iTunes64 Tournament of Champions

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Apr 8 2008, 20:29

I'm cribbing from JoeIsListening and running a head-to-head tournament of songs. However, I'm going with my most played songs to create a true tournament of champions! Ok, maybe not. Some songs just get a lot of play in my dance mix; others are certainly well-worn favorites.

So, check it out here: soundtrekkie's iTunes 64 Tournament

I'll be commenting here and maybe even stealing Joe's difficulty star ratings. But check it out and see if you can predict the ultimate champion!


Violin - Kate Bush
Casimir Pulaski Day - Sufjan Stevens
Winner: Sufjan **
Not my favorite Katie track.

Bad Day - R.E.M.
Rockin' The Suburbs - Ben Folds
Winner: R.E.M. ***
Ben might have won with a different track. My R.E.M. weakness has spoken.

Vodka - Carter Albrecht & Edie Brickell
I Smoke A Lot - K's Choice
Winner: Wojka **
It's the hippie vice bracket! Reckon I prefer drinkin' to smokin'.

Comfort - Michael Penn
Decatur, Or, Round Of Applause For Your Step-Mother! - Sufjan Stevens
Winner: MP ***
A matter of good song vs. state pride. Weird match.

Jupiter - EARTH WIND & FIRE
There's More To Life Than This - Björk
Winner: EWF ***
Dance off! Bjork's bathroom breakdown loses her the medal.

Bacalao Con Pan - Irakere
Burn This Disco Out - Michael Jackson
Winner: MJ **
Damn that off-kilter beat!

P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) - Michael Jackson
Daybreaker - Beth Orton
Winner: PYT **
Not much can overcome such synthy goodness.

Get Some Sleep - Bic Runga
Get Started, Start A Fire - Graham Parker
Winner: Bic ***
The "Get" round is won by the jangly Kiwi.

Don't Take Your Love Away - Jennifer Kimball
Sexy - Los Amigos Invisibles
Winner: S-E-X-(X)-Y ***
Jen deserves to win something but not this round.

Sky Blue - Peter Gabriel
Penguins - Lyle Lovett
Winner: PG ***
Wah, the Lyle is out too soon.

Anywhere - Beth Orton
Free To Go - The Folk Implosion
Winner: FI ***
Tough choice but this indie bracket is over!

Everybody's Boppin' - Lambert Hendricks & Ross
Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart - Judy Garland
Winner: Zing! ***
Interesting that the only songs pre-1970 got paired....

The More I Hide It - Tony Banks/Bankstatement
That Was the Worst Christmas Ever!- Sufjan Stevens
Winner: Tony ****
Agony! The hardest decision yet.

Kites Are Fun - The Free Design
I Can Tell - Michael Penn
Winner: MP ***
Kites did not fly high enough this round.

Persuasion - Richard Thompson
Let's Pretend We're Married - Self
Winner: RT *
Easiest match yet.

Ain't That the Way - Ani DiFranco
People Power In The Disco Hour - Clinton
Winner: Ani **
Funky track by Ani overcomes.

Serpentine Fire - Earth Wind & Fire
Human Behavior - Björk
Winner: EWF ***
Ack. Sorry, Bjork bear song. Your lumbering ends here.

I Engineer (Remix) - Animotion
Brimful of Asha (Fatboy Slim remix) - Cornershop
Winner: Cornershop **
The remix bracket! So weird!

Ballad #61 - Jennifer Kimball
Long Beach Nightmare - Puffy AmiYumi
Winner: Jen ****
I hate to see Puffy out so soon. Alas, there's too much Duke Levine for them to win out.

Mystery Dance - Elvis Costello
Who Cares? - Gnarls Barkley
Winner: Elvis *
Another easy one.

Boogie Wonderland - Earth Wind & Fire Feat. The Emotions
Knifin' Around (Space Ghost Song) - Björk
Winner: EWF
Another EWF vs. Bjork and she loses with my most played track. Poor Iceland!

Workin' Day and Night - Michael Jackson
What a Fool Believes - Self
Winner: Selfish Fool ***
Not my fave MJ so it goes to Self's toy laden cover. Go McD!

This Is Love - Self
Knew What I Know Now - Self
Winner: Self (duh) **
Beating my self up. This is Love is too great to pass up. One of the best summer love songs.

No Dancing - Elvis Costello
Another Year - K's Choice
Winner: K **
A throwback Elvis is no match for Scandinavian melancholy.

D.I.Y.- Peter Gabriel
Rock And Roll Heaven's Gate (Feat. Pink) - Indigo Girls
Winner: PG **
An easy win for the Peter.

Get on the Floor- Michael Jackson
Fantasy - Earth Wind & Fire
Winner: MJ ****
This EWF/MJ thing is going to happen again and I will cry. Floor's bass line wins.

Pitseleh - Elliott Smith
Miss America - David Byrne
Winner: USA ****
Tough girls enter, one wins. Sad to see Elliott out so soon. Great track.

Cloudbusting - Kate Bush
Violently Happy - Björk
Winner: Katie! ***
This Bjork song is no match for the mistress at her best.

That Voice Again - Peter Gabriel
Unison - Björk
Winner: Bjork ***
The voices have spoken and one of my favorite Bjork tracks can't be beat here.

Las Vegas With the Lights Out - Geggy Tah
Nobody - Paul Simon
Winner: Paul **
Shame Geggy is gone too soon but this isn't a winning track. Nobody is Paul at his best.

Walk Through The Fire - Peter Gabriel
SOULS - Bird
Winner: Bird **
Birdy boy can't beat Japan's Bird with a soundtrack contribution.

Rubberband Girl - Kate Bush
Love You - The Free Design
Winner: Free Design ***
Red Shoes isn't Kate at her finest so the Free Design's lush family harmonies win out.
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  • rtreynor

    I'm gonna guess a come-from-behind victory from Richard Thompson over Self in the championship! Or not.

    Apr 10 2008, 17:35
  • rtreynor

    I'm curious to see how long one of my all-time favorite Folk Implosion songs lasts.

    Apr 11 2008, 18:32
  • soundtrekkie

    I'm a big fan of that Folk Implosion album -- really, all their stuff -- but that song sticks with me. The scene is so well painted and speaks to those who leave as well as those left behind. A great car driving song, too!

    Apr 12 2008, 0:38
  • JoeIsListening

    1) What? No Genesis? That's like no Joe Jackson in my tourney. 2) Sorry to see Kate out so fast (three times!) - but she really needed to present stronger songs. 3) I predict Casimir Pulaski vs. a Self song to be named later. Although PG's Sky Blue could be a player as the Genesis representative. 4) Whee! It's fun to be on the watching side of one of these tournaments!

    Apr 14 2008, 13:56
  • soundtrekkie

    1. Yeah, I cleared out the old Genesis to make way for the new remasters and then never loaded them because my drive is full. Most of what I have is bootlegs now. 2. Kate's still in with Cloudbusting! 3. Only time will tell... 4. Yeah, but oh boy, did I love setting up those brackets!

    Apr 14 2008, 22:00
  • JoeIsListening

    2) Arrgh, I missed that one! Yay!

    Apr 15 2008, 0:54
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