Greetings voters! After many, many votes (using many, many handles), I’m thrilled to jump to the other side of the blogpost and guest-host today’s matchups. And what matchups they are… Actually, a couple of these could turn out to be complete routs, but you never know how things will turn out. So let your voices be heard and get your votes in by Thursday, August 4th at 8 pm EDT. Comment below with your scores and listen here or using the widget down there.
In our first matchup, we have a heavy favorite looking to take out a scrappy survivor. Queen’s Somebody to Love has romped through the first two rounds, with a monstrous 75 point average margin of victory over the competition. Queen will be facing off against the Pixies’ intergalactic ballad Motorway to Roswell, a song that’s managed to advance into the round of 64 by the slimmest of margins. Having barely survived two squeakers, including a .6 point win in round 1, it’s bested its competition by an average of just 1.5. One gets the feeling that, despite trying hard, this tune may not make it into the round of 32.
Our second round features another intergenerational battle. Jumpin’ Jack Flash is a classic, but Trigger Finger Itch has shown that it can stand up to legends, having already knocked off Elvis Costello and Queen. I was looking around the web for some interesting crossover material, and lo and behold, I found a recent tweet from Midnight Spin wishing Stones frontman Mick Jagger a happy 68th birthday. If that’s not good sportsmanship, I don’t know what is. Way to keep it clean, guys. And Midnight Spin, I hope the sushi Ben shared on July 28 helped you land that vocal take.
Our third matchup may present the greatest contrast in styles that we’ve seen in some time. One of America’s treasures, Louis Armstrong, pits his A Kiss To Build A Dream On against one of America’s idols (has our nation become idolatrous?), as Kelly Clarkson describes how she’s managed to overcome her breathing problems Since U Been Gone.
(For a pick-me-up, check out the 2:35 mark of this awful Kidz Bop cover of Since U Been Gone. Never in the history of the world has a child been so pumped to see a man in a tiger suit do the splits).
In our final matchup, we find Atlantic City, the first of Bruce Springsteen’s two songs to make it to the round of 64, facing off against Harlem Shakes’ Strictly Game. While doing research for this entry, I finally decided to fill a major gap in my Bruce knowledge and find out who the hell the Chicken Man was and why anyone would ever want to blow him up (he sounds like a hilarious guy after all).
Leave it to wikipedia to clear up my long standing confusion about a song lyric: the Chicken Man, it turns out, was the nickname for mafia boss Phillip Testa, who was killed in Philadelphia in 1981. Apparently, not everyone finds chickens funny.
You know the drill: cut, paste and score
1) Somebody To Love, Queen vs.
5) Motorway To Roswell, Pixies
2) Jumpin’ Jack Flash, The Rolling Stones vs.
6) Trigger Finger Itch, Midnight Spin
1) A Kiss To Build A Dream On, Louis Armstrong vs.
5) Since U Been Gone, Kelly Clarkson
2) Atlantic City, Bruce Springsteen vs.
3) Strictly Game, Harlem Shakes