Votes due on the FOURTH OF JULY AT 8 PM: I can not think of a more perfect octet of songs to be due right before the fireworks start. Listening to these songs in succession is like literally taking a tour to every corner of this great country, from dark, smoky 70s dance halls in New York City to the always bustling honky tonk bars on Lower Broadway in Nashville to the House of Blues in New Orleans to a bluegrass festival in rural West Virginia.
I hope everyone has some time to sit outside over the holiday weekend, crack some cold ones with friends/loved ones, and do these match-ups; you won’t regret the soundtrack. Grooveshark link is here, and best of luck to all!
Lou Reed returns to the tournament arena once again, this time with a more romantic selection off his acclaimed 1972 Transformer album. To make it a “Perfect Day,” he’ll have to get by Joe Cocker’s cover of “Chain Of Fools,” the second nomination from his 2004 album Heart and Soul (of which it would seem the Adrocks are very big fans…that’s actually tied with Rumours and The Suburbs for most songs from one album with two.
I don’t know if there are kids out there that still “hate country no matter what” but you’re going to have to get over it fast- genre super star Randy Travis makes his first appearance here. We’ll see if using No Hands is a good strategy against Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, who bring their own definite country sound. And a lot of patriotism (see above picture.)
In what I can only describe as a musical version of that machine in the movie The Fly, Iron Horse takes Modest Mouse’s “Dramamine” and turns it into a total mountain bluegrass jam. Cowboy Mouth’s name is taken from a line in Bob Dylan’s “Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands,” and “How Do You Tell Someone” is a total festival jam. Jam vs. jam.
The four Springsteen songs in this tournament were off his four best albums that pop culture probably wouldn’t know about (i.e. not BTR or BITUSA,) so we hope you are enjoying them and expanding your Boss familiarity repertoire. “Hungry Heart” comes from The River, and was originally written for Joey Ramone as a favor. At the last second his manager advised him to keep it (Springsteen had a bad string of giving away hits just because he felt like it- “Because The Night” to Patti Smith and “Fire” to The Pointer Sisters.) Bruce is up against our third Pixies track, “Bone Machine,” track one from Surfer Nova, the same album that asked Where Is My Mind (the three Pixies songs are also from three different Pixies albums. Look how much we’re learning!)
#1 Perfect Day (Lou Reed)
#16 Chain Of Fools (Joe Cocker)
#8 Look Heart No Hands (Randy Travis)
#9 Here’s To The Meantime (Grace Potter and the Nocturnals)
#4 Dramamine (Iron Horse)
#13 How Do You Tell Someone (Cowboy Mouth)
#5 Hungry Heart (Bruce Springsteen)
#12 Bone Machine (Pixies)