Tournament Day 17: Country Classics, Studio Innovation, Blues Rock, Power Ballads

Day 17 Match-Ups

Alright, I’m making a call. I am unfortunately too busy/stressed/unemployed to keep to the regular schedule of posting as often as I was, even with the ease of SurveyMonkey versus manual entry, so will be toning it back from the bi-weekly format. A lot of our regular guest posters are in the same boat of job changes/seasonally busy/etc., so please bear with us and keep voting! If you’d like to keep wind of the new match-up releases, it may be helpful to subscribe to by following our blog (the button at the top right of the page.) I will try to do no worse than once a week.

Votes due by Sunday, November 10th at 11 PM EST- vote with your heartiest of hearts. For the weekly matches, we’re gonna start it off with some old country standards, follow that up with mid-60s studio innovation songs (a la Spector-influenced but with some other goodies sprinkled in,) continue on to some 70s blues-influenced rock, and finish it up with everybody’s favorite 80s power ballads. YouTube link is below, followed by a Spotify playlist- pick your “Poison” (that’s a joke. A joke about the power ballads.)

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Day 16 Results:

British Rock, 1965
“Help!” by The Beatles– 82
“The Last Time” by The Rolling Stones- 65
“Get Away” by Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames- 46
“Do The Freddie” by Freddie & The Dreamers- 45

No problems for The Beatles here as they debut their first non-debut album track- still got 19 more songs in the future competing in this round. Little trivia on some of these other songs that will likely not advance-  Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames included a young John McLaughlin at one point, and were the only British band to be part of the inaugural “Motown Review” tour in England along with The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, and others.

Prog/Theatrical Mish-Mash, 1972-1973
“Suffragette City” by David Bowie- 65
“Money” by Pink Floyd- 65
“Thick As A Brick” by Jethro Tull- 53
“Total Mass Retain” by Yes- 43

After a back-and-forth throughout the voting, Bowie and Floyd end up in a dead tie, which means they will both advance to the Round of 512. Jethro Tull drops a second straight and will need some luck to advance either of its songs in the at-large section. As for Yes, they’ve still got an 80s standard to compete in the future.

Traditional Rock, 1982-1983
“Glory Days” by Bruce Springsteen- 69
“Uptown Girl” by Billy Joel- 66
“Hurts So Good” by John Cougar Mellencamp- 65
“King of Pain” by The Police- 59

With all four of these songs within 10 points of each other, gotta call this a close one. The Boss pulls it out with decent showings from Joel and Mellencamp.

Country-Rock Crossovers, 2000-2007
“Hurt” by Johnny Cash- 80
“Picture” by Kid Rock & Sheryl Crow- 65
“Gone Gone Gone” by Robert Plant & Allison Krauss- 61
“Oh My Sweet Carolina” by Ryan Adams- 52

No problems here for Johnny Cash’s way-too-close-to-an-autobiographical-eulogy-for-comfort cover of Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt.” This song went quite far in the first tournament, and looks to be standing well in this one also. Rock & Crow may sneak in with their 6.5, time will tell. My heart cries a bit for “Oh My Sweet Carolina”, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles.

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The day I was born, Michael Jackson's Thriller album was at the top of the Billboard 200. I've been trying my best to live up to that expectation ever since.
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