The results for Day 8 are below (16 voters- a new record! Thanks for participating and keep it coming!) Votes on the next set of matches are due Monday, September 30th at 11 PM EST/8 PM PST, take a listen this weekend!
We’re a little over 10% done with the round, so let’s keep trucking along. Next group starts in California as we explore the start of the “garage band” movement with some of its godfathers. We’ll go over to Philadelphia in 1972 where Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff are taking a page from Berry Gordy, Jr. to launch the Philadelphia Sound under their Philadelphia International label. Third group represents the injection of British-based early 80s pop groups benefitting from MTV’s need for pre-produced videos (when MTV launched, British bands had already been producing videos due to BBC broadcast restrictions/rules- it took U.S. groups a few years to get onboard.) We’ll close it out with some of the socially conscious rap emerging in the late 80s- as Chuck D from Public Enemy so famously said, hip hop was quickly becoming “the CNN for black people” and those themes of urban plight and race relations begin emerging in a big way here.
- Garage Band Sounds, 1965 (Group 4)
- The Philadelphia Sound, 1972 (Group 8)
- Early MTV Beneficiaries, 1982 (Group 12)
- Socially Conscious Hip Hop, 1987-1989 (Group 13)
Day 8 Results
Early British Rock Across The Atlantic, 1962
“She Loves You” by The Beatles-127
“Please Please Me” by The Beatles- 109
“Stranger On The Shore” by Acker Bilk- 94
“Telstar” by The Tornados- 93
Good showing by these quasi-dinosaurs, but The Beatles song that stuck takes this group. “She Loves You” is, according to the BBC, The Beatles all time #1 best selling single.
London Psychedelia, 1967
“See Emily Play” by Pink Floyd- 88
“Paper Sun” by Traffic- 87
“My White Bicycle” by Tomorrow- 84
“Arnold Layne” by Pink Floyd- 78
In a closely knit group, Pink Floyd mounts an 11th hour comeback to stay alive with an early hit. Some fun history from Wikipedia: “according to A Saucerful of Secrets: The Pink Floyd Odyssey, by Nicholas Schaffner, Emily is the Honourable Emily Young, daughter of Wayland Hilton Young, 2nd Baron Kennet, and nicknamed “the psychedelic schoolgirl” at the UFO Club.”
Experimental Rock Styles, 1974-1975
“Kashmir” by Led Zeppelin- 134
“Can’t Get It Out Of My Head” by Electric Light Orchestra- 95
“Fly By Night” by Rush- 92
“The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway” by Genesis- 80
Zeppelin says no problem here. Interestingly, according to Jimmy Page at the time that “Kashmir” was composed none of the band members had actually been to Kashmir. The song nets an 8.38 average, third highest so far. In other news, maybe it was a good idea that Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel parted ways based on this early Genesis score.
Turn Of The Century Electro Rock, 2000
“Such Great Heights” by The Postal Service- 106
“Do You Realize?” by The Flaming Lips- 96
“South Side” by Moby & Gwen Stefani- 91
“Idioteque” by Radiohead- 83
Perennial tournament darling “Such Great Heights” takes this one on a late surge. Radiohead stumbles out of the gates.