No upsets in this strong-scoring division, but Hallelujah looks like the song to watch in the next round.
“Under Pressure” (Queen and David Bowie) defeats “Angel From Montgomery” (John Prine) 165.9 to 146.8 (7.9 to 7 average)
“Home” (Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros) defeats “Transdermal Celebration” (Ween) 156.4 to 111.2 (7.5 to 5.3 average)
“Hallelujah” (Jeff Buckley) defeats “End of the Line” (Traveling Wilburys) 172.1 to 153.4 (8.2 to 7.3 average)
“No Rain” (Blind Melon) defeats “Walking in Memphis” (Marc Cohn) 146.7 to 143.4 (7 to 6.8 average)
We’ve now arrived at our fifth matchup with some pretty strong contenders. This matchup sees John Prine, whom many are still grieving for since his recent passing. Yet still I wouldn’t sleep on his matchup against the Bowie/Queen classic “Under Pressure”. Looking now at this division it features many artists who sadly had very untimely passings; from Shannon Hoon, Tom Petty to Freddy Mercury and Jeff Buckley. With the exception of the Ween track I’m familiar with all the songs and personally a fan of each of them. Seems like it will be a tight set of matches…
Here is the Spotify Playlist Link (These are not in sequential order, but you shouldn’t need them to be for scoring purposes anyways) You will have until Monday at midnight to vote in the comment section below.
Round 1, Division E:
“Under Pressure” (Queen and David Bowie) vs. “Angel From Montgomery” (John Prine)
“Home” (Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros) vs. “Transdermal Celebration” (Ween)
“Hallelujah” (Jeff Buckley) vs. “End of the Line” (Traveling Wilburys)
“No Rain” (Blind Melon) vs. “Walking in Memphis” (Marc Cohn)
Stories from the vault…
“Under Pressure” by Jacob: Got to include the runner up in the 2011 finals. I listened to this and Stand By Me 20 times each to make my decision and remember listening to the official play with Guillermo and many others on the upstairs deck at the Red Derby in DC. Pretty thrilling finish.
“Angel from Montgomery” by Kristen: I can’t decide between the John Prine version of Bonnie Raitt. In a way, I feel like G may have preferred Bonnie’s version. Oh no! I forgot that the Tedeschi Trucks Band version was amazing as well. Well Shit.
“Home” by Committee: This was one of Gmo’s nominees to the “People’s Choice” tournament in 2011
“Transdermal Celebration” by Adam: My interactions with Guillermo were exclusively emailing about music during the tourneys, or talking about music during marathon days. I don’t know if he liked Ween, but I could see him getting into them as a general music fan. Ween’s music is by definition all over the place, but this is one of their more accessible tunes – I can imagine grooving to this at about 1130 AM at a bar in Staten Island 4 beers in and walking the streets in the sunshine.
“Hallelujah” by Committee, after recommendations from folks on Facebook.
“No Rain” by Natalie: Oddly enough, despite how important music is to both of us, I don’t have any memories of Gmo and I connecting over any music in particular beyond fleeting music tourney banter, which may just be that I have a terrible memory or that it’s been too long. The one memory that popped into my mind was us bonding over our childhood love of the Chipmunk Adventure movie and soundtrack, but I’ll spare you from listening to the Chipmunks in this tournament (but I still highly recommend checking out “Off to See the World” – it’s a legitimately great song.) Instead, I’ll throw in some Blind Melon. No idea if Gmo was a fan, but he definitely appreciated the classic sing-alongs and rock’n’roll anthems, and this is a 90s classic that you can really belt out to. It’s got that high energy with underlying darkness that just seems fitting for this occasion.
“Walking in Memphis” by Committee: Pub jukebox memories … From Ryan: **oddly enough, Elizabeth, Guillermo and I wound up roommates in a house only a few blocks from where Marc Cohn was shot following a concert in Denver. They said it was a robbery and he was only wounded. But this was front porch conversation with G once..