Division G brings us a lot of variety: Different genres, eras, and themes. We have our various tales of the heart, but also tales of the corrupting power of religion and suburbia. You can listen to the tunes here, and vote in the comments by 8pm EST on Monday, July 18.
In our first match up, we have Steve Miller (and his band), who is many things: A joker. A Space Cowboy. A man who enjoys natural refreshment around the midnight hour. But is he a winner? Alanis Morisette may be the 8 seed, but she was only 21 when Jagged Little Pill came out, and she has been known to explode the heads of angels with the sheer power of her voice, so she is not a force to be underestimated.
Our 4 and 5 seeds come from vastly different backgrounds. Etta James was born and raised in Los Angeles in the 1940s and 50s. British new wave band New Order rose from the ashes of Joy Division that were left in the wake of Ian Curtis’s 1980 suicide, and the group would would play together, in sum, for longer than Curtis was alive. And yet these songs both speak of eyes and vision: New Order has never quite seen anyone like you before, and Etta James would rather go blind than see you with someone else.
For our third match up, we’ll find out which is stronger: Otis Redding‘s love or the Offspring‘s suburban teenage angst.
And finally, will today be Lou Reed‘s perfect day, or will the Strokes tell him his Someday isn’t today…
So copy, paste, listen, and vote by 8pm EST on Monday, July 18.
# 1 The Joker (Steve Miller Band) vs. #8 Forgiven (Alanis Morissette)
# 4 I’d Rather Go Blind (Etta James) vs. # 5 Temptation (New Order)
# 2 That’s How Strong My Love Is (Otis Redding) vs. # 7 The Kids Aren’t Alright (The Offspring)
# 3 Someday (The Strokes) vs. # 6 Perfect Day (Lou Reed)