Round of 64: Division O & P Semi-Finals

Actually I couldn't figure out how to make blingy gifs

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.

They don't look like they were old enough to be uncles in this picture

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.

Division O:

#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)

Division P:

#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)

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24 Responses to Round of 64: Division O & P Semi-Finals

  1. Boogaloo Shrimp says:

    #1 Romeo and Juliet (Dire Straits) 7 vs. #4 Can’t Find My Way Home (Blind Faith) 7

    #2 Still Be Around (Uncle Tupelo) 4 vs. #3 Home (Marc Broussard) 4
    Are Uncle Tupelo’s nieces the Indigo Girls?

    #1 Fake Plastic Trees (Radiohead) 6 vs. #4 Apache (Sugar Hill Gang) 10
    Since this is probably the end of the line for Apache, it’s the last chance to watch the Fresh Prince and Carlton jump on it.

    #2 Add It Up (Violent Femmes) 8 vs. #3 I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (Otis Redding) 5

  2. Lindsay says:

    8/10, Aiko/Grant O 1 Romeo and Juliet Dire Straits 10
    8/10, Aiko/Grant O 4 Can’t Find My Way Home Blind Faith 6.75
    8/10, Aiko/Grant O 2 Still Be Around Uncle Tupelo 8
    8/10, Aiko/Grant O 3 Home Marc Broussard 10
    8/10, Aiko/Grant P 1 Fake Plastic Trees Radiohead 10
    8/10, Aiko/Grant P 5 Apache Sugar Hill Gang 0
    I think Apache is terribly offensive. It is fun and catchy so if it had different lyrics, I could dig it a little more.

    8/10, Aiko/Grant P 7 Add It Up Violent Femmes 6
    8/10, Aiko/Grant P 3 I’ve Been Loving You Too Long Otis Redding 9.75

  3. benji says:

    Division O:

    #1 Romeo and Juliet (Dire Straits) – 7.5
    #4 Can’t Find My Way Home (Blind Faith) – 7.5

    #2 Still Be Around (Uncle Tupelo) – 5
    #3 Home (Marc Broussard) – 3

    Division P:

    #1 Fake Plastic Trees (Radiohead) – 8.5
    #4 Apache (Sugar Hill Gang) – 7

    #2 Add It Up (Violent Femmes) – 1
    #3 I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (Otis Redding) – 6

  4. zd says:

    Division O:

    #1 Romeo and Juliet (Dire Straits) 7.5
    #4 Can’t Find My Way Home (Blind Faith) 5

    #2 Still Be Around (Uncle Tupelo) 4
    #3 Home (Marc Broussard) 5

    Division P:

    #1 Fake Plastic Trees (Radiohead) 6.5
    #4 Apache (Sugar Hill Gang) 9

    #2 Add It Up (Violent Femmes) 4
    think i gave this a high score last time, but was not feeling it today though
    #3 I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (Otis Redding) 9

  5. NatalieG says:

    Division O:

    #1 Romeo and Juliet (Dire Straits) 9
    #4 Can’t Find My Way Home (Blind Faith) 4

    #2 Still Be Around (Uncle Tupelo) 9.2
    #3 Home (Marc Broussard) 6

    Division P:

    #1 Fake Plastic Trees (Radiohead) 3
    #4 Apache (Sugar Hill Gang) 1

    #2 Add It Up (Violent Femmes) 2.5
    #3 I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (Otis Redding) 8

  6. Mark O says:

    Division O:

    #1 Romeo and Juliet (Dire Straits) [9]
    #4 Can’t Find My Way Home (Blind Faith) [7.25]

    #2 Still Be Around (Uncle Tupelo) [5]
    #3 Home (Marc Broussard) [4.75]

    Division P:

    #1 Fake Plastic Trees (Radiohead) [7.5]
    #4 Apache (Sugar Hill Gang) [5]

