Trust me, I understand that deciding the worth of someone's feelings makes me a monster. - Dylan Wise
This week we had eight songs go head-to-head in a battle of the saddest. We had songs from newer artists that I had never heard of before and put them up against songwriting legends. I would like to think that this exercise gave readers a chance to learn a little bit about these fantastic writers and hopefully relate to the words and songs chosen. I know I did and that is what makes this part so difficult. But, I came up with this dumb idea and want to see it through to the end. I've decided I am going to employ my old WMCR Music Director muscles to quickly and, yes, perhaps unfairly judge these. I know these writers, they're my friends, and was going to say that I'll keep my personal feelings out of this but, you know. Feel free to click on the titles below to read the original pieces. Here we go...
Round One - Uncle Tupelo vs Bishop Allen : Uncle Tupelo's "Black Eye" is a song. That's about it to me. Plus I can't NOT hear the lyric "black eye" as "black guy". The clear winner for me is the Bishop Allen track. Not only does the song throw my heart into a sewer but imagining Kelly Cashman crying in a car makes me want to carve my heart out. I can't not make this personal. Winner: Bishop Allen
Round Two - Jimmy Eat World vs The Cinematic Orchestra : I'm now 3 years past the age of my favorite Jimmy Eat World song, "23". I remember listening to that song and thinking "yeesh, one day I'LL BE 23!" It's pretty amazing how after all these years this band can still send my brain straight into the bummer zone. Yet, the idea of building a home for me and the one I love then having it all disappear scares me to death, maybe more than death. I still love you Jim Adkins. Winner: The Cinematic Orchestra
Winner between Round One & Two: Bishop Allen
Round Three - Bob Dylan vs Daughter : For this round I looked at the lyrics. I set aside Bob Dylan's gnarled mumble mouth (Really Theresa? He's attractive?) and Elena Tonra's adorable pixie head. The line that murders me the most is "We are the reckless / We are the wild youth / Chasing visions of our futures / One day we'll reveal the truth/ That one will die before he gets there". It's sad. By the time we all get to the end, we won't all be there. Now I'm bummed. Winner: Daughter
Round Four - Leonard Cohen vs Spiritualized : "Like a baby, stillborn; like a beast with his horn; I have torn everyone who reached out for me" vs "All I want in life's a little bit of love / To take the pain away". Yes, in this battle there is preference given to seniority. Imagining a now almost 80 year old Cohen singing this song bring me to buckets of tears. Winner: Leonard Cohen
Winner between Round Three & Four: Daughter
When I started listening through all these songs I had no idea that these two would be going head-to-head in the week one battle. But the more I listened to the Spotify playlist (ugh, social media) the more one song in particular stuck with me. That "stickiness" is what brought me to give the TMSDOTORG Bummer Summer Bracket 2013 Week One Winner title to Daughter (there's got to be a way to make that title longer).
Please enjoy this live performance of the song on our friend David Letterman's television programming, which includes a Dave-interacting-with-the-band-on-his-show bonus! See you next week.