#1 Led Zeppelin – Immigrant Song vs. #16 Pearl Jam – Porch
This wasn’t even a contest. Like a commenter said, Vikings kick the shit out of flannel wearing vegans. Enough said.
Winner: Led Zeppelin
#2 The Beatles – A Day in the Life vs. #15 Broken Social Scene – Anthems for a 17-Year Old Girl.
Another blowout. Kevin Drew and company could just not compete with Lennon. In fact in the 2nd half of this game, the Beatles benched Ringo and John and George played with only their left hands.
Winner: The Beatles
#3 Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run vs. #14 Ride – Twisterella
Despite Twisterella being a personal favorite of mine, this thing was over with the countdown done by the Boss. This was nothing but a death trap, a suicide wrap for the kids from Brixton.
Winner: The Fucking BOSS!!!
#4 Sex Pistols – God Save the Queen vs. #13 The Strokes – You Only Live Once
You can say what you wish about the pistols and how they couldn’t play their instruments, but the bottom line is outside of the clash, there are very few punk bands that have mattered as much as these guys. No future for the Strokes, Johnny Rotten and Sid Vicious destroyed the rich boys from New York
Winner: Sex Pistols
#5 Prince – I Would Die 4 U vs. #12 Sonic Youth – Teenage Riot
For as much as I like Teenage Riot, it just could not handle the genius that comes from the man from up north wearing the purple blouse. Close game, but Prince pulled away in the 2nd Half.
#6 Elvis Costello – (What’s so funny ‘bout) Peace Love & Understanding vs. #11 Doves – There Goes The Fear
I think this matchup showed how much of an influence that Elvis Costello had on the voters because this thing turned into a blow out early. Like a republican running for office on the west side of the city, the Doves had no chance.
Winner: Elvis Costello
#7 Rod Stewart – Maggie May vs. NIN – Wish
In what turned out to be one of the closest matches in the tournament, Rod Stewart dropped a half court shot at the buzzer to send Trent Reznor packing up his equipment and heading back to Ohio. Rumor has it, Rod called up Ron Wood at half time to talk about strategy and a Faces reunion.
Winner: Rod Stewart
#8 Radiohead – The Bends vs. Oasis – Supersonic
This turned out to be the love / hate battle of the opening round. With exception of a few people, I think the majority voted for the one they hated less. I can see that coming from people about oasis, but I was surprised to see that on Radiohead. In a match that will be remembered for all of the turnovers and poor shooting percentage, the art rockers beat out the slags.