    #2 Add It Up (Violent Femmes) [6.5]
    #3 I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (Otis Redding) [7.5]

  7. colincolinhunt says:

    #1 Romeo and Juliet (Dire Straits) 7.5
    #4 Can’t Find My Way Home (Blind Faith) 5.5

    #2 Still Be Around (Uncle Tupelo) 4.5
    #3 Home (Marc Broussard) 5

    Division P:

    #1 Fake Plastic Trees (Radiohead) 7.5
    #4 Apache (Sugar Hill Gang) 5.5

    #2 Add It Up (Violent Femmes) 6.5
    #3 I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (Otis Redding) 7

  8. DrJ says:

    Romeo & Juliet- 7.5
    Can’t Find My Way Home-10
    (my nomination…haunting melody, & instrumentals by some of the masters of rock)

    Still Be Around-5
    Home-7.5

    Fake Plastic Trees- 7.5
    Apache-3

    Add It Up-1
    I’ve Been Loving You Too Long-8

  9. Eileen says:

    #1 Romeo and Juliet (Dire Straits) vs. #4 Can’t Find My Way Home (Blind Faith) 8.5 to 4.0

    #2 Still Be Around (Uncle Tupelo) vs. #3 Home (Marc Broussard) 4.0 to 10.0

    Division P:

    #1 Fake Plastic Trees (Radiohead) vs. #4 Apache (Sugar Hill Gang) 3.0 to 7.0

    #2 Add It Up (Violent Femmes) vs. #3 I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (Otis Redding) 3.5 to 9.0

  10. The Progenitor says:

    #1 Romeo and Juliet (Dire Straits) vs. #4 Can’t Find My Way Home (Blind Faith) 9.5 to 6.0

    #2 Still Be Around (Uncle Tupelo) vs. #3 Home (Marc Broussard) 4.5 to 10.0

    Division P:

    #1 Fake Plastic Trees (Radiohead) vs. #4 Apache (Sugar Hill Gang) 6.5 to 5.0

    #2 Add It Up (Violent Femmes) vs. #3 I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (Otis Redding) 2.0 to 7.5

  11. chrisroomba says:

    Division O:

    #1 Romeo and Juliet (Dire Straits) vs. #4 Can’t Find My Way Home (Blind Faith): 10/2

    #2 Still Be Around (Uncle Tupelo) vs. #3 Home (Marc Broussard): 5/5.5

    Division P:

    #1 Fake Plastic Trees (Radiohead) vs. #4 Apache (Sugar Hill Gang): 5/8.75

    #2 Add It Up (Violent Femmes) vs. #3 I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (Otis Redding): 3/3

  12. aiko says:

    Division O:

    #1 Romeo and Juliet (Dire Straits) vs. #4 Can’t Find My Way Home (Blind Faith) 8/4

    #2 Still Be Around (Uncle Tupelo) vs. #3 Home (Marc Broussard) 8.7/6.8
    Feeling more introspective than funk at the moment, but these are both good.

    Division P:

    #1 Fake Plastic Trees (Radiohead) vs. #4 Apache (Sugar Hill Gang) 7.5/1
    FPT was feeling too down for me tonight. But it still scores high because duh, it’s good. Apache IS catchy, so the first couple of times I didn’t really notice the, uh, content. I mean, the whooping? Come on. At best you can say it’s dated. At worst…totally racist. Yeah, maybe it wasn’t created maliciously, but we can leave this kind of unthinking stereotype glorification in the past.

    #2 Add It Up (Violent Femmes) vs. #3 I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (Otis Redding) 8/7

  13. Janos says:

    Janos
    Kelsey
    Gina
    Shilpa (happy birthday!!!!!!!! turnin 30!)

