2nd Annual People’s Choice Tournament: Round of 128 (Day 6 of 16)

To pay for gas between shows, they also solve mysteries

If you were waiting for a day to hear some deep cuts from true legends in this tourney across entirely different genres, your day has come- 3 Hall of Fame inductees and 1 Hall of Fame nominee are featured in Van Halen, Solomon Burke, Johnny Cash, and Rakim. On top of that, the other four competitors are nothing to shrug at. Super great looking set- in the same vein of Nos’s “Backstreets” lament last week, I’m a little bummed that one of my nominations has to tee off against the Man in Black, but we’ll see how things play out. Anyways, playlist is here, and votes are due by Wednesday, September 5th at 8:00 PM. And if you haven’t yet, don’t forget to vote for the Day 5 match-ups below due on Tuesday at 8 PM.

Poundcake (Van Halen) vs. When I B On Tha Mic (Rakim)

Stay Away (Josh Hoge) vs. Cry To Me (Solomon Burke)

All My Money Is Gone (Deep Dark Woods) vs. B-Boy (Crown City Rockers)

The Temptation Of Adam (Josh Ritter) vs. Get Rhythm (Johnny Cash)

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20 Responses to 2nd Annual People’s Choice Tournament: Round of 128 (Day 6 of 16)

  1. cjroomba says:

    Poundcake (Van Halen) vs. When I B On Tha Mic (Rakim)-9/7.8
    As a Van Halen junkie, the drill is just the start of what is, to me, a song that brings up memories of car rides a half a lifetime ago. Rakim would’ve been on in the car of the guy who I switched on and off driving to practices and bowling alleys with at the same time. It often was.

    Stay Away (Josh Hoge) vs. Cry To Me (Solomon Burke)-5/4
    Josh Hoge sounds like a boy band member going solo…for one album only.

    All My Money Is Gone (Deep Dark Woods) vs. B-Boy (Crown City Rockers)-6/6
    I wouldn’t turn either of these off if I was driving down the road and either came on the radio. Does that happen to people still?

    The Temptation Of Adam (Josh Ritter) vs. Get Rhythm (Johnny Cash)-7/7
    See previous comment. Only, when you hear how good they are, turn them up louder.

  2. Adam S says:

    Poundcake (Van Halen) vs. When I B On Tha Mic (Rakim) 7.5 – 3 … This Van Halen song makes me feel a little bit dirty. In a good way.

    Stay Away (Josh Hoge) vs. Cry To Me (Solomon Burke) 3.5 – 5.5

    All My Money Is Gone (Deep Dark Woods) vs. B-Boy (Crown City Rockers) 6 – 5

    The Temptation Of Adam (Josh Ritter) vs. Get Rhythm (Johnny Cash) 4.5 – 8

  3. Dem Adam says:

    Poundcake (Van Halen) vs. When I B On Tha Mic (Rakim) = 7 to 9.5
    This is strictly for my listeners on the corners at night and the sisters that be keepin us right,
    When I b on tha mic

    Stay Away (Josh Hoge) vs. Cry To Me (Solomon Burke) = 3 to 6

    All My Money Is Gone (Deep Dark Woods) vs. B-Boy (Crown City Rockers) = 6 to 6.5

    The Temptation Of Adam (Josh Ritter) vs. Get Rhythm (Johnny Cash) = 6 to 9.5
    Thanks for this Johnny Cash song!! First time i’ve heard it, I should carry around an MP3 player with only this song on it for when its needed.

  4. Mark B says:

    Poundcake (Van Halen) 7.5
    When I B On Tha Mic (Rakim) 4
    Some mad riffing from the big VH. Like.

    Stay Away (Josh Hoge) 5
    Cry To Me (Solomon Burke) 4

    All My Money Is Gone (Deep Dark Woods) 7
    B-Boy (Crown City Rockers) 5
    Have never even heard of Deep Dark Woods before. I quite liked it but I do hate it when songs repeat a chorus lyric over and over again. Melody is really nice though.

    The Temptation Of Adam (Josh Ritter) 8
    Get Rhythm (Johnny Cash) 4
    I loved Temptation. Never heard it before. I recently realised (after the previous couple of tournaments I think?) that I’m just not programmed to understand Johnny Cash – I really have have tried and tried but I really just don’t understand the appeal. What am I missing?

  5. natalie says:

    Poundcake (Van Halen) – 7
    rock!
    When I B On Tha Mic (Rakim) – 3

    Stay Away (Josh Hoge) – 1
    as soon as i heard the first vocal snippet, i knew this was going to be a rough one
    Cry To Me (Solomon Burke) – 7
    aural relief!

