Round of 256: Division M, Right Side

Pink Robots Prepare for Battle...

Votes due by Sunday, July 3nd at 8 pm EST.  New voters, click here to understand what it is we do here.

Today is a very special day…Mama Danno’s birthday.  She will never in a million years see this (I only just got her using email 6 months ago), but HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!  Anywho, I hope everyone is ready for an action-packed set of match-ups.  We’ve got battling robots vs TV sensations, light vs dark, and love-makin’ vs heart-breakin’.  FIGHT!

Get your groove on here! (Except Adele, which you can listen to on youtube)

#2 Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Part 1 (Flaming Lips, The) vs. #15 Since U Been Gone (Kelly Clarkson)  The first winner of American Idol in 2002 has since gone on to make 5 studio albums, selling more than 10 million copies.  In 2002, the Flaming Lips were labeled one of 50 bands to see before you die…but can they survive the PCT?

#7 Sunny Afternoon (Kinks, The) vs. #10 Under The Cover Of Darkness (Strokes, The)  This marks the 3rd LTD appearance for each of these bands, and it seems like these two songs were destined for a showdown.  Day vs night.  Old vs new.  Light vs dark.  Keep the gloves above the belt gentlemen.

Boom shakalaka!!

HE'S ON FIRE!!! (get it?)

#3 Ready To Start (Arcade Fire) vs. #14 Higher and Higher (Jackie Wilson) Arcade Fire knows its way around these parts.  Ready to Start is their 6th appearance here at Living the Dream and their 2nd appearance in the PCT.   Ready to start indeed.  Mr. Excitement himself, Jackie Wilson, makes his Living the Dream debut tonight with Higher and Higher.  Arcade Fire may have a shiny new Grammy on their mantel, but Jackie has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame…TWICE.

#6 Make You Feel My Love (Adele) vs. #11 I Am Trying To Break Your Heart (Wilco) Adele follows up her Division K win with a Bob Dylan cover.  She squares off against Wilco, who have been labeled by some critics as “the American Radiohead.”

For your cutting and pasting pleasure:

#2 Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Part 1 (Flaming Lips, The)
#15 Since U Been Gone (Kelly Clarkson)

#7 Sunny Afternoon (Kinks, The)
#10 Under The Cover Of Darkness (Strokes, The)

#3 Ready To Start (Arcade Fire)
#14 Higher and Higher (Jackie Wilson)

#6 Make You Feel My Love (Adele)
#11 I Am Trying To Break Your Heart (Wilco)

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

  1. Avenue Assassin says:

    #2 Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Part 1 (Flaming Lips, The) 7 This takes me back to my days as a surly clerk at Kim’s Video and Music. Viva 2001.
    #15 Since U Been Gone (Kelly Clarkson) 5 It’s good, but not after hearing it at a thousand shopping centers.

    #7 Sunny Afternoon (Kinks, The) 10 I love this tune- it’s so dry, so sardonic. Plus, it’s damn catchy, not to mention season-appropriate. I was disappointed there weren’t any songs from the Kinks’ middle period in the LTD Tournament, so I made sure to include one in my list of nominations. Hopefully this song will get you all ready for a lazy holiday weekend.

    #10 Under The Cover Of Darkness (Strokes, The) 5 eh. I wish Tom Jones was singing this tune instead of Julian Casablancas.

    #3 Ready To Start (Arcade Fire) 6 I know it takes a little while for Arcade Fire songs to grow on a lot of people (including me), but I don’t have time to listen to this more than once.
    #14 Higher and Higher (Jackie Wilson) 7 Great tune- thanks to the nominator for recognizing a classic.

    #6 Make You Feel My Love (Adele) 5
    #11 I Am Trying To Break Your Heart (Wilco) 7 I’ve been trying to assassin down the avenue since I first heard this song and let me tell you, it’s a lot harder than it sounds.

  2. sarita says:

    Roniker/K-dawg/Sarita…I swear our similar ratings aren’t because of peer pressure but rather from 20 years of friendship.

