The first of our Royal Rumble participants has been decided, as the Beach Boys complete their four game sweep of Atmosphere. “In My Room” defeats “Sunshine,” 51.5-41.4 (yes, we recognize that these are some grim totals. Almost to the rumble…) Unfortunately the Minneapolis hip-hop train stops here. I’m happy to report that I overheard a recent Prairie Home Companion mention Atmosphere along with the likes of Prince and The Replacements as an innovative group that had come out of the area. Thumbs up to you, Atmosphere and to Coach Greg for some hard-fought wins with an unconventional group. Coach Janos looks to be sitting pretty as he waits for the next opponents to shake out.
AC/DC fights back to stay alive for at least one more game- “Highway To Hell” defeats “I Can’t Quit You Babe,” 60-48. Strategy here is interesting. Although AC/DC is still down 3-1, Coach Joe has one last game to see Coach Adrock’s nomination before deciding who to pull out of the stable (order switches back at Game 6.) Reminds me of the good old days of Richard Montgomery High School swimming wherein our top two relay teams would be on deck to do last minute personnel switches depending on how our opponents loaded their teams. Game 5 sees a Zeppelin track from the less popular “Presence” album, while Joe responds with a selection from the post-Scott”Back In Black” vinyl.
“I Will Follow” defeats “Dreams” 65.9-57.8. With this most recent win, Dan is poised to take the U2-Allman Brothers series with one more win. He confidently puts forward a 21st century track, which seems to be a risky enterprise with these voters. Team Gilbert responds with one of the most famous guitar instrumentals of all time. The question is, can it get by without vocals?
Votes due by Wednesday at 5 PM, and the playlist is here. Best of luck to the 4 surviving bands- Allman Brothers Band and AC/DC face elimination.
Stuck In A Moment (U2) vs. Jessica (Allman Brothers Band)
For Your Life (Led Zeppelin) vs. Have A Drink On Me (AC/DC)