affleck’s understudy on Voyage of the Mimi. Yeah I went there.

  18. Matt B says:

    Boy Name Sue – 9
    vs Gold Dust Woman – 1

    Love the Man in Black and this song in particular. Fun story, rolls along well. Especially compared to Gold Dust Woman, which I found slow, a bit depressing sounding and, clearly, did not do it for me.

    You Got the Silver – 6.8
    vs Why Does Love – 5.2

    As a former cellist, I’m partial to any song that includes one. I also dig You Got the Silver’s blue-grassy elements. Overall, though, something was lacking. Why Does Love did not hold my attention, despite the obviously excellent guitar work.

    I Still Haven’t Found – 5.7
    vs You Are Not Alone – 5

    I like lots of U2 songs and yet have never owned one of their albums. They’re the sort of band who might someday convince me to acquire a copy of their Greatest Hits albums. I like this song because it’s catchy, pleasant. I could probably sing along to half the lyrics.

    Innocence – 4.5
    vs. Don Quixote – 4

    I’ve always found Bjork to be weird. This song is no exception. The electro-industrial sound just doesn’t do it for me. Meh! to Don Quixote.

  19. Mark O says:

    #2 A Boy Named Sue (Johnny Cash) [5.75]
    #15 Gold Dust Woman (Fleetwood Mac) [7]

    #7 You’ve Got The Silver (Crooked Still) [5]
    #10 Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad (Derek & The Dominoes) [4]

    #3 Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (U2) [8]
    #14 You Are Not Alone (Mavis Staples) [4.75]

    #6 Innocence (Bjork) [3]
    #11 Don Quixote (Gordon Lightfoot) [6]

  20. Anne S. says:

    #2 A Boy Named Sue (Johnny Cash) 5.5
    #15 Gold Dust Woman (Fleetwood Mac) 4
    Neither of their bests.

    #7 You’ve Got The Silver (Crooked Still) 8 – This is beautiful. And moves much better than the original.
    #10 Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad (Derek & The Dominoes) 5 – Appreciate the guitar, but eh about the rest.

    #3 Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (U2) 5
    #14 You Are Not Alone (Mavis Staples) 5

    #6 Innocence (Bjork) 6
    #11 Don Quixote (Gordon Lightfoot) 3

  21. Matt says:

    #2 A Boy Named Sue (Johnny Cash) 8
    #15 Gold Dust Woman (Fleetwood Mac) 4

    I’m not really ahuge JCash fan, despite everyone’s obsession with his storytelling abilities. This song and Long Black Veil are my two favirte Cash “stories”, so I’m going to give it high marks. Gold Dust Woman doesn’t so much for me and sounds like most other FM songs, jsut not quite as compelling.

    #7 You’ve Got The Silver (Crooked Still) – 3
    #10 Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad (Derek & The Dominoes) – 9

    You’ve Got the SIlver – pretty voice and cool bluegrass, but it sounds like a relatively uninspired cover overall.
    Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad – Disclaimer: I chose this song. And I chose it for several reasons. First of all, and as the above voters have noted, the guitar is amazing. But why is it amazing? I think people underestimate how hard it is to write a scathing, hard, driving rock song that doesn’t sound a thing like “punk.” No real distortion on the guitars, and the rhythm, drums and bass are much more complex than you’d first think. I admit that the chorus could be seen as relatively uninspiring, but that’s fine because the chorus, like the ending solo, hints at hope. That may sound cheesey, but Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs was not NOT album about hope – there weren’t really ANY silver linings to its songs. It was an album of despair (both in love and other aspects of life) that didn’t need heavy electronics or bass beats (like Nine Inch Nails, for example) and was fueled by whiskey and heroin (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51t88aqyExL.jpg). Clapton recovered from his addictions, but the drummer became schizophrenic and is currently in a mental institution after killing his mother with a hammer, the bass player died from a kidney infection casued by years of alcohol and drug abuse, and the keyboardist is just a generally messed up guy. I’m not saynig this makes them “cool,” but it does make them 1970s rock and roll and gives these heartfelt bad ass rock ballads more street credibility than most bands can dream of. Like many other songs on Layla, this song is a perfect fusion of Clapton and American blues. People may say it’s not dynamic because it gets up and goes from the very start, but that’s part of the charm. That solo doesn’t need an 8 minute buildup, a la Stairway to Heaven, to be awesome.

    #3 Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (U2) – 7
    #14 You Are Not Alone (Mavis Staples) – 5.5

    I consdier the sound of this U2 song to be a precursor to the reasons that I eventually stopped paying attention to them, but it’s still great in itself and has a sound that was unique when it came out. You are Not Alone is a sweet song with nice lyrics, but doesn’t particularly move me.

    #6 Innocence (Bjork) – 4
    #11 Don Quixote (Gordon Lightfoot) – 5

    You have to give BJORK! credit for being ahead of her time…even if it is sometimes 3000 years ahead of her time. I can’t say I’m a huge fan, but I like the symplicity of the rhythm of her song. DQ is a fun folk song, and you can’t be the subject for entertainment value.

