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We’re so close to the end of the Round of 256 I can taste it! Our final 8 songs before we move on to the next round are upon us, and tonight’s match-ups are bringing out some of the heavy hitters from the last tournament: Van Morrison, Springsteen and Dylan. These 3 alone have 30 songs across both tournaments! Salt N Pepa, America, Muse, Meatloaf and Frankie Valli are up to the task though.
BREAKING NEWS: The Beatles are out of the tournament. A last minute discovery found that Helter Skelter was in the previous tournament. It has been replaced with Meat Loaf’s Paradise by the Dashboard Light…a worthy replacement in my humble opinion.
Final songs here!! (Except Moonshine Whiskey and I Don’t Believe You, which are here and here — we had some issues finding the right version of I Don’t Believe You, so if that link gives you trouble, just use this one)
Meat Loaf‘s Bat Out of Hell album trilogy has sold more than 43 million copies worldwide and won a grammy. Marvin Lee Aday — his real name — doesn’t limit his talents to only music either. He has also made more than 50 television and movie appearances. Rappers Cheryl James, Sandra Denton and Deidra Roper aren’t intimidated by this legendary rocker though. Salt-N-Pepa have a grammy (and 3 more nominations) under their belt and are gunning to push it to the Round of 128.
Sister Golden Hair is a song about a man who isn’t ready for marriage, but still loves his lady. Despite this, the song title was inspired by the blonde mothers of all 3 band members. Van Morrison’s Moonshine Whiskey, which was the inspiration for Springstein’s Blinded by the Light, is a song that Morrison described as “for Janis Joplin or something.”
Grammy winners, Muse, make their second appearance here at Living the Dream. Muse has been named one of the best acts to see live by no less than three publications, and as recently as two weeks ago were voted as the best event ever at Wembley Stadium by the general public. Incident on 57th Street, a hit from Springsteen‘s 2nd album is up against Muse. Bruce is prepared to handle it the way he handles everything — like a boss.
Our final match-up of the Round of 256 gives us two different tales of two different nights. Dylan sings about “the intoxication of a night of love followed by the throbbing headache of his partner’s emotional abandonment and detachment”…ouch! Frankie Valli seems to have had a better evening roughly 47 and a half years ago. Fun fact: Oh What a Night was the last song played at my first middle school dance.
You know what to do:
#2 Paradise by the Dashboard Light (Meat Loaf)
#15 Push It (Salt N Pepa)
#7 Sister Golden Hair (America)
#10 Moonshine Whiskey (Van Morrison)
#3 Incident on 57th Street (Bruce Springsteen)
#14 New Born (Muse)
#6 I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Met), Last Waltz version (Bob Dylan)
#11 Oh What A Night (December 1963) (Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons)