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The Who- "Eminence Front"
This is pretty close because The Format was a pleasant song and most of The Who post-1978 is sad to listen to given that everything from My Generation to even Who Are You is some of my favorite music ever. But Eminence Front contains some of those epic Who elements, and a few days after these song sink in, The Format doesn't have staying power.
Mando Diao- "Dance With Somebody"
Dressy Bessy had the same effect as the Format... solid song but nothing memorable. Mando Diao wasn't that gripping but in was more unique to my ears. Nothing too spectacular for this matchup.
The Verlaines- "Death and the Maiden"
The Verlaines--best discovery of the week. The little choppy synth breakdown came out of nowhere and was a catchy surprise (and fun to watch)
Jeff Buckley's vocal talents weren't fully utilized with that song, IMO
Nirvana- "Do Re Mi"
I'm not a Nirvana fanatic to the point where a demo recording would really win me over, but that voice still shines... and the competition was not very strong. Although, I'd rather listen to Gwen Stefani than Black Eyed Peas or K$sha or whatever female pop artist is making waves nowadays with little vocal talent and a AutoTune.
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I'm never late for poll deadlines!
I'm late but it doesn't matter : all mychampiosn made it !!
1. The Who : Eminence front
I had never heard 80’s material from the Who. The production is great, but Daltrey’s voice was fading I guess. Good song anyway.
2. Dressy Bessy : California
A pleasant pop song. Dance with Somebody is good too but a little too slick.
3. The Verlaines “Death and the Maiden”
Good surprise to hear Buckley singing a song that sounds like Otis Redding, but I really prefer the Verlaines, both the song with its great chord progression in the verses and fantastic organ break, not to mention the delicious garage sound
4. No doubt “New”
Maybe it was the headache (two many different wines yesterday night) but the Nirvana demo didn’t make it for me. So by default I’ll vote for No Doubt
Good point Henry
So that is why the vocals sounded so unfamiliar...