These results are pretty remarkable, basically no difference between the four winners, which means the next two rounds will be very interesting. Also means Don’t Stop Believin’ may not be the powerhouse many of us assumed it would be.
Don’t Stop Believin’” (Journey) defeats “Don’t Dream It’s Over” (Crowded House)
158.3 to 130.7 (7.5 to 6.2 average)
“Golden Slumbers Medley” (The Beatles) defeats “The Cool, Cool River” (Paul Simon)
155.9 to 116.9 (7.6 TO 5.6 average)
“You Can’t Always Get What You Want” (The Rolling Stones) defeats “Whiskey”
(Trampled by Turtles)
160.2 to 129.6 (7.6 to 6.2 average)
“Caravan” (Van Morrison) defeats “Bullet With Butterfly Wings” (The Smashing
158.75 to 134.1 (7.6 to 6.4 average)
Welcome to Division D, and our 4th set of matchups! You’ll have until midnight on Friday to vote in the comments. After these songs we’ll be a quarter of the way through the whole tournament, which is kind of wild to think about.
Here’s the Spotify link: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1HHiIribHDN1biTdmrL8PG?si=lZfaSpTHTre4iBZWNQ4Muw
Round 1 Division D:
“Don’t Stop Believin’” (Journey) v. “Don’t Dream It’s Over” (Crowded House)
“Golden Slumbers Medley” (The Beatles) v. “The Cool, Cool River” (Paul Simon)
“You Can’t Always Get What You Want” (The Rolling Stones) v. “Whiskey” (Trampled by Turtles)
“Bullet With Butterfly Wings” (The Smashing Pumpkins) v. “Caravan” (Van Morrison)
Stories from The Vault
“Don’t Stop Believin’” (automatic entry): I can’t think of any better than Guillermo spinning circles while playing the air guitar solo on the floor of a jam-packed 2 Train at the most epic part of the song on the most epic subway ride down the West Side of Manhattan during the greatest Marathon Day ever. – Ben
This song, at the pub, again and again and again. Forever tied to me with Guillermo (and Janos) – Ryan
“Golden Slumbers Medley” (nominated by Danno): I’ve never met Guillermo in person. All of our interactions were through Music Tournaments. As such, I took a trip down memory lane to the very first one and revisited my votes that ultimately made the Wall of 10s, which included “A Day in the Life”, “Paranoid Android”, “Wavin’ Flag”, “Thriller”, “Hurt”, “Hey Jude”, “Bohemian Rhapsody”, and “Golden Slumbers Medley”. Listening through each of these one more time, the Golden Slumbers Medley struck the right chord for me. — “And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.”
“The Cool, Cool River” (nominated by Mike C.): this song just feels eternal
“You Can’t Always Get What you Want” (nominated by Midnight Spin): In the early 2010’s when Midnight Spin was just getting off the ground, the music tournament was running strong. The band members were regular participants in the tourney, and when we finally went on our national tour we had our own honorary music tourney to pass the time on the road where every song had to be the last track on an album. YCAGWYW ultimately won the tournament beating out Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song” which came into the finals a heavy favorite~ having scored perfect 10’s in every round up until the championship. Other notable tracks included “It’s the End of the World as we Know it”, “Train in Vain”, and “Jungleland”. Of course the most insane upset was 16th seed “Zombie Zoo” from Tom Petty’s Full Moon Fever knocking off the #1 seed “A Day In the Life” from Sgt. Pepper in the first round of the Northeast bracket. I guess that’s why you play the game.
“Bullet with Butterfly Wings” (nominated by Zach): Will (as I knew him) did his level best to instill a love of music in me from a very young age. This was greatly appreciated on my end, as I was a very young child at the time while he was going through high school. As a younger sibling, I did my best to emulate him. This naturally lead to a series of awkward conversations between my kindergarten teacher and our parents, as I would loudly, and seemingly at random, begin singing (well, more accurately, screaming) the chorus to this song at other children during recess. He found this hilarious, and never admitted to our parents that he had anything to do with it. Though it’s tonally VERY different from what both our musical tastes developed into, to this day any time I hear this song I think of him, plus most of my picks have already been entered.
“Whiskey” nominated by Jim, commentary by Janos: Trampled by Turtles were a Guillermo favorite. One of the last times I saw him in New York, he had planned his visit around a TBT concert at Bowery Ballroom. I don’t think they were even headlining. We ran into them at the bar after the show, and he bought the band a round of whiskey. Which is also the name of this song, one of their best!