    #2 Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Part 1 (Flaming Lips, The) – 5/6/8 –
    #15 Since U Been Gone (Kelly Clarkson) – 7/7/6.5 –

    #7 Sunny Afternoon (Kinks, The) – 7.3/7.3/7.5 –
    #10 Under The Cover Of Darkness (Strokes, The) – 4/4/4.2 –

    #3 Ready To Start (Arcade Fire) – 4/5/5.5 –
    #14 Higher and Higher (Jackie Wilson) – 8.9/8.5/8.5 –

    #6 Make You Feel My Love (Adele) – 8.2/ 6.5/ 6 – negative associations aside, to be fair to Adele Roniker rates it highly. I know it’s beautiful, but I’m not really feelin’ it now.
    #11 I Am Trying To Break Your Heart (Wilco) – 4/6/6.2 –

  3. nataliebabij says:

    #2 Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Part 1 (Flaming Lips, The) – 6
    #15 Since U Been Gone (Kelly Clarkson) – 7
    sorry, lips, i have so much more respect for you musically & would definitely rather see you live, but kelly’s song can destroy both yoshimi & your pink robots

    #7 Sunny Afternoon (Kinks, The) – 8
    #10 Under The Cover Of Darkness (Strokes, The) – 7
    tough one. i’d probably give he kinks even more of an edge if i was listening on a sunday afternoon.

    #3 Ready To Start (Arcade Fire) – 8
    #14 Higher and Higher (Jackie Wilson) – 6
    just in the past few weeks i realized that i like arcade fire. i’m not sure if i disliked them before, or if i just hadn’t paid much attention, but something just hi me. and i think my relationship with them is just beginning to blossom…

    #6 Make You Feel My Love (Adele) – 5
    #11 I Am Trying To Break Your Heart (Wilco) – 9
    pure brilliance from wilco. i thought it might come out closer to a 10, but only a 9 tonight, hopefully that’s enough to help them through. adele was mediocre.

  4. Danno says:

    #2 Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Part 1 (Flaming Lips, The) 6.5
    #15 Since U Been Gone (Kelly Clarkson) 7.5
    What can I say, I’m a sucker for bad pop music sometimes 🙂 Robots gets an extra point for reminding me of this:

    No binary solo though?

    #7 Sunny Afternoon (Kinks, The) 6
    #10 Under The Cover Of Darkness (Strokes, The) 7.8

    #3 Ready To Start (Arcade Fire) 6
    #14 Higher and Higher (Jackie Wilson) 8
    Starting to warm up to Arcade Fire a bit.

    #6 Make You Feel My Love (Adele) 7.5
    #11 I Am Trying To Break Your Heart (Wilco) 4
    I’m being slowly introduced to Adele one song at a time and I have yet to hear anything I don’t like. I had Wilco at a 5 until the last two minutes or so. I don’t mind how long the song was, but I just don’t get what was going on there.

    • Adrock says:

      Tell Donna I said hello and happy birthday, even if she never sees this.

    • dj roomba says:

      “This next song is not really intended for humans. It’s really intended for robots.” I love them SO MUCH. They really are great live, too.

  5. Meghan says:

    Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Part 1 (Flaming Lips, The) 3.5
    Since U Been Gone (Kelly Clarkson) 9.5

    Sunny Afternoon (Kinks, The) 9
    Under The Cover Of Darkness (Strokes, The) 7

    Ready To Start (Arcade Fire) 7
    Higher and Higher (Jackie Wilson) 8

    Make You Feel My Love (Adele) 8
    I Am Trying To Break Your Heart (Wilco) 4

    Ouch. The end of the Wilco song hurt my ears.

  6. aiko says:

    #2 Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Part 1 (Flaming Lips, The) 8
    #15 Since U Been Gone (Kelly Clarkson) 7.5
    What this Yoshimi Song is so weird! I don’t even know how to rate it. I’ll rate it high. I feel the same way about Since U Been Gone as I did about I’m Yours. Can’t help but like it. Minus .5 for using “U.” You’re not texting this, Kelly. Don’t be so lazy.

    #7 Sunny Afternoon (Kinks, The) 6
    #10 Under The Cover Of Darkness (Strokes, The) 7.3
    Man the Strokes are catchy. They dropped a little for the unsatisfying ending. The Kinks have better, though this is pleasant enough.

    #3 Ready To Start (Arcade Fire) 4.7
    #14 Higher and Higher (Jackie Wilson) 7

    #6 Make You Feel My Love (Adele) 4
    #11 I Am Trying To Break Your Heart (Wilco) 5

  7. Adrock says:

    Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Part 1 (Flaming Lips, The) 5
    Since U Been Gone (Kelly Clarkson) 5

    So confession – I HATE KELLY CLARKSON. It’s just the way it is. But, one of my law school roommates delighted in playing this song completely hammered at parties, which unfailingly resulted in him getting accosted for the remainder of the drunken nights…. and lots of females hanging around later than they otherwise would have… so it is a 1 on the music, a 10 on the memories… and i’m hedging with a 5.