    All My Money Is Gone (Deep Dark Woods) – 7
    right up my alley. never heard of these guys before. sweet! agree on the repetitive bit, though.
    B-Boy (Crown City Rockers) – 6

    The Temptation Of Adam (Josh Ritter) – 4.5
    Get Rhythm (Johnny Cash) – 7

  6. Listened and scored these last night but didn’t get a chance to put them up until now. Scores Guillermo/Chelby.

    Van Halen 6.8/5
    Rakim 7.4/7

    Epic.

    Josh Hoge 4/3
    Solomon Burke 9.5/7

    Yes these songs are 5.5 apart for me. Cry To Me is a standout from 2007, which is most definitely top 3 for greatest years of my life to date. It’s for the soul, frankly.

    Deep Dark Woods 6.4/7.5
    Crown City Rockers 6.2/6.75

    Close. I’ll give it to the Saskatoons.

    Temptation of Adam 8/7.5
    Get Rhythm 7/5

    The Josh Ritter song is beautiful- I’ve been waiting a year to get this in front of you guys. I can already see there are mixed views, but hey, that’s what this whole thing is all about yes?

  7. annaz says:

    Poundcake (Van Halen) 7.7
    When I B On Tha Mic (Rakim) 8.5

    Stay Away (Josh Hoge) 4.5
    Cry To Me (Solomon Burke) 7

    All My Money Is Gone (Deep Dark Woods) 9
    B-Boy (Crown City Rockers) 7.4

    The Temptation Of Adam (Josh Ritter) 8.8
    Get Rhythm (Johnny Cash) 8.9

  8. Eileen says:

    Poundcake (Van Halen) vs. When I B On Tha Mic (Rakim) 4.0 v 3.0

    Stay Away (Josh Hoge) vs. Cry To Me (Solomon Burke) 9.0 v 8.0

    All My Money Is Gone (Deep Dark Woods) vs. B-Boy (Crown City Rockers) 8.0 v 5.0

    The Temptation Of Adam (Josh Ritter) vs. Get Rhythm (Johnny Cash) 7.5 v 7.0

  9. milly says:

    Poundcake (Van Halen) vs. When I B On Tha Mic (Rakim) – 6.2/3

    Stay Away (Josh Hoge) vs. Cry To Me (Solomon Burke)-4/7

    All My Money Is Gone (Deep Dark Woods) vs. B-Boy (Crown City Rockers)-5/3

    The Temptation Of Adam (Josh Ritter) vs. Get Rhythm (Johnny Cash)-8.5/6

  10. Daddy-O says:

    Poundcake (Van Halen) vs. When I B On Tha Mic (Rakim) 3.5 v 3.0

    Stay Away (Josh Hoge) vs. Cry To Me (Solomon Burke) 8.5 v 6.0

    All My Money Is Gone (Deep Dark Woods) vs. B-Boy (Crown City Rockers) 7.5 v 5.0. Money was a tad boring after awhile, but you could still listen.

    The Temptation Of Adam (Josh Ritter) vs. Get Rhythm (Johnny Cash) 6.0 to 6.0. Take ’em of leave ’em.

  11. joe says:

    Joe & Megan. Commentary by Joe

    Van Halen (Poundcake) 5/ NA
    Rakim (When I B On Tha Mic) 9.5/NA
    As a rock/ metal junkie this song always marked a low point for me and my love/ hate relationship with Van Halen/Hagar. A great band can’t save a lame song. This is a lame ass song. Meanwhile DJ Premier and Rakim made a great song. It swings and flows.

    Josh Hoge (Stay Away) 2/NA
    Solomon Burke (Cry To Me) 5/NA

    I’m sure some people find Josh Hoge to be a great songwriter, I found this song to be extremely difficult to listen from start to finish. It is not my cup of tea.

    Deep Dark Woods (All My Money Is Gone) 7/7
    Crown City Rockers (B-Boy) 8/5

    I like a song with a lap steel guitar, but I love a song with swing.

    Josh Ritter (The Temptation of Adam) 7/ 4
    Johnny Cash (Get Rhythm) 8/ 7

    Good last match up.

  12. Greg says:

    Poundcake (Van Halen): 5
    When I B On Tha Mic (Rakim): 9

    Typical Van Halen vs Rakim on a Premier beat. No contest.

    Stay Away (Josh Hoge): 2
    Cry To Me (Solomon Burke): 8

    Stay Away is not my cup of tea, it was hard to get through this one. On the other hand Cry To Me is a great soulful track.

