Votes due Friday, June 24th by 8 PM EST: Alright kids, pay attention- to date we have had little in the way of songs not available on GrooveShark, but we have our first entrant by Van Morrison in this round. And Van HATES GrooveShark. Or GrooveShark hates Van. I dunno. Anyhow, Grooveshark link is here, except for Astral Weeks. This feels like a great round sure to be filled with opinions, don’t forget to provide yours! Vote by commenting on this post. Any questions or comments? E-mail us at LTDdotorg@gmail.com. Best of luck to all songs, especially yours.
#1 Papa Was A Rodeo (Magnetic Fields) vs. #16 Jack Sparrow (Lonely Island feat. Michael Bolton): Once upon a time a guy named Stephin Merritt wrote 69 love songs and put them on a three volume album appropriately titled “69 Love Songs.” This is #40. Once upon another time, Andy Samberg convinced Michael Bolton to sing a song on Saturday Night Live. I eagerly await commentary…especially Jacob’s.
#8 Dreadlock Holiday (10cc) vs. #9 Somebody To Love (Live In Montreal) (Queen): Once upon a time, the British rock scene developed an aggregate acute fascination with reggae, spawning a niche crossover revolution of sorts (for additional reading, please see “Can’t Fail, Rudie” in the Clash section of the library.) Once upon another time, Freddie Mercury rocked the socks off of the city of Montreal. Janos has been singing the praises of this performance for weeks now- time for the People to weigh in.
#4 Creep (TLC) vs. #13 We Are The People (Empire Of The Sun): Once upon 1996, TLC destroyed the competition with their album CrazySexyCool– “Creep” was their first number one single. The trio faces off against Australians Empire Of The Sun.
#5 Astral Weeks (Van Morrison) vs. #12 Fisherman’s Blues (Waterboys, The): Irish versus Scottish. Although “Sweet Thing” failed to get too far in the last tournament, the critically acclaimed Astral Weeks album makes another tourney appearance with its title track. It faces off against Celtic folk rock ballad “Fisherman’s Blues,” the title track from the 1989 Waterboys album that coincidentally also included a cover of “Sweet Thing.” This feels like a good match.