Who knows whether we ever really truly retire from music tournaments. I think it’s more we retire until we think of an interesting way to revitalize. It happened- around the same time a few weeks ago that Nos was wondering what the best songs about the radio might be, I returned to my old High Fidelity mainstay question of the best Side One, Track One. Huge questions.
So we thought and asked on Facebook and built out some lists. In the end, Janos came up with 32 solid nominations on the “radio” question. I couldn’t keep it to 32 on my side, but managed to cut it down to 48 “track one, side one”‘s. So to kick things off, we’ll have to do a few days of same genre play-ins to whittle down the S1T1 side of the bracket. We did have a rule that no artist could have more than one song involved, even across the Radio-T1S1 divide. May we present to you: the list of competitors.
So for newbies, these are the rules- listen to the four match-ups below (in each match-up, the two songs are competing to stay alive.) After each match-up, stop and think, then give each song a score between 0 and 10 based on how you felt about it just then when you listened to it. Post your scores in the comments section of the post. We’ll add up the scores and the loser is eliminated. Eventually one song wins. Playlist is here, and scores on these match-ups due by Friday, February 8th at 8:00 PM.
This is going to be awesome.
Day One: Side One, Track One Play-In
“Lust For Life,” Iggy Pop, Lust For Life (1977)
“Holidays In The Sun,” Sex Pistols, Never Mind The Bollocks (1977)
“Seven Nation Army,” The White Stripes, Elephant (2003)
“Rehab,” Amy Winehouse, Back In Black (2006)
“Running With The Devil,” Van Halen, Van Halen (1978)
“It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock N’ Roll),” AC/DC, T.N.T. (1975)
“Boy In The Bubble,” Paul Simon, Graceland (1987)
“Red Rain,” Peter Gabriel, So (1986)