    #1 Romeo and Juliet (Dire Straits) vs. #4 Can’t Find My Way Home (Blind Faith)
    S 9 : 7.5
    K 7: 8
    G 8 : 8.5
    J 8.2 : 8.4
    #2 Still Be Around (Uncle Tupelo) vs. #3 Home (Marc Broussard)
    S 6.4 : 4.2
    K 5.5: 6
    G: 5 : 6
    M 5: 5
    Division P:

    #1 Fake Plastic Trees (Radiohead) vs. #4 Apache (Sugar Hill Gang)
    S: 8.3: 8.9
    J 9 : 8
    C: 10: 6.7

    more to come later !
    #2 Add It Up (Violent Femmes) vs. #3 I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (Otis Redding)

    • Janos says:

      Actually, the party just ended up goin…We did find a dive bar with an unlimited juke box, so maybe I’ll do a future round there. For now, it’s just my vote on the last match-up.
      #2 Add It Up (Violent Femmes) vs. #3 I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (Otis Redding)
      6.4: 6.1

  14. annaz says:

    “Romeo and Juliet” by Dire Straights: 9.5, a beauty
    “Can’t Find My Way Home” by Blind Faith: 7.5

    “Still Be Around” by Uncle Tupelo: 7.7, it started loosing .1 point per second by the end…
    “Home” by Marc Broussard: 7.8, also losing fractions of points when it didn’t end

    “Fake Plastic Trees” by Radiohead: 9
    “Apache” by Sugar Hill Gang: 5, reminds me of high school basketball practice, but it just kept going!

    “Add It Up” by the Violent Femmes: 6
    “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” by Otis Redding: 6

  15. Danno says:

    Division O:

    #1 Romeo and Juliet (Dire Straits) – 6.5
    #4 Can’t Find My Way Home (Blind Faith) – 4

    #2 Still Be Around (Uncle Tupelo) – 5
    #3 Home (Marc Broussard) – 8.5

    Division P:

    #1 Fake Plastic Trees (Radiohead) – 7.5
    #4 Apache (Sugar Hill Gang) – 7.2

    #2 Add It Up (Violent Femmes) – 5.5
    #3 I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (Otis Redding) – 6.5

  16. Meghan says:

    Division O:

    Romeo and Juliet (Dire Straits) 6
    Can’t Find My Way Home (Blind Faith) 5.5

    Still Be Around (Uncle Tupelo) 5
    Home (Marc Broussard) 6

    Division P:

    Fake Plastic Trees (Radiohead) 4
    Apache (Sugar Hill Gang) 6

    Add It Up (Violent Femmes) 7.5
    I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (Otis Redding) 8.5

  17. Bday says:

    Division O:

    #1 Romeo and Juliet (Dire Straits) vs. #4 Can’t Find My Way Home (Blind Faith) 8 / 8.5

    #2 Still Be Around (Uncle Tupelo) vs. #3 Home (Marc Broussard) 5.5 / 6.5

    Division P:

    #1 Fake Plastic Trees (Radiohead) vs. #4 Apache (Sugar Hill Gang) 1 / 6

    #2 Add It Up (Violent Femmes) vs. #3 I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (Otis Redding) 9.5 / 2

  18. Anne S. says:

    Nice relaxing Friday music 🙂

    Division O:

    #1 Romeo and Juliet (Dire Straits) vs. #4 Can’t Find My Way Home (Blind Faith) 8/6

    #2 Still Be Around (Uncle Tupelo) vs. #3 Home (Marc Broussard) 8.5/5
    Still Be Around gets an extra .5 for being the song I’m most likely to listen to beyond the tournament from this round.

    Division P:

    #1 Fake Plastic Trees (Radiohead) vs. #4 Apache (Sugar Hill Gang) 8/4

    #2 Add It Up (Violent Femmes) vs. #3 I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (Otis Redding) 6.5/4
    Maybe it’s just me and my speakers, but this seemed like kindof a rough version of add it up? I just found another one, but it still was probably going to beat Otis for me either way.