  22. Jim Rock says:

    #2 A Boy Named Sue (Johnny Cash) – 6
    #15 Gold Dust Woman (Fleetwood Mac) – 5

    #7 You’ve Got The Silver (Crooked Still) – 5
    #10 Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad (Derek & The Dominoes) – 6

    #3 Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (U2) – 7
    #14 You Are Not Alone (Mavis Staples) – 6

    #6 Innocence (Bjork) – 5
    #11 Don Quixote (Gordon Lightfoot) – 4

  23. Maureen says:

    #2 A Boy Named Sue (Johnny Cash) – 6
    #15 Gold Dust Woman (Fleetwood Mac) – 6.5

    #7 You’ve Got The Silver (Crooked Still) – 6
    #10 Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad (Derek & The Dominoes) – 6.5

    #3 Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (U2) – 6.5
    #14 You Are Not Alone (Mavis Staples) – 8.5
    Mavis Staples’ voice is amazing. Her music makes my heart happy.

    #6 Innocence (Bjork) – 4
    #11 Don Quixote (Gordon Lightfoot) – 5

  24. adam says:

    A Boy Named Sue (Johnny Cash) v. Gold Dust Woman (Fleetwood Mac) = 6 to 4
    Realized I never listened to all of a Boy Named Sue. Great tune, but would it be good a 2nd or 10th time?
    Gotta say that Hole’s Gold Dust Woman cover was good. This original starts great but then doesn’t deliver for me unfortunately. Guess I can’t hate on Hole too much – they managed to have two very legit musicians in the band at one point, then turned into whatever it is they turned in to.

    You’ve Got The Silver (Crooked Still) v. Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad (Derek & The Dominoes) = 6 to 7.5
    Nice tunes! Must say, never been big on Clapton post-Cream (and honestly, I really liked his song w/ Babyface back in the day). This, however, is really rocking. Stevie Windwood is more my cup of tea, and thought at first this was a Blind Faith song and that’s where the influence came from that I liked. I was wrong. Good stuff.

    Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (U2) v. You Are Not Alone (Mavis Staples) = 8.5 to 7.5
    Hard to vote on a song like U2’s here – maybe I’m not in the mood for it right now, but there’s no question about what a great one it is. Great Mavis Staples song

    Innocence (Bjork) v. Don Quixote (Gordon Lightfoot) = 9 to 1.5
    I love this Bjork tune. Beautiful. Never heard it before. Fantastic riddim.
    Gordon Lightfoot gets .5 for writing ‘The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald’ – a big ‘ol shipwreck that took place in Lake Superior. One of those legends you hear about as a little kid growing up in Michigan.

  25. lindsay says:

    A Boy Named Sue (Johnny Cash) = 2
    vs. Gold Dust Woman (Fleetwood Mac) = 10
    I don’t like Johnny Cash much (unless I’m drinking) and I particularly dislike Sue. On the other hand, I looooove Gold Dust Woman.

    You’ve Got The Silver (Crooked Still) = 6
    vs. Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad (Derek & The Dominoes) = 4

    Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (U2) = 5
    vs. You Are Not Alone (Mavis Staples) = 7

    Innocence (Bjork) = 8
    vs. Don Quixote (Gordon Lightfoot) = 1
    I can’t listen to Gordon Lightfoot all the way through. Gross.

  26. Liz says:

    #2 A Boy Named Sue (Johnny Cash) – Johnny, I do like your humor here. I hate the ending. 5.
    #15 Gold Dust Woman (Fleetwood Mac) – Blah. 4.

    #7 You’ve Got The Silver (Crooked Still) – 8
    #10 Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad (Derek & The Dominoes) – Matt, I read your reasoning for your choice about halfway through. Extra point to Derek and co. Unfortunately, I’m a sucker for bluegrass-sounding songs. 7.

    #3 Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (U2) – Held up better than Miss Lauper in the last round. 6.
    #14 You Are Not Alone (Mavis Staples) – Blah, again, with slightly less feeling than Fleetwood Mac’s blah. 5.

    #6 Innocence (Bjork) – Did anyone else hear that the mayor of Reykjavik (with questionable seriousness) wanted to build a statue of of Bjork? Her eyes would shine spotlights on tourist attractions. That idea is as bizarre as this song. 3.
    #11 Don Quixote (Gordon Lightfoot) – Of the songs based on literary classics, I think I prefer “Return to Pooh Corner.” Of songs based on Don Quixote, I prefer the entire “Man of La Mancha” operetta. 4.

    Under the wire here…

  27. LSD says:

    By the skin of my teeth:

    Boy Named Sue – 5.5
    Gold Dust Woman – 7.5

    You Got the Silver – 2.5
    Why Does Love…? – 9.5 – I cannot over-emphasize how awesome this song is.

    I Still Haven’t Found… – 7.0
    You Are Not Alone – 6.0

    Innocence – 8.0
    Don Quixote – 2.0

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