Day 16 Match-Ups
My independence seems to vanish in the haze, feel the same tomorrow- like you see me do, slip away instead of dreaming about tomorrow.
The sand castle virtues get up and get down, I’m back from suffragette city- money, get away.
Hurts so good in her uptown world, inside the pouring rain, glory days in the wink of a young girl’s eye.
Newsprint boats I race in sewer mains, ain’t seen the sunshine in three damn days.
Everyone I know goes away in the end, gone, gone, cause you done me wrong.
There’s a cento with lyrics from every song in our Day 16 matches- kind of a fun poem form. Votes due by Friday, November 1st at 5 PM EST- vote with your heartiest of hearts. For the weekly matches, we’ll start it out with a simple set of British Rock from the year 1965. From there we’ll go to 1972-1973 where a smattering of artists are doing some pretty innovative things on stage with a progressive rock/theatrical rock mix. We’ll jump from there to 1982-1983 for some traditionalist rock, and then close out with 21st century Country Rock crossovers. Listen on the YouTube playlist below!
Day 15 Results:
Sugar Pop, 1961-1962
“Up On The Roof” by The Drifters– 48
“Big Girls Don’t Cry” by Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons- 41
“Take Good Care Of My Baby” by Bobby Vee- 36
“Calendar Girl” by Neil Sedaka- 34
“Up On The Roof” would probably be better suited for a soul sub-genre, but these were the best contemporaneous match-ups. The Drifters average an 8 and show that the post-Ben E. King era didn’t have them losing too much of a step.
Progressive Rock Pioneers, 1969-1971
“Pinball Wizard” by The Who- 47
“A Salty Dog” by Procol Harum- 34
“Aqualung” by Jethro Tull- 34
“Nutrocker” by Emerson, Lake, & Palmer- 28
Probably threw ELP under the bus with a Christmas song at Halloween, but again, a smattering of Prog Rock pioneers and an unsurprising win for the Tommy soundtrack classic.
Early Metal & Hard Rock, 1979-1982
“Heaven and Hell” by Black Sabbath- 32
“Living After Midnight” by Judas Priest- 29
“Number of the Beast” by Iron Maiden- 29
“Nag Nag Nag” by Cabaret Voltaire- 18
Not much love here, but someone had to win. Post-Ozzy Black Sabbath makes a similar statement to The Drifters’ from earlier.
Festival Rock, 1994-1996
“Run-Around” by Blues Traveler- 41
“Only Wanna Be With You” by Hootie and the Blowfish- 38
“Ain’t Life Grand” by Widespread Panic- 33
“Push” by Matchbox Twenty- 28
I called this festival rock only because all four songs seemed reminiscent of something you’d listen to at a mid-90s summer rock festival. Maybe an easier sell with WP than M20, but at any rate John Popper reminds us why the harmonica is still relevant in the win.