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Monday, June 11, 2012

Summer Psychosis: Preview for Part 1 of the First Round

Hello everyone,

Well, it's a new week and it's about that time to introduce this week's matchups. Thankfully, there's no more preliminary stuff to go over.
That was last week:

Which means we can finally get down to business and really make some progress on this bracket! Unfortunately, there are 64 (!) matchups total in the first round. Compare that with 22 matchups last week. You can see why we have to split this up over four weeks, 16 matchups per week. Looks like we're stuck on one round for a month...get used to it!

The good news is that the higher seeds are playing and creating lots of intrigue. The two biggest names are The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, who are 1st and 2nd in the overall artist rankings, respectively. These two giants are uncomfortably close and will have to duke it out in order to reach the Final Four. That is, if they can get past heavy-hitters such as The Velvet Underground, The Clash and Marvin Gaye first...

If you'd like to make predictions regarding this exciting upcoming week of action, you may do so here:

1 The Beatles vs. 16 Nine Inch Nails

The immensely popular, successful and influential fab four vs. The group that brought industrial rock from the underground

Key Tracks: The Beatles - Strawberry Fields Forever, Nine Inch Nails - Head Like a Hole

8 The Stooges vs. 9 The Police

The wild and blistering early-70's protopunk group from Michigan vs. The diverse and original late-70's New Wave success

Key Tracks: The Stooges - I Wanna Be Your Dog, The Police - Every Breath You Take

5 Pixies vs. 12 Guns N' Roses

The late-80's band who layed the groundwork for 90's alternative rock vs. The late-80's band that revived hard rock in the 90's

Key Tracks: Pixies - Monkey Gone To Heaven, Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine

4 The Byrds vs. 13 Queen

The 60's pioneers of Folk, Country and Psychedelic Rock vs. The operatic princes of the universe that made Rock epic

Key Tracks: The Byrds - Mr. Tambourine Man, Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody

6 Otis Redding vs. 11 Nick Cave

The fantastic, short-lived voice of soul vs. The powerful voice of all things dark and twisted

Key Tracks: Otis Redding - (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay, Nick Cave - The Mercy Seat

3 Elvis Costello vs. 14 Little Richard

The hyperliterate, shapeshifting New Wave/Punk artist who made waves vs. The rock and roll pioneer who moved mountains

Key Tracks: Elvis Costello - Alison, Little Richard - Long Tall Sally

7 Joy Division vs. 10 Arcade Fire

The dark and gloomy late-70's post-punk pioneers vs. The Canadian Indie Rock champions of heartbreak and loss

Key Tracks: Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart, Arcade Fire - Rebellion (Lies)

2 The Velvet Underground vs. 15 Cream

The highly influential 60's New York experimental and noisy art rock vs. The short-lived but powerful 60's bluesy hard rock trio

Key Tracks: The Velvet Underground - Heroin, Cream - I Feel Free

1 The Rolling Stones vs. 16 Jefferson Airplane

The legendary 60's British invasion group with a bad boy image vs. The 60's psychedelic pioneers and Summer of Love staple

Key Tracks: The Rolling Stones - (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction, Jefferson Airplane - Somebody to Love

8 PJ Harvey vs. 9 Al Green

The multi-instrumentalist at the forefront of alt rock for two decades vs. The iconic and silky smooth soul singer with a 70's mean streak

Key Tracks: PJ Harvey - Rid of Me, Al Green - Let's Stay Together

5 John Lennon vs. 12 Buddy Holly & The Crickets

The terrific solo career of the most rebellious and enigmatic Beatle vs. The late 50's rockabilly superstar who was silenced much too soon

Key Tracks: John Lennon - Imagine, Buddy Holly & The Crickets - That'll Be The Day

4 James Brown vs. 13 Daft Punk

The Godfather of Soul a.k.a. an original pioneer of Funk vs. The hugely successful French duo who managed to mix house and synthpop

Key Tracks: James Brown - Papa's Got a Brand New Bag, Daft Punk - One More Time

6 Madonna vs. 11 Pavement

The original Queen of Pop who pushed the boundaries vs. The original underground Kings of Indie Rock

Key Tracks: Madonna - Like a Virgin, Pavement - Summer Babe

3 The Clash vs. 14 My Bloody Valentine

The Punk band that had a little of everything and influenced everyone vs. The short-lived yet startlingly original shoegazers

Key Tracks: The Clash - London Calling, My Bloody Valentine - You Made Me Realise

7 New Order vs. 10 Black Sabbath

The Joy Division remnants who went on to influence Alt Rock vs. The band known as one of the pioneers of Heavy Metal

Key Tracks: New Order - Blue Monday, Black Sabbath - Paranoid

2 Marvin Gaye vs. 15 The Jesus and Mary Chain

The incredibly successful and acclaimed soul singer/songwriter vs. The influential post-punk group known for their mark on noise pop

Key Tracks: Marvin Gaye - I Heard It Through the Grapevine, The Jesus and Mary Chain - Never Understand

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