    Sunny Afternoon (Kinks, The) 7.5
    Under The Cover Of Darkness (Strokes, The) 5.5

    Ready To Start (Arcade Fire) 5.8
    Higher and Higher (Jackie Wilson) 7

    Make You Feel My Love (Adele) 4
    I Am Trying To Break Your Heart (Wilco) 6.3

  8. Maureen says:

    Listening adventures continue with the roommates. Scores for me / Chris / ….then Carolyn got distracted, so no scores for her until the last two match-ups.

    Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Part 1 (Flaming Lips, The) – 8.5 / 7
    Since U Been Gone (Kelly Clarkson) – 6.5 / 6
    I sort of hate to admit it, but I like Kelly Clarkson. She’s just fun to sing along to… BUT. I heart Yoshimi. Might be my fave Flaming Lips song.

    Sunny Afternoon (Kinks, The) – 6 / 5
    Under The Cover Of Darkness (Strokes, The) – 7 / 7

    Ready To Start (Arcade Fire) – 8 / 7 / 7
    Higher and Higher (Jackie Wilson) – 8 / 8 / 9
    Oh man. Tough match-up! I cannot decide. I would be happy to see either move forward.

    Make You Feel My Love (Adele) – 8.5 / 9 / 10
    I Am Trying To Break Your Heart (Wilco) – 5.5 / 4 / 5
    Carolyn LOVES this song by Adele. Love, love, loves it. I could have gone higher with that Wilco song – but the end really killed it for me. What was going on there?

  9. Sarita says:

    P.S. I think this is one reason to see the flaming lips before you die. This guy is crazy awesome.

    http://www.seattlemet.com/assets/0003/8742/lollaflaminglipslollalive.jpg?1275592853

  10. NatalieG says:

    Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Part 1 (Flaming Lips, The) – 5
    Since U Been Gone (Kelly Clarkson) – 9.5
    My workout playlist has a handful of songs that never fail to make me run faster and faster and faster. Since U Been Gone is one of those songs. Plus, I vicariously trashed my ex boyfriend’s apartment through the music video. 🙂

    Sunny Afternoon (Kinks, The) – 3.5
    Under The Cover Of Darkness (Strokes, The) – 4.5

    Ready To Start (Arcade Fire) – 7
    Higher and Higher (Jackie Wilson) – 9.8
    New goal: Play Higher and Higher at any sign of a bad mood.

    Make You Feel My Love (Adele) – 10
    I Am Trying To Break Your Heart (Wilco) – 6
    Didn’t think Adele could make me prefer her version to the Garth Brooks version of this song, but she did. 🙂

  11. Nothing close here:

    #2 Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Part 1 (Flaming Lips, The) 8.2
    #15 Since U Been Gone (Kelly Clarkson) 6

    Ahhh actually listened to Yoshimi on my long walk with Helicopter this morning. See, this song is great because doesn’t every guy want to meet a Yoshimi? Yoshimi sounds AWESOME. I’d like to think the women I’ve dated are for the most part different versions of Yoshimi (well, at least the good ones.) Since U Been Gone goes the same way for me every time— I’m pumped, it’s good…then the bridge starts and I’m like, “I was tricked! This song is annoying! You tricked me, Kelly Clarkson!” Adrock’s on point with the party thing though.

    I’ve got a couple YouTube’s in my pocket. To start, here is a clip of the Flaming Lips playing this song with Justin Timberlake guest starring on the bass guitar (he’s in blue in the back, and he looks really nervous):

    #7 Sunny Afternoon (Kinks, The) 7.5
    #10 Under The Cover Of Darkness (Strokes, The) 5.5

    SA is in my iTunes library but I don’t think I ever really listened to it until now. This is dark and I really like it. As old school voters know, “All Day And All Of The Night” was my dark horse last tournament, but this is good in a different way. Strokes- I’m going to say it, most Strokes songs are enjoyable, but they all sound exactly the same to me. I was so pumped to buy Room On Fire when it came out when I was a junior in college, and after a listen I was just like, “there is no notable difference among 12:51, I Can’t Win, Reptilia, and Automatic Stop. I could have saved money and bought one single and listened to it 10 times.” This just sounds like more of that.

    #3 Ready To Start (Arcade Fire) 5
    #14 Higher and Higher (Jackie Wilson) 9

    Oof— Arcade MISFIRE. “Higher and Higher” saved New York from ghosts, lest you forget.

