Well, folks, these two divisions wrap up the Round of 64, and it’s only a few short days until the Round of 32 starts, where we determine our division champions. In sports, I think this is the point where they start handing out pennant flags. On the internet, probably the best these songs can hope for are blingy gifs of pennant flags.
I’d love to do all the fancy new voting forms and embedded playlists, but I’m in the middle of moving so I’m afraid I just have time for the basics today. Votes in the comments below by 8:00PM EST Friday, August 12. Listen to the songs here, except Uncle Tupelo.
First up we have heavyweight “Romeo and Juliet” by Dire Straights up against Blind Faith’s “Can’t Find My Way Home.” True story, I keep confusing Blind Faith with Blind Melon. They’re pretty different, it turns out. For one things, Blind Melon was eliminated in the last round.
There next match up is something of roots match-up, though these songs come from different ends of the genre’s spectrum. Uncle Tupelo brings the banjos and introspection in “Still Be Around” and Marc Broussard brings the deep-south funk in “Home.”
Division P starts off with “Fake Plastic Trees” by Radiohead, another heavy favorite, against the Sugar Hill Gang’s “Apache,” a song that harkens back to the days when cultural appropriation was a-ok. It would be surprising if Apache lives to whoop another day.
Finally, underdog “Add It Up” by the Violent Femmes is actually on top in this match up against “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” by People’s Choice juggernaut Otis Redding, whose songs just keep on winning. These songs couldn’t be more different.
#1 Romeo and Juliet (Dire Straits) vs. #4 Can’t Find My Way Home (Blind Faith)
#2 Still Be Around (Uncle Tupelo) vs. #3 Home (Marc Broussard)
#1 Fake Plastic Trees (Radiohead) vs. #4 Apache (Sugar Hill Gang)
#2 Add It Up (Violent Femmes) vs. #3 I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (Otis Redding)