Another eclectic mix as we move into the second half of the first round. Listen to the songs here; vote by commenting below before 11pm EST, Friday.
When Danno nominated Metallica’s “Turn the Page,” he lamented its certain defeat. What he didn’t know is that the song grew on yours truly quite a bit freshman year. Stuck with an otherwise excellent roommate who blasted metal until the wee hours of the morning, Turn the Page was part of a “compromise” playlist I struck with Adrock. Finding an opponent was tough- this is the only metal cover in the tournament. That’s why it’ll face a jazz cover, the Bad Plus’s cover of early metal anthem, “Tom Sawyer.”
Eddie Vedder has a mixed record here at LivingtheDream, but this time he’s got the benefit of a Marvin Gaye track to cover and the Strokes backing him. Let’s see how “Mercy Mercy Me” fares against Cake’s cover of “I Will Survive.” Both the original and cover are pretty well known, so you might come in with preconceived notions, positive or negative. Remember to vote in the moment.
What’s great about Yo La Tengo is that their catalog is deep enough that they don’t need cover songs to fill albums or live shows, but they do it anyway. I almost nominated their version of Little Honda. Tonight “You Can Have It All” takes on “Handle with Care”, Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins’ cover of the Traveling Wilburys masterpiece. I liked the way the two song titles go together.
Slowing it down for our last match up, so grab the one you’re with. This features one of the last tunes to appear in the great glam rock flick, The Velvet Goldmine. “Tumbling Down,” performed by the assembled for the movie band Venus in Furs (pretty sure Jonathan Rhys Meyers is on vocals), will take on one of the more recent covers in the tournament, Linkin Park’s cover of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.” Hard to replace her voice, but let’s see if they bring the soul.
Turn the Page (Metallica) vs. Tom Sawyer (Bad Plus)
Mercy Mercy Me (Eddie Vedder and the Strokes) vs. I Will Survive (Cake)
You Can Have It All (Yo La Tengo) vs. Handle Me With Care (Jenny Lewis and Watson Twins)
Tumbling Down (Venus in Furs) vs. Rolling in the Deep (Linkin Park)