After several days of intense competition, the opening round of the Whiskey-A-Go-Go bracket was filled with some blowouts and some buzzer beaters.
In the opening game, the number 1 seed, My Generation destroyed the Stereophonics. The same thing happened in the match up of Bowie vs. Canadian Rock Stars, the New Pornographers. The News, were no match up for the Star Man.
Our first upset came in the 3 vs. 14 match up, where the lower seed Van Halen, came out of the gate in the 2nd half running with the devil. The massive shredding of Eddie Van Halen’s Axe and DLR’s yelling really put Brian Wilson and the boys in their place.
Nirvana, the #4 seed thought they were going to have a tough matchup against Oklahoma’s own Flaming Lips, but there was too much rock coming out Kurt Cobain during this game. Nirvana took this one easily.
Now this Match-Up was one of the two in this bracket that I had a hard time doing myself. These are two of my favorite songs of all-time and it showed that you are big fans too, because this was a close one. This was our first overtime matchup of the tournament, because it was not decided until the last couple of votes came in. After the final votes were counted, the Talking Heads emerged on top over a worthy opponent in the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
In the 6 vs. 7 game, Elvis fought back and eventually defeated the Metal Gods of Metallica. This match up was close, but in the end Elvis showed that he is still the King.
Now I know this one will piss some people off, but hey this why we play the games because anything can happen. #7 AC/DC lost a tight match up to the French Canadian Arcade Fire. It was close, but in the end Tunnels was the one that rocked.
This was the one that was difficult on me and I am assuming it was a tough one for everyone else too. The 8 vs. 9 games are always the tough ones, but in the end, New Order was no match up for the Smiths. Johnny Marr and Morrissey destroyed Peter Hook’s crew. I thought this one would have been a lot closer.
#1 The Who – My Generation defeats #16 Stereophonics –Dakota
#2 David Bowie – Space Oddity defeats #15 New Pornographers – Sing Me Spanish Techno
#14 Van Halen – Hot For Teacher defeats #3 Beach Boys – Sloop John B
#4 Nirvana – Drain You – Defeats Flaming Lips – Race for the Prize
#5 Talking Heads – This Must Be The Place defeats #12 Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Y Control
#6 Elvis – Suspicious Minds defeats #11 Metallica – Creeping Death
#10 Arcade Fire – Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) defeats #7 AC/DC – Long Way to the top (If you wanna rock n’ roll)
#8 The Smiths – How Soon is Now? defeats #9 New Order – Perfect Kiss