#1 Rolling Stones – She’s A Rainbow vs. #16 Peter Bjorn & John – Young Folks
Not the biggest blowout of the bracket, but definitely one of them. The Swedes were no match for the Stones. Looks like people prefer pianos to whistling.
Winner – Rolling Stones
#2 Bob Dylan – Like A Rolling Stone vs. #15 The Libertines – Death on the Stairs.
Rolling stone voted this Dylan song to be the greatest song of all time. I wonder if it had anything to do with the title of the magazine. Well, these drugged out modern punkers didn’t stand a chance in this one.
Winner – Dylan
#3 The Animals – We Gotta Get Out of this Place vs. #14 Psychedelic Furs – Love My Way
Psych furs started this game with an early lead, but costly turnovers and a couple of broken xylophone mallets resulted in a 2nd half rout by Eric Burdon and the Animals.
Winner – The Animals
#4 Black Sabbath – War Pigs vs. #13 Blur – Parklife
Two good songs, but two very different styles. The moves that the boys from London learned in the mid 90s were outdone by the pure rock and roll of Ozzy and company. After the game, all faces were restored to their normal status after the onslaught of the face melting guitar solos.
Winner – WAR PIGS!
#5 Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart vs. #12 Beirut – Postcards from Italy
These interesting Balkan sounds were no matchup for the post-punk gods of Ian Curtis and company.
Winner: Joy Division
#6 Neutral Milk Hotel – Holland, 1945 vs. #11 Elliott Smith – Son of Sam
In the interesting matchup of Anne Frank vs. David Berkowitz, the diary spoke louder than the neighbor’s dog.
Winner – Neutral Milk Hotel
#7 Blondie – Heart of Glass vs. #10 Stone Roses – I Wanna Be Adored
OK, this one kind of pissed me off a bit. For as much as I like and appreciate all of the blow and good songs Debbie Harry did, in my opinion the higher seed winning was an upset. I wanna be adored, opened up the doors for a whole new genre of great British music in the late 80’s and 90’s and now they have gone down to Blondie. This was truly a matchup between brackets because both bands helped put CBGBs and the Hacienda on the map.
Winner – Blondie
#8 The Cure – Pictures of You vs. #9 Echo & The Bunnymen – The Killing Moon
In the West Sussex vs. Liverpool game, Echo fell behind early but then turned up the full-court press and ended the game on a 16-2 run. Some may think this is the biggest upset of this bracket, but I think people may be trying to tell Robert Smith to either stop eating and get Ian McCulloch to start writing again.
Winner – Echo & The Bunnymen