    All My Money Is Gone (Deep Dark Woods): 7
    B-Boy (Crown City Rockers): 10

    I liked All My Money Is Gone, even if it is against my nomination I’m going to score it well and if it does move on I’ll be holding it in a favorable light.

    The Temptation Of Adam (Josh Ritter): 6
    Get Rhythm (Johnny Cash): 7

  13. jameswheeler says:

    5- Poundcake (Van Halen) vs.
    9- When I B On Tha Mic (Rakim)
    I love Rakim. LOVE. Van Halen never stood a chance.

    3- Stay Away (Josh Hoge) vs.
    7- Cry To Me (Solomon Burke)
    The Josh Hoge song was pretty brutal and I love Cry to Me.

    6- All My Money Is Gone (Deep Dark Woods) vs.
    8- B-Boy (Crown City Rockers)
    Two excellent songs. Edge goes to the Rockers. I think I’m in a hip-hop mood today.

    7- The Temptation Of Adam (Josh Ritter) vs.
    9- Get Rhythm (Johnny Cash)
    As the guy who suggested the song, I love any version. I promised G-Mo a link but totally forgot This is the version I like to sing at karaoke, so I thought I’d share now 🙂 http://grooveshark.com/s/Get+Rhythm/3XtImR?src=5

    • jameswheeler says:

      Okay, I’ve thought more about this, I know it’s my suggestion, but Get Rhythm is one of my favorite songs of all time. I don’t do fractions and I normally don’t do 10’s unless I’ve never heard the song and it blows me away. I give Get Rhythm a 10.

  14. Lindsay says:

    Poundcake (Van Halen) vs. When I B On Tha Mic (Rakim) 3.5/6

    Stay Away (Josh Hoge) vs. Cry To Me (Solomon Burke) 4.5/7

    All My Money Is Gone (Deep Dark Woods) vs. B-Boy (Crown City Rockers) 7.5/7.25
    Deep Dark Woods, thank you for reminding me to make a bank transfer that I’d forgotten about! Also, a lovely song.

    The Temptation Of Adam (Josh Ritter) vs. Get Rhythm (Johnny Cash) 9/8.85
    Man, this is a tough one! I really really like both of these, and they’re so different. The nod goes to Josh Ritter, because I love the story that the song tells.

  15. Alexis says:

    Poundcake (Van Halen) 2.5
    When I B On Tha Mic (Rakim) 4

    Stay Away (Josh Hoge) 5
    Cry To Me (Solomon Burke) 8.75 (** love. this. song. and anything from dirty dancing automatically gets bonus points. i’m just saying ….)

    All My Money Is Gone (Deep Dark Woods) 7
    B-Boy (Crown City Rockers) 6.5

    The Temptation Of Adam (Josh Ritter) 8
    Get Rhythm (Johnny Cash) 7

  16. Poundcake (Van Halen) 5.5
    When I B On Tha Mic (Rakim) 7.5

    Stay Away (Josh Hoge) 3
    Cry To Me (Solomon Burke) 8

    All My Money Is Gone (Deep Dark Woods) 6
    B-Boy (Crown City Rockers) 6.5

    The Temptation Of Adam (Josh Ritter) 5
    Get Rhythm (Johnny Cash) 7.5

  17. Amanda says:

    Poundcake (Van Halen) 7.2
    When I B On Tha Mic (Rakim) 5

    Stay Away (Josh Hoge) 9.2
    Cry To Me (Solomon Burke) 9

    All My Money Is Gone (Deep Dark Woods) 4
    B-Boy (Crown City Rockers) 8.8

    The Temptation Of Adam (Josh Ritter) 5
    Get Rhythm (Johnny Cash) 9

  18. G says:

    Poundcake (Van Halen) 5
    When I B On Tha Mic (Rakim) 6

    Stay Away (Josh Hoge) 6
    Cry To Me (Solomon Burke) 6

    All My Money Is Gone (Deep Dark Woods) 10
    B-Boy (Crown City Rockers) 6

    The Temptation Of Adam (Josh Ritter) 8
    Get Rhythm (Johnny Cash) 8

  19. Junior says:

    Poundcake (Van Halen) 2.0
    When I B On Tha Mic (Rakim) 8.8

    Stay Away (Josh Hoge) 6.4
    Cry To Me (Solomon Burke) 3.5

    All My Money Is Gone (Deep Dark Woods) 5.7
    B-Boy (Crown City Rockers) 7.1

    The Temptation Of Adam (Josh Ritter) 6.0
    Get Rhythm (Johnny Cash) 3.0

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