Votes are due on Sunday, October 2nd at 8 pm: Well, this has been quite the endeavor of categorizing songs and figuring out which should play logically in these first few rounds. I feel good about this first group of play-in songs. We’ve got some intriguing and compelling matches out of the way to kick us off. To start us off, we’ll call this the Day for Deleting Duplicity. Each of our matches have something in common. Remember- listen to both songs in their entirety, and then give each a score between 0 and 10 in the comments section below. Ready? This is going to be fun.
Match 1: “I Put A Spell On You” by Creedence Clearwater Revival vs. “I Put A Spell On You” by Nina Simone. The Bayou Boys take on the Queen of Civil Rights Jazz. Only one tribute to Screamin’ Jay Hawkins will go on. Let’s get this sorted out right quick.
Match 2: “Darling Nikki” by Foo Fighters vs. “When Doves Cry” by Quindon Tarver. Were we listening to the actual Purple Rain album, these would be Track 5 and Track 6, respectively. Who channels Prince in the most compelling manner, Dave Grohl or this lost track from the Romeo + Juliet soundtrack?
Match 3: “Jolene” by Mindy Smith vs. “Jolene” by Zac Brown Band. It’s a Jolene-off…except two different Jolenes. Both of the originals have been featured in past tournaments. Only room for one of these vixens in the Round of 128- pick your poison.
Match 4: “Beat It” by Fallout Boy featuring John Mayer versus “Billie Jean” by Chris Cornell. Replace Purple Rain with Thriller– Track 5 versus Track 6 once again. Only one Thriller representative from this pair will go forward. Which is the worth MJ representative?
For easy cutting and pasting:
“I Put A Spell On You” by Creedence Clearwater Revival
“I Put A Spell On You” by Nina Simone
“Darling Nikki” by Foo Fighters
“When Doves Cry” by Quindon Tarver
“Jolene” by Mindy Smith
“Jolene” by Zac Brown Band
“Beat It” by Fallout Boy featuring John Mayer
“Billie Jean” by Chris Cornell