The Round of 64 ends in style tonight with a tournament titans like Jeff Buckley. We didn’t allow Hallelujah in last time because the song was too closely associated with him. It turns out he didn’t even discover Leonard Cohen’s original, but a John Cale cover. Cale, the Scottie Pippen of the Velvet Underground, for his part, saw Cohen perform it live and ask for the lyrics. Cohen sent him innumerable pages of poetry that Cale condensed to the version we’ll be hearing today. Listen to all of Day 10’s songs here (at bottom of playlist) and vote by commenting below before 11:59pm on Thursday. You can check out the evolving tournament bracket and our results so far.
#1 Hallelujah (Jeff Buckley) vs. #16 I Want You Back (Lake Street Dive)
#4 Killing Me Softly (Fugees) vs. #13 Don’t Do It (The Band). The Fugees cover Roberta Flack’s hit from the 70s, and The Band covers Marvin Gaye’s hit from the 60s.
#5 Redemption Song (Johnny Cash and Joe Strummer) vs. #12 Police and Thieves (Clash). Two Joe Strummer songs against each other? That’s my bracketing mistake, although Joe’s fans could take satisfaction in one guaranteed advance to the Round of 32.
#3 With a Little Help From My Friends (Joe Cocker) vs. #14 Johnny B. Goode/Roadrunner (Sex Pistols). Our defending cover champion fends off a truly ridiculous Pistols cover of Chuck Berry and the Modern Lovers.