Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Tighten it up now!

#17 Voodoo Child (Slight Return), Jimi Hendrix – 7 votes
#16 Wichita Lineman, Glen Campbell – 2 votes

“Hendrix. I actually like Glen Campbell, mainly for his relationship with Tanya Tucker, but distorted trumps overproduced.” - WBF

#9 Sweet Thing, Van Morrison – 5 votes
#24 Get Ready, The Temptations – 4 votes

“I'm trying very very hard to keep my burning hatred of one particular Van Morrison song from coloring my opinion of all the others. He just barely squeaks by in this instance.” – Cranky Uncle Greg

#12 River Man, Nick Drake – 5 votes
#21 Monk Time, The Monks – 2 votes
(2 abstentions)

“Nick, he nearly made me want to buy a Volkswagen.” - CBD

#20 Stay With Me, Lorraine Ellison – 5 votes
#13 21st Century Schizoid Man, King Crimson – 2 votes
(1 abstention)

#14 America, Simon & Garfunkel – 4 votes
#19 Never My Love, The Association – 4 votes
(1 abstention)

I made the tie, I break the tie.
“paul simon could shit in a jewel case, and i would gladly pay $16.95 for it.” – La Lemur

#11 You Really Got Me, The Kinks – 7 votes
#22 Uptight (Everything's Alright), Stevie Wonder – 2 votes

#10 Don't Think Twice, It's All Right, Bob Dylan – 5 votes
#23 Mother Popcorn (You Got to Have a Mother For Me), James Brown – 3 votes
(1 abstention)

“Mother Popcorn. But JB will continue his tradition of getting screwed in internet music tournaments.” – Bitter Uncle Greg

#18 Iko Iko, The Dixie Cups – 5 votes
#15 96 Tears, ? and the Mysterians – 2 votes
(2 abstentions)

Now on to more voting! Post in the comments; results and the next round will go up Sunday evening. You can download these songs in a .zip file here.

From the Midwest Regional, at Big Pink in Saugerties, NY:

#16 Venus in Furs, The Velvet Underground
#17 I'm A Believer, The Monkees
Two songs with, shall we say, differing perspectives on matters romantic face off here.

#9 Misirlou, Dick Dale & the Del-Tones (Pulp Fic soundtrack version, sorry)
#24 Debora, Tyranosaurus Rex
An instrumental faces off against a song that seems mainly to be the titular lass's name repeated with different grunt patterns.

#21 I Can See For Miles, The Who
#12 1969, The Stooges
A fine object lesson on how hard rock changed a little bit during the decade.

#13 See Emily Play, Pink Floyd
#20 Fist City, Loretta Lynn
Emily just better not mess with Loretta Lynn's man, or Lynn will POUND her.

#14 One, Harry Nilsson
#19 Tighten Up, Archie Bell & the Drells
I like the Harry Nilsson original so much more than the U2 version... err, I mean, "bugger off, Three Dog Night, and let Harry sing about the loneliest number."

#11 Hold On, I'm Comin', Sam & Dave
#22 Kick Out The Jams, MC5
I didn't think I knew #11, but I assure you, I know the opening brass riff. You know it. The whole of America has this embedded in its mind within five months of being born or moving here. It faces off against a song known for having a real dirty word right up at the front of it.

#10 Doctor Who (Original Theme), BBC Radiophonic Workshop
#23 Laisse Tomber les Filles, France Gall
I'm not quite sure if this is the original original Dr. Who soundtrack; if you notice it's not, HA HA, YOUR A BIG NERD. It faces off against a swingin' Serge Gainsbourg-penned track. Even if you don't speak French, you know she's young and the song's probably a little dirty.

#15 Stand By Me, Ben E. King
#18 Season of the Witch, Donovan
One of these was played at most of my high school dances; the other's title accurately portrays what those dances were like.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

I'm on the dark side of the road.