    #6 Make You Feel My Love (Adele) 3
    #11 I Am Trying To Break Your Heart (Wilco) 5.9

    Adele fatigue, not in the mood. This isn’t close to my top five Wilco songs, or if I can expand into Jeff Tweedy’s Uncle Tupelo days, top ten. Lyrically, this song is a dagger, but musically it’s just a little too much and also a little too little.

  12. colincolinhunt says:

    #2 Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Part 1 (Flaming Lips, The) 6
    #15 Since U Been Gone (Kelly Clarkson) 8
    Full Disclosure: I nominated Kelly. This is probably the best pop song of the aughts. It’s an anthem and something I feel no shame in belting out with my friends (albeit off pitch). Love the Lips, but they cannot stop the Clarkson steamroller.

    #7 Sunny Afternoon (Kinks, The) 7
    #10 Under The Cover Of Darkness (Strokes, The) 5.5
    For years I’ve loved every song the Strokes put to print even if they all sounded the same. That didn’t matter. I think I am finally growing tired of them. The Kinks are underrepresented in my life. Need more of them.

    #3 Ready To Start (Arcade Fire) 8.5
    #14 Higher and Higher (Jackie Wilson) 8
    Toughie. Jackie Wilson is a great way to start a summer day.

    #6 Make You Feel My Love (Adele) 6
    #11 I Am Trying To Break Your Heart (Wilco) 5

    • Mark B says:

      “they cannot stop the Clarkson steamroller” really made me laugh a lot – thanks for being braver than me and nominating this

  13. Margot says:

    #2 Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Part 1 (Flaming Lips, The) 7
    #15 Since U Been Gone (Kelly Clarkson) 7.7

    #7 Sunny Afternoon (Kinks, The) 7.8
    #10 Under The Cover Of Darkness (Strokes, The) 5.1

    #3 Ready To Start (Arcade Fire) 8
    #14 Higher and Higher (Jackie Wilson) 9.8

    #6 Make You Feel My Love (Adele) 7.8
    #11 I Am Trying To Break Your Heart (Wilco) 4

  14. Eileen says:

    #2 Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Part 1 (Flaming Lips, The) – 5.0
    #15 Since U Been Gone (Kelly Clarkson) – 4.0

    #7 Sunny Afternoon (Kinks, The) – 9.0
    #10 Under The Cover Of Darkness (Strokes, The) – 4.0

    #3 Ready To Start (Arcade Fire) – 5.0
    #14 Higher and Higher (Jackie Wilson) – 8.0

    #6 Make You Feel My Love (Adele) – 7.0 Try Billy Joel’s version if you want to hear this done right.
    #11 I Am Trying To Break Your Heart (Wilco) – 3.0

  15. The Progenitor says:

    #2 Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Part 1 (Flaming Lips, The) 4.0 Yoshimi gets a 6.0 for the vocals and a 2.0 for the sound effects. You do the math.
    #15 Since U Been Gone (Kelly Clarkson) – 5.0 Glad I don’t watch American Idol if this is the best they have to offer.

    #7 Sunny Afternoon (Kinks, The) – 8.0 Ain’t nostalgia great?
    #10 Under The Cover Of Darkness (Strokes, The) – Should stay in the dark. This will never make nostalgia time.

    #3 Ready To Start (Arcade Fire) – 4.0 This was simply a non-starter for me.
    #14 Higher and Higher (Jackie Wilson) – 8.0 And I’m not a big Motown fan but this is another no contest for me.

    #6 Make You Feel My Love (Adele) – 6.5 – Like the song a lot but I’m not feeling the love for what Adele has done with it. Even Dylan singing would have been better.
    #11 I Am Trying To Break Your Heart (Wilco) – 3.5 Over and out!

    • Danno says:

      You forgot the score for the Strokes. Normally I’d let it go, but you are one of three people who has voted for every song and I don’t want your record tarnished. Intended score?

    • The Progenitor says:

      Oops! A senior moment. The Strokes get a 4.0 on this one.

  16. dj roomba says:

    #2 Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Part 1 (Flaming Lips, The) – 7
    #15 Since U Been Gone (Kelly Clarkson) – 8.5
    You can judge me but I have a soft spot for Kelly Clarkson. Would have given a 10 to “My Life Would Suck Without You.”

    #7 Sunny Afternoon (Kinks, The) – 7.5
    #10 Under The Cover Of Darkness (Strokes, The) – 7
    I listened to these in reverse order and got all confused. I like them both a lot, but the Kinks struck a chord with me this evening.

