128 songs have waited in the wings, rubbing their hands together to see how the rest of the road to the Sweet Sixteen will look for them. The waiting is over, and the divisions are out. Division A is full of some good looking battles- Grooveshark link is here. Listen to the match-ups and give each song a score between 0 and 10 by commenting on the post. The rules are here, follow your hearts, and let the best song advance to the Division semi-final.
Mumford and Sons highlights Division A; “Little Lion Man” is one of only two songs to retain a 1 seed in both the old and the new seeding system. This energetic yet heartfelt reflection of a song pairs off against “Home” by Zero 7. Henry Binns and Sam Hardaker of Z7 began their careers as sound engineers for Pet Shop Boys, Robert Plant, and Radiohead before striking out on their own.
Division A’s 4 seed ends up “Here Comes My Baby”- many are familiar with the Cat Stevens’ original version, but perhaps not with 90’s neocountry band The Mavericks’ more upbeat interpretation of the song. HCMB is up against Belleruche’s “Clockwatching.” Band frontwoman Kathrin Deboer’s website bio starts with “raised on a pirate boat sailing the South Pacific Ocean, with only Billie Holiday and Spanky Wilson records for company, Kathrins voice carries the soul of the wind off the cape mixed with the grit of illegal Polynesian rum bars.
The 2-7 match is a British Isles battle between two of the most unique and influential musical acts to emerge in the post-Beatles era. Like a second Tan War 90 years removed, U2 and David Bowie tap gloves to see who will advance one more round.
Last but not least, the Bronx goes to battle with Denmark. The line in “Time After Time” that says “the second hand unwinds” refers to Cyndi Lauper’s producer’s watch with ran backwards, in case you thought it was deeper than that (as I did until just now.) On the other side, the Raveonettes come with a 21st century response- reported biggest influences include The Everly Brothers and The Velvet Underground.
#1 Little Lion Man (Mumford and Sons)
#8 Home (Zero 7)
#4 Here Comes My Baby (The Mavericks)
#5 Clockwatching (Belleruche)
#2 Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (U2)
#7 Sound And Vision (David Bowie)
#3 Time After Time (Cyndi Lauper)
#6 Bang! (The Raveonettes)