Back! Let's get to it with the results for the first region:

#17 Everybody’s Talkin’, Harry Nilsson – 5 votes
#16 For What It’s Worth, Buffalo Springfield – 4 votes
(1 abstention)

“FWIW - I was about to go the other way, saying a Space Ghost parody trumps a pretty good Muppet Show sketch, but then the waah wahhh bit started...killed it dead.” – Cranky Uncle Greg, coming strong with the cranky really early.

#9 California Dreamin’, The Mamas & the Papas – 8 votes
#24 I’m Still in Love With You, Alton Ellis – 2 votes

“I'm Still In Love With You. I like my well-defined seasons, thanks. Screw SoCal.” – Cranky! Uncle! Greg!

#21 She’s Not There, The Zombies – 7 votes
#12 Give Him a Great Big Kiss, The Shangri-Las – 2 votes

“I feel bad voting against a band who has an album titled "Myrmidons of Melodrama"...but I'm voting for the Animals.” - SRF

#20 A Minha Menina, Os Mutantes – 5 votes
#13 Pressure Drop, The Maytals – 3 votes
(2 abstentions)

Aww. Y’all know how much I love Os Mutantes, don’t you? – Ms. L

#19 Stand By Your Man, Tammy Wynette – 8 votes
#14 It’s Gonna Rain, Steve Reich – 1 vote
(1 abstention)

“Stand By Your Man. I'm down with experimental noise, but It's Gonna Rain isn't even interesting.” – CUG, who hates because he loves… to hate.

#22 Here I Go Again, Archie Bell & the Drells – 5 votes
#11 Crying, Roy Orbison – 4 votes
(1 abstention)

“Ok, this one is a tough one. "Crying" is a better song, but I have to vote for "Here I Go Again" because the inclusion of a song by Archie Bell and the Drells, from Houston, Texas, who dance just as good as they walk, that isn't "Tighten Up" is tremendous.” – WBF [“Tighten Up” is coming, my friend. – Ms. L]

#10 Subterranean Homesick Blues, Bob Dylan – 9 votes
#23, Egyptian Shumba, The Tammys – 1 vote

“#10 Subterranean Homesick Blues, Bob Dylan. This is where I throw the signs, right?” - CDB

#18 Ode to Billie Joe, Bobbie Gentry – 6 votes
#15 Friday on My Mind, The Easybeats – 3 votes

“Ode to Billie Joe, it's a story song, it's a Southern Gothic song, and it contains the word "Choctaw." It's positively Faulknerian.” – WBF, and amen.

Download all these songs here.

From the Mid-Atlantic Regional, at Abbey Road Studios, London, UK

#16 Wichita Lineman, Glen Campbell
#17 Voodoo Child (Slight Return), Jimi Hendrix
This is an apples and oranges round. Studio-slick country or crazy guitar?

#9 Sweet Thing, Van Morrison
#24 Get Ready, The Temptations
I'm a little biased; "Sweet Thing" is the song I play first on every piece of audio equipment I buy. But this is a great Temptations song, too.

#21 Monk Time, The Monks
#12 River Man, Nick Drake
Angry G.I.s making protopunk or sensitive, doomed English folkie?

#13 21st Century Schizoid Man, King Crimson
#20 Stay With Me, Lorraine Ellison
Crazy dudes or smooth soul?

#14 America, Simon & Garfunkel
#19 Never My Love, The Association
Two of the softest songs this round face off.

#11 You Really Got Me, The Kinks
#22 Uptight (Everything's Alright), Stevie Wonder
Both will rouse you; do you like dirty guitar or Motown?

#10 Don't Think Twice, It's All Right, Bob Dylan
#23 Mother Popcorn (You Got to Have a Mother For Me), James Brown
Kiss-off or come-on?

#15 96 Tears, ? and the Mysterians
#18 Iko Iko, The Dixie Cups
A classic track from the Nuggets comp or a cute, somewhat primitive ditty covered by Cyndi Lauper?

Post your votes in the comments; we'll tally and post the results on Wednesday, October 4th. But for real this time!