A Happy Thanksgiving edition here on Day 3. I am thankful for all the great music artists have written and recorded over the years, thankful for the technology that makes it so easy to find new songs and listen to them, and thankful for the folks who take the time to vote in these tournaments. You can vote for Day 3 match-ups by listening to all the songs here except Feel Good, Inc., and voting by 11:59pm EST on Friday. (*Unlike past tournaments, I’m putting everything on one playlist for the moment.) We’ll take tomorrow off and do the last of the play-ins on on Friday.
Play-in: Amazing Grace (Dropkick Murphys) vs. Higher Ground (Red Hot Chili Peppers). A thundering start to the playlist, featuring two of the greatest live bands of all-time covering other peoples’ work in the studio. This Dropkick cover felt perfect for Thanksgiving Eve, and RHCP pay tribute to Stevie Wonder, who will make his tournament debut next week.
Play-in: Don’t Do It (The Band) vs. Billie Jean (Civil Wars). Are there any moments in rock and roll more associated with Thanksgiving than the Last Waltz, where the Band ended their careers with this Marvin Gaye cover? Billie Jean needs no introduction, but look out for the female pipes on this cover.
Play-in: Lykke Li (Silver Springs) vs. I Found a Reason (Cat Power). The string of impressive female vocalists continues, with another two in this cat-fight. Lykke Li is covering Fleetwood Mac, and Cat Power is taking on the Velvet Underground.
Play-in: Proud Mary (Ike and Tina Turner) vs. 100,000 Fireflies (Superchunk). As I recently learned the hard way at late night karaoke, this Proud Mary cover is Ike in name only. Superchunk was one of the first concerts I ever went to. My friend and I booed when the opening band, the Magnetic Fields, played 100,000 Fireflies, before being informed that the Fields had actually written the song, which is a pretty little tune.
Play-in: The Passenger (Kid Loco) vs. Feel Good, Inc. (Electric Pose). This showdown is also known as the Battle for France. French DJ Kid Loco hauntingly reimagines this Iggy Pop classic, while Electric Pose ends today’s playlist with a mellow, trippy cover of the Gorillaz.
Scoresheet (for pasting):
Amazing Grace (Dropkick Murphys) vs. Higher Ground (Red Hot Chili Peppers).
Don’t Do It (The Band) vs. Billie Jean (Civil Wars)
Lykke Li (Silver Springs) vs. I Found a Reason (Cat Power)
Proud Mary (Ike and Tina Turner) vs. 100,000 Fireflies (Superchunk)
The Passenger (Kid Loco) vs. Feel Good, Inc. (Electric Pose)