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Re: ULTIMATE Music Tournament:Bracket #36

#1 Radiohead
#9 Big Star - I like some of Everclear's tracks, even if they all sound the same. But whoo boy I am glad to have finally got some Big Star in my collection this past year.
#5 Busta Rhymes - Wonderful. He may be my favorite muppet. (Love Whoo-Ha! Got You All in Check and his verse on Scenario)
#4 Counting Crows - Shuold I have listened to the La's whole album before voting? Probably. It's not like Counting Crows do much for me. But There She Goes is a bit overrated.
#14 The Dandy Warhols
#6 Midnight Oil
#10 The Shangri-La's - Listen. No one is forcing any of you to vote for one of the most overrated band. Let me be clear. The Flaming Lips do not deserve it. But I'll tell you who does. The incomparable Mary Weiss. If you vote for her, she'll give you a great big kiss.
#15 Crash Test Dummies - Okay. The Flaming Lips are better than Alice in Chains.

Re: ULTIMATE Music Tournament:Bracket #36

1. Radiohead
9. Big Star
5. Busta Rhyms
13. The La’s
3. The Carpenters
6. Midnight Oil

Um….AAAARRGH! Flaming Lips vs. Shangri-La’s? That’s just cruel; both groups deserve to win a round or two. Ah well…there will be many difficult choices down the road, so I s’pose we’re at least getting this one out of the way now…

7. The Flaming Lips
2. Alice in Chains

****

MOST UNDERRATED
Big Star (UMT 547, AM 135); Radiohead (UMT 35, AM 10); The Flaming Lips (UMT 419, AM 139).

MOST OVERRATED
Alice in Chains (UMT 94, AM 617); Counting Crows (UMT 222, AM 1217); Everclear (UMT 478, AM 1835).

NOT AM RANKED
Julian Lennon, Crash Test Dummies.

CLOSEST
Glasvegas (UMT 990, AM 1103).

Re: ULTIMATE Music Tournament:Bracket #36

MIDNIGHT OIL!

Re: ULTIMATE Music Tournament:Bracket #36

Oh, let me say something about a subject that came up in the thread for the previous bracket:

When this thing started, I made a point of at least looking up bands I didn’t know on YouTube before I cast a vote, just as a matter of principle. I’ve gotten slack about that lately. In some cases, I’ll abstain, especially if it’s a matchup with nobody I really care about.

In others…well, iirc, I had never heard of the band up against the Stones (don’t even remember now who it was). What is the likelihood I’m going to listen to them and think, “Wow, these guys are actually better!”?

To be frank, a lot of the lower seeds I do recognize happen to be, in my opinion, derivative crap (some of the higher seeds, as well...). Which does not favorably dispose me toward checking out a non-AM-ranked one-hit wonder who is only showing up on my radar now, especially when I’m pressed for time, as I usually am. Snobbish? Sure. But.

Part of the appeal of what Slick’s doing is that it’s quick-and-dirty; we’ll get through more than 1000 artists in 2-3 months. So I’ve decided not to feel TOO guilty about the fact that, in that time, there are probably fifty or so bands I’ve never heard of before, and whom I will never think about again. No doubt I’m missing a handful of hidden gems, but hey, we’re dealing in bulk right now. I’ll sweat the small stuff much more once we’re at the level of Smiths v. Who or Pet Shop Boys v. Joy Division.*

(* - I just made up those matchups as two that would make me tear my hair out.)

Re: ULTIMATE Music Tournament:Bracket #36

Radiohead
Big Star
Busta Rhymes
The La's
Slayer
Shangri-La's
Alice in Chains

Re: ULTIMATE Music Tournament:Bracket #36

schleuse
Oh, let me say something about a subject that came up in the thread for the previous bracket:

When this thing started, I made a point of at least looking up bands I didn’t know on YouTube before I cast a vote, just as a matter of principle. I’ve gotten slack about that lately. In some cases, I’ll abstain, especially if it’s a matchup with nobody I really care about.

In others…well, iirc, I had never heard of the band up against the Stones (don’t even remember now who it was). What is the likelihood I’m going to listen to them and think, “Wow, these guys are actually better!”?

To be frank, a lot of the lower seeds I do recognize happen to be, in my opinion, derivative crap (some of the higher seeds, as well...). Which does not favorably dispose me toward checking out a non-AM-ranked one-hit wonder who is only showing up on my radar now, especially when I’m pressed for time, as I usually am. Snobbish? Sure. But.

Part of the appeal of what Slick’s doing is that it’s quick-and-dirty; we’ll get through more than 1000 artists in 2-3 months. So I’ve decided not to feel TOO guilty about the fact that, in that time, there are probably fifty or so bands I’ve never heard of before, and whom I will never think about again. No doubt I’m missing a handful of hidden gems, but hey, we’re dealing in bulk right now. I’ll sweat the small stuff much more once we’re at the level of Smiths v. Who or Pet Shop Boys v. Joy Division.*

(* - I just made up those matchups as two that would make me tear my hair out.)


A quick update...

The 1st round which is 1024 artists has about 5 weeks left...

Then the second round, where we will double up the original 64 brackets into 32 days worth of 8 matchups each day, lasting about 5 weeks...

From their this thing will fly for about 5 weeks and the matchups will get really tough as the also rans get eliminated and the big boys square off. If that happens, we should crown a champion by the end of August.

Re: ULTIMATE Music Tournament:Bracket #36

#16 Glasvegas - probably get kicked off the forum for this one :) In all seriousness, it seems you either get Radiohead, or you don't, and I don't. I hadn't heard of Glasvegas, so I sampled some songs on ilike.com, and found them much more enjoyable to listen to.
#8 Everclear
#5 Busta Rhymes - this was a hard choice...not because I'm a fan of either, but it was just hard to pick a preference. I liked "Valotte" a lot, but I really got sick of "Too Late for Goodbyes". Similarly, I really liked "Gimme Some More", but found "Pass the Courvoisier" to be obnoxiously overplayed. But hey, Busta had a more consistent career, so he's the pick. Too many words.
#4 Counting Crows - my feelings on this matchup mirror Slick's
#14 The Dandy Warhols - the Dandys have a decent sound, but I'm kinda voting against the Carps here
#6 Midnight Oil - interesting pattern...Slade [slayed] in Bracket 33, Slaughter in Bracket 35 and now Slayer...
#10 The Shangri-Las - "Leader of the Pack" is a classic. The Flaming Lips definitely have their own thing going...just not sure it's a good thing.
#15 Crash Test Dummies - did I just vote against Alice in Chains? MMM, MMM, MMM, MMM

Re: ULTIMATE Music Tournament:Bracket #36

Winners in #36...

Radiohead 93.5% / Glasvegas 6.5%
Big Star 58.1% / Everclear 41.9%
Busta Rhymes 78.6% / Julian Lennon 21.4%
Counting Crows 58.1% / The La's 41.9%
The Carpenters 64.3% / The Dandy Warhols 35.7%
Midnight Oil 59.4% / Slayer 40.6%
The Flaming Lips 71.0% / The Shangri-La's 29.0%
Alice In Chains 90.0% / Crash Test Dummies 10.0%