I’ve been boosting music tournaments since 1994, but even earlier than that I was a big fan of the Weather Channel. It’s part of waking up, Folgers in your cup and all. That’s why I was delighted to see that the Weather Channel is hosting its own weather-themed March Madness Music Tournament!
Voting’s been light at LBS over the last few days, so get your peeps involved as head into the mid-week hump. Listen to the next set of matches here, and vote by commenting below by 10pm EST on Thursday.
The River (Bruce Springsteen) def. Straight to Hell (Clash), 77-73.5. Bruce now leads the series 2-1. Check out this fantastic letter from Joe Strummer about why he loves Bruce Springsteen’s music. The respect level is clearly mutual.
The Ocean (Led Zeppelin) def. Hang on to Yourself (David Bowie), 71-61. Thematically, the water and desperation invoked by the song titles in these first two match-ups is uncanny. Led Zeppelin now leads 2-1.
Late in the Evening (Paul Simon) def. You Make Loving Fun (live) (Fleetwood Mac), 72-65.5. Paul Simon takes a decisive 3-1 series lead, requiring Mark B. to summon Landslide.
Everlong (acoustic) (Foo Fighters) def. Pastime Paradise (Stevie Wonder), 92-76.5. I’d venture that most people were unaware of the origin for Coolio’s mid 90s anthem, but the FFs still prevailed and live to see another day. Stevie Wonder leads the series 3-1.
Semifinals, Game 4
My City of Ruins (Bruce Springsteen) vs. Charlie Don’t Surf (Clash)*
Houses of the Holy (Led Zeppelin) vs. Move On (David Bowie)
Undercard, Game 5
Gumboots (Paul Simon) vs. Landslide (Fleetwood Mac)
Times Like These (Foo Fighters) vs. Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing (Stevie Wonder)
Also, folks, we are one coach from a full slate for the third wave. Thanks to Peter, Joe and Jenn for stepping up so far.
* I find this match-up fascinating because I’ve long maintained that Charlie Don’t Surf predicts a 9/11-like event, and My City of Ruins is offered here on a 9/11 tribute album.