Well, lovelies, we’re almost through the Round of 128, and none too soon. There’s been some angst about the mediocrity of this round, but that’s been true of the first round of every music tournament: there’s a lot of chafe. Things generally start getting compelling in the round of 64, which awaits us in just a few more days. We’ll see half of these nominees there.
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First up we have a Beatles vs. Elvis contest, with Sufjan Stevans covering’s the Fab Four’s “What Goes On,” and Department of Eagles trying their hand at the King’s “Love Me.” With the number of Beatles covers, I’m surprised we haven’t had a match up like this yet.
When I paired up William Shatner’s talky version of neo-glam band Pulp’s song “Common People” with the Silver Jews’ rendition of “Friday Night Fever,” a country song originally by George Strait, I was thinking of “Saturday Night Fever.” Which actually doesn’t make this pairing make any more sense. I think the connection was that I really like Pulp, and I really like the Silver Jews. Anyway, my two cents here is that “Common People” is a great music video. I would like to always dance like the people in that video.
I wouldn’t normally include one of my nominations in a match-up I create, but with two of my songs and only two posts left of in the Round of 128, I’m going for it. Look, I can’t help it if my songs are apparently the awkward kid that always gets picked last for kickball of this music tournament. Also, this match-up makes a lot of sense. We have songs from two gay cultural touchstones: “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”, the transsexual rock musical cult-hit, and Lady Gaga, patron Saint of Flamboyance. First, my beloved Jonathan Richman completely rewrites “The Origin of Love” from Hedwig, a song about how love came to exist onthe earth. Next, Lissie provides her interpretation of Gaga’s song about love gone sour in her acoustic version of “Bad Romance.”
Finally, in another match-up that made some sense when I put it together but now I’m not sure what my thinking was, we have Prince’s “When Doves Cry” as performed by 14-year-old Quindon Tarver up against Jose Gonzalez’s version of Swedish band The Knife’s “Heartbeats.” I think my thinking was thus: Prince is a weirdo. The brother/sister team from The Knife are weirdos. Ergo, this match up.
Here’s your pastable, friends:
“What Goes On” (Sufjan Stevens) vs. “Love Me” (Department of Eagles)
“Common People” (William Shatner) vs.“Friday Night Fever” (Silver Jews)
“Origin Of Love” (Jonathan Richman) vs. “Bad Romance” (Lissie)
“When Doves Cry” (Quindon Tarver) vs. “Heartbeats” (Jose Gonzalez)