Votes due by Friday, 4/27 at 5:00 PM: Alright kids- we are now entering Games 5 and 6, which means coaches are turning to their sure things and we get some pretty rocking playlists out of it. But before we get into that, the most recent results.
Staring at the brink, Coach Adrock played the Immigrant Song card and it worked out. Led Zeppelin staves off elimination for one more round with a 98.2-85.4 win over “As.” Jacob says enough is enough, and releases the champion of the first Hands On Gulf Coast Music Tournament.
Unfortunately for Coach Peter, Velvet Underground could not catch a break. “Back In Black” makes a statement by squashing “Femme Fatale,” 76.1-46 and sweeping the series. Coach Joe has a few days to wait and strategize before a winner of Zeppelin-Wonder emerges.
Soundgarden grunged its way back into relevance as “Rusty Cage” defeated U2’s “Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me,” 81.3-63. Strange nomination from Coach Dan, but he goes back to basics for Game 5. This one is knotted up at 2 a piece.
The Beach Boys grab a second win and knot their series as well, as “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” defeats “Ophelia” 91.5-81.25. This series is wearing down both of these artists, and it’s very easy to imagine this going to 7 games. Next up is another big battle.
Also all tied up are Tom Petty and The Allman Brothers Band. “Ain’t Wasting Time No More” defeats “The Waiting,” 72.7-62. This great match continues to look down to the wire as well.
Last but not least, Atmosphere’s “Millie Fell Down The Fire Escape” defeats Rush’s “Nobody’s Hero,” 64.2-49.4. Salem pulls the emergency lever here, but from my conversation downstairs with Greg it sounds like he’s making a push to fight back with his nomination.
In this next round, Led Zeppelin (2-3) and Rush (1-3) face elimination. Best of luck to all- only 10 songs this time now that the AC/DC-Velvet Underground series is over. One last thing about big gaps in scoring. We have to repeat this every few months, but reminder that it is bad form to trump 5 or 6 other score differentials without reason. If you really feel like something is a 1 and something else is an 8, that’s fine but make an attempt to convince the voters and the coaches why that is the case.
Champion vs. Challenger
Superstition (Stevie Wonder) vs. Kashmir (Led Zeppelin)
Last Fleet- Game 5
Pretty Noose (Soundgarden) vs. With Or Without You (U2)
Tom Sawyer (Rush) vs. The Woman With The Tattooed Hands (Atmosphere)
Even The Losers (Tom Petty) vs. Melissa (Allman Brothers Band)
It Makes No Difference (The Band) vs. God Only Knows (The Beach Boys)