    #3 Ready To Start (Arcade Fire) – 5.5
    #14 Higher and Higher (Jackie Wilson) – 8
    Super blah Arcade Fire in my opinion. Love Higher and Higher. Good pick.

    #6 Make You Feel My Love (Adele) – 7.5
    #11 I Am Trying To Break Your Heart (Wilco) – 5
    All of Adele’s songs (or versions of songs) are heart crushing to me, in a good way. I normally like Wilco, but not this one. The ending hurt my ears.

  17. G says:

    Live From Ocean City G/Blake/Dan Tech/Andy Aranda/Orce

    #2 Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Part 1 (Flaming Lips, The) 9/ 7 / 4 /4 / 7.5
    #15 Since U Been Gone (Kelly Clarkson) 4.5/ 6 / 4 / 1 / 6
    Aranda kept turning down the speakers on Since U Been Gone and then had to bump up his score on Yoshimi to properly display his distaste.

    #7 Sunny Afternoon (Kinks, The) 6.5 / 2 / 6 / 7 / 8
    #10 Under The Cover Of Darkness (Strokes, The) 9.1 / 8 / 7 / 5 / 5.5

    #3 Ready To Start (Arcade Fire) 8.5 / 5 / 6 / – / 5
    #14 Higher and Higher (Jackie Wilson) 9/ 8 / 8 / – / 8
    Summer day means Jackie Wilson ftw. This song could go all the way.

    #6 Make You Feel My Love (Adele) 5.5 / 6 / 5 / 4 / 2.5
    /#11 I Am Trying To Break Your Heart (Wilco) 7 / 7 / 7 / 2 / 2

  18. lindsay says:

    I’m so glad to be voting again! I’ve missed you guys!
    #2 Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Part 1 (Flaming Lips, The) 8.5
    #15 Since U Been Gone (Kelly Clarkson) 6
    I love Yoshimi and The Lips. I’m lucky to be in OK because they’re always out and about. And I like Kelly more than I care to admit.

    #7 Sunny Afternoon (Kinks, The) 5
    #10 Under The Cover Of Darkness (Strokes, The) 7
    The Kinks were pleasant and the song was nice and all, but it completely faded into the background. The Strokes got my attention again, but this isn’t my favorite Strokes tune.

    #3 Ready To Start (Arcade Fire) 5
    #14 Higher and Higher (Jackie Wilson) 9
    Arcade Fire is a band that I think I probably should like but for some reason, the magic isn’t quite there for me. I wouldn’t change the station if this song came on the radio, but I don’t have any Arcade Fire in my itunes either. But I love Jackie Wilson!

    #6 Make You Feel My Love (Adele) 5.5
    #11 I Am Trying To Break Your Heart (Wilco) 10+
    I’m sorry that my Wilco song hurts so many of your delicate little ears at the end (Maybe not the best song for headphones). I nominated this song mostly because I saw Wilco in May and when they played this song at that show, it was so spot on for me that my eyes got a little sweaty as I sang along. Plus, these lyrics are incredible. Adele is fine, but I’m an Oklahoman, so Garth always does it better.

  19. Mark B says:

    I feel like I’ve been unleashing some super low scores recently…haven’t honestly thought that a lot of the songs in the last bunch of rounds have fallen into the much above average category. This all changes here: GREAT set of songs 🙂

    #2 Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Part 1 (Flaming Lips, The): 9
    #15 Since U Been Gone (Kelly Clarkson): 9
    Wow – here my worlds collide. It seems completely counter-intuitive that I could love both of these songs equally (for very different reasons) but I do. Yoshimi holds many many memories for me (I did a lot of promo for this album with the F’lips while I was at Warner and this Clarkson song is unashamedly high on my gym favourites. Great pop. A tie: a high one.

    #7 Sunny Afternoon (Kinks, The): 7
    #10 Under The Cover Of Darkness (Strokes, The): 8
    Wow, unexpectedly loved this Strokes track which I don’t think I’ve knowingly heard before. The Strokes make me want to bust out ridiculous dance moves and I like it.

    #3 Ready To Start (Arcade Fire): 6
    #14 Higher and Higher (Jackie Wilson): 7
    I just don’t love this AF album as much as the rest of the cool kids do. Like; don’t love.