  19. The Catholic says:

    Romeo and Juliet (Dire Straits) ~ 4
    Can’t Find My Way Home (Blind Faith) ~ 5

    Still Be Around (Uncle Tupelo) ~ 4
    Home (Marc Broussard) ~ 8.9

    Division P:

    Fake Plastic Trees (Radiohead) ~ 5.2
    Apache (Sugar Hill Gang) ~ 10

    Add It Up (Violent Femmes) ~ 6
    I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (Otis Redding) ~ 7.8

  20. Division O:

    #1 Romeo and Juliet (Dire Straits) 7.5
    #4 Can’t Find My Way Home (Blind Faith) 8

    #2 Still Be Around (Uncle Tupelo) 7
    #3 Home (Marc Broussard) 10

    I drove into work this morning blasting this song as loud as it goes. Plus once I was on a Greyhound that was delta bound. Ask Janos, he picked me up at the bus station.

    Division P:

    #1 Fake Plastic Trees (Radiohead) 9
    #4 Apache (Sugar Hill Gang) 7

    #2 Add It Up (Violent Femmes) 10
    #3 I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (Otis Redding) 7

    I been waiting my whole life!

  21. Adrock says:

    Division O:

    #1 Romeo and Juliet (Dire Straits) 6.3
    #4 Can’t Find My Way Home (Blind Faith) 6

    R&J just lacks an oomph in it of some kind to really get me. Never fails to be nice and enjoyable though. The blues hook in Can’t Find is the kind of oomph R&J lacks… but its just not as complete a song. Solid start to a round though…

    #2 Still Be Around (Uncle Tupelo) 4
    #3 Home (Marc Broussard) 9.5

    Still Be Around just doesn’t have the game to match up with the prior two songs. Home, however, has both the chops and the definite hooks. Virtually perfect at this point, Home’s gotta be my favorite track left.

    Division P:

    #1 Fake Plastic Trees (Radiohead) 4.5
    #4 Apache (Sugar Hill Gang) 5

    Cool beat on Apache, but it just … doesn’t need to keep going.

    #2 Add It Up (Violent Femmes) 3.5
    #3 I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (Otis Redding) 5.5

    Not such a good ending to the Roudn of 64

  22. G says:

    Romeo and Juliet (Dire Straits) 10
    Can’t Find My Way Home (Blind Faith) 9

    Still Be Around (Uncle Tupelo) 5
    Home (Marc Broussard) 4

    Division P:

    Fake Plastic Trees (Radiohead) 9
    Apache (Sugar Hill Gang) 5.5 [great music…tough lyrics.]

    Add It Up (Violent Femmes) 7
    I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (Otis Redding) 8

  23. nataliebabij says:

    #1 Romeo and Juliet (Dire Straits) – 6.6
    there was a period of my life (“empire records” era) when i listened to this song a ton, and then i got really sick of it, and this tournament got me appreciating it again. but i’ll echo some of the above comments that it’s pleasant but lacking something
    #4 Can’t Find My Way Home (Blind Faith) – 9.5
    this song is just beautiful & grabs me in a way that r&j cannot

    #2 Still Be Around (Uncle Tupelo) – 10
    again, all-time favorite. even when i think i’m not in the mood for it, it sucks me in.
    #3 Home (Marc Broussard) – 6.5
    i really liked this one in the last round, but not doing as much for me today. won’t be heartbroken if it eliminates my song, though. i actually won a marc broussard cd off the radio a couple years ago (i think i was supposed to win tickets to see him, but i couldnt make it to the show, so they sent me a cd as a consolation). i’m not sure i’ve ever even listened to it, should probably start.

    #1 Fake Plastic Trees (Radiohead) – 7.4
    hmm, i usually love this song, but it was kind of boring tonight. i think i’m feeling antsy.
    #4 Apache (Sugar Hill Gang) – 2
    skiiiiiip

    #2 Add It Up (Violent Femmes) – 6
    #3 I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (Otis Redding) – 6.2
    huh.

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