Round 3 votes due by Friday night at 11 PM: Game 2 results are in, and at this point I think Coaches Adrock and Jacob should be looking down the ladder in anticipation of the next Contender while evaluating their song stable accordingly. Something should be said for AC/DC, who are now 6-2 for the tournament and show no signs of losing electricity. In Game 2 of the Challenger Final, “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” powers past the Velvet Underground’s “Pale Blue Eyes,” 88.3-75.1. Coach Pete strategically turns to a more delicate selection for Game 3.
Marton(Beach Boys) v. Marton(The Band): This round easily goes to the elder, with “Sloop John B” over “Down South In New Orleans,” 102.3-84.8. It remains to be seen whether the unfortunate recent news on Levon Helm’s failing health sways voters. Game 3 is a radio-play showdown.
Zeppelin-Wonder was a well-played match, as both songs were top 3 in average score across the whole group. In the end, Stevie rainmakes “Dyermaker” and “Uptight (Everything’s Alright)” comes out on top, 106.75-104.
Coach Greg and Atmosphere continue their unlikely advance as “You” defeats “Freewill,” 79-73.6. Salem still looking for a win- I’m not that familiar with either Rush (with the exception of “Tom Sawyer” which is likely the Rush Emergency Red Lever of sorts) or Atmosphere, but its been good getting to hear new tunes.
After a close loss in Game 1, Coach Dan and U2 went hard for Game 2 and it worked out. “Where The Streets Have No Name” knocks “Spoonman” back into the kitchen drawer, 100.2-71.5. For Round 3, Dan goes straight through from Track 1 to Track 2 of Joshua Tree without flinching. Similarly, Tats goes for his third straight from Superunknown.
George+George’s Wife evens up the Petty series as “Ramblin’ Man” takes “Mary Jane’s Last Dance,” 97.6-86.1 and racks an impressive 7.69 average. I’m thoroughly enjoying this match-up, and there’s more fun to come.
Round 3 Matches below. The Grooveshark list is here, and votes are due by 11 PM on Friday night.
Round 3 Matches
Wanton Song (Led Zeppelin) vs. I Was Made To Love Her (Stevie Wonder)
Big Balls (AC/DC) vs. I’m Sticking With You (Velvet Underground)
Spirit of the Radio (Rush) vs. Lift Her Pull Her (Atmosphere)
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (The Band) vs. Kokomo (Beach Boys)
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (U2) vs. Black Hole Sun (Soundgarden)
You Wreck Me (Tom Petty) vs. Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’ (Live at Fillmore East) (Allman Brothers)