    #6 Make You Feel My Love (Adele): 10
    #11 I Am Trying To Break Your Heart (Wilco): 6
    This Adele track is one of my picks. Jeff Buckley’s ‘Hallelujah’ aside, I think it’s the best cover I know of. I think it’s spellbinding and crushing – her voice brings this ethereal quality to the song which makes it a Dylan-version killer. In this and Radiohead’s ‘Fake Plastic Trees’ (one of my other picks – PLUG!) lie all the shoulders to cry on that any love-bruised guy or girl will ever need. The version on this YouTube link feels a little slowed down to me. If it makes it through, I’ll try to dig out a better version for the next round.

  20. Isabel says:

    #2 Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Part 1 (Flaming Lips, The) – 7
    #15 Since U Been Gone (Kelly Clarkson) – 6
    I nearly wept when she won that first season of American Idol…she was sweet and fresh and didn’t scream so much.
    #7 Sunny Afternoon (Kinks, The) – 8
    timely
    #10 Under The Cover Of Darkness (Strokes, The) – 7
    #3 Ready To Start (Arcade Fire) – 7.5
    #14 Higher and Higher (Jackie Wilson) – 6.5
    #6 Make You Feel My Love (Adele) – 7.5
    I think knowing about her abiding vocal difficulties makes it a little harder to listen to her.
    #11 I Am Trying To Break Your Heart (Wilco) – 7.5
    would have been higher but the end stressed me out

    Strong round!

  21. chris roomba says:

    #2 Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Part 1 (Flaming Lips, The) v. #15 Since U Been Gone (Kelly Clarkson): 6/7.5

    The Flaming lips had a decent sound, and would’ve gotten a 10 on the title alone, but the song is just pretty okay. As for Kelly Clarkson, well, it’s good to workout to (one of the major selling points for music in my world these days…that’s why Britney & Gaga singles get a lot of play with me).

    #7 Sunny Afternoon (Kinks, The) v. #10 Under The Cover Of Darkness (Strokes, The): 6/8
    Were the opposite forces within the titles coincidental or intentional irony in this matchup? Sunny Afternoon you’re nice for the summer. But a little like Doors Lite.

    However, I continue to be mesmerized by the Strokes. I don’t know how I missed them the first time around, seeing as they formed and hit while I was in high school and college. Their sound is pretty perfect for me, yet they remained largely unknown to me before this year. Thanks radio stations for pumping DMB at us every other song, I nearly missed a great one…By the way, did anyone else read Chuck Klosterman’s article on Rock replacement musicians; he focuses a lot on the Strokes, and Albert Hammond Jr. (he declares Julian Casablancas virtually unreplaceable to the band). Great read for music lovers-http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/6674439/rock-vorp

    #3 Ready To Start (Arcade Fire) v. :#14 Higher and Higher (Jackie Wilson): 4/9
    Arcade mis-Fire. The drums were the only thing I liked. Jackie Wilson can make a toaster dance (but put warning labels on those things, they might take somebody’s finger off). There’s nothing not to like about that song. Would I even know it without Ghostbusters II? Thank God Vigo the Carpathian possessed that guy from the Met.

    #6 Make You Feel My Love (Adele) v. #11 I Am Trying To Break Your Heart (Wilco): 7/4
    Wilco never really does it for me. Being up against Adele, it seems like the deck was stacked, anyway. Though, I’ve gotta agree with whoever said Garth does it better…but he was actually imitating Billy Joel, who does it best (Sorry, Bob Dylan).

  22. Anne S. says:

    #2 Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Part 1 (Flaming Lips, The) -5.5
    #15 Since U Been Gone (Kelly Clarkson) – 8.5
    Both of these songs are more enjoyable than almost anything the last round. That being said the Kelly song is a standard on my running playlists and road trip playlists. It also always surprises me the variety of people who enjoy blasting this at bars/parties/cars/work. It earns extra points for all of these.

    #7 Sunny Afternoon (Kinks, The) -6.3
    #10 Under The Cover Of Darkness (Strokes, The)-7.5

    #3 Ready To Start (Arcade Fire) -7
    #14 Higher and Higher (Jackie Wilson)-5

    #6 Make You Feel My Love (Adele)-5
    #11 I Am Trying To Break Your Heart (Wilco)-7.8 (the end does it in a little)

  23. #1 Romeo and Juliet (Dire Straits): 5
    #16 Never My Love (The Association): 8

    #8 Streets of Fire (Bruce Springsteen): 6
    #9 Cath Caroll (Unrest): 9.5

    #4 Schism (Tool): 6
    #13 Clockwatchers (Belleruche): 4.5

    #5 Sally MacLennane (Pogues, The): 3
    #12 Hello Good Morning (Diddy-Dirty Money feat T.I.): 8

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